Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Do you feel called into ministry? In 2 Timothy 4:5, Paul outlined four sequential steps that should occur for entering the ministry. It is important information for anyone who is called to minister.

First, he said to "keep a clear mind in every situation." Learning to observe carefully what is going on around you will begin your ministry training. Watch and learn from seasoned pastors, missionaries, and teachers to see how they minister.

Second, Paul said, "Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord." After a season of watching and being under the care of your ministry mentor, you will enter a season of flying solo. Your flight may be rough at first, but all of us have to encounter a little hardship in order to test our mettle!

The third stage of entering ministry is to do the work of an evangelist, "bringing others to Christ." Every minister should be a soul winner. Timothy was a pastor, not an evangelist, but Paul told him to throw himself into personal evangelism anyway.

Finally, Paul said to "complete the ministry God has given you." The day will come when you will put on your ministry like a custom-fitted jacket. The preparation will be over, the ministry will fit you, and you will enjoy your calling for the rest of your life!

Jeremiah 48:1-49:22

A Message About Moab48:29-36pp — Isa 16:6-12

48 Concerning Moab:S Ge 19:37; S Dt 23:6

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

“Woe to Nebo,S Nu 32:38 for it will be ruined.

KiriathaimS Nu 32:37; S Jos 13:19 will be disgraced and captured;

the strongholdOr captured; / Misgab will be disgraced and shattered.

Moab will be praisedIsa 16:14 no more;

in HeshbonThe Hebrew for Heshbon sounds like the Hebrew for plot.S Nu 21:25; S Jos 13:26 people will plot her downfall:

‘Come, let us put an end to that nation.’ver 42

You, the people of Madmen,The name of the Moabite town Madmen sounds like the Hebrew for be silenced. will also be silenced;

the sword will pursue you.

Cries of anguish arise from Horonaim,S Isa 15:5

cries of great havoc and destruction.

Moab will be broken;

her little ones will cry out.Hebrew; Septuagint / proclaim it to Zoar

They go up the hill to Luhith,Isa 15:5

weeping bitterly as they go;

on the road down to Horonaimver 3

anguished cries over the destruction are heard.

Flee!S Ge 19:17 Run for your lives;

become like a bushOr like Aroer in the desert.Jer 17:6

Since you trust in your deeds and riches,S Ps 49:6; S Pr 11:28

you too will be taken captive,

and ChemoshS Nu 21:29 will go into exile,Isa 46:1-2; Jer 49:3

together with his priests and officials.Am 2:3

The destroyerS Ex 12:23; S Jer 4:7 will come against every town,

and not a town will escape.

The valley will be ruined

and the plateauS Jos 13:9 destroyed,

because the Lord has spoken.

Put saltJdg 9:45 on Moab,

for she will be laid wasteOr Give wings to Moab, / for she will fly away;Jer 51:29

her towns will become desolate,

with no one to live in them.

10 “A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord’s work!

A curse on anyone who keeps their swordS Jer 47:6 from bloodshed!S 1Sa 15:11; 1Ki 20:42; 2Ki 13:15-19

11 “Moab has been at restZec 1:15 from youth,

like wine left on its dregs,Zep 1:12

not poured from one jar to another—

she has not gone into exile.

So she tastes as she did,

and her aroma is unchanged.

12 But days are coming,”

declares the Lord,

“when I will send men who pour from pitchers,

and they will pour her out;

they will empty her pitchers

and smash her jars.

13 Then Moab will be ashamedHos 10:6 of Chemosh,ver 7

as Israel was ashamed

when they trusted in Bethel.S Jos 7:2

14 “How can you say, ‘We are warriors,Ps 33:16

men valiant in battle’?

15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded;

her finest young menS Isa 9:17 will go down in the slaughter,Jer 51:40

declares the King,S Jer 46:18 whose name is the Lord Almighty.Jer 51:57

16 “The fall of Moab is at hand;Isa 13:22

her calamity will come quickly.

17 Mourn for her, all who live around her,

all who know her fame;2Ki 3:4-5

say, ‘How broken is the mighty scepter,S Ps 110:2

how broken the glorious staff!’

18 “Come down from your glory

and sit on the parched ground,Isa 47:1

you inhabitants of Daughter Dibon,S Nu 21:30; S Jos 13:9

for the one who destroys Moab

will come up against you

and ruin your fortified cities.ver 8

19 Stand by the road and watch,

you who live in Aroer.S Nu 32:34

Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping,

ask them, ‘What has happened?’

20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered.

WailS Isa 16:7 and cry out!

Announce by the ArnonS Nu 21:13

that Moab is destroyed.

21 Judgment has come to the plateauS Jos 13:9, 21

to Holon,S Jos 15:51 JahzahS Nu 21:23; S Isa 15:4 and Mephaath,S Jos 13:18

22 to Dibon,S Nu 21:30; S Jos 13:9, 17 NeboS Nu 32:38 and Beth Diblathaim,

23 to Kiriathaim,S Nu 32:37; S Jos 13:19 Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,S Jos 13:17

24 to KeriothAm 2:2 and BozrahJer 49:13

to all the townsS Isa 15:1 of Moab, far and near.

25 Moab’s hornHorn here symbolizes strength.Ps 75:10 is cut off;

her armPs 10:15; 37:17; Eze 30:21 is broken,”

declares the Lord.

26 “Make her drunk,Jer 25:16, 27; 51:39

for she has defiedver 42; 1Sa 17:26 the Lord.

Let Moab wallow in her vomit;S Isa 28:8

let her be an object of ridicule.ver 39

27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?S Jer 2:26

Was she caught among thieves,2Ki 17:3-6

that you shake your headS Job 16:4; Ps 44:14; Jer 18:16 in scornS Dt 28:37; Mic 7:8-10; Zep 2:8, 10

whenever you speak of her?

28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks,

you who live in Moab.

Be like a doveS Ge 8:8; S SS 1:15 that makes its nest

at the mouth of a cave.S Jdg 6:2

29 “We have heard of Moab’s prideS Lev 26:19; S Job 40:12

how great is her arrogance!—

of her insolence, her pride, her conceit

and the haughtinessS Ps 10:5; S Pr 16:18 of her heart.

30 I know her insolence but it is futile,”

declares the Lord,

“and her boastsS Ps 10:3 accomplish nothing.

31 Therefore I wailver 36; Isa 15:5-8 over Moab,

for all Moab I cry out,

I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.S 2Ki 3:25

32 I weep for you, as JazerS Jos 13:25 weeps,

you vines of Sibmah.S Nu 32:3

Your branches spread as far as the seaProbably the Dead Sea;

they reached as far asTwo Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts as far as the Sea of Jazer.

The destroyer has fallen

on your ripened fruit and grapes.

33 Joy and gladness are gone

from the orchards and fields of Moab.

I have stopped the flow of wineS Isa 24:7 from the presses;

no one treads them with shouts of joy.Joel 1:12; Am 5:17

Although there are shouts,

they are not shouts of joy.

34 “The sound of their cry rises

from HeshbonS Nu 21:25; S Jos 13:26 to ElealehS Nu 32:3 and Jahaz,S Nu 21:23; S Isa 15:4

from ZoarS Ge 13:10 as far as HoronaimS Isa 15:5 and Eglath Shelishiyah,

for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.S Isa 15:6

35 In Moab I will put an end

to those who make offerings on the high placesS Isa 15:2

and burn incenseJer 11:13 to their gods,”

declares the Lord.

36 “So my heart lamentsS ver 31 for Moab like the music of a pipe;

it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth.S 2Ki 3:25

The wealth they acquiredS Isa 15:7 is gone.

37 Every head is shavedIsa 15:2; S Jer 41:5; Eze 27:31; 29:18

and every beardS Lev 19:27; S 2Sa 10:4 cut off;

every hand is slashed

and every waist is covered with sackcloth.S Ge 37:34; S Isa 3:24; Jer 16:6; Am 8:10

38 On all the roofs in Moab

and in the public squaresS Isa 15:3

there is nothing but mourning,

for I have broken Moab

like a jarS Jer 22:28 that no one wants,”

declares the Lord.

39 “How shatteredJer 50:23 she is! How they wail!

How Moab turns her back in shame!

Moab has become an object of ridicule,ver 26

an object of horror to all those around her.”

40 This is what the Lord says:

“Look! An eagle is swoopingS Dt 28:49; Hab 1:8 down,

spreading its wingsS Isa 8:8 over Moab.

41 KeriothOr The citiesS Isa 15:1 will be captured

and the strongholds taken.

In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriorsAm 2:16

will be like the heart of a woman in labor.S Isa 21:3

42 Moab will be destroyedS Isa 16:14 as a nationver 2

because she defiedS ver 26 the Lord.

43 TerrorJer 49:5 and pit and snareS Isa 24:17 await you,

you people of Moab,”

declares the Lord.

44 “Whoever flees1Ki 19:17; S Job 20:24; Isa 24:18; S Jer 46:5 from the terror

will fall into a pit,

whoever climbs out of the pit

will be caught in a snare;

for I will bring on Moab

the yearJer 11:23; 23:12 of her punishment,”

declares the Lord.

45 “In the shadow of Heshbon

the fugitives stand helpless,

for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,

a blaze from the midst of Sihon;S Nu 21:21, 26-28; S Jos 12:2

it burns the foreheads of Moab,

the skullsNu 24:17 of the noisy boasters.

46 Woe to you, Moab!S Nu 21:29

The people of Chemosh are destroyed;

your sons are taken into exile

and your daughters into captivity.

47 “Yet I will restorePs 14:7; Isa 11:11; Jer 12:15; 49:6, 39; Eze 16:53; Da 11:41 the fortunes of Moab

in days to come,”

declares the Lord.

Here ends the judgment on Moab.

A Message About Ammon

49 Concerning the Ammonites:S Ge 19:38; S 1Sa 11:1-11; 2Sa 10:1-19

This is what the Lord says:

“Has Israel no sons?

Has Israel no heir?

Why then has MolekOr their king; also in verse 3S Lev 18:21 taken possession of Gad?Ge 30:11

Why do his people live in its towns?

But the days are coming,”

declares the Lord,

“when I will sound the battle cryS Jer 4:19

against RabbahS Dt 3:11 of the Ammonites;

it will become a mound of ruins,S Dt 13:16

and its surrounding villages will be set on fire.

Then Israel will drive out

those who drove her out,S Isa 14:2; S Jer 30:16; Eze 21:28-32; 25:2-11

says the Lord.

“Wail, Heshbon,S Jos 13:26 for AiS Ge 12:8; S Jos 8:28 is destroyed!

Cry out, you inhabitants of Rabbah!

Put on sackclothS Ge 37:34 and mourn;

rush here and there inside the walls,

for MolekZep 1:5 will go into exile,S Jer 48:7

together with his priests and officials.

Why do you boast of your valleys,

boast of your valleys so fruitful?

Unfaithful Daughter Ammon,S Jer 3:6

you trust in your richesS Jer 9:23; 1Ti 6:17 and say,

‘Who will attack me?’S Jer 21:13

I will bring terror on you

from all those around you,”

declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

“Every one of you will be driven away,

and no one will gather the fugitives.S Jer 44:14

“Yet afterward, I will restoreJer 12:14-17; S 48:47 the fortunes of the Ammonites,”

declares the Lord.

A Message About Edom49:9-10pp — Ob 5-649:14-16pp — Ob 1-4

Concerning Edom:S Ge 25:30; S Ps 83:6

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?S Ge 36:11, 15, 34

Has counsel perished from the prudent?

Has their wisdom decayed?

Turn and flee, hide in deep caves,S Jdg 6:2

you who live in Dedan,S Ge 10:7; S 25:3

for I will bring disaster on Esau

at the time when I punish him.

If grape pickers came to you,

would they not leave a few grapes?

If thieves came during the night,

would they not steal only as much as they wanted?

10 But I will strip Esau bare;

I will uncover his hiding places,S Ge 3:8

so that he cannot conceal himself.

His armed men are destroyed,

also his allies and neighbors,

so there is no oneIsa 34:10-12; S Jer 11:23; Eze 35:4; Ob 1:18; Mal 1:2-5 to say,

11 ‘Leave your fatherless children;Hos 14:3 I will keep them alive.

Your widowsS Dt 10:18; Jas 1:27 too can depend on me.’”

12 This is what the Lord says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cupS Isa 51:23; S Jer 25:15; Mt 20:22 must drink it, why should you go unpunished?S Pr 11:31 You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.13 I swearS Ge 22:16 by myself,” declares the Lord, “that BozrahS Ge 36:33 will become a ruin and a curse,That is, its name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that it is cursed. an object of horrorver 17 and reproach;Jer 42:18 and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”S Jer 19:8; Eze 35:9

14 I have heard a message from the Lord;

an envoy was sent to the nations to say,

“Assemble yourselves to attack it!

Rise up for battle!”

15 “Now I will make you small among the nations,

despised by mankind.

16 The terror you inspire

and the prideEze 35:13; Ob 1:12 of your heart have deceived you,

you who live in the clefts of the rocks,S Job 39:28

who occupy the heights of the hill.

Though you build your nestS Job 39:27 as high as the eagle’s,

from there I will bring you down,”

declares the Lord.

17 “Edom will become an object of horror;ver 13

all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff

because of all its wounds.S Dt 29:22; Eze 35:7

18 As SodomJer 23:14 and GomorrahS Ge 19:24 were overthrown,

along with their neighboring towns,”

says the Lord,

“so no one will live there;

no people will dwellver 33; S Isa 34:10 in it.

19 “Like a lionS 1Sa 17:34 coming up from Jordan’s thicketsS Jer 12:5

to a rich pastureland,

I will chase Edom from its land in an instant.

Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this?

Who is likeS Ex 8:10; S 2Ch 20:6; S Isa 46:5 me and who can challenge me?S Job 9:19; Jer 50:44

And what shepherd1Sa 17:35 can stand against me?”

20 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Edom,Isa 34:5

what he has purposedIsa 14:27 against those who live in Teman:ver 7; S Ge 36:11

The young of the flockJer 50:45 will be dragged away;

their pasture will be appalled at their fate.Jer 50:45

21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble;Ps 114:7; Eze 26:15; 27:28; 31:16

their cryJer 50:46; 51:29; Eze 26:18 will resound to the Red Sea.Or the Sea of Reeds

22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoopS Dt 28:49; Hos 8:1; Hab 1:8 down,

spreading its wings over Bozrah.S Ge 36:33

In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriorsJer 50:36; Na 3:13

will be like the heart of a woman in labor.Isa 13:8

A Message about Moab

48 This message was given concerning Moab. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:

“What sorrow awaits the city of Nebo;

it will soon lie in ruins.

The city of Kiriathaim will be humiliated and captured;

the fortress will be humiliated and broken down.

No one will ever brag about Moab again,

for in Heshbon there is a plot to destroy her.

‘Come,’ they say, ‘we will cut her off from being a nation.’

The town of Madmen,Madmen sounds like the Hebrew word for “silence”; it should not be confused with the English word madmen. too, will be silenced;

the sword will follow you there.

Listen to the cries from Horonaim,

cries of devastation and great destruction.

All Moab is destroyed.

Her little ones will cry out.Greek version reads Her cries are heard as far away as Zoar.

Her refugees weep bitterly,

climbing the slope to Luhith.

They cry out in terror,

descending the slope to Horonaim.

Flee for your lives!

HideOr Hide like a wild donkey; or Hide like a juniper shrub; or Be like [the town of] Aroer. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. in the wilderness!

Because you have trusted in your wealth and skill,

you will be taken captive.

Your god Chemosh, with his priests and officials,

will be hauled off to distant lands!

“All the towns will be destroyed,

and no one will escape—

either on the plateaus or in the valleys,

for the Lord has spoken.

Oh, that Moab had wings

so she could fly away,Or Put salt on Moab, / for she will be laid waste.

for her towns will be left empty,

with no one living in them.

10 Cursed are those who refuse to do the Lord’s work,

who hold back their swords from shedding blood!

11 “From his earliest history, Moab has lived in peace,

never going into exile.

He is like wine that has been allowed to settle.

He has not been poured from flask to flask,

and he is now fragrant and smooth.

12 But the time is coming soon,” says the Lord,

“when I will send men to pour him from his jar.

They will pour him out,

then shatter the jar!

13 At last Moab will be ashamed of his idol Chemosh,

as the people of Israel were ashamed of their gold calf at Bethel.Hebrew ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.

14 “You used to boast, ‘We are heroes,

mighty men of war.’

15 But now Moab and his towns will be destroyed.

His most promising youth are doomed to slaughter,”

says the King, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

16 “Destruction is coming fast for Moab;

calamity threatens ominously.

17 You friends of Moab,

weep for him and cry!

See how the strong scepter is broken,

how the beautiful staff is shattered!

18 “Come down from your glory

and sit in the dust, you people of Dibon,

for those who destroy Moab will shatter Dibon, too.

They will tear down all your towers.

19 You people of Aroer,

stand beside the road and watch.

Shout to those who flee from Moab,

‘What has happened there?’

20 “And the reply comes back,

‘Moab lies in ruins, disgraced;

weep and wail!

Tell it by the banks of the Arnon River:

Moab has been destroyed!’

21 Judgment has been poured out on the towns of the plateau—

on Holon and JahazHebrew Jahzah, a variant spelling of Jahaz. and Mephaath,

22 on Dibon and Nebo and Beth-diblathaim,

23 on Kiriathaim and Beth-gamul and Beth-meon,

24 on Kerioth and Bozrah—

all the towns of Moab, far and near.

25 “The strength of Moab has ended.

His arm has been broken,” says the Lord.

26 “Let him stagger and fall like a drunkard,

for he has rebelled against the Lord.

Moab will wallow in his own vomit,

ridiculed by all.

27 Did you not ridicule the people of Israel?

Were they caught in the company of thieves

that you should despise them as you do?

28 “You people of Moab,

flee from your towns and live in the caves.

Hide like doves that nest

in the clefts of the rocks.

29 We have all heard of the pride of Moab,

for his pride is very great.

We know of his lofty pride,

his arrogance, and his haughty heart.

30 I know about his insolence,”

says the Lord,

“but his boasts are empty—

as empty as his deeds.

31 So now I wail for Moab;

yes, I will mourn for Moab.

My heart is broken for the men of Kir-hareseth.Hebrew Kir-heres, a variant spelling of Kir-hareseth; also in 48:36.

32 “You people of Sibmah, rich in vineyards,

I will weep for you even more than I did for Jazer.

Your spreading vines once reached as far as the Dead Sea,Hebrew the sea of Jazer.

but the destroyer has stripped you bare!

He has harvested your grapes and summer fruits.

33 Joy and gladness are gone from fruitful Moab.

The presses yield no wine.

No one treads the grapes with shouts of joy.

There is shouting, yes, but not of joy.

34 “Instead, their awful cries of terror can be heard from Heshbon clear across to Elealeh and Jahaz; from Zoar all the way to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up now.

35 “I will put an end to Moab,” says the Lord, “for the people offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines and burn incense to their false gods.36 My heart moans like a flute for Moab and Kir-hareseth, for all their wealth has disappeared.37 The people shave their heads and beards in mourning. They slash their hands and put on clothes made of burlap.38 There is crying and sorrow in every Moabite home and on every street. For I have smashed Moab like an old, unwanted jar.39 How it is shattered! Hear the wailing! See the shame of Moab! It has become an object of ridicule, an example of ruin to all its neighbors.”

40 This is what the Lord says:

“Look! The enemy swoops down like an eagle,

spreading his wings over Moab.

41 Its cities will fall,

and its strongholds will be seized.

Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish

like a woman in labor.

42 Moab will no longer be a nation,

for it has boasted against the Lord.

43 “Terror and traps and snares will be your lot,

O Moab,” says the Lord.

44 “Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap,

and those who escape the trap will step into a snare.

I will see to it that you do not get away,

for the time of your judgment has come,”

says the Lord.

45 “The people flee as far as Heshbon

but are unable to go on.

For a fire comes from Heshbon,

King Sihon’s ancient home,

to devour the entire land

with all its rebellious people.

46 “What sorrow awaits you, O people of Moab!

The people of the god Chemosh are destroyed!

Your sons and your daughters

have been taken away as captives.

47 But I will restore the fortunes of Moab

in days to come.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

This is the end of Jeremiah’s prophecy concerning Moab.

A Message about Ammon

49 This message was given concerning the Ammonites. This is what the Lord says:

“Are there no descendants of Israel

to inherit the land of Gad?

Why are you, who worship Molech,Hebrew Malcam, a variant spelling of Molech; also in 49:3.

living in its towns?

In the days to come,” says the Lord,

“I will sound the battle cry against your city of Rabbah.

It will become a desolate heap of ruins,

and the neighboring towns will be burned.

Then Israel will take back the land

you took from her,” says the Lord.

“Cry out, O Heshbon,

for the town of Ai is destroyed.

Weep, O people of Rabbah!

Put on your clothes of mourning.

Weep and wail, hiding in the hedges,

for your god Molech, with his priests and officials,

will be hauled off to distant lands.

You are proud of your fertile valleys,

but they will soon be ruined.

You trusted in your wealth,

you rebellious daughter,

and thought no one could ever harm you.

But look! I will bring terror upon you,”

says the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Your neighbors will chase you from your land,

and no one will help your exiles as they flee.

But I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites

in days to come.

I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Messages about Edom

This message was given concerning Edom. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:

“Is there no wisdom in Teman?

Is no one left to give wise counsel?

Turn and flee!

Hide in deep caves, you people of Dedan!

For when I bring disaster on Edom,Hebrew Esau; also in 49:10.

I will punish you, too!

Those who harvest grapes

always leave a few for the poor.

If thieves came at night,

they would not take everything.

10 But I will strip bare the land of Edom,

and there will be no place left to hide.

Its children, its brothers, and its neighbors

will all be destroyed,

and Edom itself will be no more.

11 But I will protect the orphans who remain among you.

Your widows, too, can depend on me for help.”

12 And this is what the Lord says: “If the innocent must suffer, how much more must you! You will not go unpunished! You must drink this cup of judgment!13 For I have sworn by my own name,” says the Lord, “that Bozrah will become an object of horror and a heap of ruins; it will be mocked and cursed. All its towns and villages will be desolate forever.”

14 I have heard a message from the Lord

that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say,

“Form a coalition against Edom,

and prepare for battle!”

15 The Lord says to Edom,

“I will cut you down to size among the nations.

You will be despised by all.

16 You have been deceived

by the fear you inspire in others

and by your own pride.

You live in a rock fortress

and control the mountain heights.

But even if you make your nest among the peaks with the eagles,

I will bring you crashing down,”

says the Lord.

17 “Edom will be an object of horror.

All who pass by will be appalled

and will gasp at the destruction they see there.

18 It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

and their neighboring towns,” says the Lord.

“No one will live there;

no one will inhabit it.

19 I will come like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan,

leaping on the sheep in the pasture.

I will chase Edom from its land,

and I will appoint the leader of my choice.

For who is like me, and who can challenge me?

What ruler can oppose my will?”

20 Listen to the Lord’s plans against Edom

and the people of Teman.

Even the little children will be dragged off like sheep,

and their homes will be destroyed.

21 The earth will shake with the noise of Edom’s fall,

and its cry of despair will be heard all the way to the Red Sea.Hebrew sea of reeds.

22 Look! The enemy swoops down like an eagle,

spreading his wings over Bozrah.

Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish

like a woman in labor.

48 Against Moab thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled: Kiriathaim is confounded and taken: Misgab is confounded and dismayed.

There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee.

A voice of crying shall be from Horonaim, spoiling and great destruction.

Moab is destroyed; her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.

For in the going up of Luhith continual weeping shall go up; for in the going down of Horonaim the enemies have heard a cry of destruction.

Flee, save your lives, and be like the heath in the wilderness.

For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together.

And the spoiler shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape: the valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the Lord hath spoken.

Give wings unto Moab, that it may flee and get away: for the cities thereof shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein.

10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.

12 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles.

13 And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel their confidence.

14 How say ye, We are mighty and strong men for the war?

15 Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

16 The calamity of Moab is near to come, and his affliction hasteth fast.

17 All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!

18 Thou daughter that dost inhabit Dibon, come down from thy glory, and sit in thirst; for the spoiler of Moab shall come upon thee, and he shall destroy thy strong holds.

19 O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy; ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth, and say, What is done?

20 Moab is confounded; for it is broken down: howl and cry; tell ye it in Arnon, that Moab is spoiled,

21 And judgment is come upon the plain country; upon Holon, and upon Jahazah, and upon Mephaath,

22 And upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Bethdiblathaim,

23 And upon Kiriathaim, and upon Bethgamul, and upon Bethmeon,

24 And upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah, and upon all the cities of the land of Moab, far or near.

25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the Lord.

26 Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the Lord: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.

27 For was not Israel a derision unto thee? was he found among thieves? for since thou spakest of him, thou skippedst for joy.

28 O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the hole's mouth.

29 We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

30 I know his wrath, saith the Lord; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it.

31 Therefore will I howl for Moab, and I will cry out for all Moab; mine heart shall mourn for the men of Kirheres.

32 O vine of Sibmah, I will weep for thee with the weeping of Jazer: thy plants are gone over the sea, they reach even to the sea of Jazer: the spoiler is fallen upon thy summer fruits and upon thy vintage.

33 And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab, and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses: none shall tread with shouting; their shouting shall be no shouting.

34 From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh, and even unto Jahaz, have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even unto Horonaim, as an heifer of three years old: for the waters also of Nimrim shall be desolate.

35 Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab, saith the Lord, him that offereth in the high places, and him that burneth incense to his gods.

36 Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and mine heart shall sound like pipes for the men of Kirheres: because the riches that he hath gotten are perished.

37 For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped: upon all the hands shall be cuttings, and upon the loins sackcloth.

38 There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof: for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith the Lord.

39 They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! how hath Moab turned the back with shame! so shall Moab be a derision and a dismaying to all them about him.

40 For thus saith the Lord; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab.

41 Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised, and the mighty men's hearts in Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

42 And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord.

43 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith the Lord.

44 He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.

45 They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force: but a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.

46 Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.

47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

49 Concerning the Ammonites, thus saith the Lord; Hath Israel no sons? hath he no heir? why then doth their king inherit Gad, and his people dwell in his cities?

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites; and it shall be a desolate heap, and her daughters shall be burned with fire: then shall Israel be heir unto them that were his heirs, saith the Lord.

Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is spoiled: cry, ye daughters of Rabbah, gird you with sackcloth; lament, and run to and fro by the hedges; for their king shall go into captivity, and his priests and his princes together.

Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? that trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

Behold, I will bring a fear upon thee, saith the Lord God of hosts, from all those that be about thee; and ye shall be driven out every man right forth; and none shall gather up him that wandereth.

And afterward I will bring again the captivity of the children of Ammon, saith the Lord.

Concerning Edom, thus saith the Lord of hosts; Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished?

Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him.

If grapegatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? if thieves by night, they will destroy till they have enough.

10 But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.

11 Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.

12 For thus saith the Lord; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

13 For I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.

14 I have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.

15 For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men.

16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.

17 Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.

18 As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.

19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?

20 Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.

21 The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red sea.

22 Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

2 Timothy 4:1-22

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,S Ac 10:42 and in view of his appearingver 8; S 1Ti 6:14 and his kingdom, I give you this charge:1Ti 5:21; 6:13Preach1Ti 4:13 the word;Gal 6:6 be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke1Ti 5:20; Tit 1:13; 2:15 and encourageTit 2:15—with great patience and careful instruction.For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.S 1Ti 1:10 Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.Isa 30:10They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.S 1Ti 1:4But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,2Ti 1:8; 2:3, 9 do the work of an evangelist,Ac 21:8; Eph 4:11 discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,Nu 15:1-12; 28:7, 24; Php 2:17 and the time for my departure is near.Php 1:23I have fought the good fight,S 1Ti 1:18 I have finished the race,S 1Co 9:24; Ac 20:24 I have kept the faith.Now there is in store for meCol 1:5; 1Pe 1:4 the crown of righteousness,S 1Co 9:25 which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that dayS 2Ti 1:12—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.S 1Ti 6:14

Personal Remarks

Do your best to come to me quickly,ver 21; Tit 3:1210 for Demas,Col 4:14; Phm 24 because he loved this world,1Jn 2:15 has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.S Ac 17:1 Crescens has gone to Galatia,S Ac 16:6 and TitusS 2Co 2:13 to Dalmatia.11 Only LukeCol 4:14; Phm 24 is with me.2Ti 1:15 Get MarkS Ac 12:12 and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.12 I sent TychicusS Ac 20:4 to Ephesus.S Ac 18:1913 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas,S Ac 16:8 and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

14 AlexanderAc 19:33; 1Ti 1:20 the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.Ps 28:4; 109:20; Ro 2:6; 12:1915 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.Ac 7:6017 But the Lord stood at my sideAc 23:11 and gave me strength,S Php 4:13 so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.S Ac 9:15 And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.1Sa 17:37; Ps 22:21; Da 6:22; 1Co 15:3218 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attackPs 121:7; 2Pe 2:9 and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.ver 1 To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.S Ro 11:36

Final Greetings

19 Greet PriscillaGreek Prisca, a variant of Priscilla and AquilaS Ac 18:2 and the household of Onesiphorus.2Ti 1:1620 ErastusAc 19:22 stayed in Corinth, and I left TrophimusAc 20:4; 21:29 sick in Miletus.Ac 20:15, 1721 Do your best to get here before winter.ver 9; Tit 3:12 Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.

22 The Lord be with your spirit.S Gal 6:18 Grace be with you all.S Col 4:18

I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom:Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near.I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

Paul’s Final Words

Timothy, please come as soon as you can.10 Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia.11 Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry.12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.13 When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers.Greek especially the parchments.

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm, but the Lord will judge him for what he has done.15 Be careful of him, for he fought against everything we said.

16 The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them.17 But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death.Greek from the mouth of a lion.18 Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

Paul’s Final Greetings

19 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and those living in the household of Onesiphorus.20 Erastus stayed at Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick at Miletus.

21 Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers and sisters.Greek brothers.

22 May the Lord be with your spirit. And may his grace be with all of you.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Psalm 95:1-96:13

Psalm 95

Come,Ps 34:11; 80:2 let us sing for joyS Ps 5:11 to the Lord;

let us shout aloudPs 81:1; Isa 44:23; Zep 3:14 to the RockS 2Sa 22:47 of our salvation.

Let us come before himPs 100:2; Mic 6:6 with thanksgivingS Ps 42:4

and extol him with musicPs 81:2; S Eph 5:19 and song.

For the Lord is the great God,Ps 48:1; 86:10; 145:3; 147:5

the great KingS Ps 47:2 above all gods.Ps 96:4; 97:9

In his hand are the depths of the earth,S Ps 63:9

and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.S Ge 1:9; Ps 146:6

Come, let us bow downS 2Sa 12:16; Php 2:10 in worship,S Ps 22:29

let us kneel2Ch 6:13 before the Lord our Maker;Ps 100:3; 149:2; Isa 17:7; 54:5; Da 6:10-11; Hos 8:14

for he is our God

and we are the people of his pasture,S Ps 74:1

the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,

“Do not harden your heartsMk 10:5; Heb 3:8 as you did at Meribah,Meribah means quarreling.S Ex 17:7; S Dt 33:8; Heb 3:15*; 4:7

as you did that day at MassahMassah means testing. in the wilderness,S Ps 78:40

where your ancestors testedS Nu 14:22; 1Co 10:9 me;

they tried me, though they had seen what I did.

10 For forty yearsS Ex 16:35; S Nu 14:34; Ac 7:36; Heb 3:17 I was angry with that generation;

I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,Ps 58:3; 119:67, 176; Pr 12:26; 16:29; Isa 53:6; Jer 31:19; 50:6; Eze 34:6

and they have not known my ways.’S Dt 8:6

11 So I declared on oathS Nu 14:23 in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’”Dt 1:35; Heb 3:7-11*; 4:3*

Psalm 9696:1-13pp — 1Ch 16:23-33

Sing to the LordPs 30:4 a new song;Ps 33:3; S 40:3; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isa 42:10; S Rev 5:9

sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name;S Ps 68:4

proclaim his salvationPs 27:1; 71:15 day after day.

Declare his gloryPs 8:1 among the nations,

his marvelous deedsS Ps 71:17; Rev 15:3 among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;S Ps 48:1

he is to be fearedS Dt 28:58; S 1Ch 16:25; Ps 89:7 above all gods.S Ps 95:3

For all the gods of the nations are idols,S Lev 19:4

but the Lord made the heavens.S Ge 1:1; S 2Ch 2:12

Splendor and majestyS Ps 21:5 are before him;

strength and gloryPs 29:1; 89:17 are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord,Ps 29:1 all you families of nations,Ps 22:27

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offeringPs 45:12; S 51:19; 72:10 and come into his courts.Ps 65:4; 84:10; 92:13; 100:4

Worship the LordEx 23:25; Jnh 1:9 in the splendor of hisOr Lord with the splendor of holiness;S Ps 93:5

trembleS Ex 15:14; Ps 114:7 before him, all the earth.Ps 33:8

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.Ps 97:1

The world is firmly established,Ps 24:2; 78:69; 119:90 it cannot be moved;S Ps 93:1

he will judgePs 58:11 the peoples with equity.Ps 67:4; 98:9

11 Let the heavens rejoice,S Rev 12:12 let the earth be glad;Ps 97:1; Isa 49:13

let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;

let all the trees of the forestIsa 44:23; 55:12; Eze 17:24 sing for joy.Ps 65:13

13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,

he comes to judgeRev 19:11 the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousnessS Ps 7:11; Ac 17:31

and the peoples in his faithfulness.Ps 86:11

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come to him with thanksgiving.

Let us sing psalms of praise to him.

For the Lord is a great God,

a great King above all gods.

He holds in his hands the depths of the earth

and the mightiest mountains.

The sea belongs to him, for he made it.

His hands formed the dry land, too.

Come, let us worship and bow down.

Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,

for he is our God.

We are the people he watches over,

the flock under his care.

If only you would listen to his voice today!

The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah,

as they did at Massah in the wilderness.

For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience,

even though they saw everything I did.

10 For forty years I was angry with them, and I said,

‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me.

They refuse to do what I tell them.’

11 So in my anger I took an oath:

‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

Psalm 96

Sing a new song to the Lord!

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

Sing to the Lord; praise his name.

Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.

Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

He is to be feared above all gods.

The gods of other nations are mere idols,

but the Lord made the heavens!

Honor and majesty surround him;

strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;

recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!

Bring your offering and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

Let all the earth tremble before him.

10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

He will judge all peoples fairly.

11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!

Let the trees of the forest sing for joy

13 before the Lord, for he is coming!

He is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with justice,

and the nations with his truth.

95 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

96 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice

13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Proverbs 26:9-12

Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.ver 7

10 Like an archer who wounds at random

is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,2Pe 2:22*

so fools repeat their folly.S Ps 85:8

12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?S Pr 3:7

There is more hope for a fool than for them.Pr 29:20

A proverb in the mouth of a fool

is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.

10 An employer who hires a fool or a bystander

is like an archer who shoots at random.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

so a fool repeats his foolishness.

12 There is more hope for fools

than for people who think they are wise.

As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

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