Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Even before we become Christians, many of us think we are "good." The Word of God, however, clearly states the contrary. At one time, all of us "were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. We hated others, and they hated us" (Titus 3:3).

In His kindness and love, God saved us, washed us in His blood, and renewed us in the Holy Spirit. His goodness to us made us good. Now, because of that goodness living in us, we devote our lives to doing what is good (v. 8).

Doing good includes submitting to those in authority, and living an obedient, gentle, humble, and peaceable life (v. 2). As we follow these guidelines, we will live productive lives, devoting ourselves to providing for daily necessities and the needs of others (v. 14).

The central theme of the Psalms is the goodness of the Lord. Psalm 100:5 puts it this way: "For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation."

Let us enjoy His goodness today and rejoice that He has changed us into someone "good." God is good all the time, and so should we be!

Jeremiah 51:54-52:34

54 “The sound of a cryS Job 24:12 comes from Babylon,

the sound of great destructionS Jer 50:22

from the land of the Babylonians.Or Chaldeans

55 The Lord will destroy Babylon;

he will silenceIsa 25:5 her noisy din.

WavesS Ps 18:4 of enemies will rage like great waters;

the roar of their voices will resound.

56 A destroyerS ver 48; S Job 15:21 will come against Babylon;

her warriors will be captured,

and their bows will be broken.Ps 46:9

For the Lord is a God of retribution;

he will repayS ver 6; S Ge 4:24; S Dt 32:41; Ps 94:1-2; Hab 2:8 in full.

57 I will make her officialsS ver 23 and wiseS Job 5:13 men drunk,S Isa 21:5

her governors, officers and warriors as well;

they will sleepS ver 39; Ps 76:5; S Jer 25:27 forever and not awake,”

declares the King,S Isa 6:5 whose name is the Lord Almighty.

58 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Babylon’s thick wallS ver 44; S 2Ki 25:4; S Isa 15:1 will be leveled

and her high gatesS Isa 13:2 set on fire;

the peoplesver 64 exhaustS Isa 47:13 themselves for nothing,

the nations’ labor is only fuel for the flames.”S Isa 47:14

59 This is the message Jeremiah the prophet gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,Jer 36:4 the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with ZedekiahJer 52:1 king of Judah in the fourthJer 28:1 year of his reign.60 Jeremiah had written on a scrollS Ex 17:14; Jer 30:2; 36:2 about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon—all that had been recorded concerning Babylon.61 He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud.62 Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolateS Isa 13:20; S Jer 9:11; S 50:13, 39 forever.’63 When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.S Ge 2:1464 Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no moreEze 26:21; 28:19 because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her peopleS ver 58 will fall.’”Rev 18:21

The words of Jeremiah endS Job 31:40 here.

The Fall of Jerusalem52:1-3pp — 2Ki 24:18-20; 2Ch 36:11-1652:4-16pp — Jer 39:1-1052:4-21pp — 2Ki 25:1-21; 2Ch 36:17-20

52 ZedekiahS 2Ki 24:17 was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.S Nu 33:20; Jos 10:29; 2Ki 8:22He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as JehoiakimS Jer 36:30 had done.It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah,Isa 3:1 and in the end he thrust them from his presence.S Ge 4:14; S Ex 33:15

Now Zedekiah rebelledEze 17:12-16 against the king of Babylon.

So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenthZec 8:19 day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against JerusalemJer 34:1 with his whole army. They encamped outside the city and built siege worksS Jer 6:6 all around it.Eze 24:1-2The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.S Lev 26:26; S Isa 3:1; La 1:11Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled.La 4:19 They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the BabyloniansOr Chaldeans; also in verse 17 were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,Or the Jordan Valleybut the BabylonianOr Chaldean; also in verse 14 army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered,and he was captured.S Jer 21:7; S 32:4

He was taken to the king of Babylon at RiblahS Nu 34:11 in the land of Hamath,S Nu 13:21 where he pronounced sentence on him.10 There at Riblah the king of Babylon killed the sonsS Jer 22:30 of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah.11 Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.Jer 34:4; Eze 12:13; 17:16

12 On the tenth day of the fifthZec 7:5; 8:19 month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradanver 26 commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.13 He set fireS 2Ch 36:19; S Ps 74:8; La 2:6 to the templeS Dt 29:24; Ps 79:1; Mic 3:12 of the Lord, the royal palace and all the housesS Dt 13:16; S Jer 19:13 of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.14 The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down all the wallsS Ne 1:3; La 2:8 around Jerusalem.15 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exileS 2Ki 24:1; S Jer 1:3 some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmenOr the populace and those who had desertedS Jer 38:19 to the king of Babylon.16 But Nebuzaradan left behindJer 40:6 the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

17 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,S 1Ki 7:15 the movable stands1Ki 7:27-37 and the bronze SeaS 1Ki 7:23 that were at the temple of the Lord and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.Jer 27:19-2218 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,S Nu 4:14 dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.S Ex 27:3; 1Ki 7:4519 The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,S Lev 10:1; S 1Ki 7:50 sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,S Nu 3:31 dishesEx 25:29 and bowls used for drink offeringsS Nu 4:7—all that were made of pure gold or silver.S Ezr 1:7; Da 5:2

20 The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls1Ki 7:25 under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed.S 1Ki 7:4721 Each pillar was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumferenceThat is, about 27 feet high and 18 feet in circumference or about 8.1 meters high and 5.4 meters in circumference; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.S 1Ki 7:1522 The bronze capitalS 1Ki 7:16 on top of one pillar was five cubitsThat is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters high and was decorated with a network and pomegranatesS Ex 28:33 of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar.23 There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates1Ki 7:20 above the surrounding network was a hundred.S ver 17; S Jer 27:19

24 The commander of the guard took as prisoners SeraiahS 2Ki 25:18 the chief priest, ZephaniahS 2Ki 25:18; S Jer 37:3 the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.S 2Ki 12:925 Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretaryJer 36:10 who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land, sixty of whom were found in the city.26 NebuzaradanS ver 12 the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.27 There at Riblah,S Nu 34:11 in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.

So Judah went into captivity, awayS Jer 20:4 from her land.28 This is the number of the people Nebuchadnezzar carried into exile:S Dt 28:36; S 2Ch 36:20; S Ne 1:2

in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews;

29 in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth year,

832 people from Jerusalem;

30 in his twenty-third year,

745 Jews taken into exileS Jer 43:3 by Nebuzaradan the commander of the imperial guard.

There were 4,600 people in all.S Jer 13:19

Jehoiachin Released52:31-34pp — 2Ki 25:27-30

31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of JehoiachinS 2Ch 36:9 king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison.32 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.33 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table.S 2Sa 9:734 Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance2Sa 9:10 as long as he lived, till the day of his death.

Babylon’s Complete Destruction

54 “Listen! Hear the cry of Babylon,

the sound of great destruction from the land of the Babylonians.

55 For the Lord is destroying Babylon.

He will silence her loud voice.

Waves of enemies pound against her;

the noise of battle rings through the city.

56 Destroying armies come against Babylon.

Her mighty men are captured,

and their weapons break in their hands.

For the Lord is a God who gives just punishment;

he always repays in full.

57 I will make her officials and wise men drunk,

along with her captains, officers, and warriors.

They will fall asleep

and never wake up again!”

says the King, whose name is

the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

58 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:

“The thick walls of Babylon will be leveled to the ground,

and her massive gates will be burned.

The builders from many lands have worked in vain,

for their work will be destroyed by fire!”

Jeremiah’s Message Sent to Babylon

59 The prophet Jeremiah gave this message to Seraiah son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah, a staff officer, when Seraiah went to Babylon with King Zedekiah of Judah. This was during the fourth year of Zedekiah’s reign.The fourth year of Zedekiah’s reign was 593 B.c.60 Jeremiah had recorded on a scroll all the terrible disasters that would soon come upon Babylon—all the words written here.61 He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, read aloud everything on this scroll.62 Then say, ‘Lord, you have said that you will destroy Babylon so that neither people nor animals will remain here. She will lie empty and abandoned forever.’63 When you have finished reading the scroll, tie it to a stone and throw it into the Euphrates River.64 Then say, ‘In this same way Babylon and her people will sink, never again to rise, because of the disasters I will bring upon her.’”

This is the end of Jeremiah’s messages.

The Fall of Jerusalem

52 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah.But Zedekiah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Jehoiakim had done.These things happened because of the Lord’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile.

Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.So on January 15,Hebrew on the tenth day of the tenth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. A number of events in Jeremiah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Babylonian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This day was January 15, 588 B.c. during the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 52:12, 28, 29, 30. of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls.Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah’s reign.

By July 18 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign,Hebrew By the ninth day of the fourth month [in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign]. This day was July 18, 586 B.c.; also see note on 52:4a. the famine in the city had become very severe, and the last of the food was entirely gone.Then a section of the city wall was broken down, and all the soldiers fled. Since the city was surrounded by the Babylonians,Or the Chaldeans; similarly in 52:8, 17. they waited for nightfall. Then they slipped through the gate between the two walls behind the king’s garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.Hebrew the Arabah.

But the Babylonian troops chased King Zedekiah and overtook him on the plains of Jericho, for his men had all deserted him and scattered.They captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.10 The king of Babylon made Zedekiah watch as he slaughtered his sons. He also slaughtered all the officials of Judah at Riblah.11 Then he gouged out Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him in bronze chains, and the king of Babylon led him away to Babylon. Zedekiah remained there in prison until the day of his death.

The Temple Destroyed

12 On August 17 of that year,Hebrew On the tenth day of the fifth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was August 17, 586 B.c.; also see note on 52:4a. which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king, arrived in Jerusalem.13 He burned down the Temple of the Lord, the royal palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem. He destroyed all the important buildingsOr destroyed the houses of all the important people. in the city.14 Then he supervised the entire BabylonianOr Chaldean. army as they tore down the walls of Jerusalem on every side.15 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took as exiles some of the poorest of the people, the rest of the people who remained in the city, the defectors who had declared their allegiance to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the craftsmen.16 But Nebuzaradan allowed some of the poorest people to stay behind to care for the vineyards and fields.

17 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars in front of the Lord’s Temple, the bronze water carts, and the great bronze basin called the Sea, and they carried all the bronze away to Babylon.18 They also took all the ash buckets, shovels, lamp snuffers, basins, dishes, and all the other bronze articles used for making sacrifices at the Temple.19 The captain of the guard also took the small bowls, incense burners, basins, pots, lampstands, ladles, bowls used for liquid offerings, and all the other articles made of pure gold or silver.

20 The weight of the bronze from the two pillars, the Sea with the twelve bronze oxen beneath it, and the water carts was too great to be measured. These things had been made for the Lord’s Temple in the days of King Solomon.21 Each of the pillars was 27 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference.Hebrew 18 cubits [8.3 meters] tall and 12 cubits [5.5 meters] in circumference. They were hollow, with walls 3 inches thick.Hebrew 4 fingers thick [8 centimeters].22 The bronze capital on top of each pillar was 7 1⁄2 feetHebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters]. high and was decorated with a network of bronze pomegranates all the way around.23 There were 96 pomegranates on the sides, and a total of 100 pomegranates on the network around the top.

24 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took with him as prisoners Seraiah the high priest, Zephaniah the priest of the second rank, and the three chief gatekeepers.25 And from among the people still hiding in the city, he took an officer who had been in charge of the Judean army; seven of the king’s personal advisers; the army commander’s chief secretary, who was in charge of recruitment; and sixty other citizens.26 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them all to the king of Babylon at Riblah.27 And there at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king of Babylon had them all put to death. So the people of Judah were sent into exile from their land.

28 The number of captives taken to Babylon in the seventh year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reignThis exile in the seventh year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign occurred in 597 B.c. was 3,023.29 Then in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth yearThis exile in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign occurred in 586 B.c. he took 832 more.30 In Nebuchadnezzar’s twenty-third yearThis exile in the twenty-third year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign occurred in 581 B.c. he sent Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, who took 745 more—a total of 4,600 captives in all.

Hope for Israel’s Royal Line

31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind toHebrew He raised the head of. Jehoiachin and released him from prison on March 31 of that year.Hebrew on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was March 31, 561 B.c.; also see note on 52:4a.32 He spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and gave him a higher place than all the other exiled kings in Babylon.33 He supplied Jehoiachin with new clothes to replace his prison garb and allowed him to dine in the king’s presence for the rest of his life.34 So the Babylonian king gave him a regular food allowance as long as he lived. This continued until the day of his death.

54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

55 Because the Lord hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the Lord God of recompences shall surely requite.

57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

58 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.

59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet prince.

60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.

61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;

62 Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.

63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:

64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

52 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.

But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.

Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him.

10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.

11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

13 And burned the house of the Lord, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:

14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.

15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.

16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.

17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.

18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.

19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away.

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the Lord: the brass of all these vessels was without weight.

21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow.

22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these.

23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round about.

24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king's person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.

26 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.

27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land.

28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty:

29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons:

30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four thousand and six hundred.

31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

Titus 3:1-15

Saved in Order to Do Good

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities,Ro 13:1; 1Pe 2:13, 14 to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,S 2Ti 2:21; S Tit 2:14to slander no one,Eph 4:31 to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one timeS Eph 2:2 we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.But when the kindnessEph 2:7 and love of God our SaviorS Lk 1:47 appeared,Tit 2:11he saved us,S Ro 11:14 not because of righteous things we had done,S Eph 2:9 but because of his mercy.1Pe 1:3 He saved us through the washingS Ac 22:16 of rebirth and renewalRo 12:2 by the Holy Spirit,whom he poured out on usS Ro 5:5 generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,so that, having been justified by his grace,S Ro 3:24 we might become heirsS Ro 8:17 having the hopeRo 8:24 of eternal life.S Mt 25:46; Tit 1:2This is a trustworthy saying.S 1Ti 1:15 And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.S Tit 2:14 These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

But avoid2Ti 2:16 foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrelsS 2Ti 2:14 about the law,Tit 1:10-16 because these are unprofitable and useless.2Ti 2:1410 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.S Ro 16:1711 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.

Final Remarks

12 As soon as I send Artemas or TychicusS Ac 20:4 to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.2Ti 4:9, 2113 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and ApollosS Ac 18:24 on their way and see that they have everything they need.14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good,S Tit 2:14 in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.

15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.1Ti 1:2

Grace be with you all.S Col 4:18

Do What Is Good

Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.But—

When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.Greek He saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.

Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigreesOr spiritual genealogies. or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.10 If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them.11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.

Paul’s Final Remarks and Greetings

12 I am planning to send either Artemas or Tychicus to you. As soon as one of them arrives, do your best to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to stay there for the winter.13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos with their trip. See that they are given everything they need.14 Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.

15 Everybody here sends greetings. Please give my greetings to the believers—all who love us.

May God’s grace be with you all.

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.

13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.

14 And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Psalm 100:1-5

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joyS Ps 98:6 to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the LordS Dt 10:12 with gladness;

come before himS Ps 95:2 with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.S 1Ki 18:21; S Ps 46:10

It is he who made us,S Job 10:3 and we are hisOr and not we ourselves;

we are his people,Ps 79:13; Isa 19:25; 63:8, 17-19; 64:9 the sheep of his pasture.S 2Sa 24:17; S Ps 74:1

Enter his gates with thanksgivingS Ps 42:4

and his courtsS Ps 96:8 with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.Ps 116:17

For the Lord is goodS 1Ch 16:34 and his love endures forever;S Ezr 3:11; Ps 106:1

his faithfulnessPs 108:4; 119:90 continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

A psalm of thanksgiving.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Worship the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

He made us, and we are his.As in an alternate reading in the Masoretic Text; the other alternate and some ancient versions read and not we ourselves.

We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good.

His unfailing love continues forever,

and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Proverbs 26:18-19

18 Like a maniac shooting

flaming arrows of death

19 is one who deceives their neighbor

and says, “I was only joking!”

18 Just as damaging

as a madman shooting a deadly weapon

19 is someone who lies to a friend

and then says, “I was only joking.”

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

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