Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The peace of God comes from the God of peace. In the fourth chapter of Philippians, Paul tells us how to walk in continual, perfect peace.

First, he pleads with us to reconcile our relationships to others. He addressed a division in the Philippian church, saying, "And now I want to plead with those two women, Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement" (v. 2). Strained, divisive relationships will always block the peace of God.

Next, Paul says, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" (v. 6). If you make every concern a matter of prayer, God's peace will flood your heart and mind, even when your understanding is crying,

Worry!

Finally, Paul challenges us to change our ways of daily meditation. Instead of thinking untrue, immoral, base, corrupt, and ugly thoughts from the enemy, he tells us to "fix [our] thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" (v. 8). We must fill our minds with thoughts that are consistent with the heaven where we will one day live. Such thoughts will calm our hearts and bring the presence of the God of peace back into our lives. Then the peace of God will be ours until we see the God of peace face-to-face.

Jeremiah 1:1-2:30

The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at AnathothS Jos 21:18 in the territory of Benjamin.The word of the Lord cameEze 1:3; Hos 1:1; Joel 1:1 to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of JosiahS 2Ki 22:1 son of Amon king of Judah,and through the reign of JehoiakimS 2Ki 23:34 son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of ZedekiahS 2Ki 24:17 son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.Ezr 5:12; Jer 52:15

The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the wombS Ps 139:13 I knewOr chosePs 139:16 you,

before you were bornS Isa 49:1 I set you apart;Jn 10:36

I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.ver 10; Jer 25:15-26

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak;S Ex 3:11; S 6:12 I am too young.”1Ki 3:7

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.Do not be afraidS Ge 15:1; S Jos 8:1 of them, for I am with youS Ge 26:3; S Jos 1:5; Jer 15:20 and will rescuever 19; Jer 15:21; 26:24; 36:26; 42:11 you,” declares the Lord.Jer 20:11

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touchedS Isa 6:7 my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.S Ex 4:1210 See, today I appoint you over nationsJer 25:17; 46:1 and kingdoms to uprootJer 12:17 and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”Jer 18:7-10; 24:6; 31:4, 28

11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”Jer 24:3; Am 7:8

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watchingThe Hebrew for watching sounds like the Hebrew for almond tree.S Job 29:2; Jer 44:27 to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”Jer 24:3; Zec 4:2; 5:2

“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”

14 The Lord said to me, “From the northS Isa 14:31 disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones

in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;

they will come against all her surrounding walls

and against all the towns of Judah.Jer 4:16; 9:11; 10:22

16 I will pronounce my judgmentsJer 4:12 on my people

because of their wickednessS Ge 6:5; Jer 44:5 in forsaking me,Jer 2:13; 17:13

in burning incense to other godsS Ex 20:3; Jer 7:9; 19:4; 44:3

and in worshipingS Nu 25:3 what their hands have made.Ps 115:4-8; S 135:15

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and sayver 7; Jer 7:27; 26:2, 15; 42:4 to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrifiedS Dt 31:6; S 2Ki 1:15 by them, or I will terrify you before them.18 Today I have made youS Isa 50:7 a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.19 They will fight against you but will not overcomeS Ps 129:2 you, for I am with youS Ge 26:3; Isa 43:2; Jer 20:11 and will rescueS ver 8; S Pr 20:22; Ac 26:17 you,” declares the Lord.

Israel Forsakes God

The wordIsa 38:4; Eze 1:3; Mic 1:1 of the Lord came to me:“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:

“This is what the Lord says:

“‘I remember the devotion of your youth,Ps 71:17; Isa 54:4; Jer 3:4; Eze 16:8-14, 60; Hos 2:15; 11:1; Rev 2:4

how as a bride you loved me

and followed me through the wilderness,S Ex 13:21; S Dt 1:19

through a land not sown.

Israel was holyS Dt 7:6 to the Lord,S Ex 19:6; S Dt 7:6

the firstfruitsLev 23:9-14; Jas 1:18; Rev 14:4 of his harvest;

all who devouredIsa 41:11; Jer 10:25; 30:16 her were held guilty,Jer 50:7

and disaster overtook them,’”

declares the Lord.

Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob,

all you clans of Israel.

This is what the Lord says:

“What fault did your ancestors find in me,

that they strayed so far from me?

They followed worthless idolsS Dt 32:21; S 1Sa 12:21; Ps 31:6

and became worthless2Ki 17:15 themselves.

They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,

who brought us up out of EgyptS Ex 6:6; Hos 13:4

and led us through the barren wilderness,

through a land of desertsS Dt 1:19 and ravines,S Dt 32:10

a land of drought and utter darkness,

a land where no one travelsJer 51:43 and no one lives?’

I brought you into a fertile land

to eat its fruit and rich produce.S Nu 13:27; Dt 8:7-9; 11:10-12

But you came and defiled my land

and made my inheritance detestable.Ps 106:34-39; Jer 3:9; 7:30; 16:18; Eze 11:21; 36:17

The priests did not ask,

‘Where is the Lord?’

Those who deal with the law did not know me;S 1Sa 2:12; Jer 4:22

the leadersJer 3:15; 23:1; 25:34; 50:6 rebelled against me.

The prophets prophesied by Baal,S 1Ki 18:22

following worthless idols.ver 25; S Isa 40:19; S 56:10; Jer 5:19; 9:14; 16:19; 22:9

“Therefore I bring chargesJer 25:31; Hos 4:1; Mic 6:2 against you again,”

declares the Lord.

“And I will bring charges against your children’s children.

10 Cross over to the coasts of CyprusS Ge 10:4 and look,

send to KedarIn the Syro-Arabian desertS Ge 25:13 and observe closely;

see if there has ever been anything like this:

11 Has a nation ever changed its gods?

(Yet they are not godsS Isa 37:19; Jer 16:20; Gal 4:8 at all.)

But my people have exchanged their gloriousS 1Sa 4:21; Ro 1:23 God

for worthless idols.

12 Be appalled at this, you heavens,

and shudder with great horror,”

declares the Lord.

13 “My people have committed two sins:

They have forsakenS Dt 31:16; S Isa 65:11 me,

the spring of living water,S Isa 12:3; Jn 4:14

and have dug their own cisterns,

broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

14 Is Israel a servant, a slaveEx 4:22; Jer 31:9 by birth?

Why then has he become plunder?

15 LionsJer 4:7; 50:17 have roared;

they have growled at him.

They have laid wasteS Isa 1:7 his land;

his towns are burnedS 2Ki 25:9 and deserted.S Lev 26:43

16 Also, the men of MemphisS Isa 19:13 and TahpanhesJer 43:7-9

have cracked your skull.

17 Have you not brought this on yourselvesJer 4:18

by forsakingS Isa 1:28; Jer 17:13; 19:4 the Lord your God

when he led you in the way?

18 Now why go to EgyptS Isa 30:2

to drink water from the NileHebrew Shihor; that is, a branch of the Nile?S Jos 13:3

And why go to AssyriaS 2Ki 16:7; Hos 5:13; 7:11; 8:9

to drink water from the Euphrates?S Isa 7:20

19 Your wickedness will punish you;

your backslidingJer 3:11, 22; 7:24; 11:10; 14:7; Hos 14:4 will rebukeIsa 3:9; 59:12; Hos 5:5 you.

Consider then and realize

how evil and bitterS Job 20:14; Am 8:10 it is for you

when you forsakeJer 19:4 the Lord your God

and have no aweS Ps 36:1 of me,”

declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

20 “Long ago you broke off your yokeS Lev 26:13

and tore off your bonds;Ps 2:3; Jer 5:5

you said, ‘I will not serve you!’S Job 21:14

Indeed, on every high hillIsa 57:7; Jer 3:23; 17:2

and under every spreading treeS Dt 12:2

you lay down as a prostitute.S Isa 1:21; Eze 16:15

21 I had plantedS Ex 15:17 you like a choice vineS Ps 80:8

of sound and reliable stock.

How then did you turn against me

into a corrupt,S Isa 5:4 wild vine?

22 Although you washS Ps 51:2; La 1:8, 17 yourself with soapS Job 9:30

and use an abundance of cleansing powder,

the stain of your guilt is still before me,”

declares the Sovereign Lord.Jer 17:1

23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;S Pr 30:12

I have not run after the Baals’?ver 25; Jer 9:14; 23:27

See how you behaved in the valley;S 2Ki 23:10; Jer 7:31; 19:2; 31:40

consider what you have done.

You are a swift she-camel

runningver 33; Jer 31:22 here and there,

24 a wild donkeyS Ge 16:12; Jer 14:6 accustomed to the desert,S Job 39:6

sniffing the wind in her craving—

in her heat who can restrain her?

Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves;

at mating time they will find her.

25 Do not run until your feet are bare

and your throat is dry.

But you said, ‘It’s no use!S Isa 57:10

I love foreign gods,Dt 32:16; Jer 3:13; 14:10

and I must go after them.’S ver 8,S 23

26 “As a thief is disgracedJer 48:27; La 1:7; Eze 16:54; 36:4 when he is caught,

so the people of Israel are disgraced—

they, their kings and their officials,

their priestsEze 22:26 and their prophets.Jer 32:32; 44:17, 21

27 They say to wood,Jer 10:8 ‘You are my father,’

and to stone,Jer 3:9 ‘You gave me birth.’

They have turned their backsS 1Ki 14:9; S 2Ch 29:6; Ps 14:3; Eze 8:16 to me

and not their faces;Jer 18:17; 32:33; Eze 7:22

yet when they are in trouble,Jdg 10:10; Isa 26:16 they say,

‘Come and saveIsa 37:20; Hos 5:15 us!’

28 Where then are the godsS Isa 45:20 you made for yourselves?

Let them come if they can save you

when you are in trouble!S Dt 32:37; S Isa 40:19

For you, Judah, have as many gods

as you have towns.S 2Ki 17:29

29 “Why do you bring charges against me?

You have allJer 5:1; 6:13; Da 9:11; Mic 3:11; 7:2 rebelled against me,”

declares the Lord.

30 “In vain I punished your people;

they did not respond to correction.S Lev 26:23

Your sword has devoured your prophetsS Ne 9:26; S Jer 11:21; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:15

like a ravenous lion.

These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.The Lord first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah.The thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign was 627 B.c.The Lord’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons. In AugustHebrew In the fifth 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. The fifth month in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign occurred within the months of August and September 586 B.c. Also see 52:12 and the note there. of that eleventh year the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.

Jeremiah’s Call and First Visions

The Lord gave me this message:

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.

Before you were born I set you apart

and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!

10 Today I appoint you to stand up

against nations and kingdoms.

Some you must uproot and tear down,

destroy and overthrow.

Others you must build up

and plant.”

11 Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?”

And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.”

12 And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching,The Hebrew word for “watching” (shoqed) sounds like the word for “almond tree” (shaqed). and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”

13 Then the Lord spoke to me again and asked, “What do you see now?”

And I replied, “I see a pot of boiling water, spilling from the north.”

14 “Yes,” the Lord said, “for terror from the north will boil out on the people of this land.15 Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. I, the Lord, have spoken!

“They will set their thrones

at the gates of the city.

They will attack its walls

and all the other towns of Judah.

16 I will pronounce judgment

on my people for all their evil—

for deserting me and burning incense to other gods.

Yes, they worship idols made with their own hands!

17 “Get up and prepare for action.

Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say.

Do not be afraid of them,

or I will make you look foolish in front of them.

18 For see, today I have made you strong

like a fortified city that cannot be captured,

like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.

You will stand against the whole land—

the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah.

19 They will fight you, but they will fail.

For I am with you, and I will take care of you.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

The Lord’s Case against His People

The Lord gave me another message. He said,“Go and shout this message to Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says:

“I remember how eager you were to please me

as a young bride long ago,

how you loved me and followed me

even through the barren wilderness.

In those days Israel was holy to the Lord,

the first of his children.Hebrew the firstfruits of his harvest.

All who harmed his people were declared guilty,

and disaster fell on them.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Listen to the word of the Lord, people of Jacob—all you families of Israel!This is what the Lord says:

“What did your ancestors find wrong with me

that led them to stray so far from me?

They worshiped worthless idols,

only to become worthless themselves.

They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord

who brought us safely out of Egypt

and led us through the barren wilderness—

a land of deserts and pits,

a land of drought and death,

where no one lives or even travels?’

“And when I brought you into a fruitful land

to enjoy its bounty and goodness,

you defiled my land and

corrupted the possession I had promised you.

The priests did not ask,

‘Where is the Lord?’

Those who taught my word ignored me,

the rulers turned against me,

and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal,

wasting their time on worthless idols.

Therefore, I will bring my case against you,”

says the Lord.

“I will even bring charges against your children’s children

in the years to come.

10 “Go west and look in the land of CyprusHebrew Kittim.;

go east and search through the land of Kedar.

Has anyone ever heard of anything

as strange as this?

11 Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones,

even though they are not gods at all?

Yet my people have exchanged their glorious GodHebrew their glory.

for worthless idols!

12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing

and shrink back in horror and dismay,”

says the Lord.

13 “For my people have done two evil things:

They have abandoned me—

the fountain of living water.

And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns

that can hold no water at all!

The Results of Israel’s Sin

14 “Why has Israel become a slave?

Why has he been carried away as plunder?

15 Strong lions have roared against him,

and the land has been destroyed.

The towns are now in ruins,

and no one lives in them anymore.

16 Egyptians, marching from their cities of MemphisHebrew Noph. and Tahpanhes,

have destroyed Israel’s glory and power.

17 And you have brought this upon yourselves

by rebelling against the Lord your God,

even though he was leading you on the way!

18 “What have you gained by your alliances with Egypt

and your covenants with Assyria?

What good to you are the streams of the NileHebrew of Shihor, a branch of the Nile River.

or the waters of the Euphrates River?Hebrew the river?

19 Your wickedness will bring its own punishment.

Your turning from me will shame you.

You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is

to abandon the Lord your God and not to fear him.

I, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!

20 “Long ago I broke the yoke that oppressed you

and tore away the chains of your slavery,

but still you said,

‘I will not serve you.’

On every hill and under every green tree,

you have prostituted yourselves by bowing down to idols.

21 But I was the one who planted you,

choosing a vine of the purest stock—the very best.

How did you grow into this corrupt wild vine?

22 No amount of soap or lye can make you clean.

I still see the stain of your guilt.

I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

Israel, an Unfaithful Wife

23 “You say, ‘That’s not true!

I haven’t worshiped the images of Baal!’

But how can you say that?

Go and look in any valley in the land!

Face the awful sins you have done.

You are like a restless female camel

desperately searching for a mate.

24 You are like a wild donkey,

sniffing the wind at mating time.

Who can restrain her lust?

Those who desire her don’t need to search,

for she goes running to them!

25 When will you stop running?

When will you stop panting after other gods?

But you say, ‘Save your breath.

I’m in love with these foreign gods,

and I can’t stop loving them now!’

26 “Israel is like a thief

who feels shame only when he gets caught.

They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets—

all are alike in this.

27 To an image carved from a piece of wood they say,

‘You are my father.’

To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say,

‘You are my mother.’

They turn their backs on me,

but in times of trouble they cry out to me,

‘Come and save us!’

28 But why not call on these gods you have made?

When trouble comes, let them save you if they can!

For you have as many gods

as there are towns in Judah.

29 Why do you accuse me of doing wrong?

You are the ones who have rebelled,”

says the Lord.

30 “I have punished your children,

but they did not respond to my discipline.

You yourselves have killed your prophets

as a lion kills its prey.

The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.

12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

13 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

14 Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.

15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.

17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.

19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children's children will I plead.

10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.

11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord.

13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?

15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.

17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way?

18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?

19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?

22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.

23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.

25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets.

27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord.

30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

Philippians 4:1-23

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for,Php 1:8 my joy and crown, stand firmS 1Co 16:13 in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mindPhp 2:2 in the Lord.Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers,S Php 2:25 whose names are in the book of life.S Rev 20:12

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!Ps 85:6; 97:12; Hab 3:18; S Mt 5:12; Ro 12:12; Php 3:1Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.Ps 119:151; 145:18; Heb 10:37; Jas 5:8, 9Do not be anxious about anything,Mt 6:25-34 but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Eph 6:18; 1Ti 2:1And the peace of God,Isa 26:3; S Jn 14:27 which transcends all understanding,Eph 3:19 will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.S 1Co 4:16 And the God of peaceS Ro 15:33 will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.2Co 11:9 Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content1Ti 6:6, 8; Heb 13:5 whatever the circumstances.12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,S 1Co 4:11 whether living in plenty or in want.2Co 11:913 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.2Co 12:9; Eph 3:16; Col 1:11; 1Ti 1:12; 2Ti 4:17

14 Yet it was good of you to sharePhp 1:7 in my troubles.15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early daysPhp 1:5 of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia,S Ac 16:9 not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;2Co 11:8, 916 for even when I was in Thessalonica,S Ac 17:1 you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.1Th 2:917 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.1Co 9:11, 1218 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from EpaphroditusPhp 2:25 the gifts you sent. They are a fragrantS 2Co 2:14 offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.19 And my God will meet all your needsPs 23:1; 2Co 9:8 according to the riches of his gloryS Ro 2:4 in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and FatherGal 1:4; 1Th 1:3; 3:11, 13 be glory for ever and ever. Amen.S Ro 11:36

Final Greetings

21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with meGal 1:2 send greetings.22 All God’s peopleS Ac 9:13 here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus ChristS Ro 16:20 be with your spirit.S Gal 6:18 Amen.Some manuscripts do not have Amen.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers; also in 4:8. stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.

Words of Encouragement

Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.And I ask you, my true partner,Or loyal Syzygus. to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.Greek the Lord is near.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts

10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.13 For I can do everything through Christ,Greek through the one. who gives me strength.14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once.17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.

18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.

Paul’s Final Greetings

21 Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you their greetings.22 And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.

23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.Some manuscripts add Amen.

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Psalm 75:1-10

Psalm 75In Hebrew texts 75:1-10 is numbered 75:2-11.

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

We praise you, God,

we praise you, for your Name is near;Ps 145:18

people tell of your wonderful deeds.S Jos 3:5; Ps 44:1; S 71:16; 77:12; 105:2; 107:8, 15; 145:5, 12

You say, “I choose the appointed time;S Ex 13:10

it is I who judge with equity.S Ps 7:11

When the earth and all its people quake,Isa 24:19

it is I who hold its pillars1Sa 2:8; S 2Sa 22:8 firm.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

To the arrogantS Ps 5:5 I say, ‘Boast no more,’S 1Sa 2:3

and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.Horns here symbolize strength; also in verses 5 and 10.Zec 1:21

Do not lift your horns against heaven;

do not speak so defiantly.S Job 15:25’”

No one from the east or the west

or from the desert can exalt themselves.

It is God who judges:S Ge 16:5; Ps 50:6; 58:11; Rev 18:8

He brings one down, he exalts another.1Sa 2:7; S Job 5:11; Ps 147:6; Eze 21:26; Da 2:21

In the hand of the Lord is a cup

full of foaming wine mixedPr 23:30 with spices;

he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth

drink it down to its very dregs.Isa 51:17; Jer 25:15; Zec 12:2

As for me, I will declarePs 40:10 this forever;

I will singPs 108:1 praise to the God of Jacob,S Ge 24:12; Ps 76:6

10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,

but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”Ps 89:17; 92:10; 112:9; 148:14

Psalm 75

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

We thank you, O God!

We give thanks because you are near.

People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

God says, “At the time I have planned,

I will bring justice against the wicked.

When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,

I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude

“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’

I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!

Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens

or speak with such arrogance.’”

For no one on earth—from east or west,

or even from the wilderness—

should raise a defiant fist.Hebrew should lift.

It is God alone who judges;

he decides who will rise and who will fall.

For the Lord holds a cup in his hand

that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.

He pours out the wine in judgment,

and all the wicked must drink it,

draining it to the dregs.

But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,

but I will increase the power of the godly.”

75 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Proverbs 24:17-20

Saying 28

17 Do not gloatOb 1:12 when your enemy falls;

when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,S 2Sa 3:32; Mic 7:8

18 or the Lord will see and disapprove

and turn his wrath away from them.S Job 31:29

Saying 29

19 Do not fretPs 37:1 because of evildoers

or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,

and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.S Job 18:5; S Pr 23:17-18

17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;

don’t be happy when they stumble.

18 For the Lord will be displeased with you

and will turn his anger away from them.

19 Don’t fret because of evildoers;

don’t envy the wicked.

20 For evil people have no future;

the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:

20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

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