Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Wisdom, strength, and riches are the three goals that the world passionately pursues. Anyone who achieves status in one of these three areas is celebrated as someone great by those in the world. Such pursuit, however, leads to three main areas of sin: intellectual pride, lustful passion, and greed.

Jeremiah warned that a wise man shouldn't boast of his wisdom any more than a strong man should boast of his strength or a rich man of his wealth. Why? Because those wise, strong, and rich men produced none of those characteristics in their lives. It was God alone who gave them whatever wisdom, strength, or riches they possess.

Paul reminded the Colossians, "For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). We must put to death the proud mind of man that flatters and exalts himself in his own eyes. We must crucify the sinful desires of the flesh, such as "sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires" (v. 5). Furthermore, we cannot "be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry" (v. 5).

If we boast of anything in this world, it should only be the awesome fact that we understand and know the Lord personally. In everything else, let us put on humility, purity, and generosity. The world may not appreciate us when we do, but in God's eyes we will be pursuing true wisdom, strength, and riches!

Jeremiah 8:8-9:26

“‘How can you say, “We are wise,

for we have the lawRo 2:17 of the Lord,”

when actually the lying pen of the scribes

has handled it falsely?

The wiseS Isa 29:14 will be put to shame;

they will be dismayedS 2Ki 19:26 and trapped.S Job 5:13

Since they have rejected the wordS Jer 6:19 of the Lord,

what kind of wisdomPr 1:7; 1Co 1:20 do they have?

10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men

and their fields to new owners.S Jer 6:12

From the least to the greatest,

all are greedy for gain;S Isa 56:11

prophetsJer 14:14; La 2:14 and priests alike,

all practice deceit.Jer 23:11, 15

11 They dress the wound of my people

as though it were not serious.

“Peace, peace,” they say,

when there is no peace.ver 15; S Jer 4:10; Eze 7:25

12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?

No, they have no shameS Jer 3:3 at all;

they do not even know how to blush.

So they will fall among the fallen;

they will be brought down when they are punished,Ps 52:5-7; Isa 3:9

says the Lord.S Jer 6:15

13 “‘I will take away their harvest,

declares the Lord.

There will be no grapes on the vine.Hos 2:12; Joel 1:7

There will be no figsLk 13:6 on the tree,

and their leaves will wither.Mt 21:19

What I have given them

will be takenS Jer 5:17 from them.The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.’”

14 Why are we sitting here?

Gather together!

Let us flee to the fortified citiesS Jos 10:20; Jer 35:11

and perish there!

For the Lord our God has doomed us to perish

and given us poisoned waterS Dt 29:18; Jer 9:15; 23:15 to drink,

because we have sinnedJer 14:7, 20; Da 9:5 against him.

15 We hoped for peaceS ver 11

but no good has come,

for a time of healing

but there is only terror.S Job 19:8; Jer 14:19

16 The snorting of the enemy’s horsesS Jer 4:29

is heard from Dan;S Ge 30:6

at the neighing of their stallions

the whole land trembles.Jer 51:29

They have come to devourS Jer 5:17

the land and everything in it,

the city and all who live there.

17 “See, I will send venomous snakesNu 21:6; S Dt 32:24 among you,

vipers that cannot be charmed,S Ps 58:5; S Isa 3:3

and they will bite you,”

declares the Lord.

18 You who are my ComforterThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. in sorrow,

my heart is faintLa 5:17 within me.

19 Listen to the cry of my people

from a land far away:Dt 28:64; Jer 9:16

“Is the Lord not in Zion?

Is her KingMic 4:9 no longer there?”

“Why have they arousedJer 44:3 my anger with their images,

with their worthlessS Isa 41:24 foreign idols?”S Dt 32:21

20 “The harvest is past,

the summer has ended,

and we are not saved.”

21 Since my people are crushed,S Ps 94:5 I am crushed;

I mourn,Ps 78:40; Isa 43:24; Jer 4:19; 10:19; 14:17; 30:14; La 2:13; Eze 6:9 and horror grips me.

22 Is there no balm in Gilead?S Ge 37:25

Is there no physicianJob 13:4 there?

Why then is there no healingS Isa 1:6; Jer 30:12

for the wound of my people?

In Hebrew texts 9:1 is numbered 8:23, and 9:2-26 is numbered 9:1-25.Oh, that my head were a spring of water

and my eyes a fountain of tears!S Ps 119:136

I would weepJer 13:17; 14:17; La 2:11, 18; 3:48 day and night

for the slain of my people.Isa 22:4

Oh, that I had in the desertPs 55:7

a lodging place for travelers,

so that I might leave my people

and go away from them;

for they are all adulterers,S Nu 25:1; Jer 23:10; Hos 4:2; 7:4

a crowd of unfaithfulS 1Ki 19:10; S Isa 24:16 people.

“They make ready their tongue

like a bow, to shoot lies;ver 8; S Ex 20:16; Ps 64:3; S Isa 44:20; Jer 18:18; Mic 6:12

it is not by truth

that they triumphOr lies; / they are not valiant for truth in the land.

They go from one sin to another;

they do not acknowledgeS Isa 1:3 me,”

declares the Lord.

“Beware of your friends;S 2Sa 15:12

do not trust anyone in your clan.Mic 7:5-6

For every one of them is a deceiver,Or a deceiving JacobS Ge 27:35

and every friend a slanderer.S Ex 20:16; S Lev 19:16

Friend deceives friend,S Lev 6:2

and no one speaks the truth.S Ps 15:2; S Isa 59:15

They have taught their tongues to lie;S Ps 52:3

they weary themselves with sinning.

YouThat is, Jeremiah (the Hebrew is singular) live in the midst of deception;S Jer 5:27

in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,”

declares the Lord.

Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says:

“See, I will refineS Job 28:1; S Isa 1:25 and testS Jer 6:27 them,

for what else can I do

because of the sin of my people?

Their tongueS ver 3; S Ps 35:20 is a deadly arrow;

it speaks deceitfully.

With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors,S Isa 3:5

but in their hearts they set trapsS Jer 5:26 for them.ver 4

Should I not punish them for this?”

declares the Lord.

“Should I not avengeS Dt 32:43; S Isa 10:3 myself

on such a nation as this?”

10 I will weep and wail for the mountains

and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands.Jer 23:10; Joel 1:19

They are desolate and untraveled,

and the lowing of cattle is not heard.

The birdsS Jer 4:25; 12:4; Hos 4:3; Joel 1:18 have all fled

and the animals are gone.

11 “I will make Jerusalem a heapJer 26:18 of ruins,

a haunt of jackals;S Job 30:29; S Isa 34:13

and I will lay waste the towns of JudahS Jer 1:15

so no one can live there.”S Lev 26:31; Isa 25:2; S Jer 4:13; 26:9; 33:10; 50:3, 13; 51:62; La 1:4

12 Who is wiseS Ps 107:43 enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?

13 The Lord said, “It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.S 2Ch 7:19; S Ps 89:30-3214 Instead, they have followedS Jer 2:8, 23; Am 2:4 the stubbornness of their hearts;S Jer 3:17; S 7:24 they have followed the Baals, as their ancestors taught them.”15 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “See, I will make this people eat bitter foodLa 3:15 and drink poisoned water.S Jer 8:1416 I will scatter them among nationsS Lev 26:33 that neither they nor their ancestors have known,S Dt 4:32; S Jer 8:19 and I will pursue them with the swordJer 14:12; 24:10; Eze 5:2 until I have made an end of them.”Jer 44:27; Eze 5:12

17 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Consider now! Call for the wailing womenS Ecc 12:5 to come;

send for the most skillful of them.

18 Let them come quickly

and wail over us

till our eyes overflow with tears

and water streams from our eyelids.S Ps 119:136; La 3:48

19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion:

‘How ruinedS Jer 4:13 we are!

How great is our shame!

We must leave our land

because our houses are in ruins.’”

20 Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord;

open your ears to the words of his mouth.Jer 23:16

Teach your daughters how to wail;

teach one another a lament.Isa 32:9-13

21 Death has climbed in through our windowsJoel 2:9

and has entered our fortresses;

it has removed the children from the streets

and the young menS 2Ch 36:17; S Isa 40:30; S Jer 16:6 from the public squares.

22 Say, “This is what the Lord declares:

“‘Dead bodies will lie

like dungS 2Ki 9:37 on the open field,

like cut grain behind the reaper,

with no one to gather them.’”

23 This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdomS Job 4:12; S Ecc 9:11

or the strong boast of their strengthS 1Ki 20:11

or the rich boast of their riches,Ps 62:10; S Pr 11:28; Jer 48:7; 49:4; Eze 28:4-5

24 but let the one who boasts boastS Ps 34:2; 1Co 1:31*; Gal 6:14 about this:

that they have the understanding to knowS Ps 36:10 me,

that I am the Lord,2Co 10:17* who exercises kindness,Ps 51:1

justice and righteousnessPs 36:6 on earth,

for in these I delight,”

declares the Lord.

25 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the fleshS Lev 26:41; Ro 2:2526 Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places.Or wilderness and who clip the hair by their foreheadsJer 25:23; 49:32 For all these nations are really uncircumcised,S 1Sa 14:6; Eze 31:18 and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.Ac 7:51

“‘How can you say, “We are wise because we have the word of the Lord,”

when your teachers have twisted it by writing lies?

These wise teachers will fall

into the trap of their own foolishness,

for they have rejected the word of the Lord.

Are they so wise after all?

10 I will give their wives to others

and their farms to strangers.

From the least to the greatest,

their lives are ruled by greed.

Yes, even my prophets and priests are like that.

They are all frauds.

11 They offer superficial treatments

for my people’s mortal wound.

They give assurances of peace

when there is no peace.

12 Are they ashamed of these disgusting actions?

Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush!

Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered.

They will be brought down when I punish them,

says the Lord.

13 I will surely consume them.

There will be no more harvests of figs and grapes.

Their fruit trees will all die.

Whatever I gave them will soon be gone.

I, the Lord, have spoken!’

14 “Then the people will say,

‘Why should we wait here to die?

Come, let’s go to the fortified towns and die there.

For the Lord our God has decreed our destruction

and has given us a cup of poison to drink

because we sinned against the Lord.

15 We hoped for peace, but no peace came.

We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.’

16 “The snorting of the enemies’ warhorses can be heard

all the way from the land of Dan in the north!

The neighing of their stallions makes the whole land tremble.

They are coming to devour the land and everything in it—

cities and people alike.

17 I will send these enemy troops among you

like poisonous snakes you cannot charm.

They will bite you, and you will die.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Jeremiah Weeps for Sinful Judah

18 My grief is beyond healing;

my heart is broken.

19 Listen to the weeping of my people;

it can be heard all across the land.

“Has the Lord abandoned Jerusalem?Hebrew Zion?” the people ask.

“Is her King no longer there?”

“Oh, why have they provoked my anger with their carved idols

and their worthless foreign gods?” says the Lord.

20 “The harvest is finished,

and the summer is gone,” the people cry,

“yet we are not saved!”

21 I hurt with the hurt of my people.

I mourn and am overcome with grief.

22 Is there no medicine in Gilead?

Is there no physician there?

Why is there no healing

for the wounds of my people?

Verse 9:1 is numbered 8:23 in Hebrew text.If only my head were a pool of water

and my eyes a fountain of tears,

I would weep day and night

for all my people who have been slaughtered.

Verses 9:2-26 are numbered 9:1-25 in Hebrew text.Oh, that I could go away and forget my people

and live in a travelers’ shack in the desert.

For they are all adulterers—

a pack of treacherous liars.

Judgment for Disobedience

“My people bend their tongues like bows

to shoot out lies.

They refuse to stand up for the truth.

They only go from bad to worse.

They do not know me,”

says the Lord.

“Beware of your neighbor!

Don’t even trust your brother!

For brother takes advantage of brother,

and friend slanders friend.

They all fool and defraud each other;

no one tells the truth.

With practiced tongues they tell lies;

they wear themselves out with all their sinning.

They pile lie upon lie

and utterly refuse to acknowledge me,”

says the Lord.

Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:

“See, I will melt them down in a crucible

and test them like metal.

What else can I do with my people?Hebrew with the daughter of my people? Greek version reads with the evil daughter of my people?

For their tongues shoot lies like poisoned arrows.

They speak friendly words to their neighbors

while scheming in their heart to kill them.

Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord.

“Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?”

10 I will weep for the mountains

and wail for the wilderness pastures.

For they are desolate and empty of life;

the lowing of cattle is heard no more;

the birds and wild animals have all fled.

11 “I will make Jerusalem into a heap of ruins,” says the Lord.

“It will be a place haunted by jackals.

The towns of Judah will be ghost towns,

with no one living in them.”

12 Who is wise enough to understand all this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it to others? Why has the land been so ruined that no one dares to travel through it?

13 The Lord replies, “This has happened because my people have abandoned my instructions; they have refused to obey what I said.14 Instead, they have stubbornly followed their own desires and worshiped the images of Baal, as their ancestors taught them.15 So now, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: Look! I will feed them with bitterness and give them poison to drink.16 I will scatter them around the world, in places they and their ancestors never heard of, and even there I will chase them with the sword until I have destroyed them completely.”

Weeping in Jerusalem

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

“Consider all this, and call for the mourners.

Send for the women who mourn at funerals.

18 Quick! Begin your weeping!

Let the tears flow from your eyes.

19 Hear the people of JerusalemHebrew Zion. crying in despair,

‘We are ruined! We are completely humiliated!

We must leave our land,

because our homes have been torn down.’”

20 Listen, you women, to the words of the Lord;

open your ears to what he has to say.

Teach your daughters to wail;

teach one another how to lament.

21 For death has crept in through our windows

and has entered our mansions.

It has killed off the flower of our youth:

Children no longer play in the streets,

and young men no longer gather in the squares.

22 This is what the Lord says:

“Bodies will be scattered across the fields like clumps of manure,

like bundles of grain after the harvest.

No one will be left to bury them.”

23 This is what the Lord says:

“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,

or the powerful boast in their power,

or the rich boast in their riches.

24 But those who wish to boast

should boast in this alone:

that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord

who demonstrates unfailing love

and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,

and that I delight in these things.

I, the Lord, have spoken!

25 “A time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit—26 the Egyptians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, the people who live in the desert in remote places,Or in the desert and clip the corners of their hair. and yes, even the people of Judah. And like all these pagan nations, the people of Israel also have uncircumcised hearts.”

How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.

The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?

10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

13 I will surely consume them, saith the Lord: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the Lord our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord.

15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!

16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.

17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord.

18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.

19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?

20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!

Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord.

Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the Lord.

Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?

Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.

Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.

11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?

13 And the Lord saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;

14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:

15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.

16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come:

18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

20 Yet hear the word of the Lord, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.

21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

22 Speak, Thus saith the Lord, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.

23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

25 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;

26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

Colossians 3:1-17

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,S Ro 6:5 set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.S Mk 16:19Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.Php 3:19, 20For you died,S Ro 6:2; 2Co 5:14 and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.When Christ, who is yourSome manuscripts our life,Gal 2:20 appears,1Co 1:7 then you also will appear with him in glory.1Pe 1:13; 1Jn 3:2

Put to death,S Ro 6:2; S Eph 4:22 therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:S Gal 5:24 sexual immorality,S 1Co 6:18 impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,Eph 5:3 which is idolatry.Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5Because of these, the wrath of GodS Ro 1:18 is coming.Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedientYou used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.S Eph 2:2But now you must also rid yourselvesS Eph 4:22 of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,Eph 4:31 and filthy language from your lips.Eph 4:29Do not lie to each other,S Eph 4:22, 25 since you have taken off your old selfS Ro 6:6 with its practices10 and have put on the new self,S Ro 6:4; S 13:14 which is being renewedRo 12:2; S 2Co 4:16; Eph 4:23 in knowledge in the image of its Creator.Eph 2:1011 Here there is no Gentile or Jew,Ro 10:12; 1Co 12:13 circumcised or uncircumcised,S 1Co 7:19 barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,Gal 3:28 but Christ is all,Eph 1:23 and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselvesver 10 with compassion, kindness, humility,Php 2:3 gentleness and patience.2Co 6:6; Gal 5:22, 23; Eph 4:213 Bear with each otherEph 4:2 and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.Eph 4:3214 And over all these virtues put on love,1Co 13:1-13 which binds them all together in perfect unity.S Ro 15:5

15 Let the peace of ChristS Jn 14:27 rule in your hearts, since as members of one bodyS Ro 12:5 you were called to peace.S Ro 14:19 And be thankful.16 Let the message of ChristRo 10:17 dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdomCol 1:28 through psalms,Ps 47:7 hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.S Eph 5:1917 And whatever you do,1Co 10:31 whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanksS Eph 5:20 to God the Father through him.

Living the New Life

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.And when Christ, who is yourSome manuscripts read our. life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.Some manuscripts read is coming on all who disobey him.You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,Greek a Greek. circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,Greek Barbarian, Scythian. slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Psalm 78:32-55

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;S ver 17

in spite of his wonders,ver 11 they did not believe.ver 22

33 So he ended their days in futilityNu 14:29, 35

and their years in terror.

34 Whenever God slew them, they would seekS Dt 4:29; Hos 5:15 him;

they eagerly turned to him again.

35 They remembered that God was their Rock,S Ge 49:24

that God Most High was their Redeemer.S Dt 9:26

36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,Eze 33:31

lying to him with their tongues;

37 their hearts were not loyalver 8; Ac 8:21 to him,

they were not faithful to his covenant.

38 Yet he was merciful;S Ex 34:6

he forgaveIsa 1:25; 27:9; 48:10; Da 11:35 their iniquitiesPs 25:11; 85:2

and did not destroy them.

Time after time he restrained his angerS Job 9:13; S Isa 30:18

and did not stir up his full wrath.

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,S Ge 6:3; S Isa 29:5

a passing breezeS Job 7:7; Jas 4:14 that does not return.

40 How often they rebelledS Ex 23:21 against him in the wildernessPs 95:8; 106:14

and grieved himEph 4:30 in the wasteland!

41 Again and again they put God to the test;S Ex 17:2

they vexed the Holy One of Israel.S 2Ki 19:22; Ps 71:22; 89:18

42 They did not rememberS Jdg 3:7; S Ne 9:17 his power—

the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,S Ps 27:11

43 the day he displayed his signsEx 10:1 in Egypt,

his wondersS Ex 3:20 in the region of Zoan.

44 He turned their river into blood;Ex 7:20-21; Ps 105:29

they could not drink from their streams.

45 He sent swarms of fliesEx 8:24; Ps 105:31 that devoured them,

and frogsS Ex 8:2, 6 that devastated them.

46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,Na 3:15

their produce to the locust.S Ex 10:13

47 He destroyed their vines with hailEx 9:23; Ps 105:32; 147:17

and their sycamore-figs with sleet.

48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,

their livestockEx 9:25 to bolts of lightning.

49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,Ex 15:7

his wrath, indignation and hostility—

a band of destroying angels.S Ge 19:13; 1Co 10:10

50 He prepared a path for his anger;

he did not spare them from death

but gave them over to the plague.

51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,S Ex 12:12; Ps 135:8

the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.Ps 105:23; 106:22

52 But he brought his people out like a flock;S Job 21:11; S Ps 28:9; 77:20

he led them like sheep through the wilderness.

53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;

but the sea engulfedS Ex 14:28 their enemies.Ex 15:7; Ps 106:10

54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,

to the hill country his right handPs 44:3 had taken.

55 He drove out nationsPs 44:2 before them

and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;S Dt 1:38; S Jos 13:7; Ac 13:19

he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

32 But in spite of this, the people kept sinning.

Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.

33 So he ended their lives in failure,

their years in terror.

34 When God began killing them,

they finally sought him.

They repented and took God seriously.

35 Then they remembered that God was their rock,

that God Most HighHebrew El-Elyon. was their redeemer.

36 But all they gave him was lip service;

they lied to him with their tongues.

37 Their hearts were not loyal to him.

They did not keep his covenant.

38 Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins

and did not destroy them all.

Many times he held back his anger

and did not unleash his fury!

39 For he remembered that they were merely mortal,

gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

40 Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness

and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.

41 Again and again they tested God’s patience

and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his power

and how he rescued them from their enemies.

43 They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt,

his wonders on the plain of Zoan.

44 For he turned their rivers into blood,

so no one could drink from the streams.

45 He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them

and hordes of frogs to ruin them.

46 He gave their crops to caterpillars;

their harvest was consumed by locusts.

47 He destroyed their grapevines with hail

and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet.

48 He abandoned their cattle to the hail,

their livestock to bolts of lightning.

49 He loosed on them his fierce anger—

all his fury, rage, and hostility.

He dispatched against them

a band of destroying angels.

50 He turned his anger against them;

he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives

but ravaged them with the plague.

51 He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family,

the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt.Hebrew in the tents of Ham.

52 But he led his own people like a flock of sheep,

guiding them safely through the wilderness.

53 He kept them safe so they were not afraid;

but the sea covered their enemies.

54 He brought them to the border of his holy land,

to this land of hills he had won for them.

55 He drove out the nations before them;

he gave them their inheritance by lot.

He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes.

32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.

34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.

35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.

38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!

41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.

43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.

44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.

45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.

48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;

51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.

55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

Proverbs 24:27

27 Put your outdoor work in order

and get your fields ready;

after that, build your house.

27 Do your planning and prepare your fields

before building your house.

27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

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