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October 15

Jeremiah 15:1-21
1. The Lord said to me, "Jeremiah, even if Moses and Samuel were here to pray for the people of Judah, I would not feel sorry for them. Send the people of Judah away from me! Tell them to go!
2. They might ask you, 'Where will we go?' You tell them this: This is what the Lord says: "'I have chosen some people to die. They will die. I have chosen some to be killed with swords. They will be killed with swords. I have chosen some to die from hunger. They will die from hunger. I have chosen some to be taken away to a foreign country. They will be prisoners there.
3. I will send four kinds of destroyers against them.' This message is from the Lord. 'I will send the enemy with a sword to kill. I will send the dogs to drag their bodies away. I will send birds of the air and wild animals to eat and destroy their bodies.
4. I will make the people of Judah an example of something terrible for all the people on earth. I will do this to the people of Judah because of what Manasseh did in Jerusalem. Manasseh was the son of King Hezekiah. Manasseh was a king of Judah.'
5. "No one will feel sorry for you, city of Jerusalem. No one will be sad and cry for you. No one will go out of their way to even ask how you are.
6. Jerusalem, you left me." This message is from the Lord. "Again and again you left me! So I will punish and destroy you. I am tired of holding back your punishment.
7. I will separate the people of Judah with my pitchfork. I will scatter them at the city gates of the land. My people have not changed, so I will destroy them. I will take away their children.
8. Many women will lose their husbands. There will be more widows than there is sand in the sea. I will bring a destroyer at noontime. The destroyer will attack the mothers of the young men of Judah. I will bring pain and fear on the people of Judah. I will make this happen very quickly.
9. The enemy will attack with swords and kill the survivors from Judah. A woman with seven children will lose them and cry until she becomes weak and struggles to breathe. She will be upset and confused, because her bright day has become dark."
10. Mother, I am sorry that you gave birth to me. I am the one who must accuse and criticize the whole land. I have not loaned or borrowed anything, but everyone curses me.
11. Surely, Lord, I have served you well. In times of disaster and trouble, I prayed to you about my enemies.
12. "Jeremiah, you know that no one can shatter a piece of iron. I mean the kind of iron that is from the north, and no one can shatter a piece of bronze either.
13. The people of Judah have many treasures. I will give these riches to other people. They will not have to buy them, because Judah has many sins. The people sinned in every part of Judah.
14. People of Judah, I will make you slaves of your enemies. You will be slaves in a land that you never knew. I am very angry. My anger is like a hot fire, and you will be burned."
15. Lord, you understand me. Remember me and take care of me. People are hurting me. Give them the punishment they deserve. You are being patient with them. But don't destroy me while you remain patient with them. Think about me. Think about the pain I suffer for you.
16. Your words came to me, and I ate them up. They made me very happy. I was glad to be called by your name. Your name is Lord All-Powerful.
17. I never sat with the crowd as they laughed and had fun. I sat by myself because of your influence on me. You filled me with anger at the evil around me.
18. I don't understand why I still hurt. I don't understand why my wound is not cured and cannot be healed. I think you have changed. You are like a spring of water that became dry. You are like a spring whose water has stopped flowing.
19. Then the Lord said, "Jeremiah, if you change and come back to me, then I will not punish you. If you change and come back to me, then you may serve me. If you speak important things, not worthless words, then you may speak for me. The people of Judah should change and come back to you. But don't you change and be like them.
20. I will make you strong. The people will think you are strong like a wall made of bronze. The people of Judah will fight against you, but they will not defeat you. They will not defeat you, because I am with you. I will help you and I will save you." This message is from the Lord.
21. "I will save you from these evil people. They frighten you, but I will save you from them."

Jeremiah 16:1-21
1. The Lord's message came to me:
2. "Jeremiah, you must not get married. You must not have sons or daughters in this place."
3. This is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters who are born in the land of Judah and their mothers and fathers:
4. "They will die a terrible death. No one will cry for them. No one will bury them. Their bodies will lie on the ground like dung. They will die by an enemy's sword, or they will starve to death. Their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the earth."
5. So the Lord says, "Jeremiah, don't go into a house where people are eating a funeral meal. Don't go there to cry for the dead or to show your sorrow. Don't do these things, because I have taken back my blessing. I will not be kind to the people of Judah. I will not feel sorry for them." This message is from the Lord.
6. "Important people and common people will die in the land of Judah. No one will bury them or cry for them. No one will cut himself or shave his head to show sorrow for them.
7. No one will bring food to those who are crying for the dead. No one will comfort those whose mother or father has died. No one will offer a drink to comfort those who are crying for the dead.
8. "Jeremiah, don't go into a house where the people are having a party. Don't go into that house and sit down to eat and drink.
9. This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel says: I will soon stop the sounds of people having fun. I will stop the happy sounds people make during a wedding party. This will happen during your lifetime. I will do these things quickly.
10. "Jeremiah, you will tell the people of Judah these things, and the people will ask you, 'Why has the Lord said these terrible things to us? What have we done wrong? What sin have we done against the Lord our God?'
11. You must tell them: 'Terrible things will happen to you because your ancestors stopped following me.' This message is from the Lord. 'They stopped following me and began to follow and serve other gods. They worshiped those other gods. Your ancestors left me and stopped obeying my law.
12. But you people have sinned more than your ancestors. You are very stubborn, and you are doing only what you want to do. You are not obeying me. You do only what you want to do,
13. so I will throw you out of this country. I will force you to go to a foreign country. You will go to a land that you and your ancestors never knew. There you can serve false gods all you want to. I will not help you or show you any favors.'
14. "People make promises and say, 'As surely as the Lord lives. He is the one who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.' But the time is coming," says the Lord, "when people will not say that.
15. They will say something new. They will say, 'As surely as the Lord lives. He is the one who brought the Israelites out of the northern land. He brought them out of all the countries where he had sent them.' Why will they say that? Because I will bring the Israelites back to the land that I gave to their ancestors.
16. "I will soon send for many fishermen to come to this land." This message is from the Lord. "They will catch the people of Judah. After that happens, I will send for many hunters to come to this land. They will hunt the people of Judah on every mountain and hill and in the cracks of the rocks.
17. I see everything they do. The people of Judah cannot hide the things they do from me. Their sin is not hidden from me.
18. I will pay the people of Judah back for the evil things they did—I will punish them two times for every sin. I will do this because they have made my land 'dirty.' They made my land 'dirty' with their disgusting idols. I hate those idols, but they have filled my country with their idols."
19. Lord, you are my strength and my protection. You are a safe place to run to in time of trouble. The nations will come to you from all around the world. They will say, "Our fathers had false gods. They worshiped those worthless idols, but the idols did not help them.
20. Can people make real gods for themselves? No, they can only make statues that are not really gods."
21. "So I will teach those who make idols. Right now I will teach them about my power and my strength. Then they will know that I am God. They will know that I am the Lord.

Psalms 118:21-24
21. Lord, I thank you for answering my prayer. I thank you for saving me.
22. The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone.
23. The Lord made this happen, and we think it is wonderful!
24. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be happy today!

Proverbs 27:10-10
10. Don't forget your own friends or your father's friends. If you have a problem, go to your neighbor for help. It is better to ask a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-20
1. Brothers and sisters, you know that our visit to you was not a failure.
2. Before we came to you, people in Philippi abused us with insults and made us suffer. You know all about that. And then, when we came to you, many people there caused trouble for us. But our God gave us the courage we needed to tell you his Good News.
3. When we encourage people to believe the Good News, it's not out of wrong motives. We are not trying to trick or fool anyone.
4. No, it was God who gave us this work, but only after he tested us and saw that we could be trusted to do it. So when we speak, we are not trying to please people. We are only trying to please God. He is the one who can see what is in our hearts.
5. You know that we never tried to influence you by saying nice things about you. We were not trying to get your money. We had no greed to hide from you. God knows that this is true.
6. We were not looking for praise from people. We were not looking for praise from you or anyone else.
7. When we were with you, as apostles of Christ we could have used our authority to make you help us. But we were very gentle with you. We were like a mother caring for her little children.
8. We loved you very much, so we were happy to share God's Good News with you. But not only that—we were also happy to share even our own lives with you.
9. Brothers and sisters, I know that you remember how hard we worked. We worked night and day to support ourselves, so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we did the work of telling you God's Good News.
10. When we were there with you believers, we were pure, honest, and without fault in the way we lived. You know, just as God does, that this is true.
11. You know that we treated each one of you like a father treats his own children.
12. We encouraged you, we comforted you, and we told you to live good lives for God. He calls you to be part of his glorious kingdom.
13. Also, we always thank God because of the way you accepted his message. You heard it and accepted it as God's message, not our own. And it really is God's message. And it works in you who believe.
14. Brothers and sisters, you are like God's churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. You were treated badly by your own people, just as God's people in Judea were treated badly by the other Jews there.
15. Those Jews killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets. And they forced us to leave their country. They are not pleasing to God, and they are against everyone else.
16. And they are trying to stop us from teaching those who are not Jews. They don't want them to be saved. But they are just adding more and more sins to the ones they already have. Now the time has come for them to suffer God's anger.
17. Brothers and sisters, we were separated from you for a short time. But even though we were not there, our thoughts were still with you. We wanted very much to see you, and we tried very hard to do this.
18. Yes, we wanted to come to you. I, Paul, tried more than once to come, but Satan stopped us.
19. You are our hope, our joy, and the crown we will be proud of when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
20. You bring us honor and joy.