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October 17


Jeremiah 19:1-15
1. The Lord said to me: "Jeremiah, go and buy a clay jar from a potter.
2. Go out to the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the front of the Potsherd Gate. Take some of the elders of the people and some priests with you. There tell them what I tell you.
3. Say to those who are with you, 'King of Judah and people of Jerusalem, listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of the people of Israel, says: I will soon make a terrible thing happen to this place! Everyone who hears about it will be amazed and full of fear.
4. I will do these things because the people of Judah have stopped following me. They have made this a place for foreign gods. The people of Judah have burned sacrifices in this place to other gods. The people did not worship those gods long ago. Their ancestors did not worship them. These are new gods from other countries. The kings of Judah filled this place with the blood of innocent children.
5. The kings of Judah built high places for the god Baal. They use those places to burn their sons in the fire. They burned their sons as burnt offerings to the god Baal. I did not tell them to do that. I did not ask them to offer their sons as sacrifices. I never even thought of such a thing.
6. Now people call this place Topheth and the Valley of Hinnom. But I give you this warning. This message is from the Lord: The days are coming, when people will call this place the Valley of Slaughter.
7. At this place, I will ruin the plans of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. The enemy will chase them, and I will let the people of Judah be killed with swords in this place. I will make their dead bodies food for the birds and wild animals.
8. I will completely destroy this city. People will whistle and shake their heads when they pass by Jerusalem. They will be shocked when they see how the city was destroyed.
9. The enemy will bring its army around the city. That army will not let people go out to get food, so the people in the city will begin to starve. They will become so hungry that they will eat the bodies of their own sons and daughters, and then they will begin to eat each other.'
10. "Jeremiah, tell that to the people, and while they are watching, break the jar.
11. Then say this: 'The Lord All-Powerful says, I will break the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem just as someone breaking a clay jar! This jar cannot be put back together again. It will be the same for the nation of Judah. The dead people will be buried here in Topheth until there is no more room.
12. I will do this to these people and to this place. I will make this city like Topheth.' This message is from the Lord.
13. 'The houses in Jerusalem will become as "dirty" as this place, Topheth. The kings' palaces will be ruined like this place, Topheth, because the people worshiped false gods on the roofs of their houses. They worshiped the stars and burned sacrifices to honor them. They gave drink offerings to false gods.'"
14. Then Jeremiah left Topheth where the Lord had told him to speak. Jeremiah went to the Lord's Temple and stood in the courtyard of the Temple. Jeremiah said to all the people:
15. "This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel says: 'I said I would bring many disasters to Jerusalem and the villages around it. I will soon make this happen because the people are very stubborn. They refuse to listen and obey me.'"

Jeremiah 20:1-18
1. Pashhur son of Immer was a priest. He was the highest officer in the Temple of the Lord. When he heard Jeremiah say those things in the Temple yard,
2. he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten. And he had Jeremiah's hands and feet locked between large blocks of wood. This was at the Upper Gate of Benjamin of the Temple.
3. The next day Pashhur took Jeremiah out from between the blocks of wood. Then Jeremiah said to him, "The Lord's name for you is not Pashhur. Now his name for you is, 'Surrounded by Terror.'
4. That is your name because of what the Lord says: 'I will soon make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. You will watch enemies killing your friends with swords. I will give all the people of Judah to the king of Babylon. He will take them away to the country of Babylon, and his army will kill the people of Judah with their swords.
5. The people of Jerusalem worked hard to build things and become wealthy, but I will give all these things to their enemies. The king in Jerusalem has many treasures, but I will give all the treasures to the enemy. The enemy will take them and carry them away to the country of Babylon.
6. And Pashhur, you and all the people living in your house will be taken away. You will be forced to go and live in the country of Babylon. You will die in Babylon, and you will be buried in that foreign country. You told lies to your friends. {You said these things would not happen.} But all your friends will also die and be buried in Babylon.'"
7. Lord, you tricked me, and I certainly was fooled. You are stronger than I am, so you won. I have become a joke. People laugh at me and make fun of me all day long.
8. Every time I speak, I shout. I am always shouting about violence and destruction. I tell the people about the message that I received from the Lord. But they only insult me and make fun of me.
9. Sometimes I say to myself, "I will forget about the Lord. I will not speak anymore in his name." But when I say that, then the Lord's message is like a fire burning inside of me! It feels like it is burning deep in my bones! I get tired of trying to hold his message inside of me. And finally, I am not able to hold it in.
10. I hear people whispering against me. Everywhere, I hear things that frighten me. Even my friends are speaking against me. People are just waiting for me to make a mistake. They are saying, "Let us lie and say that he did something bad. Maybe we can trick Jeremiah. Then we will have him. We will finally be rid of him. Then we will grab him and take our revenge on him."
11. But the Lord is with me. He is like a strong soldier. So those who are chasing me will fall. They will not defeat me. They will fail. They will be disappointed. They will be ashamed, and they will never forget that shame.
12. Lord All-Powerful, you test good people. You look deeply into a person's mind. I told you my arguments against these people. So let me see you give them the punishment they deserve.
13. Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! He saves the lives of the poor! He saves them from the wicked!
14. Curse the day that I was born! Don't bless the day my mother had me.
15. Curse the man who told my father the news that I was born. "It's a boy!" he said. "You have a son." He made my father very happy when he told him the news.
16. Let that man be like the cities the Lord destroyed. He had no pity on them. Let that man hear shouts of war in the morning; let him hear battle cries at noontime,
17. because he did not kill me while I was in my mother's womb. If he had killed me then, my mother would have been my grave, and I would not have been born.
18. Why did I have to come out of her body? All I have seen is trouble and sorrow, and my life will end in shame.

Psalms 119:1-8
1. Aleph What blessings there are for those who live pure lives! They follow the Lord's teachings.
2. What blessings there are for those who follow his rules! They seek him with all their heart.
3. They don't do wrong. They follow his ways.
4. Lord, you gave us your instructions and told us to always obey them.
5. How I wish I could be more faithful in obeying your laws!
6. Then I would never feel ashamed when I look closely at your commands.
7. The more I understand how fair your laws are, the more sincerely I will praise you.
8. I will obey your laws, so please don't leave me!

Proverbs 27:13-13
13. When you make a deal with a stranger, get something from him and any other foreigners with him to make sure he will pay you.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-18
1. Brothers and sisters, now I have some other things to tell you. We taught you how to live in a way that will please God. And you are living that way. Now we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live that way more and more.
2. You know all that we told you to do by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3. God wants you to be holy. He wants you to stay away from sexual sins.
4. God wants each one of you to learn to control your own body. Use your body in a way that is holy and that gives honor to God.
5. Don't let your sexual desires control you like the people who don't know God.
6. Never wrong any of your fellow believers or cheat them in this way. The Lord will punish those who do that. We have already told you this and warned you about it.
7. God chose us to be holy. He does not want us to live in sin.
8. So anyone who refuses to obey this teaching is refusing to obey God, not us. And God is the one who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9. We don't need to write to you about having love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. God has already taught you to love each other.
10. In fact, you love the brothers and sisters in all of Macedonia. We encourage you now, brothers and sisters, to show your love more and more.
11. Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Mind your own business, and earn your own living, as we told you before.
12. If you do these things, then those who are not believers will respect the way you live. And you will not have to depend on others for what you need.
13. Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about those who have died. We don't want you to be sad like other people— those who have no hope.
14. We believe that Jesus died, but we also believe that he rose again. So we believe that God will raise to life through Jesus any who have died and bring them together with him when he comes.
15. What we tell you now is the Lord's own message. Those of us who are still living when the Lord comes again will join him, but not before those who have already died.
16. The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first.
17. After that, we who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever.
18. So encourage each other with these words.