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October 19


Jeremiah 23:1-40
1. "It will be very bad for the shepherds of the people of Judah. They are destroying the sheep. They are making the sheep run from my pasture in all directions." This message is from the Lord.
2. They are responsible for my people. And this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to them: "You shepherds have made my sheep run away in all directions. You have forced them to go away, and you have not taken care of them. But I will take care of you—I will punish you for the evil things you did." This message is from the Lord:
3. "I sent my sheep to other countries. But I will gather together my sheep that are left, and I will bring them back to their pasture. When my sheep are back in their pasture, they will have many children and grow in number.
4. I will place new shepherds over my sheep. They will take care of my sheep, and my sheep will not be scared or afraid. None of my sheep will be lost." This message is from the Lord.
5. This message is from the Lord: "The time is coming, when I will raise up a good 'sprout.' He will be a king who will rule in a wise way. He will do what is fair and right in the land.
6. In the time of that good 'sprout,' the people of Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety. This will be his name: The Lord is our Goodness.
7. "So the time is coming," says the Lord, "when people will not say the old promise by the Lord anymore: 'As surely as the Lord lives, he is the one who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.'
8. But people will say something new: 'As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord i s the one who brought the Israelites out of the land of the north. He brought them out of all the countries where he had sent them.' Then the Israelites will live in their own land."
9. A message to the prophets: I am very sad—my heart is broken. All my bones are shaking. Because of the Lord and his holy words, I am like a man who is drunk.
10. The land of Judah is full of people who commit adultery. They are unfaithful in many ways. The Lord cursed the land, and it became very dry. The plants are dried and dying in the pastures. The fields have become like the desert. The prophets are evil. They use their influence and power in the wrong way.
11. "The prophets and even the priests are evil. I have seen them doing evil things in my own Temple. " This message is from the Lord.
12. "{I will stop giving my messages to them.} They will walk in darkness. The road will be slippery for those prophets and priests, and they will fall in that darkness. I will bring disaster on them; I will punish them." This message is from the Lord.
13. "I saw the prophets of Samaria doing wrong things. I saw them prophesy in the name of the false god Baal. They led the people of Israel away from the Lord.
14. I have even seen the prophets of Jerusalem doing sinful things. They are committing adultery and living a life of lies. They support their fellow prophets and never stop doing evil. They have become like Sodom; they are all like Gomorrah. "
15. So this is what the Lord All-Powerful says about those Jerusalem prophets: "I will make them suffer. Their food will be bitter, their water like poison. I will punish them because they started a spiritual sickness that spread through the whole country."
16. This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: "Don't pay attention to what those prophets are saying to you. They are trying to fool you. They talk about visions, but they did not get their visions from me. Their visions come from their own minds.
17. Some of the people hate the real messages from the Lord, so the prophets give them a different message. They say, 'You will have peace.' Some of the people are very stubborn. They do only what they want to do. So the prophets say, 'Nothing bad will happen to you!'
18. But none of these prophets has stood in the heavenly council. None of them has seen or heard the message of the Lord. None of them has paid close attention to his message.
19. Now the punishment from the Lord will come like a storm. His anger will be like a tornado. It will come crashing down on the heads of those wicked people.
20. The Lord's anger will not stop until he finishes what he plans to do. When that day is over, you will understand this clearly.
21. I did not send those prophets, but they ran to tell their messages. I did not speak to them, but they spoke in my name.
22. If they had stood in my heavenly council, then they would have told my messages to the people of Judah. They would have stopped the people from doing bad things. They would have stopped them from doing evil."
23. This message is from the Lord. "I am God, and I am always near. I am not far away.
24. Someone might try to hide from me in some hiding place. But it is easy for me to see that person, because I am everywhere in heaven and earth." This is what the Lord said.
25. "There are prophets who tell lies in my name. They say, 'I have had a dream! I have had a dream!' I heard them say those things.
26. How long will this continue? They think up lies and then they teach them to the people.
27. They are trying to make the people of Judah forget my name by telling each other these false dreams. They are trying to make my people forget me in the same way that their ancestors forgot me. Their ancestors forgot me and worshiped the false god Baal.
28. Straw is not the same thing as wheat! In the same way the dreams of those prophets are not messages from me. If people want to tell about their dreams, let them. But those who hear my message must speak it truthfully.
29. You must treat my message carefully, like a fire or like a hammer that can smash a rock." This message is from the Lord.
30. This message is from the Lord. "So I am against the false prophets. They keep stealing my words from one another.
31. I am against the false prophets." This message is from the Lord. "They use their own words and pretend that it is a message from me.
32. I am against the false prophets who tell false dreams." This message is from the Lord. "They mislead my people with their lies and false teachings. I did not send them to teach the people. I never commanded them to do anything for me. They cannot help the people of Judah at all." This message is from the Lord.
33. "The people of Judah, or a prophet, or a priest may ask you, 'Jeremiah, what is the announcement of the Lord?' You will answer them and say, 'You are a heavy load to the Lord, and I will throw down this heavy load.' This message is from the Lord.
34. "A prophet, or a priest, or maybe one of the people might say, 'This is an announcement from the Lord —.' Because of that lie, I will punish that person and their whole family.
35. This is what you will say to one another: 'What did the Lord answer?' or 'What did the Lord say?'
36. But you will never again use the expression, 'The announcement of the Lord.' That is because the Lord's message should not be a heavy load for anyone. But you changed the words of our God. He is the living God, the Lord All-Powerful!
37. "If you want to learn about God's message, ask a prophet, 'What answer did the Lord give you?' or 'What did the Lord say?'
38. But don't say, 'What was the announcement from the Lord?' If you use these words, the Lord will say this to you: 'You should not have called my message an 'announcement from the Lord.' I told you not to use those words.
39. But you called my message a heavy load, so I will pick you up like a heavy load and throw you away from me. I gave the city of Jerusalem to your ancestors. But I will throw you and that city away from me,
40. and I will make you a disgrace forever. You will never forget your shame.'"

Jeremiah 24:1-10
1. The Lord showed me these things: I saw two baskets of figs arranged in front of the Temple of the Lord. (I saw this vision after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took Jeconiah as a prisoner. Jeconiah was the son of King Jehoiakim. Jeconiah and his important officials were taken away from Jerusalem. They were taken to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar also took away all the carpenters and metalworkers of Judah.)
2. One basket had very good figs in it, the kind that ripen early in the season. But the other basket had rotten figs. They were too rotten to eat.
3. The Lord said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" I answered, "I see figs. The good figs are very good, and the rotten figs are very rotten. They are too rotten to eat."
4. Then the message of the Lord came to me.
5. The Lord, the God of Israel, said: "The people of Judah were taken from their country. Their enemy brought them to Babylon. Those people will be like these good figs. I will be kind to them.
6. I will protect them. I will bring them back to the land of Judah. I will not tear them down—I will build them up. I will not pull them up—I will plant them so that they can grow.
7. I will make them want to know me. They will know that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will do this because the prisoners in Babylon will turn to me with their whole hearts.
8. "But King Zedekiah of Judah will be like those figs that are too rotten to eat. Zedekiah, his high officials, all those who are left in Jerusalem, and those people of Judah who are living in Egypt will be like the rotten figs.
9. "I will punish them. Their punishment will shock all the people on earth. People will make fun of those people from Judah. People will tell jokes about them and curse them in all the places where I scatter them.
10. I will send a sword, famine, and disease against them. I will attack them until they have all been killed. Then they will no longer be on the land that I gave to them and to their ancestors. "

Psalms 119:17-24
17. Gimel Be good to me, your servant, so that I may live to obey your word.
18. Open my eyes so that I can see all the wonderful things in your teachings.
19. I feel like a stranger visiting here on earth. I need to know your commands. Don't keep them hidden from me.
20. I constantly feel a hunger to understand your laws.
21. You tell the proud how angry you are with them. All those who refuse to obey your word are cursed.
22. Don't let me be ashamed and embarrassed. I have obeyed your rules.
23. Even if rulers say bad things about me, I am your servant, and I continue to study your laws.
24. Your rules make me happy. They give me good advice.

Proverbs 27:15-16
15. A complaining wife is like water that never stops dripping on a rainy day.
16. Stopping her is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold oil in your hand.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
1. Greetings from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. To the church of those in Thessalonica, who are in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. We thank God for you always. And that's what we should do, because you give us good reason to be thankful: Your faith is growing more and more. And the love that every one of you has for each other is also growing.
4. So we tell the other churches of God how proud we are of you. We tell them how you patiently continue to be strong and have faith, even though you are being persecuted and are suffering many troubles.
5. This is proof that God is right in his judgment. He wants you to be worthy of his kingdom. Your suffering is for that kingdom.
6. God will do what is right. He will punish those who are causing you trouble.
7. And he will bring relief to you who are troubled. He will bring it to you and to us when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven for all to see, together with his powerful angels.
8. He will come with burning fire to punish those who don't know God—those who refuse to accept the Good News about our Lord Jesus Christ.
9. They will be punished with a destruction that never ends. They will not be allowed to be with the Lord but will be kept away from his great power.
10. This will happen on the day when the Lord Jesus comes to receive honor with his holy people. He will be admired among all who have believed. And this includes you because you believed what we told you.
11. That is why we always pray for you. We ask our God to help you live the good way he wanted when he chose you. The goodness you have makes you want to do good. And the faith you have makes you work. We pray that with his power God will help you do these things more and more.
12. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of you, and you will be honored because of him. This can happen only by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.