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October 20

Jeremiah 25:1-38
1. This is the message that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah. This message came in the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah. The fourth year of his time as king was the first year that Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon.
2. This is the message that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and all the people of Jerusalem:
3. I have given you messages from the Lord again and again for these past 23 years. I have been a prophet since the 13 year that Josiah son of Amon was the king of Judah. I have spoken messages from the Lord to you from that time until today. But you have not listened.
4. The Lord has sent his servants, the prophets, to you over and over again. But you have not listened to them. You have not paid any attention to them.
5. Those prophets said, "Change your lives and stop doing evil! If you change, you can return to the land that the Lord gave you and your ancestors long ago. He gave you this land to live in forever.
6. Don't follow other gods. Don't serve or worship them. Don't worship idols that someone has made. That only makes me angry with you. By doing this you only hurt yourselves."
7. "But you did not listen to me." This message is from the Lord. "You worshiped idols that someone made, and that made me angry. And it only hurt you."
8. So this is what the Lord All-Powerful says, "You have not listened to my messages.
9. I will soon send for all the tribes of the north. " This message is from the Lord. "I will soon send for King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He is my servant. I will bring those people against the land of Judah and against the people of Judah. I will bring them against all the nations around you too. I will destroy all those countries. I will make those lands like an empty desert forever. People will see those countries, and whistle at how badly they were destroyed.
10. I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and happiness in those places. There will be no more happy sounds of the brides and bridegrooms. I will take away the sound of people grinding meal. I will take away the light of the lamp.
11. That whole area will be an empty desert. All these people will be slaves of the king of Babylon for 70 years.
12. "But when the 70 years have passed, I will punish the king of Babylon. I will punish the nation of Babylon." This message is from the Lord. "I will punish the land of the Babylonians for their sins. I will make that land a desert forever.
13. I said many bad things will happen to Babylon, and all of them will happen. Jeremiah spoke about those foreign nations. And all of the warnings are written in this book.
14. Yes, the people of Babylon will have to serve many nations and many great kings. I will give them the punishment they deserve for all the things they have done."
15. The Lord, the God of Israel, said this to me: "Jeremiah, take this cup of wine from my hand. It is the wine of my anger. I am sending you to different nations. Make all the nations drink from this cup.
16. They will drink this wine. Then they will vomit and act like crazy people. They will do this because of the sword that I will soon send against them."
17. So I took the cup of wine from the Lord's hand. I went to those nations and I made them drink from the cup.
18. I poured this wine for the people of Jerusalem and Judah. I made the kings and leaders of Judah drink from the cup. I did this so that they would become an empty desert. I did this so that place would be destroyed so badly that people would whistle and say curses about it. And it happened—Judah is like that now.
19. I also made Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, drink from the cup. I made his officials, his important leaders, and all his people drink from the cup of the Lord's anger.
20. I also made all the Arabs and all the kings of the land of Uz drink from the cup. I made all the kings of the land of the Philistines drink from the cup. These were the kings of the cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of the city Ashdod.
21. Then I made the people of Edom, Moab, and Ammon drink from the cup.
22. I made all the kings of Tyre and Sidon drink from the cup. I also made all the kings of the faraway countries drink from that cup.
23. I made the people of Dedan, Tema, and Buz drink from the cup. I made all those who cut their hair at their temples drink from the cup.
24. I made all the kings of Arabia drink from the cup. These kings live in the desert.
25. I made all the kings from Zimri, Elam, and Media drink from the cup.
26. I made all the kings of the north, those who were near and far, drink from the cup. I made them drink one after the other. I made all the kingdoms that are on earth drink from the cup of the anger of the Lord. But the king of Babylon will drink from this cup after all these other nations.
27. "Jeremiah, say to those nations, this is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of the people of Israel, says, 'Drink this cup of my anger. Get drunk from it and vomit. Fall down and don't get up. Don't get up because I am sending a sword to kill you.'
28. "They will refuse to take the cup from your hand. They will refuse to drink it, but you will tell them, 'This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: You will surely drink from this cup!
29. I am already making these bad things happen to Jerusalem, the city that is called by my name. Maybe you people think that you will not be punished, but you are wrong. You will be punished! I am calling out a sword to attack all the people of the earth.'" This message is from the Lord.
30. "Jeremiah, you will give them this message: 'The Lord shouts from above. He shouts from his holy Temple. He shouts at his pasture. His shouts are loud like the songs of people walking on grapes to make wine.
31. The noise spreads to all the people on earth. What is all the noise about? The Lord is punishing the people from all the nations. The Lord told his arguments against them. He judged them, and now he is killing the evil people with a sword.'" This message is from the Lord.
32. This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: "Disasters will soon spread from country to country. They will come like a powerful storm to all the faraway places on earth!"
33. The dead bodies of those people will reach from one end of the country to the other. No one will cry for them. No one will gather up their bodies and bury them. They will be left lying on the ground like dung.
34. Shepherds, you should be leading the sheep. Start crying, you great leaders! Roll around on the ground in pain, you leaders of the sheep. It is now time for your slaughter. You will be scattered everywhere, like pieces flying from a broken jar.
35. There will be no place for the shepherds to hide. They will not escape.
36. I hear the shepherds shouting. I hear the leaders of the sheep crying, because the Lord is destroying their pastures.
37. Those peaceful pastures are like an empty desert. This happened because the Lord is angry.
38. The Lord is like an angry lion that has left his cave. He is angry, and his anger will hurt those people! Their land will be an empty desert.

Jeremiah 26:1-24
1. This message came from the Lord during the first year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah.
2. The Lord said, "Jeremiah, stand in the Temple yard of the Lord. Give this message to all the people of Judah who are coming to worship at the Temple of the Lord. Tell them everything that I tell you to speak. Don't leave out any part of my message.
3. Maybe they will listen and obey my message. Maybe they will stop living such evil lives. If they change, I will change my mind about my plans to punish them. I am planning this punishment because of the many evil things they have done.
4. You will say to them, 'This is what the Lord says: I gave my teachings to you. You must obey me and follow my teachings.
5. You must listen to what my servants say to you. (The prophets are my servants.) I have sent prophets to you again and again, but you did not listen to them.
6. If you don't obey me, I will make my Temple in Jerusalem just like my Holy Tent at Shiloh. People all over the world will think of Jerusalem when they ask for bad things to happen to other cities.'"
7. The priests, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah say all these words at the Lord's Temple.
8. Jeremiah finished speaking everything the Lord had commanded him to say to the people. Then the priests, the prophets, and all the people grabbed Jeremiah. They said, "You will die for saying such terrible things!
9. How dare you say such a thing in the name of the Lord! How dare you say that this Temple will be destroyed like the one at Shiloh! How dare you say that Jerusalem will become a desert with no one living in it!" All the people gathered around Jeremiah in the Temple of the Lord.
10. Now the rulers of Judah heard about everything that was happening. So they came out of the king's palace. They went up to the Lord's Temple. There, they took their places at the entrance of the New Gate. The New Gate is a gate leading to the Lord's Temple.
11. Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the rulers and all the other people. They said, "Jeremiah should be killed. He said bad things about Jerusalem. You heard him say those things."
12. Then Jeremiah spoke to all the rulers of Judah and all the other people. He said, "The Lord sent me to say these things about this Temple and this city. Everything that you have heard is from the Lord.
13. You people change your lives! You must start doing good! You must obey the Lord your God. If you do that, he will change his mind. He will not do the bad things he told you about.
14. As for me, I am in your power. Do to me what you think is good and right.
15. But if you kill me, be sure of one thing. You will be guilty of killing an innocent person. You will make this city and everyone living in it guilty too. The Lord really did send me to you. The message you heard really is from the Lord."
16. Then the rulers and all the people spoke. They said to the priests and the prophets, "Jeremiah must not be killed. What he told us comes from the Lord our God."
17. Then some of the elders stood up and spoke to all the people.
18. They said, "Micah the prophet was from the city of Moresheth. He was a prophet during the time that Hezekiah was king of Judah. Micah said this to all the people of Judah: 'The Lord All-Powerful says: Zion will be destroyed. It will become a plowed field. Jerusalem will become a pile of rocks. Temple Mount will be an empty hill overgrown with bushes.' Micah 19"King Hezekiah of Judah and the people of Judah did not kill Micah. You know that Hezekiah respected the Lord and wanted to please him. So the Lord changed his mind and didn't do bad things to Judah that he said he would do. If we hurt Jeremiah, we will bring many troubles on ourselves. And those troubles will be our own fault."
20. In the past there was another man who spoke the Lord's message. His name was Uriah son of Shemaiah from the city of Kiriath Jearim. Uriah said the same things against this city and this land that Jeremiah did.
21. King Jehoiakim, his army officers, and the leaders of Judah heard Uriah and became angry. King Jehoiakim wanted to kill Uriah, but Uriah heard about it. Uriah was afraid, so he escaped to the land of Egypt.
22. But King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Acbor and some other men to Egypt.
23. They brought Uriah from Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim. Jehoiakim ordered Uriah to be killed with a sword. Uriah's body was thrown into the burial place where the poor are buried.
24. There was an important man named Ahikam son of Shaphan who supported Jeremiah. He kept Jeremiah from being killed by the priests and prophets.

Psalms 119:25-32
25. Daleth I lie here like a dying man. Say the word, and I will live again.
26. I told you about my life, and you answered me. Now, teach me your laws.
27. Help me understand your instructions, and I will think about your wonderful teachings.
28. I am sad and tired. Say the word, and make me strong again.
29. Don't let me live a lie. Guide me with your teachings.
30. I have chosen to be loyal to you. I respect your laws.
31. I follow your rules closely, Lord. Don't let me be put to shame.
32. I do my best to follow your commands, because you are the one who gives me the desire.

Proverbs 27:17-17
17. As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
1. Brothers and sisters, we have something to say about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to talk to you about that time when we will meet together with him.
2. Don't let yourselves be easily upset or worried if you hear that the day of the Lord has already come. Someone might say that this idea came from us—in something the Spirit told us, or in something we said, or in a letter we wrote.
3. Don't be fooled by anything they might say. That day of the Lord will not come until the turning away from God happens. And that day will not come until the Man of Evil appears, the one who belongs to hell.
4. He will stand against and put himself above everything that people worship or think is worthy of worship. He will even go into God's Temple and sit there, claiming that he is God.
5. I told you before that all these things would happen. Remember?
6. And you know what is stopping that Man of Evil now. He is being stopped now so that he will appear at the right time.
7. The secret power of evil is already working in the world now. But there is one who is stopping that secret power of evil. And he will continue to stop it until he is taken out of the way.
8. Then that Man of Evil will appear. But the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath that comes from his mouth. The Lord will come in a way that everyone will see, and that will be the end of the Man of Evil.
9. When that Man of Evil comes, it will be the work of Satan. He will come with great power, and he will do all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders.
10. The Man of Evil will use every kind of evil to fool those who are lost. They are lost because they refused to love the truth and be saved.
11. So God will send them something powerful that leads them away from the truth and causes them to believe a lie.
12. They will all be condemned because they did not believe the truth and because they enjoyed doing evil.
13. Brothers and sisters, you are people the Lord loves. And we always thank God for you. That's what we should do, because God chose you to be some of the first people to be saved. You are saved by the Spirit making you holy and by your faith in the truth.
14. God chose you to have that salvation. He chose you by using the Good News that we told you. You were chosen so that you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15. So, brothers and sisters, stand strong and continue to believe the teachings we gave you when we were there and by letter.
16. We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father will comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us and gave us through his grace a wonderful hope and comfort that has no end.