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Jeremiah 27:1-22
1. In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD.
2. Thus the LORD said to me: "Make yourself straps and yoke-bars, and put them on your neck.
3. Send word to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the sons of Ammon, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon by the hand of the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.
4. Give them this charge for their masters: 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters:
5. "It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.
6. Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him.
7. All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.
8. "'"But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, declares the LORD, until I have consumed it by his hand.
9. So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortunetellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, 'You shall not serve the king of Babylon.'
10. For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you, with the result that you will be removed far from your land, and I will drive you out, and you will perish.
11. But any nation that will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave on its own land, to work it and dwell there, declares the LORD."'"
12. To Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke in like manner: "Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people and live.
13. Why will you and your people die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, as the LORD has spoken concerning any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
14. Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are saying to you, 'You shall not serve the king of Babylon,' for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you.
15. I have not sent them, declares the LORD, but they are prophesying falsely in my name, with the result that I will drive you out and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you."
16. Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, "Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who are prophesying to you, saying, 'Behold, the vessels of the LORD's house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon,' for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you.
17. Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon and live. Why should this city become a desolation?
18. If they are prophets, and if the word of the LORD is with them, then let them intercede with the LORD of hosts, that the vessels that are left in the house of the LORD, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem may not go to Babylon.
19. For thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the pillars, the sea, the stands, and the rest of the vessels that are left in this city,
20. which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away, when he took into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem-
21. thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that are left in the house of the LORD, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem:
22. They shall be carried to Babylon and remain there until the day when I visit them, declares the LORD. Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place."

Jeremiah 28:1-17
1. In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying,
2. "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
3. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD's house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon.
4. I will also bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, declares the LORD, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon."
5. Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD,
6. and the prophet Jeremiah said, "Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles.
7. Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people.
8. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms.
9. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet."
10. Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke-bars from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke them.
11. And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, "Thus says the LORD: Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations within two years." But Jeremiah the prophet went his way.
12. Sometime after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke-bars from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
13. "Go, tell Hananiah, 'Thus says the LORD: You have broken wooden bars, but you have made in their place bars of iron.
14. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put upon the neck of all these nations an iron yoke to serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they shall serve him, for I have given to him even the beasts of the field.'"
15. And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, "Listen, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.
16. Therefore thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the LORD.'"
17. In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.

Psalms 119:33-40
33. Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
34. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
35. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
36. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
37. Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
38. Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
39. Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
40. Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!

Proverbs 27:18-18
18. Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
1. Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,
2. and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.
3. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
4. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.
5. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
6. Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
7. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,
8. nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.
9. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.
10. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
11. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
12. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
13. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
14. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
15. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
16. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
18. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.