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October 26


Jeremiah 37:1-21
1. Zedekiah the son of Josiah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah, reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim.
2. But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the LORD that he spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.
3. King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "Please pray for us to the LORD our God."
4. Now Jeremiah was still going in and out among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison.
5. The army of Pharaoh had come out of Egypt. And when the Chaldeans who were besieging Jerusalem heard news about them, they withdrew from Jerusalem.
6. Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet:
7. "Thus says the LORD, God of Israel: Thus shall you say to the king of Judah who sent you to me to inquire of me, 'Behold, Pharaoh's army that came to help you is about to return to Egypt, to its own land.
8. And the Chaldeans shall come back and fight against this city. They shall capture it and burn it with fire.
9. Thus says the LORD, Do not deceive yourselves, saying, "The Chaldeans will surely go away from us," for they will not go away.
10. For even if you should defeat the whole army of Chaldeans who are fighting against you, and there remained of them only wounded men, every man in his tent, they would rise up and burn this city with fire.'"
11. Now when the Chaldean army had withdrawn from Jerusalem at the approach of Pharaoh's army,
12. Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to receive his portion there among the people.
13. When he was at the Benjamin Gate, a sentry there named Irijah the son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah, seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "You are deserting to the Chaldeans."
14. And Jeremiah said, "It is a lie; I am not deserting to the Chaldeans." But Irijah would not listen to him, and seized Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.
15. And the officials were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison.
16. When Jeremiah had come to the dungeon cells and remained there many days,
17. King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, "Is there any word from the LORD?" Jeremiah said, "There is." Then he said, "You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon."
18. Jeremiah also said to King Zedekiah, "What wrong have I done to you or your servants or this people, that you have put me in prison?
19. Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, 'The king of Babylon will not come against you and against this land'?
20. Now hear, please, O my lord the king: let my humble plea come before you and do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, lest I die there."
21. So King Zedekiah gave orders, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard. And a loaf of bread was given him daily from the bakers' street, until all the bread of the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

Jeremiah 38:1-28
1. Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchiah heard the words that Jeremiah was saying to all the people,
2. "Thus says the LORD: He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans shall live. He shall have his life as a prize of war, and live.
3. Thus says the LORD: This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and be taken."
4. Then the officials said to the king, "Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm."
5. King Zedekiah said, "Behold, he is in your hands, for the king can do nothing against you."
6. So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king's son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
7. When Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch who was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern- the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate-
8. Ebed-melech went from the king's house and said to the king,
9. "My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they did to Jeremiah the prophet by casting him into the cistern, and he will die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city."
10. Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, "Take three men with you from here, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies."
11. So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to the house of the king, to a wardrobe in the storehouse, and took from there old rags and worn-out clothes, which he let down to Jeremiah in the cistern by ropes.
12. Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, "Put the rags and clothes between your armpits and the ropes." Jeremiah did so.
13. Then they drew Jeremiah up with ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.
14. King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and received him at the third entrance of the temple of the LORD. The king said to Jeremiah, "I will ask you a question; hide nothing from me."
15. Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "If I tell you, will you not surely put me to death? And if I give you counsel, you will not listen to me."
16. Then King Zedekiah swore secretly to Jeremiah, "As the LORD lives, who made our souls, I will not put you to death or deliver you into the hand of these men who seek your life."
17. Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If you will surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then your life shall be spared, and this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live.
18. But if you do not surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand."
19. King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am afraid of the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest I be handed over to them and they deal cruelly with me."
20. Jeremiah said, "You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the LORD in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared.
21. But if you refuse to surrender, this is the vision which the LORD has shown to me:
22. Behold, all the women left in the house of the king of Judah were being led out to the officials of the king of Babylon and were saying, "' Your trusted friends have deceived you and prevailed against you; now that your feet are sunk in the mud, they turn away from you.'
23. All your wives and your sons shall be led out to the Chaldeans, and you yourself shall not escape from their hand, but shall be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city shall be burned with fire."
24. Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "Let no one know of these words, and you shall not die.
25. If the officials hear that I have spoken with you and come to you and say to you, 'Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you; hide nothing from us and we will not put you to death,'
26. then you shall say to them, 'I made a humble plea to the king that he would not send me back to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"
27. Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and asked him, and he answered them as the king had instructed him. So they stopped speaking with him, for the conversation had not been overheard.
28. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

Psalms 119:73-80
73. Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
74. Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.
75. I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76. Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.
77. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.
78. Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
79. Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.
80. May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!

Proverbs 27:23-27
23. Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,
24. for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
25. When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26. the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field.
27. There will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.

1 Timothy 5:1-25
1. Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father. Treat younger men like brothers,
2. older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.
3. Honor widows who are truly widows.
4. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.
5. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,
6. but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
7. Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.
8. But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9. Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,
10. and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.
11. But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry
12. and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.
13. Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.
14. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.
15. For some have already strayed after Satan.
16. If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are really widows.
17. Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
18. For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages."
19. Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
20. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
21. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.
22. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
23. (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
24. The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.
25. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.