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October 24


Jeremiah 33:1-26
1. The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time while he was still imprisoned in the quarters of the guard:
2. Thus says the LORD who made the earth and gave it form and firmness, whose name is LORD:
3. Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell to you things great beyond reach of your knowledge.
4. Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the palaces of Judah's kings, which are being destroyed in the face of siegeworks and the sword:
5. men come to battle the Chaldeans, and these houses will be filled with the corpses of those whom I slay in my anger and wrath, when I hide my face from this city for all their wickedness.
6. Behold, I will treat and assuage the city's wounds; I will heal them, and reveal to them an abundance of lasting peace.
7. I will change the lot of Judah and the lot of Israel, and rebuild them as of old.
8. I will cleanse them of all the guilt they incurred by sinning against me; all their offenses by which they sinned and rebelled against me, I will forgive.
9. Then Jerusalem shall be my joy, my praise, my glory, before all the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good I will do among them. They shall be in fear and trembling over all the peaceful benefits I will give her.
10. Thus says the LORD: In this place of which you say, "How desolate it is, without man, without beast!" and in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are now deserted, without man, without citizen, without beast, there shall yet be heard
11. the cry of joy, the cry of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, the voice of the bride, the sound of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, singing, "Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good; his mercy endures forever." For I will restore this country as of old, says the LORD.
12. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In this place, now desolate, without man or beast, and in all its cities there shall again be sheepfolds for the shepherds to couch their flocks.
13. In the cities of the hill country, of the foothills, and of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin and the suburbs of Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the LORD.
14. The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
15. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land.
16. In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: "The LORD our justice."
17. For thus says the LORD: Never shall David lack a successor on the throne of the house of Israel,
18. nor shall priests of Levi ever be lacking, to offer holocausts before me, to burn cereal offerings, and to sacrifice victims.This word of the LORD also came to Jeremiah:
19. Thus says the LORD:
20. If you can break my covenant with day, and my covenant with night, so that day and night no longer alternate in sequence,
21. then can my covenant with my servant David also be broken, so that he will not have a son to be king upon his throne, and my covenant with the priests of Levi who minister to me.
22. Like the host of heaven which cannot be numbered, and the sands of the sea which cannot be counted, I will multiply the descendants of my servant David and the Levites who minister to me.
23. This word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
24. Have you not noticed what these people are saying: "The LORD has rejected the two tribes which he had chosen"? They spurn my people as if it were no longer a nation in their eyes.
25. Thus says the LORD: When I have no covenant with day and night, and have given no laws to heaven and earth,
26. then too will I reject the descendants of Jacob and of my servant David, so as not to take from his descendants rulers for the race of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will change their lot and show them mercy.

Jeremiah 34:1-22
1. This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD while Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his armies and the earth's kingdoms subject to him, as well as the other peoples, were all attacking Jerusalem and all her cities:
2. Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Go to Zedekiah, king of Judah, and tell him: Thus says the LORD: I am handing this city over to the king of Babylon; he will destroy it with fire.
3. Neither shall you escape his hand; rather you will be captured and fall into his hands. You shall see the king of Babylon and speak to him face to face. Then you shall be taken to Babylon.
4. But if you obey the word of the LORD, Zedekiah, king of Judah, then, says the LORD to you, you shall not die by the sword.
5. You shall die in peace, and they will lament you as their lord, and burn spices for your burial as they did for your fathers, the kings who preceded you from the first; it is I who make this promise, says the LORD.
6. The prophet Jeremiah told all these things to Zedekiah, king of Judah, in Jerusalem,
7. while the armies of the king of Babylon were attacking Jerusalem and the remaining cities of Judah, Lachish, and Azekah, since these alone were left of the fortified cities of Judah.
8. This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had made an agreement with all the people in Jerusalem to issue an edict of emancipation.
9. Everyone was to free his Hebrew slaves, male and female, so that no one should hold a man of Judah, his brother, in slavery.
10. All the princes and the others who entered the agreement consented to set free their male and female servants, so that they should be slaves no longer. But though they agreed and freed them,
11. afterward they took back their male and female slaves whom they had set free and again forced them into service.
12. Then this word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
13. Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: The day I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the place where they were slaves, I made this covenant with them:
14. Every seventh year each of you shall set free his Hebrew brother who has sold himself to you; six years he shall serve you, but then you shall let him go free. Your fathers, however, did not heed me or obey me.
15. Today you indeed repented and did what is right in my eyes by proclaiming the emancipation of your brethren and making an agreement before me in the house that is named after me.
16. But then you changed your mind and profaned my name by taking back your male and female slaves to whom you had given their freedom; you forced them once more into slavery.
17. Therefore, thus says the LORD: You did not obey me by proclaiming your neighbors and kinsmen free. I now proclaim you free, says the LORD, for the sword, famine, and pestilence. I will make you an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
18. The men who violated my covenant and did not observe the terms of the agreement which they made before me, I will make like the calf which they cut in two, between whose two parts they passed.
19. The princes of Judah and of Jerusalem, the courtiers, the priests, and the common people, who passed between the parts of the calf,
20. I will hand over, all of them, to their enemies, to those who seek their lives: their corpses shall be food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.
21. Zedekiah, too, king of Judah, and his princes, I will hand over to their enemies, to those who seek their lives, to the soldiers of the king of Babylon who have at present withdrawn from you.
22. I will give the command, says the LORD, and bring them back to this city. They shall attack and capture it, and destroy it with fire; the cities of Judah I will turn into a desert where no man dwells.

Psalms 119:57-64
57. My portion is the LORD; I promise to keep your words.
58. I entreat you with all my heart: have mercy on me in accord with your promise.
59. I have examined my ways and turned my steps to your decrees.
60. I am prompt, I do not hesitate in keeping your commands.
61. Though the snares of the wicked surround me, your teaching I do not forget.
62. At midnight I rise to praise you because your edicts are just.
63. I am the friend of all who fear you, of all who keep your precepts.
64. The earth, LORD, is filled with your love; teach me your laws.

Proverbs 27:21-21
21. As the crucible tests silver and the furnace gold, so a man is tested by the praise he receives.

1 Timothy 3:1-16
1. This saying is trustworthy: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
2. Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable, married only once, temperate, self-controlled, decent, hospitable, able to teach,
3. not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money.
4. He must manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
5. for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of the church of God?
6. He should not be a recent convert, so that he may not become conceited and thus incur the devil's punishment.
7. He must also have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, the devil's trap.
8. Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
9. holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
10. Moreover, they should be tested first; then, if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11. Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers, but temperate and faithful in everything.
12. Deacons may be married only once and must manage their children and their households well.
13. Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.
14. I am writing you about these matters, although I hope to visit you soon.
15. But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.
16. Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion, Who was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.