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October 21


Jeremiah 27:1-22
1. A message came to me from the Lord. It was shortly after Zedekiah became king of Judah. He was the son of Josiah.
2. The Lord said, "Make a yoke out of ropes and wooden boards. Put it on your neck.
3. "Then write down a message for the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon. Give it to their messengers who have come to Jerusalem. They have come to see Zedekiah, the king of Judah.
4. Give them a message for the kings who sent them. It should say, 'The Lord who rules over all is the God of Israel. He says, "Here is what I want you to tell your masters.
5. I reached out my great and powerful arm. I made the earth. I made its people and animals. And I can give the earth to anyone I please.
6. " ' "Now I will hand all of your countries over to my servant Nebuchadnezzar. He is king of Babylonia. I will put even the wild animals under his control.
7. All of the nations will serve him and his son and grandson. After that, I will judge his land. Then many nations and great kings will make him serve them.
8. " ' "But suppose any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia. And suppose it refuses to put its neck under his yoke. Then I will punish that nation with war, hunger and plague," announces the Lord. "I will punish it until his powerful hand destroys it.
9. " ' "So do not listen to your prophets. Do not listen to those who claim to have secret knowledge. Do not listen to those who try to explain your dreams. Do not listen to those who get messages from people who have died. Do not listen to those who practice evil magic. All of them will tell you, 'You won't serve the king of Babylonia.'
10. " ' "But they prophesy lies to you. If you listen to them, you will be removed far away from your lands. I will drive you away from them. And you will die.
11. " ' "But suppose any nation will put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylonia. And suppose it serves him. Then I will let that nation remain in its own land. I will let its people plow the land and live there," ' " announces the Lord.
12. I gave the same message to Zedekiah, the king of Judah. I said, "Put your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylonia. Obey him. Serve his people. Then you will live.
13. Why should you and your people die? Why should you die of war, hunger and plague? That's what the Lord said would happen to any nation that won't serve the king of Babylonia.
14. "Don't listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, 'You won't serve the king of Babylonia.' They are prophesying lies to you.
15. 'I have not sent them,' announces the Lord. 'They are prophesying lies in my name. So I will drive you away from your land. And you will die. So will the prophets who prophesy to you.' "
16. Then I spoke to the priests and all of those people. I said, "The Lord says, 'Do not listen to the prophets who say, "Very soon the articles from the Lord's house will be brought back from Babylon." They are prophesying lies to you.
17. Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylonia. Then you will live. Why should this city be destroyed?
18. " 'If they are prophets and have received a message from me, let them pray to me. I am the Lord who rules over all. Those prophets should pray that what is still in Jerusalem will remain here. They should pray that the articles in my house and the king's palace will not be taken to Babylon.
19. " 'I am the Lord who rules over all. Do you know what those articles are? They include the two pillars in front of the temple. They include the huge metal bowl. They include the bronze stands that can be moved around. And they include the other articles that are left in this city.
20. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia, did not take those things away at first. That was when he took King Jehoiachin from Jerusalem to Babylon. He also took all of the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem along with him. Jehoiachin is the son of Jehoiakim.
21. " 'I am the Lord who rules over all. I am the God of Israel. Here is what will happen to the things that are left in my house, the king's palace and Jerusalem.
22. They will be taken to Babylon. They will remain there until the day I come for them,' announces the Lord. 'Then I will bring them back. I will return them to this place.' "

Jeremiah 28:1-17
1. The prophet Hananiah spoke to me in the Lord's house. It was shortly after Zedekiah became king of Judah. It was in the fifth month of his fourth year. Hananiah was from Gibeon. He was the son of Azzur. In front of the priests and all of the people Hananiah said to me,
2. "The Lord who rules over all is the God of Israel. He says, 'I will break the yoke of the king of Babylonia.
3. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia, removed all of the articles that belong to my house. He took them to Babylon. Before two years are over, I will bring them back to this place.
4. " 'I will also bring King Jehoiachin back. He is the son of Jehoiakim. And I will bring back all of the others who were taken from Judah to Babylon,' announces the Lord. 'I will break the yoke of the king of Babylonia.' "
5. Then I, the prophet Jeremiah, replied to the prophet Hananiah. I spoke to him in front of the priests and all of the people. They were standing in the Lord's house.
6. I said, "Amen, Hananiah! May the Lord do those things! May he make the words you have prophesied come true. May he bring back from Babylon the articles that belong to the Lord's house. May he bring back to this place all of the people who were taken away.
7. "But listen to what I have to say. I want you and all of the people to hear it.
8. There have been prophets long before you and I were ever born. They have prophesied against many countries and great kingdoms. They have spoken about war, trouble and plague.
9. But what if a prophet says peace will come? Only if it comes true will he be recognized as one who has been truly sent by the Lord."
10. The prophet Hananiah took the yoke off my neck. Then he broke it.
11. In front of all of the people he said, "The Lord says, 'In the same way, I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia. Before two years are over, I will remove it from the necks of all of the nations.' " When I heard that, I went on my way.
12. A message came to me from the Lord. It was shortly after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off my neck. The message said,
13. "Go. Tell Hananiah, 'The Lord says, "You have broken a wooden yoke. But in its place you will get an iron yoke."
14. The Lord who rules over all is the God of Israel. He says, "I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all of those nations. I will make them serve Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia. So they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals." ' "
15. Then I, the prophet Jeremiah, spoke to the prophet Hananiah. I said, "Listen, Hananiah! The Lord hasn't sent you. But you have tricked these people. Now they trust in lies.
16. So the Lord says, 'I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. Before this year is over, you will die. You have taught the people to turn against me.' "
17. In the seventh month of that very year, the prophet Hananiah died.

Psalms 119:33-40
33. Lord, teach me to follow your orders. Then I will obey them to the very end.
34. Help me understand your law. Then I will follow it and obey it with all my heart.
35. Teach me to live as you command, because that makes me very happy.
36. Make me want to follow your covenant laws instead of wanting to gain things only for myself.
37. Turn my eyes away from things that are worthless. Keep me alive as you have promised.
38. Keep your promise to me. Then other people will have respect for you.
39. Please don't let me be put to shame. Your laws are good.
40. I really want to follow your rules. Keep me alive, because you do what is right. Waw

Proverbs 27:18-18
18. A person who takes good care of a fig tree will eat its fruit. And a person who looks after his master will be honored.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
1. Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us. Pray that the Lord's message will spread quickly. Pray that others will honor it just as you did.
2. And pray that we will be saved from sinful and evil people. Not everyone is a believer.
3. But the Lord is faithful. He will strengthen you. He will guard you from the evil one.
4. We trust in the Lord. So we are sure that you are doing the things we tell you to do. And we are sure that you will keep on doing them.
5. May the Lord fill your hearts with God's love. May Christ give you the strength to go on.
6. Brothers and sisters, here is a command we give you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep away from every believer who doesn't want to work. Keep away from anyone who doesn't live up to the teaching you received from us.
7. You know how you should follow our example. We worked when we were with you.
8. We didn't eat anyone's food without paying for it. In fact, it was just the opposite. We worked night and day. We worked very hard so that we wouldn't cause any expense to any of you.
9. We worked, even though we have the right to receive help from you. We did it in order to be a model for you to follow.
10. Even when we were with you, we gave you a rule. We said, "Anyone who will not work will not eat."
11. We hear that some people among you don't want to work. They aren't really busy. Instead, they are bothering others.
12. We belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. So we strongly command people like that to settle down. They have to earn the food they eat.
13. Brothers and sisters, don't ever get tired of doing the right thing.
14. Keep an eye on anyone who doesn't obey the directions in our letter. Watch that person closely. Have nothing to do with him. Then he will feel ashamed.
15. But don't think of him as an enemy. Instead, warn him as a brother or sister.
16. May the Lord who gives peace give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with all of you.
17. I, Paul, write this greeting in my own handwriting. That's how I prove that I am the author of all my letters. I always do it that way.
18. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.