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October 12


Jeremiah 9:1-26
1. Oh, that my eyes were a fountain of tears; I would weep forever! I would sob day and night for all my people who have been slaughtered.
2. Oh, that I could go away and forget them and live in a shack in the desert, for they are all adulterous and treacherous.
3. "My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth. And they only go from bad to worse! They care nothing for me," says the LORD.
4. "Beware of your neighbor! Beware of your brother! They all take advantage of one another and spread their slanderous lies.
5. They all fool and defraud each other; no one tells the truth. With practiced tongues they tell lies; they wear themselves out with all their sinning.
6. They pile lie upon lie and utterly refuse to come to me," says the LORD.
7. Therefore, the LORD Almighty says, "See, I will melt them in a crucible and test them like metal. What else can I do with them?
8. For their tongues aim lies like poisoned arrows. They promise peace to their neighbors while planning to kill them.
9. Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such as this?"
10. I will weep for the mountains and wail for the desert pastures. For they are desolate and empty of life; the lowing of cattle is heard no more; the birds and wild animals all have fled.
11. "I will make Jerusalem into a heap of ruins," says the LORD. "It will be a place haunted by jackals. The towns of Judah will be ghost towns, with no one living in them."
12. Who is wise enough to understand all this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it to others? Why has the land been ruined so completely that no one even dares to travel through it?
13. The LORD replies, "This has happened because my people have abandoned the instructions I gave them; they have refused to obey my law.
14. Instead, they have stubbornly followed their own desires and worshiped the images of Baal, as their ancestors taught them.
15. So now, listen to what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Look! I will feed them with bitterness and give them poison to drink.
16. I will scatter them around the world, and they will be strangers in distant lands. Their enemies will chase them with the sword until I have destroyed them completely."
17. This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Think about what is going on! Call for the mourners to come.
18. Quick! Begin your weeping! Let the tears flow from your eyes.
19. Hear the people of Jerusalem crying in despair, `We are ruined! Disaster has come upon us! We must leave our land, because our homes have been torn down.'"
20. Listen, you women, to the words of the LORD; open your ears to what he has to say. Teach your daughters to wail; teach one another how to lament.
21. For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth: Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares.
22. And the LORD says, "Bodies will be scattered across the fields like dung, or like bundles of grain after the harvest. No one will be left to bury them."
23. This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches.
24. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!
25. "A time is coming," says the LORD, "when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit--
26. the Egyptians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, the people who live in distant places, and yes, even the people of Judah. Like all these pagan nations, the people of Israel also have uncircumcised hearts."

Jeremiah 10:1-25
1. Hear the word of the LORD, O Israel!
2. This is what the LORD says: "Do not act like other nations who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be afraid of their predictions, even though other nations are terrified by them.
3. Their ways are futile and foolish. They cut down a tree and carve an idol.
4. They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so it won't fall over.
5. There stands their god like a helpless scarecrow in a garden! It cannot speak, and it needs to be carried because it cannot walk. Do not be afraid of such gods, for they can neither harm you nor do you any good."
6. LORD, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power.
7. Who would not fear you, O King of nations? That title belongs to you alone! Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you.
8. The wisest of people who worship idols are stupid and foolish. The things they worship are made of wood!
9. They bring beaten sheets of silver from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz, and they give these materials to skillful craftsmen who make their idols. Then they dress these gods in royal purple robes made by expert tailors.
10. But the LORD is the only true God, the living God. He is the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his anger. The nations hide before his wrath.
11. Say this to those who worship other gods: "Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth."
12. But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. He has stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
13. When he speaks, there is thunder in the heavens. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.
14. Compared to him, all people are foolish and have no knowledge at all! They make idols, but the idols will disgrace their makers, for they are frauds. They have no life or power in them.
15. Idols are worthless; they are lies! The time is coming when they will all be destroyed.
16. But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including Israel, his own special possession. The LORD Almighty is his name!
17. "Pack your bag and prepare to leave; the siege is about to begin,"
18. says the LORD. "For suddenly, I will fling you from this land and pour great troubles upon you. At last you will feel my anger."
19. My wound is desperate, and my grief is great. My sickness is incurable, but I must bear it.
20. My home is gone, and no one is left to help me rebuild it. My children have been taken away, and I will never see them again.
21. The shepherds of my people have lost their senses. They no longer follow the LORD or ask what he wants of them. Therefore, they fail completely, and their flocks are scattered.
22. Listen! Hear the terrifying roar of great armies as they roll down from the north. The towns of Judah will be destroyed and will become a haunt for jackals.
23. I know, LORD, that a person's life is not his own. No one is able to plan his own course.
24. So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.
25. Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to recognize you--on nations that do not call upon your name. For they have utterly devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness.

Psalms 118:5-9
5. In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and rescued me.
6. The LORD is for me, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
7. Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
8. It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in people.
9. It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Proverbs 27:7-7
7. Honey seems tasteless to a person who is full, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.

Colossians 3:1-25
1. Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power.
2. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.
3. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
4. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
5. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don't be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry.
6. God's terrible anger will come upon those who do such things.
7. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world.
8. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
9. Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds.
10. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.
11. In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12. Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
14. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16. Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
18. You wives must submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
19. And you husbands must love your wives and never treat them harshly.
20. You children must always obey your parents, for this is what pleases the Lord.
21. Fathers, don't aggravate your children. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying.
22. You slaves must obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Obey them willingly because of your reverent fear of the Lord.
23. Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
24. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.
25. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites who can get away with evil.