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October 22


Jeremiah 29:1-29
1. Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.
2. This was after King Jehoiachin, the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah, and all the craftsmen had been deported from Jerusalem.
3. He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah's ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah's letter said:
4. The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem:
5. "Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food you produce.
6. Marry, and have children. Then find spouses for them, and have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away!
7. And work for the peace and prosperity of Babylon. Pray to the LORD for that city where you are held captive, for if Babylon has peace, so will you."
8. The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says, "Do not let the prophets and mediums who are there in Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams
9. because they prophesy lies in my name. I have not sent them," says the LORD.
10. "The truth is that you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.
11. For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
12. In those days when you pray, I will listen.
13. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.
14. I will be found by you," says the LORD. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land."
15. You may claim that the LORD has raised up prophets for you in Babylon.
16. But this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David's throne and all those still living here in Jerusalem--your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon.
17. This is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like rotting figs--too bad to eat.
18. Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery.
19. For they refuse to listen to me, though I have spoken to them repeatedly through my prophets. And you who are in exile have not listened either," says the LORD.
20. Therefore, listen to this message from the LORD, all you captives there in Babylon.
21. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about your prophets--Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah--who are telling you lies in my name: "I will turn them over to Nebuchadnezzar for a public execution.
22. Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that whenever the Judean exiles want to curse someone they will say, `May the LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!'
23. For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and have lied in my name. I am a witness to this," says the LORD.
24. The LORD sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon:
25. "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You wrote a letter on your own authority to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, and you sent copies to the other priests and people in Jerusalem. You said to Zephaniah,
26. `The LORD has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the LORD. You are responsible to put anyone who claims to be a prophet in the stocks and neck irons.
27. So why have you done nothing to stop Jeremiah from Anathoth, who pretends to be a prophet among you?
28. Jeremiah sent a letter here to Babylon, predicting that our captivity will be a long one. He said we should build homes and plan to stay for many years. He said we should plant fruit trees, because we will be here to eat the fruit for many years to come.'"
29. But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah's letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him.

Jeremiah 30:1-24
1. The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
2. "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.
3. For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it and live here again. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
4. This is the message the LORD gave concerning Israel and Judah:
5. "This is what the LORD says: I have heard the people crying; there is only fear and trembling.
6. Now let me ask you a question: Do men give birth to babies? Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced, hands pressed against their sides like women about to give birth?
7. In all history there has never been such a time of terror. It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel. Yet in the end, they will be saved!
8. "For in that day, says the LORD Almighty, I will break the yoke from their necks and snap their chains. Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
9. For my people will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
10. "So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel, says the LORD. For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return and will have peace and quiet in their own land, and no one will make them afraid.
11. For I am with you and will save you, says the LORD. I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not destroy you. But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished.
12. "This is what the LORD says: Yours is an incurable bruise, a terrible wound.
13. There is no one to help you or bind up your injury. You are beyond the help of any medicine.
14. All your allies have left you and do not care about you anymore. I have wounded you cruelly, as though I were your enemy. For your sins are many, and your guilt is great.
15. Why do you protest your punishment--this wound that has no cure? I have had to punish you because your sins are many and your guilt is great.
16. "But in that coming day, all who destroy you will be destroyed, and all your enemies will be sent into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered, and those who attack you will be attacked.
17. I will give you back your health and heal your wounds, says the LORD. "Now you are called an outcast--`Jerusalem for whom nobody cares.'
18. But the LORD says this: When I bring you home again from your captivity and restore your fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on her ruins. The palace will be reconstructed as it was before.
19. There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people and make of them a great and honored nation.
20. Their children will prosper as they did long ago. I will establish them as a nation before me, and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
21. They will have their own ruler again, and he will not be a foreigner. I will invite him to approach me, says the LORD, for who would dare to come unless invited?
22. You will be my people, and I will be your God."
23. Look! The LORD's anger bursts out like a storm, a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
24. The fierce anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this.

Psalms 119:41-48
41. LORD, give to me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me.
42. Then I will have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in your word.
43. Do not snatch your word of truth from me, for my only hope is in your laws.
44. I will keep on obeying your law forever and forever.
45. I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
46. I will speak to kings about your decrees, and I will not be ashamed.
47. How I delight in your commands! How I love them!
48. I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your principles.

Proverbs 27:19-19
19. As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.

1 Timothy 1:1-20
1. This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and by Christ Jesus our hope.
2. It is written to Timothy, my true child in the faith. May God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
3. When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those who are teaching wrong doctrine.
4. Don't let people waste time in endless speculation over myths and spiritual pedigrees. For these things only cause arguments; they don't help people live a life of faith in God.
5. The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith.
6. But some teachers have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time arguing and talking foolishness.
7. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don't know what they are talking about, even though they seem so confident.
8. We know these laws are good when they are used as God intended.
9. But they were not made for people who do what is right. They are for people who are disobedient and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who murder their father or mother or other people.
10. These laws are for people who are sexually immoral, for homosexuals and slave traders, for liars and oath breakers, and for those who do anything else that contradicts the right teaching
11. that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.
12. How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him,
13. even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.
14. Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus.
15. This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--and I was the worst of them all.
16. But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.
17. Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
18. Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they give you the confidence to fight well in the Lord's battles.
19. Cling tightly to your faith in Christ, and always keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
20. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples of this. I turned them over to Satan so they would learn not to blaspheme God.