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October 27


Jeremiah 39:1-18
1. It was in January during the ninth year of King Zedekiah's reign that King Nebuchadnezzar and his army returned to besiege Jerusalem.
2. Two and a half years later, on July 18, the Babylonians broke through the wall, and the city fell.
3. All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and many others.
4. King Zedekiah and his royal guard saw the Babylonians in the city gate, so they fled when the darkness of night arrived. They went out through a gate between the two walls behind the king's garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.
5. But the Babylonians chased the king and caught him on the plains of Jericho. They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who was at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.
6. He made Zedekiah watch as they killed his sons and all the nobles of Judah.
7. Then he gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in chains, and sent him away to exile in Babylon.
8. Meanwhile, the Babylonians burned Jerusalem, including the palace, and tore down the walls of the city.
9. Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, sent to Babylon the remnant of the population as well as those who had defected to him.
10. But Nebuzaradan left a few of the poorest people in Judah, and he assigned them fields and vineyards to care for.
11. King Nebuchadnezzar had told Nebuzaradan to find Jeremiah.
12. "See that he isn't hurt," he had said. "Look after him well, and give him anything he wants."
13. So Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, and Nebushazban, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and the other officers of Babylon's king
14. sent messengers to bring Jeremiah out of the prison. They put him under the care of Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, who was to take him back to his home. So Jeremiah stayed in Judah among his own people.
15. The LORD had given the following message to Jeremiah while he was still in prison:
16. "Say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, `The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will do to this city everything I have threatened. I will send disaster, not prosperity. You will see its destruction,
17. but I will rescue you from those you fear so much.
18. Because you trusted me, I will preserve your life and keep you safe. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"

Jeremiah 40:1-16
1. The LORD gave a message to Jeremiah after Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being sent to exile in Babylon.
2. The captain of the guard called for Jeremiah and said, "The LORD your God has brought this disaster on this land,
3. just as he said he would. For these people have sinned against the LORD and disobeyed him. That is why it happened.
4. Now I am going to take off your chains and let you go. If you want to come with me to Babylon, you are welcome. I will see that you are well cared for. But if you don't want to come, you may stay here. The whole land is before you--go wherever you like.
5. If you decide to stay, then return to Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. He has been appointed governor of Judah by the king of Babylon. Stay there with the people he rules. But it's up to you; go wherever you like." Then Nebuzaradan gave Jeremiah some food and money and let him go.
6. So Jeremiah returned to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and lived in Judah with the few who were still left in the land.
7. The leaders of the Judean guerrilla bands in the countryside heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam as governor over the poor people who were left behind in Judah, and that he hadn't exiled everyone to Babylon.
8. So they came to see Gedaliah at Mizpah. These are the names of the leaders who came: Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan and Jonathan, sons of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite, and all their men.
9. Gedaliah assured them that it would be safe for them to surrender to the Babylonians. "Stay here, and serve the king of Babylon," he said, "and all will go well for you.
10. As for me, I will stay at Mizpah to represent you before the Babylonians who come to meet with us. Settle in any town you wish, and live off the land. Harvest the grapes and summer fruits and olives, and store them away."
11. When the Judeans in Moab, Ammon, Edom, and the other nearby countries heard that the king of Babylon had left a few people in Judah and that Gedaliah was the governor,
12. they began to return to Judah from the places to which they had fled. They stopped at Mizpah to discuss their plans with Gedaliah and then went out into the Judean countryside to gather a great harvest of grapes and other crops.
13. Soon after this, Johanan son of Kareah and the other guerrilla leaders came to Gedaliah at Mizpah.
14. They said to him, "Did you know that Baalis, king of Ammon, has sent Ishmael son of Nethaniah to assassinate you?" But Gedaliah refused to believe them.
15. Later Johanan had a private conference with Gedaliah and volunteered to kill Ishmael secretly. "Why should we let him come and murder you?" Johanan asked. "What will happen then to the Judeans who have returned? Why should the few of us who are still left be scattered and lost?"
16. But Gedaliah said to Johanan, "I forbid you to do any such thing, for you are lying about Ishmael."

Psalms 119:81-88
81. I faint with longing for your salvation; but I have put my hope in your word.
82. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me?
83. I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, exhausted with waiting. But I cling to your principles and obey them.
84. How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me?
85. These arrogant people who hate your law have dug deep pits for me to fall into.
86. All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.
87. They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments.
88. In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your decrees.

Proverbs 28:1-1
1. The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

1 Timothy 6:1-21
1. Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed.
2. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.
3. Some false teachers may deny these things, but these are the sound, wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they are the foundation for a godly life.
4. Anyone who teaches anything different is both conceited and ignorant. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, fighting, slander, and evil suspicions.
5. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they don't tell the truth. To them religion is just a way to get rich.
6. Yet true religion with contentment is great wealth.
7. After all, we didn't bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we die.
8. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.
10. For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
11. But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.
12. Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.
13. And I command you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate,
14. that you obey his commands with all purity. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
15. For at the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
16. He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No one has ever seen him, nor ever will. To him be honor and power forever. Amen.
17. Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
18. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them.
19. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life.
20. Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge.
21. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness. May God's grace be with you all.