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October 11


Jeremiah 7:1-34
1. The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2. Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah, you that enter these gates to worship the LORD.
3. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and let me dwell with you in this place.
4. Do not trust in these deceptive words: "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD."
5. For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another,
6. if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt,
7. then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors forever and ever.
8. Here you are, trusting in deceptive words to no avail.
9. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known,
10. and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, "We are safe!"-- only to go on doing all these abominations?
11. Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your sight? You know, I too am watching, says the LORD.
12. Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
13. And now, because you have done all these things, says the LORD, and when I spoke to you persistently, you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer,
14. therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your ancestors, just what I did to Shiloh.
15. And I will cast you out of my sight, just as I cast out all your kinsfolk, all the offspring of Ephraim.
16. As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry or prayer on their behalf, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
17. Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18. The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
19. Is it I whom they provoke? says the LORD. Is it not themselves, to their own hurt?
20. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: My anger and my wrath shall be poured out on this place, on human beings and animals, on the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched.
21. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh.
22. For in the day that I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to them or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.
23. But this command I gave them, "Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you."
24. Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward.
25. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day;
26. yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks. They did worse than their ancestors did.
27. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you.
28. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.
29. Cut off your hair and throw it away; raise a lamentation on the bare heights, for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation that provoked his wrath.
30. For the people of Judah have done evil in my sight, says the LORD; they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name, defiling it.
31. And they go on building the high place of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire-- which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.
32. Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter: for they will bury in Topheth until there is no more room.
33. The corpses of this people will be food for the birds of the air, and for the animals of the earth; and no one will frighten them away.
34. And I will bring to an end the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of the bride and bridegroom in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for the land shall become a waste.

Jeremiah 8:1-22
1. At that time, says the LORD, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs;
2. and they shall be spread before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have followed, and which they have inquired of and worshiped; and they shall not be gathered or buried; they shall be like dung on the surface of the ground.
3. Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, says the LORD of hosts.
4. You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD: When people fall, do they not get up again? If they go astray, do they not turn back?
5. Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They have held fast to deceit, they have refused to return.
6. I have given heed and listened, but they do not speak honestly; no one repents of wickedness, saying, "What have I done!" All of them turn to their own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7. Even the stork in the heavens knows its times; and the turtledove, swallow, and crane observe the time of their coming; but my people do not know the ordinance of the LORD.
8. How can you say, "We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us," when, in fact, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie?
9. The wise shall be put to shame, they shall be dismayed and taken; since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what wisdom is in them?
10. Therefore I will give their wives to others and their fields to conquerors, because from the least to the greatest everyone is greedy for unjust gain; from prophet to priest everyone deals falsely.
11. They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, "Peace, peace," when there is no peace.
12. They acted shamefully, they committed abomination; yet they were not at all ashamed, they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time when I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the LORD.
13. When I wanted to gather them, says the LORD, there are no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree; even the leaves are withered, and what I gave them has passed away from them.
14. Why do we sit still? Gather together, let us go into the fortified cities and perish there; for the LORD our God has doomed us to perish, and has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
15. We look for peace, but find no good, for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.
16. The snorting of their horses is heard from Dan; at the sound of the neighing of their stallions the whole land quakes. They come and devour the land and all that fills it, the city and those who live in it.
17. See, I am letting snakes loose among you, adders that cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you, says the LORD.
18. My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.
19. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" ("Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?")
20. "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."
21. For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.
22. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?

Psalms 118:1-4
1. O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!
2. Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
3. Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
4. Let those who fear the LORD say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

Proverbs 27:5-6
5. Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6. Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Colossians 2:1-23
1. For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face.
2. I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself,
3. in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4. I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments.
5. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
6. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him,
7. rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.
9. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
10. and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.
11. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ;
12. when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
13. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses,
14. erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.
15. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
16. Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths.
17. These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
18. Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking,
19. and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.
20. If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations,
21. "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch"?
22. All these regulations refer to things that perish with use; they are simply human commands and teachings.
23. These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-imposed piety, humility, and severe treatment of the body, but they are of no value in checking self-indulgence.