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October 24


Jeremiah 33:1-26
1. The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard:
2. Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it-- the LORD is his name:
3. Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
4. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege ramps and before the sword:
5. The Chaldeans are coming in to fight and to fill them with the dead bodies of those whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their wickedness.
6. I am going to bring it recovery and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.
7. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first.
8. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.
9. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them; they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.
10. Thus says the LORD: In this place of which you say, "It is a waste without human beings or animals," in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without inhabitants, human or animal, there shall once more be heard
11. the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD: "Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the LORD.
12. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In this place that is waste, without human beings or animals, and in all its towns there shall again be pasture for shepherds resting their flocks.
13. In the towns of the hill country, of the Shephelah, and of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin, the places around Jerusalem, and in the towns of Judah, flocks shall again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the LORD.
14. The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
15. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
16. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."
17. For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel,
18. and the levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to make grain offerings, and to make sacrifices for all time.
19. The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
20. Thus says the LORD: If any of you could break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night would not come at their appointed time,
21. only then could my covenant with my servant David be broken, so that he would not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with my ministers the Levites.
22. Just as the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will increase the offspring of my servant David, and the Levites who minister to me.
23. The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
24. Have you not observed how these people say, "The two families that the LORD chose have been rejected by him," and how they hold my people in such contempt that they no longer regard them as a nation?
25. Thus says the LORD: Only if I had not established my covenant with day and night and the ordinances of heaven and earth,
26. would I reject the offspring of Jacob and of my servant David and not choose any of his descendants as rulers over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes, and will have mercy upon them.

Jeremiah 34:1-22
1. The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon and all his army and all the kingdoms of the earth and all the peoples under his dominion were fighting against Jerusalem and all its cities:
2. "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Go and speak to King Zedekiah of Judah and say to him: Thus says the LORD: I am going to give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
3. And you yourself shall not escape from his hand, but shall surely be captured and handed over to him; you shall see the king of Babylon eye to eye and speak with him face to face; and you shall go to Babylon.
4. Yet hear the word of the LORD, O King Zedekiah of Judah! Thus says the LORD concerning you: You shall not die by the sword;
5. you shall die in peace. And as spices were burned for your ancestors, the earlier kings who preceded you, so they shall burn spices for you and lament for you, saying, "Alas, lord!" For I have spoken the word, says the LORD.
6. Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah, in Jerusalem,
7. when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the cities of Judah that were left, Lachish and Azekah; for these were the only fortified cities of Judah that remained.
8. The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to make a proclamation of liberty to them,
9. that all should set free their Hebrew slaves, male and female, so that no one should hold another Judean in slavery.
10. And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that all would set free their slaves, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again; they obeyed and set them free.
11. But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them again into subjection as slaves.
12. The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
13. Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I myself made a covenant with your ancestors when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, saying,
14. "Every seventh year each of you must set free any Hebrews who have been sold to you and have served you six years; you must set them free from your service." But your ancestors did not listen to me or incline their ears to me.
15. You yourselves recently repented and did what was right in my sight by proclaiming liberty to one another, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name;
16. but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back your male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them again into subjection to be your slaves.
17. Therefore, thus says the LORD: You have not obeyed me by granting a release to your neighbors and friends; I am going to grant a release to you, says the LORD-- a release to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine. I will make you a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
18. And those who transgressed my covenant and did not keep the terms of the covenant that they made before me, I will make like the calf when they cut it in two and passed between its parts:
19. the officials of Judah, the officials of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf
20. shall be handed over to their enemies and to those who seek their lives. Their corpses shall become food for the birds of the air and the wild animals of the earth.
21. And as for King Zedekiah of Judah and his officials, I will hand them over to their enemies and to those who seek their lives, to the army of the king of Babylon, which has withdrawn from you.
22. I am going to command, says the LORD, and will bring them back to this city; and they will fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire. The towns of Judah I will make a desolation without inhabitant.

Psalms 119:57-64
57. The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words.
58. I implore your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
59. When I think of your ways, I turn my feet to your decrees;
60. I hurry and do not delay to keep your commandments.
61. Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.
62. At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous ordinances.
63. I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.
64. The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes.

Proverbs 27:21-21
21. The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, so a person is tested by being praised.

1 Timothy 3:1-16
1. The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
2. Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher,
3. not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money.
4. He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way--
5. for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of God's church?
6. He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil.
8. Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money;
9. they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
10. And let them first be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them serve as deacons.
11. Women likewise must be serious, not slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things.
12. Let deacons be married only once, and let them manage their children and their households well;
13. for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
14. I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that,
15. if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.
16. Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.