1Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands,6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
8Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.10For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.”15But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.17For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.19After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—20to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:2“Go to the Rekabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the LORD and give them wine to drink.”3So I went to get Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons—the whole family of the Rekabites.4I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper.5Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the Rekabites and said to them, “Drink some wine.”6But they replied, “We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab gave us this command: ‘Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine.7Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’8We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine9or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops.10We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab commanded us.11But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded this land, we said, ‘Come, we must go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian and Aramean armies.’ So we have remained in Jerusalem.”12Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying:13“This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the LORD.14‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.15Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me.16The descendants of Jehonadab son of Rekab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.’17“Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.’ ”18Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Rekabites, “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jehonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.’19Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.’ ”
1In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:2“Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now.3Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”4So Jeremiah called Baruch son of Neriah, and while Jeremiah dictated all the words the LORD had spoken to him, Baruch wrote them on the scroll.5Then Jeremiah told Baruch, “I am restricted; I am not allowed to go to the LORD’s temple.6So you go to the house of the LORD on a day of fasting and read to the people from the scroll the words of the LORD that you wrote as I dictated. Read them to all the people of Judah who come in from their towns.7Perhaps they will bring their petition before the LORD and will each turn from their wicked ways, for the anger and wrath pronounced against this people by the LORD are great.”8Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do; at the LORD’s temple he read the words of the LORD from the scroll.9In the ninth month of the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, a time of fasting before the LORD was proclaimed for all the people in Jerusalem and those who had come from the towns of Judah.10From the room of Gemariah son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate of the temple, Baruch read to all the people at the LORD’s temple the words of Jeremiah from the scroll.11When Micaiah son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD from the scroll,12he went down to the secretary’s room in the royal palace, where all the officials were sitting: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Akbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials.13After Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read to the people from the scroll,14all the officials sent Jehudi son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, “Bring the scroll from which you have read to the people and come.” So Baruch son of Neriah went to them with the scroll in his hand.15They said to him, “Sit down, please, and read it to us.” So Baruch read it to them.16When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch, “We must report all these words to the king.”17Then they asked Baruch, “Tell us, how did you come to write all this? Did Jeremiah dictate it?”18“Yes,” Baruch replied, “he dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them in ink on the scroll.”19Then the officials said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah, go and hide. Don’t let anyone know where you are.”20After they put the scroll in the room of Elishama the secretary, they went to the king in the courtyard and reported everything to him.21The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and Jehudi brought it from the room of Elishama the secretary and read it to the king and all the officials standing beside him.22It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him.23Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.24The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.25Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.26Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the LORD had hidden them.27After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:28“Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up.29Also tell Jehoiakim king of Judah, ‘This is what the LORD says: You burned that scroll and said, “Why did you write on it that the king of Babylon would certainly come and destroy this land and wipe from it both man and beast?”30Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out and exposed to the heat by day and the frost by night.31I will punish him and his children and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.’ ”32So Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on it all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to them.
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.2Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.3Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.4to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.5who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.6who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.7who made the great lights— His love endures forever.8the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.9the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.10to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever.11and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever.12with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.13to him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever.14and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever.15but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.16to him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever.17to him who struck down great kings, His love endures forever.18and killed mighty kings— His love endures forever.19Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever.20and Og king of Bashan— His love endures forever.21and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever.22an inheritance to his servant Israel. His love endures forever.23He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.24and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever.25He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.26Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.