1Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,2older women as mothers, younger as sisters, with all purity.3Honor widows who are really widows.4But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God.5Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.6But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.7And these things command, that they may be blameless.8But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.9Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,10well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.11But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,12having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith.13And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.14Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully.15For some have already turned aside after Satan.16If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows.17Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.18For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his wages." 19Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.20Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.21I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.22Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.
1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,2to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.3It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.4Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."6Then said I: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth."7But the Lord said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.8Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you," says the Lord.9Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.10See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant."11Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch of an almond tree."12Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word."13And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north."14Then the Lord said to me: "Out of the north calamity shall break forth On all the inhabitants of the land.15For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north," says the Lord; "They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, Against all its walls all around, And against all the cities of Judah.16I will utter My judgments Against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods, And worshiped the works of their own hands.17"Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.18For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land-- Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.19They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you," says the Lord, "to deliver you."
1Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,2"Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the Lord: "I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown.3Israel was holiness to the Lord, The firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; Disaster will come upon them," says the Lord.' "4Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel.5Thus says the Lord: "What injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters?6Neither did they say, 'Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and pits, Through a land of drought and the shadow of death, Through a land that no one crossed And where no one dwelt?'7I brought you into a bountiful country, To eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination.8The priests did not say, 'Where is the Lord?' And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.9"Therefore I will yet bring charges against you," says the Lord, "And against your children's children I will bring charges.10For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, Send to Kedar and consider diligently, And see if there has been such a thing.11Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.12Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horribly afraid; Be very desolate," says the Lord.13"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water.14"Is Israel a servant? Is he a homeborn slave? Why is he plundered?15The young lions roared at him, and growled; They made his land waste; His cities are burned, without inhabitant.16Also the people of Noph and Tahpanhes Have broken the crown of your head.17Have you not brought this on yourself, In that you have forsaken the Lord your God When He led you in the way?18And now why take the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of Sihor? Or why take the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the River? 19Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the Lord your God, And the fear of Me is not in you," Says the Lord God of hosts.20"For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds; And you said, 'I will not transgress,' When on every high hill and under every green tree You lay down, playing the harlot.21Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?22For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me," says the Lord God.23"How can you say, 'I am not polluted, I have not gone after the Baals'? See your way in the valley; Know what you have done: You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,24A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.25Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'There is no hope. No! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go.'26"As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, So is the house of Israel ashamed; They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets,27Saying to a tree, 'You are my father,' And to a stone, 'You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble They will say, 'Arise and save us.'28But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.29"Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me," says the Lord.30"In vain I have chastened your children; They received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.31"O generation, see the word of the Lord! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, 'We are lords; We will come no more to You'?32Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.33"Why do you beautify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught The wicked women your ways.34Also on your skirts is found The blood of the lives of the poor innocents. I have not found it by secret search, But plainly on all these things.35Yet you say, 'Because I am innocent, Surely His anger shall turn from me.' Behold, I will plead My case against you, Because you say, 'I have not sinned.'36Why do you gad about so much to change your way? Also you shall be ashamed of Egypt as you were ashamed of Assyria.37Indeed you will go forth from him With your hands on your head; For the Lord has rejected your trusted allies, And you will not prosper by them.
145I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes.146I cry out to You; Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.147I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.148My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.149Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice.150They draw near who follow after wickedness; They are far from Your law.151You are near, O Lord, And all Your commandments are truth.152Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever.153Consider my affliction and deliver me, For I do not forget Your law.154Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.155Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes.156Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your judgments.157Many are my persecutors and my enemies, Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.158I see the treacherous, and am disgusted, Because they do not keep Your word.159Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.160The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.161Princes persecute me without a cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your word.162I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.163I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law.164Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments.165Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.166Lord, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments.167My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.168I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, For all my ways are before You.169Let my cry come before You, O Lord; Give me understanding according to Your word.170Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.171My lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.172My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.173Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts.174I long for Your salvation, O Lord, And Your law is my delight.175Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; And let Your judgments help me.176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.