1You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.3You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.5And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.6The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops.7Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.8Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,9for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.10Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.11This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.12If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.13If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.14Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.17And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,18who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.19Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.22Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.24And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,26and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,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 of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord!' "3Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.4Do not trust in these lying words, saying, 'The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.'5For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor,6if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt,7then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.8"Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit.9Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,10and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered to do all these abominations'?11Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it," says the Lord.12"But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.13And now, because you have done all these works," says the Lord, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer,14therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.15And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren--the whole posterity of Ephraim.16"Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you.17Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?18The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.19Do they provoke Me to anger?" says the Lord. "Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?"20Therefore thus says the Lord God: "Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place--on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched."21Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat.22For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices.23But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.'24Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.25Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.26Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.27"Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.28"So you shall say to them, 'This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.29Cut off your hair and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on the desolate heights; for the Lord has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.'30For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight," says the Lord. "They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it.31And they have built the high places of Tophet, 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 heart.32"Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "when it will no more be called Tophet, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Tophet until there is no room.33The corpses of this people will be food for the birds of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth. And no one will frighten them away.34Then I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. For the land shall be desolate.
1"At that time," says the Lord, "they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of its princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves.2They shall spread them before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and which they have served and after which they have walked, which they have sought and which they have worshiped. They shall not be gathered nor buried; they shall be like refuse on the face of the earth.3Then death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of those who remain of this evil family, who remain in all the places where I have driven them," says the Lord of hosts.4"Moreover you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord: "Will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return?5Why has this people slidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return.6I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his own course, As the horse rushes into the battle.7"Even the stork in the heavens Knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow Observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord.8"How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the Lord is with us'? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.9The wise men are ashamed, They are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; So what wisdom do they have?10Therefore I will give their wives to others, And their fields to those who will inherit them; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is given to covetousness; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely.11For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' When there is no peace.12Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; In the time of their punishment They shall be cast down," says the Lord.13"I will surely consume them," says the Lord. "No grapes shall be on the vine, Nor figs on the fig tree, And the leaf shall fade; And the things I have given them shall pass away from them." ' "14"Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves, And let us enter the fortified cities, And let us be silent there. For the Lord our God has put us to silence And given us water of gall to drink, Because we have sinned against the Lord.15"We looked for peace, but no good came; And for a time of health, and there was trouble!16The snorting of His horses was heard from Dan. The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of His strong ones; For they have come and devoured the land and all that is in it, The city and those who dwell in it."17"For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be charmed, And they shall bite you," says the Lord.18I would comfort myself in sorrow; My heart is faint in me.19Listen! The voice, The cry of the daughter of my people From a far country: "Is not the Lord in Zion? Is not her King in her?" "Why have they provoked Me to anger With their carved images-- With foreign idols?"20"The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!"21For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am mourning; Astonishment has taken hold of me.22Is there no balm in Gilead, Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery For the health of the daughter of my people?
1A Song of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord."2Our feet have been standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem!3Jerusalem is built As a city that is compact together,4Where the tribes go up, The tribes of the Lord, To the Testimony of Israel, To give thanks to the name of the Lord.5For thrones are set there for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.7Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces."8For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, "Peace be within you."9Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.