1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?2You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us ?6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.11Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
13Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”16As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.17If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
1Early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:2This is what the LORD said to me: “Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck.3Then send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.4Give them a message for their masters and say, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters:5With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.6Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.7All nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate him.8“ ‘ “If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and plague, declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand.9So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’10They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish.11But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the LORD.” ’ ”12I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, “Bow your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.13Why will you and your people die by the sword, famine and plague with which the LORD has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?14Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies to you.15‘I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name. Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish, both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’ ”16Then I said to the priests and all these people, “This is what the LORD says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles from the LORD’s house will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying lies to you.17Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this city become a ruin?18If they are prophets and have the word of the LORD, let them plead with the LORD Almighty that the articles remaining in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not be taken to Babylon.19For this is what the LORD Almighty says about the pillars, the bronze Sea, the movable stands and the other articles that are left in this city,20which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away when he carried Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem—21yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem:22‘They will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them,’ declares the LORD. ‘Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.’ ”
1In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people:2“This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.3Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the LORD’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon.4I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’ ”5Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD.6He said, “Amen! May the LORD do so! May the LORD fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the LORD’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon.7Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people:8From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.9But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the LORD only if his prediction comes true.”10Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it,11and he said before all the people, “This is what the LORD says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’ ” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.12After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:13“Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron.14This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.’ ”15Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.16Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the LORD.’ ”17In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.
1LORD, remember David and all his self-denial.2He swore an oath to the LORD, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:3“I will not enter my house or go to my bed,4I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,5till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”6We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:7“Let us go to his dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool, saying,8‘Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.9May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.’ ”10For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one.11The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne.12If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.”13For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,14“This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.15I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.16I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.17“Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.18I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”