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Scripture for Friday, October 24

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Jeremiah 50:11-51:14, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Psalm 119:89-96

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Jeremiah 50:11-51:14

 11 “Because you rejoice and are glad,
   you who pillage my inheritance,
because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain
   and neigh like stallions,
12 your mother will be greatly ashamed;
   she who gave you birth will be disgraced.
She will be the least of the nations–
   a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.
13 Because of the LORD’s anger she will not be inhabited
   but will be completely desolate.
All who pass Babylon will be horrified and scoff
   because of all her wounds.

 14 “Take up your positions around Babylon,
   all you who draw the bow.
Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,
   for she has sinned against the LORD.
15 Shout against her on every side!
   She surrenders, her towers fall,
   her walls are torn down.
Since this is the vengeance of the LORD,
   take vengeance on her;
   do to her as she has done to others.
16 Cut off from Babylon the sower,
   and the reaper with his sickle at harvest.
Because of the sword of the oppressor
   let everyone return to his own people,
   let everyone flee to his own land.

 17 “Israel is a scattered flock
   that lions have chased away.
The first to devour him
   was the king of Assyria;
the last to crush his bones
   was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.”

 18 Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

   “I will punish the king of Babylon and his land
   as I punished the king of Assyria.
19 But I will bring Israel back to his own pasture
   and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan;
his appetite will be satisfied
   on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.
20 In those days, at that time,”
   declares the LORD,
“search will be made for Israel’s guilt,
   but there will be none,
and for the sins of Judah,
   but none will be found,
   for I will forgive the remnant I spare.

 21 “Attack the land of Merathaim
   and those who live in Pekod.
Pursue, kill and completely destroy them,”
            declares the LORD.
   “Do everything I have commanded you.
22 The noise of battle is in the land,
   the noise of great destruction!
23 How broken and shattered
   is the hammer of the whole earth!
How desolate is Babylon
   among the nations!
24 I set a trap for you, O Babylon,
   and you were caught before you knew it;
you were found and captured
   because you opposed the LORD.
25 The LORD has opened his arsenal
   and brought out the weapons of his wrath,
for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do
   in the land of the Babylonians.
26 Come against her from afar.
   Break open her granaries;
   pile her up like heaps of grain.
Completely destroy her
   and leave her no remnant.
27 Kill all her young bulls;
   let them go down to the slaughter!
Woe to them! For their day has come,
   the time for them to be punished.
28 Listen to the fugitives and refugees from Babylon
   declaring in Zion
how the LORD our God has taken vengeance,
   vengeance for his temple.

 29 “Summon archers against Babylon,
   all those who draw the bow.
Encamp all around her;
   let no one escape.
Repay her for her deeds;
   do to her as she has done.
For she has defied the LORD,
   the Holy One of Israel.
30 Therefore, her young men will fall in the streets;
   all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,”
            declares the LORD.
31 “See, I am against you, O arrogant one,”
   declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty,
“for your day has come,
   the time for you to be punished.
32 The arrogant one will stumble and fall
   and no one will help her up;
I will kindle a fire in her towns
   that will consume all who are around her.”

 33 This is what the LORD Almighty says:

   “The people of Israel are oppressed,
   and the people of Judah as well.
All their captors hold them fast,
   refusing to let them go.
34 Yet their Redeemer is strong;
   the LORD Almighty is his name.
He will vigorously defend their cause
   so that he may bring rest to their land,
   but unrest to those who live in Babylon.

 35 “A sword against the Babylonians!”
   declares the LORD–
“against those who live in Babylon
   and against her officials and wise men!
36 A sword against her false prophets!
   They will become fools.
A sword against her warriors!
   They will be filled with terror.
37 A sword against her horses and chariots
   and all the foreigners in her ranks!
   They will become women.
A sword against her treasures!
   They will be plundered.
38 A drought on her waters!
   They will dry up.
For it is a land of idols,
   idols that will go mad with terror.

 39 “So desert creatures and hyenas will live there,
   and there the owl will dwell.
It will never again be inhabited
   or lived in from generation to generation.
40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah
   along with their neighboring towns,”
            declares the LORD,
“so no one will live there;
   no man will dwell in it.

 41 “Look! An army is coming from the north;
   a great nation and many kings
   are being stirred up from the ends of the earth.
42 They are armed with bows and spears;
   they are cruel and without mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
   as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
   to attack you, O Daughter of Babylon.
43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
   and his hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped him,
   pain like that of a woman in labor.
44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets
   to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant.
   Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this?
Who is like me and who can challenge me?
   And what shepherd can stand against me?”
45 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Babylon,
   what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians:
The young of the flock will be dragged away;
   he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.
46 At the sound of Babylon’s capture the earth will tremble;
   its cry will resound among the nations.

Jeremiah 51

 1 This is what the LORD says:

   “See, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer
   against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai.
2 I will send foreigners to Babylon
   to winnow her and to devastate her land;
they will oppose her on every side
   in the day of her disaster.
3 Let not the archer string his bow,
   nor let him put on his armor.
Do not spare her young men;
   completely destroy her army.
4 They will fall down slain in Babylon,
   fatally wounded in her streets.
5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken
   by their God, the LORD Almighty,
though their land is full of guilt
   before the Holy One of Israel.

 6 “Flee from Babylon!
   Run for your lives!
   Do not be destroyed because of her sins.
It is time for the LORD’s vengeance;
   he will pay her what she deserves.
7 Babylon was a gold cup in the LORD’s hand;
   she made the whole earth drunk.
The nations drank her wine;
   therefore they have now gone mad.
8 Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.
   Wail over her!
Get balm for her pain;
   perhaps she can be healed.

 9 “‘We would have healed Babylon,
   but she cannot be healed;
let us leave her and each go to his own land,
   for her judgment reaches to the skies,
   it rises as high as the clouds.’

 10 “‘The LORD has vindicated us;
   come, let us tell in Zion
   what the LORD our God has done.’

 11 “Sharpen the arrows,
   take up the shields!
The LORD has stirred up the kings of the Medes,
   because his purpose is to destroy Babylon.
The LORD will take vengeance,
   vengeance for his temple.
12 Lift up a banner against the walls of Babylon!
   Reinforce the guard,
station the watchmen,
   prepare an ambush!
The LORD will carry out his purpose,
   his decree against the people of Babylon.
13 You who live by many waters
   and are rich in treasures,
your end has come,
   the time for you to be cut off.
14 The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself:
   I will surely fill you with men, as with a swarm of locusts,
   and they will shout in triumph over you.


2 Timothy 3:1-17

2 Timothy 3

 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth–men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.  10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings–what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Psalm 119:89-96

   

 89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal;
   it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
   you established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day,
   for all things serve you.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
   I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
   for by them you have preserved my life.
94 Save me, for I am yours;
   I have sought out your precepts.
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
   but I will ponder your statutes.
96 To all perfection I see a limit;
   but your commands are boundless.


 

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