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Scripture for Thursday, October 23

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Jeremiah 49:7-50:10, 2 Timothy 2:1-26, Proverbs 25:21-26:2

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Jeremiah 49:7-50:10

 7 Concerning Edom:

   This is what the LORD Almighty says:

   “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?
   Has counsel perished from the prudent?
   Has their wisdom decayed?
8 Turn and flee, hide in deep caves,
   you who live in Dedan,
for I will bring disaster on Esau
   at the time I punish him.
9 If grape pickers came to you,
   would they not leave a few grapes?
If thieves came during the night,
   would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
10 But I will strip Esau bare;
   I will uncover his hiding places,
   so that he cannot conceal himself.
His children, relatives and neighbors will perish,
   and he will be no more.
11 Leave your orphans; I will protect their lives.
   Your widows too can trust in me.”

 12 This is what the LORD says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it. 13 I swear by myself,” declares the LORD, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and an object of horror, of reproach and of cursing; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”

 14 I have heard a message from the LORD:
   An envoy was sent to the nations to say,
“Assemble yourselves to attack it!
   Rise up for battle!”

 15 “Now I will make you small among the nations,
   despised among men.
16 The terror you inspire
   and the pride of your heart have deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks,
   who occupy the heights of the hill.
Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s,
   from there I will bring you down,”
            declares the LORD.
17 “Edom will become an object of horror;
   all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff
   because of all its wounds.
18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown,
   along with their neighboring towns,”
            says the LORD,
“so no one will live there;
   no man will dwell in it.

 19 “Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets
   to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Edom 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?”
20 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom,
   what he has purposed against those who live in Teman:
The young of the flock will be dragged away;
   he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.
21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble;
   their cry will resound to the Red Sea.
22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down,
   spreading its wings over Bozrah.
In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors
   will be like the heart of a woman in labor.  23 Concerning Damascus:

   “Hamath and Arpad are dismayed,
   for they have heard bad news.
They are disheartened,
   troubled like the restless sea.
24 Damascus has become feeble,
   she has turned to flee
   and panic has gripped her;
anguish and pain have seized her,
   pain like that of a woman in labor.
25 Why has the city of renown not been abandoned,
   the town in which I delight?
26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets;
   all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,”
            declares the LORD Almighty.
27 “I will set fire to the walls of Damascus;
   it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.”  28 Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked:

   This is what the LORD says:

   “Arise, and attack Kedar
   and destroy the people of the East.
29 Their tents and their flocks will be taken;
   their shelters will be carried off
   with all their goods and camels.
Men will shout to them,
   ‘Terror on every side!’

 30 “Flee quickly away!
   Stay in deep caves, you who live in Hazor,”
            declares the LORD.
“Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has plotted against you;
   he has devised a plan against you.

 31 “Arise and attack a nation at ease,
   which lives in confidence,”
            declares the LORD,
“a nation that has neither gates nor bars;
   its people live alone.
32 Their camels will become plunder,
   and their large herds will be booty.
I will scatter to the winds those who are in distant places
   and will bring disaster on them from every side,”
            declares the LORD.
33 “Hazor will become a haunt of jackals,
   a desolate place forever.
No one will live there;
   no man will dwell in it.”  34 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:

 35 This is what the LORD Almighty says:

   “See, I will break the bow of Elam,
   the mainstay of their might.
36 I will bring against Elam the four winds
   from the four quarters of the heavens;
I will scatter them to the four winds,
   and there will not be a nation
   where Elam’s exiles do not go.
37 I will shatter Elam before their foes,
   before those who seek their lives;
I will bring disaster upon them,
   even my fierce anger,”
            declares the LORD.
“I will pursue them with the sword
   until I have made an end of them.
38 I will set my throne in Elam
   and destroy her king and officials,”
            declares the LORD.

 39 “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam
   in days to come,”
            declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 50

 1 This is the word the LORD spoke through Jeremiah the prophet concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians:

 2 “Announce and proclaim among the nations,
   lift up a banner and proclaim it;
   keep nothing back, but say,
‘Babylon will be captured;
   Bel will be put to shame,
   Marduk filled with terror.
Her images will be put to shame
   and her idols filled with terror.’
3 A nation from the north will attack her
   and lay waste her land.
No one will live in it;
   both men and animals will flee away.

 4 “In those days, at that time,”
   declares the LORD,
“the people of Israel and the people of Judah together
   will go in tears to seek the LORD their God.
5 They will ask the way to Zion
   and turn their faces toward it.
They will come and bind themselves to the LORD
   in an everlasting covenant
   that will not be forgotten.

 6 “My people have been lost sheep;
   their shepherds have led them astray
   and caused them to roam on the mountains.
They wandered over mountain and hill
   and forgot their own resting place.
7 Whoever found them devoured them;
   their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty,
for they sinned against the LORD, their true pasture,
   the LORD, the hope of their fathers.’

 8 “Flee out of Babylon;
   leave the land of the Babylonians,
   and be like the goats that lead the flock.
9 For I will stir up and bring against Babylon
   an alliance of great nations from the land of the north.
They will take up their positions against her,
   and from the north she will be captured.
Their arrows will be like skilled warriors
   who do not return empty-handed.
10 So Babylonia will be plundered;
   all who plunder her will have their fill,”
            declares the LORD.

2 Timothy 2:1-26

2 Timothy 2

 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

 11 Here is a trustworthy saying:

   If we died with him,
   we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
   we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
   he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
   he will remain faithful,
   for he cannot disown himself.  14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Proverbs 25:21-26:2

 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
   if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
   and the LORD will reward you.

 23 As a north wind brings rain,
   so a sly tongue brings angry looks.

 24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
   than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

 25 Like cold water to a weary soul
   is good news from a distant land.

 26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
   is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

 27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
   nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.

 28 Like a city whose walls are broken down
   is a man who lacks self-control.

Proverbs 26

 1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
   honor is not fitting for a fool.

 2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
   an undeserved curse does not come to rest.


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