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Scripture for Wednesday, October 22

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Jeremiah 48:1-49:6, 2 Timothy 1:1-18, Psalm 119:81-88

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Jeremiah 48-49:6

Jeremiah 48

 1 Concerning Moab:

   This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

   “Woe to Nebo, for it will be ruined.
   Kiriathaim will be disgraced and captured;
   the stronghold will be disgraced and shattered.
2 Moab will be praised no more;
   in Heshbon men will plot her downfall:
   ‘Come, let us put an end to that nation.’
You too, O Madmen, will be silenced;
   the sword will pursue you.
3 Listen to the cries from Horonaim,
   cries of great havoc and destruction.
4 Moab will be broken;
   her little ones will cry out.
5 They go up the way to Luhith,
   weeping bitterly as they go;
on the road down to Horonaim
   anguished cries over the destruction are heard.
6 Flee! Run for your lives;
   become like a bush in the desert.
7 Since you trust in your deeds and riches,
   you too will be taken captive,
and Chemosh will go into exile,
   together with his priests and officials.
8 The destroyer will come against every town,
   and not a town will escape.
The valley will be ruined
   and the plateau destroyed,
   because the LORD has spoken.
9 Put salt on Moab,
   for she will be laid waste;
her towns will become desolate,
   with no one to live in them.

 10 “A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD’s work!
   A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!

 11 “Moab has been at rest from youth,
   like wine left on its dregs,
not poured from one jar to another–
   she has not gone into exile.
So she tastes as she did,
   and her aroma is unchanged.
12 But days are coming,”
   declares the LORD,
“when I will send men who pour from jars,
   and they will pour her out;
they will empty her jars
   and smash her jugs.
13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh,
   as the house of Israel was ashamed
   when they trusted in Bethel.

 14 “How can you say, ‘We are warriors,
   men valiant in battle’?
15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded;
   her finest young men will go down in the slaughter,”
   declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.
16 “The fall of Moab is at hand;
   her calamity will come quickly.
17 Mourn for her, all who live around her,
   all who know her fame;
say, ‘How broken is the mighty scepter,
   how broken the glorious staff!’

 18 “Come down from your glory
   and sit on the parched ground,
   O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon,
for he who destroys Moab
   will come up against you
   and ruin your fortified cities.
19 Stand by the road and watch,
   you who live in Aroer.
Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping,
   ask them, ‘What has happened?’
20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered.
   Wail and cry out!
Announce by the Arnon
   that Moab is destroyed.
21 Judgment has come to the plateau–
   to Holon, Jahzah and Mephaath,
 22 to Dibon, Nebo and Beth Diblathaim,
 23 to Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,
 24 to Kerioth and Bozrah–
   to all the towns of Moab, far and near.
25 Moab’s horn is cut off;
   her arm is broken,”
            declares the LORD.

 26 “Make her drunk,
   for she has defied the LORD.
Let Moab wallow in her vomit;
   let her be an object of ridicule.
27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?
   Was she caught among thieves,
that you shake your head in scorn
   whenever you speak of her?
28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks,
   you who live in Moab.
Be like a dove that makes its nest
   at the mouth of a cave.

 29 “We have heard of Moab’s pride–
   her overweening pride and conceit,
her pride and arrogance
   and the haughtiness of her heart.
30 I know her insolence but it is futile,”
            declares the LORD,
   “and her boasts accomplish nothing.
31 Therefore I wail over Moab,
   for all Moab I cry out,
   I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.
32 I weep for you, as Jazer weeps,
   O vines of Sibmah.
Your branches spread as far as the sea;
   they reached as far as the sea of Jazer.
The destroyer has fallen
   on your ripened fruit and grapes.
33 Joy and gladness are gone
   from the orchards and fields of Moab.
I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses;
   no one treads them with shouts of joy.
Although there are shouts,
   they are not shouts of joy.

 34 “The sound of their cry rises
   from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz,
from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah,
   for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.
35 In Moab I will put an end
   to those who make offerings on the high places
   and burn incense to their gods,”
            declares the LORD.
36 “So my heart laments for Moab like a flute;
   it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth.
   The wealth they acquired is gone.
37 Every head is shaved
   and every beard cut off;
every hand is slashed
   and every waist is covered with sackcloth.
38 On all the roofs in Moab
   and in the public squares
there is nothing but mourning,
   for I have broken Moab
   like a jar that no one wants,”
            declares the LORD.
39 “How shattered she is! How they wail!
   How Moab turns her back in shame!
Moab has become an object of ridicule,
   an object of horror to all those around her.”

 40 This is what the LORD says:

   “Look! An eagle is swooping down,
   spreading its wings over Moab.
41 Kerioth will be captured
   and the strongholds taken.
In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriors
   will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation
   because she defied the LORD.
43 Terror and pit and snare await you,
   O people of Moab,”
            declares the LORD.
44 “Whoever flees from the terror
   will fall into a pit,
whoever climbs out of the pit
   will be caught in a snare;
for I will bring upon Moab
   the year of her punishment,”
            declares the LORD.

 45 “In the shadow of Heshbon
   the fugitives stand helpless,
for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,
   a blaze from the midst of Sihon;
it burns the foreheads of Moab,
   the skulls of the noisy boasters.
46 Woe to you, O Moab!
   The people of Chemosh are destroyed;
your sons are taken into exile
   and your daughters into captivity.

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

   Here ends the judgment on Moab.

Jeremiah 49

 1 Concerning the Ammonites:

   This is what the LORD says:

   “Has Israel no sons?
   Has she no heirs?
Why then has Molech taken possession of Gad?
   Why do his people live in its towns?
2 But the days are coming,”
   declares the LORD,
“when I will sound the battle cry
   against Rabbah of the Ammonites;
it will become a mound of ruins,
   and its surrounding villages will be set on fire.
Then Israel will drive out
   those who drove her out,”
            says the LORD.
3 “Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed!
   Cry out, O inhabitants of Rabbah!
Put on sackcloth and mourn;
   rush here and there inside the walls,
for Molech will go into exile,
   together with his priests and officials.
4 Why do you boast of your valleys,
   boast of your valleys so fruitful?
O unfaithful daughter,
   you trust in your riches and say,
   ‘Who will attack me?’
5 I will bring terror on you
   from all those around you,”
            declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
“Every one of you will be driven away,
   and no one will gather the fugitives.

 6 “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,”
            declares the LORD.

2 Timothy 1:1-18

2 Timothy 1

 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

 2 To Timothy, my dear son:

   Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

 15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

Psalm 119:81-88


 81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
   but I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
   I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
   I do not forget your decrees.
84 How long must your servant wait?
   When will you punish my persecutors?
85 The arrogant dig pitfalls for me,
   contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;
   help me, for men persecute me without cause.
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
   but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 Preserve my life according to your love,
   and I will obey the statutes of your mouth.


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