Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. 1 I did not know they were saying, 2 “Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! 3 Let’s remove Jeremiah 4 from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him any more.” 5
Then some people 1 said, “Come on! Let us consider how to deal with Jeremiah! 2 There will still be priests to instruct us, wise men to give us advice, and prophets to declare God’s word. 3 Come on! Let’s bring charges against him and get rid of him! 4 Then we will not need to pay attention to anything he says.”
So I, the Lord, affirm that 1 I will send for all the peoples of the north 2 and my servant, 3 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and all the nations that surround it. I will utterly destroy 4 this land, its inhabitants, and all the nations that surround it 5 and make them everlasting ruins. 6 I will make them objects of horror and hissing scorn. 7
I, the Lord, promise that 1 I will hand Pharaoh Hophra 2 king of Egypt over to his enemies who are seeking to kill him. I will do that just as surely as I handed King Zedekiah of Judah over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, his enemy who was seeking to kill him.’”
People will not praise Moab any more. The enemy will capture Heshbon 1 and plot 2 how to destroy Moab, 3 saying, ‘Come, let’s put an end to that nation!’ City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed. 4 A destructive army will march against you. 5
So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Edom, what I intend to do to 1 the people who live in Teman. 2 Their little ones will be dragged off. I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done. 3
I will make the people of Elam terrified of their enemies, who are seeking to kill them. I will vent my fierce anger and bring disaster upon them,” 1 says the Lord. 2 “I will send armies chasing after them 3 until I have completely destroyed them.
So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Babylon, what I intend to do to the people who inhabit the land of Babylonia. 1 Their little ones will be dragged off. I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done.
By his treachery 1 he will succeed through deceit. 2 He will have an arrogant attitude, 3 and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. 4 He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart – but not by human agency. 5
In a time of prosperity for the most productive areas of the province he will come and accomplish what neither his fathers nor their fathers accomplished. He will distribute loot, spoils, and property to his followers, and he will devise plans against fortified cities, but not for long. 1
He will rouse his strength and enthusiasm 1 against the king of the south 2 with a large army. The king of the south will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him.
Even now they persist in sin! 1 They make metal images for themselves, idols that they skillfully fashion 2 from their own silver; all of them are nothing but the work of craftsmen! There is a saying about them: 3 “Those who sacrifice 4 to the calf idol are calf kissers!” 5
You implement the regulations of Omri, and all the practices of Ahab’s dynasty; 1 you follow their policies. 2 Therefore I will make you an appalling sight, 3 the city’s 4 inhabitants will be taunted derisively, 5 and nations will mock all of you.” 6
So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will 1 bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition 2 from God.
if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, 1 without shifting 2 from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood – for on that basis 1 the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?
take my advice 1 and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me 2 white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness 3 will not be exposed, and buy eye salve 4 to put on your eyes so you can see!
For all of you have conspired against me! No one informs me 1 when my own son makes an agreement with this son of Jesse! Not one of you feels sorry for me or informs me that my own son has commissioned my own servant to hide in ambush against me, as is the case today!”
“And you, Solomon my son, obey 1 the God of your father and serve him with a submissive attitude and a willing spirit, 2 for the Lord examines all minds and understands every motive of one’s thoughts. If you seek him, he will let you find him, 3 but if you abandon him, he will reject you permanently.