Jeremiah 22:1-23:20 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
The Lord Judges Evil Kings
22 The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Go down to the palace of the king of Judah. Announce my message there. Tell him, 2 ‘King of Judah, listen to the Lord’s message. You are sitting on David’s throne. You and your officials and your people come through these gates. 3 The Lord says, “Do what is fair and right. Save those who have been robbed. Set them free from the people who have treated them badly. Do not do anything wrong to outsiders or widows in this place. Do not harm children whose fathers have died. Do not kill those who are not guilty of doing anything wrong. 4 Be careful to obey these commands. Then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace. They will come riding in chariots and on horses. Their officials and their people will come along with them. 5 But suppose you do not obey these commands,” announces the Lord. “Then I promise you that this palace will be destroyed. You can be as sure of this promise as you are sure that I live.” ’ ”
6 The Lord speaks about the palace of the king of Judah. He says,
“You are like the land of Gilead to me.
8 “People from many nations will pass by this city. They will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’ 9 And the answer will be, ‘This happened because of what its people have done. They have turned away from the covenant the Lord their God made with them. They have worshiped other gods. And they have served them.’ ”
10 Don’t weep over dead King Josiah.
11 Jehoahaz became king of Judah after his father Josiah. But he has gone away from this place. That’s because the Lord says about him, “He will never return. 12 He will die in Egypt. That is where he was taken as a prisoner. He will not see this land again.”
13 The Lord says, “How terrible it will be for King Jehoiakim!
15 “Jehoiakim, does having more and more cedar boards
18 So the Lord speaks about King Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah. He says,
“His people will not mourn for him.
20 The Lord says, “People of Jerusalem, go up to Lebanon.
24 “King Jehoiachin, you are the son of Jehoiakim,” announces the Lord. “Suppose you were a ring on my right hand. And suppose the ring even had my royal mark on it. Then I would still pull you off my finger. And that is just as sure as I am alive. 25 I will hand you over to those who want to kill you. I will hand you over to people you are afraid of. I will give you to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. I will hand you over to his armies. 26 I will throw you out into another country. I will throw your mother out. Neither of you was born in that country. But both of you will die there. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to return to.”
28 This man Jehoiachin is like a broken pot.
The Godly Branch
23 “How terrible it will be for the shepherds who lead my people astray!” announces the Lord. “They are destroying and scattering the sheep that belong to my flock.” 2 So the Lord, the God of Israel, speaks to the shepherds who take care of my people. He tells them, “You have scattered my sheep. You have driven them away. You have not taken good care of them. So I will punish you for the evil things you have done,” announces the Lord. 3 “I myself will gather together those who are left alive in my flock. I will gather them out of all the countries where I have driven them. And I will bring them back to their own land. There my sheep will have many lambs. There will be many more of them. 4 I will place shepherds over them who will take good care of them. My sheep will not be afraid or terrified anymore. And none of them will be missing,” announces the Lord.
5 “A new day is coming,” announces the Lord.
7 Other days are also coming,” announces the Lord. “At that time people will no longer say, ‘The Lord brought the Israelites up out of Egypt. And that’s just as sure as he is alive.’ 8 Instead, they will say, ‘The Lord brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north. He gathered them out of all the countries where he had forced them to go. And that’s just as sure as he is alive.’ Then they will live in their own land.”
Prophets Who Tell Lies
9 Here is my message about the prophets.
My heart is broken inside me.
11 “Prophets and priests alike are ungodly,”
13 “Among the prophets of Samaria
15 So the Lord who rules over all speaks about the prophets. He says,
“I will make them eat bitter food.
16 The Lord who rules over all says to the people of Judah,
“Do not listen to what the prophets are saying to you.
2 Thessalonians 1 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. Silas and Timothy join me in writing.
We are sending this letter to you, the members of the church in Thessalonica. You belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul Prays and Gives Thanks
3 Brothers and sisters, we should always thank God for you. That is only right, because your faith is growing more and more. We also thank God that the love you all have for one another is increasing. 4 So among God’s churches we brag about the fact that you don’t give up easily. We brag about your faith in all the suffering and testing you are going through.
5 All of this proves that when God judges, he is fair. So you will be considered worthy to enter God’s kingdom. You are suffering for his kingdom. 6 God is fair. He will pay back trouble to those who give you trouble. 7 He will help you who are troubled. And he will also help us. All these things will happen when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come in blazing fire. He will come with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who don’t know God. He will punish those who don’t obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be destroyed forever. They will be shut out of heaven. They will never see the glory of the Lord’s strength. 10 All these things will happen when he comes. On that day his glory will be seen in his holy people. Everyone who has believed will be amazed when they see him. This includes you, because you believed the witness we gave you.
11 Keeping this in mind, we never stop praying for you. Our God has chosen you. We pray that he will make you worthy of his choice. We pray he will make every good thing you want to do come true. We pray that he will do this by his power. We pray that he will make perfect all that you have done by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus will receive glory through what you have done. We also pray that you will receive glory through what he has done. We pray all these things in keeping with the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 83 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
A song. A psalm of Asaph.
1 God, don’t remain silent.
5 All of them agree on the evil plans they have made.
9 Do to them what you did to the people of Midian.
13 My God, make them like straw that the wind blows away.
17 May they always be filled with terror and shame.
Proverbs 25:11-14 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
11 The right ruling at the right time
12 A wise judge’s warning to a listening ear
13 A messenger trusted by the one who sends him
14 A person who brags about gifts never given
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