Jeremiah 8:8-9:26 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Punishment for Judah’s Leaders
8 “How can you claim, ‘We are wise;
13 I will gather them and bring them to an end.[b]
God’s People Unrepentant
14 Why are we just sitting here?
16 From Dan the snorting of horses is heard.
Lament over Judah
18 My joy has flown away;
9 [h]If my head were a spring of water,
3 They bent their tongues like their bows;
Imminent Ruin and Exile
4 Everyone has to be on guard against his friend.
7 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts says:
I am about to refine them and test them,
10 I will raise weeping and a lament
12 Who is the man wise enough to understand this? Who has the Lord spoken to, that he may explain it? Why is the land destroyed and scorched like a wilderness, so no one can pass through?
13 The Lord said, “It is because they abandoned My instruction that I set in front of them and did not obey My voice or walk according to it. 14 Instead, they followed the stubbornness of their hearts and followed after the Baals as their fathers taught them.” 15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “I am about to feed this people wormwood and give them poisonous water to drink. 16 I will scatter them among the nations that they and their fathers have not known. I will send a sword after them until I have finished them off.”
Mourning over Judah
17 This is what the Lord of Hosts says:
Consider, and summon the women who mourn;
20 Now hear the word of the Lord, you women.
22 Speak as follows:
This is what the Lord says:
Human corpses will fall
Boast in the Lord
23 This is what the Lord says:
The wise man must not boast in his wisdom;
25 “The days are coming”—the Lord’s declaration—“when I will punish all the circumcised yet uncircumcised: 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all the inhabitants of the desert who clip the hair on their temples.[o] All these nations are uncircumcised, and the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”
Colossians 3:1-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Life of the New Man
3 So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your[a] life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature:[b] sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient,[c] 7 and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. 8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self[d] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your[e] Creator. 11 In Christ[f] there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian,[g] slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
The Christian Life
12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. 14 Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. 15 And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. 16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Psalm 78:32-55 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
32 Despite all this, they kept sinning
40 How often they rebelled against Him