Jeremiah 4:19-6:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Sorrow for the Doomed Nation
19 O my soul, my soul!
22 “For My people are foolish,
23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;
27 For thus says the Lord:
“The whole land shall be desolate;
30 “And when you are plundered,
31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in [c]labor,
The Justice of God’s Judgment
5 “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;
3 O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?
4 Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor.
But these have altogether broken the yoke
7 “How shall I pardon you for this?
10 “Go up on her walls and destroy,
12 They have lied about the Lord,
14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Because you speak this word,
18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the Lord, “I will not [h]make a complete end of you. 19 And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’
20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing
Impending Destruction from the North
6 “O you children of Benjamin,
4 “Prepare war against her;
6 For thus has the Lord of hosts said:
“Cut down trees,
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“They shall thoroughly glean as a vine the remnant of Israel;
10 To whom shall I speak and give warning,
Colossians 1:18-2:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Reconciled in Christ
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Sacrificial Service for Christ
24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the [a]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [b]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: [c]which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Not Philosophy but Christ
2 For I want you to know what a great conflict[d] I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, [e]both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing [f]to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [g]in it with thanksgiving.
Psalm 77 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Consoling Memory of God’s Redemptive Works
To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
77 I cried out to God with my voice—
4 You hold my eyelids open;
7 Will the Lord cast off forever?
10 And I said, “This is my [c]anguish;
16 The waters saw You, O God;
Proverbs 24:23-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These things also belong to the wise:
It is not good to [a]show partiality in judgment.
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