(A)“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
    and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
    has made it into a lie.
(B)The wise men shall be put to shame;
    they shall be dismayed (C)and taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
    so what wisdom is in them?
10 (D)Therefore I will give their wives to others
    and their fields to conquerors,
because from the least to the greatest
    everyone (E)is greedy for unjust gain;
from prophet to priest,
    everyone deals falsely.
11 They have healed (F)the wound of my people lightly,
    saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
    when there is no peace.
12 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
    No, (G)they were not at all ashamed;
    they did not know how to blush.
(H)Therefore they shall fall among the fallen;
    when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
says the Lord.
13 When I would gather them, declares the Lord,
    there are (I)no grapes on the vine,
    (J)nor figs on the fig tree;
(K)even the leaves are withered,
    and what I gave them has passed away from them.”[a]

14 Why do we sit still?
(L)Gather together; (M)let us go into the fortified cities
    and perish there,
for the Lord our God has doomed us to perish
    and has (N)given us (O)poisoned water to drink,
    because we have sinned against the Lord.
15 (P)We looked for peace, but no good came;
    for a time of healing, but behold, terror.

16 (Q)“The snorting of their horses is heard (R)from Dan;
    at the sound of the neighing (S)of their stallions
    (T)the whole land quakes.
They come (U)and devour the land and all that fills it,
    the city and those who dwell in it.
17 For behold, I am sending among you (V)serpents,
    adders (W)that cannot be charmed,
    (X)and they shall bite you,”
declares the Lord.

Jeremiah Grieves for His People

18 My joy is gone; grief is upon me;[b]
    (Y)my heart is sick within me.
19 Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people
    from (Z)the length and breadth of the land:
“Is the Lord not in Zion?
    (AA)Is her King not in her?”
(AB)“Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images
    and with their foreign idols?”
20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
    and we are not saved.”
21 For the wound of (AC)the daughter of my people is my heart wounded;
    (AD)I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.

22 Is there no (AE)balm in Gilead?
    Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people
    not been restored?
[c] (AF)Oh that my head were waters,
    and my eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
    for the slain of (AG)the daughter of my people!
[d] Oh that I had in the desert
    a travelers' lodging place,
that I might leave my people
    and go away from them!
For they are all (AH)adulterers,
    a company of (AI)treacherous men.
(AJ)They bend their tongue like a bow;
    falsehood and not truth has grown strong[e] in the land;
for they proceed from evil to evil,
    (AK)and they do not know me, declares the Lord.

(AL)Let everyone beware of his neighbor,
    and put no trust in any brother,
for every (AM)brother is a deceiver,
    and every neighbor (AN)goes about as a slanderer.
Everyone deceives his neighbor,
    and no one speaks the truth;
they have taught their tongue to speak lies;
    they weary themselves committing iniquity.
Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit,
    (AO)they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Behold, (AP)I will refine them and (AQ)test them,
    for what else can I do, (AR)because of my people?
(AS)Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
    (AT)it speaks deceitfully;
with his mouth (AU)each speaks peace to his neighbor,
    but in his heart (AV)he plans an ambush for him.
(AW)Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord,
    and shall I not avenge myself
    on a nation such as this?

10 “I will take up weeping and wailing for the mountains,
    and a lamentation for (AX)the pastures of the wilderness,
(AY)because they are laid waste so that no one passes through,
    and the lowing of cattle is not heard;
(AZ)both the birds of the air and the beasts
    have fled and are gone.
11 (BA)I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins,
    (BB)a lair of jackals,
(BC)and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation,
    without inhabitant.”

12 (BD)Who is the man so wise that he can understand this? To whom has the mouth of the Lord spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined (BE)and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through? 13 And the Lord says: (BF)“Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, 14 but (BG)have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them. 15 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: (BH)Behold, I will feed this people with bitter food, and give them (BI)poisonous water to drink. 16 (BJ)I will scatter them among the nations (BK)whom neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will (BL)send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.”

17 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
(BM)“Consider, and call for the mourning women to come;
    send for the skillful women to come;
18 let them make haste (BN)and raise a wailing over us,
    (BO)that our eyes may run down with tears
    and our eyelids flow with water.
19 For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion:
    (BP)‘How we are ruined!
    We are utterly shamed,
because we have left the land,
    because they have cast down our dwellings.’”

20 Hear, O women, the word of the Lord,
    and let your ear receive the word of his mouth;
teach to your daughters a lament,
    and each to her neighbor a dirge.
21 For death has come up into our windows;
    it has entered our palaces,
(BQ)cutting off the children from the streets
    and the young men from the squares.
22 Speak: “Thus declares the Lord,
(BR)‘The dead bodies of men shall fall
    like dung upon the open field,
(BS)like sheaves after the reaper,
    and none shall gather them.’”

23 Thus says the Lord: (BT)“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but (BU)let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. (BV)For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

25 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when (BW)I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— 26 (BX)Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and (BY)all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are (BZ)uncircumcised in heart.”

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 8:13 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  2. Jeremiah 8:18 Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  3. Jeremiah 9:1 Ch 8:23 in Hebrew
  4. Jeremiah 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Hebrew
  5. Jeremiah 9:3 Septuagint; Hebrew and not for truth they have grown strong

Put On the New Self

(A)If then you have been raised with Christ, seek (B)the things that are above, where Christ is, (C)seated at the right hand of God. (D)Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For (E)you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ (F)who is your[a] life (G)appears, then you also will appear with him (H)in glory.

(I)Put to death therefore (J)what is earthly in you:[b] (K)sexual immorality, impurity, (L)passion, evil desire, and covetousness, (M)which is idolatry. (N)On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[c] (O)In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now (P)you must put them all away: (Q)anger, wrath, malice, (R)slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (S)Do not lie to one another, seeing that (T)you have put off (U)the old self[d] with its practices 10 and (V)have put on (W)the new self, (X)which is being renewed in knowledge (Y)after the image of (Z)its creator. 11 (AA)Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[e] free; but Christ is (AB)all, and in all.

12 (AC)Put on then, as (AD)God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, (AE)compassionate hearts, (AF)kindness, (AG)humility, meekness, and patience, 13 (AH)bearing with one another and, (AI)if one has a complaint against another, (AJ)forgiving each other; (AK)as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on (AL)love, which (AM)binds everything together in (AN)perfect harmony. 15 And let (AO)the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called (AP)in one body. And (AQ)be thankful. 16 Let (AR)the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, (AS)singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, (AT)with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And (AU)whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, (AV)giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
  2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
  3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
  4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
  5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22

32 In spite of all this, they (A)still sinned;
    (B)despite his wonders, they did not believe.
33 So he made (C)their days (D)vanish like[a] a breath,[b]
    and their years in terror.
34 When he killed them, they (E)sought him;
    they repented and sought God earnestly.
35 They remembered that God was their (F)rock,
    the Most High God their (G)redeemer.
36 But they (H)flattered him with their mouths;
    they (I)lied to him with their tongues.
37 Their (J)heart was not (K)steadfast toward him;
    they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he, being (L)compassionate,
    (M)atoned for their iniquity
    and did not destroy them;
he restrained his anger often
    and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 He (N)remembered that they were but (O)flesh,
    (P)a wind that passes and comes not again.
40 How often they (Q)rebelled against him in the wilderness
    and (R)grieved him in (S)the desert!
41 They (T)tested God again and again
    and provoked (U)the Holy One of Israel.
42 They (V)did not remember his power[c]
    or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,
43 (W)when he performed his (X)signs in Egypt
    and his (Y)marvels in (Z)the fields of Zoan.
44 He (AA)turned their rivers to blood,
    so that they could not drink of their streams.
45 He sent among them swarms of (AB)flies, which devoured them,
    and (AC)frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave their crops to (AD)the destroying locust
    and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with (AE)hail
    and their sycamores with frost.
48 He gave over their (AF)cattle to the hail
    and their flocks to thunderbolts.
49 He let loose on them his burning anger,
    wrath, indignation, and distress,
    a company of (AG)destroying angels.
50 He made a path for his anger;
    he did not spare them from death,
    but gave their lives over to the plague.
51 He struck down every (AH)firstborn in Egypt,
    the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of (AI)Ham.
52 Then he led out his people (AJ)like sheep
    and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 (AK)He led them in safety, so that they (AL)were not afraid,
    but (AM)the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And he brought them to his (AN)holy land,
    (AO)to the mountain which his right hand had (AP)won.
55 He (AQ)drove out nations before them;
    he (AR)apportioned them for a possession
    and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 78:33 Hebrew in
  2. Psalm 78:33 Or vapor
  3. Psalm 78:42 Hebrew hand

27 (A)Prepare your work outside;
    get everything ready for yourself in the field,
    and after that build your house.

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