Proverbs 25:21-26:2 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
2 Timothy 2 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
The appeal renewed
2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
11 Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
Dealing with false teachers
14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarrelling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.’
20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Jeremiah 49:7-50:10 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
A message about Edom
7 Concerning Edom:
This is what the Lord Almighty says:
‘Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?
12 This is what the Lord says: ‘If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it. 13 I swear by myself,’ declares the Lord, ‘that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse,[a] an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins for ever.’
14 I have heard a message from the Lord;
15 ‘Now I will make you small among the nations,
19 ‘Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets
20 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Edom,
A message about Damascus
23 Concerning Damascus:
‘Hamath and Arpad are dismayed,
A message about Kedar and Hazor
28 Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked:
This is what the Lord says:
‘Arise, and attack Kedar
30 ‘Flee quickly away!
31 ‘Arise and attack a nation at ease,
A message about Elam
34 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:
35 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
‘See, I will break the bow of Elam,
39 ‘Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam
A message about Babylon
50 This is the word the Lord spoke through Jeremiah the prophet concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians:[e]
2 ‘Announce and proclaim among the nations,
4 ‘In those days, at that time,’
6 ‘My people have been lost sheep;
8 ‘Flee out of Babylon;