Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 New International Version (NIV)
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[c]:
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;
11 “Because you rejoice and are glad,
14 “Take up your positions around Babylon,
17 “Israel is a scattered flock
18 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
“I will punish the king of Babylon and his land
21 “Attack the land of Merathaim
29 “Summon archers against Babylon,
33 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“The people of Israel are oppressed,
35 “A sword against the Babylonians!”
39 “So desert creatures and hyenas will live there,
41 “Look! An army is coming from the north;
45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon,
Titus 1 New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint[a] elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[b] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[c] 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Psalm 97-98 New International Version (NIV)
1 The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
7 All who worship images are put to shame,
8 Zion hears and rejoices
1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
Proverbs 26:13-16 New International Version (NIV)
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
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