Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Message about Damascus
23 This message was given concerning Damascus. This is what the Lord says:
“The towns of Hamath and Arpad are struck with fear,
A Message about Kedar and Hazor
28 This message was given concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which were attacked by King Nebuchadnezzar[a] of Babylon. This is what the Lord says:
“Advance against Kedar!
31 “Go up and attack that complacent nation,”
A Message about Elam
34 This message concerning Elam came to the prophet Jeremiah from the Lord at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah. 35 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
“I will destroy the archers of Elam—
A Message about Babylon
50 The Lord gave Jeremiah the prophet this message concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians.[c] 2 This is what the Lord says:
“Tell the whole world,
Hope for Israel and Judah
4 “In those coming days,”
6 “My people have been lost sheep.
8 “But now, flee from Babylon!
Babylon’s Sure Fall
11 “You rejoice and are glad,
14 “Yes, prepare to attack Babylon,
Hope for God’s People
17 “The Israelites are like sheep
The Lord’s Judgment on Babylon
21 “Go up, my warriors, against the land of Merathaim
29 “Send out a call for archers to come to Babylon.
31 “See, I am your enemy, you arrogant people,”
33 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
35 “The sword of destruction will strike the Babylonians,”
39 “Soon Babylon will be inhabited by desert animals and hyenas.
41 “Look! A great army is coming from the north.
44 “I will come like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan,
45 Listen to the Lord’s plans against Babylon
Titus 1 New Living Translation (NLT)
Greetings from Paul
1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to[a] those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. 3 And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.
4 I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Titus’s Work in Crete
5 I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife,[b] and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 A church leader[c] is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,[d] violent, or dishonest with money.
8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.
10 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. 11 They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. 12 Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.”[e] 13 This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. 14 They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth.
15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
Psalm 97-98 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 The Lord is king!
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
1 Sing a new song to the Lord,
4 Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Proverbs 26:13-16 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road!
14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges,
15 Lazy people take food in their hand
16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter
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