Jeremiah 4:19-6:15 New Living Translation (NLT)
Jeremiah Weeps for His People
19 My heart, my heart—I writhe in pain!
22 “My people are foolish
Jeremiah’s Vision of Coming Disaster
23 I looked at the earth, and it was empty and formless.
27 This is what the Lord says:
29 At the noise of charioteers and archers,
31 I hear a cry, like that of a woman in labor,
The Sins of Judah
5 “Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,” says the Lord.
3 Lord, you are searching for honesty.
4 Then I said, “But what can we expect from the poor?
7 “How can I pardon you?
10 “Go down the rows of the vineyards and destroy the grapevines,
14 Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies says:
“Because the people are talking like this,
18 “Yet even in those days I will not blot you out completely,” says the Lord. 19 “And when your people ask, ‘Why did the Lord our God do all this to us?’ you must reply, ‘You rejected him and gave yourselves to foreign gods in your own land. Now you will serve foreigners in a land that is not your own.’
A Warning for God’s People
20 “Make this announcement to Israel,[b]
26 “Among my people are wicked men
Jerusalem’s Last Warning
6 “Run for your lives, you people of Benjamin!
6 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
9 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
Judah’s Constant Rebellion
10 To whom can I give warning?
“I will pour out my fury on children playing in the streets
Colossians 1:18-2:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.
Paul’s Work for the Church
24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. 25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. 27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect[b] in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
2 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Psalm 77 New Living Translation (NLT)
For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of Asaph.
1 I cry out to God; yes, I shout.
4 You don’t let me sleep.
10 And I said, “This is my fate;
13 O God, your ways are holy.
16 When the Red Sea[a] saw you, O God,
Proverbs 24:23-25 New Living Translation (NLT)
More Sayings of the Wise
23 Here are some further sayings of the wise:
It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
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