Click to Subscribe
Reading Plan
Bible Version
Commentary
Dictionary
Day 227 Day 228Day 229

Jeremiah chapter 16

1
The word of the LORD came to me:
2
"You must not marry or have sons or daughters in this place.
3
For this is what the LORD says concerning sons and daughters born in this place as well as concerning the mothers who bear them and the fathers who father them in this land:
4
They will die from deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like manure on the face of the earth. They will be finished off by sword and famine. Their corpses will become food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land.
5
"For this is what the LORD says: Don't enter a house where a mourning feast is taking place. Don't go to lament or sympathize with them, for I have removed My peace from these people"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "[as well as My] faithful love and compassion.
6
Both great and small will die in this land without burial. No lament will be made for them, nor will anyone cut himself or shave his head for them.
7
Food won't be provided for the mourner to comfort him because of the dead. A cup of consolation won't be given him because of [the loss of] his father or mother.
8
You must not enter the house where feasting is taking place to sit with them to eat and drink.
9
For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: I am about to eliminate from this place, before your very eyes and in your time, the sound of joy and gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the bride.
10
"When you tell these people all these things, they will say to you: Why has the LORD declared all this great disaster against us? What is our guilt? What is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?
11
Then you will answer them: Because your fathers abandoned Me"-- the LORD's declaration-- "and followed other gods, served them, and worshiped them. Indeed, they abandoned Me and did not keep My law.
12
You did more evil than your fathers. Look, each one of you was following the stubbornness of his evil heart, not obeying Me.
13
So I will hurl you from this land into a land that you and your fathers are not familiar with. There you will worship other gods both day and night, for I will not grant you grace.
14
"However, take note! The days are coming"-- the LORD's declaration-- "when it will no longer be said: As the LORD lives who brought the Israelites from the land of Egypt,
15
but rather: As the LORD lives who brought the Israelites from the land of the north and from all the other lands where He had banished them. For I will return them to their land that I gave to their ancestors.
16
"I am about to send for many fishermen"-- the LORD's declaration-- "and they will fish for them. Then I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and out of the clefts of the rocks,
17
for My gaze takes in all their ways. They are not concealed from Me, and their guilt is not hidden from My sight.
18
I will first repay them double for their guilt and sin because they have polluted My land. They have filled My inheritance with the lifelessness of their detestable and abhorrent idols."
19
LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in a time of distress, the nations will come to You from the ends of the earth, and they will say, "Our fathers inherited only lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all."
20
Can one make gods for himself? But they are not gods.
21
"Therefore, I am about to inform them, and this time I will make them know My power and My might; then they will know that My name is Yahweh."

Jeremiah chapter 17

1
The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus. With a diamond point it is engraved on the tablet of their hearts and on the horns of their altars,
2
while their children remember their altars and their Asherah poles, by the green trees on the high hills--
3
My mountains in the countryside. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give up as plunder because of the sin of your high places within all your borders.
4
You will, of yourself, relinquish your inheritance that I gave you. I will make you serve your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have set My anger on fire; it will burn forever.
5
This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes [human] flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.
6
He will be like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.
7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD.
8
He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn't fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.
9
The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick-- who can understand it?
10
I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
11
He who makes a fortune unjustly is [like] a partridge that hatches eggs it didn't lay. In the middle of his days [his riches] will abandon him, so in the end he will be a fool.
12
A throne of glory on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary,
13
LORD, the hope of Israel, all who abandon You will be put to shame. All who turn away from Me will be written in the dirt, for they have abandoned the fountain of living water, the LORD.
14
Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are my praise.
15
Hear how they keep challenging me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come!"
16
But I have not run away from being Your shepherd, and I have not longed for the fatal day. You know my words were spoken in Your presence.
17
Don't become a terror to me. You are my refuge in the day of disaster.
18
Let my persecutors be put to shame, but don't let me be put to shame. Let them be terrified, but don't let me be terrified. Bring on them the day of disaster; shatter them with total destruction.
19
This is what the LORD said to me, "Go and stand in the People's Gate, through which the kings of Judah enter and leave, and in all the gates of Jerusalem.
20
Announce to them: Hear the word of the LORD, kings of Judah, all Judah, and all the residents of Jerusalem who enter through these gates.
21
This is what the LORD says: Watch yourselves; do not pick up a load and bring it in through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day.
22
You must not carry a load out of your houses on the Sabbath day or do any work, but you must consecrate the Sabbath day, just as I commanded your ancestors.
23
They wouldn't listen or pay attention but became obstinate, not listening or accepting discipline.
24
"However, if you listen to Me, says the LORD, and do not bring loads through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day and consecrate the Sabbath day and do no work on it,
25
kings and princes will enter through the gates of this city. They will sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses with their officials, the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem. This city will be inhabited forever.
26
Then [people] will come from the cities of Judah and from the area around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin and from the Judean foothills, from the hill country and from the Negev bringing burnt offerings and sacrifice, grain offerings and frankincense, and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
27
If you do not listen to Me to consecrate the Sabbath day by not carrying a load while entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, I will set fire to its gates, and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem and not be extinguished."

Jeremiah chapter 18

1
[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2
"Go down at once to the potter's house; there I will reveal My words to you."
3
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, working away at the wheel.
4
But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter's hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do.
5
The word of the LORD came to me:
6
"House of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter [treats his clay]?"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration. "Just like clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, house of Israel.
7
At one moment I might announce concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will uproot, tear down, and destroy [it].
8
However, if that nation I have made an announcement about, turns from its evil, I will not bring the disaster on it I had planned.
9
At [another] time I announce that I will build and plant a nation or a kingdom.
10
However, if it does what is evil in My sight by not listening to My voice, I will not bring the good I had said I would do to it.
11
So now, say to the men of Judah and to the residents of Jerusalem: This is what the LORD says: I am about to bring harm to you and make plans against you. Turn now, each from your evil way, and correct your ways and your deeds.
12
But they will say: It's hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart."
13
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: Ask among the nations, Who has heard [things] like these? Virgin Israel has done a most terrible thing.
14
Does the snow of Lebanon ever leave the highland crags? Or does cold water flowing from a distance ever fail?
15
Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to false [idols] that make them stumble in their ways-- in the ancient roads-- to walk on [new] paths, not the highway.
16
They have made their land a horror, a perpetual object of scorn; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and shake his head.
17
I will scatter them before the enemy like the east wind. I will show them [My] back and not [My] face on the day of their calamity.
18
Then certain ones said, "Come, let's make plans against Jeremiah, for the law will never be lost from the priest, or counsel from the wise, or an oracle from the prophet. Come, let's denounce him and pay no attention to all his words."
19
Pay attention to me, LORD. Hear what my opponents are saying!
20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your anger from them.
21
Therefore, hand their children over to famine, and pour the sword's power on them. Let their wives become childless and widowed, their husbands slain by deadly disease, their young men struck down by the sword in battle.
22
Let a cry be heard from their houses when You suddenly bring raiders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.
23
But You, LORD, know all their deadly plots against me. Do not wipe out their guilt; do not blot out their sin before You. Let them be forced to stumble before You; deal with them in the time of Your anger.