Woe is me, my mother, that you gave birth to me, a man who incites dispute and conflict in all the land. I did not lend or borrow, yet everyone curses me.
The LORD said: Assuredly, I will set you free and care for you. Assuredly, I will intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.
Can anyone smash iron, iron from the north, or bronze?
Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without cost, for all your sins, and within all your borders.
Then I will make you serve your enemies in a land you do not know, for My anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.
You know, LORD; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience, don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.
Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, LORD God of Hosts.
I never sat with the band of revelers, and I did not celebrate [with them]. Because Your hand was [on me], I sat alone, for You filled me with indignation.
Why has my pain become unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You truly have become like a mirage to me-- water that is not reliable.
If I say: I won't mention Him or speak any longer in His name, His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.
He said to him, "I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I am telling you."
But Moses replied in the LORD's presence, "Since I am such a poor speaker, how will Pharaoh listen to me?"
"Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach the message that I tell you."
Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My compassions would not [reach out] to these people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from the Gilead settlers, said to Ahab, "As the LORD God of Israel lives, I stand before Him, and there will be no dew or rain during these years except by my command!"
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of unknown men.
"This is what the LORD of Hosts says: If you walk in My ways and keep My instructions, you will both rule My house and take care of My courts; I will also grant you access among these who are standing here.
The angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news.
But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man."
Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy,
You must distinguish between the holy and the common, and the clean and the unclean,
A fool will no longer be called a noble, nor a scoundrel said to be important.
For a fool speaks foolishness and his mind plots iniquity. He lives in a godless way and speaks falsely about the LORD. He leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.
Her priests do violence to My law and profane My holy things. They make no distinction between the holy and the common, and they do not explain the difference between the clean and the unclean. They disregard My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
They must teach My people the difference between the holy and the common, and explain to them the difference between the clean and the unclean.
But solid food is for the mature-- for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say."
You will speak with him and tell him what to say. I will help both you and him [to speak], and will teach you both what to do.
He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will serve as God to him.
Whoever listens to you listens to Me. Whoever rejects you rejects Me. And whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said."
for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the voice of the LORD in what I am telling you, so it may go well for you and you can live.
But if you refuse to surrender, this is the verdict that the LORD has shown me:
But speak My words to them whether they listen or refuse [to listen], for they are rebellious.
Next He said to me: "Son of man, listen carefully to all My words that I speak to you and take [them] to heart.
Go to your people, the exiles, and speak to them. Tell them: This is what the Lord God says, whether they listen or refuse [to listen]."
for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.
From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him like that.
For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.
But we did not yield in submission to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain for you.