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October 27 - Old & New Testament


Jeremiah 47,48

A Message About the Philistines

1 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines(a) before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:(b)

2 This is what the Lord says:

"See how the waters are rising in the north;(c)
     they will become an overflowing torrent.
They will overflow the land and everything in it,
     the towns and those who live in them.
The people will cry out;
     all who dwell in the land will wail(d)
3 at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds,
     at the noise of enemy chariots(e)
     and the rumble of their wheels.
Parents will not turn to help their children;
     their hands will hang limp.(f)
4 For the day has come
     to destroy all the Philistines
and to remove all survivors
     who could help Tyre(g) and Sidon.(h)
The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,(i)
     the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.[a](j)
5 Gaza will shave(k) her head in mourning;
     Ashkelon(l) will be silenced.
You remnant on the plain,
     how long will you cut(m) yourselves?

6 "‘Alas, sword(n) of the Lord ,
     how long till you rest?
Return to your sheath;
     cease and be still.'(o)
7 But how can it rest
     when the Lord has commanded it,
when he has ordered it
     to attack Ashkelon and the coast?"(p)

A Message About Moab(a)

1 Concerning Moab:(b)

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

"Woe to Nebo,(c) for it will be ruined.
     Kiriathaim(d) will be disgraced and captured;
     the stronghold[a] will be disgraced and shattered.
2 Moab will be praised(e) no more;
     in Heshbon[b](f) people will plot her downfall:
     ‘Come, let us put an end to that nation.'(g)
You, the people of Madmen,[c] will also be silenced;
     the sword will pursue you.
3 Cries of anguish arise from Horonaim,(h)
     cries of great havoc and destruction.
4 Moab will be broken;
     her little ones will cry out.[d]
5 They go up the hill to Luhith,(i)
     weeping bitterly as they go;
on the road down to Horonaim(j)
     anguished cries over the destruction are heard.
6 Flee!(k) Run for your lives;
     become like a bush[e] in the desert.(l)
7 Since you trust in your deeds and riches,(m)
     you too will be taken captive,
and Chemosh(n) will go into exile,(o)
     together with his priests and officials.(p)
8 The destroyer(q) will come against every town,
     and not a town will escape.
The valley will be ruined
     and the plateau(r) destroyed,
     because the Lord has spoken.
9 Put salt(s) on Moab,
     for she will be laid waste[f];(t)
her towns will become desolate,
     with no one to live in them.

10 "A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord 's work!
     A curse on anyone who keeps their sword(u) from bloodshed!(v)

11 "Moab has been at rest(w) from youth,
     like wine left on its dregs,(x)
not poured from one jar to another—
     she has not gone into exile.
So she tastes as she did,
     and her aroma is unchanged.
12 But days are coming,"
     declares the Lord ,
"when I will send men who pour from pitchers,
     and they will pour her out;
they will empty her pitchers
     and smash her jars.
13 Then Moab will be ashamed(y) of Chemosh,(z)
     as Israel was ashamed
     when they trusted in Bethel.(aa)

14 "How can you say, ‘We are warriors,(ab)
     men valiant in battle'?
15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded;
     her finest young men(ac) will go down in the slaughter,(ad)"
     declares the King,(ae) whose name is the Lord Almighty.(af)
16 "The fall of Moab is at hand;(ag)
     her calamity will come quickly.
17 Mourn for her, all who live around her,
     all who know her fame;(ah)
say, ‘How broken is the mighty scepter,(ai)
     how broken the glorious staff!'

18 "Come down from your glory
     and sit on the parched ground,(aj)
     you inhabitants of Daughter Dibon,(ak)
for the one who destroys Moab
     will come up against you
     and ruin your fortified cities.(al)
19 Stand by the road and watch,
     you who live in Aroer.(am)
Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping,
     ask them, ‘What has happened?'
20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered.
     Wail(an) and cry out!
Announce by the Arnon(ao)
     that Moab is destroyed.
21 Judgment has come to the plateau(ap)
     to Holon,(aq) Jahzah(ar) and Mephaath,(as)
22       to Dibon,(at) Nebo(au) and Beth Diblathaim,
23       to Kiriathaim,(av) Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,(aw)
24       to Kerioth(ax) and Bozrah(ay)
     to all the towns(az) of Moab, far and near.
25 Moab's horn[g](ba) is cut off;
     her arm(bb) is broken,"
declares the Lord .

26 "Make her drunk,(bc)
     for she has defied(bd) the Lord .
Let Moab wallow in her vomit;(be)
     let her be an object of ridicule.(bf)
27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?(bg)
     Was she caught among thieves,(bh)
that you shake your head(bi) in scorn(bj)
     whenever you speak of her?
28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks,
     you who live in Moab.
Be like a dove(bk) that makes its nest
     at the mouth of a cave.(bl)

29 "We have heard of Moab's pride(bm)
     how great is her arrogance!—
of her insolence, her pride, her conceit
     and the haughtiness(bn) of her heart.
30 I know her insolence but it is futile,"
declares the Lord ,
     "and her boasts(bo) accomplish nothing.
31 Therefore I wail(bp) over Moab,
     for all Moab I cry out,
     I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.(bq)
32 I weep for you, as Jazer(br) weeps,
     you vines of Sibmah.(bs)
Your branches spread as far as the sea[h];
     they reached as far as[i] Jazer.
The destroyer has fallen
     on your ripened fruit and grapes.
33 Joy and gladness are gone
     from the orchards and fields of Moab.
I have stopped the flow of wine(bt) from the presses;
     no one treads them with shouts of joy.(bu)
Although there are shouts,
     they are not shouts of joy.

34 "The sound of their cry rises
     from Heshbon(bv) to Elealeh(bw) and Jahaz,(bx)
from Zoar(by) as far as Horonaim(bz) and Eglath Shelishiyah,
     for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.(ca)
35 In Moab I will put an end
     to those who make offerings on the high places(cb)
     and burn incense(cc) to their gods,"
declares the Lord .
36 "So my heart laments(cd) for Moab like the music of a pipe;
     it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth.(ce)
     The wealth they acquired(cf) is gone.
37 Every head is shaved(cg)
     and every beard(ch) cut off;
every hand is slashed
     and every waist is covered with sackcloth.(ci)
38 On all the roofs in Moab
     and in the public squares(cj)
there is nothing but mourning,
     for I have broken Moab
     like a jar(ck) that no one wants,"
declares the Lord .
39 "How shattered(cl) she is! How they wail!
     How Moab turns her back in shame!
Moab has become an object of ridicule,(cm)
     an object of horror to all those around her."

40 This is what the Lord says:

"Look! An eagle is swooping(cn) down,
     spreading its wings(co) over Moab.
41 Kerioth[j](cp) will be captured
     and the strongholds taken.
In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors(cq)
     will be like the heart of a woman in labor.(cr)
42 Moab will be destroyed(cs) as a nation(ct)
     because she defied(cu) the Lord .
43 Terror(cv) and pit and snare(cw) await you,
     you people of Moab,"
declares the Lord .
44 "Whoever flees(cx) from the terror
     will fall into a pit,
whoever climbs out of the pit
     will be caught in a snare;
for I will bring on Moab
     the year(cy) of her punishment,"
declares the Lord .

45 "In the shadow of Heshbon
     the fugitives stand helpless,
for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,
     a blaze from the midst of Sihon;(cz)
it burns the foreheads of Moab,
     the skulls(da) of the noisy boasters.
46 Woe to you, Moab!(db)
     The people of Chemosh are destroyed;
your sons are taken into exile
     and your daughters into captivity.

47 "Yet I will restore(dc) the fortunes of Moab
     in days to come,"
declares the Lord .

Here ends the judgment on Moab.

Hebrews 2

Chapter 2

Warning to Pay Attention

1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.(a) 2 For since the message spoken(b) through angels(c) was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,(d) 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?(e) This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord,(f) was confirmed to us by those who heard him.(g) 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles,(h) and by gifts of the Holy Spirit(i) distributed according to his will.(j)

Jesus Made Fully Human

5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone(k) has testified:

"What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
     a son of man that you care for him?(l)
7 You made them a little[a] lower than the angels;
     you crowned them with glory and honor
8       and put everything under their feet."[b][c](m)

In putting everything under them,[d] God left nothing that is not subject to them.[e] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.[f] 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor(n) because he suffered death,(o) so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.(p)

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists,(q) should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.(r) 11 Both the one who makes people holy(s) and those who are made holy(t) are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.[g](u) 12 He says,

"I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
     in the assembly I will sing your praises."[h](v)

13 And again,

"I will put my trust in him."[i](w)

And again he says,

"Here am I, and the children God has given me."[j](x)

14 Since the children have flesh and blood,(y) he too shared in their humanity(z) so that by his death he might break the power(aa) of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil(ab) 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear(ac) of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants.(ad) 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[k](ae) fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful(af) and faithful high priest(ag) in service to God,(ah) and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.(ai) 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.(aj)

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