Bible Reading Plan for October 9

Oct 9 2017

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Jeremiah 12:1-14:10

1Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You;

Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You:

Why has the way of the wicked prospered?

Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?

2You have planted them, they have also taken root;

They grow, they have even produced fruit.

You are near to their lips

But far from their mind.

3But You know me, O LORD;

You see me;

And You examine my heart’s attitude toward You.

Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter

And set them apart for a day of carnage!

4How long is the land to mourn

And the vegetation of the countryside to wither?

For the wickedness of those who dwell in it,

Animals and birds have been snatched away,

Because men have said, “He will not see our latter ending.”

5“If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,

Then how can you compete with horses?

If you fall down in a land of peace,

How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?

6“For even your brothers and the household of your father,

Even they have dealt treacherously with you,

Even they have cried aloud after you.

Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you.”

God’s Answer

7“I have forsaken My house,

I have abandoned My inheritance;

I have given the beloved of My soul

Into the hand of her enemies.

8“My inheritance has become to Me

Like a lion in the forest;

She has roared against Me;

Therefore I have come to hate her.

9“Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me?

Are the birds of prey against her on every side?

Go, gather all the beasts of the field,

Bring them to devour!

10“Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard,

They have trampled down My field;

They have made My pleasant field

A desolate wilderness.

11“It has been made a desolation,

Desolate, it mourns before Me;

The whole land has been made desolate,

Because no man lays it to heart.

12“On all the bare heights in the wilderness

Destroyers have come,

For a sword of the LORD is devouring

From one end of the land even to the other;

There is no peace for anyone.

13“They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns,

They have strained themselves to no profit.

But be ashamed of your harvest

Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”

14Thus says the LORD concerning all My wicked neighbors who strike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will uproot the house of Judah from among them.15“And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will again have compassion on them; and I will bring them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land.16“Then if they will really learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ even as they taught My people to swear by Baal, they will be built up in the midst of My people.17“But if they will not listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD.

The Ruined Waistband

1Thus the LORD said to me, “Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.”2So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the LORD and put it around my waist.3Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying,4“Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.”5So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD had commanded me.6After many days the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there.”7Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.

8Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,9“Thus says the LORD, ‘Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.10‘This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.11‘For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.’

Captivity Threatened

12“Therefore you are to speak this word to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Every jug is to be filled with wine.”’ And when they say to you, ‘Do we not very well know that every jug is to be filled with wine?’13then say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land—the kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with drunkenness!14“I will dash them against each other, both the fathers and the sons together,” declares the LORD. “I will not show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them.”’”

15Listen and give heed, do not be haughty,

For the LORD has spoken.

16Give glory to the LORD your God,

Before He brings darkness

And before your feet stumble

On the dusky mountains,

And while you are hoping for light

He makes it into deep darkness,

And turns it into gloom.

17But if you will not listen to it,

My soul will sob in secret for such pride;

And my eyes will bitterly weep

And flow down with tears,

Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive.

18Say to the king and the queen mother,

“Take a lowly seat,

For your beautiful crown

Has come down from your head.”

19The cities of the Negev have been locked up,

And there is no one to open them;

All Judah has been carried into exile,

Wholly carried into exile.

20“Lift up your eyes and see

Those coming from the north.

Where is the flock that was given you,

Your beautiful sheep?

21“What will you say when He appoints over you—

And you yourself had taught them—

Former companions to be head over you?

Will not pangs take hold of you

Like a woman in childbirth?

22“If you say in your heart,

‘Why have these things happened to me?’

Because of the magnitude of your iniquity

Your skirts have been removed

And your heels have been exposed.

23“Can the Ethiopian change his skin

Or the leopard his spots?

Then you also can do good

Who are accustomed to doing evil.

24“Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw

To the desert wind.

25“This is your lot, the portion measured to you

From Me,” declares the LORD,

“Because you have forgotten Me

And trusted in falsehood.

26“So I Myself have also stripped your skirts off over your face,

That your shame may be seen.

27“As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings,

The lewdness of your prostitution

On the hills in the field,

I have seen your abominations.

Woe to you, O Jerusalem!

How long will you remain unclean?”

Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

1That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah in regard to the drought:

2“Judah mourns

And her gates languish;

They sit on the ground in mourning,

And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.

3“Their nobles have sent their servants for water;

They have come to the cisterns and found no water.

They have returned with their vessels empty;

They have been put to shame and humiliated,

And they cover their heads.

4“Because the ground is cracked,

For there has been no rain on the land;

The farmers have been put to shame,

They have covered their heads.

5“For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young,

Because there is no grass.

6“The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights;

They pant for air like jackals,

Their eyes fail

For there is no vegetation.

7“Although our iniquities testify against us,

O LORD, act for Your name’s sake!

Truly our apostasies have been many,

We have sinned against You.

8“O Hope of Israel,

Its Savior in time of distress,

Why are You like a stranger in the land

Or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?

9“Why are You like a man dismayed,

Like a mighty man who cannot save?

Yet You are in our midst, O LORD,

And we are called by Your name;

Do not forsake us!”

10Thus says the LORD to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the LORD does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.”

1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8

Thanksgiving for These Believers

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;3constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,4knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;5for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.6You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.9For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

Paul’s Ministry

1For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,2but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.3For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.5For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—6nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.7But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.8Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

Proverbs 24:30-34

30I passed by the field of the sluggard

And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,

31And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;

Its surface was covered with nettles,

And its stone wall was broken down.

32When I saw, I reflected upon it;

I looked, and received instruction.

33“A little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to rest,”

34Then your poverty will come as a robber

And your want like an armed man.