Bible Reading Plan for October 27

Oct 27 2017

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Jeremiah 51:1-53

Babylon Judged for Sins against Israel

1Thus says the LORD:

“Behold, I am going to arouse against Babylon

And against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai

The spirit of a destroyer.

2“I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon that they may winnow her

And may devastate her land;

For on every side they will be opposed to her

In the day of her calamity.

3“Let not him who bends his bow bend it,

Nor let him rise up in his scale-armor;

So do not spare her young men;

Devote all her army to destruction.

4“They will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans,

And pierced through in their streets.”

5For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken

By his God, the LORD of hosts,

Although their land is full of guilt

Before the Holy One of Israel.

6Flee from the midst of Babylon,

And each of you save his life!

Do not be destroyed in her punishment,

For this is the LORD’S time of vengeance;

He is going to render recompense to her.

7Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD,

Intoxicating all the earth.

The nations have drunk of her wine;

Therefore the nations are going mad.

8Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;

Wail over her!

Bring balm for her pain;

Perhaps she may be healed.

9We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed;

Forsake her and let us each go to his own country,

For her judgment has reached to heaven

And towers up to the very skies.

10The LORD has brought about our vindication;

Come and let us recount in Zion

The work of the LORD our God!

11Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers!

The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes,

Because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it;

For it is the vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for His temple.

12Lift up a signal against the walls of Babylon;

Post a strong guard,

Station sentries,

Place men in ambush!

For the LORD has both purposed and performed

What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.

13O you who dwell by many waters,

Abundant in treasures,

Your end has come,

The measure of your end.

14The LORD of hosts has sworn by Himself:

“Surely I will fill you with a population like locusts,

And they will cry out with shouts of victory over you.”

15It is He who made the earth by His power,

Who established the world by His wisdom,

And by His understanding He stretched out the heavens.

16When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,

And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;

He makes lightning for the rain

And brings forth the wind from His storehouses.

17All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge;

Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols,

For his molten images are deceitful,

And there is no breath in them.

18They are worthless, a work of mockery;

In the time of their punishment they will perish.

19The portion of Jacob is not like these;

For the Maker of all is He,

And of the tribe of His inheritance;

The LORD of hosts is His name.

20He says, “You are My war-club, My weapon of war;

And with you I shatter nations,

And with you I destroy kingdoms.

21“With you I shatter the horse and his rider,

And with you I shatter the chariot and its rider,

22And with you I shatter man and woman,

And with you I shatter old man and youth,

And with you I shatter young man and virgin,

23And with you I shatter the shepherd and his flock,

And with you I shatter the farmer and his team,

And with you I shatter governors and prefects.

24“But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes,” declares the LORD.

25“Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,

Who destroys the whole earth,” declares the LORD,

“And I will stretch out My hand against you,

And roll you down from the crags,

And I will make you a burnt out mountain.

26“They will not take from you even a stone for a corner

Nor a stone for foundations,

But you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.

27Lift up a signal in the land,

Blow a trumpet among the nations!

Consecrate the nations against her,

Summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz;

Appoint a marshal against her,

Bring up the horses like bristly locusts.

28Consecrate the nations against her,

The kings of the Medes,

Their governors and all their prefects,

And every land of their dominion.

29So the land quakes and writhes,

For the purposes of the LORD against Babylon stand,

To make the land of Babylon

A desolation without inhabitants.

30The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting,

They stay in the strongholds;

Their strength is exhausted,

They are becoming like women;

Their dwelling places are set on fire,

The bars of her gates are broken.

31One courier runs to meet another,

And one messenger to meet another,

To tell the king of Babylon

That his city has been captured from end to end;

32The fords also have been seized,

And they have burned the marshes with fire,

And the men of war are terrified.

33For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

“The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor

At the time it is stamped firm;

Yet in a little while the time of harvest will come for her.”

34“Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has devoured me and crushed me,

He has set me down like an empty vessel;

He has swallowed me like a monster,

He has filled his stomach with my delicacies;

He has washed me away.

35“May the violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon,”

The inhabitant of Zion will say;

And, “May my blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,”

Jerusalem will say.

36Therefore thus says the LORD,

“Behold, I am going to plead your case

And exact full vengeance for you;

And I will dry up her sea

And make her fountain dry.

37“Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals,

An object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants.

38“They will roar together like young lions,

They will growl like lions’ cubs.

39“When they become heated up, I will serve them their banquet

And make them drunk, that they may become jubilant

And may sleep a perpetual sleep

And not wake up,” declares the LORD.

40“I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter,

Like rams together with male goats.

41“How Sheshak has been captured,

And the praise of the whole earth been seized!

How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!

42“The sea has come up over Babylon;

She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.

43“Her cities have become an object of horror,

A parched land and a desert,

A land in which no man lives

And through which no son of man passes.

44“I will punish Bel in Babylon,

And I will make what he has swallowed come out of his mouth;

And the nations will no longer stream to him.

Even the wall of Babylon has fallen down!

45“Come forth from her midst, My people,

And each of you save yourselves

From the fierce anger of the LORD.

46“Now so that your heart does not grow faint,

And you are not afraid at the report that will be heard in the land—

For the report will come one year,

And after that another report in another year,

And violence will be in the land

With ruler against ruler—

47Therefore behold, days are coming

When I will punish the idols of Babylon;

And her whole land will be put to shame

And all her slain will fall in her midst.

48“Then heaven and earth and all that is in them

Will shout for joy over Babylon,

For the destroyers will come to her from the north,”

Declares the LORD.

49Indeed Babylon is to fall for the slain of Israel,

As also for Babylon the slain of all the earth have fallen.

50You who have escaped the sword,

Depart! Do not stay!

Remember the LORD from afar,

And let Jerusalem come to your mind.

51We are ashamed because we have heard reproach;

Disgrace has covered our faces,

For aliens have entered

The holy places of the LORD’S house.

52“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,

“When I will punish her idols,

And the mortally wounded will groan throughout her land.

53“Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens,

And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold,

From Me destroyers will come to her,” declares the LORD.

Titus 2:1-15

Duties of the Older and Younger

1But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.2Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,5to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

6Likewise urge the young men to be sensible;7in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,8sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

9Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,10not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.

11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

15These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Proverbs 26:17

17Like one who takes a dog by the ears

Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.