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Jeremiah 48, 49

Judgement on Moab

48Concerning Moab.


Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
Alas for Nebo, it is laid waste!
   Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;
the fortress is put to shame and broken down;
2   the renown of Moab is no more.
In Heshbon they planned evil against her:
   ‘Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!’
You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence;*
   the sword shall pursue you.


3 Hark! a cry from Horonaim,
   ‘Desolation and great destruction!’
4 ‘Moab is destroyed!’
   her little ones cry out.
5 For at the ascent of Luhith
   they go* up weeping bitterly;
for at the descent of Horonaim
   they have heard the distressing cry of anguish.
6 Flee! Save yourselves!
   Be like a wild ass* in the desert!


7 Surely, because you trusted in your strongholds* and your treasures,
   you also shall be taken;
Chemosh shall go out into exile,
   with his priests and his attendants.
8 The destroyer shall come upon every town,
   and no town shall escape;
the valley shall perish,
   and the plain shall be destroyed,
   as the Lord has spoken.


9 Set aside salt for Moab,
   for she will surely fall;
her towns shall become a desolation,
   with no inhabitant in them.

10 Accursed is the one who is slack in doing the work of the Lord; and accursed is the one who keeps back the sword from bloodshed.


11 Moab has been at ease from his youth,
   settled like wine* on its dregs;
he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
   nor has he gone into exile;
therefore his flavour has remained
   and his aroma is unspoiled.

12 Therefore, the time is surely coming, says the Lord, when I shall send to him decanters to decant him, and empty his vessels, and break his* jars in pieces. 13Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.


14 How can you say, ‘We are heroes
   and mighty warriors’?
15 The destroyer of Moab and his towns has come up,
   and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter,
   says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
16 The calamity of Moab is near at hand
   and his doom approaches swiftly.
17 Mourn over him, all you his neighbours,
   and all who know his name;
say, ‘How the mighty sceptre is broken,
   the glorious staff!’


18 Come down from glory,
   and sit on the parched ground,
   enthroned daughter Dibon!
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you;
   he has destroyed your strongholds.
19 Stand by the road and watch,
   you inhabitant of Aroer!
Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping;
   say, ‘What has happened?’
20 Moab is put to shame, for it is broken down;
   wail and cry!
Tell it by the Arnon,
   that Moab is laid waste.

21 Judgement has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the towns of the land of Moab, far and near. 25The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the Lord.

26 Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the Lord; let Moab wallow in his vomit; he too shall become a laughing-stock. 27Israel was a laughing-stock for you, though he was not caught among thieves; but whenever you spoke of him you shook your head!


28 Leave the towns, and live on the rock,
   O inhabitants of Moab!
Be like the dove that nests
   on the sides of the mouth of a gorge.
29 We have heard of the pride of Moab—
   he is very proud—
of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance,
   and the haughtiness of his heart.
30 I myself know his insolence, says the Lord;
   his boasts are false,
   his deeds are false.
31 Therefore I wail for Moab;
   I cry out for all Moab;
   for the people of Kir-heres I mourn.
32 More than for Jazer I weep for you,
   O vine of Sibmah!
Your branches crossed over the sea,
   reached as far as Jazer;*
upon your summer fruits and your vintage
   the destroyer has fallen.
33 Gladness and joy have been taken away
   from the fruitful land of Moab;
I have stopped the wine from the wine presses;
   no one treads them with shouts of joy;
   the shouting is not the shout of joy.

34 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out;* as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For even the waters of Nimrim have become desolate. 35And I will bring to an end in Moab, says the Lord, those who offer sacrifice at a high place and make offerings to their gods. 36Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the people of Kir-heres; for the riches they gained have perished.

37 For every head is shaved and every beard cut off; on all the hands there are gashes, and on the loins sackcloth. 38On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation; for I have broken Moab like a vessel that no one wants, says the Lord. 39How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all his neighbours.
40 For thus says the Lord:
Look, he shall swoop down like an eagle,
   and spread his wings against Moab;
41 the towns* shall be taken
   and the strongholds seized.
The hearts of the warriors of Moab, on that day,
   shall be like the heart of a woman in labour.
42 Moab shall be destroyed as a people,
   because he magnified himself against the Lord.
43 Terror, pit, and trap
   are before you, O inhabitants of Moab!

says the Lord.
44 Everyone who flees from the terror
   shall fall into the pit,
and everyone who climbs out of the pit
   shall be caught in the trap.
For I will bring these things* upon Moab
   in the year of their punishment,

says the Lord.


45 In the shadow of Heshbon
   fugitives stop exhausted;
for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,
   a flame from the house of Sihon;
it has destroyed the forehead of Moab,
   the scalp of the people of tumult.*
46 Woe to you, O Moab!
   The people of Chemosh have perished,
for your sons have been taken captive,
   and your daughters into captivity.
47 Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
   in the latter days, says the Lord.
Thus far is the judgement on Moab.

Judgement on the Ammonites

49Concerning the Ammonites.


Thus says the Lord:
Has Israel no sons?
   Has he no heir?
Why then has Milcom dispossessed Gad,
   and his people settled in its towns?
2 Therefore, the time is surely coming,
   says the Lord,
when I will sound the battle alarm
   against Rabbah of the Ammonites;
it shall become a desolate mound,
   and its villages shall be burned with fire;
then Israel shall dispossess those who dispossessed him,
   says the Lord.


3 Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is laid waste!
   Cry out, O daughters* of Rabbah!
Put on sackcloth,
   lament, and slash yourselves with whips!*
For Milcom shall go into exile,
   with his priests and his attendants.
4 Why do you boast in your strength?
   Your strength is ebbing,
O faithless daughter.
   You trusted in your treasures, saying,
   ‘Who will attack me?’
5 I am going to bring terror upon you,
   says the Lord God of hosts,
   from all your neighbours,
and you will be scattered, each headlong,
   with no one to gather the fugitives.

6 But afterwards I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites, says the Lord.

Judgement on Edom

7 Concerning Edom.


Thus says the Lord of hosts:
Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?
   Has counsel perished from the prudent?
   Has their wisdom vanished?
8 Flee, turn back, get down low,
   inhabitants of Dedan!
For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him,
   at the time when I punish him.
9 If grape-gatherers came to you,
   would they not leave gleanings?
If thieves came by night,
   even they would pillage only what they wanted.
10 But as for me, I have stripped Esau bare,
   I have uncovered his hiding-places,
   and he is not able to conceal himself.
His offspring are destroyed, his kinsfolk
   and his neighbours; and he is no more.
11 Leave your orphans, I will keep them alive;
   and let your widows trust in me.

12 For thus says the Lord: If those who do not deserve to drink the cup still have to drink it, shall you be the one to go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished; you must drink it. 13For by myself I have sworn, says the Lord, that Bozrah shall become an object of horror and ridicule, a waste, and an object of cursing; and all her towns shall be perpetual wastes.
14 I have heard tidings from the Lord,
   and a messenger has been sent among the nations:
‘Gather yourselves together and come against her,
   and rise up for battle!’
15 For I will make you least among the nations,
   despised by humankind.
16 The terror you inspire
   and the pride of your heart have deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,*
   who hold the height of the hill.
Although you make your nest as high as the eagle’s,
   from there I will bring you down,

says the Lord.

17 Edom shall become an object of horror; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters. 18As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbours were overthrown, says the Lord, no one shall live there, nor shall anyone settle in it. 19Like a lion coming up from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly chase Edom* away from it; and I will appoint over it whomsoever I choose.* For who is like me? Who can summon me? Who is the shepherd who can stand before me? 20Therefore hear the plan that the Lord has made against Edom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away; surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. 21At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea.* 22Look, he shall mount up and swoop down like an eagle, and spread his wings against Bozrah, and the heart of the warriors of Edom on that day shall be like the heart of a woman in labour.

Judgement on Damascus

23 Concerning Damascus.


Hamath and Arpad are confounded,
   for they have heard bad news;
they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea*
   that cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee,
   and panic seized her;
anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her,
   as of a woman in labour.
25 How the famous city is forsaken,*
   the joyful town!*
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares,
   and all her soldiers shall be destroyed on that day,

says the Lord of hosts.
27 And I will kindle a fire at the wall of Damascus,
   and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.

Judgement on Kedar and Hazor

28 Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon defeated.


Thus says the Lord:
Rise up, advance against Kedar!
   Destroy the people of the east!
29 Take their tents and their flocks,
   their curtains and all their goods;
carry off their camels for yourselves,
   and a cry shall go up: ‘Terror is all around!’
30 Flee, wander far away, hide in deep places,
   O inhabitants of Hazor!

says the Lord.
For King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon
   has made a plan against you
   and formed a purpose against you.


31 Rise up, advance against a nation at ease,
   that lives secure,

says the Lord,
that has no gates or bars,
   that lives alone.
32 Their camels shall become booty,
   their herds of cattle a spoil.
I will scatter to every wind
   those who have shaven temples,
and I will bring calamity
   against them from every side,

says the Lord.
33 Hazor shall become a lair of jackals,
   an everlasting waste;
no one shall live there,
   nor shall anyone settle in it.

Judgement on Elam

34 The word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah.

35 Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am going to break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might; 36and I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; and I will scatter them to all these winds, and there shall be no nation to which the exiles from Elam shall not come. 37I will terrify Elam before their enemies, and before those who seek their life; I will bring disaster upon them, my fierce anger, says the Lord. I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them; 38and I will set my throne in Elam, and destroy their king and officials, says the Lord.

39 But in the latter days I will restore the fortunes of Elam, says the Lord.

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Psalm 64

Prayer for Protection from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
   preserve my life from the dread enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
   from the scheming of evildoers,
3 who whet their tongues like swords,
   who aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless;
   they shoot suddenly and without fear.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
   they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, ‘Who can see us?*
6   Who can search out our crimes?*
We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.’
   For the human heart and mind are deep.


7 But God will shoot his arrow at them;
   they will be wounded suddenly.
8 Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;*
   all who see them will shake with horror.
9 Then everyone will fear;
   they will tell what God has brought about,
   and ponder what he has done.


10 Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord
   and take refuge in him.
Let all the upright in heart glory.

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I Peter 2

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

2Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built* into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
‘See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
   a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him* will not be put to shame.’
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
‘The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the very head of the corner’,
8and
‘A stone that makes them stumble,
   and a rock that makes them fall.’
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,* in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
   but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
   but now you have received mercy.

Live as Servants of God

11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. 12Conduct yourselves honourably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honourable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.*

13 For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution,* whether of the emperor as supreme, 14or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. 16As servants* of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. 17Honour everyone. Love the family of believers.* Fear God. Honour the emperor.

The Example of Christ’s Suffering

18 Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. 19For it is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
22 ‘He committed no sin,
   and no deceit was found in his mouth.’
23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross,* so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds* you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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