October 25, 2007

Jeremiah 11-13 - Obey My Voice

From yesterday's Bible reading:

Jeremiah 11:

Cursed be the man who does not hear the words of this covenant that I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you.

So shall you be my people, and I will be your God, that I may confirm the oath that I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.

Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem:

Obey my voice.

A conspiracy exists among the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

They have
  • turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words.
  • gone after other gods to serve them.
  • broken my covenant that I made with their fathers.

The LORD: Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape.

Israel/Judah: they cry to me, I will not listen to them.

Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they make offerings, but they cannot save them in the time of their trouble.

For your gods have become as many as your cities, O Judah, and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to shame, altars to make offerings to Baal.

The LORD once called you a green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit.

But with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed.

The LORD of hosts, who planted you, has decreed disaster against you, because of the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done, provoking me to anger by making offerings to Baal.

Jeremiah 12:

Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard;
they have trampled down my portion;
they have made my pleasant portion
a desolate wilderness.

Thus says the LORD concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the heritage that I have given my people Israel to inherit: Behold, I will pluck them up from their land, and I will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.

And after I have plucked them up, I will again have compassion on them, and I will bring them again each to his heritage and each to his land.

And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently 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, then they shall be built up in the midst of my people.

But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 13:

For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the LORD has spoken.

Give glory to the LORD your God
before he brings darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the twilight mountains,
and while you look for light
he turns it into gloom
and makes it deep darkness.

And if you say in your heart,
Why have these things come upon me?
it is for the greatness of your iniquity
that your skirts are lifted up
and you suffer violence.

Can the Ethiopian change his skin
or the leopard his spots?
Then also you can do good
who are accustomed to do evil.

I will scatter you like chaff
driven by the wind from the desert.

This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, declares the LORD,
because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies.

I myself will lift up your skirts over your face,
and your shame will be seen.

I have seen your abominations,
your adulteries and neighings, your lewd whorings,
on the hills in the field.

Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
How long will it be before you are made clean?

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