Day 212 of 365 – July 31 - Chronological Bible

Jeremiah 15:10

Jeremiah’s Complaint

Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me,

a man of strife and contention

to the whole land!

I have not lent, nor have I borrowed,

yet all of them curse me.

Jeremiah 15:11

The Lord said,

“Have I not set you free for their good?

Have I not pleaded for you before the enemy

in the time of trouble and in the time of distress?

Jeremiah 15:12-14

Specific Disaster

Can one break iron,

iron from the north, and bronze?

“Your wealth and your treasures

I will give as spoil, without price,

for all your sins,

throughout all your territory.

I will make you serve your enemies

in a land that you do not know,

for in my anger a fire is kindled

that shall burn forever.”

Jeremiah 15:15-18

Jeremiah Complains Again

O Lord, you know;

remember me and visit me,

and take vengeance for me

on my persecutors.

In your forbearance take me not away;

know that for your sake I bear reproach.

Your words were found, and I ate them,

and your words became to me a joy

and the delight of my heart,

for I am called by your name,

O Lord, God of hosts.

I did not sit in the company of revelers,

nor did I rejoice;

I sat alone, because your hand was upon me,

for you had filled me with indignation.

Why is my pain unceasing,

my wound incurable,

refusing to be healed?

Will you be to me like a deceitful brook,

like waters that fail?

Jeremiah 15:19-21

God Rebukes Jeremiah

Therefore thus says the Lord:

“If you return, I will restore you,

and you shall stand before me.

If you utter what is precious,

and not what is worthless,

you shall be as my mouth.

They shall turn to you,

but you shall not turn to them.

And I will make you to this people

a fortified wall of bronze;

they will fight against you,

but they shall not prevail over you,

for I am with you

to save you and deliver you,

declares the Lord.

I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,

and redeem you from

the grasp of the ruthless.”

Jeremiah 16:1-4

Famine, Sword, and Death

The word of the Lord came to me: “You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. For thus says the Lord concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who fathered them in this land: They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.

Jeremiah 16:5-7

God Tells Jeremiah Not to Mourn

“For thus says the Lord: Do not enter the house of mourning, or go to lament or grieve for them, for I have taken away my peace from this people, my steadfast love and mercy, declares the Lord. Both great and small shall die in this land. They shall not be buried, and no one shall lament for them or cut himself or make himself bald for them. No one shall break bread for the mourner, to comfort him for the dead, nor shall anyone give him the cup of consolation to drink for his father or his mother.

Jeremiah 16:8,9

Jeremiah Not to Eat With Them

You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will silence in this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.

Jeremiah 16:10-13

Jeremiah to Preach to Them

“And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me. Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’

Jeremiah 16:14-21

The Lord Will Restore Israel

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.

“Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the Lord, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. For my eyes are on all their ways. They are not hidden from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes. But first I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”

O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,

my refuge in the day of trouble,

to you shall the nations come

from the ends of the earth and say:

“Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies,

worthless things in which there is no profit.

Can man make for himself gods?

Such are not gods!”

“Therefore, behold, I will make them know,

this once I will make them know

my power and my might,

and they shall know

that my name is the Lord.”

Jeremiah 17:1-4

The Sin of Judah

“The sin of Judah is written

with a pen of iron;

with a point of diamond

it is engraved on the tablet of their heart,

and on the horns of their altars,

while their children remember

their altars and their Asherim,

beside every green tree

and on the high hills,

on the mountains in the open country.

Your wealth and all your treasures

I will give for spoil as the price

of your high places

for sin throughout all your territory.

You shall loosen your hand

from your heritage that I gave to you,

and I will make you serve your enemies

in a land that you do not know,

for in my anger a fire is kindled

that shall burn forever.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8

It is Futile to Trust in Man

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man

and makes flesh his strength,

whose heart turns away from the Lord.

He is like a shrub in the desert,

and shall not see any good come.

He shall dwell in the parched places

of the wilderness,

in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

whose trust is the Lord.

He is like a tree planted by water,

that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when heat comes,

for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought,

for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:9-11

God Searches the Heart

The heart is deceitful above all things,

and desperately sick;

who can understand it?

“I the Lord search the heart

and test the mind,

to give every man according to his ways,

according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Like the partridge that gathers a brood

that she did not hatch,

so is he who gets riches but not by justice;

in the midst of his days they will leave him,

and at his end he will be a fool.

Jeremiah 17:12,13

A glorious throne set on high

from the beginning

is the place of our sanctuary.

O Lord, the hope of Israel,

all who forsake you shall be put to shame;

those who turn away from you

shall be written in the earth,

for they have forsaken the Lord,

the fountain of living water.

Jeremiah 17:14-18

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;

save me, and I shall be saved,

for you are my praise.

Behold, they say to me,

“Where is the word of the Lord?

Let it come!”

I have not run away from being your shepherd,

nor have I desired the day of sickness.

You know what came out of my lips;

it was before your face.

Be not a terror to me;

you are my refuge in the day of disaster.

Let those be put to shame who persecute me,

but let me not be put to shame;

let them be dismayed,

but let me not be dismayed;

bring upon them the day of disaster;

destroy them with double destruction!

Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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