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I know, Lord,
that a man’s way of life is not his own;
no one who walks determines his own steps.
For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality,
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen.
For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.
And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, that person is My brother and sister and mother.”
But He replied to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.”
If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work,” Jesus told them.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.
When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd.
“I have heard what the prophets who prophesy a lie in My name have said, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ How long will this continue in the minds of the prophets prophesying lies, prophets of the deceit of their own minds? Through their dreams that they tell one another, they plan to cause My people to forget My name as their fathers forgot My name through Baal worship.
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You lock up the kingdom of heaven from people. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in.
But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, diviners, dreamers, fortune-tellers, or sorcerers who say to you, ‘Don’t serve the king of Babylon!’ for they prophesy a lie to you so that you will be removed from your land. I will banish you, and you will perish.
This is what the Lord says
concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who proclaim peace
when they have food to sink their teeth into
but declare war against the one
who puts nothing in their mouths.
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and the way of truth will be blasphemed because of them. They will exploit you in their greed with deceptive words. Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.
My people are lost sheep;
their shepherds have led them astray,
guiding them the wrong way in the mountains.
They have wandered from mountain to hill;
they have forgotten their resting place.
False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Youths oppress My people,
and women rule over them.
My people, your leaders mislead you;
they confuse the direction of your paths.
For the shepherds are stupid:
they don’t seek the Lord.
Therefore they have not prospered,
and their whole flock is scattered.
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” This is the Lord’s declaration. “Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd My people: You have scattered My flock, banished them, and have not attended to them. I will attend to you because of your evil acts”—this is the Lord’s declaration.
You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost. Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty. They were scattered for lack of a shepherd; they became food for all the wild animals when they were scattered. My flock went astray on all the mountains and every high hill. They were scattered over the whole face of the earth, and there was no one searching or seeking for them.
Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
For the idols speak falsehood,
and the diviners see illusions;
they relate empty dreams
and offer empty comfort.
Therefore the people wander like sheep;
they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd.
“Do not turn to mediums or consult spiritists, or you will be defiled by them; I am Yahweh your God.
“Let them come and tell us
what will happen.
Tell us the past events,
so that we may reflect on them
and know the outcome,
or tell us the future. Tell us the coming events,
then we will know that you are gods.
Indeed, do something good or bad,
then we will be in awe and perceive. Look, you are nothing
and your work is worthless.
Anyone who chooses you is detestable.
The Lord says:I will not relent from punishing Judah
for three crimes, even four,
because they have rejected the instruction of the Lord
and have not kept His statutes.
The lies that their ancestors followed
have led them astray.
Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up!
or to mute stone: Come alive!
Can it teach?
Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,
yet there is no breath in it at all.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
So the great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.
the light of a lamp
will never shine in you again;
and the voice of a groom and bride
will never be heard in you again.
All this will happen
because your merchants
were the nobility of the earth,
because all the nations were deceived
by your sorcery,
So now, say to the men of Judah and to the residents of Jerusalem: This is what the Lord says: I am about to bring harm to you and make plans against you. Turn now, each from your evil way, and correct your ways and your deeds. But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”
They are a rebellious people,
children who do not want to obey the Lord’s instruction. They say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets,
“Do not prophesy the truth to us.
Tell us flattering things.
Prophesy illusions. Get out of the way!
Leave the pathway.
Rid us of the Holy One of Israel.”
This is what the Lord says:Stand by the roadways and look.
Ask about the ancient paths:
Which is the way to what is good?
Then take it
and find rest for yourselves.
But they protested, “We won’t!”
And they said to Jeremiah, “As for every word the Lord your God sends you to tell us, if we don’t act accordingly, may the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us. Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you so that it may go well with us. We will certainly obey the voice of the Lord our God!”
For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.
Saul died for his unfaithfulness to the Lord because he did not keep the Lord’s word. He even consulted a medium for guidance, but he did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
The Lord frustrates the counsel of the nations;
He thwarts the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of His heart from generation to generation.
Do not trust in nobles,
in man, who cannot save. When his breath leaves him,
he returns to the ground;
on that day his plans die.
Woe to the rebellious children!
This is the Lord’s declaration.
They carry out a plan, but not Mine;
they make an alliance,
but against My will,
piling sin on top of sin.
I will spoil the plans of Judah and Jerusalem in this place. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies, by the hand of those who want to take their life. I will provide their corpses as food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land.
Israel will not return to the land of Egypt
and Assyria will be his king,
because they refused to repent. A sword will whirl through his cities;
it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,
because of their schemes. My people are bent on turning from Me.
Though they call to Him on high,
He will not exalt them at all.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
and saw My worksread more.
10 for 40 years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation
and said, “They always go astray in their hearts,
and they have not known My ways.” So I swore in My anger,
“They will not enter My rest.”
For He is our God,
and we are the people of His pasture,
the sheep under His care.Today, if you hear His voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the wilderness where your fathers tested Me;
they tried Me, though they had seen what I did.read more.
For 40 years I was disgusted with that generation;
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray;
they do not know My ways.” So I swore in My anger,
“They will not enter My rest.”