ImmerseProphets - Page 253



17:14-26
J eremiah
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all who turn away from you will be disgraced.
They will be buried in the dust of the earth,
for they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living water.
O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed;
if you save me, I will be truly saved.
My praises are for you alone!
People scoff at me and say,
“What is this ‘message from the Lord’ you talk about?
Why don’t your predictions come true?”
Lord, I have not abandoned my job
as a shepherd for your people.
I have not urged you to send disaster.
You have heard everything I’ve said.
Lord, don’t terrorize me!
You alone are my hope in the day of disaster.
Bring shame and dismay on all who persecute me,
but don’t let me experience shame and dismay.
Bring a day of terror on them.
Yes, bring double destruction upon them!
This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand in the gates of Je­ru­sa­lem,
first in the gate where the king goes in and out, and then in each of the
other gates. Say to all the people, ‘Listen to this message from the Lord,
you kings of Ju­dah and all you people of Ju­dah and every­one living in Je­
ru­sa­lem. This is what the Lord says: Listen to my warning! Stop carrying
on your trade at Je­ru­sa­lem’s gates on the Sab­bath day. Do not do your
work on the Sab­bath, but make it a holy day. I gave this command to your
ancestors, but they did not listen or obey. They stubbornly refused to pay
attention or accept my discipline.
“‘But if you obey me, says the Lord, and do not carry on your trade at
the gates or work on the Sab­bath day, and if you keep it holy, then kings
and their officials will go in and out of these gates forever. There will al­
ways be a descendant of Da­vid sitting on the throne here in Je­ru­sa­lem.
Kings and their officials will always ride in and out among the people of
Ju­dah in char­i­ots and on horses, and this city will remain forever. And
from all around Je­ru­sa­lem, from the towns of Ju­dah and Ben­ja­min, from
the western foothills and the hill country and the Ne­gev, the people will
come with their burnt offerings and sacrifices. They will bring their grain
offerings, frankincense, and thanks­giving offerings to the Lord’s Temple.





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