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Jeremiah 24:4-7

4 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 5 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. 6 My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and…
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Jeremiah 23:9

9 Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the Lord and His holy words. This section of the chapter (v9-32) is titled Lying Prophets and Jeremiah describes his terror and distress due to the horrifying sin of those who pretended to be God’s prophets and were not. In fact the prophecies they offered were of their own making and…
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Jeremiah 22:15-17

15 “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. 16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know Me?” declares the Lord. 17 “But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on…
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Jeremiah 20:9

9 But if I say, “I will not mention His word or speak anymore in His name,” His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah seems to wish he could avoid speaking God’s word because of what it brings upon him. However, he cannot hold it in as His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up…
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Jeremiah 18:11-12

11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’” If you have ever…
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Jeremiah 17:9-10

9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Last Thursday we looked at verses 1-4 where sin was engraved on the tablets of their hearts and Friday we looked at verses 5-8 where a man who trusts in man – not God – and whose heart turns away…
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Jeremiah 17:5-8

5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is…
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Jeremiah 17:1-4

1 Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars. 2 Even their children remember their altars and Asherah poles* beside the spreading trees and on the high hills. 3 My mountain in the land and your wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder, together with your high places, because of sin throughout your country. 4 Through your own…
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Jeremiah 16:10-14

10 “When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the Lord our God?’ 11 then say to them, ‘It is because your ancestors forsook Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook Me and did not keep My law. 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your…
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Jeremiah 15:15-18

15 Lord, you understand; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering—do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for Your sake. 16 When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, Lord God Almighty. 17 I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because Your hand was on me and You…
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Jeremiah 15:1-4

1 Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from My presence! Let them go! 2 And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says: “‘Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.’ 3 “I will send…
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Jeremiah 13:8-11

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 These wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless! 11 For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I…