…holding on to foolishness!

I have been holding on to extreme foolishness in my life lately. Acting as though this thing I treasure is all important. Allowing it to get in the way of my God given purpose. I am ashamed of myself, especially after reading this passage by Jeremiah.   These are serious times we are living in. I need to put aside all foolishness and get busy doing what I have been called to do.    “They won’t plead the case of the orphan”,  this statement  especially stands out for me  because caring for my orphans  is what I have been neglecting while I have been concerned with someone who is not all that serious about the realities of life right now. Everything is happy go lucky straight to hell and for me it’s not going to work anymore. This  passage of scripture has changed me, has awakened me. I am applying it to myself in full measure. I have things that I love more then God that I am hereby surrendering! I need to get about the business of truly living–doing exactly what God called me to do!

Jeremiah 5

No One Is Right

 1 The Lord says, “Walk up and down the streets of Jerusalem.
       Look around and discover these things.
       Search the public squares of the city.
    If you can find one person who does honest things,
       who searches for the truth,
       I will forgive this city.
 2 Although the people say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’
       they don’t really mean it.”

 3 Lord, don’t you look for truth in people?
    You struck the people of Judah,
       but they didn’t feel any pain.
    You crushed them,
       but they refused to learn what is right.
    They became more stubborn than a rock;
       they refused to turn back to God.
 4 But I thought,
       “These are only the poor, foolish people.
    They have not learned the way of the Lord
       and what their God wants them to do.
 5 So I will go to the leaders of Judah
       and talk to them.
    Surely they understand the way of the Lord
       and know what God wants them to do.”
    But even the leaders had all joined together to break away from the Lord;
       they had broken their ties with him.
 6 So a lion from the forest will attack them.
       A wolf from the desert will kill them.
    A leopard is waiting for them near their towns.
       It will tear to pieces anyone who comes out of the city,
    because the people of Judah have sinned greatly.
       They have wandered away from the Lord many times.

 7 The Lord said, “Tell me why I should forgive you.
       Your children have left me
       and have made promises to idols that are not gods at all.
    I gave your children everything they needed,
       but they still were like an unfaithful wife to me.
       They spent much time in houses of prostitutes.
 8 They are like well-fed horses filled with sexual desire;
       each one wants another man’s wife.
 9 Shouldn’t I punish the people of Judah for doing these things?” says the Lord.
       “Shouldn’t I give a nation such as this the punishment it deserves?

 10 “Go along and cut down Judah’s vineyards,
       but do not completely destroy them.
    Cut off all her people as if they were branches,
       because they do not belong to the Lord.
 11 The families of Israel and Judah
       have been completely unfaithful to me,” says the Lord.

 12 Those people have lied about the Lord
       and said, “He will not do anything to us!
    Nothing bad will happen to us!
       We will never see war or hunger!
 13 The prophets are like an empty wind;
       the word of God is not in them.
       Let the bad things they say happen to them.”

 14 So this is what the Lord God All-Powerful says:
    “The people said I would not punish them.
       So, the words I give you will be like fire,
       and these people will be like wood that it burns up.
 15 Listen, family of Israel,” says the Lord,
       “I will soon bring a nation from far away to attack you.
    It is an old nation that has lasted a long time.
       The people there speak a language you do not know;
       you cannot understand what they say.
 16 Their arrows bring death.
       All their people are strong warriors.
 17 They will eat your crops and your food.
       They will eat your sons and daughters.
    They will eat your flocks and herds.
       They will eat your grapes and figs.
    They will destroy with their swords
       the strong, walled cities you trust.

 18 “Yet even then,” says the Lord, “I will not destroy you completely.19 When the people of Judah ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all these terrible things to us?’ then give them this answer: ‘You have left the Lord and served foreign idols in your own land. So now you will serve foreigners in a land that does not belong to you.’
 20 “Announce this message to the family of Jacob,
       and tell it to the nation of Judah:
 21 Hear this message, you foolish people who have no sense.
       They have eyes, but they don’t really see.
       They have ears, but they don’t really listen.
 22 Surely you are afraid of me,” says the Lord.
       “You should shake with fear in my presence.
    I am the one who made the beaches to be a border for the sea,
       a border the water can never go past.
    The waves may pound the beach, but they can’t win over it.
       They may roar, but they cannot go beyond it.
 23 But the people of Judah are stubborn and have turned against me.
       They have turned aside and gone away from me.
 24 They do not say to themselves,
       ‘We should fear the Lord our God,
    who gives us autumn and spring rains in their seasons,
       who makes sure we have the harvest at the right time.’
 25 But your evil has kept away both rain and harvest.
       Your sins have kept you from enjoying good things.
 26 There are wicked men among my people.
       Like those who make nets for catching birds,
       they set their traps to catch people.
 27 Like cages full of birds,
       their houses are full of lies.
    They have become rich and powerful.
 28 They have grown big and fat.
    There is no end to the evil things they do.
       They won’t plead the case of the orphan
       or help the poor be judged fairly.
 29 Shouldn’t I punish the people of Judah for doing these things?” says the Lord.
       “Shouldn’t I give a nation such as this the punishment it deserves?

 30 “A terrible and shocking thing
       has happened in the land of Judah:
 31 The prophets speak lies,
       and the priests take power into their own hands,
    and my people love it this way.
       But what will you do when the end comes? 

 

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…the age old fight between good and evil.

 War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. The great Dragon—ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray—thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth. Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,   Salvation and power are established!
      Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah!
   The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out,
      who accused them day and night before God.
   They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb
      and the bold word of their witness.
   They weren’t in love with themselves;
      they were willing to die for Christ.
   So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there,
      but doom to earth and sea,
   For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet;
      he’s had a great fall;
   He’s wild and raging with anger;
      he hasn’t much time and he knows it.
 

… useless searching for something better then God.

Jeremiah 2

 

Israel Was God’s Holy Choice 
  1-3 God’s Message came to me. It went like this: “Get out in the streets and call to Jerusalem,
   ‘God’s Message!
I remember your youthful loyalty,
   our love as newlyweds.
You stayed with me through the wilderness years,
   stuck with me through all the hard places.
Israel was God’s holy choice,
   the pick of the crop.
Anyone who laid a hand on her
   would soon wish he hadn’t!'”
         God’s Decree.
 4-6Hear God’s Message, House of Jacob!
   Yes, you—House of Israel!
God’s Message: “What did your ancestors find fault with in me
   that they drifted so far from me,
Took up with Sir Windbag
   and turned into windbags themselves?
   It never occurred to them to say, ‘Where’s God,
   the God who got us out of Egypt,
Who took care of us through thick and thin, those rough-and-tumble
   wilderness years of parched deserts and death valleys,
A land that no one who enters comes out of,
   a cruel, inhospitable land?’
 7-8″I brought you to a garden land
   where you could eat lush fruit.
But you barged in and polluted my land,
   trashed and defiled my dear land.
The priests never thought to ask, ‘Where’s God?’
   The religion experts knew nothing of me.
The rulers defied me.
   The prophets preached god Baal
And chased empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.
 9-11″Because of all this, I’m bringing charges against you”
         —God’s Decree—
   “charging you and your children and your grandchildren.
Look around. Have you ever seen anything quite like this?
   Sail to the western islands and look.
Travel to the Kedar wilderness and look.
   Look closely. Has this ever happened before,
That a nation has traded in its gods
   for gods that aren’t even close to gods?
But my people have traded my Glory
   for empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.
 12-13″Stand in shock, heavens, at what you see!
   Throw up your hands in disbelief—this can’t be!”
         God’s Decree.
“My people have committed a compound sin:
   they’ve walked out on me, the fountain
Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—
   cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves.
 14-17″Isn’t Israel a valued servant,
   born into a family with place and position?
So how did she end up a piece of meat
   fought over by snarling and roaring lions?
There’s nothing left of her but a few old bones,
   her towns trashed and deserted.
Egyptians from the cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes
   have broken your skulls.
And why do you think all this has happened?
   Isn’t it because you walked out on your God
   just as he was beginning to lead you in the right way?
 18-19″And now, what do you think you’ll get by going off to Egypt?
   Maybe a cool drink of Nile River water?
Or what do you think you’ll get by going off to Assyria?
   Maybe a long drink of Euphrates River water?
Your evil ways will get you a sound thrashing, that’s what you’ll get.
   You’ll pay dearly for your disloyal ways.
Take a long, hard look at what you’ve done and its bitter results.
   Was it worth it to have walked out on your God?”
         God’s Decree, Master God-of-the-Angel-Armies. 
Addicted to Alien Gods  
 20-22″A long time ago you broke out of the harness.
   You shook off all restraints.
You said, ‘I will not serve!’
   and off you went,
Visiting every sex-and-religion shrine on the way,
   like a common whore.
You were a select vine when I planted you
   from completely reliable stock.
And look how you’ve turned out—
   a tangle of rancid growth, a poor excuse for a vine.
Scrub, using the strongest soaps.
   Scour your skin raw.
The sin-grease won’t come out. I can’t stand to even look at you!”
   God’s Decree, the Master’s Decree.
 23-24″How dare you tell me, ‘I’m not stained by sin.
   I’ve never chased after the Baal sex gods’!
Well, look at the tracks you’ve left behind in the valley.
   How do you account for what is written in the desert dust—
Tracks of a camel in heat, running this way and that,
   tracks of a wild donkey in rut,
Sniffing the wind for the slightest scent of sex.
   Who could possibly corral her!
On the hunt for sex, sex, and more sex—
   insatiable, indiscriminate, promiscuous.
 25″Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry?
   Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?
But you say, ‘I can’t help it.
   I’m addicted to alien gods. I can’t quit.’
 26-28″Just as a thief is chagrined, but only when caught,
   so the people of Israel are chagrined,
Caught along with their kings and princes,
   their priests and prophets.
They walk up to a tree and say, ‘My father!’
   They pick up a stone and say, ‘My mother! You bore me!’
All I ever see of them is their backsides.
   They never look me in the face.
But when things go badly, they don’t hesitate to come running,
   calling out, ‘Get a move on! Save us!’
Why not go to your handcrafted gods you’re so fond of?
   Rouse them. Let them save you from your bad times.
You’ve got more gods, Judah,
   than you know what to do with.
 Trying Out Another Sin-Project  
 29-30″What do you have against me,
   running off to assert your ‘independence’?”
         God’s Decree.
“I’ve wasted my time trying to train your children.
   They’ve paid no attention to me, ignored my discipline.
And you’ve gotten rid of your God-messengers,
   treating them like dirt and sweeping them away.
 31-32″What a generation you turned out to be!
   Didn’t I tell you? Didn’t I warn you?
Have I let you down, Israel?
   Am I nothing but a dead-end street?
Why do my people say, ‘Good riddance!
   From now on we’re on our own’?
Young women don’t forget their jewelry, do they?
   Brides don’t show up without their veils, do they?
But my people forget me.
   Day after day after day they never give me a thought.
 33-35″What an impressive start you made
   to get the most out of life.
You founded schools of sin,
   taught graduate courses in evil!
And now you’re sending out graduates, resplendent in cap and gown—
   except the gowns are stained with the blood of your victims!
All that blood convicts you.
   You cut and hurt a lot of people to get where you are.
And yet you have the gall to say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.
   God doesn’t mind. He hasn’t punished me, has he?’
Don’t look now, but judgment’s on the way,
   aimed at you who say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’
 36-37″You think it’s just a small thing, don’t you,
   to try out another sin-project when the first one fails?
But Egypt will leave you in the lurch
   the same way that Assyria did.
You’re going to walk away from there
   wringing your hands.
I, God, have blacklisted those you trusted.
   You’ll get not a lick of help from them.” 
 
The Message (MSG)

…I have put my words in your mouth.

Jeremiah 1  
Demolish, and Then Start Over
 1-4 The Message of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah of the family of priests who lived in Anathoth in the country of Benjamin. God’s Message began to come to him during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amos reigned over Judah. It continued to come to him during the time Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned over Judah. And it continued to come to him clear down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah over Judah, the year that Jerusalem was taken into exile. This is what God said:
 5″Before I shaped you in the womb,
   I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
   I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
   that’s what I had in mind for you.”
 6But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me.
   I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!”
 7-8God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’
   I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there.
I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it.
   Don’t be afraid of a soul.
I’ll be right there, looking after you.”
   God’s Decree.
 9-10God reached out, touched my mouth, and said,
   “Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do
   among nations and governments—a red-letter day!
Your job is to pull up and tear down,
   take apart and demolish,
And then start over,
   building and planting.” 
Stand Up and Say Your Piece 
 11-12God’s Message came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
   I said, “A walking stick—that’s all.”
And God said, “Good eyes! I’m sticking with you.
   I’ll make every word I give you come true.”
 13-15God’s Message came again: “So what do you see now?”
   I said, “I see a boiling pot, tipped down toward us.”
Then God told me, “Disaster will pour out of the north
   on everyone living in this land.
Watch for this: I’m calling all the kings out of the north.”
   God’s Decree.
 15-16″They’ll come and set up headquarters
   facing Jerusalem’s gates,
Facing all the city walls,
   facing all the villages of Judah.
I’ll pronounce my judgment on the people of Judah
   for walking out on me—what a terrible thing to do!—
And courting other gods with their offerings,
   worshiping as gods sticks they’d carved, stones they’d painted.
 17″But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work!
   Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say.
Don’t pull your punches
   or I’ll pull you out of the lineup.
 18-19″Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work.
   I’m making you as impregnable as a castle,
Immovable as a steel post,
   solid as a concrete block wall.
You’re a one-man defense system
   against this culture,
Against Judah’s kings and princes,
   against the priests and local leaders.
They’ll fight you, but they won’t
   even scratch you.
I’ll back you up every inch of the way.”
  God’s Decree.
 
The Message (MSG) 

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…remember life is short.

 

Ecclesiastes 12

The Problems of Old Age
 1 Remember your Creator
       while you are young,
    before the days of trouble come
       and the years when you say,
       “I find no pleasure in them.”
 2 When you get old,
       the light from the sun, moon, and stars will grow dark;
       the rain clouds will never seem to go away.
 3 At that time your arms will shake
       and your legs will become weak.
    Your teeth will fall out so you cannot chew,
       and your eyes will not see clearly.
 4 Your ears will be deaf to the noise in the streets,
       and you will barely hear the millstone grinding grain.
    You’ll wake up when a bird starts singing,
       but you will barely hear singing.
 5 You will fear high places
       and will be afraid to go for a walk.
    Your hair will become white like the flowers on an almond tree.
       You will limp along like a grasshopper when you walk.
       Your appetite will be gone.
    Then you will go to your everlasting home,
       and people will go to your funeral.
 6 Soon your life will snap like a silver chain
       or break like a golden bowl.
    You will be like a broken pitcher at a spring,
       or a broken wheel at a well.
 7 You will turn back into the dust of the earth again,
       but your spirit will return to God who gave it.
 8 Everything is useless!
       The Teacher says that everything is useless.
Conclusion: Honor God
 9 The Teacher was very wise and taught the people what he knew. He very carefully thought about, studied, and set in order many wise teachings.10 The Teacher looked for just the right words to write what is dependable and true.
 11 Words from wise people are like sharp sticks used to guide animals. They are like nails that have been driven in firmly. Altogether they are wise teachings that come from one Shepherd.12 So be careful, my son, about other teachings. People are always writing books, and too much study will make you tired.
 13 Now, everything has been heard,
       so I give my final advice:
    Honor God and obey his commands,
       because this is all people must do.
 14 God will judge everything,
       even what is done in secret,
    the good and the evil.
 
 
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There is a time for Everything…

Ecclesiastes 3
 1 There is a time for everything,
       and everything on earth has its special season.
 2 There is a time to be born
       and a time to die.
    There is a time to plant
       and a time to pull up plants.
 3 There is a time to kill
       and a time to heal.
    There is a time to destroy
       and a time to build.
 4 There is a time to cry
       and a time to laugh.
    There is a time to be sad
       and a time to dance.
 5 There is a time to throw away stones
       and a time to gather them.
    There is a time to hug
       and a time not to hug.
 6 There is a time to look for something
       and a time to stop looking for it.
    There is a time to keep things
       and a time to throw things away.
 7 There is a time to tear apart
       and a time to sew together.
    There is a time to be silent
       and a time to speak.
 8 There is a time to love
       and a time to hate.
    There is a time for war
       and a time for peace.
God Controls His World
 9 Do people really gain anything from their work?10 I saw the hard work God has given people to do.11 God has given them a desire to know the future. He does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing.12 So I realize that the best thing for them is to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live.13 God wants all people to eat and drink and be happy in their work, which are gifts from God.14 I know that everything God does will continue forever. People cannot add anything to what God has done, and they cannot take anything away from it. God does it this way to make people respect him.
 15 What happens now has happened in the past,
       and what will happen in the future has happened before.
       God makes the same things happen again and again.
Unfairness on Earth
 16 I also saw this here on earth:
    Where there should have been justice, there was evil;
       where there should have been right, there was wrong.
 17 I said to myself,
    God has planned a time for every thing and every action,
       so he will judge both good people and bad.
 18 I decided that God leaves it the way it is to test people and to show them they are just like animals.19 The same thing happens to animals and to people; they both have the same breath, so they both die. People are no better off than the animals, because everything is useless.20 Both end up the same way; both came from dust and both will go back to dust.21 Who can be sure that the human spirit goes up to God and that the spirit of an animal goes down into the ground?22 So I saw that the best thing people can do is to enjoy their work, because that is all they have. No one can help another person see what will happen in the future.
                                                             King Solomon 
 
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What brings happiness?

 

Ecclesiastes 2
Does “Having Fun” Bring Happiness?
 1 I said to myself, “I will try having fun. I will enjoy myself.” But I found that this is also useless.2 It is foolish to laugh all the time, and having fun doesn’t accomplish anything.3 I decided to cheer myself up with wine while my mind was still thinking wisely. I wanted to find a way to enjoy myself and see what was good for people to do during their few days of life.
Does Hard Work Bring Happiness?
 4 Then I did great things: I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.5 I made gardens and parks, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.6 I made pools of water for myself and used them to water my growing trees.7 I bought male and female slaves, and slaves were also born in my house. I had large herds and flocks, more than anyone in Jerusalem had ever had before.8 I also gathered silver and gold for myself, treasures from kings and other areas. I had male and female singers and all the women a man could ever want.9 I became very famous, even greater than anyone who had lived in Jerusalem before me. My wisdom helped me in all this.
 10 Anything I saw and wanted, I got for myself;
       I did not miss any pleasure I desired.
    I was pleased with everything I did,
       and this pleasure was the reward for all my hard work.
 11 But then I looked at what I had done,
       and I thought about all the hard work.
    Suddenly I realized it was useless, like chasing the wind.
       There is nothing to gain from anything we do here on earth.
Maybe Wisdom Is the Answer
 12 Then I began to think again about being wise,
       and also about being foolish and doing crazy things.
    But after all, what more can anyone do?
       He can’t do more than what the other king has already done.
 13 I saw that being wise is certainly better than being foolish,
       just as light is better than darkness.
 14 Wise people see where they are going,
       but fools walk around in the dark.
    Yet I saw that
       both wise and foolish people end the same way.
 15 I thought to myself,
    “What happens to a fool will happen to me, too,
       so what is the reward for being wise?”
    I said to myself,
       “Being wise is also useless.”
 16 The wise person and the fool
       will both die,
    and no one will remember either one for long.
       In the future, both will be forgotten.
Is There Real Happiness in Life?
 17 So I hated life. It made me sad to think that everything here on earth is useless, like chasing the wind.18 I hated all the things I had worked for here on earth, because I must leave them to someone who will live after me.19 Someone else will control everything for which I worked so hard here on earth, and I don’t know if he will be wise or foolish. This is also useless.20 So I became sad about all the hard work I had done here on earth.21 People can work hard using all their wisdom, knowledge, and skill, but they will die, and other people will get the things for which they worked. They did not do the work, but they will get everything. This is also unfair and useless.22 What do people get for all their work and struggling here on earth?23 All of their lives their work is full of pain and sorrow, and even at night their minds don’t rest. This is also useless.
 24 The best that people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy their work. I saw that even this comes from God,25 because no one can eat or enjoy life without him.26 If people please God, God will give them wisdom, knowledge, and joy. But sinners will get only the work of gathering and storing wealth that they will have to give to the ones who please God. So all their work is useless, like chasing the wind.
Writing of King Solomon
 
 
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time and chance…..

I returned and saw under the sun that— 

      The race is not to the swift,
      Nor the battle to the strong,
      Nor bread to the wise,
      Nor riches to men of understanding,
      Nor favor to men of skill;
      But time and chance happen to them all.

      King Solomon 

                                      

       Ecclesiastes 9:11

an explaination of what is happening now………

 
There are those who call themselves by God’s name and push their agendas with the force of demons and transgress God’s law of mercy more than any pagan that dares to breath God’s name.  They curse the name of  God with their rhetoric, dogmas and theology.  The man who doubts his connection and trembles to lift his head to acknowledge the Creator; stumbles at things and questions truth, and follows righteousness blindly at times. He is less of a sinner then his treacherous counterpart who knows right from wrong with his eyes closed and yet refuses to do it. The treachorous man dares to raise his face to the Almighty God and tell Him to, “get with the agenda”.  Treachery, treachery, pride, the supposed forcing of God’s hand.  It is the same thing that was happening back in the days of that ancient prophet Jeremiah which caused him to proclaim in desperation, “We lie down in shame and our confusion covereth us; for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

Jeremiah 3: 11-25  

And the LORD said unto me, “The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

   
Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: “`Return, thou backsliding Israel,’ saith the LORD, `and I will not cause Mine anger to fall upon you; for I am merciful,’ saith the LORD, `and I will not keep anger for ever.

   
Only acknowledge thine iniquity: that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed My voice,’ saith the LORD.

   
Turn, O backsliding children,’ saith the LORD, `for I am married unto you; and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

   
And I will give you pastors according to Mine heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.’

   
“And it shall come to pass when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days,” saith the LORD, “they shall say no more, `The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ Neither shall it come to mind, neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it, neither shall that be done any more.

   
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem; neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

   
In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

   
“But I said, `How shall I put thee among the children and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations?’ And I said, `Thou shalt call Me “My Father,” and shalt not turn away from Me.’

   
Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel,” saith the LORD.

   
A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel; for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.

“Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.” “Behold, we come unto Thee, for Thou art the LORD our God.

   
Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills and from the multitude of mountains. Truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.

   
For shame hath devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth — their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.

   
We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us; for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.”

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
Copyright © 1994 by Deuel Enterprises, Inc.

respect God, keep your vows.

Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
Do not be rash with your mouth, 
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. 
For God is in heaven, and you on earth; 
Therefore let your words be few. 
For a dream comes through much activity, 
And a fool’s voice is known by his many words. 
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; 
For He has no pleasure in fools. 
Pay what you have vowed— 
Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?  For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.

The Vanity of Gain and Honor

If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. 

Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.

He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is vanity. 
When goods increase,
They increase who eat them;
So what profit have the owners
Except to see them with their eyes? 
The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep. There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun: Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.  But those riches perish through misfortune; when he begets a son, there is nothing in his hand.  As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor  which he may carry away in his hand.  And this also is a severe evil— just exactly as he came, so shall he go.   And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?  All his days he also eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and sickness and anger.

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.  As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.  For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.

Eccleciastes 5

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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