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Tuesday: II Samuel 1-4
Wednesday: Psalms 48-50
Thursday: Job 33-34
Friday, March 30, 2018
Prophecy & Revelation
Jeremiah 22-26
Saturday: Mark 13-14
Sunday: II Corinthians 1-3
Monday: Exodus 17-20

Jeremiah 22

1
This is what the LORD says: "Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there:
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`Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne--you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.
3
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
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For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people.
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But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.'"
6
For this is what the LORD says about the palace of the king of Judah: "Though you are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon, I will surely make you like a desert, like towns not inhabited.
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I will send destroyers against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire.
8
"People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, `Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?'
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And the answer will be: `Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.'"
10
Do not weep for the dead [king] or mourn his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return nor see his native land again.
11
For this is what the LORD says about Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return.
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He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again."
13
"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.
14
He says, `I will build myself a great palace with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar and decorates it in red.
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"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.
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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 oppression and extortion."
18
Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn for him: `Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: `Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!'
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He will have the burial of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem."
20
"Go up to Lebanon and cry out, let your voice be heard in Bashan, cry out from Abarim, for all your allies are crushed.
21
I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, `I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me.
22
The wind will drive all your shepherds away, and your allies will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness.
23
You who live in `Lebanon, ' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!
24
"As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off.
25
I will hand you over to those who seek your life, those you fear--to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to the Babylonians.
26
I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die.
27
You will never come back to the land you long to return to."
28
Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot, an object no one wants? Why will he and his children be hurled out, cast into a land they do not know?
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O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD!
30
This is what the LORD says: "Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah."


Jeremiah 23

1
"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD.
2
Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the LORD.
3
"I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.
4
I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.
5
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
6
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.
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"So then, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when people will no longer say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'
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but they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land."
9
Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words.
10
The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the desert are withered. The [prophets] follow an evil course and use their power unjustly.
11
"Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness," declares the LORD.
12
"Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.
13
"Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.
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And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah."
15
Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: "I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land."
16
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
17
They keep saying to those who despise me, `The LORD says: You will have peace.' And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, `No harm will come to you.'
18
But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word?
19
See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.
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The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.
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I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.
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But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.
23
"Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away?
24
Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.
25
"I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, `I had a dream! I had a dream!'
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How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?
27
They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship.
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Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD.
29
"Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
30
"Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.
31
Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, `The LORD declares.'
32
Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD.
33
"When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, `What is the oracle of the LORD?' say to them, `What oracle? I will forsake you, declares the LORD.'
34
If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, `This is the oracle of the LORD,' I will punish that man and his household.
35
This is what each of you keeps on saying to his friend or relative: `What is the LORD's answer?' or `What has the LORD spoken?'
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But you must not mention `the oracle of the LORD' again, because every man's own word becomes his oracle and so you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God.
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This is what you keep saying to a prophet: `What is the LORD's answer to you?' or `What has the LORD spoken?'
38
Although you claim, `This is the oracle of the LORD,' this is what the LORD says: You used the words, `This is the oracle of the LORD,' even though I told you that you must not claim, `This is the oracle of the LORD.'
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Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your fathers.
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I will bring upon you everlasting disgrace--everlasting shame that will not be forgotten."


Jeremiah 24

1
After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the craftsmen and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the LORD.
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One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very poor figs, so bad they could not be eaten.
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Then the LORD asked me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "Figs," I answered. "The good ones are very good, but the poor ones are so bad they cannot be eaten."
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Then the word of the LORD came to me:
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"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.
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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 not uproot them.
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I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
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"`But like the poor figs, which are so bad they cannot be eaten,' says the LORD, `so will I deal with Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the survivors from Jerusalem, whether they remain in this land or live in Egypt.
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I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, an object of ridicule and cursing, wherever I banish them.
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I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their fathers.'"


Jeremiah 25

1
The word came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
2
So Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people of Judah and to all those living in Jerusalem:
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For twenty-three years--from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day--the word of the LORD has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.
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And though the LORD has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention.
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They said, "Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the LORD gave to you and your fathers for ever and ever.
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Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not provoke me to anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you."
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"But you did not listen to me," declares the LORD, "and you have provoked me with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves."
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Therefore the LORD Almighty says this: "Because you have not listened to my words,
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I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon," declares the LORD, "and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.
10
I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.
11
This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
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"But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt," declares the LORD, "and will make it desolate forever.
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I will bring upon that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations.
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They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands."
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This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: "Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.
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When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad because of the sword I will send among them."
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So I took the cup from the LORD's hand and made all the nations to whom he sent me drink it:
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Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn and cursing, as they are today;
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Pharaoh king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials and all his people,
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and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (those of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod);
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Edom, Moab and Ammon;
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all the kings of Tyre and Sidon; the kings of the coastlands across the sea;
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Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who are in distant places ;
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all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who live in the desert;
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all the kings of Zimri, Elam and Media;
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and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other--all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshach will drink it too.
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"Then tell them, `This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you.'
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But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it!
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See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.'
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"Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: "`The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth.
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The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,'" declares the LORD.
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This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth."
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At that time those slain by the LORD will be everywhere--from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.
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Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall and be shattered like fine pottery.
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The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.
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Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture.
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The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
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Like a lion he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword of the oppressor and because of the LORD's fierce anger.


Jeremiah 26

1
Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the LORD:
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"This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD's house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word.
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Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.
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Say to them, `This is what the LORD says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you,
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and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened),
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then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city an object of cursing among all the nations of the earth.'"
7
The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD.
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But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, "You must die!
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Why do you prophesy in the LORD's name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?" And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
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When the officials of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the LORD and took their places at the entrance of the New Gate of the LORD's house.
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Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man should be sentenced to death because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!"
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Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard.
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Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.
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As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.
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Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing."
16
Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man should not be sentenced to death! He has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
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Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people,
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"Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: "`Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.'
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"Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah fear the LORD and seek his favor? And did not the LORD relent, so that he did not bring the disaster he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster on ourselves!"
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(Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did.
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When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt.
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King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt, along with some other men.
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They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)
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Furthermore, Ahikam son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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