Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 31, 2017

“Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 18:18-23.

18 Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah.  Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet!  Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words.”

19 Do give heed to me, O Lord,
And listen to what my opponents are saying!
20 Should good be repaid with evil?
For they have dug a pit for me.
Remember how I stood before You
To speak good on their behalf,
So as to turn away Your wrath from them.
21 Therefore, give their children over to famine
And deliver them up to the power of the sword;
And let their wives become childless and widowed.
Let their men also be smitten to death,
Their young men struck down by the sword in battle.
22 May an outcry be heard from their houses,
When You suddenly bring raiders upon them;
For they have dug a pit to capture me
And hidden snares for my feet.
23 Yet You, O Lord, know
All their deadly designs against me;
Do not forgive their iniquity
Or blot out their sin from Your sight.
But may they be overthrown before You;
Deal with them in the time of Your anger!”  Jeremiah 18:18-23.

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“Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah.  Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet!  Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words.”  Verse 18.

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.

Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right.  Selah.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;
He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent,
And uproot you from the land of the living.  Selah.
The righteous will see and fear,
And will laugh at him, saying,
“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches
And was strong in his evil desire.”

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”  Psalm chapter 52.

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