A warning for the modern times is here in chapter 2:
Lam. 2:14 NLT Your prophets have said
so many foolish things, false to the core.
They did not save you from exile
by pointing out your sins.
Instead, they painted false pictures,
filling you with false hope.
The last so poignant line from yesterday’s reading was,
22 … “The enemy has killed all the children
whom I carried and raised.”
Today Jeremiah again speaks in the first person.
A favorite verse to introduce today’s proverbs:
Pro. 12:23 GNT Smart people keep quiet about what they know,
but stupid people advertise their ignorance.
The first chapter has 4 instances of ‘joined with Christ’, and this chapter has seven.
In his first chapter, Paul wrote in a formal style and showed his enthusiasm for his topic by his use of long sentences in Greek. Verse 3-14 are one long sentence, with a cascade of phrases modifying other phrases. And verses 15-23 are another long sentence. Long sentences like that seem clearer to me in Greek than they do in English. Another notable place Paul does this is in Colossians.
GNT Translation notes:
Eph. 2:6 In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him [to sit beside him on his throne//to rule with him] in the heavenly world.
8-9 For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through [believing//faith]. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.
11 You Gentiles by birth—called “the uncircumcised” by the Jews, who call themselves the circumcised (which refers to [a physical ceremony performed upon the bodies of men//what men do to their bodies])—remember what you were in the past.
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