Daily Bible Reading

July 7, 2024

Jeremiah 3:6-18(GNT)

July 7

Introduction

Jeremiah 3:6–18: The unfaithfulness of Israel and Judah is described. Both nations are told to repent and return to the LORD.

Today’s Key Verse: Jeremiah 3:12b

[The LORD said:] “Come back to me. I am merciful and will not be angry; I will not be angry with you forever.”

Reading

When Josiah was king, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what Israel, that unfaithful woman, has done? She has turned away from me, and on every high hill and under every green tree she has acted like a prostitute. I thought that after she had done all this, she would surely return to me. But she did not return, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it all. Judah also saw that I divorced Israel and sent her away because she had turned from me and had become a prostitute. But Judah, Israel’s unfaithful sister, was not afraid. She too became a prostitute and was not at all ashamed. She defiled the land, and she committed adultery by worshiping stones and trees. 10 And after all this, Judah, Israel’s unfaithful sister, only pretended to return to me; she was not sincere. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

11 Then the Lord told me that, even though Israel had turned away from him, she had proved to be better than unfaithful Judah. 12 He told me to go and say to Israel, “Unfaithful Israel, come back to me. I am merciful and will not be angry; I will not be angry with you forever. 13 Only admit that you are guilty and that you have rebelled against the Lord, your God. Confess that under every green tree you have given your love to foreign gods and that you have not obeyed my commands. I, the Lord, have spoken.

14 “Unfaithful people, come back; you belong to me. I will take one of you from each town and two from each clan, and I will bring you back to Mount Zion. 15 I will give you rulers who obey me, and they will rule you with wisdom and understanding. 16 Then when you have become numerous in that land, people will no longer talk about my Covenant Box. They will no longer think about it or remember it; they will not even need it, nor will they make another one. 17 When that time comes, Jerusalem will be called ‘The Throne of the Lord,’ and all nations will gather there to worship me. They will no longer do what their stubborn and evil hearts tell them. 18 Israel will join with Judah, and together they will come from exile in the country in the north and will return to the land that I gave your ancestors as a permanent possession.”

Reflect

Reread verses 6–10. How are Israel and Judah described? What was Jeremiah told to say (verses 11–13)? What does God promise in return for the people’s confession (verses 14–18)? What do you need to confess to God today?

Pray

Merciful and loving God, I confess __________________. Thank you for your constant faithfulness, for forgiving me, and for restoring me to a right relationship with you. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Jeremiah 4:1–4: The LORD issues a call to repentance.

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