Scripture Readings for September 29, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 • Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16  •
1 Timothy 6:6-19  •  Luke 16:19-31

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
32:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of
King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.

32:2 At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem,
and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was
in the palace of the king of Judah,

32:3a where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.

32:6 Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me:

32:7 Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say,
"Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase
is yours."

32:8 Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in
accordance with the word of the LORD, and said to me, "Buy my field that
is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and
redemption is yours; buy it for yourself." Then I knew that this was the
word of the LORD.

32:9 And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel,
and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver.

32:10 I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money
on scales.

32:11 Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms
and conditions, and the open copy;

32:12 and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of
Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the
witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all
the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard.

32:13 In their presence I charged Baruch, saying,

32:14 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds,
both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an
earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time.

32:15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields
and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
91:1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow
of the Almighty,

91:2 will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom
I trust."

91:3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly

91:4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

91:5 You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day,

91:6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes
at noonday.

91:14 Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.

91:15 When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.

91:16 With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

1 Timothy 6:6-19
6:6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;

6:7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it;

6:8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.

6:9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many
senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness
to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves
with many pains.

6:11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, endurance, gentleness.

6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which
you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence
of many witnesses.

6:13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus,
who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
I charge you

6:14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation
of our Lord Jesus Christ,

6:15 which he will bring about at the right time--he who is the blessed and only
Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

6:16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light,
whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion.

6:17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to
be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather
on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

6:18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready
to share,

6:19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation
for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Luke 16:19-31
16:19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and
who feasted sumptuously every day.

16:20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,

16:21 who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's
table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.

16:22 The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with
Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

16:23 In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw
Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.

16:24 He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus
to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony
in these flames.'

16:25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you
received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things;
but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.

16:26 Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed,
so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and
\ no one can cross from there to us.'

16:27 He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house--

16:28 for I have five brothers--that he may warn them, so that they will
\ not also come into this place of torment.'

16:29 Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they
should listen to them.'

16:30 He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from
the dead, they will repent.'

16:31 He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"