“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ‘Ah, Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD.” 1:5-8
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” 17:9
“But if I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” 20:9
[Interesting cross-reference to expressing love in a previous post on love poetry.]
“‘Am I only a God nearby,’ declares the LORD, ‘and not a God far away? 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.” 23:23-24
“‘Is not my word like fire,’ declares the LORD, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?'” 23:29
“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.’ ” 25:27 (Note the sarcasm.)
[Don’t stress about being exiled from your homes as captives of the Babylonians…] “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Then you will call upon me and come to pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you.’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back to the places from which I carried you into exile.'” 29:11-14
“After I strayed, I repented;
after I came to understand, I beat my breast.
I was ashamed and humiliated
because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” 31:19
“They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” 32:38-39
- Random thought: “I shall call him Squishy, and he shall me mine, and he shall be my Squishy.” – Dory
False Oracles and False Prophets (chapter 23, especially v. 33-40)
Although ancient Greek sounding, the word “oracle” basically means “a message from a god, expressed by divine inspiration.” (Definition from etymonline.com) The implied multiple ‘gods’ in that etymological definition reflect the Greek roots, but if we alter that part then ‘a message from God expressed by divine inspiration’ is basically… the words of the Bible.
I don’t really have a big conclusion to draw from this. There is truth and there are lies. That’s nothing new, but it is true, and yet often not easy to insist.