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Psalm 126; Jeremiah 23:9-15; Hebrews 7:1-10 Psalm 126 A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. 1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,[a]     it was like a dream! 2 We were filled with laughter,     and we sang for joy. And the other nations said,     “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” 3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!     What joy! 4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,     as streams renew the desert. 5 Those who plant in tears     will harvest with shouts of joy. 6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,     but they sing as they return with the harvest. Footnotes 126:1 Hebrew Zion.   Jeremiah 23:9-15   New Living Translation     Judgment on False Prophets 9 My heart is broken because of the false prophets,     and my bones tremble. I stagger like a drunkard,     like someone overcome by wine, because of the holy words     the Lord has spoken against them. 10 For the land is full of adultery,     and it lies under a curse. The land itself is in mourning—     its wilderness pastures are dried up. For they all do evil     and abuse what power they have. 11 “Even the priests and prophets     are ungodly, wicked men. I have seen their despicable acts     right here in my own Temple,”     says the Lord. 12 “Therefore, the paths they take     will become slippery. They will be chased through the dark,     and there they will fall. For I will bring disaster upon them     at the time fixed for their punishment.     I, the Lord, have spoken! 13 “I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil,     for they prophesied in the name of Baal     and led my people of Israel into sin. 14 But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse!     They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil     so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked     as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.” 15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says concerning the prophets: “I will feed them with bitterness     and give them poison to drink. For it is because of Jerusalem’s prophets     that wickedness has filled this land.” Read full chapter   Hebrews 7:1-10   New Living Translation     Melchizedek Is Greater Than Abraham 7 This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. 2 Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” 3 There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God. 4 Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. 5 Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel,[a] who are also descendants of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. 7 And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed. 8 The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. 9 In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. 10 For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him.