Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Ezekiel saw a vision of a river flowing eastward from the threshold of the temple. The river measured varying depths, and we can use this analogy to examine the level of our relationship with God.

First, we may be splashing around in the shallow, "ankle-deep" water with God. Our goal may be just to follow the crowd and have a good time as long as it lasts!

Hopefully, we decide to venture farther into the river and move into the "knee-deep" water. This gets us involved in the local church through regular attendance, prayer, and fellowship.

Third, we may dare to wade deeper into the river. The "waistdeep" water involves areas such as commitment, Bible study, personal prayer, and discipline of character.

The last area is water that is deep enough to swim in. We now come to the area of leadership and fulfilling life's calling. This is the area of faith-the area where we are in water "over our heads" and totally dependent upon God.

Some may be satisfied to simply splash around in the river of God, but you will never be truly satisfied until you fulfill your purpose. Dive in! The water is fine!

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35

The River From the Temple

47 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw waterS Isa 55:1 coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.Ps 46:4; Joel 3:18; Rev 22:1He then brought me out through the north gateS Eze 40:35 and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.

As the man went eastward with a measuring lineS Eze 40:3 in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubitsThat is, about 1,700 feet or about 530 meters and then led me through water that was ankle-deep.He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.He measured off another thousand, but now it was a riverS Ge 2:10 that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.Isa 11:9; Hab 2:14He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”

Then he led me back to the bank of the river.When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.ver 12; Rev 22:2He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,Or the Jordan ValleyS Dt 1:1; S 3:17 where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.Isa 41:18Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.Isa 12:3; 55:1; Jn 4:14; 7:37-3810 FishermenS Isa 19:8; Mt 4:19 will stand along the shore; from En GediS Jos 15:62 to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets.Eze 26:5 The fish will be of many kindsS Ps 104:25; Mt 13:47—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.S Nu 34:611 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.S Dt 29:2312 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.ver 7; Rev 22:2 Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruitS Ps 1:3 fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuaryS Isa 55:1 flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.S Ge 2:9; S Jer 17:8; Eze 36:8

The Boundaries of the Land

13 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “These are the boundariesNu 34:2-12 of the land that you will divide among the twelve tribes of Israel as their inheritance, with two portions for Joseph.S Ge 48:16; S 49:2614 You are to divide it equally among them. Because I swore with uplifted hand to give it to your ancestors, this land will become your inheritance.S Ge 12:7; S Dt 1:8; S Eze 36:12

15 “This is to be the boundary of the land:Nu 34:2

“On the north side it will run from the Mediterranean Seaver 19; S Nu 34:6 by the Hethlon roadEze 48:1 past Lebo Hamath to Zedad,16 BerothahSee Septuagint and 48:1; Hebrew road to go into Zedad, 16 Hamath, Berothah.2Sa 8:8 and Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath),Nu 13:21; S Jer 49:23; Eze 48:1 as far as Hazer Hattikon, which is on the border of Hauran.17 The boundary will extend from the sea to Hazar Enan,Hebrew Enon, a variant of Enan along the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This will be the northern boundary.Eze 48:1

18 “On the east side the boundary will run between Hauran and Damascus, along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel, to the Dead Sea and as far as Tamar.See Syriac; Hebrew Israel. You will measure to the Dead Sea. This will be the eastern boundary.S Eze 27:18

19 “On the south side it will run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah Kadesh,Dt 32:51 then along the Wadi of EgyptS Ge 15:18; Isa 27:12 to the Mediterranean Sea.S ver 15; Eze 48:28 This will be the southern boundary.

20 “On the west side, the Mediterranean Sea will be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo Hamath.S Nu 13:21; Eze 48:1 This will be the western boundary.Nu 34:6

21 “You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.22 You are to allot it as an inheritanceS Eze 36:12 for yourselves and for the foreignersS Dt 24:19; S Isa 14:1; Mal 3:5 residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.S Lev 24:22; Nu 15:29; 26:55-56; Isa 56:6-7; Ro 10:12; Eph 2:12-16; 3:6; Col 3:1123 In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord.S Dt 10:19

The Division of the Land

48 “These are the tribes, listed by name: At the northern frontier, DanS Ge 30:6 will have one portion; it will follow the Hethlon roadEze 47:15-17 to Lebo Hamath;S Eze 47:20 Hazar Enan and the northern border of Damascus next to Hamath will be part of its border from the east side to the west side.

“AsherJos 19:24-31 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Dan from east to west.

“NaphtaliJos 19:32-39 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Asher from east to west.

“ManassehJos 17:1-11 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Naphtali from east to west.

“EphraimJos 16:5-9 will have one portion; it will border the territory of ManassehJos 17:7-10 from east to west.Jos 17:17

“ReubenJos 13:15-21 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Ephraim from east to west.

“JudahJos 15:1-63 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Reuben from east to west.

“Bordering the territory of Judah from east to west will be the portion you are to present as a special gift. It will be 25,000 cubitsThat is, about 8 miles or about 13 kilometers; also in verses 9, 10, 13, 15, 20 and 21 wide, and its length from east to west will equal one of the tribal portions; the sanctuary will be in the center of it.ver 21

“The special portion you are to offer to the Lord will be 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubitsThat is, about 3 1/3 miles or about 5.3 kilometers; also in verses 10, 13 and 18 wide.S Eze 45:110 This will be the sacred portion for the priests. It will be 25,000 cubits long on the north side, 10,000 cubits wide on the west side, 10,000 cubits wide on the east side and 25,000 cubits long on the south side. In the center of it will be the sanctuary of the Lord.ver 21; S Eze 45:3-411 This will be for the consecrated priests, the Zadokites,S 2Sa 8:17 who were faithful in serving meS Lev 8:35 and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray.Eze 14:11; S 44:1512 It will be a special gift to them from the sacred portion of the land, a most holy portion, bordering the territory of the Levites.

13 “Alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites will have an allotment 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. Its total length will be 25,000 cubits and its width 10,000 cubits.Eze 45:514 They must not sell or exchange any of it. This is the best of the land and must not pass into other hands, because it is holy to the Lord.S Lev 25:34; 27:10, 28

15 “The remaining area, 5,000 cubitsThat is, about 1 2/3 miles or about 2.7 kilometers wide and 25,000 cubits long, will be for the common use of the city, for houses and for pastureland. The city will be in the center of it16 and will have these measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits,That is, about 1 1/2 miles or about 2.4 kilometers; also in verses 30, 32, 33 and 34 the south side 4,500 cubits, the east side 4,500 cubits, and the west side 4,500 cubits.Rev 21:1617 The pastureland for the city will be 250 cubitsThat is, about 440 feet or about 135 meters on the north, 250 cubits on the south, 250 cubits on the east, and 250 cubits on the west.18 What remains of the area, bordering on the sacred portion and running the length of it, will be 10,000 cubits on the east side and 10,000 cubits on the west side. Its produce will supply food for the workers of the city.Eze 45:619 The workers from the city who farm it will come from all the tribes of Israel.20 The entire portion will be a square, 25,000 cubits on each side. As a special gift you will set aside the sacred portion, along with the property of the city.

21 “What remains on both sides of the area formed by the sacred portion and the property of the city will belong to the prince. It will extend eastward from the 25,000 cubits of the sacred portion to the eastern border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to the western border. Both these areas running the length of the tribal portions will belong to the prince, and the sacred portion with the temple sanctuary will be in the center of them.ver 8, 10; Eze 45:722 So the property of the Levites and the property of the city will lie in the center of the area that belongs to the prince. The area belonging to the prince will lie between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin.

23 “As for the rest of the tribes: BenjaminJos 18:11-28 will have one portion; it will extend from the east side to the west side.

24 “SimeonS Ge 29:33; Jos 19:1-9 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Benjamin from east to west.

25 “IssacharJos 19:17-23 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Simeon from east to west.

26 “ZebulunJos 19:10-16 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Issachar from east to west.

27 “GadJos 13:24-28 will have one portion; it will border the territory of Zebulun from east to west.

28 “The southern boundary of Gad will run south from TamarS Ge 14:7 to the waters of Meribah Kadesh, then along the Wadi of Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.S Nu 34:6; Eze 47:19

29 “This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these will be their portions,” declares the Sovereign Lord.S Eze 45:1

The Gates of the New City

30 “These will be the exits of the city: Beginning on the north side, which is 4,500 cubits long,31 the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel. The three gates on the north side will be the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah and the gate of Levi.

32 “On the east side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin and the gate of Dan.

33 “On the south side, which measures 4,500 cubits, will be three gates: the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar and the gate of Zebulun.

34 “On the west side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher and the gate of Naphtali.S 2Ch 4:4; Rev 21:12-13

35 “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.That is, about 6 miles or about 9.5 kilometers

“And the name of the city from that time on will be:

the Lord is there.S Isa 12:6; S 24:23; S Jer 3:17; 14:9; Joel 3:21; Rev 3:12; S 21:3

The River of Healing

47 In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side.The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway.

Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feetHebrew 1,000 cubits [530 meters]; also in 47:4, 5. and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles.He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist.Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.

He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank.When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river.Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea.Hebrew the sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure.There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows.As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads of these two rivers flow. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.10 Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean.Hebrew the Great Sea; also in 47:15, 17, 19, 20.11 But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty.12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”

Boundaries for the Land

13 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Divide the land in this way for the twelve tribes of Israel: The descendants of Joseph will be given two shares of land.It was important to retain twelve portions of land. Since Levi had no portion, the descendants of Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, received land as two tribes.14 Otherwise each tribe will receive an equal share. I took a solemn oath and swore that I would give this land to your ancestors, and it will now come to you as your possession.

15 “These are the boundaries of the land: The northern border will run from the Mediterranean toward Hethlon, then on through Lebo-hamath to Zedad;16 then it will run to Berothah and Sibraim,As in Greek version; Masoretic Text reads then on through Lebo to Zedad; 16 then it will run to Hamath, Berothah, and Sibraim. which are on the border between Damascus and Hamath, and finally to Hazer-hatticon, on the border of Hauran.17 So the northern border will run from the Mediterranean to Hazar-enan, on the border between Hamath to the north and Damascus to the south.

18 “The eastern border starts at a point between Hauran and Damascus and runs south along the Jordan River between Israel and Gilead, past the Dead SeaHebrew the eastern sea. and as far south as Tamar.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads you will measure. This will be the eastern border.

19 “The southern border will go west from Tamar to the waters of Meribah at KadeshHebrew waters of Meribath-kadesh. and then follow the course of the Brook of Egypt to the Mediterranean. This will be the southern border.

20 “On the west side, the Mediterranean itself will be your border from the southern border to the point where the northern border begins, opposite Lebo-hamath.

21 “Divide the land within these boundaries among the tribes of Israel.22 Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes.23 These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

Division of the Land

48 “Here is the list of the tribes of Israel and the territory each is to receive. The territory of Dan is in the extreme north. Its boundary line follows the Hethlon road to Lebo-hamath and then runs on to Hazar-enan on the border of Damascus, with Hamath to the north. Dan’s territory extends all the way across the land of Israel from east to west.

“Asher’s territory lies south of Dan’s and also extends from east to west.Naphtali’s land lies south of Asher’s, also extending from east to west.Then comes Manasseh south of Naphtali, and its territory also extends from east to west.South of Manasseh is Ephraim,and then Reuben,and then Judah, all of whose boundaries extend from east to west.

“South of Judah is the land set aside for a special purpose. It will be 8 1⁄3 milesHebrew 25,000 [cubits] [13.3 kilometers]. wide and will extend as far east and west as the tribal territories, with the Temple at the center.

“The area set aside for the Lord’s Temple will be 8 1⁄3 miles long and 6 2⁄3 miles wide.As in one Greek manuscript and the Greek reading in 45:1: 25,000 [cubits] [13.3 kilometers] long and 20,000 [cubits] [10.6 kilometers] wide; Hebrew reads 25,000 [cubits] long and 10,000 [cubits] [3 1⁄3 miles or 5.3 kilometers] wide. Similarly in 48:13b. Compare 45:1-5; 48:10-13.10 For the priests there will be a strip of land measuring 8 1⁄3 miles long by 3 1⁄3 miles wide,Hebrew 25,000 [cubits] [13.3 kilometers] long by 10,000 [cubits] [5.3 kilometers] wide; also in 48:13a. with the Lord’s Temple at the center.11 This area is set aside for the ordained priests, the descendants of Zadok who served me faithfully and did not go astray with the people of Israel and the rest of the Levites.12 It will be their special portion when the land is distributed, the most sacred land of all. Next to the priests’ territory will lie the land where the other Levites will live.

13 “The land allotted to the Levites will be the same size and shape as that belonging to the priests—8 1⁄3 miles long and 3 1⁄3 miles wide. Together these portions of land will measure 8 1⁄3 miles long by 6 2⁄3 miles wide.See note on 48:9.14 None of this special land may ever be sold or traded or used by others, for it belongs to the Lord; it is set apart as holy.

15 “An additional strip of land 8 1⁄3 miles long by 1 2⁄3 miles wide,Hebrew 25,000 [cubits] [13.3 kilometers] long by 5,000 [cubits] [2.65 kilometers] wide. south of the sacred Temple area, will be allotted for public use—homes, pasturelands, and common lands, with a city at the center.16 The city will measure 1 1⁄2 milesHebrew 4,500 [cubits] [2.4 kilometers]; also in 48:30, 32, 33, 34. on each side—north, south, east, and west.17 Open lands will surround the city for 150 yardsHebrew 250 [cubits] [133 meters]. in every direction.18 Outside the city there will be a farming area that stretches 3 1⁄3 miles to the east and 3 1⁄3 miles to the westHebrew 10,000 [cubits] [5.3 kilometers] to the east and 10,000 [cubits] to the west. along the border of the sacred area. This farmland will produce food for the people working in the city.19 Those who come from the various tribes to work in the city may farm it.20 This entire area—including the sacred lands and the city—is a square that measures 8 1⁄3 milesHebrew 25,000 [cubits] [13.3 kilometers]; also in 48:21. on each side.

21 “The areas that remain, to the east and to the west of the sacred lands and the city, will belong to the prince. Each of these areas will be 8 1⁄3 miles wide, extending in opposite directions to the eastern and western borders of Israel, with the sacred lands and the sanctuary of the Temple in the center.22 So the prince’s land will include everything between the territories allotted to Judah and Benjamin, except for the areas set aside for the sacred lands and the city.

23 “These are the territories allotted to the rest of the tribes. Benjamin’s territory lies just south of the prince’s lands, and it extends across the entire land of Israel from east to west.24 South of Benjamin’s territory lies that of Simeon, also extending across the land from east to west.25 Next is the territory of Issachar with the same eastern and western boundaries.

26 “Then comes the territory of Zebulun, which also extends across the land from east to west.27 The territory of Gad is just south of Zebulun with the same borders to the east and west.28 The southern border of Gad runs from Tamar to the waters of Meribah at KadeshHebrew waters of Meribath-kadesh. and then follows the Brook of Egypt to the Mediterranean.Hebrew the Great Sea.

29 “These are the allotments that will be set aside for each tribe’s exclusive possession. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

The Gates of the City

30 “These will be the exits to the city: On the north wall, which is 1 1⁄2 miles long,31 there will be three gates, each one named after a tribe of Israel. The first will be named for Reuben, the second for Judah, and the third for Levi.32 On the east wall, also 1 1⁄2 miles long, the gates will be named for Joseph, Benjamin, and Dan.33 The south wall, also 1 1⁄2 miles long, will have gates named for Simeon, Issachar, and Zebulun.34 And on the west wall, also 1 1⁄2 miles long, the gates will be named for Gad, Asher, and Naphtali.

35 “The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles.Hebrew 18,000 [cubits] [9.6 kilometers]. And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord Is There.’Hebrew Yahweh Shammah.

47 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.

Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.

Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

13 Thus saith the Lord God; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.

14 And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.

15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad;

16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazarhatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.

17 And the border from the sea shall be Hazarenan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.

18 And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.

19 And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward.

20 The west side also shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side.

21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord God.

48 Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.

And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher.

And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali.

And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.

And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim.

And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Reuben.

And by the border of Reuben, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Judah.

And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.

The oblation that ye shall offer unto the Lord shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.

10 And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the Lord shall be in the midst thereof.

11 It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

12 And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.

13 And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.

14 And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the Lord.

15 And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall be in the midst thereof.

16 And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.

17 And the suburbs of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.

18 And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto them that serve the city.

19 And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.

20 All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.

21 And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.

22 Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.

23 As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.

24 And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.

25 And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion.

26 And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion.

27 And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion.

28 And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.

29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord God.

30 And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.

31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.

32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.

33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.

34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.

35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

1 Peter 2:11-3:7

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends,S 1Co 10:14 I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,S Heb 11:13 to abstain from sinful desires,Ro 13:14; Gal 5:16 which wage war against your soul.Jas 4:112 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deedsPhp 2:15; Tit 2:8; S Tit 2:14; 1Pe 3:16 and glorify GodS Mt 9:8 on the day he visits us.

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:Ro 13:1; Tit 3:1 whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrongRo 13:4 and to commend those who do right.Ro 13:315 For it is God’s will1Pe 3:17; 4:19 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.S ver 1216 Live as free people,S Jn 8:32 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;Gal 5:13 live as God’s slaves.S Ro 6:2217 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers,S Ro 12:10 fear God, honor the emperor.Pr 24:21; Ro 13:7

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,S Eph 6:5 not only to those who are good and considerate,Jas 3:17 but also to those who are harsh.19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.1Pe 3:14, 1720 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.1Pe 3:1721 To thisS Ac 14:22; Php 1:29; 1Pe 3:9 you were called,S Ro 8:28 because Christ suffered for you,1Pe 3:18; 4:1, 13 leaving you an example,S Mt 11:29; 16:24 that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,S 2Co 5:21

and no deceit was found in his mouth.”Isaiah 53:9Isa 53:9

23 When they hurled their insults at him,Heb 12:3; 1Pe 3:9 he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.Isa 53:7 Instead, he entrusted himselfLk 23:46 to him who judges justly.Ps 9:424 “He himself bore our sins”Isa 53:4, 11; Heb 9:28 in his body on the cross,S Ac 5:30 so that we might die to sinsS Ro 6:2 and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”Dt 32:39; Ps 103:3; Isa 53:5; Heb 12:13; Jas 5:1625 For “you were like sheep going astray,”Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)Isa 53:6 but now you have returned to the ShepherdS Jn 10:11 and Overseer of your souls.Job 10:12

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves1Pe 2:18 to your own husbandsS Eph 5:22 so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over1Co 7:16; 9:19 without words by the behavior of their wives,when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Isa 3:18-23; 1Ti 2:9Rather, it should be that of your inner self,Ro 7:22; Eph 3:16 the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.S Ro 2:29For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God1Ti 5:5 used to adorn themselves.Est 2:15 They submitted themselves to their own husbands,like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.Ge 18:12 You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

Husbands,Eph 5:25-33; Col 3:19 in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.Or on the day of visitation.

Respecting People in Authority

13 For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state,14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.

15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.17 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers.Greek love the brotherhood. Fear God, and respect the king.

Slaves

18 You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect.Or because you fear God; Greek reads in all fear. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.19 For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ sufferedSome manuscripts read died. for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

22 He never sinned,

nor ever deceived anyone.Isa 53:9.

23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted,

nor threaten revenge when he suffered.

He left his case in the hands of God,

who always judges fairly.

24 He personally carried our sins

in his body on the cross

so that we can be dead to sin

and live for what is right.

By his wounds

you are healed.

25 Once you were like sheep

who wandered away.

But now you have turned to your Shepherd,

the Guardian of your souls.

Wives

In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won overby observing your pure and reverent lives.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands.For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.

Husbands

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Psalm 119:49-64

ז Zayin

49 Remember your wordver 9 to your servant,

for you have given me hope.ver 43

50 My comfort in my suffering is this:

Your promise preserves my life.S ver 25

51 The arrogant mock meS ver 21; S Job 16:10; S 17:2 unmercifully,

but I do not turnS Job 23:11 from your law.

52 I remember,Ps 103:18 Lord, your ancient laws,

and I find comfort in them.

53 Indignation grips meS Ex 32:19; S 33:4 because of the wicked,

who have forsaken your law.Ps 89:30

54 Your decrees are the theme of my songver 172; Ps 101:1; 138:5

wherever I lodge.

55 In the night, Lord, I rememberver 62, 72; Ps 1:2; 42:8; S 63:6; 77:2; Isa 26:9; Ac 16:25 your name,

that I may keep your law.S ver 44

56 This has been my practice:

I obey your precepts.ver 4, 100, 134, 168; S Nu 15:40

ח Heth

57 You are my portion,S Dt 32:9; Jer 51:19; La 3:24 Lord;

I have promised to obey your words.ver 17, 67, 101

58 I have soughtS Dt 4:29; S 1Ch 16:11; Ps 34:4 your face with all my heart;

be gracious to meS Ge 43:29; S Ezr 9:8 according to your promise.ver 41

59 I have considered my waysJos 24:14-15; S Ps 39:1

and have turned my steps to your statutes.

60 I will hasten and not delay

to obey your commands.ver 115

61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,

I will not forgetver 83, 109, 153, 176 your law.

62 At midnightS ver 55; Ac 16:25 I rise to give you thanks

for your righteous laws.ver 7

63 I am a friend to all who fear you,Ps 15:4; 101:6-7; 103:11

to all who follow your precepts.ver 56; Ps 111:10

64 The earth is filled with your love,Ps 33:5 Lord;

teach me your decrees.ver 12, 108

Zayin

49 Remember your promise to me;

it is my only hope.

50 Your promise revives me;

it comforts me in all my troubles.

51 The proud hold me in utter contempt,

but I do not turn away from your instructions.

52 I meditate on your age-old regulations;

O Lord, they comfort me.

53 I become furious with the wicked,

because they reject your instructions.

54 Your decrees have been the theme of my songs

wherever I have lived.

55 I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord;

therefore, I obey your instructions.

56 This is how I spend my life:

obeying your commandments.

Heth

57 Lord, you are mine!

I promise to obey your words!

58 With all my heart I want your blessings.

Be merciful as you promised.

59 I pondered the direction of my life,

and I turned to follow your laws.

60 I will hurry, without delay,

to obey your commands.

61 Evil people try to drag me into sin,

but I am firmly anchored to your instructions.

62 I rise at midnight to thank you

for your just regulations.

63 I am a friend to anyone who fears you—

anyone who obeys your commandments.

64 O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth;

teach me your decrees.

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Proverbs 28:12-13

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;S 2Ki 11:20

but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.ver 28; Job 24:4; Pr 29:2

13 Whoever conceals their sinsS 2Sa 12:13; S Job 31:33 does not prosper,

but the one who confessesS Lev 5:5 and renounces them finds mercy.Ps 32:1-5; Da 4:27; 1Jn 1:9

12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.

When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.

13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,

but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

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