Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Ezekiel reminds us that it is not the way people start in their walks with God, but the way they finish, that counts. When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, the righteous things he has done are no longer remembered.

Sitting back and resting on our spiritual laurels is a dangerous posture. How often have people served the Lord for perhaps a year, five years, ten years, or longer . . . and then, toward the end of their lives, thrown it all away?

Moses spent forty years in the wilderness being faithful in God's house (Numbers 12:7). However, at the very end of the journey, he lost his composure in front of all Israel. "Rash words came from Moses' lips" and "trouble came to Moses because of them" (Psalm 106:33, 32 NIV).

On the other hand, if there are people who spend their lives in wickedness but repent in the end, "All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done" (Ezekiel 18:22).

Don't be self-satisfied, thinking you cannot fall, and don't condemn yourself, believing you cannot rise. Remain in an attitude of repentance, and you will make it to the end. "Put all your rebellion behind you, and get for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!" (Ezekiel 18:31-32).

Ezekiel 18:1-19:14

The One Who Sins Will Die

18 The word of the Lord came to me:“What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:

“‘The parents eat sour grapes,

and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?S Job 21:19; Isa 3:15; Jer 31:29

“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverbS Ps 49:4 in Israel.For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sinsS 2Ki 14:6; S Pr 13:21 is the one who will die.ver 20; S Ge 18:23; S Ex 17:14; S Job 21:20; Isa 42:5; Eze 33:8; S Ro 6:23

“Suppose there is a righteous man

who does what is just and right.

He does not eat at the mountainS Eze 6:2 shrines

or look to the idolsDt 4:19; S Eze 6:13; 20:24; Am 5:26 of Israel.

He does not defile his neighbor’s wife

or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.S Lev 12:2; S 15:24

He does not oppressEx 22:21; Mal 3:5; Jas 5:4 anyone,

but returns what he took in pledgeS Ex 22:26 for a loan.

He does not commit robberyS Ex 20:15

but gives his food to the hungryS Job 22:7

and provides clothing for the naked.Dt 15:11; S Eze 16:49; S Mt 25:36; Lk 3:11

He does not lend to them at interest

or take a profit from them.S Ex 18:21; 22:25; S Lev 25:35-37; Dt 23:19-20

He withholds his hand from doing wrong

and judges fairlyS Jer 22:3; Zec 8:16 between two parties.

He follows my decreesS Lev 19:37

and faithfully keeps my laws.

That man is righteous;Hab 2:4

he will surely live,S Lev 18:5; S Eze 11:12; 20:11; Am 5:4

declares the Sovereign Lord.

10 “Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds bloodEx 21:12; Eze 22:6 or does any of these other thingsOr things to a brother11 (though the father has done none of them):

“He eats at the mountain shrines.Eze 22:9

He defiles his neighbor’s wife.

12 He oppresses the poorS Ex 22:22; S Job 24:9; Am 4:1 and needy.

He commits robbery.

He does not return what he took in pledge.S Ex 22:27

He looks to the idols.

He does detestable things.2Ki 21:11; Isa 59:6-7; S Jer 22:17; S Eze 16:49; Hab 2:6

13 He lends at interest and takes a profit.Ex 22:25

Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.S Lev 20:9; Eze 33:4-5; Hos 12:14

14 “But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:2Ch 34:21; S Pr 23:24

15 “He does not eat at the mountain shrinesEze 22:9

or look to the idolsS Ps 24:4 of Israel.

He does not defile his neighbor’s wife.

16 He does not oppress anyone

or require a pledge for a loan.

He does not commit robbery

but gives his food to the hungryIsa 58:7

and provides clothing for the naked.S Ex 22:27; Ps 41:1; Isa 58:10; S Eze 16:49

17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor

and takes no interest or profit from them.

He keeps my lawsS Ps 1:2 and follows my decrees.

He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live.18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.

19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.Ex 20:5; Dt 5:9; Jer 15:4; Zec 1:3-620 The one who sins is the one who will die.S Nu 15:31 The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.Dt 24:16; S 1Ki 8:32; 2Ki 14:6; Isa 3:11; S Eze 7:27; S 14:14; S Mt 16:27; Jn 9:2

21 “But ifJer 18:8 a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decreesS Ge 26:5 and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.S Eze 13:22; 36:2722 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live.Ps 18:20-24; S Isa 43:25; Da 4:27; Mic 7:1923 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleasedPs 147:11 when they turn from their ways and live?S Job 37:23; S La 3:33; S Eze 16:6; Mic 7:18; S 1Ti 2:4

24 “But if a righteous person turnsS Jer 34:16 from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulnessS Eze 15:8 they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.S 1Sa 15:11; 2Ch 24:17-20; S Job 35:8; Pr 21:16; S Eze 3:20; 20:27; 2Pe 2:20-22

25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’Jer 2:29 Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust?S Ge 18:25; Jer 12:1; Eze 33:17; Zep 3:5; Mal 2:17; 3:13-15 Is it not your ways that are unjust?26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die.27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life.S Isa 1:18; S Eze 13:2228 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die.S Isa 55:729 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?

30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent!S Isa 1:27; S Jer 35:15; Mt 3:2 Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.Eze 7:3; 24:14; 33:20; Hos 12:6; 1Pe 1:1731 RidS Jdg 6:8 yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heartPs 51:10 and a new spirit. WhyJer 27:13 will you die, people of Israel?S Isa 1:16-17; S Eze 11:19; 36:2632 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. RepentS Job 22:23; Isa 55:7; Mal 3:7 and live!S 2Ch 7:14; S Job 37:23; S Eze 16:6; 33:11

A Lament Over Israel’s Princes

19 “Take up a lamentver 14; Jer 7:29; 9:10, 20; Eze 26:17; 27:2, 32; 28:12; 32:2, 16; Am 5:1 concerning the princesS 2Ki 24:6 of Israeland say:

“‘What a lionessS Nu 23:24 was your mother

among the lions!

She lay down among them

and reared her cubs.S Ge 49:9

She brought up one of her cubs,

and he became a strong lion.

He learned to tear the prey

and he became a man-eater.

The nations heard about him,

and he was trapped in their pit.

They led him with hooksS Job 41:2

to the land of Egypt.2Ki 23:33-34; 2Ch 36:4; S La 4:20

“‘When she saw her hope unfulfilled,

her expectation gone,

she took another of her cubsS Ge 49:9

and made him a strong lion.2Ki 23:34

He prowled among the lions,

for he was now a strong lion.

He learned to tear the prey

and he became a man-eater.2Ki 24:9; 2Ch 36:9

He broke downTargum (see Septuagint); Hebrew He knew their strongholds

and devastatedEze 29:10; 30:12 their towns.

The land and all who were in it

were terrified by his roaring.

Then the nations2Ki 24:2 came against him,

those from regions round about.

They spread their netS Eze 12:13 for him,

and he was trapped in their pit.2Ki 24:11; S La 4:20

With hooksS 2Ki 19:28 they pulled him into a cage

and brought him to the king of Babylon.S 2Ki 25:7; S 2Ch 36:6

They put him in prison,

so his roarZec 11:3 was heard no longer

on the mountains of Israel.S 2Ki 24:15

10 “‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyardTwo Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts your bloodS Ge 49:22

planted by the water;S Jer 17:8

it was fruitful and full of branches

because of abundant water.Ps 80:8-11

11 Its branches were strong,

fit for a ruler’s scepter.

It towered high

above the thick foliage,

conspicuous for its height

and for its many branches.Eze 31:3; Da 4:11

12 But it was uprootedS Dt 29:28 in fury

and thrown to the ground.

The east windS Ge 41:6 made it shrivel,

it was stripped of its fruit;

its strong branches withered

and fire consumed them.S Isa 27:11; S Eze 17:24; 28:17; Hos 13:15

13 Now it is planted in the desert,Eze 20:35; Hos 2:14

in a dry and thirsty land.Hos 2:3

14 Fire spread from one of its mainOr from under its branches

and consumedEze 20:47 its fruit.

No strong branch is left on it

fit for a ruler’s scepter.’S Eze 15:4

“This is a lamentS ver 1 and is to be used as a lament.”

The Justice of a Righteous God

18 Then another message came to me from the Lord:“Why do you quote this proverb concerning the land of Israel: ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste’?As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, you will not quote this proverb anymore in Israel.For all people are mine to judge—both parents and children alike. And this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die.

“Suppose a certain man is righteous and does what is just and right.He does not feast in the mountains before Israel’s idolsThe Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung; also in 18:12, 15. or worship them. He does not commit adultery or have intercourse with a woman during her menstrual period.He is a merciful creditor, not keeping the items given as security by poor debtors. He does not rob the poor but instead gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy.He grants loans without interest, stays away from injustice, is honest and fair when judging others,and faithfully obeys my decrees and regulations. Anyone who does these things is just and will surely live, says the Sovereign Lord.

10 “But suppose that man has a son who grows up to be a robber or murderer and refuses to do what is right.11 And that son does all the evil things his father would never do—he worships idols on the mountains, commits adultery,12 oppresses the poor and helpless, steals from debtors by refusing to let them redeem their security, worships idols, commits detestable sins,13 and lends money at excessive interest. Should such a sinful person live? No! He must die and must take full blame.

14 “But suppose that sinful son, in turn, has a son who sees his father’s wickedness and decides against that kind of life.15 This son refuses to worship idols on the mountains and does not commit adultery.16 He does not exploit the poor, but instead is fair to debtors and does not rob them. He gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy.17 He helps the poor,Greek version reads He refuses to do evil. does not lend money at interest, and obeys all my regulations and decrees. Such a person will not die because of his father’s sins; he will surely live.18 But the father will die for his many sins—for being cruel, robbing people, and doing what was clearly wrong among his people.

19 “‘What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live.20 The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.21 But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die.22 All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.

23 “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.24 However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.

25 “Yet you say, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right!’ Listen to me, O people of Israel. Am I the one not doing what’s right, or is it you?26 When righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things, they will die for it. Yes, they will die because of their sinful deeds.27 And if wicked people turn from their wickedness, obey the law, and do what is just and right, they will save their lives.28 They will live because they thought it over and decided to turn from their sins. Such people will not die.29 And yet the people of Israel keep saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right!’ O people of Israel, it is you who are not doing what’s right, not I.

30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you!31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel?32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!

A Funeral Song for Israel’s Kings

19 “Sing this funeral song for the princes of Israel:

“What is your mother?

A lioness among lions!

She lay down among the young lions

and reared her cubs.

She raised one of her cubs

to become a strong young lion.

He learned to hunt and devour prey,

and he became a man-eater.

Then the nations heard about him,

and he was trapped in their pit.

They led him away with hooks

to the land of Egypt.

“When the lioness saw

that her hopes for him were gone,

she took another of her cubs

and taught him to be a strong young lion.

He prowled among the other lions

and stood out among them in his strength.

He learned to hunt and devour prey,

and he, too, became a man-eater.

He demolished fortressesAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads He knew widows.

and destroyed their towns and cities.

Their farms were desolated,

and their crops were destroyed.

The land and its people trembled in fear

when they heard him roar.

Then the armies of the nations attacked him,

surrounding him from every direction.

They threw a net over him

and captured him in their pit.

With hooks, they dragged him into a cage

and brought him before the king of Babylon.

They held him in captivity,

so his voice could never again be heard

on the mountains of Israel.

10 “Your mother was like a vine

planted by the water’s edge.

It had lush, green foliage

because of the abundant water.

11 Its branches became strong—

strong enough to be a ruler’s scepter.

It grew very tall,

towering above all others.

It stood out because of its height

and its many lush branches.

12 But the vine was uprooted in fury

and thrown down to the ground.

The desert wind dried up its fruit

and tore off its strong branches,

so that it withered

and was destroyed by fire.

13 Now the vine is transplanted to the wilderness,

where the ground is hard and dry.

14 A fire has burst out from its branches

and devoured its fruit.

Its remaining limbs are not

strong enough to be a ruler’s scepter.

“This is a funeral song, and it will be used in a funeral.”

18 The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying,

What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?

As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,

And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;

He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,

Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.

10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,

11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife,

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,

15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,

16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,

17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

19 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

Hebrews 9:1-10

Worship in the Earthly Tabernacle

Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.Ex 25:8A tabernacleEx 25:8, 9 was set up. In its first room were the lampstandEx 25:31-39 and the tableEx 25:23-29 with its consecrated bread;Ex 25:30; Lev 24:5-8 this was called the Holy Place.Ex 26:33, 34Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,Ex 26:31-33which had the golden altar of incenseEx 30:1-5 and the gold-covered ark of the covenant.Ex 25:10-22 This ark contained the gold jar of manna,Ex 16:32, 33 Aaron’s staff that had budded,Nu 17:10 and the stone tablets of the covenant.Ex 31:18; 32:15Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory,Ex 25:17-19 overshadowing the atonement cover.Ex 25:20-22; 26:34 But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularlyNu 28:3 into the outer room to carry on their ministry.But only the high priest enteredLev 16:11-19 the inner room,ver 2, 3 and that only once a year,Lev 16:34 and never without blood,Lev 16:11, 14 which he offered for himselfLev 16:11; Heb 5:2, 3 and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.Heb 5:2, 3The Holy Spirit was showingS Heb 3:7 by this that the wayJn 14:6; Heb 10:19, 20 into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.This is an illustrationHeb 10:1 for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offeredHeb 5:1; 8:3 were not able to clear the conscienceS Heb 7:19 of the worshiper.10 They are only a matter of foodLev 11:2-23 and drinkNu 6:3; Col 2:16 and various ceremonial washingsLev 11:25, 28, 40—external regulationsHeb 7:16 applying until the time of the new order.

Old Rules about Worship

That first covenant between God and Israel had regulations for worship and a place of worship here on earth.There were two rooms in that Tabernacle.Or tent; also in 9:11, 21. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and sacred loaves of bread on the table. This room was called the Holy Place.Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second roomGreek second tent. called the Most Holy Place.In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant.Above the Ark were the cherubim of divine glory, whose wings stretched out over the Ark’s cover, the place of atonement. But we cannot explain these things in detail now.

When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first roomGreek first tent. as they performed their religious duties.But only the high priest ever entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the TabernacleOr the first room; Greek reads the first tent. and the system it represented were still in use.

This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.

Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.

For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.

And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.

But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:

The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Psalm 106:32-48

32 By the waters of MeribahS Ex 17:7; Nu 20:2-13 they angered the Lord,

and trouble came to Moses because of them;

33 for they rebelledS Ex 23:21; Ps 107:11 against the SpiritS Ps 51:11; Isa 63:10 of God,

and rash words came from Moses’ lips.Or against his spirit, / and rash words came from his lipsEx 17:4-7; Nu 20:8-12

34 They did not destroyS Jos 9:15; Jdg 1:27-36 the peoples

as the Lord had commandedEx 23:24; S Dt 2:34; 7:16; 20:17 them,

35 but they mingledJdg 3:5-6; Ezr 9:1-2 with the nations

and adopted their customs.

36 They worshiped their idols,S Dt 7:16

which became a snareS Ex 10:7 to them.

37 They sacrificed their sonsS Lev 18:21; S Dt 12:31; Eze 16:20-21

and their daughters to false gods.S Ex 22:20; S Dt 32:17; 1Co 10:20

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sonsS Lev 18:21; S Dt 18:10; S 2Ki 3:27 and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

and the land was desecrated by their blood.

39 They defiled themselvesS Ge 3:17; Lev 18:24; Eze 20:18 by what they did;

by their deeds they prostitutedS Nu 15:39 themselves.

40 Therefore the Lord was angryS Lev 26:28 with his people

and abhorred his inheritance.S Ex 34:9; S Dt 9:29

41 He gave them into the handsS Jdg 2:14 of the nations,

and their foes ruled over them.

42 Their enemies oppressedS Jdg 4:3 them

and subjected them to their power.

43 Many times he delivered them,S Jos 10:14; Jdg 7:1-25; S Ne 9:28; Ps 81:13-14

but they were bent on rebellionS Jdg 2:16-19; 6:1-7

and they wasted away in their sin.

44 Yet he took note of their distress

when he heard their cry;S Jdg 3:9

45 for their sake he remembered his covenantS Ge 9:15; Ps 105:8; S Lk 1:72

and out of his great loveS Ps 17:7; S 103:11 he relented.S Ex 32:14

46 He caused all who held them captive

to show them mercy.S Ex 3:21; S 1Ki 8:50

47 Save us,S Ps 28:9 Lord our God,

and gather usPs 107:3; 147:2; Isa 11:12; 27:13; 56:8; 66:20; Jer 31:8; Eze 20:34; Mic 4:6 from the nations,

that we may give thanksPs 105:1 to your holy namePs 30:4; S 99:3

and glory in your praise.

48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”S Ps 41:13; S 72:19

Praise the Lord.

32 At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord,

causing Moses serious trouble.

33 They made Moses angry,Hebrew They embittered his spirit.

and he spoke foolishly.

34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land,

as the Lord had commanded them.

35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans

and adopted their evil customs.

36 They worshiped their idols,

which led to their downfall.

37 They even sacrificed their sons

and their daughters to the demons.

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sons and daughters.

By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,

they polluted the land with murder.

39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,

and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.

40 That is why the Lord’s anger burned against his people,

and he abhorred his own special possession.

41 He handed them over to pagan nations,

and they were ruled by those who hated them.

42 Their enemies crushed them

and brought them under their cruel power.

43 Again and again he rescued them,

but they chose to rebel against him,

and they were finally destroyed by their sin.

44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress

and listened to their cries.

45 He remembered his covenant with them

and relented because of his unfailing love.

46 He even caused their captors

to treat them with kindness.

47 Save us, O Lord our God!

Gather us back from among the nations,

so we can thank your holy name

and rejoice and praise you.

48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

who lives from everlasting to everlasting!

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord!

32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:

33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:

35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.

36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.

37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.

41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.

42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.

43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.

47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.

48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 27:10

10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,

and do not go to your relative’s house when disasterS Pr 17:17 strikes you—

better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.

10 Never abandon a friend—

either yours or your father’s.

When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance.

It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.

10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

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