Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In Psalm 107, the psalmist lists four areas from which we are redeemed and for which we should praise the Lord. The first group of the redeemed were those who were wandering around the wilderness with nothing to eat (vv. 4-5). But when they cried to the Lord, He "rescued them from their distress" (v. 6). As our Provider, the Lord satisfies our hunger and thirst, both spiritually and physically. Praise the Lord for His provision!

The second group of the redeemed were those who were in emotional or physical bondage (v. 10). But when they called on the Lord, He "led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains" (v. 14). He is our Deliverer, the One who can set us free from darkness, gloom, and depression and break our chains of bondage. Praise the Lord for His deliverance!

The third group were those who were so physically sick and diseased that they could no longer eat (vv. 17-18). They, too, cried to the Lord, and "He spoke and they were healed-snatched from the door of death" (v. 20). The Lord is our Healer, victorious over any affliction that attacks our bodies. Praise Him for His healing!

The last group included people who were confused by hopeless circumstances (vv. 23-27). When they cried out, "He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves" (v. 29). The Lord is our Light in the darkest storms of life. Praise Him for His guidance!

Are you hungry, bound, sick, or confused? The Lord is your Redeemer, and He wants you to praise Him!

Ezekiel 20:1-49

Rebellious Israel Purged

20 In the seventh year, in the fifth month on the tenth day, some of the elders of Israel came to inquireS Ge 25:22 of the Lord, and they sat down in front of me.Eze 1:1-2; S 8:1; 21:1

Then the word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, speak to the eldersS Eze 7:26 of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Have you come to inquireS Ge 25:22; Eze 14:3 of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign Lord.S 1Sa 28:6; Isa 1:15; Am 8:12; Mic 3:7

“Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their ancestorsS Eze 16:2; 22:2; Mt 23:32and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I choseS Dt 7:6 Israel, I swore with uplifted handS Ge 14:22; S Nu 14:30 to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the Lord your God.S Lev 11:44On that day I sworeS Ex 6:8 to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey,S Ex 3:8 the most beautiful of all lands.S Dt 8:7; Da 8:9; 11:41; Mal 3:12And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile imagesEx 20:4 you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idolsS Eze 6:9 of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.S Ex 20:2; Lev 18:3; Dt 29:18

“‘But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me;S Jer 7:26 they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt.S Jer 11:10; S Eze 7:8; S 16:26 So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.S Ex 32:7; Dt 9:7; S Isa 63:10But for the sake of my name, I brought them out of Egypt.Eze 36:22; 39:7 I did it to keep my name from being profanedS Isa 48:11 in the eyes of the nations among whom they lived and in whose sight I had revealed myself to the Israelites.10 Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness.S Ex 13:18; 19:111 I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, by which the person who obeys them will live.Ex 20:1-23; Lev 18:5; Dt 4:7-8; S Eze 18:9; S Ro 10:512 Also I gave them my SabbathsS Ex 20:10 as a signS Ex 31:13 between us,Jer 17:22 so they would know that I the Lord made them holy.S Lev 20:8

13 “‘Yet the people of Israel rebelledPs 78:40 against me in the wilderness. They did not follow my decrees but rejected my lawsS Jer 6:19; 11:8—by which the person who obeys them will live—and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths.ver 24 So I said I would pour out my wrathS Dt 9:8 on them and destroyS Ex 32:10 them in the wilderness.Lev 26:15, 43; S Nu 14:29; Ps 95:8-10; Isa 56:614 But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profanedS Isa 48:11 in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.Eze 36:2315 Also with uplifted hand I sworeS Dt 1:34 to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land I had given them—a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all landsNu 14:22-23; Ps 95:11; 106:26; Heb 3:1116 because they rejected my lawsJer 11:8; Am 2:4 and did not follow my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths. For their heartsS Nu 15:39 were devoted to their idols.ver 24; S Eze 6:4; Am 5:2617 Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroyS Jer 4:27 them or put an end to them in the wilderness.18 I said to their children in the wilderness, “Do not follow the statutes of your parentsS 2Ch 30:7; Zec 1:4 or keep their laws or defile yourselvesS Ps 106:39 with their idols.19 I am the Lord your God;S Ex 20:2 follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.Dt 5:32-33; 6:1-2; S 8:1; 11:1; S 12:120 Keep my SabbathsS Ex 20:10 holy, that they may be a signS Ex 31:13 between us. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.Jer 17:22

21 “‘But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws,S Jer 7:26 of which I said, “The person who obeys them will live by them,” and they desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my angerNu 25:3 against them in the wilderness.S Eze 7:822 But I withheldPs 78:38 my hand, and for the sake of my nameS Isa 48:11 I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.23 Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatterS Lev 26:33; S Ps 9:11 them through the countries,24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decreesAm 2:4 and desecrated my Sabbaths,ver 13 and their eyes lusted afterS Eze 6:9 their parents’ idols.S ver 16; S Eze 2:3; S 18:625 So I gaveS Ps 81:12; Ro 1:28 them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live;Isa 66:4; 2Th 2:1126 I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrificeS Lev 18:21 of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord.Lev 20:2-5; 2Ki 17:17

27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In this also your ancestorsS Ps 78:57 blasphemedS Nu 15:30; Ro 2:24 me by being unfaithful to me:S Eze 18:2428 When I brought them into the landNe 9:23; Ps 78:55, 58 I had sworn to give them and they saw any high hill or any leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices, made offerings that aroused my anger, presented their fragrant incense and poured out their drink offerings.S Jer 2:7; S 3:6; S 19:13; S Eze 6:1329 Then I said to them: What is this high placeEze 16:16; 43:7 you go to?’” (It is called BamahBamah means high place. to this day.)

Rebellious Israel Renewed

30 “Therefore say to the Israelites: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselvesver 43 the way your ancestors did and lust after their vile images?S Jdg 2:16-19; S Jer 16:1231 When you offer your gifts—the sacrifice of your childrenS Eze 16:20 in the fire—you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, you Israelites? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will not let you inquire of me.Ps 106:37-39; S Jer 7:31; S Eze 14:3; Am 8:12; Zec 7:13

32 “‘You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen.33 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will reign over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched armS Eze 16:27 and with outpoured wrath.Jer 21:5; Eze 25:1634 I will bring you from the nations2Co 6:17* and gatherS Dt 30:4; S Ps 106:47 you from the countries where you have been scattered—with a mighty handS Isa 31:3 and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.Isa 27:12-13; S Jer 44:6; S La 2:4; S Eze 6:1435 I will bring you into the wildernessS Eze 19:13 of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgmentS 1Sa 12:7; S Job 22:4; S Jer 2:35 upon you.36 As I judged your ancestors in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign Lord.Nu 11:1-35; 14:28-30; 1Co 10:5-1037 I will take note of you as you pass under my rod,S Lev 27:32 and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.S Eze 16:6238 I will purgeEze 34:17-22; Am 9:9-10 you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.Ps 95:11; Jer 44:14; S Eze 13:9; 23:49; Hos 2:14; Zec 13:8-9; Mal 3:3; 4:1-3; Heb 4:3

39 “‘As for you, people of Israel, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Go and serve your idols,S Jer 44:25 every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy nameS Ex 20:7; S Eze 13:19 with your gifts and idols.Eze 43:7; Am 4:440 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel,S Eze 17:22; 34:14 declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offeringsS Isa 60:7 and your choice gifts,Or and the gifts of your firstfruits along with all your holy sacrifices.S Isa 56:7; Mal 3:441 I will accept you as fragrant incenseS 2Co 2:14 when I bring you out from the nations and gatherS Dt 30:4 you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will be proved holyEze 28:25; 36:23 through you in the sight of the nations.S Isa 5:16; S Eze 11:17; 2Co 6:1742 Then you will know that I am the Lord,Eze 38:23 when I bring you into the land of Israel,S Jer 23:8; Eze 34:13; 36:24 the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your ancestors.Jer 30:3; Eze 34:27; 37:2143 There you will remember your conductEze 14:22 and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselvesS Lev 26:41 for all the evil you have done.S Eze 6:9; S 16:61; Hos 5:1544 You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sakePs 109:21; Isa 43:25; Eze 36:22 and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.S Eze 16:62; 36:32’”

Prophecy Against the South

45 The word of the Lord came to me:46 “Son of man, set your face towardS Eze 4:3; S 13:17 the south; preach against the south and prophesy againstEze 21:2; Am 7:16 the forest of the southland.Isa 30:6; Jer 13:1947 Say to the southern forest:S 2Ki 19:23 ‘Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to set fire to you, and it will consumeEze 19:14 all your trees, both green and dry. The blazing flame will not be quenched, and every face from south to northEze 21:4 will be scorched by it.Isa 9:18-19; S 13:848 Everyone will see that I the Lord have kindled it; it will not be quenched.S Jer 7:20; Eze 21:5, 32; 23:25’”

49 Then I said, “Sovereign Lord,S Eze 4:14 they are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?S Jdg 14:12; S Ps 78:2; S Eze 12:9; Mt 13:13; S Jn 16:25’”In Hebrew texts 20:45-49 is numbered 21:1-5.

The Rebellion of Israel

20 On August 14,Hebrew In the fifth month, on the tenth day, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was August 14, 591 B.c.; also see note on 1:1. during the seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, some of the leaders of Israel came to request a message from the Lord. They sat down in front of me to wait for his reply.Then this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, tell the leaders of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: How dare you come to ask me for a message? As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will tell you nothing!’

“Son of man, bring charges against them and condemn them. Make them realize how detestable the sins of their ancestors really were.Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: When I chose Israel—when I revealed myself to the descendants of Jacob in Egypt—I took a solemn oath that I, the Lord, would be their God.I took a solemn oath that day that I would bring them out of Egypt to a land I had discovered and explored for them—a good land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the best of all lands anywhere.Then I said to them, ‘Each of you, get rid of the vile images you are so obsessed with. Do not defile yourselves with the idolsThe Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung; also in 20:8, 16, 18, 24, 31, 39. of Egypt, for I am the Lord your God.’

“But they rebelled against me and would not listen. They did not get rid of the vile images they were obsessed with, or forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I threatened to pour out my fury on them to satisfy my anger while they were still in Egypt.But I didn’t do it, for I acted to protect the honor of my name. I would not allow shame to be brought on my name among the surrounding nations who saw me reveal myself by bringing the Israelites out of Egypt.10 So I brought them out of Egypt and led them into the wilderness.11 There I gave them my decrees and regulations so they could find life by keeping them.12 And I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me. It was to remind them that I am the Lord, who had set them apart to be holy.

13 “But the people of Israel rebelled against me, and they refused to obey my decrees there in the wilderness. They wouldn’t obey my regulations even though obedience would have given them life. They also violated my Sabbath days. So I threatened to pour out my fury on them, and I made plans to utterly consume them in the wilderness.14 But again I held back in order to protect the honor of my name before the nations who had seen my power in bringing Israel out of Egypt.15 But I took a solemn oath against them in the wilderness. I swore I would not bring them into the land I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful place on earth.16 For they had rejected my regulations, refused to follow my decrees, and violated my Sabbath days. Their hearts were given to their idols.17 Nevertheless, I took pity on them and held back from destroying them in the wilderness.

18 “Then I warned their children not to follow in their parents’ footsteps, defiling themselves with their idols.19 ‘I am the Lord your God,’ I told them. ‘Follow my decrees, pay attention to my regulations,20 and keep my Sabbath days holy, for they are a sign to remind you that I am the Lord your God.’

21 “But their children, too, rebelled against me. They refused to keep my decrees and follow my regulations, even though obedience would have given them life. And they also violated my Sabbath days. So again I threatened to pour out my fury on them in the wilderness.22 Nevertheless, I withdrew my judgment against them to protect the honor of my name before the nations that had seen my power in bringing them out of Egypt.23 But I took a solemn oath against them in the wilderness. I swore I would scatter them among all the nations24 because they did not obey my regulations. They scorned my decrees by violating my Sabbath days and longing for the idols of their ancestors.25 I gave them over to worthless decrees and regulations that would not lead to life.26 I let them pollute themselvesOr I gave them worthless decrees and regulations. . . . I polluted them. with the very gifts I had given them, and I allowed them to give their firstborn children as offerings to their gods—so I might devastate them and remind them that I alone am the Lord.

Judgment and Restoration

27 “Therefore, son of man, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: Your ancestors continued to blaspheme and betray me,28 for when I brought them into the land I had promised them, they offered sacrifices on every high hill and under every green tree they saw! They roused my fury as they offered up sacrifices to their gods. They brought their perfumes and incense and poured out their liquid offerings to them.29 I said to them, ‘What is this high place where you are going?’ (This kind of pagan shrine has been called Bamah—‘high place’—ever since.)

30 “Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: Do you plan to pollute yourselves just as your ancestors did? Do you intend to keep prostituting yourselves by worshiping vile images?31 For when you offer gifts to them and give your little children to be burned as sacrifices,Or and make your little children pass through the fire. you continue to pollute yourselves with idols to this day. Should I allow you to ask for a message from me, O people of Israel? As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will tell you nothing.

32 “You say, ‘We want to be like the nations all around us, who serve idols of wood and stone.’ But what you have in mind will never happen.33 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will rule over you with an iron fist in great anger and with awesome power.34 And in anger I will reach out with my strong hand and powerful arm, and I will bring you backGreek version reads I will welcome you. Compare 2 Cor 6:17. from the lands where you are scattered.35 I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will judge you face to face.36 I will judge you there just as I did your ancestors in the wilderness after bringing them out of Egypt, says the Sovereign Lord.37 I will examine you carefully and hold you to the terms of the covenant.38 I will purge you of all those who rebel and revolt against me. I will bring them out of the countries where they are in exile, but they will never enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

39 “As for you, O people of Israel, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Go right ahead and worship your idols, but sooner or later you will obey me and will stop bringing shame on my holy name by worshiping idols.40 For on my holy mountain, the great mountain of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord, the people of Israel will someday worship me, and I will accept them. There I will require that you bring me all your offerings and choice gifts and sacrifices.41 When I bring you home from exile, you will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me. And I will display my holiness through you as all the nations watch.42 Then when I have brought you home to the land I promised with a solemn oath to give to your ancestors, you will know that I am the Lord.43 You will look back on all the ways you defiled yourselves and will hate yourselves because of the evil you have done.44 You will know that I am the Lord, O people of Israel, when I have honored my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Judgment against the Negev

45 Verses 20:45-49 are numbered 21:1-5 in Hebrew text.Then this message came to me from the Lord:46 “Son of man, turn and face the southHebrew toward Teman. and speak out against it; prophesy against the brushlands of the Negev.47 Tell the southern wilderness, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Hear the word of the Lord! I will set you on fire, and every tree, both green and dry, will be burned. The terrible flames will not be quenched and will scorch everything from south to north.48 And everyone in the world will see that I, the Lord, have set this fire. It will not be put out.’”

49 Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, they are saying of me, ‘He only talks in riddles!’”

20 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the Lord, and sat before me.

Then came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,

Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you.

Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:

And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the Lord your God;

In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:

Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.

10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.

11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.

12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.

13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.

14 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.

15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;

16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.

18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:

19 I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;

20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.

21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.

22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.

23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;

24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.

25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.

27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.

28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.

29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name whereof is called Bamah unto this day.

30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?

31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you.

32 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.

33 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:

34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.

35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God.

37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:

38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.

40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.

41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.

42 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.

43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.

44 And ye shall know that I am the Lord when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

48 And all flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.

49 Then said I, Ah Lord God! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

Hebrews 9:11-28

The Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ came as high priestS Heb 2:17 of the good things that are now already here,Some early manuscripts are to comeHeb 10:1 he went through the greater and more perfect tabernaclever 24; Heb 8:2 that is not made with human hands,S Jn 2:19 that is to say, is not a part of this creation.12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;ver 19; Lev 16:6, 15; Heb 10:4 but he entered the Most Holy Placever 24 once for allver 26, 28; S Heb 7:27 by his own blood,ver 14; S Ro 3:25 thus obtainingOr blood, having obtained eternal redemption.13 The blood of goats and bullsHeb 10:4 and the ashes of a heiferNu 19:9, 17, 18 sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit1Pe 3:18 offered himselfS Eph 5:2 unblemished to God, cleanse our consciencesPs 51:2; 65:3; Jer 33:8; Zec 13:1; S Tit 2:14; Heb 10:2, 22 from acts that lead to death,Or from useless ritualsHeb 6:1 so that we may serve the living God!S Mt 16:16

15 For this reason Christ is the mediatorS Gal 3:20 of a new covenant,S Lk 22:20 that those who are calledS Ro 8:28; S 11:29 may receive the promisedHeb 6:15; 10:36 eternal inheritanceS Ac 20:32—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.Heb 7:22

16 In the case of a will,Same Greek word as covenant; also in verse 17 it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.Ex 24:6-819 When Moses had proclaimedHeb 1:1 every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves,ver 12 together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.Ex 24:6-820 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”Exodus 24:8Ex 24:8; S Mt 26:2821 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood,Ex 29:21; Lev 8:15 and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.Lev 17:11

23 It was necessary, then, for the copiesHeb 8:5 of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one;Heb 8:2 he entered heaven itself,ver 12; S Heb 4:14 now to appear for us in God’s presence.S Ro 8:3425 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy PlaceHeb 10:19 every year with blood that is not his own.ver 7, 826 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.Heb 4:3 But he has appeared1Jn 3:5 once for allver 12, 28; S Heb 7:27 at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.ver 1227 Just as people are destined to die once,Ge 3:19 and after that to face judgment,2Co 5:1028 so Christ was sacrificed oncever 12, 26; S Heb 7:27 to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time,S Mt 16:27 not to bear sin,1Pe 2:24 but to bring salvationHeb 5:9 to those who are waiting for him.S 1Co 1:7

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.Some manuscripts read that are about to come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deedsGreek from dead works. so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

16 Now when someone leaves a will,Or covenant; also in 9:17. it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead.Or Now when someone makes a covenant, it is necessary to ratify it with the death of a sacrifice.17 The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.

18 That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal.19 For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats,Some manuscripts do not include and goats. along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool.20 Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.”Exod 24:8.21 And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship.22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.

24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal.26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the ageGreek the ages. to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.

27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Psalm 107:1-43

BOOK V

Psalms 107–150

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord,S 1Ch 16:8; S 2Ch 5:13 for he is good;S 2Ch 7:3

his love endures forever.

Let the redeemedS Ps 106:10; S Isa 35:9 of the Lord tell their story—

those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

those he gatheredS Ne 1:9 from the lands,

from east and west, from north and south.Hebrew north and the sea

Some wandered in desertS Jos 5:6 wastelands,

finding no way to a cityver 36 where they could settle.

They were hungryEx 16:3 and thirsty,S Ex 15:22; S 17:2

and their lives ebbed away.

Then they cried outS Ex 14:10 to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

He led them by a straight wayS Ezr 8:21

to a cityver 36 where they could settle.

Let them give thanksPs 105:1 to the Lord for his unfailing lovePs 6:4

and his wonderful deedsS Ps 75:1 for mankind,

for he satisfiesPs 22:26; 63:5; Isa 58:11; Mt 5:6; Lk 1:53 the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.S Ps 23:1; Jer 31:25

10 Some sat in darkness,ver 14; Ps 88:6; 143:3; Isa 9:2; 42:7, 16; 49:9; Mic 7:9 in utter darkness,

prisoners sufferingPs 102:20; Isa 61:1 in iron chains,S Job 36:8

11 because they rebelledS Ps 5:10 against God’s commands

and despisedS Nu 14:11 the plansS 1Ki 22:5; 2Ch 36:16 of the Most High.

12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;

they stumbled, and there was no one to help.S 2Ki 14:26; Ps 72:12

13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he saved themS Ps 106:8 from their distress.

14 He brought them out of darkness,S ver 10; Isa 9:2; 42:7; 50:10; 59:9; 60:2; S Lk 1:79 the utter darkness,Ps 86:13; Isa 29:18

and broke away their chains.S Job 36:8; Ps 116:16; Ac 12:7

15 Let them give thanksver 8, 21, 31; Ps 105:1 to the Lord for his unfailing lovePs 6:4

and his wonderful deedsS Ps 75:1 for mankind,

16 for he breaks down gates of bronze

and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became foolsS Ps 53:1 through their rebellious waysS Ps 25:7

and suffered afflictionS Lev 26:16; Isa 65:6-7; Jer 30:14-15; Gal 6:7-8 because of their iniquities.

18 They loathed all foodS Job 3:24; S 6:6

and drew near the gates of death.S Job 17:16; S 33:22

19 Then they criedver 28; Ps 5:2 to the Lord in their trouble,

and he saved themver 13; Ps 34:4 from their distress.

20 He sent out his wordS Dt 32:2; Ps 147:15; Mt 8:8; Lk 7:7 and healed them;S Ex 15:26

he rescuedS Job 33:28 them from the grave.Ps 16:10; 30:3; S 56:13

21 Let them give thanksS ver 15 to the Lord for his unfailing lovePs 6:4

and his wonderful deedsPs 75:1 for mankind.

22 Let them sacrifice thank offeringsS Lev 7:12

and tell of his worksPs 9:11; 73:28; 118:17 with songs of joy.S Job 8:21; S Ps 65:8

23 Some went out on the seaIsa 42:10 in ships;S Ps 104:26

they were merchants on the mighty waters.

24 They saw the works of the Lord,Ps 64:9; 111:2; 143:5

his wonderful deeds in the deep.

25 For he spokeS Ps 105:31 and stirred up a tempestS Ps 50:3

that lifted high the waves.S Ps 93:3

26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;

in their perilLk 8:23 their courage meltedS Jos 2:11 away.

27 They reeledIsa 19:14; 24:20; 28:7 and staggered like drunkards;

they were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they criedS ver 19 out to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out of their distress.Ps 4:1; Jnh 1:6

29 He stilled the stormLk 8:24 to a whisper;

the wavesS Ps 93:3 of the seaDead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text / their waves were hushed.S Ps 65:7; Jnh 1:15

30 They were glad when it grew calm,

and he guided themver 7 to their desired haven.

31 Let them give thanksS ver 15 to the Lord for his unfailing lovePs 6:4

and his wonderful deedsPs 75:1; 106:2 for mankind.

32 Let them exaltPs 30:1; 34:3; 99:5 him in the assemblyS Ps 1:5; 22:22, 25; 26:12; 35:18 of the people

and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert,1Ki 17:1; Ps 74:15; Isa 41:15; 42:15; 50:2

flowing springsS Ps 104:10 into thirsty ground,

34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,S Ge 13:10

because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

35 He turned the desert into pools of waterS 2Ki 3:17; Ps 105:41; 126:4; Isa 43:19; 51:3

and the parched ground into flowing springs;S Job 38:26; S Isa 35:7

36 there he brought the hungry to live,

and they founded a city where they could settle.

37 They sowed fields and planted vineyardsS 2Ki 19:29; S Isa 37:30

that yielded a fruitful harvest;

38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,S Ge 12:2; S Dt 7:13

and he did not let their herds diminish.S Ge 49:25

39 Then their numbers decreased,S 2Ki 10:32; Eze 5:12 and they were humbledS Ps 44:9

by oppression, calamity and sorrow;

40 he who pours contempt on noblesS Job 12:18

made them wander in a trackless waste.S Dt 32:10

41 But he lifted the needyS 1Sa 2:8; Ps 113:7-9 out of their affliction

and increased their families like flocks.S Job 21:11

42 The upright see and rejoice,S Job 22:19; Ps 97:10-12

but all the wicked shut their mouths.S Job 5:16; Ro 3:19

43 Let the one who is wiseJer 9:12; Hos 14:9 heed these things

and ponder the loving deedsPs 103:11 of the Lord.

Book five (Psalms 107–150)

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!

Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.

For he has gathered the exiles from many lands,

from east and west,

from north and south.Hebrew and sea.

Some wandered in the wilderness,

lost and homeless.

Hungry and thirsty,

they nearly died.

Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,

and he rescued them from their distress.

He led them straight to safety,

to a city where they could live.

Let them praise the Lord for his great love

and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

For he satisfies the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,

imprisoned in iron chains of misery.

11 They rebelled against the words of God,

scorning the counsel of the Most High.

12 That is why he broke them with hard labor;

they fell, and no one was there to help them.

13 Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress.

14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;

he snapped their chains.

15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love

and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze;

he cut apart their bars of iron.

17 Some were fools; they rebelled

and suffered for their sins.

18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food,

and they were knocking on death’s door.

19 Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress.

20 He sent out his word and healed them,

snatching them from the door of death.

21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love

and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving

and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

23 Some went off to sea in ships,

plying the trade routes of the world.

24 They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action,

his impressive works on the deepest seas.

25 He spoke, and the winds rose,

stirring up the waves.

26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens

and plunged again to the depths;

the sailors cringed in terror.

27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards

and were at their wits’ end.

28 Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress.

29 He calmed the storm to a whisper

and stilled the waves.

30 What a blessing was that stillness

as he brought them safely into harbor!

31 Let them praise the Lord for his great love

and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

32 Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation

and before the leaders of the nation.

33 He changes rivers into deserts,

and springs of water into dry, thirsty land.

34 He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands,

because of the wickedness of those who live there.

35 But he also turns deserts into pools of water,

the dry land into springs of water.

36 He brings the hungry to settle there

and to build their cities.

37 They sow their fields, plant their vineyards,

and harvest their bumper crops.

38 How he blesses them!

They raise large families there,

and their herds of livestock increase.

39 When they decrease in number and become impoverished

through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

40 the Lord pours contempt on their princes,

causing them to wander in trackless wastelands.

41 But he rescues the poor from trouble

and increases their families like flocks of sheep.

42 The godly will see these things and be glad,

while the wicked are struck silent.

43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart;

they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.

36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;

37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Proverbs 27:11

11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;S Pr 10:1; S 23:15-16

then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.S Ge 24:60

11 Be wise, my child,Hebrew my son. and make my heart glad.

Then I will be able to answer my critics.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

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