Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Deliberate sin brings dreadful punishment. Think of the beautiful things of God that sin tramples. First, deliberate sin "trampled on the Son of God" (Hebrews 10:29). The corporate sin and individual sins of all mankind were responsible for putting Jesus on the cross. Imagine punishing Christ all over again with your own hands and then simply walking over His precious body. Paul stated that when we commit willful sin, we are in effect "nailing the Son of God to the cross again by rejecting him, holding him up to public shame" (Hebrews 6:6).

Second, those who engage in willful sin have "treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to his people" (Hebrews 10:29). Jesus' blood is the purest, most holy thing in the universe, and it has sealed an eternal pact with God. To deliberately sin is to act as if that blood were worthless.

Finally, deliberate sin insults the Spirit of grace. The Holy Spirit is so precious, forgiving, and long-suffering. To deliberately sin against the Lord is to offend, insult, and take advantage of the Spirit's goodness. Judas acted in this way, and his judgment and that of others like him is recorded in Psalm 109:1-20.

Run from sin, not just for your own sake, but also because of the horrible shame and pain it will cause the God who gave His life in your place.

Ezekiel 23:1-49

Two Adulterous Sisters

23 The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.S Jer 3:7; S Eze 16:45They became prostitutes in Egypt,Jos 24:14 engaging in prostitutionS Lev 17:7; S Isa 1:21 from their youth.S Ps 25:7 In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.S Eze 16:15The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.S Eze 16:46

“Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the AssyriansS 2Ki 16:7; Hos 5:13—warriorsHos 8:9clothed in blue, governors and commanders, all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen.She gave herself as a prostitute to all the elite of the Assyrians and defiled herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after.Isa 57:8; Hos 5:3; 6:10She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt,Ex 32:4 when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust on her.S Eze 16:15

“Therefore I delivered her into the handsS 2Ki 18:11 of her lovers,S Jer 4:30 the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.Hos 11:510 They strippedHos 2:10 her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women,Eze 16:41 and punishment was inflictedJer 42:10 on her.Eze 16:36

11 “Her sister Oholibah saw this,S Jer 3:7 yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister.Jer 3:8-11; S Eze 16:5112 She too lusted after the Assyrians—governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men.2Ki 16:7-15; S 2Ch 28:16; S Eze 16:15, 2813 I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.S 2Ki 17:19; Hos 12:2

14 “But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall,S Eze 8:10 figures of ChaldeansOr Babylonians portrayed in red,Jer 22:14; Na 2:315 with beltsS Isa 5:27 around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea.Or Babylonia; also in verse 1616 As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengersS Isa 57:9 to them in Chaldea.S Eze 6:917 Then the BabyloniansJer 40:9 came to her, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust.S Eze 16:2918 When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body,S Isa 57:8 I turned awayPs 78:59; 106:40; Jer 6:8 from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.Jer 12:8; Am 5:2119 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt.20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.Syriac (see also verse 3); Hebrew caressed because of your young breastsS Eze 16:26

22 “Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stir up your loversS Jer 4:30 against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every sideS Eze 16:3723 the Babylonians2Ki 20:14-18; S Jer 40:9 and all the Chaldeans,S Ge 11:28 the men of PekodJer 50:21 and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, handsome young men, all of them governors and commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses.S 2Ki 24:224 They will come against you with weapons,The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. chariots and wagonsJer 47:3; Eze 26:7, 10; Na 2:4 and with a throng of people; they will take up positions against you on every side with large and small shields and with helmets. I will turn you over to them for punishment,Jer 39:5-6 and they will punish you according to their standards.25 I will direct my jealous angerS Dt 29:20 against you, and they will deal with you in fury. They will cut off your noses and your ears, and those of you who are left will fall by the sword. They will take away your sons and daughters,ver 47; Eze 24:21 and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire.S Jer 12:9; S Eze 16:38; S 20:47-4826 They will also stripS Jer 13:22 you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry.S Isa 3:18-23; S Eze 16:3927 So I will put a stopS Eze 16:41 to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.

28 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to deliver you into the handsS Jer 34:20 of those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust.29 They will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for. They will leave you stark naked,Mic 1:11 and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed.S Jer 13:27 Your lewdnessS Eze 22:9 and promiscuityDt 28:48; S Eze 16:3630 have brought this on you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.Ps 106:37-38; Zep 3:131 You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cupS Jer 25:15 into your hand.2Ki 21:13

32 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“You will drink your sister’s cup,

a cup large and deep;

it will bring scorn and derision,Ps 44:13; Hos 7:16

for it holds so much.Ps 60:3; Isa 51:17; Jer 25:15

33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,

the cup of ruin and desolation,

the cup of your sister Samaria.Jer 25:15-16; S Eze 12:19

34 You will drink itS Ps 16:5 and drain it dry

and chew on its pieces—

and you will tear your breasts.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.S Jer 25:27

35 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you have forgottenS Dt 32:18; S Isa 17:10 me and turned your back on me,S 1Ki 14:9; S 2Ch 29:6 you must bearEze 16:52 the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.”

36 The Lord said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confrontS Eze 16:2 them with their detestable practices,Isa 58:1; S Eze 22:2; Mic 3:837 for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them.S Eze 16:3638 They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuaryS Lev 15:31 and desecrated my Sabbaths.S Ne 10:3139 On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecratedS 2Ki 21:4 it. That is what they did in my house.S Jer 7:10; Eze 22:8

40 “They even sent messengers for men who came from far away,S Isa 57:9 and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, applied eye makeup2Ki 9:30 and put on your jewelry.S Jer 4:30; Eze 16:13-19; Hos 2:1341 You sat on an elegant couch,S Est 1:6; S Pr 7:17 with a tableIsa 65:11; Eze 41:22; 44:16; Mal 1:7, 12 spread before it on which you had placed the incenseIsa 57:9; S 65:3; S Jer 44:5 and olive oil that belonged to me.S Nu 18:12

42 “The noise of a carefreeS Ps 73:5 crowd was around her; drunkardsS 2Ch 9:1 were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put braceletsS Ge 24:30 on the wrists of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads.S Eze 16:11-1243 Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, ‘Now let them use her as a prostitute,ver 3 for that is all she is.’44 And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute, so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah.45 But righteous judges will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood,S Eze 22:3 because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.S Lev 20:10; S Eze 16:38; Hos 2:2; 6:5

46 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Bring a mobEze 16:40 against them and give them over to terror and plunder.S Dt 28:25; S Jer 25:947 The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughtersS ver 25 and burn2Ch 36:19; S Jer 34:22 down their houses.S 2Ch 36:17

48 “So I will put an endEze 16:41 to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you.2Pe 2:649 You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry.Eze 24:13 Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.S Eze 7:4; S 9:10; 16:58; S 20:38

The Adultery of Two Sisters

23 This message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, once there were two sisters who were daughters of the same mother.They became prostitutes in Egypt. Even as young girls, they allowed men to fondle their breasts.The older girl was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. I married them, and they bore me sons and daughters. I am speaking of Samaria and Jerusalem, for Oholah is Samaria and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

“Then Oholah lusted after other lovers instead of me, and she gave her love to the Assyrian officers.They were all attractive young men, captains and commanders dressed in handsome blue, charioteers driving their horses.And so she prostituted herself with the most desirable men of Assyria, worshiping their idolsThe Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung; also in 23:30, 37, 39, 49. and defiling herself.For when she left Egypt, she did not leave her spirit of prostitution behind. She was still as lewd as in her youth, when the Egyptians slept with her, fondled her breasts, and used her as a prostitute.

“And so I handed her over to her Assyrian lovers, whom she desired so much.10 They stripped her, took away her children as their slaves, and then killed her. After she received her punishment, her reputation was known to every woman in the land.

11 “Yet even though Oholibah saw what had happened to Oholah, her sister, she followed right in her footsteps. And she was even more depraved, abandoning herself to her lust and prostitution.12 She fawned over all the Assyrian officers—those captains and commanders in handsome uniforms, those charioteers driving their horses—all of them attractive young men.13 I saw the way she was going, defiling herself just like her older sister.

14 “Then she carried her prostitution even further. She fell in love with pictures that were painted on a wall—pictures of BabylonianOr Chaldean. military officers, outfitted in striking red uniforms.15 Handsome belts encircled their waists, and flowing turbans crowned their heads. They were dressed like chariot officers from the land of Babylonia.Or Chaldea; also in 23:16.16 When she saw these paintings, she longed to give herself to them, so she sent messengers to Babylonia to invite them to come to her.17 So they came and committed adultery with her, defiling her in the bed of love. After being defiled, however, she rejected them in disgust.

18 “In the same way, I became disgusted with Oholibah and rejected her, just as I had rejected her sister, because she flaunted herself before them and gave herself to satisfy their lusts.19 Yet she turned to even greater prostitution, remembering her youth when she was a prostitute in Egypt.20 She lusted after lovers with genitals as large as a donkey’s and emissions like those of a horse.21 And so, Oholibah, you relived your former days as a young girl in Egypt, when you first allowed your breasts to be fondled.

The Lord’s Judgment of Oholibah

22 “Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will send your lovers against you from every direction—those very nations from which you turned away in disgust.23 For the Babylonians will come with all the Chaldeans from Pekod and Shoa and Koa. And all the Assyrians will come with them—handsome young captains, commanders, chariot officers, and other high-ranking officers, all riding their horses.24 They will all come against you from the northAs in Greek version; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. with chariots, wagons, and a great army prepared for attack. They will take up positions on every side, surrounding you with men armed with shields and helmets. And I will hand you over to them for punishment so they can do with you as they please.25 I will turn my jealous anger against you, and they will deal harshly with you. They will cut off your nose and ears, and any survivors will then be slaughtered by the sword. Your children will be taken away as captives, and everything that is left will be burned.26 They will strip you of your beautiful clothes and jewels.27 In this way, I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you brought from Egypt. You will never again cast longing eyes on those things or fondly remember your time in Egypt.

28 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will surely hand you over to your enemies, to those you loathe, those you rejected.29 They will treat you with hatred and rob you of all you own, leaving you stark naked. The shame of your prostitution will be exposed to all the world.30 You brought all this on yourself by prostituting yourself to other nations, defiling yourself with all their idols.31 Because you have followed in your sister’s footsteps, I will force you to drink the same cup of terror she drank.

32 “Yes, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“You will drink from your sister’s cup of terror,

a cup that is large and deep.

It is filled to the brim

with scorn and derision.

33 Drunkenness and anguish will fill you,

for your cup is filled to the brim with distress and desolation,

the same cup your sister Samaria drank.

34 You will drain that cup of terror

to the very bottom.

Then you will smash it to pieces

and beat your breast in anguish.

I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

35 “And because you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You must bear the consequences of all your lewdness and prostitution.”

The Lord’s Judgment on Both Sisters

36 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, you must accuse Oholah and Oholibah of all their detestable sins.37 They have committed both adultery and murder—adultery by worshiping idols and murder by burning as sacrifices the children they bore to me.38 Furthermore, they have defiled my Temple and violated my Sabbath day!39 On the very day that they sacrificed their children to their idols, they boldly came into my Temple to worship! They came in and defiled my house.

40 “You sisters sent messengers to distant lands to get men. Then when they arrived, you bathed yourselves, painted your eyelids, and put on your finest jewels for them.41 You sat with them on a beautifully embroidered couch and put my incense and my special oil on a table that was spread before you.42 From your room came the sound of many men carousing. They were lustful men and drunkardsOr Sabeans. from the wilderness, who put bracelets on your wrists and beautiful crowns on your heads.43 Then I said, ‘If they really want to have sex with old worn-out prostitutes like these, let them!’44 And that is what they did. They had sex with Oholah and Oholibah, these shameless prostitutes.45 But righteous people will judge these sister cities for what they really are—adulterers and murderers.

46 “Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Bring an army against them and hand them over to be terrorized and plundered.47 For their enemies will stone them and kill them with swords. They will butcher their sons and daughters and burn their homes.48 In this way, I will put an end to lewdness and idolatry in the land, and my judgment will be a warning to all women not to follow your wicked example.49 You will be fully repaid for all your prostitution—your worship of idols. Yes, you will suffer the full penalty. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”

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

Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.

Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,

14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,

15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:

16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;

23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.

24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.

25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.

26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.

28 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated:

29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.

32 Thus saith the Lord God; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.

33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

36 The Lord said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;

37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.

38 Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.

39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,

41 And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.

42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?

44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.

45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

46 For thus saith the Lord God; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.

47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.

48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.

49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.

Hebrews 10:18-39

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidenceS Eph 3:12 to enter the Most Holy PlaceLev 16:2; Eph 2:18; Heb 9:8, 12, 25 by the blood of Jesus,20 by a new and living wayHeb 9:8 opened for us through the curtain,Heb 6:19; 9:3 that is, his body,21 and since we have a great priestS Heb 2:17 over the house of God,S Heb 3:622 let us draw near to Godver 1; S Heb 7:19 with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings,Eph 3:12 having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscienceEze 36:25; Heb 9:14; 12:24; 1Pe 1:2 and having our bodies washed with pure water.S Ac 22:1623 Let us hold unswervingly to the hopeS Heb 3:6 we profess,S Heb 3:1 for he who promised is faithful.S 1Co 1:924 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,S Tit 2:1425 not giving up meeting together,Ac 2:42 as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherHeb 3:13—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.S 1Co 3:13

26 If we deliberately keep on sinningEx 21:14; Nu 15:30; Heb 5:2; 6:4-8; 2Pe 2:20 after we have received the knowledge of the truth,S 1Ti 2:4 no sacrifice for sins is left,27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fireIsa 26:11; 2Th 1:7; Heb 9:27; 12:29 that will consume the enemies of God.28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.Dt 17:6, 7; S Mt 18:16; Heb 2:229 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of GodS Mt 4:3 underfoot,Heb 6:6 who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenantS Mt 26:28 that sanctified them,1Co 6:11; Rev 1:5 and who has insulted the SpiritEph 4:30; Heb 6:4 of grace?Heb 2:3; 12:2530 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”Deut. 32:35Dt 32:35; Ro 12:19 and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”Deut. 32:36; Psalm 135:14Dt 32:36; Ps 135:1431 It is a dreadful thingS 2Co 5:11 to fall into the handsIsa 19:16 of the living God.S Mt 16:16

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,Heb 6:4 when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.Php 1:29, 3033 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;1Co 4:9 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.Php 4:14; 1Th 2:1434 You suffered along with those in prisonHeb 13:3 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.Heb 11:16; 1Pe 1:4, 535 So do not throw away your confidence;S Eph 3:12 it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevereRo 5:3; Heb 12:1; Jas 1:3, 4, 12; 5:11; 2Pe 1:6 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.Heb 6:15; 9:1537 For,

“In just a little while,

he who is comingMt 11:3 will come

and will not delay.”Isaiah 26:20; Hab. 2:3Rev 22:20

38 And,

“But my righteousSome early manuscripts But the righteous one will live by faith.Ro 1:17; Gal 3:11

And I take no pleasure

in the one who shrinks back.”Hab. 2:4 (see Septuagint)Hab 2:3, 4

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

A Call to Persevere

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers. we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.20 By his death,Greek Through his flesh. Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.30 For we know the one who said,

“I will take revenge.

I will pay them back.”Deut 32:35.

He also said,

“The Lord will judge his own people.”Deut 32:36.

31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ.Greek when you were first enlightened. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things.34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

37 “For in just a little while,

the Coming One will come and not delay.

38 And my righteous ones will live by faith.Or my righteous ones will live by their faithfulness; Greek reads my righteous one will live by faith.

But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”Hab 2:3-4.

39 But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Psalm 109:1-31

Psalm 109

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

My God, whom I praise,S Ex 15:2; Jer 17:14

do not remain silent,S Job 34:29

for people who are wicked and deceitfulS Ps 43:1

have opened their mouths against me;

they have spoken against me with lying tongues.S Ps 52:4

With words of hatredPs 69:4 they surround me;

they attack me without cause.Ps 35:7; Jn 15:25

In return for my friendship they accuse me,

but I am a man of prayer.Ps 69:13; 141:5

They repay me evil for good,S Ge 44:4

and hatred for my friendship.

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;

let an accuser1Ch 21:1; Job 1:6; Zec 3:1 stand at his right hand.

When he is tried, let him be found guilty,Ps 1:5

and may his prayers condemnPr 28:9; Isa 41:24 him.

May his days be few;S Job 15:32

may another take his placeAc 1:20* of leadership.

May his children be fatherless

and his wife a widow.Ex 22:24; Jer 18:21

10 May his children be wandering beggars;S Ge 4:12

may they be drivenSeptuagint; Hebrew sought from their ruined homes.

11 May a creditorNe 5:3 seize all he has;

may strangers plunderS Nu 14:3; Isa 1:7; 6:11; 36:1; La 5:2 the fruits of his labor.Job 20:18

12 May no one extend kindness to him

or take pityS Job 5:4 on his fatherless children.

13 May his descendants be cut off,Job 18:19; Ps 21:10

their names blotted outS Nu 14:12; Ps 9:5; Pr 10:7 from the next generation.

14 May the iniquity of his fathersEx 20:5; Nu 14:18; Isa 65:6-7; Jer 32:18 be remembered before the Lord;

may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.

15 May their sins always remain beforePs 90:8 the Lord,

that he may blot out their nameS Ex 17:14; S Dt 32:26 from the earth.

16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,

but hounded to death the poor

and the needyS Job 20:19; S Ps 35:10 and the brokenhearted.S Ps 34:18

17 He loved to pronounce a curse—

may it come back on him.Pr 28:27; S Mt 7:2

He found no pleasure in blessing—

may it be far from him.

18 He wore cursingPs 10:7 as his garment;

it entered into his body like water,Nu 5:22

into his bones like oil.

19 May it be like a cloak wrappedver 29; Ps 73:6; Eze 7:27 about him,

like a belt tied forever around him.

20 May this be the Lord’s paymentS Ex 32:34; Ps 54:5; 94:23; Isa 3:11; 2Ti 4:14 to my accusers,

to those who speak evilPs 71:10 of me.

21 But you, Sovereign Lord,

help me for your name’s sake;S Ex 9:16; S Ps 23:3

out of the goodness of your love,Ps 69:16 deliver me.S Ps 3:7

22 For I am poor and needy,

and my heart is wounded within me.

23 I fade away like an evening shadow;S Job 14:2

I am shaken off like a locust.

24 My knees giveHeb 12:12 way from fasting;S Ps 35:13

my body is thin and gaunt.S Job 16:8

25 I am an object of scornS Ps 22:6 to my accusers;

when they see me, they shake their heads.S Job 16:4; S Mt 27:39; Mk 15:29

26 Help me,Ps 12:1; 119:86 Lord my God;

save me according to your unfailing love.

27 Let them knowS Job 37:7 that it is your hand,

that you, Lord, have done it.

28 While they curse,S 2Sa 16:12 may you bless;

may those who attack me be put to shame,

but may your servant rejoice.Ps 66:4; Isa 35:10; 51:11; 54:1; 65:14

29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace

and wrapped in shameS Ps 35:26 as in a cloak.

30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;

in the great throngS Ps 35:18 of worshipers I will praise him.

31 For he stands at the right handPs 16:8; 108:6 of the needy,

to save their lives from those who would condemn them.

Psalm 109

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

O God, whom I praise,

don’t stand silent and aloof

while the wicked slander me

and tell lies about me.

They surround me with hateful words

and fight against me for no reason.

I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations

even as I am praying for them!

They repay evil for good,

and hatred for my love.

They say,Hebrew lacks They say. “Get an evil person to turn against him.

Send an accuser to bring him to trial.

When his case comes up for judgment,

let him be pronounced guilty.

Count his prayers as sins.

Let his years be few;

let someone else take his position.

May his children become fatherless,

and his wife a widow.

10 May his children wander as beggars

and be driven fromAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads and seek. their ruined homes.

11 May creditors seize his entire estate,

and strangers take all he has earned.

12 Let no one be kind to him;

let no one pity his fatherless children.

13 May all his offspring die.

May his family name be blotted out in the next generation.

14 May the Lord never forget the sins of his fathers;

may his mother’s sins never be erased from the record.

15 May the Lord always remember these sins,

and may his name disappear from human memory.

16 For he refused all kindness to others;

he persecuted the poor and needy,

and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.

17 He loved to curse others;

now you curse him.

He never blessed others;

now don’t you bless him.

18 Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing,

or the water he drinks,

or the rich food he eats.

19 Now may his curses return and cling to him like clothing;

may they be tied around him like a belt.”

20 May those curses become the Lord’s punishment

for my accusers who speak evil of me.

21 But deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord,

for the sake of your own reputation!

Rescue me

because you are so faithful and good.

22 For I am poor and needy,

and my heart is full of pain.

23 I am fading like a shadow at dusk;

I am brushed off like a locust.

24 My knees are weak from fasting,

and I am skin and bones.

25 I am a joke to people everywhere;

when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.

26 Help me, O Lord my God!

Save me because of your unfailing love.

27 Let them see that this is your doing,

that you yourself have done it, Lord.

28 Then let them curse me if they like,

but you will bless me!

When they attack me, they will be disgraced!

But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!

29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace;

may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.

30 But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord,

praising him to everyone.

31 For he stands beside the needy,

ready to save them from those who condemn them.

109 Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

15 Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.

20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

21 But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.

22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.

24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

26 Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy:

27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.

28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.

30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.

31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Proverbs 27:13

13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;

hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.Pr 20:16

13 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.

Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.As in Greek and Latin versions (see also 20:16); Hebrew reads for a promiscuous woman.

13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

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