Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Can we be sure of something we cannot see? The certainty of faith goes beyond hope. Hope has to do with the future, our eternal reward once this life is over. In contrast, faith has to do with the present. The King James Version of Hebrews 11:1 begins with the phrase "Now faith." If it's not now, it's not faith!

The entire concept of faith rests on being certain of the unseen, because all creation came into existence from things that are not seen (Hebrews 11:3). The fact that something is unseen does not make it unreal. God's Word operates in the unseen realm, and faith in His Word is what brings those things into the seen realm.

It takes evidence, a piece of objective data in which you place your full confidence, to be certain of something you cannot see. The promises of the Bible must become your evidence and certainty even when your five senses see no tangible reality in the natural world.

Fix your attention on God's promises until your hope graduates to become faith!

Ezekiel 24:1-26:21

Jerusalem as a Cooking Pot

24 In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the Lord came to me:S Eze 8:1; 26:1; 29:17“Son of man, recordIsa 30:8; Hab 2:2 this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.2Ki 25:1; S Jer 39:1Tell this rebellious peopleS Isa 1:2; S Eze 2:3, 6 a parableS Eze 20:49 and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Put on the cooking pot;S Eze 11:3 put it on

and pour water into it.

Put into it the pieces of meat,

all the choice pieces—the leg and the shoulder.

Fill it with the best of these bones;S Eze 11:7

take the pick of the flock.S Isa 34:12; Jer 52:10

Pile wood beneath it for the bones;

bring it to a boil

and cook the bones in it.Jer 52:24-27; Mic 3:2-3

“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘WoeS Eze 16:23 to the city of bloodshed,S Eze 22:2

to the pot now encrusted,

whose deposit will not go away!

Take the meat out piece by piece

in whatever orderS Job 6:27; Joel 3:3; Ob 1:11; Na 3:10 it comes.S Eze 11:11

“‘For the blood she shed is in her midst:

She poured it on the bare rock;

she did not pour it on the ground,

where the dust would cover it.S Lev 17:13

To stir up wrath and take revenge

I put her blood on the bare rock,

so that it would not be covered.

“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Woe to the city of bloodshed!

I, too, will pile the wood high.

10 So heap on the wood

and kindle the fire.

Cook the meat well,

mixing in the spices;

and let the bones be charred.

11 Then set the empty pot on the coals

till it becomes hot and its copper glows,

so that its impurities may be melted

and its deposit burned away.Jer 21:10

12 It has frustrated all efforts;

its heavy deposit has not been removed,

not even by fire.

13 “‘Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansedS Isa 22:14 from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.Jer 6:28-30; La 1:9; S Eze 16:42; 22:24; 23:36-49; Hos 7:1; Zec 6:8

14 “‘I the Lord have spoken.Eze 22:14 The time has come for me to act.S Nu 11:23 I will not hold back; I will not have pity,S Eze 8:18 nor will I relent.S Job 27:22 You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions,Eze 36:19; Zec 8:14 declares the Sovereign Lord.S Isa 3:11; S Eze 18:30’”

Ezekiel’s Wife Dies

15 The word of the Lord came to me:16 “Son of man, with one blowS Ps 39:10 I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.ver 21; Ps 84:1; S La 2:4 Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.Jer 13:17; 16:5; S 22:1017 Groan quietly;Ps 39:9 do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turbanS Ex 28:39; S Isa 3:20 fastened and your sandalsS Isa 20:2 on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beardS Lev 13:45 or eat the customary food of mourners.ver 22; S Jer 16:7

18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.S Eze 12:7

19 Then the people asked me, “Won’t you tell us what these things have to do with us?Eze 12:9; 37:18 Why are you acting like this?”

20 So I said to them, “The word of the Lord came to me:21 Say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuaryS Lev 26:31; S Eze 7:24—the stronghold in which you take pride,S Lev 26:19 the delight of your eyes,S ver 16; Ps 27:4 the object of your affection. The sons and daughtersS Eze 23:25 you left behind will fall by the sword.Jer 7:14, 15; Hos 9:12, 16; Mal 2:1222 And you will do as I have done. You will not cover your mustache and beardS Lev 13:45 or eat the customary food of mourners.Jer 16:723 You will keep your turbansS Ex 28:39; S Isa 3:20 on your heads and your sandalsS Isa 20:2 on your feet. You will not mournEx 33:4 or weep but will waste awayS Lev 26:16 because ofOr away in your sins and groan among yourselves.Ps 78:6424 EzekielEze 1:3 will be a signS Isa 20:3; Eze 12:11 to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’

25 “And you, son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes,S La 2:4 their heart’s desire,S Ps 20:4 and their sons and daughtersDt 28:32; Jer 11:22 as well—26 on that day a fugitive will come to tell youS 1Sa 4:12; Job 1:15-19 the news.27 At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent.Da 10:15 So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.S Eze 3:26; 33:22

A Prophecy Against Ammon

25 The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, set your face againstS Eze 13:17; 29:2 the AmmonitesS Eze 21:28 and prophesy against them.Jer 49:1-6Say to them, ‘Hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you said “Aha!S Ps 35:21; Eze 26:2; 36:2” over my sanctuary when it was desecratedZep 2:8 and over the land of Israel when it was laid waste and over the people of Judah when they went into exile,S Pr 17:5therefore I am going to give you to the people of the EastS Ge 25:6; S Jdg 6:3 as a possession. They will set up their campsS Nu 31:10 and pitch their tents among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.Dt 28:33, 51; S Jdg 6:33I will turn RabbahS Dt 3:11 into a pasture for camels and Ammon into a resting place for sheep.S S Isa 17:2 Then you will know that I am the Lord.For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you have clapped your handsS Nu 24:10 and stamped your feet, rejoicing with all the malice of your heart against the land of Israel,S Eze 6:11; Ob 1:12; Zep 2:8therefore I will stretch out my handZep 1:4 against you and give you as plunderS Nu 14:3 to the nations. I will wipe you out from among the nations and exterminate you from the countries. I will destroyEze 21:31 you, and you will know that I am the Lord.ver 13-14, 17; Am 1:14-15’”

A Prophecy Against Moab

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because MoabS Ge 19:37; S Dt 23:6; S Isa 16:6 and SeirS Ge 14:6 said, “Look, Judah has become like all the other nations,”therefore I will expose the flank of Moab, beginning at its frontier towns—Beth JeshimothS Nu 33:49, Baal MeonS Nu 32:3; S Jos 13:17 and KiriathaimS Nu 32:37; S Jos 13:19—the glory of that land.10 I will give Moab along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, so that the Ammonites will not be rememberedEze 21:32 among the nations;11 and I will inflict punishment on Moab. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”Isa 15:9; 16:1-14; Jer 48:1; Am 2:1-3

A Prophecy Against Edom

12 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because EdomS 2Sa 8:13-14; S 2Ch 28:17; S Isa 11:14 took revenge on Judah and became very guilty by doing so,13 therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stretch out my handS Ex 7:5; S Eze 16:27 against Edom and kill both man and beast.Eze 29:8 I will lay it waste, and from TemanS Ge 36:11, 15, 34 to DedanJer 25:23 they will fall by the sword.S Jer 49:10; S Eze 14:1714 I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my angerEze 35:11 and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”S Ps 137:7; Eze 32:29; 35:2-3; 36:5; Am 1:11; Ob 1:1, 10-16; Mal 1:4

A Prophecy Against Philistia

15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because the PhilistinesS Jos 13:3; S 2Ch 28:18 acted in vengeance and took revenge with maliceS Ps 73:8 in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah,16 therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines,S 2Ch 26:6; Am 1:8 and I will wipe out the KerethitesS 1Sa 30:14 and destroy those remaining along the coast.S Eze 20:3317 I will carry out great vengeanceS Nu 31:3 on them and punishJer 44:13 them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord,S Ex 6:2; S 8:22 when I take vengeance on them.S Isa 11:14; S Isa 14:30; Jer 47:7; Joel 3:4’”

A Prophecy Against Tyre

26 In the eleventh month of the twelfthProbable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have month of the twelfth. year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me:S Eze 24:1; 29:1; 30:20“Son of man, because TyreS Jos 19:29; 2Sa 5:11 has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha!S Eze 25:3 The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper,’therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the seaver 19; Isa 5:30; Jer 50:42; 51:42 casting up its waves.They will destroyS Isa 23:1, 11 the walls of TyreAm 1:10 and pull down her towers; I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock.Out in the seaEze 27:32 she will become a place to spread fishnets,Eze 47:10 for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. She will become plunderS Nu 14:3; Eze 29:19 for the nations,Zec 9:2-4and her settlements on the mainland will be ravaged by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, of which Nebuchadnezzar is a variant; here and often in Ezekiel and JeremiahJer 27:6; 39:1 king of Babylon, king of kings,S Ezr 7:12 with horses and chariots,S Eze 23:24; Na 2:3-4 with horsemen and a great army.He will ravage your settlements on the mainland with the sword; he will set up siege worksS Jer 6:6 against you, build a rampS Jer 33:4 up to your walls and raise his shields against you.He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons.S Eze 21:2210 His horses will be so many that they will cover you with dust. Your walls will tremble at the noise of the warhorses, wagons and chariotsS Jer 4:13; S 46:9; S Eze 23:24 when he enters your gates as men enter a city whose walls have been broken through.11 The hoovesIsa 5:28 of his horses will trample all your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillarsS Jer 43:13 will fall to the ground.S Isa 26:512 They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea.Isa 23:8; S Jer 4:7; Eze 27:3-27; 28:8; Hab 1:813 I will put an endS Jer 7:34 to your noisy songs,S Isa 23:7 and the music of your harpsS Ps 137:2; S Isa 14:11 will be heard no more.S Job 30:31; S Jer 16:9; S 25:10; Rev 18:2214 I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt,S Job 12:14; Mal 1:4 for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.

15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Tyre: Will not the coastlandsIsa 41:5; Eze 27:35 trembleS Jer 49:21 at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groanS Job 24:12 and the slaughter takes place in you?16 Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroideredS Ex 26:36 garments. ClothedS Job 8:22 with terror, they will sit on the ground,S Job 2:8, 13 tremblingHos 11:10 every moment, appalledS Lev 26:32; Eze 32:10 at you.17 Then they will take up a lamentS Eze 19:1 concerning you and say to you:

“‘How you are destroyed, city of renown,

peopled by men of the sea!

You were a power on the seas,

you and your citizens;

you put your terror

on all who lived there.Isa 14:12

18 Now the coastlands trembleS Ps 46:6; S Jer 49:21

on the day of your fall;

the islands in the sea

are terrified at your collapse.’Isa 23:5; S 41:5; Eze 27:35

19 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I make you a desolate city, like cities no longer inhabited, and when I bring the ocean depthsS Ge 7:11 over you and its vast waters cover you,S ver 3; Isa 8:7-820 then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit,Nu 16:30; Ps 28:1; 88:6; Eze 31:14; 32:18; Am 9:2; Jnh 2:2, 6 to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your placeSeptuagint; Hebrew return, and I will give glory in the land of the living.S Job 28:13; S Isa 14:9-10; Eze 32:24, 3021 I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more.S Jer 51:64; Da 11:19 You will be sought, but you will never again be found, declares the Sovereign Lord.”Jer 20:4; Eze 27:36; 28:19; Rev 18:21

The Sign of the Cooking Pot

24 On January 15,Hebrew On the tenth day of the tenth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This event occurred on January 15, 588 B.c.; also see note on 1:1. during the ninth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, write down today’s date, because on this very day the king of Babylon is beginning his attack against Jerusalem.Then give these rebels an illustration with this message from the Sovereign Lord:

“Put a pot on the fire,

and pour in some water.

Fill it with choice pieces of meat—

the rump and the shoulder

and all the most tender cuts.

Use only the best sheep from the flock,

and heap fuel on the fire beneath the pot.

Bring the pot to a boil,

and cook the bones along with the meat.

“Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

What sorrow awaits Jerusalem,

the city of murderers!

She is a cooking pot

whose corruption can’t be cleaned out.

Take the meat out in random order,

for no piece is better than another.

For the blood of her murders

is splashed on the rocks.

It isn’t even spilled on the ground,

where the dust could cover it!

So I will splash her blood on a rock

for all to see,

an expression of my anger

and vengeance against her.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

What sorrow awaits Jerusalem,

the city of murderers!

I myself will pile up the fuel beneath her.

10 Yes, heap on the wood!

Let the fire roar to make the pot boil.

Cook the meat with many spices,

and afterward burn the bones.

11 Now set the empty pot on the coals.

Heat it red hot!

Burn away the filth and corruption.

12 But it’s hopeless;

the corruption can’t be cleaned out.

So throw it into the fire.

13 Your impurity is your lewdness

and the corruption of your idolatry.

I tried to cleanse you,

but you refused.

So now you will remain in your filth

until my fury against you has been satisfied.

14 “I, the Lord, have spoken! The time has come, and I won’t hold back. I will not change my mind, and I will have no pity on you. You will be judged on the basis of all your wicked actions, says the Sovereign Lord.”

The Death of Ezekiel’s Wife

15 Then this message came to me from the Lord:16 “Son of man, with one blow I will take away your dearest treasure. Yet you must not show any sorrow at her death. Do not weep; let there be no tears.17 Groan silently, but let there be no wailing at her grave. Do not uncover your head or take off your sandals. Do not perform the usual rituals of mourning or accept any food brought to you by consoling friends.”

18 So I proclaimed this to the people the next morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did everything I had been told to do.19 Then the people asked, “What does all this mean? What are you trying to tell us?”

20 So I said to them, “A message came to me from the Lord,21 and I was told to give this message to the people of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will defile my Temple, the source of your security and pride, the place your heart delights in. Your sons and daughters whom you left behind in Judah will be slaughtered by the sword.22 Then you will do as Ezekiel has done. You will not mourn in public or console yourselves by eating the food brought by friends.23 Your heads will remain covered, and your sandals will not be taken off. You will not mourn or weep, but you will waste away because of your sins. You will groan among yourselves for all the evil you have done.24 Ezekiel is an example for you; you will do just as he has done. And when that time comes, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”

25 Then the Lord said to me, “Son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold—their joy and glory, their heart’s desire, their dearest treasure—I will also take away their sons and daughters.26 And on that day a survivor from Jerusalem will come to you in Babylon and tell you what has happened.27 And when he arrives, your voice will suddenly return so you can talk to him, and you will be a symbol for these people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

A Message for Ammon

25 Then this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, turn and face the land of Ammon and prophesy against its people.Give the Ammonites this message from the Sovereign Lord: Hear the word of the Sovereign Lord! Because you cheered when my Temple was defiled, mocked Israel in her desolation, and laughed at Judah as she went away into exile,I will allow nomads from the eastern deserts to overrun your country. They will set up their camps among you and pitch their tents on your land. They will harvest all your fruit and drink the milk from your livestock.And I will turn the city of Rabbah into a pasture for camels, and all the land of the Ammonites into a resting place for sheep and goats. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you clapped and danced and cheered with glee at the destruction of my people,I will raise my fist of judgment against you. I will give you as plunder to many nations. I will cut you off from being a nation and destroy you completely. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

A Message for Moab

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because the people of MoabAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads Moab and Seir. have said that Judah is just like all the other nations,I will open up their eastern flank and wipe out their glorious frontier towns—Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim.10 And I will hand Moab over to nomads from the eastern deserts, just as I handed over Ammon. Yes, the Ammonites will no longer be counted among the nations.11 In the same way, I will bring my judgment down on the Moabites. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

A Message for Edom

12 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Edom have sinned greatly by avenging themselves against the people of Judah.13 Therefore, says the Sovereign Lord, I will raise my fist of judgment against Edom. I will wipe out its people and animals with the sword. I will make a wasteland of everything from Teman to Dedan.14 I will accomplish this by the hand of my people of Israel. They will carry out my vengeance with anger, and Edom will know that this vengeance is from me. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

A Message for Philistia

15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Philistia have acted against Judah out of bitter revenge and long-standing contempt.16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will raise my fist of judgment against the land of the Philistines. I will wipe out the Kerethites and utterly destroy the people who live by the sea.17 I will execute terrible vengeance against them to punish them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, they will know that I am the Lord.”

A Message for Tyre

26 On February 3, during the twelfth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity,Hebrew In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar year. Since an element is missing in the date formula here, scholars have reconstructed this probable reading: In the eleventh [month of the twelfth] year, on the first day of the month. This reading would put this message on February 3, 585 B.c.; also see note on 1:1. this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, Tyre has rejoiced over the fall of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Ha! She who was the gateway to the rich trade routes to the east has been broken, and I am the heir! Because she has been made desolate, I will become wealthy!’

“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am your enemy, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the waves of the sea crashing against your shoreline.They will destroy the walls of Tyre and tear down its towers. I will scrape away its soil and make it a bare rock!It will be just a rock in the sea, a place for fishermen to spread their nets, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign Lord. Tyre will become the prey of many nations,and its mainland villages will be destroyed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: From the north I will bring King NebuchadnezzarHebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. of Babylon against Tyre. He is king of kings and brings his horses, chariots, charioteers, and great army.First he will destroy your mainland villages. Then he will attack you by building a siege wall, constructing a ramp, and raising a roof of shields against you.He will pound your walls with battering rams and demolish your towers with sledgehammers.10 The hooves of his horses will choke the city with dust, and the noise of the charioteers and chariot wheels will shake your walls as they storm through your broken gates.11 His horsemen will trample through every street in the city. They will butcher your people, and your strong pillars will topple.

12 “They will plunder all your riches and merchandise and break down your walls. They will destroy your lovely homes and dump your stones and timbers and even your dust into the sea.13 I will stop the music of your songs. No more will the sound of harps be heard among your people.14 I will make your island a bare rock, a place for fishermen to spread their nets. You will never be rebuilt, for I, the Lord, have spoken. Yes, the Sovereign Lord has spoken!

The Effect of Tyre’s Destruction

15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Tyre: The whole coastline will tremble at the sound of your fall, as the screams of the wounded echo in the continuing slaughter.16 All the seaport rulers will step down from their thrones and take off their royal robes and beautiful clothing. They will sit on the ground trembling with horror at your destruction.17 Then they will wail for you, singing this funeral song:

“O famous island city,

once ruler of the sea,

how you have been destroyed!

Your people, with their naval power,

once spread fear around the world.

18 Now the coastlands tremble at your fall.

The islands are dismayed as you disappear.

19 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will make Tyre an uninhabited ruin, like many others. I will bury you beneath the terrible waves of enemy attack. Great seas will swallow you.20 I will send you to the pit to join those who descended there long ago. Your city will lie in ruins, buried beneath the earth, like those in the pit who have entered the world of the dead. You will have no place of respect here in the land of the living.21 I will bring you to a terrible end, and you will exist no more. You will be looked for, but you will never again be found. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

24 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.

And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:

Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.

Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.

Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.

For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;

That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.

13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.

14 I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord God.

15 Also the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.

17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.

18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

20 Then I answered them, The word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

21 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.

23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.

24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God.

25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters,

26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?

27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

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

Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.

And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching place for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

For thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;

Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;

Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Bethjeshimoth, Baalmeon, and Kiriathaim,

10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.

11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

12 Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God.

15 Thus saith the Lord God; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

26 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God: and it shall become a spoil to the nations.

And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.

And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

10 By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.

11 With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.

12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the Lord have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

15 Thus saith the Lord God to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee.

17 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it!

18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.

19 For thus saith the Lord God; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

21 I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord God.

Hebrews 11:1-16

Faith in Action

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope forS Heb 3:6 and assurance about what we do not see.S 2Co 4:18This is what the ancients were commended for.ver 4, 39

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,Ge 1; Jn 1:3; Heb 1:2; 2Pe 3:5 so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commendedver 2, 39 as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.Ge 4:4; 1Jn 3:12 And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.Heb 12:24

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”Gen. 5:24Ge 5:21-24 For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to himHeb 7:19 must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,S ver 1 in holy fear built an arkGe 6:13-22 to save his family.1Pe 3:20 By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.Ge 6:9; Eze 14:14, 20; S Ro 9:30

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,Ge 12:7 obeyed and went,Ge 12:1-4; Ac 7:2-4 even though he did not know where he was going.By faith he made his home in the promised landAc 7:5 like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,Ge 12:8; 18:1, 9 as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.Heb 6:1710 For he was looking forward to the cityHeb 12:22; 13:14 with foundations,Rev 21:2, 14 whose architect and builder is God.ver 1611 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,Ge 17:17-19; 18:11-14 was enabled to bear childrenGe 21:2 because sheOr By faith Abraham, even though he was too old to have children—and Sarah herself was not able to conceive—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithfulS 1Co 1:9 who had made the promise.12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,Ro 4:19 came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.Ge 22:17

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;ver 39 they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,S Mt 13:17 admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.Ge 23:4; Lev 25:23; Php 3:20; 1Pe 1:17; 2:1114 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.Ge 24:6-816 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.2Ti 4:18 Therefore God is not ashamedMk 8:38 to be called their God,Ge 26:24; 28:13; Ex 3:6, 15 for he has prepared a cityver 10; Heb 13:14 for them.

Great Examples of Faith

11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”Gen 5:24. For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise.10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believedOr It was by faith that he [Abraham] was able to have a child, even though Sarah was barren and he was too old. He believed. that God would keep his promise.12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Psalm 110:1-7

Psalm 110

Of David. A psalm.

The Lord saysMt 22:44*; Mk 12:36*; Lk 20:42*; Ac 2:34* to my lord:Or Lord

“Sit at my right handS Mk 16:19; Heb 1:13*; 12:2

until I make your enemies

a footstool for your feet.”S Jos 10:24; S 1Ki 5:3; 1Co 15:25

The Lord will extend your mighty scepterS Ge 49:10; Ps 45:6; Isa 14:5; Jer 48:17 from Zion,S Ps 2:6 saying,

“RulePs 72:8 in the midst of your enemies!”

Your troops will be willing

on your day of battle.

Arrayed in holy splendor,S Ex 15:11

your young men will come to you

like dew from the morning’s womb.The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.Mic 5:7

The Lord has sworn

and will not change his mind:S Nu 23:19

“You are a priest forever,Zec 6:13; Heb 5:6*; 7:21*

in the order of Melchizedek.S Ge 14:18; Heb 5:10; 7:15-17*

The Lord is at your right handOr My lord is at your right hand, Lord;Ps 16:8

he will crush kingsS Dt 7:24; Ps 2:12; 68:21; 76:12; Isa 60:12; Da 2:44 on the day of his wrath.S Ps 2:5; Ro 2:5; Rev 6:17; 11:18

He will judge the nations,S Ps 9:19 heaping up the deadIsa 5:25; 34:3; 66:24

and crushing the rulersS Ps 18:38 of the whole earth.

He will drink from a brook along the way,The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

and so he will lift his head high.Ps 3:3; 27:6

Psalm 110

A psalm of David.

The Lord said to my Lord,Or my lord.

“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand

until I humble your enemies,

making them a footstool under your feet.”

The Lord will extend your powerful kingdom from JerusalemHebrew Zion.;

you will rule over your enemies.

When you go to war,

your people will serve you willingly.

You are arrayed in holy garments,

and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew.

The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:

“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord stands at your right hand to protect you.

He will strike down many kings when his anger erupts.

He will punish the nations

and fill their lands with corpses;

he will shatter heads over the whole earth.

But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way.

He will be victorious.

110 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

Proverbs 27:14

14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning,

it will be taken as a curse.

14 A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning

will be taken as a curse!

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

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