Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Hebrews 4 reveals that rest is a precious commodity, stemming first from a promise (v. 1). God's promises can give us rest and soothe our minds when we are troubled. After we receive the promise, however, we must combine it with faith (v. 2). Faith is the "fuel" in our "engine" that brings the promise to life. A promise without faith has no power, in the same way that an engine without fuel has no active energy.

We know that our faith is activating a promise when the result is rest. "For only we who believe can enter his place of rest" (v. 3). The moment our faith mixes with a promise, a perfect rest enters our hearts. All anxiety, frustration, fear, and worry depart, and God's rest is ours.

God is not anxious about problems! When we believe His Word, we enter into His rest. Therefore, when we are troubled we must bring a promise to God's throne, mix it with faith, and sit quietly in the rest of God until He performs it.

"Let us do our best to enter that place of rest" (Hebrews 4:11)!

Ezekiel 3:16-6:14

Ezekiel’s Task as Watchman

16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me:Jer 42:717 “Son of man, I have made you a watchmanS Isa 52:8 for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.S Isa 58:1; Jer 1:17; Eze 11:4; Hab 2:118 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,S Ge 2:17; Jn 8:21, 24’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die forOr in; also in verses 19 and 20 their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.ver 2019 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turnS Ps 7:12 from their wickednessS Ge 6:5 or from their evil ways, they will dieS Jer 42:16 for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.S 2Ki 17:13; Eze 14:14, 20; Ac 18:6; 20:26; 1Ti 4:14-16

20 “Again, when a righteous person turnsS Jer 34:16 from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling blockS Lev 26:37; S Isa 8:14; S Eze 7:19 before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.ver 18; Ps 125:5; Eze 18:24; 33:12, 1821 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.Ac 20:31

22 The hand of the LordS ver 14; S Eze 1:3 was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and goAc 9:6 out to the plain,Eze 8:4 and there I will speak to you.”23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River,Eze 1:1 and I fell facedown.S Ge 17:3

24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised meS Eze 2:2 to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.Jer 15:1725 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.Eze 4:826 I will make your tongue stick to the roofS Ps 22:15 of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.Eze 2:5; 24:27; 33:22; Hos 4:427 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ver 11 Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.Eze 2:5; 12:3; 24:27; 29:21; 33:22; Rev 22:11

Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

“Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a rampS Jer 6:6; Eze 17:17; Da 11:15 up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it.S Jer 33:4; Eze 21:22Then take an iron pan,S Lev 2:5 place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face towardver 7; Eze 20:46; 21:2 it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a signS Isa 8:18; S 20:3; Jer 13:1-7; 18:1-4; 19:1-2; Eze 5:1-4; 12:3-6 to the people of Israel.S Jer 39:1

“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself.Or upon your side You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the people of Israel.

“After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sinS Ex 28:38 of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.Nu 14:34; Da 9:24-26; 12:11-12Turn your faceS ver 3; Eze 6:2; S 13:17 toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege.Eze 3:25

“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt;S Isa 28:25 put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.10 Weigh out twenty shekelsThat is, about 8 ounces or about 230 gramsS Ex 30:13 of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.11 Also measure out a sixth of a hinThat is, about 2/3 quart or about 0.6 liter of water and drink it at set times.ver 1612 Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrementS Isa 36:12 for fuel.”13 The Lord said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”Hos 9:3; Am 7:17

14 Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign Lord!Jer 1:6; Eze 9:8; 20:49 I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found deadS Lev 11:39 or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.S Ex 22:31; Dt 14:3; 32:37-38; Da 1:8; Hos 9:3-4

15 “Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement.”

16 He then said to me: “Son of man, I am about to cut offS Ps 105:16 the food supply in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair,ver 10-11; S Lev 26:26; Isa 3:1; Eze 12:1917 for food and water will be scarce.La 5:4; Eze 5:16; 12:18-19; Am 4:8 They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because ofOr away in their sin.S Lev 26:39; Eze 24:23; 33:10

God’s Razor of Judgment

“Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razorS Nu 6:5 to shaveEze 44:20 your head and your beard.S Lev 21:5; S 2Sa 10:4 Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.When the days of your siege come to an end, burnJer 21:10; Eze 15:7 a thirdZec 13:8 of the hair inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind.ver 10; Jer 13:24 For I will pursue them with drawn sword.ver 12; S Lev 26:33; S Jer 9:16; S 39:1-2But take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment.2Ki 25:12; S Ps 74:11; Jer 39:10Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fireEze 10:7; 15:7 and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to all Israel.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.S Dt 4:6; S La 1:1; Eze 16:14Yet in her wickedness she has rebelled against my laws and decrees more than the nations and countries around her. She has rejected my laws and has not followed my decrees.S 2Ki 17:15; Ne 9:17; Jer 11:10; S Eze 2:3; 16:47-51; Zec 7:11

“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not evenMost Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac You have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.S 2Ki 21:9; S 2Ch 33:9; Jer 2:10-11; Eze 16:47

“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself am against you, Jerusalem, and I will inflict punishment on you in the sight of the nations.S Jer 21:5, 13; 24:9; Eze 11:9; 15:7; Zec 14:2Because of all your detestable idols, I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again.Da 9:12; S Mt 24:2110 Therefore in your midst parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents.S Lev 26:29; S La 2:20 I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.S Lev 26:33; S Ps 44:11; S Jer 13:14; Eze 12:1411 Therefore as surely as I live,S Nu 14:21 declares the SovereignS Ge 15:2 Lord, because you have defiled my sanctuaryS Lev 15:31 with all your vile imagesEze 7:20; 11:18 and detestable practices,2Ch 36:14; Eze 8:6 I myself will shave you; I will not look on you with pity or spare you.S Job 27:22; S Jer 16:18; S La 2:17; Eze 7:4, 9; 8:18; 9:512 A third of your people will die of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the windsver 10; Jer 13:24 and pursue with drawn sword.S ver 2, 17; S Ps 107:39; S Jer 15:2; S 21:9; Eze 6:11-12; 7:15; 12:14; Am 9:4; Zec 13:8; Rev 6:8

13 “Then my anger will cease and my wrathS 2Ch 12:7; S Job 20:23; Eze 21:17; 24:13 against them will subside, and I will be avenged.S Isa 1:24 And when I have spent my wrath on them, they will know that I the Lord have spoken in my zeal.S Isa 59:17; Eze 16:42; 38:19; Hos 10:10; Zec 6:8

14 “I will make you a ruin and a reproach among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by.S Lev 26:32; Ne 2:17; Ps 74:3-10; 79:1-4; Isa 64:11; Eze 6:6; 22:4; Da 9:16; Mic 3:1215 You will be a reproachS Isa 43:28 and a taunt, a warningS Dt 28:46 and an object of horror to the nations around you when I inflict punishment on you in anger and in wrath and with stinging rebuke.S Dt 28:20; S 1Ki 9:7; S Jer 22:8-9; 24:9; Eze 14:8 I the Lord have spoken.S Jer 23:4016 When I shoot at you with my deadly and destructive arrows of famine, I will shoot to destroy you. I will bring more and more famine upon you and cut off your supply of food.S Lev 26:26; S Dt 32:2417 I will send famine and wild beastsEze 14:15 against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshedEze 38:22 will sweep through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I the Lord have spoken.S ver 12; S Lev 26:25; Eze 14:21; 28:23

Doom for the Mountains of Israel

The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, set your faceS Eze 4:7 against the mountainsEze 18:6; Mic 6:1 of Israel; prophesy against themver 13and say: ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys:Eze 36:4 I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.S Lev 26:30Your altars will be demolished and your incense altarsS 2Ch 14:5 will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols.Eze 9:6; 14:3; 20:16I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bonesS Nu 19:16; S Ps 53:5; Jer 8:1-2 around your altars.ver 13; S Lev 26:30Wherever you live,S Ex 12:20 the towns will be laid waste and the high placesHos 10:8 demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idolsEze 30:13; Mic 1:7; Zec 13:2 smashed and ruined, your incense altarsS Lev 26:30 broken down, and what you have made wiped out.S 1Sa 5:4; Isa 6:11; S Eze 5:14Your people will fall slainEze 9:7 among you, and you will know that I am the Lord.ver 10, 13, 14; Eze 11:10-12

“‘But I will spare some, for some of you will escapeS Ps 68:20; S Jer 44:28 the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations.S Ge 11:4; S Ps 44:11; Isa 6:13; S Jer 44:14; Eze 7:16; 12:16; 14:22Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will rememberS Ps 137:6; Zec 10:9 me—how I have been grievedS Isa 7:13; S Jer 8:21 by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols.S Ex 22:20; Eze 20:7, 24; Mic 5:13 They will loathe themselves for the evilS Ex 32:22 they have done and for all their detestable practices.S Job 42:6; Eze 20:43; 23:14-16; 36:3110 And they will know that I am the Lord;S ver 7 I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them.S Dt 28:52; Jer 40:2

11 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Strike your hands together and stamp your feet and cry out “Alas!” because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the people of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague.S Jer 42:22; Eze 21:14, 17; 22:13; 25:612 One who is far away will die of the plague, and one who is near will fall by the sword, and anyone who survives and is spared will die of famine. So will I pour out my wrathS Job 20:23 on them.S Eze 5:12; 7:1513 And they will know that I am the Lord, when their people lie slain among their idolsS Lev 26:30 around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oakS Isa 1:29—places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols.S 1Ki 14:23; S Jer 2:20; Eze 18:6; 20:28; Hos 4:1314 And I will stretch out my handS Ex 7:5; S Job 30:21; S Jer 6:12; 51:25; Eze 20:34 against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to DiblahMost Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts Riblah—wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the Lord.Eze 12:19; 14:13’”

A Watchman for Israel

16 After seven days the Lord gave me a message. He said,17 “Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for Israel. Whenever you receive a message from me, warn people immediately.18 If I warn the wicked, saying, ‘You are under the penalty of death,’ but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible for their deaths.19 If you warn them and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved yourself because you obeyed me.

20 “If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.21 But if you warn righteous people not to sin and they listen to you and do not sin, they will live, and you will have saved yourself, too.”

22 Then the Lord took hold of me and said, “Get up and go out into the valley, and I will speak to you there.”23 So I got up and went, and there I saw the glory of the Lord, just as I had seen in my first vision by the Kebar River. And I fell face down on the ground.

24 Then the Spirit came into me and set me on my feet. He spoke to me and said, “Go to your house and shut yourself in.25 There, son of man, you will be tied with ropes so you cannot go out among the people.26 And I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be speechless and unable to rebuke them, for they are rebels.27 But when I give you a message, I will loosen your tongue and let you speak. Then you will say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Those who choose to listen will listen, but those who refuse will refuse, for they are rebels.

A Sign of the Coming Siege

“And now, son of man, take a large clay brick and set it down in front of you. Then draw a map of the city of Jerusalem on it.Show the city under siege. Build a wall around it so no one can escape. Set up the enemy camp, and surround the city with siege ramps and battering rams.Then take an iron griddle and place it between you and the city. Turn toward the city and demonstrate how harsh the siege will be against Jerusalem. This will be a warning to the people of Israel.

“Now lie on your left side and place the sins of Israel on yourself. You are to bear their sins for the number of days you lie there on your side.I am requiring you to bear Israel’s sins for 390 days—one day for each year of their sin.After that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days—one day for each year of Judah’s sin.

“Meanwhile, keep staring at the siege of Jerusalem. Lie there with your arm bared and prophesy her destruction.I will tie you up with ropes so you won’t be able to turn from side to side until the days of your siege have been completed.

“Now go and get some wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and emmer wheat, and mix them together in a storage jar. Use them to make bread for yourself during the 390 days you will be lying on your side.10 Ration this out to yourself, eight ouncesHebrew 20 shekels [228 grams]. of food for each day, and eat it at set times.11 Then measure out a jarHebrew 1⁄6 of a hin [about 1 pint or 0.6 liters]. of water for each day, and drink it at set times.12 Prepare and eat this food as you would barley cakes. While all the people are watching, bake it over a fire using dried human dung as fuel and then eat the bread.”13 Then the Lord said, “This is how Israel will eat defiled bread in the Gentile lands to which I will banish them!”

14 Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, must I be defiled by using human dung? For I have never been defiled before. From the time I was a child until now I have never eaten any animal that died of sickness or was killed by other animals. I have never eaten any meat forbidden by the law.”

15 “All right,” the Lord said. “You may bake your bread with cow dung instead of human dung.”16 Then he told me, “Son of man, I will make food very scarce in Jerusalem. It will be weighed out with great care and eaten fearfully. The water will be rationed out drop by drop, and the people will drink it with dismay.17 Lacking food and water, people will look at one another in terror, and they will waste away under their punishment.

A Sign of the Coming Judgment

“Son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a razor to shave your head and beard. Use a scale to weigh the hair into three equal parts.Place a third of it at the center of your map of Jerusalem. After acting out the siege, burn it there. Scatter another third across your map and chop it with a sword. Scatter the last third to the wind, for I will scatter my people with the sword.Keep just a bit of the hair and tie it up in your robe.Then take some of these hairs out and throw them into the fire, burning them up. A fire will then spread from this remnant and destroy all of Israel.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This is an illustration of what will happen to Jerusalem. I placed her at the center of the nations,but she has rebelled against my regulations and decrees and has been even more wicked than the surrounding nations. She has refused to obey the regulations and decrees I gave her to follow.

“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You people have behaved worse than your neighbors and have refused to obey my decrees and regulations. You have not even lived up to the standards of the nations around you.Therefore, I myself, the Sovereign Lord, am now your enemy. I will punish you publicly while all the nations watch.Because of your detestable idols, I will punish you like I have never punished anyone before or ever will again.10 Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and scatter to the winds the few who survive.

11 “As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will cut you off completely. I will show you no pity at all because you have defiled my Temple with your vile images and detestable sins.12 A third of your people will die in the city from disease and famine. A third of them will be slaughtered by the enemy outside the city walls. And I will scatter a third to the winds, chasing them with my sword.13 Then at last my anger will be spent, and I will be satisfied. And when my fury against them has subsided, all Israel will know that I, the Lord, have spoken to them in my jealous anger.

14 “So I will turn you into a ruin, a mockery in the eyes of the surrounding nations and to all who pass by.15 You will become an object of mockery and taunting and horror. You will be a warning to all the nations around you. They will see what happens when the Lord punishes a nation in anger and rebukes it, says the Lord.

16 “I will shower you with the deadly arrows of famine to destroy you. The famine will become more and more severe until every crumb of food is gone.17 And along with the famine, wild animals will attack you and rob you of your children. Disease and war will stalk your land, and I will bring the sword of the enemy against you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Judgment against Israel’s Mountains

Again a message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, turn and face the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them.Proclaim this message from the Sovereign Lord against the mountains of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills and to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring war upon you, and I will smash your pagan shrines.All your altars will be demolished, and your places of worship will be destroyed. I will kill your people in front of your idols.The Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung; also in 6:5, 6, 9, 13.I will lay your corpses in front of your idols and scatter your bones around your altars.Wherever you live there will be desolation, and I will destroy your pagan shrines. Your altars will be demolished, your idols will be smashed, your places of worship will be torn down, and all the religious objects you have made will be destroyed.The place will be littered with corpses, and you will know that I alone am the Lord.

“But I will let a few of my people escape destruction, and they will be scattered among the nations of the world.Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins.10 They will know that I alone am the Lord and that I was serious when I said I would bring this calamity on them.

11 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Clap your hands in horror, and stamp your feet. Cry out because of all the detestable sins the people of Israel have committed. Now they are going to die from war and famine and disease.12 Disease will strike down those who are far away in exile. War will destroy those who are nearby. And anyone who survives will be killed by famine. So at last I will spend my fury on them.13 They will know that I am the Lord when their dead lie scattered among their idols and altars on every hill and mountain and under every green tree and every great shade tree—the places where they offered sacrifices to their idols.14 I will crush them and make their cities desolate from the wilderness in the south to RiblahAs in some Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts read Diblah. in the north. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

22 And the hand of the Lord was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.

23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the Lord stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.

24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.

25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:

26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.

27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.

Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:

And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.

Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.

And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.

12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.

13 And the Lord said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:

17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.

Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.

Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.

And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.

10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.

11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.

12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.

14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.

15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the Lord have spoken it.

16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:

17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee: and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the Lord have spoken it.

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

Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.

And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.

And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

10 And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

11 Thus saith the Lord God; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.

12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.

13 Then shall ye know that I am the Lord, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.

14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

Hebrews 4:1-16

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.Heb 12:15For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.Some manuscripts because those who heard did not combine it with faith1Th 2:13Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’”Psalm 95:11; also in verse 5Ps 95:11; Dt 1:34, 35; Heb 3:11

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”Gen. 2:2Ge 2:2, 3; Ex 20:11And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”Ps 95:11; S ver 3

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience,ver 11; Heb 3:18God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.”Psalm 95:7,8Ps 95:7, 8; Heb 3:7, 8, 15

For if Joshua had given them rest,Jos 22:4 God would not have spokenS Heb 1:1 later about another day.There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,Or laborLev 23:3; Rev 14:13 just as God did from his.ver 411 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.ver 6; Heb 3:18

12 For the word of GodS Mk 4:14; Lk 5:1; 11:28; Jn 10:35; Ac 12:24; 1Th 2:13; 2Ti 2:9; 1Pe 1:23; 1Jn 2:14; Rev 1:2, 9 is aliveAc 7:38; 1Pe 1:23 and active.Isa 55:11; Jer 23:29; 1Th 2:13 Sharper than any double-edged sword,Eph 6:17; S Rev 1:16 it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.1Co 14:24, 2513 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.Ps 33:13-15; Pr 5:21; Jer 16:17; 23:24; Da 2:22 Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priestS Heb 2:17 who has ascended into heaven,Greek has gone through the heavensHeb 6:20; 8:1; 9:24 Jesus the Son of God,S Mt 4:3 let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.S Heb 3:115 For we do not have a high priestS Heb 2:17 who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areHeb 2:18—yet he did not sin.S 2Co 5:2116 Let us then approachS Heb 7:19 God’s throne of grace with confidence,S Eph 3:12 so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Promised Rest for God’s People

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it.For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God.Some manuscripts read they didn’t combine what they heard with faith.For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said,

“In my anger I took an oath:

‘They will never enter my place of rest,’”Ps 95:11.

even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.”Gen 2:2.But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.”Ps 95:11.

So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God.So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted:

“Today when you hear his voice,

don’t harden your hearts.”Ps 95:7-8.

Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come.So there is a special restOr a Sabbath rest. still waiting for the people of God.10 For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.11 So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.

12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Christ Is Our High Priest

14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalm 104:24-35

24 How many are your works,Ps 40:5 Lord!

In wisdom you madeS Ge 1:31 them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.Ps 24:1; 50:10-11

25 There is the sea,Ps 69:34 vast and spacious,

teeming with creatures beyond number—

living things both large and small.Eze 47:10

26 There the shipsPs 107:23; Eze 27:9; Jnh 1:3 go to and fro,

and Leviathan,S Job 3:8; 41:1 which you formed to frolicJob 40:20 there.S Ge 1:21

27 All creatures look to you

to give them their foodJob 36:31; Ps 145:15; 147:9 at the proper time.

28 When you give it to them,

they gather it up;

when you open your hand,

they are satisfiedPs 103:5; 145:16; Isa 58:11 with good things.

29 When you hide your face,S Dt 31:17

they are terrified;

when you take away their breath,

they die and return to the dust.S Job 7:21

30 When you send your Spirit,S Ge 1:2

they are created,

and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the LordEx 40:35; Ps 8:1; S Ro 11:36 endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his worksS Ge 1:4

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,S Ps 97:4

who touches the mountains,S Ex 19:18 and they smoke.Ps 144:5

33 I will singS Ex 15:1; Ps 108:1 to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,

as I rejoiceS Ps 2:11; 9:2; 32:11 in the Lord.

35 But may sinners vanishPs 37:38 from the earth

and the wicked be no more.S Job 7:10

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; in the Septuagint this line stands at the beginning of Psalm 105.Ps 28:6; 105:45; 106:48

24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!

In wisdom you have made them all.

The earth is full of your creatures.

25 Here is the ocean, vast and wide,

teeming with life of every kind,

both large and small.

26 See the ships sailing along,

and Leviathan,The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature. which you made to play in the sea.

27 They all depend on you

to give them food as they need it.

28 When you supply it, they gather it.

You open your hand to feed them,

and they are richly satisfied.

29 But if you turn away from them, they panic.

When you take away their breath,

they die and turn again to dust.

30 When you give them your breath,Or When you send your Spirit. life is created,

and you renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the Lord continue forever!

The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!

32 The earth trembles at his glance;

the mountains smoke at his touch.

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.

I will praise my God to my last breath!

34 May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

35 Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth;

let the wicked disappear forever.

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 26:27

27 Whoever digs a pitS Ps 7:15 will fall into it;S Est 6:13

if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.S Est 2:23; S 7:9; Ps 35:8; 141:10; Pr 28:10; 29:6; Isa 50:11

27 If you set a trap for others,

you will get caught in it yourself.

If you roll a boulder down on others,

it will crush you instead.

27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

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