Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 16

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 16

Ezra 5 – 6

Through My Bible – July 16

Ezra 5 – 6 (EHV)

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Completion of the Second Temple

Ezra 5

Now the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah grandson [1] of Iddo, prophesied to the Judeans who were in Judah [2] and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jozadak began to build the house of the God who is in Jerusalem. [3] The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.

At that time, Tattenai governor of Trans-Euphrates, together with Shethar Bozenai and their associates, came up to them and said this to them: “Who gave you an order to construct this building and to finish this project?” They [4] also said this to them: “What are the names of the men who are building this building?”

However, the eye of their God was on the Judean elders, and the officials did not make them stop until the report could go to Darius, and they could respond on the basis of a document concerning this matter.

This is a copy of the letter that Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar Bozenai and his associates, officials who are in Trans-Euphrates, sent to King Darius. They sent him a report, and this is what was written in it:

To King Darius.

All peace.

We want the King to know that we went to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. It was being built with large stones, and beams were being laid in the walls. This work was being done thoroughly and was progressing in their hands.

Then we questioned those elders, and we said this to them, “Who gave you an order to build this house and to finish this structure?” 10 We also asked them for their names, in order to inform you so that we could write the names of the men who were their leaders.

11 Now this was what they replied to us: “We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the house that was built many years ago. A great king of Israel built it and finished it. 12 However, because our ancestors angered the God of Heaven, [5] he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean. As a result, he destroyed this house and exiled the people to Babylon. 13 However, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to rebuild this house of God. 14 Also the gold and silver vessels of the house of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem and brought to the temple in Babylon—King Cyrus brought them out of the temple in Babylon, and they were given to a certain Sheshbazzar, whom he had appointed governor. 15 Moreover, he said to him, ‘Take these vessels. Go deposit them in the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be rebuilt on its site.’ 16 Then that Sheshbazzar came and laid the foundations of the house of God in Jerusalem. So from then until now, it has been under construction but has not been completed.”

17 Now if it seems good to the King, an investigation may be conducted in the royal archives there in Babylon to see whether it is true that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to build that house of God in Jerusalem. Then let the King send us his decision in this matter.

Ezra 6

Then King Darius issued a decree, and they searched the archives which were deposited there at the treasury office in Babylon. A scroll was located in Ecbatana, in the citadel that is in the province of Media, and this was written on it:

Memorandum:

In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree regarding the house of God in Jerusalem.

That house is to be rebuilt at the place where sacrifices were sacrificed, and its foundations are to be laid. [6] Its height: ninety feet. Its width: ninety feet. [7] Build with three layers of large stone and one layer of wood. [8] The cost will be paid by the royal treasury. Also the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple that is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned, and each vessel is to be taken to the temple that is in Jerusalem, each to its place. You are to deposit them in the house of God.

Now Tattenai governor of Trans-Euphrates, Shethar Bozenai, and their associates, officials who are in Trans-Euphrates: You are to keep away from there. Leave the work on that house of God alone. Let the governor of the Judeans and the elders of the Judeans rebuild that house of God on its site. Furthermore, a decree is issued from me concerning what you should do together with the elders of these Judeans in order to rebuild that temple of God: The complete cost will be paid to these men from the royal treasury, out of the taxes of the Trans-Euphrates area, so that the builders will not have to stop. Whatever they need—bulls, rams, or lambs for burnt offerings to the God of Heaven, wheat, salt, wine, olive oil, according to the request of the priests in Jerusalem—is to be given to them daily without neglect, 10 so that they may offer offerings to the God of Heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.

11 Furthermore, a decree is issued from me that if any person tries to change this edict, a beam will be pulled out of his house and he will be impaled on it, and his house will be made a pile of rubble.

12 May the God who caused his name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who take action to change my decree, in order to destroy that house of God that is in Jerusalem.

I, Darius, have issued a decree. Let it be carried out exactly.

13 Then Tattenai governor of Trans-Euphrates, Shethar Bozenai, and their associates—because King Darius had sent his decree—did exactly what it said. 14 So the elders of the Judeans continued to build and prosper throughout the prophetic ministry of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah grandson of Iddo. They finished building the temple by the decree of the God of Israel and by the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and King Artaxerxes of Persia. 15 This house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, during the sixth year [9] of the reign of King Darius.

16 The Israelites—the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles—dedicated this house of God with joy. 17 For the dedication of this house of God, they offered one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, as well as twelve male goats for sin offerings for all Israel, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 They appointed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their assigned groups for the service of the God who is in Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses.

The Passover Is Celebrated

19 The exiles celebrated the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. 20 Because the priests and the Levites together had purified themselves, all of them were ceremonially pure. The Levites slaughtered the Passover for all of the exiles, for their brothers the priests, and for themselves. 21 The Israelites who had returned from the exile ate the Passover lambs, together with every person who had separated himself from the impurity of the nations of the land in order to join them, in order to seek the Lord, the God of Israel. 22 For seven days they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread joyfully, because the Lord had made them joyful, since he had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to encourage them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.

Footnotes

  1. Ezra 5:1 Literally son. According to Zechariah 1:1, Zechariah was the son of Berekiah and the grandson of Iddo.
  2. Ezra 5:1 Judah, which was a tribal name, now becomes the name of a Persian province or sub-province. It is also known as Yehud, the Aramaic form of the name.
  3. Ezra 5:2 Or the house of God in Jerusalem
  4. Ezra 5:4 The translation follows a variant supported by the Greek and Syriac. The Aramaic text has we.
  5. Ezra 5:12 The God of Heaven is a common name for the Lord in the books from the time of the Exile.
  6. Ezra 6:3 Or and burnt offerings were offered
  7. Ezra 6:3 The dimensions are different than those of Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings 6.
  8. Ezra 6:4 The translation follows the Greek. The Aramaic reads new wood.
  9. Ezra 6:15 That is, 515 bc




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 15

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 15

Ezra 4

Through My Bible – July 15

Ezra 4 (EHV)

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Opposition to the Construction of the Second Temple

1 When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of the families. They said to them, “Let us build with you, because, like you, we seek your God, and we have been sacrificing to him [1] since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.”

Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the families of Israel said to them, “We will not permit you to join us in building a house for our God, because we ourselves will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, just as King Cyrus of Persia commanded us.”

Then the people of the land kept discouraging [2] the people of Judah and kept trying to make them too frightened to build. They kept bribing officials [3] against them to try to frustrate their plans. They did this throughout all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

During the reign of Xerxes, [4] at the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. Then in Artaxerxes’ days, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabe’el, and the rest of his associates wrote to King Artaxerxes of Persia. A document was written in Aramaic and translated. [5] What follows is the Aramaic version. [6]

Rehum the head of the council and Shimshai the secretary wrote a letter concerning Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes as follows:

Heading: Rehum the head of the council with Shimshai the secretary and the rest of their associates: the judges, the rulers, the officials, the administrators, people from Uruk and Babylon, people from Susa (that is, the Elamites), [7] 10 and the rest of the peoples whom the great and glorious Ashurbanipal exiled and settled in the city of Samaria and the rest of the province called Trans-Euphrates. [8]

11 (This is a copy of the letter that they sent to him.)

To King Artaxerxes.

From your servants, men of the Trans-Euphrates.

Message:

12 The King should know that the Judeans who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. Soon they will have completed the walls, and they are now repairing the foundations.

13 Now let it be known to the King that if that city is rebuilt and the walls are completed, then taxes, tribute, and revenue will not be paid, and kings certainly will be harmed.

14 Now because we are duty-bound by an oath to the King [9] and do not wish to see the King dishonored, for that reason we are sending this letter to inform the King, 15 so that a search may be made in the book containing the memoranda of your predecessors. In this book of memoranda you will discover and come to know that this city is a rebellious city, harmful to kings and provinces, producing rebellions within it from days of old. For this reason that city was destroyed. 16 We are informing the King that if that city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, then, because of that, you will retain possession of no portion of the Trans-Euphrates.

17 The king sent a reply:

To Rehum the head of the council, Shimshai the secretary, and the rest of their associates, who live in Samaria and the rest of the province called Trans-Euphrates.

Peace.

Message:

18 The document that you sent to us was translated and read in my presence. 19 So a decree was issued by me. They searched and found that from ancient days that city has risen up against kings, and rebellion and insurrection have been made in it. 20 Powerful kings were over Jerusalem, and they ruled throughout the entire Trans-Euphrates, and taxes, tribute, and revenue were paid to them. 21 Therefore, issue a decree to stop these men, and this city shall not be rebuilt until a decree is issued by me. 22 Moreover, continue to be diligent. Do not neglect to do this. Why should damage increase to harm kings?

23 Then, when a copy of Artaxerxes’ document was read in the presence of Rehum, Shimshai the secretary, and their associates, they immediately went to the Judeans in Jerusalem, and they stopped them with armed force. 24 In this way, the work on the house of God in Jerusalem was stopped. Also, it had previously been stopped until the second year [10] of the reign of King Darius of Persia. [11]

Footnotes

  1. Ezra 4:2 The translation follows the marginal Hebrew reading, which is supported by a Dead Sea Scroll and the ancient versions. The main Hebrew reading is have not been sacrificing.
  2. Ezra 4:4 Literally causing the hands to droop for
  3. Ezra 4:5 Or hiring lobbyists
  4. Ezra 4:6 The EHV uses the names of the Persian kings that have become the standard English names. These names derive from the Greek versions of the names rather than directly from the Hebrew or Persian forms of the names.
  5. Ezra 4:7 Presumably translated into Persian for the king. See verse 18.
  6. Ezra 4:7 E zra 4:7–6:18 is in Aramaic, as is Ezra 7:12–26. The letters are written in a kind of formal, stylized, bureaucratic Aramaic.
  7. Ezra 4:9 It is unclear which of these terms refer to offices and which refer to ethnic groups. Some translations understand all of them to be names of ethnic groups: Dinaites and Apharsathkites, Tarpelites, Persians, Urukites, Babylonians, Susanites, Dahavites, Elamites. If some of the words are names of office-holders, it is not clear in all cases which specific offices are referred to.
  8. Ezra 4:10 That is, the territory west of the Euphrates River, Syria-Palestine
  9. Ezra 4:14 Literally we eat the salt of the palace
  10. Ezra 4:24 That is, 520 bc
  11. Ezra 4:24 The hostile letter to the later King Artaxerxes illustrates the method that had been used to stop the work earlier, during the reign of Darius.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 14

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 14

Ezra 3

Through My Bible – July 14

Ezra 3 (EHV)

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Beginning the Construction of the Second Temple

1 When the seventh month arrived and the Israelites were living in their own cities, the people gathered together in Jerusalem.

Then Jeshua son of Jozadak with his fellow priests along with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel with his colleagues [1] arose and built the altar of the God of Israel in order to offer burnt offerings upon it, as it is written in the Law of Moses, the man of God. They set the altar on its foundations, although they were in terror of the peoples of the lands. They offered burnt offerings to the Lord upon it—burnt offerings in the evening and in the morning.

They observed the Festival of Shelters, [2] according to the written directions, and they offered the daily burnt offerings in the number specified for each day of the festival. After this, they offered the regular burnt offerings, those for the new moons, those for all the appointed assemblies of the Lord, and the offerings for everyone who was bringing a voluntary contribution to offer to the Lord. From the first day of the seventh month, they began to offer burnt offerings, although the foundation of the temple of the Lord had not yet been laid.

They gave money to the stonemasons and craftsmen, and they gave food, drink, and olive oil to the Sidonians and Tyrians to pay them for bringing cedar logs from Lebanon to the seaport at Joppa, according to the authorization that had been given to them by Cyrus king of Persia.

In the second year after their arrival at the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jozadak, along with the rest of their colleagues, the priests and the Levites, and everyone who returned from the captivity to Jerusalem began the work.

They appointed Levites who were twenty years old and older to supervise the work on the house for the Lord. Jeshua together with his sons and brothers and Kadmiel with his sons (they were descendants of Judah [3]) assumed supervision over those working on the house for God. (The Levites who were descendants of Henadad, along with their sons and brothers, also supervised.)

10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests, dressed in their robes, stood by with trumpets, and the Levites, the descendants of Asaph, stood by with cymbals to praise the Lord as prescribed by David king of Israel. 11 They sang antiphonally to praise and thank the Lord:

Truly, he is good, because his mercy toward Israel endures forever.

All the people shouted loud praise to the Lord when the foundation of the House of the Lord was laid. 12 However, when many of the older priests, Levites, and heads of families, who had seen the first house, saw this house being founded, they wept loudly, although many also raised their voices in a shout of joy. 13 The people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful cry from the sound of the people weeping, because the people were shouting loudly, and the sound could be heard far away.

Footnotes

  1. Ezra 3:2 Literally brothers
  2. Ezra 3:4 Traditionally Tabernacles
  3. Ezra 3:9 Also called Hodaviah (Ezra 2:40; Nehemiah 7:43). The exact relationship of these groups of people is unclear.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 13

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 13

Ezra 1 – 2

Through My Bible – July 13

Ezra 1 – 2 (EHV)

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The Decree of Cyrus

Ezra 1

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord given through the mouth of Jeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia. Cyrus circulated a proclamation throughout his kingdom and recorded it in a written document.

This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

The Lord, the God of Heaven, has given all the kingdoms of the earth to me. He has appointed me to build a house [1] for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. From all his people, whoever among you is willing (may the Lord his God be with him) is permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah. He may build the House of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. Any of the exiles who have survived, in any place where they are living as resident aliens, may receive support from the people of that place: silver, gold, goods, and livestock, along with their voluntary contributions for the House of the God who is in Jerusalem.

Preparations for the Return

Then the heads of the families [2] of Judah and Benjamin, the priests, and the Levites arose—everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to build the House of the Lord, which is in Jerusalem. All of their neighbors supported them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with livestock, and with valuables, in addition to all kinds of voluntary contributions.

King Cyrus also brought out the vessels of the House of the Lord which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and put into the house of his gods. Now Cyrus king of Persia entrusted them to the treasurer Mithredath, and he counted them out to Sheshbazzar, the leader [3] of Judah.

This is a tally of several different kinds of vessels:

gold dishes 30
silver dishes 1,000
pans [4] 29
10 gold bowls 30
silver bowls of other kinds 410
other articles 1,000

11 The total number of all of the gold and silver vessels was 5,400.

Sheshbazzar brought these things up to Jerusalem along with the exiles who went up to Jerusalem.

The List of Those Who Returned

Ezra 2

Now these are the people [5] of the province who went up from the captivity of the exiles whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had exiled to Babylon. The people who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, [6] Nehemiah, Seraiah, Re’elaiah, [7] Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Ba’anah returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each man to his own city.

This is the tally of the men from the people of Israel: [8]

the male descendants [9] of Parosh: 2,172
the male descendants of Shephatiah: 372
the male descendants of Arah: 775
the male descendants of Pahath Moab through the descendants of Jeshua and Joab: 2,812
the male descendants of Elam: 1,254
the male descendants of Zattu: 945
the male descendants of Zakkai: 760
10 the male descendants of Bani: 642
11 the male descendants of Bebai: 623
12 the male descendants of Azgad: 1,222
13 the male descendants of Adonikam: 666
14 the male descendants of Bigvai: 2,056
15 the male descendants of Adin: 454
16 the male descendants of Ater through Hezekiah: 98
17 the male descendants of Bezai: 323
18 the male descendants of Jorah: 112
19 the male descendants of Hashum: 223
20 the male descendants of Gibbar: 95
21 the citizens [10] of Bethlehem: 123
22 the men of Netophah: 56
23 the men of Anathoth: 128
24 the citizens of Azmaveth: 42
25 the citizens of Kiriath Arim, [11] Kephirah, and Be’eroth: 743
26 the citizens of Ramah and Geba: 621
27 the men of Mikmash: 122
28 the men of Bethel and Ai: 223
29 the citizens of Nebo: 52
30 the citizens of Magbish: 156
31 the citizens of the other Elam: 1,254
32 the citizens of Harim: 320
33 the citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono: 725
34 the citizens of Jericho: 345
35 the citizens of Sena’ah: 3,630
36 The priests:the descendants [12] of Jedaiah through the house of Jeshua: 973
37 the descendants of Immer: 1,052
38 the descendants of Pashhur: 1,247
39 the descendants of Harim: 1,017
40 The Levites:the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel through the descendants of Hodaviah: 74
41 The singers:the descendants of Asaph: 128
42 The descendants of the gatekeepers:the descendants of Shallum, the descendants of Ater,the descendants of Talmon, the descendants of Akkub,the descendants of Hatita, the descendants of Shobai, in total: 139

43 The temple servants:
        the descendants of Ziha, the descendants of Hasupha,
        the descendants of Tabbaoth, 44 the descendants of Keros,
        the descendants of Siaha, the descendants of Padon,
45         the descendants of Lebanah, the descendants of Hagabah,
        the descendants of Akkub, 46 the descendants of Hagab,
        the descendants of Shamlai, [13] the descendants of Hanan,
47         the descendants of Giddel, the descendants of Gahar,
        the descendants of Reaiah, 48 the descendants of Rezin,
        the descendants of Nekoda, the descendants of Gazzam,
49         the descendants of Uzza, the descendants of Paseah,
        the descendants of Besai, 50 the descendants of Asnah,
        the descendants of Meunim, the descendants of Nephusim, [14]
51         the descendants of Bakbuk, the descendants of Hakupha,
        the descendants of Harhur, 52 the descendants of Bazluth,
        the descendants of Mehida, the descendants of Harsha,
53         the descendants of Barkos, the descendants of Sisera,
        the descendants of Temah, 54 the descendants of Neziah,
        the descendants of Hatipha.

55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:
        the descendants of Sotai, the descendants of Hassophereth,
        the descendants of Peruda, 56 the descendants of Ja’alah,
        the descendants of Darkon, the descendants of Giddel,
57         the descendants of Shephatiah, the descendants of Hattil,
        the descendants of Pokereth Hazzebaim, the descendants of Ami.
58 The total of the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants was 392.

59 The following are the people who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer. They were not able to prove their ancestry or descent—whether they were from Israel:

60 the descendants of Delaiah, the descendants of Tobiah,
the descendants of Nekoda: 652,
61 from the descendants of the priests: the descendants of Habaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, the descendants of Barzillai, through a man who married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and so they were called by his family name.

62 These people searched for their genealogical records, but they could not find them, so they were disqualified from the priesthood. 63 The governor told them that they should not eat from the most holy sacrifices until a priest would arise who could serve with Urim and Thummim.

64 The entire assembly together numbered 42,360, 65 not counting their male slaves and their female slaves, who numbered 7,337. They also had 200 male and female singers. 66 Their horses numbered 736, their mules 245, 67 their camels 435, and their donkeys 6,720.

68 So when the heads of the families came to the House of the Lord in Jerusalem, they gave voluntary contributions for God’s house in order to construct it on its site. 69 On the basis of their wealth, they gave the following amounts to the treasury to support the work: 61,000 gold darics, [15] 5,000 silver minas, [16] and 100 garments for the priests.

70 The priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the temple servants, and some of the people settled in Jerusalem and its towns, [17] and all the rest of Israel settled in their towns.

Footnotes

  1. Ezra 1:2 In the historical books the temple in Jerusalem is frequently called a house (bayit) rather than a temple (hekal).
  2. Ezra 1:5 Literally the heads of the fathers or the leading fathers
  3. Ezra 1:8 The title leader (nasi) does not necessarily refer to a prince, the son of a king. Sheshbazzar is, however, traditionally called a prince because the line of the Messiah is traced through him.
  4. Ezra 1:9 The precise identification of some of these objects is uncertain. For example, the term translated pans may mean knives.
  5. Ezra 2:1 Literally sons. This term sons may include male descendants of multiple generations.
  6. Ezra 2:2 Also known as Joshua
  7. Ezra 2:2 The stop mark ′ indicates that the double vowel should be pronounced as two syllables, re-el, not as one syllable, reel.
  8. Ezra 2:2 In this list and the similar list in Nehemiah, there are many variants of names and numbers. The translation provides footnotes only for some of the more important variants.
  9. Ezra 2:3 Literally sons
  10. Ezra 2:21 Literally sons
  11. Ezra 2:25 Variant of Kiriath Jearim
  12. Ezra 2:36 Literally sons
  13. Ezra 2:46 Variant Shalmai
  14. Ezra 2:50 Many of the names in these lists, including Meinim and Nephisim, have variant spellings. The most common variant is between i and u, which look alike in some phases of Hebrew.
  15. Ezra 2:69 A daric is a unit of weight that appears in post-exilic books. It is a Persian term, equal to the Greek drachma, perhaps a third of an ounce. It is also the name for the standard gold coin of the Persian Empire.
  16. Ezra 2:69 A mina weighed about 1¼ pounds.
  17. Ezra 2:70 The word Jerusalem is not in the Hebrew text, but it is present in the Greek Old Testament. The first group of cities, therefore, refers to Jerusalem and its environs, and the second group of cities to the more distant cities and towns of Judah and Benjamin.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 12

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 12

Philemon

Through My Bible – July 12

Philemon (EHV)

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Greeting

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,

To Philemon, our dear friend and coworker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your house:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Love and Faith

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love and faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints. I pray that this fellowship of your faith may become active in understanding every good thing that belongs to us [1] in Christ. For I have received great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

Appeal on Behalf of Onesimus

For that reason, even though I have plenty of boldness in Christ to order you to do what is proper, I am appealing to you, instead, on the basis of love, just as I, Paul, am an old man and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I am appealing to you on behalf of my child Onesimus. [2] I became his father while I was in chains. 11 There was a time when he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to me. 12 I have sent him (who is my very heart) back to you. Welcome him. [3] 13 I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might serve me in your place while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that your kindness would not be the result of compulsion, but of willingness. 15 Perhaps this is why he was separated from you for a while: so that you would have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave, but as more than a slave, as a dear brother. He certainly is dear to me, but he is even more of a dear brother to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 And if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, have written this with my own hand: I will repay it—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 Yes, brother, I am asking for a favor from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

22 Just one more thing: Prepare a guest room for me, because I am hoping to be given back to you in answer to your prayers.

Closing Words

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends his greetings to you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my coworkers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your [4] spirit. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Philemon 1:6 Some witnesses to the text read you. (“Witnesses to the text” mentioned in footnotes may include Greek manuscripts, lectionaries, translations, and quotations in the church fathers.)
  2. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful. See the play on words in verse 11.
  3. Philemon 1:12 Some witnesses to the text omit Welcome him.
  4. Philemon 1:25 Your is plural.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 11

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 11

Colossians 3:18 – 4:18

Through My Bible – July 11

Colossians 3:18 – 4:18 (EHV)

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Colossians 3

Household Duties

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not treat them harshly.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, so that they do not become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your human masters [1] in everything, not just when they are watching you, like people-pleasers, but with a sincere heart, out of respect for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, keep working at it with all your heart, as for the Lord and not for people, 24 because you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. Keep serving the Lord Christ! 25 Indeed, the one who does what is wrong will be repaid for what he did wrong, and there is no favoritism.

Colossians 4

Masters, show justice and fairness to your slaves, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Exhortations

Be persistent in prayer, and as you pray, be alert and thankful. At the same time, pray for us too, that God might open a door for our message, so that we can tell the mystery about Christ, for which I am in prison. Pray that I may make it known clearly, as it is necessary for me to speak. Walk in wisdom in the way you act toward those on the outside, making the most of your opportunity. [2] Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you are to answer each person.

Final Greetings

Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you everything about me. I am sending him to you for this very reason, that you may know how we are, [3] and that he may comfort your hearts. I am sending him along with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is going on here.

10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. You received instructions about him. If he comes to you, welcome him. 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also greets you. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are circumcised, [4] and who have been a source of comfort to me. 12 Epaphras greets you. He is one of you and is a servant of Christ. [5] He is always struggling in prayer for you, praying that you may stand complete and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 Indeed, I can testify about him that he has worked very hard in your place, in the place of those in Laodicea, and in the place of those in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the dearly loved doctor, greets you, as does Demas.

15 Greet the brothers in Laodicea. Greet Nympha and the church at her [6] house. 16 When this letter has been read among you, make sure that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans. And make sure that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 Tell Archippus, “See to it that you fulfill the ministry that you received in the Lord.”

18 This greeting is written by me, Paul, with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen. [7]

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:22 Literally masters according to the flesh
  2. Colossians 4:5 Or redeeming the time
  3. Colossians 4:8 Some witnesses to the text read so that he may know how you are.
  4. Colossians 4:11 These were Jewish believers.
  5. Colossians 4:12 Some witnesses to the text add Jesus.
  6. Colossians 4:15 Some witnesses to the text read his.
  7. Colossians 4:18 Some witnesses to the text omit Amen.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 10

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 10

Colossians 3:1-17

Through My Bible – July 10

Colossians 3:1-17 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Colossians 3

1 Therefore, because you were raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your [1] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

The New Creation

So put to death whatever is worldly in you: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. It is because of these things that the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. [2] You too once walked in these things, when you were living in them.

But now, you too are to rid yourselves of all of these: wrath, anger, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to each other since you have put off the old self with its practices, 10 and put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in knowledge, according to the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcision or uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but rather Christ is all and is in all.

List of Virtues

12 Therefore, as God’s elect, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against anyone else. Forgive, just as Christ [3] forgave you. 14 And, in addition to all these things, put on love, which ties things together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ control your hearts, to which you were also called, in one body. And be thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ [4] dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. [5] 17 And everything you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:4 Some witnesses to the text read our.
  2. Colossians 3:6 A few witnesses to the text omit on the sons of disobedience.
  3. Colossians 3:13 Some witnesses to the text read the Lord.
  4. Colossians 3:16 A few witnesses to the text read God.
  5. Colossians 3:16 Some witnesses to the text read the Lord.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 09

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 09

Colossians 2:8-23

Through My Bible – July 09

Colossians 2:8-23 (EHV)

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Colossians 2

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, which are in accord with human tradition, namely, the basic principles of the world, but not in accord with Christ. For all the fullness of God’s being dwells bodily in Christ. 10 And you have been brought to fullness in him. Christ is the head over every ruler and authority. 11 You were also circumcised in him, with a circumcision not done by human hands, in the putting off of the body of flesh, [1] in the circumcision of Christ, 12 when you were buried with Christ in baptism. And in baptism you were also raised with him through the faith worked by the God who raised Christ from the dead.

13 Even when you were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ by forgiving us all our trespasses. 14 God erased the record of our debt brought against us by his legal demands. This record stood against us, but he took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 After disarming the rulers and authorities, he made a public display of them by triumphing over them in Christ.

Paul Addresses the False Teaching

16 Therefore, do not let anyone judge you in regard to food or drink, or in regard to a festival or a New Moon or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were coming, but the body belongs to Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who enjoys false humility and the worship of angels tell you that you are disqualified from the prize. This person goes into detail about what he has seen. [2] He is puffed up for no reason by the attitude of his sinful flesh. 19 He does not hold on to the head, from whom the whole body grows with the growth that comes from God as it is supported and held together by its sinews and ligaments.

Human Traditions Do Not Restrain the Flesh

20 If you died with Christ to the basic principles of the world, why do you submit to its rules, as if you were still living in the world? 21 “Do not touch!” “Do not taste!” “Do not handle!” 22 All of these rules end in destruction when they are used, because they are in accord with human commands and teachings. 23 While such rules have the appearance of wisdom with self-chosen religion, which consists of humiliation and severe treatment of the body, they have no value at all in checking the self-indulgence of the sinful flesh.

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 2:11 Some witnesses to the text read the body of the sins of the flesh.
  2. Colossians 2:18 Some witnesses to the text read has not seen.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 08

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 08

Colossians 1:24 – 2:7

Through My Bible – July 08

Colossians 1:24 – 2:7 (EHV)

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Colossians 1

Paul’s Service in Preaching the Gospel

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church. 25 I became a minister of the church for your benefit when God gave me the task of fully proclaiming the word of God, 26 namely, the mystery that was hidden for past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to his saints. 27 God wanted to make known to them what is the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles—this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

28 We proclaim him as we admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom, so that we might present everyone perfect in Christ. 29 This is the goal I am laboring to reach, striving with his strength, which is powerfully at work in me.

Colossians 2

Indeed, I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those in Laodicea, and for all those who have not seen me personally. I am doing this so that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, and into all the wealth of assurance that understanding brings, into the knowledge of the mystery of God, which is Christ. [1] All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him.

I say this so that no one deceives you with persuasive speech that sounds reasonable. For though I am absent bodily, I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your orderliness and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

The Fullness That Is Ours in Christ

Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, by being rooted and built up in him, and strengthened in the faith just as you were taught, while you overflow in faith [2] with thanksgiving.

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 2:2 A few witnesses to the text read mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.
  2. Colossians 2:7 A few witnesses to the text omit in faith. A few read in him.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 07

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 07

Colossians 1:15-23

Through My Bible – July 07

Colossians 1:15-23 (EHV)

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Colossians 1

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, 16 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and all things hold together in him.

18 He is also the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things he might have the highest rank. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself (whether things on earth or in heaven) by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Reconciled Through Christ’s Death

21 At one time, you were alienated from God and hostile in your thinking as expressed through your evil deeds. 22 But now Christ reconciled you in his body of flesh through death, in order to present you holy, blameless, and faultless before him— 23 if you continue steadfast and firm in faith, without being moved away from the hope of the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a minister.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 06

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 06

Colossians 1:1-14

Through My Bible – July 06

Colossians 1:1-14 (EHV)

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Colossians 1

Greeting

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the holy and faithful brothers [1] in Christ at Colossae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father. [2]

Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the saints because of the hope that is stored up for you in heaven. You have already heard about this in the word of truth, the gospel that is present with you now. The gospel is bearing fruit and growing in the entire world, just as it also has been doing among you from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth. You learned this from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your [3] behalf. He is the one who told us about your love in the Spirit. [4]

For this reason, from the day we heard about your love, we also have not stopped praying for you. We keep asking that you would be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you might live in a way that is worthy of the Lord. Our goal is that you please him by bearing fruit in every kind of good work and by growing in the knowledge of God, 11 as you are being strengthened with all power because of his glorious might working in you. Then you will have complete endurance and patience, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who qualified us [5] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

What the Father Did Through Christ

13 The Father rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, [6] the forgiveness of sins.

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:2 When context indicates it, the Greek word for brothers may refer to all fellow believers, male and female.
  2. Colossians 1:2 Some witnesses to the text add and our Lord Jesus Christ. (“Witnesses to the text” mentioned in footnotes may include Greek manuscripts, lectionaries, translations, and quotations in the church fathers.)
  3. Colossians 1:7 Some witnesses to the text read our.
  4. Colossians 1:8 Or about the love the Spirit worked in you
  5. Colossians 1:12 Some witnesses to the text read you.
  6. Colossians 1:14 A few witnesses to the text add through his blood.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 05

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 05

Ezekiel 47:13 – 48:35

Through My Bible – July 05

Ezekiel 47:13 – 48:35 (EHV)

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Ezekiel 47

The Divisions of the Land

13 This is what the Lord God says.

These are the boundaries you are to use to divide the land as an inheritance for the twelve tribes of Israel.

(Joseph is to have two portions.)

14 You will assign equal portions of the land that I swore with uplifted hand to give to your fathers. This is how the land will be allotted to you as an inheritance.

15 These are to be the boundaries of the land:

On the north side, the boundary goes from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to Lebo Hamath to Zedad, [1] 16 Beruthah, and Sibraim, which is on the border between the territories of Damascus and Hamath, as far as Hazer Hattikon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 So the border will be from the sea to Hazar Enon, on the border of Damascus to the north, which also is the border of Hamath. This is the north side.

18 On the east side, the border will run from Hazar Enon between Hauran and Damascus. Between Gilead and the land of Israel, the Jordan is the border as far as the Eastern Sea. [2] The border then will run to Tamar. [3] This is the east side.

19 On the south side, in the Negev, the border will run from Tamar to the waters of Meribah Kadesh, then along the Stream of Egypt to the Great Sea. This is the southern boundary in the Negev.

20 On the west side, the Great Sea is the border until a point opposite Lebo Hamath. This is the west side.

21 In this way you are to divide this land for yourselves, for the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you and who have fathered children among you. They are to be treated like someone who is native-born among the sons of Israel. With you they are to receive allotments as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe an alien has settled, there you are to give him his inheritance, declares the Lord God.

The New Holy Land
The Northern Tribes

Ezekiel 48

These are the names of the tribes.

The northern border runs east to west along the road between Hethlon, Lebo Hamath, and Hazar Enon, which forms the northern border of the territory of Damascus with the territory of Hamath. [4] South of that line there will be one portion for Dan.
South of [5] the boundary of Dan, from the east side to the west side of the land, there is to be one portion for Asher.
South of the boundary of Asher, from the east side to the west side, there is to be one portion for Naphtali.
South of the boundary of Naphtali, from the east side to the west side, there is to be one portion for Manasseh.
South of the boundary of Manasseh, from the east side to the west side, there is to be one portion for Ephraim.
South of the boundary of Ephraim, from the east side to the west side, there is to be one portion for Reuben.
South of the boundary of Reuben, from the east side to the west side, there is to be one portion for Judah.

The Central Holy Area

South of the boundary of Judah, from the east side to the west side, will be the special contribution you are to devote to special use. Its north-to-south width is twenty-five thousand cubits, [6] and its east-to-west length is equal to one of the tribal portions from the eastern side of the land to the western side. [7] The sanctuary will be in the midst of it. [8]

The Place for the Temple

The contribution you are to devote to the Lord is to be twenty-five thousand cubits long and ten thousand cubits wide. [9] 10 The holy contribution for the priests will be this: a rectangular area measuring twenty-five thousand cubits long on the north side, ten thousand cubits wide on the west, ten thousand cubits wide on the east, and twenty-five thousand cubits long on the south. The sanctuary of the Lord will be in the middle. 11 It will be for the priests, whoever has been consecrated from the sons of Zadok, who guarded the ministry for me, and who did not go astray when the other sons of Israel went astray, as also the Levites went astray. 12 It will be a special offering for them from the holy contribution of the land, a most holy district, beside the territory of the Levites.

The Place for the Levites

13 The Levites are to have a rectangular allotment parallel to the territory of the priests. Twenty-five thousand cubits is its length, and its width is ten thousand cubits. Its whole length is twenty-five thousand cubits, and its width is ten thousand cubits. 14 They must not sell any part of it nor exchange any of it. No one can transfer these firstfruits of the land, because they are holy, belonging to the Lord.

The City

15 The area five thousand cubits [10] wide that remains along the south edge of the square of twenty-five thousand cubits is common land for the city, for living space and for open land. The city is to be in its center, between the two halves. 16 These are the city’s dimensions: a square measuring four thousand five hundred cubits on the north side, and four thousand five hundred cubits on the south side, and four thousand five hundred cubits on the east side, and four thousand five hundred cubits on the west side. 17 The open land belonging to the city will measure two hundred fifty cubits on the north side, and two hundred fifty cubits on the south, and two hundred fifty cubits on the east, and two hundred fifty cubits on the west.

18 The remaining area that runs lengthwise along the south side of the holy contribution will be ten thousand cubits east-to-west on the east side of the city, and ten thousand cubits east-to-west on the west side of the city. It shall be next to the holy contribution, and its produce shall be food for the workers of the city. 19 The workers of the city who cultivate it will be from all the tribes of Israel.

20 The entire holy contribution will be twenty-five thousand cubits by twenty-five thousand cubits, a square. Set apart this holy contribution, which includes the property of the city.

The Territory of the Prince

21 What remains of the holy contribution will belong to the prince. It lies on both sides of the holy contribution and the property of the city, extending from the eastern north-to-south boundary of the special contribution (which is twenty-five thousand cubits long) to the eastern border of the land, and on the west side, it will extend from the western north-to-south boundary of the special contribution (which is twenty-five thousand cubits long) to the western border of the land. The two portions belonging to the prince run parallel to the tribal portions. The holy contribution and the temple sanctuary will be between the two halves of the prince’s area. 22 The area consisting of the property of the Levites and the property of the city is between the two tracts that will belong to the prince. The area between the territory of Judah and the territory of Benjamin will belong to the prince.

The Southern Tribes

23 As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side of the land to the west side is one portion for Benjamin.
24 South of the boundary of Benjamin, from the east side to the west side, is one portion for Simeon.
25 South of the boundary of Simeon, from the east side to the west side, is one portion for Issachar.
26 South of the boundary of Issachar, from the east side to the west side, is one portion for Zebulun.
27 South of the boundary of Zebulun, from the east side to the west side, is one portion for Gad.
28 South of the boundary of Gad on the southern side, the border will run from Tamar to the Waters of Meribah Kadesh, to the Stream of Egypt, and to the Great Sea.

29 This is the land that you are to allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions, declares the Lord God.

The City Once More

30 These are the outside boundaries of the city.

The north side is four thousand five hundred cubits long. 31 The gates of the city are named after the tribes of Israel. Three gates are located on the north: one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, and one gate of Levi.

32 On the east side, which is four thousand five hundred cubits long, there are three gates: one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, and one gate of Dan.

33 On the south side, which is four thousand five hundred cubits long, there are three gates: one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, and one gate of Zebulun.

34 On the west side, which is four thousand five hundred cubits long, their gates are three: one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, and one gate of Naphtali.

35 The perimeter of the city is eighteen thousand cubits, [11] and the name of the city from that day on is “The Lord Is There.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 47:15 The word order follows the Greek text.
  2. Ezekiel 47:18 The Dead Sea
  3. Ezekiel 47:18 The Greek text reads to the eastern sea and as far as Tamar (implying a Hebrew reading Tamar). The Hebrew text reads to the eastern sea you shall measure (Hebrew tamad). In Hebrew script r and d are sometimes indistinguishable.
  4. Ezekiel 48:1 The geographic details of this border are uncertain. It seems to lie considerably farther north than the tribal boundaries in the book of Joshua.
  5. Ezekiel 48:2 Literally next to
  6. Ezekiel 48:8 A little more than 8 miles
  7. Ezekiel 48:8 In the center of the holy area is a square 25,000 cubits by 25,000 cubits. East and west of this square is land for the prince.
  8. Ezekiel 48:8 Most interpreters believe that the sanctuary is not in the middle of the whole square, but in the middle of the priests’ portion of the square. See verse 10.
  9. Ezekiel 48:9 A little more than 8 miles by 3 miles in size, this portion is located along the north edge of the square.
  10. Ezekiel 48:15 A little more than 1½ miles
  11. Ezekiel 48:35 About 6 miles




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 04

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 04

Ezekiel 47:1-12

Through My Bible – July 04

Ezekiel 47:1-12 (EHV)

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Ezekiel 47

Life-Giving Water in the New Creation

1 Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw that water was flowing out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.

He brought me out through the north gate that led into the inner courtyard and led me around on the outside of the temple to the outer gateway on the east side, and I saw that water was trickling out from its south side. As the man went out toward the east, he had a measuring line in his hand. He measured off a thousand cubits, [1] and then he led me through the water. The water was ankle-deep. Then he measured off another thousand cubits and led me through the water. The water was knee-deep. He measured a thousand more and led me through water that was now waist-deep. He measured a thousand more, but now it was a river that I was not able to cross, because the water had risen so much that one would have to swim across it. It was a river that could not be forded.

Then he asked me, “Have you noticed anything, son of man?” and he led me back to the bank of the river. When I returned there, I noticed that on the banks of the river there were a large number of trees, on both sides.

Then he said to me, “These waters are flowing out to the eastern part of the land. They go down to the Arabah and go into the sea, [2] into the sea whose waters are unusable, [3] and then the waters of the sea are made fresh. [4] Every living creature that swarms can live wherever the stream flows. There will be a large number of fish because these waters have come there, and the waters of the sea have been made fresh, so every living creature can live everywhere the river goes. 10 There will be fishermen standing beside it from En Gedi to En Eglaim, and there will be places for them to spread their nets to dry. There will be all kinds of fish there, like the fish of the Great Sea [5]—so very many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be made fresh. They will be left to provide salt. 12 Beside the river, on both its banks, every kind of tree will grow for providing food. Their leaves will never wither, and their fruit will never fail. Every month they will bear fruit because their waters flow out from the sanctuary. Its fruit will provide food, and its leaves will be for healing.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 47:3 About 1,750 feet
  2. Ezekiel 47:8 That is, the Dead Sea
  3. Ezekiel 47:8 The meaning of the phrase translated into the sea whose waters are unusable is uncertain. The Hebrew seems to read to the sea [the waters] which had been brought out.
  4. Ezekiel 47:8 Literally are healed
  5. Ezekiel 47:10 The Mediterranean Sea




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 03

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 03

Ezekiel 45 – 46

Through My Bible – July 03

Ezekiel 45 – 46 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Property for the Lord,
for the Priests, and for the Prince

Ezekiel 45

When you cast lots to divide the land as an inheritance, you are to devote a contribution to the Lord, a holy area of the land. Its length is to be twenty-five thousand cubits and its width twenty thousand cubits. [1] Its entire area will be holy.

Within this area, a square five hundred by five hundred cubits [2] is to be set aside for the sanctuary. There is also to be an open area of fifty cubits all around it.

From this measured area, you are to measure off a separate area which has a length of twenty-five thousand cubits and a width of ten thousand cubits. The sanctuary, the most holy place, will be in it. It is to be a holy area of the land. [3] It will be for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who draw near to serve the Lord. It will be a place for their houses, as well as a holy place for the sanctuary.

Also an area twenty-five thousand cubits long and ten thousand cubits wide will be set aside for the Levites, the servants of the temple, as their possession, to provide them with cities to live in. [4] [5]

As the city’s property, you are to assign an area five thousand cubits wide and twenty-five thousand cubits long [6] along one side of the holy contribution. [7] It will belong to the whole house of Israel.

For the prince, an area is to be set aside on both sides of the holy contribution and of the area for the city. It will run alongside the holy contribution and alongside the city’s property. On the west side of the city, it will extend west along the tribal boundaries to the western boundary of the land, and on the east side, it will extend eastward in the same way. This land is to be the prince’s property in Israel, so that my princes will no longer oppress my people but will allot the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes.

This is what the Lord God says. You have done enough, you princes of Israel! Remove violence and mayhem, and practice justice and righteousness. Remove the burden from my people that you caused by evicting them from their land, declares the Lord God.

10 You must have honest scales, an honest ephah, and an honest bath. [8] 11 The ephah and the bath are to follow one uniform standard. The bath will hold one tenth of a homer, and the ephah will hold one tenth of a homer. The standard is to be based on the homer. 12 The shekel is to be twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels, twenty-five shekels, and fifteen shekels will be the weight of your mina. [9]

Offerings and Festivals

13 This is the special contribution you should dedicate: Take one sixth of an ephah from each homer of wheat, and take one sixth of an ephah from each homer of barley. [10] 14 The prescribed portion of oil (the bath is the standard measure for the oil) is one tenth of a bath from each kor. [11] Ten baths make a kor, and ten baths are a homer.

15 Furthermore, one sheep shall be given from every flock, that is, from every two hundred sheep that comprise a flock from the well-watered land of Israel. These are for the grain offerings, the burnt offerings, and the fellowship offerings, to make atonement for them, declares the Lord God. 16 All the people of the land are to contribute to this offering for the prince in Israel.

17 The prince then is responsible for the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the drink offerings on the festivals, on the New Moons, and on the Sabbaths, that is, on all the appointed festivals for the house of Israel. He himself will provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering, and the fellowship offering, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.

18 This is what the Lord God says. In the first month, on the first day of the month, you are to take a young bull without blemish and purify the sanctuary. 19 The priest is to take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorpost of the temple, on the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and on the post of the gate of the inner courtyard. 20 You are to do so also on the seventh day of the month, for the sake of anyone who sins inadvertently or in ignorance, and so you shall make atonement for the temple.

21 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall hold the Passover. During the festival, consisting of a week of seven days, unleavened bread must be eaten. 22 On that day the prince is to provide, on behalf of himself and all the people of the land, a bull for a sin offering. 23 On the seven days of the festival he is to provide a burnt offering for the Lord: seven bulls and seven rams without blemish for each day of the seven days, as well as a male goat for a sin offering for each day. 24 As a grain offering he is to provide an ephah for each bull and an ephah for each ram, and a hin of oil for each ephah.

25 In the seventh month, at the festival starting on the fifteenth day of the month, he is to provide for seven days according to these same instructions, in regard to the sin offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the oil.

Other Festivals and the Prince

Ezekiel 46

This is what the Lord God says.

The gate into the inner courtyard which faces east must remain closed on the six work days, but on the Sabbath day it is to be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened. The prince is to enter through the vestibule of the gateway at the outer, eastern end of the gatehouse and stand by the gatepost, and the priests are to offer his burnt offering and fellowship offerings. He is to prostrate himself on the threshold of the gateway and then go out, but the gate will not be closed until evening. The people of the land are to prostrate themselves before the Lord at the entrance to that gate on Sabbaths and New Moons.

The burnt offering that the prince is to offer to the Lord on the day of the Sabbath is to consist of six lambs without blemish and a ram without blemish. The grain offering is to be an ephah for the ram, and for the lambs the grain offering is to be as much as he can afford, with a hin of oil per ephah. On the day of the New Moon, he is to offer a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram. They are to be without blemish. He is to provide an ephah for the bull and an ephah for the ram as a grain offering, and for the lambs as much as he can afford, with a hin of oil per ephah.

When the prince enters, he is to come in through the vestibule of the gateway, and he is to go out by the same way. When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals, anyone who enters through the north gate in order to prostrate himself must go out through the south gate, and anyone who enters through the south gate must go out through the north gate. No one may return through the same gate through which he entered. He definitely must leave by going straight ahead to the opposite gate. 10 The prince is to be in their midst. When they enter, he shall enter, and when they leave, both he and they shall leave.

11 At the pilgrimage festivals and the appointed festivals, the grain offering is to be an ephah for a bull and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs it is to be as much as he can afford, with a hin of oil per ephah. 12 When the prince makes a voluntary offering to the Lord, either as a burnt offering or fellowship offering, the gate facing east is to be opened for him. He is to offer his burnt offering or his fellowship offerings just as he does on the day of the Sabbath. When he goes out, the gate is to be closed after he leaves. 13 You are to provide a yearling lamb without blemish as a burnt offering to the Lord every day. Every morning you are to provide it. 14 You are to provide a grain offering with it every morning: one sixth of an ephah and one third of a hin of oil to moisten the fine flour. It is a grain offering for the Lord. These are lasting statutes to be performed daily. 15 In this way they will offer the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil every morning as a daily burnt offering.

Inheritance of the Prince’s Property

16 This is what the Lord God says.

If the prince gives a gift to any of his sons, it is the son’s inheritance and will also belong to his sons. It is to be their property by inheritance. 17 But if the prince gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will belong to him only until the year of liberty, [12] when it must revert to the prince. It is his inheritance alone and must remain with his sons. 18 The prince may not take any of the inheritance of the people by evicting them from their property. From his own property he is to give an inheritance to his sons, so that my people will not be scattered—not a single man from his property.

The Kitchens for Sacrifices

19 Then he took me through the entrance into the holy rooms for the priests that were located on the north side of the temple, beside the north gatehouse. Looking toward the west, I saw that there was a special place at the back of the temple area. [13] 20 He said to me, “This is the place where the priests are to boil the restitution offering and the sin offering, and where they will bake the grain offerings in order not to bring them out to the outer courtyard and transmit holiness to the people.”

21 Then he brought me out to the outer courtyard and led me past the four corners of the courtyard. I saw there was a court at each corner of the courtyard [14]— a court in each corner of the courtyard. [15] 22 In the four corners of the courtyard were enclosed [16] courts, forty cubits long and thirty cubits wide [17]—the same measurement for each of the four of them. [18] 23 A stone structure went all around the inside of all four of the rooms, and hearths for boiling were constructed beneath the structure all the way around. 24 Then he said to me, “These are the kitchens where those who minister in the temple are to boil the sacrifices of the people.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 45:1 This area is somewhat more than eight miles by six miles. A Hebrew variant says that the district is 10,000 cubits wide. The Greek text says that it is 20,000 cubits wide. Which measurement is correct depends on whether the area being measured here is the whole district for both priests and Levites or only the portion for the priests. The context seems to refer to the whole district for the clergy, which was 20,000 cubits wide.
  2. Ezekiel 45:2 About 875 feet by 875 feet—smaller than today’s Temple Mount
  3. Ezekiel 45:4 This area is a band extending across the top 40% of the special area for the Lord.
  4. Ezekiel 45:5 The translation follows the Greek text. The Hebrew reads they will have as their possession twenty rooms.
  5. Ezekiel 45:5 This area covers the 40% of the special area that lies south of the area for the priests and the temple.
  6. Ezekiel 45:6 About 1.6 miles by 8.3 miles
  7. Ezekiel 45:6 Along the south side
  8. Ezekiel 45:10 An ephah is a measure of volume used for solids. A bath is a measure of volume for liquids. In this section, since ancient measurements are compared to other ancient measurements, the ancient measurements are retained rather than converting to modern measurements, which is the EHV’s usual practice. The value of many of these measurements is uncertain. An ephah is equal to about 20 quarts or 2⁄3 of a bushel. A bath is about 6 gallons. A homer is 10 ephahs or 10 baths, that is, 6 bushels or 60 gallons. A hin is about 1⁄6 of a bath, that is, 1 gallon. A shekel is about 4⁄10 ounce. A mina is about 1½ pounds or 24 ounces.
  9. Ezekiel 45:12 It is not apparent why such an unusual method is used to obtain the weight 60 shekels.
  10. Ezekiel 45:13 About 1.6%
  11. Ezekiel 45:14 About 1%
  12. Ezekiel 46:17 That is, the jubilee year
  13. Ezekiel 46:19 The meaning of this verse is uncertain. Apparently Ezekiel was led through or alongside feature Q so that he could see feature T on the diagram. For clarity, the translation provides some details that are not explicitly stated in the text.
  14. Ezekiel 46:21 Feature U on the diagram
  15. Ezekiel 46:21 Many translations omit the repetition of the final words. The double phrase is the equivalent of each and every.
  16. Ezekiel 46:22 The meaning of this word is uncertain.
  17. Ezekiel 46:22 About 70 feet by 52 feet
  18. Ezekiel 46:22 The last word in the Hebrew text of verse 22 is marked for omission by delete marks written in the Hebrew text. The translation omits this word.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 02

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 02

Ezekiel 43:13 – 44:31

Through My Bible – July 02

Ezekiel 43:13 – 44:31 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Ezekiel 43

The Great Altar in the Courtyard

13 These are the measurements of the altar in long cubits (a long cubit is an ordinary cubit plus a handbreadth). The gutter [1] at the base of the altar is one cubit deep and one cubit wide with a rim of one span [2] around its edge. The height of the altar is as follows: 14 From the gutter on the ground to the lower ledge is two cubits, and the width of the ledge is one cubit. From the lower ledge to the upper ledge is four cubits. The upper ledge has a width of one cubit. 15 The hearth is four cubits high, and four horns extend upward from the hearth. [3] 16 The hearth is twelve cubits by twelve cubits, a square with four equal sides. 17 The upper ledge is fourteen cubits by fourteen cubits, with four equal sides. The ridge [4] around it is half a cubit, and it has a gutter of one cubit all around. [5] Its ramp [6] faces east.

18 Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Lord God says. These are the ceremonial requirements for the altar on the day when it is erected, to present burnt offerings on it and to splash blood on it. 19 You are to provide a young bull for a sin offering. Provide it to the levitical priests who are from the descendants of Zadok, who draw near to me to serve me, declares the Lord God. 20 You are to take some of its blood and put it on the altar’s four horns, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the ridge all around, and so you are to purify [7] it and make atonement for it. 21 Then you are to take the bull that is the sin offering, and the priest is to burn it at the appointed place in the temple area, outside the sanctuary.

22 “On the second day you are to offer a male goat without blemish as a sin offering, and the altar is to be purified as it was purified with the bull. 23 When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish. 24 You are to present them before the Lord, and the priests are to throw salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord. 25 For seven days you are to offer a goat for a sin offering each day, as well as a young bull and a ram from the flock. They must all be without blemish. 26 For seven days they are to make atonement for the altar, cleanse it, and, in this way, consecrate it. 27 When they have fulfilled those days, on the eighth day and thereafter, the priests are to offer on the altar your whole burnt offerings and your fellowship offerings, and I will accept you, declares the Lord God.”

The Prince

Ezekiel 44

Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary that faces east, but it was closed. The Lord said to me, “This gate must remain closed and not be opened. No man may enter through it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. Therefore, it is to remain closed. The prince, because he is the prince, may sit in it to eat food in the presence of the Lord. He must enter through the vestibule of the gateway, and he must go out the same way.”

The Purity of the Temple

Next, he brought me through the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked, and the Glory of the Lord had filled the temple of the Lord, and I fell on my face. The Lord said this to me.

Son of man, pay attention. Watch carefully and listen carefully [8] to what I am telling you regarding all the regulations of the temple of the Lord and all the instructions concerning it. Pay attention to the entrance of the temple and to all the exits of the sanctuary.

Say this to the rebellion, that is, to the house of Israel. This is what the Lord God says. There has been more than enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel. You even brought foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, into my sanctuary to desecrate it—into my own house!—even while you were offering my food, namely, the fat and the blood. In this way they broke my covenant in addition to all your abominations.

You have not faithfully guarded my holy things. Instead, you appointed others to be guards at my sanctuary in your place. This is what the Lord God says. No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, may enter my sanctuary—no foreigner at all from those who are among the people of Israel.

The Purity of the Priests and Levites

10 What’s more, the Levites who went far from me when Israel strayed away, those who wandered away from me to follow their filthy idols, they must bear the consequences of their guilt. 11 Nevertheless, the Levites shall be in my sanctuary serving as guards over the gates of the temple and ministering in the temple. They shall slaughter the burnt offerings and the other sacrifices for the people. They shall stand before the people to serve them. 12 But because they formerly served them in front of their filthy idols and became a stumbling block that made the house of Israel guilty, therefore I have raised my hand in an oath against them, declares the Lord God, and they must bear the consequences of their guilt. 13 They may not approach me to serve as priests for me, nor may they approach any of my holy things or the most holy offerings. They must bear their shame and the consequences of the abominations that they committed. 14 Yet I will make them guardians of the ministry of the temple, in charge of all the duties of the temple and of everything that has to be done in it.

15 But the levitical priests who are the sons of Zadok, those who faithfully performed the duty of guarding the ministry of my sanctuary when the sons of Israel strayed away from me, they may approach me to serve me, and they may stand before me to offer the fat and the blood to me, declares the Lord God. 16 They alone may enter my sanctuary. They alone may approach my table to minister to me, and they shall perform the duty of guarding the ministry of the temple for me.

17 When they enter the gates of the inner court, they must wear linen clothing. No wool should be on them while they minister in the gates of the inner courtyard or inside the temple. 18 They are to have linen turbans on their heads and linen shorts on their hips. They should wear nothing that causes sweat. 19 When they go out into the outer courtyard [9] to the people, they must take off their vestments in which they have been ministering and leave them in the holy rooms. Then they must put on other clothing so that they do not transmit holiness to the people by their vestments.

20 They must not shave their heads or let their hair grow long and unkempt. They must keep the hair on their heads neatly trimmed. 21 No priest is to drink wine when he enters the inner courtyard. 22 The priests must not take a widow or a divorced woman for themselves as a wife, but only virgins who are seed from the house of Israel. But priests may marry a widow who is a widow of a priest. 23 They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and make them knowledgeable in distinguishing the unclean from the clean.

24 In case of a dispute, they are to officiate as judges, and they must render their judgment concerning that case on the basis of the precedents in my judgments. They must observe my instructions and my regulations regarding all my appointed festivals, and they must keep my Sabbaths holy.

25 They must not go near a dead person and make themselves ceremonially unclean by doing so. Only in the case of father or mother, son or daughter, brother or unmarried sister may they make themselves unclean. 26 After a priest has been purified, seven days must be counted off for him. 27 On the day he enters into the sanctuary, into the inner courtyard to minister in the sanctuary, he must offer a sin offering for himself, declares the Lord God.

28 This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance. You must not give them property in Israel. I am their property. 29 They may eat the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the restitution offerings, and every devoted thing in Israel will belong to them. 30 The first from all firstfruits of all kinds and every special contribution of any kind from all your contributions will belong to the priests. The first of your ground grain [10] you must give to the priest in order that a blessing may rest on your house. 31 No animal that died naturally or was torn by wild animals, whether a bird or an animal, may be eaten by the priests.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 43:13 Or trench
  2. Ezekiel 43:13 A span is nine inches.
  3. Ezekiel 43:15 The altar is about 18 feet tall. Its width is about 25 feet.
  4. Ezekiel 43:17 Or rim
  5. Ezekiel 43:17 Without the gutter or the horns, the altar is 10 cubits high (2+4+4). Its width at the base without the gutter is 16 cubits (1+1+12+1+1).
  6. Ezekiel 43:17 The Hebrew word may also mean steps, but Exodus 20:26 seems to forbid steps up to the altar.
  7. Ezekiel 43:20 The Hebrew is de-sin.
  8. Ezekiel 44:5 Literally set your heart on, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears
  9. Ezekiel 44:19 The Hebrew text has the words into the outer courtyard two times.
  10. Ezekiel 44:30 The meaning of this term is uncertain.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 01

Through My Bible Yr 02 – July 01

Ezekiel 42:1 – 43:12

Through My Bible – July 01

Ezekiel 42:1 – 43:12 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Rooms North of the Temple

Ezekiel 42

Then he led me out into the outer courtyard which was north of the temple building, and he brought me to a set of rooms which bordered on the south side of the restricted area and was north of the structure of the temple building. [1] This building north of the temple, which had doors facing north, was one hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide. [2]

On each side of the north courtyard, across from the twenty cubits that belonged to the inner courtyard on the south side and across from the pavement that belonged to the outer courtyard on the north side, two sets of balconies faced each other. [3] Each was three stories high. [4] In front of the rooms on the inside of the courtyard was a walkway [5] ten cubits wide and one hundred cubits long. [6] The entrances of the rooms faced north. [7]

The upper rooms were narrower, because the balconies took more space away from them than from the building’s bottom and middle floors. These rooms were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars in the courtyards, so as you went up from ground level, the upper story had to be set back more than the lower and middle ones. [8]

There was a wall in the outer courtyard, which ran parallel to the rooms on the east side. [9] It was fifty cubits long. The length of the set of rooms on the east side of the building facing toward the outer courtyard was fifty cubits, but the length of those on the north side was one hundred cubits long. [10] On the bottom floor of these rooms on the east end of the building, there was an entrance, through which one could enter them from the outer courtyard. [11]

The Same Rooms on the South Side

10 At the head of the wall of the courtyard, [12] on the south [13] side of the temple, opposite the restricted area and opposite the building, there were rooms. 11 They also had a passageway in front of them. They looked just like the rooms on the north. They were the same length and also the same width, and they were the same in regard to all their exits, their designs, and their entrances. 12 Also identical were the entrances to the rooms on the south, at the head of the passageway, that is, the passageway opposite the corresponding wall, as one enters them from the east.

13 Then he said to me, “The northern and southern rooms in front of the restricted area are holy rooms where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will deposit the most holy offerings, the grain offering, the sin offering, and the restitution offering, for the place is holy. 14 When the priests go to enter these rooms, they must not go out from the holy place into the outer courtyard until they have put away their vestments in which they have ministered there, because the vestments are holy. They must put on other clothing before they approach the area that is for the people.”

15 In this way the man finished the measurements of the interior of the temple complex. Then he led me out through the gate on the east side of the temple complex and measured the temple area all the way around. 16 He measured the east side using the measuring rod. It measured five hundred cubits, [14] using canes, that is, the measuring rod. 17 Then he turned and measured the north side. It was five hundred cubits, using canes, that is, the measuring rod. 18 Then he turned and measured the south side. It was five hundred cubits, using canes, that is, the measuring rod. 19 He turned to the west side and measured again. It also was five hundred cubits, using canes, that is, the measuring rod. 20 Thus he measured the temple area on all four sides. It had a wall all the way around it. It was five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, in order to separate the holy from the common.

The Return of the Glory of the Lord

Ezekiel 43

Then he led me to the gate, the gate that faces east. Suddenly I saw that the Glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. His voice sounded like the roar of rushing water, and the earth was shining with his glory. The appearance of the vision that I saw was like the vision I saw when he [15] came to destroy the city—visions like the vision I saw by the Kebar Canal, and I fell on my face. The Glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court, and the Glory of the Lord filled the temple.

I heard someone speaking to me from the temple while the man was standing beside me. The voice said to me:

Son of man, this is the place of my throne, and this is the place for the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever. Never again will the house of Israel profane my holy name, neither they nor their kings, neither by their prostitution nor by the memorials [16] to their dead kings at their high places. Whenever they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorpost beside my doorpost with only a wall between me and them, they would defile my holy name by their abominations that they did, so I exterminated them in my anger. Now let them remove their prostitution and the memorials of their dead kings from my presence, and I will dwell among them forever.

10 But you, son of man, are to describe the temple to the house of Israel, so that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them measure its perfect pattern. 11 If they are ashamed of everything they have done, teach them the design of the temple and its layout, its exits and its entrances, all its designs and all its ordinances, all its designs and all its regulations. Write them down in their sight so that they may keep its whole plan and all its ordinances and carry them out. 12 This is the law for the temple. On the top of the mountain, the whole territory of the temple and all the area surrounding its perimeter will be most holy. This is indeed the law for the temple.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 42:1 The interpretation of verses 1 and 2 is very difficult. It seems best to understand them as a reference to feature Q on the diagram, as the translation above does. This fits well with the measurements given in verse 2. Some, however, interpret these verses as a reference to feature C on the diagram and translate then he led me out into the outer courtyard north of the temple, and he brought me to a set of rooms on the other side of the restricted area, across from the temple along the north wall of the temple compound.
  2. Ezekiel 42:2 About 175 feet by 90 feet
  3. Ezekiel 42:3 Verse 3 is very difficult. It seems to refer to balconies on features Q and E on the diagram.
  4. Ezekiel 42:3 Or on the third floor
  5. Ezekiel 42:4 Feature R on the diagram
  6. Ezekiel 42:4 One hundred cubits is the reading of the Greek and Syriac. The Hebrew reads one cubit.
  7. Ezekiel 42:4 This apparently refers to the rooms on the south side of the northern courtyard.
  8. Ezekiel 42:6 The meaning of this verse is uncertain.
  9. Ezekiel 42:7 Feature S on the diagram
  10. Ezekiel 42:8 This seems to refer to rooms on the short and long sides of building Q.
  11. Ezekiel 42:9 The meaning of this verse is uncertain.
  12. Ezekiel 42:10 The translation follows the Greek. The Hebrew reads in the thickness of the wall.
  13. Ezekiel 42:10 The translation follows the Greek. The Hebrew reads on the east.
  14. Ezekiel 42:16 About 875 feet. The reading five hundred is from the margin of the Hebrew text. The in-text reading is five. There is also a textual question whether the dimensions of the area are 500 cubits or 500 rods.
  15. Ezekiel 43:3 The translation follows a variant found in some Hebrew manuscripts and ancient versions. Most Hebrew manuscripts read I. The reading I is possible if it refers to the fact that Ezekiel foretold the destruction.
  16. Ezekiel 43:7 The word most often means corpses or lifeless idols. There is no evidence for kings being buried at high places, so the reference is probably to lifeless idols or to ceremonies for the spirits of the dead kings.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 30

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 30

Ezekiel 40:48 – 41:26

Through My Bible – June 30

Ezekiel 40:48 – 41:26 (EHV)

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Ezekiel 40

The Temple Building
The Vestibule

48 Next he brought me to the vestibule of the temple building. [1] He measured each doorpost of the vestibule: five cubits [2] on either side. The width of the gate was ⎣fourteen cubits. [3] The sides of the gate were⎦ three cubits [4] on either side. [5] 49 The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and its width was eleven cubits. [6] One entered it by ten [7] steps, and there were pillars by the doorposts, one on either side.

The Rooms of the Temple

Ezekiel 41

Then he brought me to the outer room of the sanctuary [8] and measured the doorposts, six cubits [9] wide on either side. This was the width of the Tent. [10] The width of the entrance was ten cubits, [11] and the side walls of the entrance were five cubits [12] on either side. Then he measured the outer room’s length, forty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits. [13]

Then he entered the inner room of the sanctuary [14] and measured the doorposts of its entrance, two cubits, and the width of the entrance was six cubits, and the side walls of the entrance were seven cubits on either side. [15] He measured its length, twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits, [16] the same as the width of the outer room. Then he said to me, “This is the Holy of Holies.”

Next he measured the wall of the temple building. It was six cubits thick, and the width of each side room was four cubits. The side rooms [17] ran all around the temple. The side rooms were stacked on top of one another, in three stories, with thirty rooms in each story. The floors of the side rooms rested on ledges attached to the wall of the temple all the way around, so that the supports for the rooms would not cut into the temple wall itself. The side rooms all around the temple became wider as one went up from story to story, because their supporting ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps. Therefore, the width of the interior of the attached structure increased as one went up from the lowest story to the highest by way of the middle story. [18]

The Platform and Courtyard

I saw a raised platform all around the temple that served as a foundation for the side rooms. The terrace built on this foundation, measured by a full rod, was six long cubits tall. [19] The thickness of the outer wall of the side rooms was five cubits. The open area [20] between the side rooms attached to the temple 10 and the other rooms on the other side of the inner courtyard was twenty cubits wide [21] all around the temple. 11 There were entrances into the side rooms from the open area, one entrance on the north side, one on the south. The width of the terrace [22] bordering the open area was five cubits all around. [23]

12 The building [24] on the far side of the restricted area [25] on the western side of the temple was seventy cubits wide. [26] The wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length was ninety cubits. [27]

13 Then he measured the temple building. Its length was one hundred cubits. [28] The restricted area and the building with its walls also had a length of one hundred cubits. 14 The width of the area in front of the temple, including the restricted areas east of the temple, was one hundred cubits as well. 15 He also measured the length of the building facing the restricted area at the rear of the temple, along with its balconies on either side. It was one hundred cubits.

The Interior Decoration

The outer and inner rooms of the sanctuary, [29] the vestibules of the courtyard, 16 the thresholds, and the windows with slanting frames, as well as the balconies around the three sides, opposite the threshold, were paneled with wood all the way around, from the floor to the upper windows, and the windows were covered with lattices. [30] 17 The paneling extended up to the space above the entrance, both in the inner and outer sanctuary. On all the walls all around, in both the inner and outer sanctuary, there were geometric patterns, [31] 18 carved cherubim, and decorations like palms. There was a palm decoration between each cherub and its neighbor. Each cherub had two faces: 19 the face of a man turned toward the palm on one side and the face of a lion turned toward the palm on the other side. They were carved all around the whole temple. 20 From the floor up to the space above the entrance, cherubim and palms were carved, even on the walls of the outer room of the sanctuary. [32] 21 As for the outer room of the sanctuary, its doorposts were square, and the front of the Holy of Holies had the same design.

The Altar in the Temple

22 The altar was made of wood, three cubits high. Its length was two cubits, and its width was two cubits. [33] Its corners, its base, [34] and its sides were also of wood. He said to me, “This is the table that is before the Lord.”

23 Both the outer room of the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies had double doors. 24 The doors had two leaves apiece, two folding leaves—two for one door and two leaves for the other door. 25 Carved on the doors of the outer room there were cherubim and palm decorations, like those carved on the walls. Outside there was a wooden canopy in front of the vestibule. 26 There were also windows narrowing toward the inside and palm decorations on both side walls of the vestibule. The side rooms of the temple also had canopies.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 40:48 Feature K on the diagram. The Hebrew text consistently calls the temple ha-bayit, the House. To avoid confusion, in this account the EHV regularly translates this term temple, rather than house, and it distinguishes the temple building from the temple complex or temple compound when necessary.
  2. Ezekiel 40:48 About 9 feet
  3. Ezekiel 40:48 About 25 feet
  4. Ezekiel 40:48 About 5 feet
  5. Ezekiel 40:48 The words in half-brackets are present in the Greek text but not in the Hebrew text. An omission from the Hebrew text may have occurred as the Hebrew scribe’s eye skipped from one occurrence of gate to another.
  6. Ezekiel 40:49 About 35 feet by 20 feet
  7. Ezekiel 40:49 The number ten is present in the Greek text. The Hebrew text has no number.
  8. Ezekiel 41:1 Feature L on the diagram. The Hebrew term is hekal. This room is also called the Holy Place.
  9. Ezekiel 41:1 About 10 feet. It is difficult to fit this number into the description in verse 2.
  10. Ezekiel 41:1 It is unclear whether this statement should be connected with verse 1 or verse 2. The standard Hebrew text reads the width of the tent, and there is support for this reading in the ancient versions. Many English translations omit the statement on the basis of limited manuscript evidence. The statement seems to be a comparison to the tent shrine built by Moses.
  11. Ezekiel 41:2 About 18 feet
  12. Ezekiel 41:2 About 9 feet
  13. Ezekiel 41:2 About 70 feet by 35 feet
  14. Ezekiel 41:3 Feature M on the diagram
  15. Ezekiel 41:3 About 3½ feet, 10½ feet, and 12¼ feet, respectively
  16. Ezekiel 41:4 About 35 feet by 35 feet
  17. Ezekiel 41:5 Inside the wall next to feature O on the diagram
  18. Ezekiel 41:7 The verse is very difficult, and the translation, especially in the middle of the verse, is uncertain. Compare it with the parallel section in 1 Kings 6.
  19. Ezekiel 41:8 The Hebrew of this verse is difficult.
  20. Ezekiel 41:9 Feature N on the diagram
  21. Ezekiel 41:10 About 35 feet
  22. Ezekiel 41:11 Or paved area. Literally the place.
  23. Ezekiel 41:11 Feature O on the diagram
  24. Ezekiel 41:12 This building is feature P on the diagram.
  25. Ezekiel 41:12 The meaning of this term is uncertain.
  26. Ezekiel 41:12 About 122 feet
  27. Ezekiel 41:12 About 188 feet
  28. Ezekiel 41:13 The temple building was about 175 feet by 90 feet.
  29. Ezekiel 41:15 Or the inside of the outer room of the sanctuary. The meaning of the expression is uncertain. See verse 17.
  30. Ezekiel 41:16 The division into sentences and verses and the translation throughout this section are uncertain.
  31. Ezekiel 41:17 The meaning of this term is uncertain. It may refer to a measured pattern.
  32. Ezekiel 41:20 Some manuscripts omit of the outer room of the sanctuary.
  33. Ezekiel 41:22 The altar was about 5 feet high and 3½ feet square.
  34. Ezekiel 41:22 Base is the reading of the Greek text. The Hebrew reads its length.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 29

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 29

Ezekiel 40:1-47

Through My Bible – June 29

Ezekiel 40:1-47 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Ezekiel 40

A Vision of the New Temple [1]

1 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, [2] on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me there. In visions of God, he brought me to the land of Israel and set me down on a very high mountain. On the south side there was a structure that resembled a city. When he brought me there, I saw a man who looked as if he were made of bronze. In his hand he had a linen cord and a measuring rod. He was standing by the gatehouse.

The man said to me, “Son of man, watch carefully, listen carefully, and pay attention to [3] everything that I am about to show you, because you were brought here so that I could show it to you. Report everything you see to the house of Israel.”

The Wall and Outer Gates
The Wall

I saw a wall [4] all the way around the temple compound. In the man’s hand was the measuring rod, six cubits long (using the long cubit). [5] When he measured the thickness of the structure, it was one rod thick, and its height was one rod.

The East Gatehouse

Then he approached the gatehouse [6] that was on the east side of the temple compound and went up its steps. He measured the threshold of the gate. It was one rod deep. [7] Each guardroom [8] was one rod wide and one rod deep. Between the guardrooms, the walls were five cubits thick, [9] and the threshold of the gate of the vestibule [10] on the inner side of the gatehouse was one rod deep. ⎣He measured the vestibule on the inner side of the gatehouse. It was one rod.⎦ [11]

He measured the vestibule of the gatehouse, which was eight cubits, [12] and its gateposts were two cubits. The vestibule of the gatehouse was located at the inner end of the gateway. 10 Inside the east gatehouse, there were three guardrooms on either side of the entry. All three were the same size, and the gateposts on either side were also the same size. 11 Then he measured the width of the entry into the gateway. It was ten cubits, and the length of the gateway was thirteen cubits. [13] 12 There was a barrier in front of the guardrooms, one cubit wide, on both sides of the passage. Each guardroom was six cubits square. [14]

13 Next he measured the passageway through the gatehouse, from the outside edge of the ceiling of one guardroom to the outside edge of the ceiling opposite it. The total width was twenty-five cubits. [15] The doorways to the guardrooms were facing each other on each side of the passageway. 14 He determined that the measurement of the gateposts was sixty cubits, [16] and the courtyard all around the gateway reached to the gateposts. [17] 15 From the front of the outer entrance of the gateway to the outside edge of the vestibule on the inner side of the gateway was fifty cubits. [18] 16 The guardrooms and their doorposts had openings on all sides. The openings were slits that were narrower toward the inside of the gate, and likewise, the vestibule had openings that narrowed toward the inside all the way around. [19] The doorposts had decorations like palm trees.

The Outer Courtyard

17 Then he brought me into the outer courtyard. There were rooms and a pavement constructed all the way around the courtyard. Thirty rooms faced the pavement. [20] 18 The pavement ran along the sides of the gates. The pavement was as wide as the length of the gatehouse. This was the lower pavement. 19 He measured the width of the pavement from the inside edge of the outer gatehouse to the outside edge of the inner courtyard. It measured one hundred cubits [21] on the east and on the north sides of the temple.

The North Gatehouse

20 There was a gateway leading into the outer courtyard on the north side. The man measured its length and its width. 21 Its guardrooms, three on each side, its gateposts, and its vestibule had the same measurements as the first gatehouse, fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 22 The entry, the vestibule, and its palm decorations also had the same measurements as those of the gatehouse facing east. From outside the temple compound one could enter the gate by seven steps, and the vestibule of the gateway was straight ahead at the inner end of the gateway.

23 A gateway into the inner courtyard was opposite the outer gatehouse (the same as on the east side), and he measured from the outer gate to the inner one opposite it. The distance was one hundred cubits. [22]

The South Gatehouse

24 Next, he led me toward the south, and there also was a gatehouse on the south side of the temple compound. He measured its gateposts and its vestibule, and the measurements were like the others. 25 It and its vestibule had openings all around like the openings of the others. Its length was fifty cubits and its width was twenty-five cubits. 26 It had seven steps going up to it, and its vestibule was straight ahead of them at the opposite end of the gateway, and it had palm decorations on either side on its gateposts. 27 The inner courtyard also had a gateway facing south. He measured from one gate to the other toward the south. It was one hundred cubits.

The Gates to the Inner Courtyard

28 Then he brought me into the inner courtyard through its south gate. [23] He measured this gatehouse on the south side of the inner courtyard. Its measurements were like those of the previous gatehouses. 29 Its guardrooms, gateposts, and vestibule had the same measurements as the others. Both the gatehouse and the vestibule had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

30 There were vestibules on each side of the inner courtyard. They were twenty-five cubits long and five cubits wide. [24] 31 The vestibule of the inner gatehouse faced the outer courtyard. There were palm decorations on its gateposts, and its stairway had eight steps.

32 Next he brought me into the inner courtyard through the gate facing east. He measured the gatehouse, and its dimensions were the same as the others. 33 Its guardrooms, gateposts, and vestibule were the same size as the others. It and its vestibule had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 34 Its vestibule faced the outer court, and there were palm decorations on its gateposts on either side. Its stairs had eight steps.

35 Then he brought me to the north gatehouse and measured it. It had the same measurements as the others. 36 This was also true of its guardrooms, its gateposts, and its vestibule. It had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 37 Its vestibule faced the outer courtyard, and there were palm decorations on its gateposts on either side. Its stairway had eight steps.

Rooms of the Inner Courtyard

38 There was a room with a door, next to the gateposts at each of the inner gateways, [25] where they washed the burnt offering. [26]

39 Inside the vestibule of the gateway, on each side, there were two tables upon which to slaughter the whole burnt offering, the sin offering, and the restitution offering. 40 Next to the outside wall of the vestibule, as one goes toward the entrance of the north gateway, there were two more tables. Next to the other outside wall of the vestibule of the gateway were two more tables. 41 That is, there were four tables on one side and four on the other side of the gateway—eight tables on which they were to slaughter the sacrifices.

42 Four more tables for the burnt offering were made of hewn stone. They were one and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide, and one cubit high. On them they placed the instruments with which they slaughtered the burnt offering and the other sacrifices. 43 Double-pronged hooks, each a handbreadth [27] long, were fastened to the building all around, but the meat for the sacrifice was placed on the tables.

44 Just outside of the inner gateway, in the inner courtyard, were two rooms, [28] one beside the north gate, which faced south, and the other beside the south [29] gate, which faced north. 45 He said to me, “This room that faces south is for the priests who guard the temple, 46 and the room that faces north is for the priests who guard the altar. They are descendants of Zadok, the only Levites who may approach the Lord to minister to him.”

The Inner Courtyard

47 Then he measured the courtyard. [30] It was one hundred cubits long and one hundred cubits wide [31]—a square. The altar was in front of the temple.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 40:1 The translation of many of the architectural features of the temple is very difficult. The footnotes will not attempt to list all the many options that have been suggested for some of the difficult words and phrases.
    There are also numerous textual variants in this section of Ezekiel. Not all of them will be reported in the footnotes.
    This temple plan was never implemented, even though the temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt within the same century in which Ezekiel received this plan. This description was not written to provide an architectural blueprint. Instead, it was designed for its symbolic meaning and emotional impact. The descriptions in Ezekiel 38–48 are parallel to the visions in Revelation 19–22.
  2. Ezekiel 40:1 Spring 573 bc
  3. Ezekiel 40:4 Literally look with your eyes, hear with your ears, and set your heart on
  4. Ezekiel 40:5 Feature A on the diagram of the temple
  5. Ezekiel 40:5 A long cubit is about 21 inches long instead of the standard 18 inches. A long cubit consists of the regular cubit (18 inches) plus a handbreadth (3 inches). The measuring rod is therefore about 10½ feet long. Because some of the numbers in the descriptions of the land and the temple have symbolic value, the translation (contrary to our normal practice) will retain the measurements in cubits. Footnotes converting some of the measurements to feet will help readers visualize the size of the temple and its objects. All conversions are rounded off.
  6. Ezekiel 40:6 The “gates” (Hebrew sha’ar) in the temple compound are not simply doored entryways. They are complex structures. The EHV generally uses gatehouse as the name for the structure and gateway for the passageway through the gatehouse, but it is not always possible to identify such distinctions with certainty. This gatehouse is structure B on the diagram.
  7. Ezekiel 40:6 The Hebrew reads measured the threshold of the gate, one rod deep, ⎣and one threshold, one rod deep.⎦ The words marked here by half-brackets are not included in the Greek text, and they do not appear in the translation above.
  8. Ezekiel 40:7 Or alcove
  9. Ezekiel 40:7 Almost 9 feet
  10. Ezekiel 40:7 Or porch or portico or antechamber. The presence of slits in the walls of the “porches” indicates that they were enclosed rooms.
  11. Ezekiel 40:8 Some manuscripts and versions omit the words marked by half-brackets in verse 8. These words seem to disagree with the measurement of the vestibule given in verse 9. There may have been some accidental duplication in the Hebrew text, but the two statements may be giving measurements of different parts of the vestibule and gatehouse. If the words in half-brackets, which are not included in the Greek text, are omitted, the text still reads smoothly.
  12. Ezekiel 40:9 About 14 feet
  13. Ezekiel 40:11 The passageway through the gatehouse was thus about 18 feet wide and 23 feet long.
  14. Ezekiel 40:12 About 10 feet
  15. Ezekiel 40:13 About 44 feet. The verse is difficult. It appears that this measurement is the total width of the gatehouse, including the passageway and the guardrooms on each side of it.
  16. Ezekiel 40:14 More than 100 feet
  17. Ezekiel 40:14 The meaning of this verse is uncertain, and translations vary widely. Some believe the measurement is the height of the gatehouse, but the measurement seems too large for that. Some translations therefore change the number from sixty to twenty cubits. Others believe the measurement is the perimeter of the gatehouse, but the measurement seems too small for that. In light of the uncertainty, the EHV retains a fairly literal translation, which does not alter the text.
  18. Ezekiel 40:15 About 90 feet
  19. Ezekiel 40:16 These were slots through which the defenders could shoot. They also let light into the gatehouse.
  20. Ezekiel 40:17 Features E and C on the diagram
  21. Ezekiel 40:19 About 175 feet
  22. Ezekiel 40:23 About 175 feet
  23. Ezekiel 40:28 Feature F on the diagram
  24. Ezekiel 40:30 About 44 feet by 9 feet
  25. Ezekiel 40:38 Feature G on the diagram
  26. Ezekiel 40:38 This sentence is difficult and interpretations vary.
  27. Ezekiel 40:43 About 3 inches
  28. Ezekiel 40:44 Feature I on the diagram
  29. Ezekiel 40:44 The Hebrew reads east gate, but the context requires south gate, which is the reading supported by the Greek text.
  30. Ezekiel 40:47 Feature H on the diagram
  31. Ezekiel 40:47 About 175 feet by 175 feet




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 28

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 28

Ezekiel 39

Through My Bible – June 28

Ezekiel 39 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

The Lord Will Defeat Gog and
Pour Out His Spirit on His People

1 Now you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say this.

This is what the Lord says to you. I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshek, and Tubal. I will turn you around. I will show you the way. I will lead you up from the remotest regions of the north, and I will bring you against the mountains of Israel. But there I will knock your bow out of your left hand, and I will make your arrows fall from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall—you, all your troops, and the peoples who are with you. I will give you as food to scavenging birds of every kind and to the wild animals. In the open country you will fall, for I have spoken, declares the Lord God. I will also send fire on Magog and on those who live in security on the coastlands. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

I will make my holy name known among my people Israel. I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore, and the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Lord God. This is the day of which I have spoken. Then those who live in the cities of Israel will go out and set the weapons on fire and burn the small shields and large shields, bows and arrows, clubs and spears. They will use them as firewood for seven years. 10 They will not take wood from the open country or gather it from the forests because they will use the weapons as firewood. They will loot those who looted them and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord God.

11 On that day I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, in the valley used by those who travel east toward the sea, [1] and it will block the way for travelers. There they will bury Gog and all his horde and call it the Valley of Gog’s Horde. 12 The house of Israel will spend seven months burying them in order to cleanse the land. 13 All the people of the land of Israel will join in burying them, and it will bring honor to them on that day when I display my glory, declares the Lord God. 14 In addition, they will assign men to work full-time, passing through the land together with others, to bury those who are left on the surface of the ground in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months, they will still be searching. 15 Whenever those who pass through the land see a human bone, they will set up a marker beside it until the burial squad has buried it in the Valley of Gog’s Horde. 16 So the name of a city there will be Hamonah. [2] In this way they will cleanse the land.

17 This is what the Lord God says to you, son of man. Speak to the birds, to every winged creature, and to all the wild animals. Tell them this.

Assemble yourselves and come. From all around gather yourselves to my sacrificial meal, which I am preparing for you as a sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel. You will eat meat and drink blood. 18 You will eat the meat of warriors and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, like rams and lambs, goats and bulls, all of them fattened animals from Bashan. 19 You will eat fat until you are full and drink blood until you are drunk from my sacrificial meal, which I have prepared for you. 20 At my table you will be filled with horses and charioteers, with warriors and soldiers of every kind, declares the Lord God.

21 In this way I will establish my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see my justice which I have carried out and my hand which I have laid upon them. 22 The house of Israel will know from that day forward that I am the Lord, their God. 23 Then the nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile because of their guilt, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and delivered them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their rebellion, and I hid my face from them.

25 Therefore, this is what the Lord God says. Now I will bring about the restoration of Jacob. I will have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will bear their shame and all the unfaithfulness that they displayed toward me, even when they lived securely in their own land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I bring them back from the nations and gather them from the lands of their enemies, I will show myself to be holy among them in the sight of many nations. 28 They will know that I am the Lord their God, because, even though I sent them into captivity among the nations, I also gathered them again to their own land, and I will never again leave any of them there in captivity. 29 Nor will I ever hide my face from them again, because I will have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 39:11 The Dead Sea
  2. Ezekiel 39:16 Hamonah means horde.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 27

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 27

Ezekiel 38

Through My Bible – June 27

Ezekiel 38 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

In the Latter Days, Gog Will Attack Israel but
Will Be Defeated by the Lord

1 The word of the Lord came to me.

Son of man, set your face against Gog from the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, [1] Meshek, and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say this.

This is what the Lord God says. I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshek, and Tubal. [2] I will turn you around. I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will bring you out with your entire army, horses and horsemen, all of them magnificently arrayed, a vast horde [3] armed with body shields and hand shields, all of them wielding swords. Persia, Cush, and Libya [4] are with them, all of them with hand shields and helmets, also Gomer and all its troops, Beth Togarmah from the remotest regions of the north and all its troops—many peoples will be with you. Ready yourself. Prepare yourself, you and your whole horde that is gathered around you, and keep watch over them. After many days you will be summoned to come together. In the latter years you will invade a land that was restored from the ravages of the sword, whose population had been gathered from among many peoples, back to the mountains of Israel, which had been lying in ruins for a long time. Its population had been brought out from among the peoples, and all of them were now living securely. You will come up like a devastating storm. You will come up like a cloud to cover the land, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.

10 This is what the Lord God says. On that day plans will come into your mind, and you will plot an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will go up against a land of unwalled villages. I will attack the peaceful people who live in security, all of them living without walls, with neither bars nor gates. 12 I will attack in order to seize spoils and carry off plunder, to assault resettled ruins and to attack people returned from the nations, people who are acquiring livestock and other property, people who live at the center [5] of the earth.”

13 Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all its leaders [6] will say to you, “Have you come to seize spoils? Have you gathered your horde to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and other property, to seize a large amount of spoils?”

14 Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say this to Gog. This is what the Lord God says. On that day, when my people Israel are dwelling securely, you will be aware of that, won’t you? 15 So you will come from your place, from the remotest regions of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16 You will come up against my people Israel like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days this will happen. I will bring you against my land so that the nations will know me when I use you to reveal myself as holy in front of their eyes, O Gog.

17 This is what the Lord God says. Are you the one I spoke about in earlier days through my servants, the prophets of Israel? In those days didn’t they prophesy for many years that I would bring you against Israel? 18 On that day when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord God, my wrath will be evident on my face. 19 In my zeal and the fire of my fury, I have spoken. I swear that there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel on that day. 20 All of these will quake in my presence: the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the animals in the open country, every creeping thing that creeps on the ground, and every human being on the face of the earth. The mountains will be overthrown. The hillside terraces will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will summon against Gog a sword upon all my mountains, declares the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will judge him with plague and with bloodshed. I will rain down torrential rain, hailstones, and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many peoples who are with him. 23 In this way I will show myself to be great, and I will show myself to be holy, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 38:2 Or the chief prince
  2. Ezekiel 38:3 Places far to the north, in present-day Ukraine and Russia
  3. Ezekiel 38:4 The biblical accounts regularly use the Hebrew term hamon to refer to hostile, heathen armies. This term refers to a noisy, disorderly crowd. In reference to a barbarian army, horde is an appropriate rendering.
  4. Ezekiel 38:5 Hebrew Paras, Cush, and Put. These are the most distant places Israel was familiar with in North Africa and Asia.
  5. Ezekiel 38:12 Literally navel
  6. Ezekiel 38:13 Literally young lions




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 26

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 26

Ezekiel 37

Through My Bible – June 26

Ezekiel 37 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Resurrection of the Dry Bones

1 The hand of the Lord was upon me. He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley, which was full of bones. He had me pass through them and go all over among them. There were very many on the valley floor, and they were very dry.

He said to me, “Son of man, can these dry bones live?” [1] I answered, “Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’”

This is what the Lord God says to these bones.

I am about to make breath [2] enter you so that you will live. I will attach tendons to you. I will put flesh back on you. I will cover you with skin and put breath in you, and you will live. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

So I prophesied as I had been commanded, and as I was prophesying there was a noise, a rattling, as the bones came together, one bone connecting to another. As I watched, tendons were attached to them, then flesh grew over them, and skin covered them. But there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the wind. [3] Prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind that this is what the Lord God says. From the four winds, come, O wind, and breathe into these slain so that they may live.”

10 So I prophesied as he commanded me. Breath entered them, and they came back to life. They stood on their feet, a very, very large army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They are saying, ‘Our bones are dried up. Our hope is lost. We have been completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore, prophesy and say to them that this is what the Lord God says. My people, I am going to open your graves and raise you up from your graves and bring you back to the soil of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live. I will settle you on your own land, and you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.”

One People United Under the New David

15 The word of the Lord came to me.

16 Now you, son of man, take one piece of wood and write on it: “Belonging to Judah and belonging to the people of Israel associated with him.” Then take another piece of wood and write on it: “Belonging to Joseph, Ephraim’s piece of wood, and the whole house of Israel associated with him.” 17 Then hold one piece of wood close to the other to make a single board for yourself, so that they are one in your hand.

18 When your countrymen say to you, “Won’t you tell us what you mean by these things?” 19 you tell them, “This is what the Lord God says. I am going to take the piece of wood which is in the hand of Ephraim, which is for Joseph and for the tribes of Israel associated with him, and I will attach it to the piece of wood for Judah. In this way I will make them one board, so that they will be one in my hand.” 20 The boards on which you will write should be in your hand in front of their eyes.

21 Then say this to them. This is what the Lord God says. I am going to take the people of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from all around, and I will bring them to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will be king for all of them. Never again will they be two nations, and never again will they be divided into two kingdoms. 23 Never again will they defile themselves with their filthy idols, with their disgusting practices, and with all their rebellious actions. I will save them from all their backsliding by which they have sinned, [4] and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

24 My servant David will be King over them, and they will all have one Shepherd. They will follow my ordinances and be conscientious about keeping my statutes. 25 They will live on the land I gave my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They will live there permanently—they, their children, and their grandchildren—and my servant David will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It will be an everlasting covenant with them. I will establish them, and I will multiply them and set my sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My Dwelling Place will be over them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I, the Lord, make Israel holy when my holy place is in their midst forever.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 37:3 Or come back to life
  2. Ezekiel 37:5 The Hebrew word for breath also means spirit.
  3. Ezekiel 37:9 The same Hebrew word means wind, breath, and spirit.
  4. Ezekiel 37:23 A Hebrew variant reads I will save them from all the dwellings in which they sinned.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 25

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 25

Ezekiel 36:16-38

Through My Bible – June 25

Ezekiel 36:16-38 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Ezekiel 36

The Lord Will Sprinkle His People

16 The word of the Lord came to me.

17 Son of man, when the house of Israel was living on their own soil, they defiled it by their conduct and by their actions. To me their conduct was as unclean as the blood of a woman’s period. 18 So I poured out my wrath on them because of the blood they had poured on the ground and because of the filthy idols [1] with which they had defiled it, 19 and I scattered them among the nations so that they were dispersed among the countries. On the basis of their conduct and their actions I judged them. 20 Then when they came to the various nations, they profaned my holy name when people said about them, “These are the people of the Lord, but they had to leave his land.” 21 So I was concerned about my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the various nations to which they had come.

22 Therefore, say this to the house of Israel. This is what the Lord God says. I am about to act, O house of Israel, not for your sake, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you have gone. 23 I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when I reveal myself as holy in front of their eyes through you. 24 I will take you from among the nations. I will gather you from all the lands, and I will bring you to your own soil. 25 I will sprinkle purifying water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurity and from all your filthy idols.

The Lord Will Give His People a New Heart

26 Then I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put my Spirit within you and will cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will carefully observe my ordinances. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your fathers. You will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your impurity. I will summon the grain and make it plentiful. I will not bring famine upon you. 30 I will increase the fruit on the trees and the produce in the fields, so that you will never again suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves on account of your guilty deeds and your abominations. 32 It is not for your sake that I am about to act, declares the Lord God. Let this be known to you! Be ashamed and embarrassed because of your ways, O house of Israel.

33 This is what the Lord God says. On the day that I cleanse you from all your guilty deeds, I will resettle your cities, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of remaining desolate in the sight of every passerby. 35 People will say, “This land that was devastated has become like the Garden of Eden, and the cities that were ruined, desolate, and destroyed are now fortified and inhabited.” 36 Then the nations that remain around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the places that were destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it.

37 This is what the Lord God says. I will also allow the house of Israel to ask me to do this for them. I will multiply them so their people are like flocks. 38 Like flocks consecrated for sacrifice, like the flocks of Jerusalem on its festival days, so the ruined cities will be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 36:18 Or the manure gods. See the note at 6:4.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 24

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 24

Ezekiel 35:1 – 36:15

Through My Bible – June 24

Ezekiel 35:1 – 36:15 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

An Oracle Against Mount Seir

Ezekiel 35

The word of the Lord came to me. Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it. Say this to it.

This is what the Lord God says. I am against you, Mount Seir. I will stretch out my hand against you and make you a desolate wasteland. I will make your cities ruins, and you will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

Because you cherished an ancient hatred and turned the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their disaster, at the time of their final punishment, therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, I will subject you to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you. Because you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you. I will make Mount Seir a desolate wasteland and cut off from it all those who flee from it and want to return. [1] I will fill its mountains with its slain. On your hills and in your valleys and in all your streambeds, those who have been run through by the sword will fall. I will make you desolate forever, and your cities will not be re-inhabited. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

10 Because you said, “These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them, even though the Lord was there,” 11 therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, I will treat you as you deserve for your anger and for your jealousy which you held against these two nations in your hostility, and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard all the contemptuous statements that you uttered against the mountains of Israel: “They have been devastated and given to us for food.” 13 With your mouth you made proud boasts against me and heaped up arrogant words against me. I have heard it myself. 14 This is what the Lord God says. While the whole world celebrates, I will make you a desolation. 15 Because you celebrated when you took possession of the house of Israel because it was desolate, so will I deal with you. Mount Seir, you will be desolate, along with all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Prophesy Against the Mountains

Ezekiel 36

Now you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say this.

Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.

This is what the Lord God says.

Because the enemy said about you, “Aha! At last! The ancient heights have become our possession,” you are to prophesy and say, “This is what the Lord God says.”

Because they have devastated and crushed you from all sides, so that you would become the possession of the rest of the nations and a subject of people’s gossip and slander, therefore, you mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God. This is what the Lord God says to the mountains, hills, valleys, ravines, desolate ruins, and abandoned cities, which have become a source of plunder and are subjected to ridicule by the rest of the nations all around.

So, this is what the Lord God says. Without fail, in my fiery zeal I am speaking against the rest of the nations and against all of Edom, because they took my land as their own with whole-hearted glee and deep-seated contempt, and they occupied its pastureland. Therefore, prophesy about the land of Israel and say to the mountains, hills, valleys, and ravines: This is what the Lord God says. In my zeal and wrath I am speaking because you have endured the taunts of the nations.

Therefore, this is what the Lord God says. I swear with an uplifted hand that the nations all around you will endure taunts against them. But you, O mountains of Israel, will shoot forth your branches and bear your fruit for my people Israel, because they will soon come back. Yes, I am on your side. I will look on you with favor, and your land will be cultivated and planted. 10 I will multiply people for you, for the whole house of Israel, all of it. The cities will be resettled and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will multiply both people and animals on you. They will multiply and be fruitful. I will resettle you as you were in earlier times and do more good for you than I did when you began. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk over you. They will take possession of you. You will become their inheritance, and never again will you deprive them of their children.

13 This is what the Lord God says. Because some people say to you, “You devour your people and keep on depriving your nations [2] of their children,” 14 therefore, you will no longer devour your people or deprive your nations of their children, declares the Lord God. 15 No longer will I let you hear the taunts of the nations or endure the scorn of the peoples. Never again will you deprive your nations of their children, declares the Lord God.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 35:7 Literally to cross and turn
  2. Ezekiel 36:13 That is, Israel and Judah. A variant is the singular nation.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 23

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 23

Ezekiel 34

Through My Bible – June 23

Ezekiel 34 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

The Lord’s Shepherd Will Save His Sheep

1 The word of the Lord came to me.

Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds that this is what the Lord God says.

Woe to you, shepherds of Israel, who have been shepherding for themselves. Aren’t shepherds supposed to shepherd for the benefit of the sheep? You eat the fat. [1] You wear the wool. You slaughter the fattened ones—but you do not shepherd the flock. You have not strengthened the weak. You have not healed the sick. You have not bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays, and you have not searched for the lost. Instead you have abused them with force and with violence. So they scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep scattered and wandered all over the mountains and on every high hill. Over the face of the whole earth, my flock was scattered, with no one looking for them and no one searching for them.

Therefore, shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. As surely as I live, declares the Lord God, because my flock has become plunder, and because my flock has become food for all the wild animals, because they have no shepherd and my shepherds did not concern themselves about my flock, but the shepherds took care of themselves instead of taking care of my flock, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.

10 This is what the Lord God says. I am against the shepherds. Watch! I will remove my flock from their hand. I will remove them from taking care of the sheep, and no longer will those shepherds take care of themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, so that they will no longer be food for them.

11 For this is what the Lord God says. Here I am. I myself will seek the welfare of my flock and carefully search for them. 12 As a shepherd searches for his flock when his sheep that were with him have been scattered, so I will search for my flock and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own soil. I will shepherd them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys, and in all the settlements of the land. 14 I will lead them into good pasture, and their grazing land will be on the high mountains of Israel. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and they will pasture on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will shepherd my flock. I myself will let them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost. I will bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured. I will strengthen the weak. I will destroy the fat and the strong, and I will shepherd them with justice.

17 What about you, my flock? This is what the Lord God says. I am going to judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats. 18 Isn’t it enough for you that you feed on the good pasture? Must you trample the rest of your pastures with your feet? Isn’t it enough that you drink the clear water? Must you muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Then my flock has to feed on what your feet have trampled and drink what your feet have muddied. 20 Therefore, this is what the Lord God says to them. I myself am going to judge between the fat sheep and the thin sheep. 21 Because you have shoved them with your side and shoulder and butted all the weak ones with your horns, until you scattered them abroad, 22 I will save my flock so that they will not become plunder anymore. In this way I will judge between one sheep and another.

23 Then I will raise up over them one shepherd, and he will tend them. My servant David will tend them, and he will be their shepherd. 24 I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David will be the prince among them. I, the Lord, have spoken. 25 Then I will establish a covenant of peace with them, and I will rid the land of wild animals, so they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the forests.

26 I will make them and the area around my hill a blessing. I will send the rain showers down in their season. They will be showers of blessing. 27 The trees in the field will yield their fruit, and the earth will yield its produce. They will be secure on their own land and know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 No more will they be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in security, with no one to make them afraid. 29 I will establish for them farmland famous for its crops, so that they will no longer be carried off by famine that is taking place in the land. They will no longer bear the scorn of the nations. 30 They will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. 31 You are my flock of sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and you are my people, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 34:3 This may refer to the fat of dairy products like cheese. The ancient versions read milk.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 22

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 22

Ezekiel 33

Through My Bible – June 22

Ezekiel 33 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

The Watchman

1 The word of the Lord came to me. Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say this to them.

When I bring a sword against a land, and the people of the land appoint one man from their midst as their watchman, and that man sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the ram’s horn to warn the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the ram’s horn does not heed the warning, and as a result the sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. He heard the sound of the ram’s horn, but he did not take warning, so his own blood is on him. If he had heeded the warning, he would have saved his life.

But if the watchman sees the sword coming but does not blow the ram’s horn, and as a result the people are not warned, then if the sword comes and takes one of them away, that man has been taken away because of his own guilt, but I will also hold the watchman responsible for his blood.

But I have appointed you, son of man, to be a watchman for the house of Israel. So whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you are to warn them from me. When I say to a wicked man, “Wicked man, you shall surely die,” if you do not speak to warn the wicked man against his way, that wicked man will die because of his guilt, but I will also hold you responsible for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die because of his guilt, but you will have saved your life.

10 So you, son of man, say the following to the house of Israel.

This is what you people are saying: “Certainly our rebellion and our sins weigh us down, and because of them we are rotting away. How then can we live?” 11 Say to them, “As I live, declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from their way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why should you die, O house of Israel?”

12 So you, son of man, also say this to your countrymen.

The righteousness of a righteous man will not save him on the day that he rebels, and the wickedness of a wicked man will not cause him to stumble on the day that he turns away from his wickedness. Likewise, a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day that he sins.

13 When I say about the righteous man, “He will surely live,” but he then trusts in his own righteousness and does unrighteous things, all of his righteous acts will no longer be remembered, and he will die because of [1] the unrighteous things he does.

14 Or when I say to the wicked man, “You will surely die,” and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness— 15 if that wicked man returns the collateral paid to him for a loan, returns what he has stolen, walks in the laws that lead to life, and so avoids doing unrighteous things—he will surely live. He will not die. 16 All of the evil acts he committed will not be remembered against him. Since he has practiced justice and righteousness, he will certainly live.

17 Yet, your countrymen are saying, “The Lord’s way is not fair,” although it is actually their way that is not fair. 18 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and does unrighteous things, he will die in them. 19 But when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live through them. 20 So, even though you say, “The Lord’s way is not fair,” I will judge each one of you according to his own ways, O house of Israel.

The Fall of Jerusalem

21 In the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, [2] on the fifth day of the month, a refugee from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city has fallen.” 22 Now the hand of the Lord had been upon me the evening before the survivor came, and the Lord had opened my mouth, so by the time the refugee came to me in the morning, my mouth was opened, and I was no longer unable to speak.

23 The word of the Lord came to me.

24 Son of man, the inhabitants of these ruins in the land of Israel are saying, “Abraham was only one man, and he took possession of the land. We are many, and certainly the land has been given to us as a possession.”

25 Therefore, say this to them. This is what the Lord God says. You eat meat with the blood still in it. You raise your eyes to your filthy idols. You shed blood, and still you think you will possess the land? 26 You depend on your sword. You commit abominations. Each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife, and still you think you will possess the land?

27 This is what you are to say to them. This is what the Lord God says. As I live, those who are in the ruins will fall by the sword, and I will give anyone in the open country to the wild animals to eat, and those in strongholds and caves will die by the plague. 28 I will make the land a desolate wasteland. Its arrogant strength will cease, and the mountains of Israel will be so desolate that no one will travel through them. 29 Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I make the land a desolate wasteland because of all the abominable things they have committed.

30 What about you, son of man? Your countrymen, who are talking with each other about you beside the walls and in the doorways of the houses, say to one another, each one to a neighbor, “Come now and hear what the word is that is coming from the Lord.” 31 They come to you as a group on behalf of the people, [3] and they sit in front of you as if they were my people. They listen to your words but refuse to act on them, because they prefer to use their mouths for obscene talk, and their hearts pursue their wrongful gain. 32 You see, to them you are like someone who sings erotic songs with a beautiful voice, who is an excellent musician. So they listen to your words, but they are not obeying them. 33 But when this comes—and come it will—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 33:13 Or in
  2. Ezekiel 33:21 In the winter of 586/585 bc
  3. Ezekiel 33:31 Literally like the coming of a people




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 21

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 21

Psalms 89:38-52

Through My Bible – June 21

Psalms 89:38-52 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Psalms 89

The Covenant Abandoned?

38 But you have rejected, you have cast off,
you have been very angry with your anointed one,
39 and you have renounced the covenant with your servant,
and you have thrown his crown on the ground.
40 You have broken down all his walls
and reduced his fortresses to rubble.
41 All who pass by on the road have plundered him.
He is despised by his neighbors.
42 You have raised up the right hand of his foes.
You have made all his enemies happy.
43 Indeed, you have deflected the edge of his sword,
and you have not let him stand up in battle.
44 You have put an end to his majesty,
and you have hurled his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth. Interlude
You have clothed him with shame.
46 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
Will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember me! What is my life!
For you have created such futility for all the children of Adam!
48 Can anyone live and not see death, Interlude
or save his life from the power of the grave?
49 Where are your former mercies, O Lord,
which you swore to David in your faithfulness?
50 Remember, Lord, the scorn your servants have [1] endured.
(I carry on my heart all the many peoples!) [2]
51 Remember the scorn
    with which your enemies have been scornful, O Lord,
    with which they have scorned the steps of your Anointed One.

Closing Doxology

52 Blessed be the Lord forever!

Amen and Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 89:50 A Hebrew variant is servant has.
  2. Psalm 89:50 An emendation suggested by some translators is all the attacks of the peoples.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 20

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 20

Psalms 89:1-37

Through My Bible – June 20

Psalms 89:1-37 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Psalms 89

Psalm 89

The Covenant With David

Heading
A maskil by Ethan the Ezrahite.

Opening Praise

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever.
With my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
Yes, I have said, “Your mercy is built to last forever.
In the heavens you establish your faithfulness.”

The Statement of the Covenant

The Lord said, [1]
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one.
I have sworn to David my servant.
I will establish your seed [2] forever, Interlude
and I will build your throne through all generations.”

God’s Power Upholds the Covenant

The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
also your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?
Who is like the Lord among the sons of God?
God is revered in the council of the holy ones.
He is to be feared more than all who surround him.
O Lord God of Armies, who is like you?
You are mighty, O Lord, [3]
and your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule over the majestic sea.
When its waves rise up, you quiet them.
10 You crushed Rahab [4] like one of the slain.
With your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also is the earth.
You founded the world and everything that fills it.
12 You created the north and the south.
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.
13 Your arm works for you with power.
Your hand is strong. Your right hand is raised high.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
Mercy and truth are right in front of you.

The Security of God’s People

15 How blessed are the people who know the joyful cry.
Lord, they walk in the light from your face.
16 In your name they celebrate all day long.
In your righteousness they are lifted up.
17 For you are the beauty of their strength,
and by your favor you exalt our Horn. [5]
18 Indeed, our Shield belongs to the Lord,
our King to the Holy One of Israel.

The Promise to David

19 Once you spoke in a vision to your favored ones.
You said:
I have granted help to a warrior.
I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I found David my servant.
With my holy oil I have anointed him.
21 He is the one whom my hand will sustain.
Surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 No enemy will subject him to tribute.
No violent man will oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and mercy will be with him,
and through my name his horn [6] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, “You are my Father,
my God and the Rock that saves me.”
27 I will also make him the Firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 I will keep my mercy for him forever,
and my covenant with him will stand firm.
29 I will establish his seed forever.
His throne will endure like the days of the heavens.

The Terms of the Covenant

30 If his sons forsake my law,
and they do not walk according to my judgments,
31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commands,
32 I will punish their rebellion with the rod, their guilt with whipping.
33 But I will not break off my mercy from him.
I will not let my truth become false.
34 I will not violate my covenant.
I will not alter what comes out of my lips.
35 Once and for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
surely I will not lie to David—
36 that his seed will continue forever,
and his throne will endure before me like the sun.
37 It will be established forever like the moon. Interlude
This witness in the sky is faithful.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 89:3 The words The Lord said are added to clarify who is speaking.
  2. Psalm 89:4 Retention of the literal term seed makes it clear that this refers to the Messianic line from the seed of Eve, through the seed of Abraham and the seed of David, to Christ the Messiah.
  3. Psalm 89:8 Yah, the short form of the divine name, is used instead of the full form, Yahweh.
  4. Psalm 89:10 The name Rahab here is a personification of the sea as a monster.
  5. Psalm 89:17 The Horn and the Shield here are names for the King descended from David.
  6. Psalm 89:24 That is, his power




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 19

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 19

Psalms 88

Through My Bible – June 19

Psalms 88 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Psalm 88

Darkness Is My Friend

The Headings
A song. A psalm. By the Sons of Korah.
For the choir director. According to mahalath leannoth. [1]
A maskil [2] of Heman the Ezrahite.

Opening Plea

O Lord, the God who saves me, by day I cry out.
At night I cry before you.
May my prayer come before you.
Turn your ear to my cry.

The Problem

Indeed, my soul has had its fill of troubles,
and my life has arrived at the grave.
I am treated like those who go down to the pit.
I am like someone without strength.
I am turned loose with the dead.
I am like the slain who lie in the grave,
like the ones you do not remember anymore,
like those who are cut off from your hand.
You have put me in the lowest pit,
in dark places, in the depths.
Your wrath presses against me. Interlude
You have battered me with all your breakers.
You have distanced my acquaintances from me.
You have made me repulsive to them.
I am shut in and I cannot get out.
My eyesight grows dim from affliction.

I call to you, O Lord, every day.
I spread out my hands to you.

The Darkness of Death

10 Is it for the dead that you do a miracle? Interlude
Do the spirits of the dead rise up and praise you?
11 Is your mercy declared in the tomb,
your faithfulness in decay?
12 Is your wonderful work known in the darkness?
Is your righteousness known in the land of forgetfulness?
13 But I cry to you, O Lord,
and in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Why, O Lord, do you reject my soul?
Why do you hide your face from me?
15 I have been afflicted
and I have been close to death since my youth.
I have endured your terrors.
I am in despair.
16 Your rage has swept over me.
Your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like water.
They have battered me completely.
18 You have distanced my loved one and friend from me.
My only friend is darkness.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 88:1 Probably the name of the tune, “Suffering of Affliction”
  2. Psalm 88:1 A maskil is a type of hymn. It means a song that makes one wise or a skillful song.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 18

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 18

Psalms 86 – 87

Through My Bible – June 18

Psalms 86 – 87 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Psalm 86

Guard My Life

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A prayer by David.

David’s Need and David’s Faith

Turn your ear, O Lord.
Answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am favored by you. [1]
You are my God.
Save your servant, who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

God’s Grace

Indeed, you, Lord, are good and forgiving
and abounding in mercy to all who call to you.
Give ear to my prayer, O Lord.
Pay attention to the sound of my cries for mercy.

God’s Ruling Power

In the day of my distress I will call to you,
    because you will answer me.
There is no one like you among the gods, O Lord.
There are no deeds like your deeds.
All the nations you have made will come.
They will bow before you, O Lord,
and they will give glory to your name,
10 because you are great and do marvelous deeds.
You alone are God.

God’s Praise

11 Teach me your way, O Lord.
I will walk in your truth.
Give me wholehearted commitment to fear your name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your mercy toward me,
and you have delivered my soul from “the lowest hell.” [2]

The Plea Repeated

14 God, the arrogant rise against me.
A mob of ruthless men seeks my life.
They pay no attention to you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant.
Save the son of your maidservant.
17 Give a sign of your goodness for me.
Then those who hate me will see it and be put to shame,
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 87

The Glorious City

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By the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

The Holy City

The city he founded is on the holy mountains.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. Interlude
Glorious things are spoken about you, O City of God.

Its Citizens

I will register Rahab [3] and Babylon among those who know me.
Look! Philistia and Tyre are there, along with Cush!
Of them I say, “This one was born there in Zion.” [4]
And about Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.”
When he registers the peoples,
the Lord will write: Interlude
“This one was born there.”
Then the singers, as they dance, will sing,
“All my springs are in you.”

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 86:2 Or I am loyal to you
  2. Psalm 86:13 Or have delivered my life from the depths of the grave
  3. Psalm 87:4 Rahab here is a name for Egypt, which is pictured as a sea monster.
  4. Psalm 87:4 The words of them I say and in Zion are added to clarify the antecedents.




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Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 17

Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 17

Psalms 85

Through My Bible – June 17

Psalms 85 (EHV)

See series: Through My Bible

Psalm 85

You Showed Favor to Your Land

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For the choir director. By the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Past Goodness

You showed favor to your land, O Lord.
You restored Jacob.
You removed the guilt of your people. Interlude
You covered all their sin.
You put away all your wrath.
You turned from your burning anger.

Present Distress

Restore us, O God who saves us.
Put an end to your indignation with us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you extend your anger through all generations?
Will you not turn and revive us,
so that your people may rejoice in you?

Hope for the Future

Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and give us your salvation.
I will hear what the true God, the Lord, will say.
He indeed speaks peace to his people, to his favored ones,
but do not let them turn to foolish ways.
Surely his salvation is near for those who fear him,
so that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth meet together.
Righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Truth springs up from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give good things,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness walks in front of him.
It prepares the way for his footsteps.




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