11/28/13

From Ben Fronczek... Get Ready!

Get Ready!

“Get Ready”   1 Peter 3:13-16   by Ben Fronczek
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired help. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.  ”Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him.  ”Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Everything needs to be tied down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.” Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been  covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

MORAL: When you’re prepared spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

In our text today, Peter continues to encourage and instruct Christians. As he knew from his own experience everybody is not going to welcome you with open arms just because you are a Christian. As a matter of fact many may do their best to undermine if not destroy you and your reputation. In light of these storms that may come your way, Peter gives us some good advice. Let me read it to you.  

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.”

(And here is his advice)

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

Being prepared is crucial for so many aspects of life. Creatures great and small grow, collect and store food in preparation for winter. Our Government as well as all governments all around the world spent billions of dollars preparing for potentials terrorist attacks, wars, natural disasters, and so much more. Soldiers, police officers, rescue teams, doctors prepared and practice for worst case scenarios.  There are so many things that we should and need to prepare for that one could not list them all.

But here in our text Peter doesn’t want to see us get caught unprepared regarding spiritual matters so he tell us to always be ready and prepared to give an answer or defense to anyone who asks us to give a reason for the hope that we have as a Christian.

The question I have for you today is, ‘Are you prepared to do this?’                 
If someone were to get right up in your face and ask today and say, ‘Just tell me why you believe in all this Christianity stuff’, what would you say?

Peter is telling us you better be prepared.  So how do we prepare?

A. First of all I believe we need to know our stuff; actually understand what we profess. We really need to know and understand some of the core teaching of the Christian faith. We need to really know what we believe and why. (How would you feel about being treated by a paramedic who hadn’t practice or didn’t know what he was doing?”)

And so how do we do this?                                                                                

- We not only need to read our Bibles, we also need to study it so that we understand what it is talking about. It don’t believe that that Bible is meant to be read like a novel, rather I believe it is to be digested like an instruction manual. The information in this book is important and crucial and it is worthy of our time and effort to study.  I am convinced that some people read their Bibles, but unfortunately many don’t have a clue what many portions of it are talking about. This is where good Bible Study habits can help.

- When I pick apart a text I like to look at what different commentators have to say about it. If I don’t understand certain words I look them up. I even look at the original Greek or Hebrew words and what they meant. All this is easy now with the use of a computer. It’s all on the internet.  It’s ok to jot notes in your Bible as a reminder.

- Going to a good Bible Study also helps. Sometimes even listening to good radio lessons help. If you don’t understand something don’t just let it go, dig for some answers, ask for help if you need to.

- Read magazines or books or watch the latest programs on Christian evidences or whatever subject you may want to study to give you an edge.

If you buy a new camera, cell phone, or any other kind of gadget and you what to get full use out if it what do you do. You read and memorize the instruction book. And if you still don’t  understand it you seek out someone who does and have them explain it to you.

- We should be as diligent when it comes to understanding our own Christian faith. Don’t assume anything. Learn it, study it, ask questions, and be sure in your own mind. These are some ways we can prepare.

So now that we know what we believe and understand why we believe what advise does Peter give as to how we answer those who may ask:

1)   First he tells us to do it with gentleness.  

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 15:1  

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

I don’t know about you but it really irritates me when someone comes across as a boastful know-it- all, even if they are right. But there is something soothing in a person voice when they speak from a humble, caring heart filled with wisdom.

In Ecc. 5:3 Solomon also said,

3 Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.

Yes, if we are not careful we can say too much. Even if we have a good answerer we can say it with the wrong attitude.

2)    The 2nd thing Peter said was to answer with respect. 

In other words, don’t look down at the person asking you a question about your faith. He or she may be mocking you and Christianity, but they may also be looking for answers as well.
Here again is another place we should be applying the ‘Golden Rule,’  doing unto others they way we would want them to do to us. There is nothing more degrading than someone making you feel dumb because you asked a question. As Christians we should not be-little anyone. Letting a person know that their question is important by giving an honest, gentle, and serious answer show respect. One question can lead to more. Some of the greatest Christians were one time enemies of the faith.

3)    And the last recommendation Peter gives here is that we should answer in a way that allow us to keep a clear conscious.

Clear from what? I believe we should answer in a way that keeps us being guilty of being mean, nasty or a know it all.
Also, we don’t have to feel guilty before God when we state the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about our Christianity in times of personal peril.
So why answer in this manner?  I believe it is so we can win more to Christ. There is an old saying that says, “You catch more bees with honey that with vinegar.”   What does that mean?  You are going to attract more or win more over by being good and sweet like honey than you will by being a sour pickle puss. And likewise being knowledgeable, clear, confident, and having a good attitude will attract more curious seekers to Christ and the Church than a grouchy old arrogant Christian.

If you remember from our last lesson Peter reminded us that we are aliens, ambassadors representing our Lord Jesus here on earth. And we can’t do a very good job at doing this if don’t know our stuff, if we are not prepared, and if we don’t have the right attitude.
There is another reason we have to know our stuff, another reason why we need to prepare our self. 

 Jumping ahead to 5:8 Peter says this, 

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

In much the same way that the Apostle Paul warns us in Ephesians 6, where he says,  

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground

Peter and Paul are warning us that we need to prepare for battle! If we are not prepared, if you really don’t know why you believe, you are going to be weak, and unprepared when you need that knowledge the most. You won’t  be able to give a good answer when some asks or challenges you. You may not be a good influence when you have a chance to be. And when Satan or his dark forces come to attack you will have no armor to put on.

Knowledge is power. Faith is a shield. Knowing how to use God’s word properly is like knowing how to use a sword properly.  Knowledge of God’s word is a life changing force.

Like in the story where the farmer hired that little man who was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We, as believers in Christ, need to secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God.

Challenge: Read, Study, know your stuff and be on guard…

For more lessons click on the following link: http://granvillenychurchofchrist.org/?page_id=566

From Jim McGuiggan... Did God punish Christ?

Did God punish Christ?


We hear a lot of talk about God being angry with Jesus because Jesus became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). We hear almost as much about Jesus the Lord absorbing the wrath due each one of us, or, to put it another way, we hear that Jesus Christ suffered the punishment that was due us. Even John Calvin fumed against the notion that God was angry with Jesus. And how could Jesus have suffered what was due the sinner if what was due the sinner was eternal punishment? And if Jesus bore the punishment on sin that was due all of us how can any of us (believers or not) ever be punished? Imagine a sinner about to be punished by God saying, "But you already punished Jesus for that!"

God wasn’t angry with Jesus who ceaselessly did only what pleased the Holy Father. Punishment is only for the guilty otherwise it is immoral. Christ became part of a human family that was under judgement before God (a redeeming judgement) and the judgement that brings us peace fell on him also (Isaiah 53). For some more on this click here.  


©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made.

Many thanks to brother Ed Healy, for allowing me to post from his website, the abiding word.com.

From Mark Copeland... An Exhortation To Walk In Holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

               "THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS"

              An Exhortation To Walk In Holiness (4:1-8)

INTRODUCTION

1. As we saw in our previous study, Paul concluded his "apostolic
   reflections" with a prayer...
   a. In which he expressed his desire for his brethren - 1Th 3:11-12
   b. In particular, that their hearts be established blameless in
      holiness - 1Th 3:13

2. In the second half of this epistle, Paul gives "apostolic
   instructions"...
   a. In other words, exhortations, commands, urgings, etc.
   b. All designed to help answer his own prayer!
      1) That they increase and abound in love
      2) That they be blameless in holiness at the coming of the Lord

[His first "apostolic instruction" could be called "An Exhortation To
Walk In Holiness".  It begins with a general exhortation on how we
ought to walk and please God...]

I. ABOUNDING MORE AND MORE (1-2)

   A. NOTE THE FORCEFULNESS OF THIS EXHORTATION...
      1. Paul "urges" and "exhorts" them
      2. He reminds them this is:
         a. What they received from him on how they "ought to walk" and 
            "to please God"
         b. In keeping with "commandments" given to them
      3. Twice he appeals to the name of Jesus (which adds to the force 
         of his appeal)
         a. Urging and exhorting "in the Lord Jesus"
         b. Commandments given "through the Lord Jesus"
      4. These "instructions" are not suggestions; they carry the force 
         of commands necessary to keep in order to please God!
         a. Which Jesus expected His apostles to teach - Mt 28:20
         b. Which Paul certainly stressed - 1Co 7:19

   B. A COMMAND FOR INCREASING SERVICE...
      1. They should "abound more and more"
         a. As he prayed earlier - 1Th 3:12
         b. As he will urge them again later - 1Th 4:10
      2. This aspect of Christian living is taught throughout the
         Scriptures
         a. By Jesus in His parables
            1) The Talents - cf. Mt 25:14-30
            2) The Vine and The Branches - cf. Jn 15:1-2
         b. By Peter in defining what it means to grow in the knowledge 
            of Christ - cf. 2Pe 1:5-8
         c. By Paul in his writing to other Christians
            1) The Corinthians - 1Co 15:58
            2) The Philippians - Php 1:9; 3:13-14

[The Christian "walk" or life is to be one where we abound more and
more, never resting on our laurels, always pressing on to increasing
levels of service.  This is especially true when it comes to living
morally pure lives...]

II. SANCTIFICATION THROUGH ABSTINENCE (3-8)

   A. GOD'S WILL IS OUR SANCTIFICATION...
      1. The words "sanctification" and "holiness" come from the same 
         Greek word meaning to be "set apart"
         a. Through the Word of God, we are to be "sanctified" - Jn 17:17
         b. With the aid of the Spirit, we can be "sanctified" - 1Co 6:11
      2. Sanctification is an on-going process...
         a. It began at our conversion - 1Co 6:11; Ep 5:26
         b. It continues throughout our Christian life - He 2:11; 10:14
         c. It will be completed at the coming of Christ - 1Th 5:23

   B. SANCTIFICATION INVOLVES ABSTINENCE...
      1. Abstaining from "sexual immorality"
         a. The Greek word (porneia) is commonly translated 
            "fornication"
         b. It is a "general word for unlawful and immoral sexual 
            intercourse and relationships" (Barclay)
            1) Thus it includes pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex 
               (adultery), homosexuality
            2) I.e., any sexual activity outside a lawful, marital 
               relationship between husband and wife
      2. Possessing one's own vessel (body, or wife) in sanctification 
         and honor
         a. Not in passion of lust, like those who do not know God 
            - cf. Ep 4:17-19
         b. Something we should know how to do - in case one doesn't,
            it involves:
            1) Being transformed by the renewing of the mind - Ro 12:
               1-2
            2) Not making provision for fulfilling the lusts of the 
               flesh - Ro 13:13-14
      3. So we will not be take advantage of and defraud our brother
         a. I.e., commit adultery (perhaps the highest form of fraud
            - cf. Pr 6:30-35)   
         b. Which is what happens when we do not possess our bodies in
            sanctification and honor

   C. WHY SANCTIFICATION (ESP. ABSTINENCE) IS NECESSARY...
      1. It is God's will - 1Th 4:3
      2. God will avenge those who defraud their brethren - 1Th 4:6; 
         cf. He 13:4
      3. God has called us to holiness, not (moral) uncleanness - 1Th 4:7
      4. Otherwise we reject God, who has given us His Holy Spirit 
         - 1Th 4:8
         a. Given to us when we became His sons - Ga 4:6
         b. Our bodies are to be temples for the Holy Spirit - 1Co 6:18-20
         -- Dare we grieve the Spirit by defiling His temple?

CONCLUSION

1. To be blameless in holiness at the Lord's coming requires we walk in
   holiness now...
   a. Abounding more and more in our service to God
   b. Abstaining from sexual immorality by possessing our bodies in
      sanctification and honor

2. Through the grace of God, such holy living is possible...
   a. We have the blood of Christ to forgive us of the guilt of sin
   b. We have the help of the Spirit to free us from the power of sin
   -- But we must do our part, thus the need for "An Exhortation To 
      Walk In Holiness"

In view of our morally lax society, this is a much needed exhortation!
God has not called us to (sexual) uncleanness, but in holiness (1 Th
4:7).  Are we living in a way becoming of our calling?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011


From Gary... Bible Reading and Study November 28



Bible Reading and Study  

November 28

The World English Bible



Nov. 28
Ezekiel 5-8

Eze 5:1 You, son of man, take a sharp sword; You shall take it as a barber's razor to you, and shall cause it to pass on your head and on your beard: then take balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
Eze 5:2 A third part you shall burn in the fire in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled; and you shall take a third part, and strike with the sword around it; and a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:3 You shall take of it a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.
Eze 5:4 Of these again you shall take, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; from it shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Eze 5:5 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are around her.
Eze 5:6 She has rebelled against my ordinances in doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries that are around her; for they have rejected my ordinances, and as for my statutes, they have not walked in them.
Eze 5:7 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because you are turbulent more than the nations that are around you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my ordinances, neither have done after the ordinances of the nations that are around you;
Eze 5:8 therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I, even I, am against you; and I will execute judgments in the midst of you in the sight of the nations.
Eze 5:9 I will do in you that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all your abominations.
Eze 5:10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of you, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you; and the whole remnant of you will I scatter to all the winds.
Eze 5:11 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore will I also diminish you; neither shall my eye spare, and I also will have no pity.
Eze 5:12 A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you; and a third part shall fall by the sword around you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds, and will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:13 Thus shall my anger be accomplished, and I will cause my wrath toward them to rest, and I shall be comforted; and they shall know that I, Yahweh, have spoken in my zeal, when I have accomplished my wrath on them.
Eze 5:14 Moreover I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations that are around you, in the sight of all that pass by.
Eze 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment, to the nations that are around you, when I shall execute judgments on you in anger and in wrath, and in wrathful rebukes; (I, Yahweh, have spoken it;)
Eze 5:16 when I shall send on them the evil arrows of famine, that are for destruction, which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine on you, and will break your staff of bread;
Eze 5:17 and I will send on you famine and evil animals, and they shall bereave you; and pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword on you: I, Yahweh, have spoken it.
Eze 6:1 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Eze 6:2 Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy to them,
Eze 6:3 and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Yahweh: Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the mountains and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys: Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places.
Eze 6:4 Your altars shall become desolate, and your incense altars shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
Eze 6:5 I will lay the dead bodies of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones around your altars.
Eze 6:6 In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
Eze 6:7 The slain shall fall in the midst of you, and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
Eze 6:8 Yet will I leave a remnant, in that you shall have some that escape the sword among the nations, when you shall be scattered through the countries.
Eze 6:9 Those of you that escape shall remember me among the nations where they shall be carried captive, how that I have been broken with their lewd heart, which has departed from me, and with their eyes, which play the prostitute after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
Eze 6:10 They shall know that I am Yahweh: I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them.
Eze 6:11 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Smite with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, Alas! because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel; for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Eze 6:12 He who is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he who is near shall fall by the sword; and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my wrath on them.
Eze 6:13 You shall know that I am Yahweh, when their slain men shall be among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where they offered pleasant aroma to all their idols.
Eze 6:14 I will stretch out my hand on them, and make the land desolate and waste, from the wilderness toward Diblah, throughout all their habitations: and they shall know that I am Yahweh.
Eze 7:1 Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Eze 7:2 You, son of man, thus says the Lord Yahweh to the land of Israel, An end: the end is come on the four corners of the land.
Eze 7:3 Now is the end on you, and I will send my anger on you, and will judge you according to your ways; and I will bring on you all your abominations.
Eze 7:4 My eye shall not spare you, neither will I have pity; but I will bring your ways on you, and your abominations shall be in the midst of you: and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
Eze 7:5 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: An evil, an only evil; behold, it comes.
Eze 7:6 An end is come, the end is come; it awakes against you; behold, it comes.
Eze 7:7 Your doom is come to you, inhabitant of the land: the time is come, the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting, on the mountains.
Eze 7:8 Now will I shortly pour out my wrath on you, and accomplish my anger against you, and will judge you according to your ways; and I will bring on you all your abominations.
Eze 7:9 My eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will bring on you according to your ways; and your abominations shall be in the midst of you; and you shall know that I, Yahweh, do strike.
Eze 7:10 Behold, the day, behold, it comes: your doom is gone forth; the rod has blossomed, pride has budded.
Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness; none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of their wealth: neither shall there be eminency among them.
Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draws near: don't let the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn; for wrath is on all its multitude.
Eze 7:13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they be yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude of it, none shall return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
Eze 7:14 They have blown the trumpet, and have made all ready; but none goes to the battle; for my wrath is on all its multitude.
Eze 7:15 The sword is outside, and the pestilence and the famine within: he who is in the field shall die with the sword: and he who is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
Eze 7:16 But those of those who escape shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, every one in his iniquity.
Eze 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.
Eze 7:18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be on all faces, and baldness on all their heads.
Eze 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be as an unclean thing; their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Yahweh: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels; because it has been the stumbling block of their iniquity.
Eze 7:20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty; but they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things therein: therefore have I made it to them as an unclean thing.
Eze 7:21 I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall profane it.
Eze 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall profane my secret place; and robbers shall enter into it, and profane it.
Eze 7:23 Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
Eze 7:24 Therefore I will bring the worst of the nations, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pride of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be profaned.
Eze 7:25 Destruction comes; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
Eze 7:26 Mischief shall come on mischief, and rumor shall be on rumor; and they shall seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders.
Eze 7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do to them after their way, and according to their own judgments will I judge them; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.
Eze 8:1 It happened in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord Yahweh fell there on me.
Eze 8:2 Then I saw, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his waist and downward, fire; and from his waist and upward, as the appearance of brightness, as it were glowing metal.
Eze 8:3 He put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and the sky, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the gate of the inner court that looks toward the north; where there was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy.
Eze 8:4 Behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the appearance that I saw in the plain.
Eze 8:5 Then said he to me, Son of man, lift up your eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up my eyes the way toward the north, and see, northward of the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
Eze 8:6 He said to me, Son of man, see you what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel do commit here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but you shall again see yet other great abominations.
Eze 8:7 He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.
Eze 8:8 Then said he to me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had dug in the wall, behold, a door.
Eze 8:9 He said to me, Go in, and see the wicked abominations that they do here.
Eze 8:10 So I went in and saw; and see, every form of creeping things, and abominable animals, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed around on the wall.
Eze 8:11 There stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel; and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, every man with his censer in his hand; and the odor of the cloud of incense went up.
Eze 8:12 Then said he to me, Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in his chambers of imagery? for they say, Yahweh doesn't see us; Yahweh has forsaken the land.
Eze 8:13 He said also to me, You shall again see yet other great abominations which they do.
Eze 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of Yahweh's house which was toward the north; and see, there sat the women weeping for Tammuz.
Eze 8:15 Then said he to me, Have you seen this, son of man? you shall again see yet greater abominations than these.
Eze 8:16 He brought me into the inner court of Yahweh's house; and see, at the door of the temple of Yahweh, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs toward the temple of Yahweh, and their faces toward the east; and they were worshipping the sun toward the east.
Eze 8:17 Then he said to me, Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have turned again to provoke me to anger: and behold, they put the branch to their nose.
Eze 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in wrath; my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.



 
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Ezekiel
 
Ezekiel 5 1
You, son of man, take a sharp sword; [as] a barber`s razor shall you take it to you, and shall cause it to pass on your head and on your beard: then take balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife; a barber`s razor shalt thou take; and cause it to pass upon thy head and upon thy beard: and thou shalt take balances to weigh, and divide the [hair].
`And thou, son of man, take to thee a sharp weapon, the barber`s razor thou dost
take to thee, and thou hast caused [it] to pass over thy head, and over thy beard,
and thou hast taken to thee weighing scales, and apportioned them.
Ezekiel 5 2
A third part shall you burn in the fire in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled; and you shall take a third part, and strike with the sword round about it; and a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.
A third part shalt thou burn in the fire in the midst of the city, when the days of the
siege are fulfilled; and thou shalt take a third part, [and] smite about it with a knife; and
a third part thou shalt scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.
A third part with fire thou dost burn in the midst of the city, at the fulness of the
days of the siege; and thou hast taken the third part, thou dost smite with a
weapon round about it; and the third part thou dost scatter to the wind, and a
weapon I draw out after them.
Ezekiel 5 3
You shall take of it a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.
And thou shalt take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts;
And thou hast taken thence a few in number -- and hast bound them in thy skirts;
Ezekiel 5 4
Of these again shall you take, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; therefrom shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
and thou shalt take of these again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn
them in the fire: from it shall a fire come forth against all the house of Israel.
and of them thou dost take again, and hast cast them unto the midst of the fire,and hast burned them in the fire -- out of it cometh forth a fire unto all the house of Israel.
Ezekiel 5 5
Thus says the Lord Yahweh: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are round about her.
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: This is Jerusalem: I have set her in the midst of the nations,
and the countries are round about her.
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: this [is] Jerusalem, In the midst of the nations I have
set her, And round about her [are] the lands.
Ezekiel 5 6
She has rebelled against my ordinances in doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries that are round about her; for they have rejected my ordinances, and as for my statutes, they have not walked in them.
And she hath rebelled against my judgments in wickedness more than the nations, and
against my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for mine
ordinances have they refused; and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
And she changeth My judgments into wickedness more than the nations, And My
statutes more than the lands that [are] round about her, For against My judgments
they have kicked, And My statutes -- they have not walked in them.
Ezekiel 5 7
Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because you are turbulent more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my ordinances, neither have done after the ordinances of the nations that are round about you;
Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because ye have been turbulent more than the
nations that are round about you, [and] have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept mine ordinances, nor [even] have done according to the ordinances of the nations that are round about you;
Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because of your multiplying above the nations that [are] around you, In My statutes ye have not walked, And My judgments ye have not  done, According to the judgments of the nations That [are] round about you ye have not done.
Ezekiel 5 8
therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I, even I, am against you; and I will execute
judgments in the midst of you in the sight of the nations.
therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute
judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations;
Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Lo, I [am] against thee, even I, And I have
done in thy midst judgments, Before the eyes of the nations.
Ezekiel 5 9
I will do in you that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like,
because of all your abominations.
and I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the
like, because of all thine abominations.
And I have done in thee that which I have not done, And that which I do not its
like again, Because of all thine abominations.
Ezekiel 5 10
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of you, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you; and the whole remnant of you will I scatter to all the winds.
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their
fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I
scatter to all the winds.
Therefore fathers do eat sons in thy midst, And sons eat their fathers, And I have
done in thee judgments, And have scattered all thy remnant to every wind.
Ezekiel 5 11
Therefore, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore will I also diminish [you]; neither shall my eye spare, and I also will have no pity.
Wherefore, [as] I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, verily because thou hast defiled my
sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will
I also withdraw mine eye, and it shall not spare, nor will I have any pity.
Therefore, I live -- an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah: Because My sanctuary thou
hast defiled, With all thy detestable things, And with all thine abominations,
Mine eye pitieth not, and I also spare not. Do not even I also diminish?
Ezekiel 5 12
A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you; and a third part shall fall by the sword round about you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds, and will draw out a sword after them.
A third part of thee shall die by the pestilence, and shall be consumed by the famine in
the midst of thee; and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will
scatter a third part to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Thy third part -- by pestilence they die, And by famine are consumed in thy
midst, And the third part, by sword they fall round about thee, And the third
part, to every wind I scatter, And a sword I draw out after them.
Ezekiel 5 13
Thus shall my anger be accomplished, and I will cause my wrath toward them to rest, and I shall be comforted; and they shall know that I, Yahweh, have spoken in my zeal, when I have accomplished my wrath on them.
And mine anger shall be accomplished, and I will satisfy my fury upon them, and I will
comfort myself; and they shall know that I Jehovah have spoken in my jealousy, when I
have accomplished my fury upon them.
And completed hath been Mine anger, And I have caused My fury to rest on them,
And I have been comforted, And they have known that I, Jehovah, have spoken in
My zeal, In My completing My fury on them.
Ezekiel 5 14
Moreover I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations that are round about you, in the sight of all that pass by.
And I will make thee a waste and a reproach among the nations that are round about
thee, in the sight of all that pass by.
And I give thee for a waste, And for a reproach among nations that [are] round
about thee, Before the eyes of every passer by.
Ezekiel 5 15
So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment, to the nations that are round about you, when I shall execute judgments on you in anger and in wrath, and in wrathful rebukes; (I, Yahweh, have spoken it;)
And it shall be a reproach, and a taunt, an instruction, and an astonishment unto the
nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments upon thee in anger,
and in fury, and in furious rebukes: I, Jehovah, have spoken.
And it hath been a reproach and a reviling, An instruction and an astonishment,
To nations that [are] round about thee, In My doing in thee judgments, In anger
and fury, and in furious reproofs, I, Jehovah, have spoken.
Ezekiel 5 16
when I shall send on them the evil arrows of famine, that are for destruction, which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine on you, and will break your staff of bread;
When I send upon them the evil arrows of famine, that are for [their] destruction, which I
send to destroy you, then will I increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of
bread.
In My sending the evil arrows of famine among them, That have been for
destruction, That I send to destroy you, And famine I am adding upon you, And I
have broken to you the staff of bread.
Ezekiel 5 17
and I will send on you famine and evil animals, and they shall bereave you; and pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword on you: I, Yahweh, have spoken it.
And I will send upon you famine and evil beasts, which shall bereave thee of children;
and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee: I,
Jehovah, have spoken.
And I have sent on you famine and evil beasts, And they have bereaved thee, And
pestilence and blood pass over on thee, And a sword I do bring in against thee, I,
Jehovah, have spoken!`
Ezekiel 6 1
The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying:
Ezekiel 6 2
Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy to them,
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
`Son of man, set thy face unto mountains of Israel, and prophesy concerning them:
Ezekiel 6 3
and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Yahweh: Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the mountains and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys: Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places.
and say, Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Jehovah: thus saith the Lord
Jehovah to the mountains and to the hills, to the water-courses and to the valleys: Behold, I, [even] I, do bring a sword upon you, and will destroy your high places.
And thou hast said: Mountains of Israel, Hear ye a word of the Lord Jehovah: Thus
said the Lord Jehovah To the mountains, and to the hills, To the streams, and to the
valleys, Lo, I, I am bringing in against you a sword, And I have destroyed your
high places.
Ezekiel 6 4
Your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
And your altars shall be desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast
down your slain [men] before your idols;
And desolated have been your altars, And broken your images, And I have caused
your wounded to fall before your idols,
Ezekiel 6 5
I will lay the dead bodies of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
and I will lay the dead bodies of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will
scatter your bones round about your altars.
And put the carcases of the sons of Israel before their idols, And scattered your
bones round about your altars.
Ezekiel 6 6
In all your dwelling-places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your sun-images may be hewn down, and your works may be abolished.
In all your dwelling-places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be
desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be
broken and cease, and your sun-images may be cut down, and your works may be
abolished.
In all your dwellings the cities are laid waste, And the high places are desolate, So
that waste and desolate are your altars, And broken and ceased have your idols,
And cut down have been your images, And blotted out have been your works.
Ezekiel 6 7
The slain shall fall in the midst of you, and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I [am] Jehovah.
And fallen hath the wounded in your midst, And ye have known that I [am] Jehovah.
Ezekiel 6 8
Yet will I leave a remnant, in that you shall have some that escape the sword among the nations, when you shall be scattered through the countries.
Yet will I leave a remnant, in that ye shall have some escaped from the sword among the
nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.
And I have caused [some] to remain, In their being to you the escaped of the sword
among nations, In your being scattered through lands.
Ezekiel 6 9
Those of you that escape shall remember me among the nations where they shall be carried captive, how that I have been broken with their lewd heart, which has departed from me, and with they eyes, which play the prostitute after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they have
been carried captives, when I shall have broken their whorish heart, which hath
departed from me, and their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols; and they shall
loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed, in all their abominations.
And remembered Me have your escaped among nations, Whither they have been
taken captive, Because I have been broken with their heart that is going a-
whoring, That hath turned aside from off Me, And with their eyes they are going
a-whoring after their idols, And they have been loathsome in their own faces, For
the evils that they have done -- all their abominations.
Ezekiel 6 10
They shall know that I am Yahweh: I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them.
And they shall know that I [am] Jehovah: I have not said in vain that I would do this evil
unto them.
And they have known that I [am] Jehovah, Not for nought have I spoken to do to
them this evil.
Ezekiel 6 11
Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Smite with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, Alas! because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel; for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Smite with thy hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas
for all the abominations of the iniquities of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the
sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: `Smite with thy palm, and stamp with thy foot, And
say: Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, Who by sword, by
famine, and by pestilence do fall.
Ezekiel 6 12
He who is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he who is near shall fall by the sword; and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my wrath on them.
He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword;
and he that is left, and is besieged, shall die by the famine: and I will accomplish my fury
upon them.
The far-off by pestilence dieth, And the near by sword falleth, And the left and the
besieged by famine dieth, And I have completed my fury upon them.
Ezekiel 6 13
You shall know that I am Yahweh, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where they offered sweet savor to all their idols.
And ye shall know that I [am] Jehovah, when their slain shall be among their idols, round
about their altars, upon every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, and under
every green tree, and under every thick terebinth, the places where they offered sweet
savour to all their idols.
And ye have known that I [am] Jehovah, In their wounded being in the midst of
their idols, Round about their altars, On every high hill, on all tops of mountains,
And under every green tree, and under every thick oak, The place where they
gave sweet fragrance to all their idols.
Ezekiel 6 14
I will stretch out my hand on them, and make the land desolate and waste, from the wilderness toward Diblah, throughout all their habitations: and they shall know that I am Yahweh.
And I will stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness of Diblath, in all their dwellings; and they shall know that I [am] Jehovah.
And I have stretched out my hand against them, And have made the land a
desolation, Even a desolation from the wilderness to Diblath, In all their
dwellings, And they have known that I [am] Jehovah!`
Ezekiel 7 1
Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, `And thou, son of man, Thus said
the Lord Jehovah to the ground of Israel:
Ezekiel 7 2
You, son of man, thus says the Lord Yahweh to the land of Israel, An end: the end is come on the four corners of the land.
And thou, son of man, thus saith the Lord Jehovah unto the land of Israel: An end, the end
is come upon the four corners of the land.
An end, come hath the end on the four corners of the land.
Ezekiel 7 3
Now is the end on you, and I will send my anger on you, and will judge you according to your ways; and I will bring on you all your abominations.
Now is the end upon thee; and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee
according to thy ways, and will bring upon thee all thine abominations.
Now [is] the end unto thee, And I have sent Mine anger upon thee, And judged thee
according to thy ways, And set against thee all thine abominations.
Ezekiel 7 4
My eye shall not spare you, neither will I have pity; but I will bring your ways on you, and your abominations shall be in the midst of you: and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity; but I will bring thy ways upon
thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I [am]
Jehovah.
And no pity on thee hath Mine eye, nor do I spare, For thy ways against thee I do
set, And thine abominations are in thy midst, And ye have known that I [am]
Jehovah.
Ezekiel 7 5
Thus says the Lord Yahweh: An evil, an only evil; behold, it comes.
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: An evil, an only evil! behold, it is come.
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Evil, a single evil, lo, it hath come.
Ezekiel 7 6
An end is come, the end is come; it awakes against you; behold, it comes.
The end is come, the end is come; it awaketh against thee: behold, it cometh.
An end hath come, come hath the end, It hath waked for thee, lo, it hath come.
Ezekiel 7 7
Your doom is come to you, inhabitant of the land: the time is come, the day is near, [a day of] tumult, and not [of] joyful shouting, on the mountains.
The doom is come unto thee, inhabitant of the land; the time is come, the day is near, --
tumult, and not the joyous cry from the mountains.
Come hath the morning unto thee, O inhabitant of the land! Come hath the time,
near [is] a day of trouble, And not the shouting of mountains.
Ezekiel 7 8
Now will I shortly pour out my wrath on you, and accomplish my anger against you, and will judge you according to your ways; and I will bring on you all your abominations.
Now will I soon pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger against thee; and
I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will bring upon thee all thine abominations.
Now, shortly I pour out My fury on thee, And have completed Mine anger against
thee, And judged thee according to thy ways, And set against thee all thine
abominations.
Ezekiel 7 9
My eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will bring on you according to your ways; and your abominations shall be in the midst of you; and you shall know that I, Yahweh, do strike.
And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will render unto thee according
to thy ways, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that
it is I, Jehovah, that smite.
And not pity doth Mine eye, nor do I spare, According to thy ways unto thee I give,
And thine abominations are in thy midst, And ye have known that I [am] Jehovah
the smiter.
Ezekiel 7 10
Behold, the day, behold, it comes: your doom is gone forth; the rod has blossomed, pride has budded.
Behold the day, behold, it is come: the doom is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride
is full blown.
Lo, the day, lo, it hath come, Gone forth hath the morning, Blossomed hath the rod,
flourished the pride.
Ezekiel 7 11
Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness; none of them [shall remain], nor of their
multitude, nor of their wealth: neither shall there be eminency among them.
Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: nothing of them [shall remain], nor of their
multitude, nor of their wealth, nor of the magnificence in the midst of them.
The violence hath risen to a rod of wickedness, There is none of them, nor of their
multitude, Nor of their noise, nor is there wailing for them.
Ezekiel 7 12
The time is come, the day draws near: don`t let the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn; for wrath is on all the multitude of it.
The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn;
for fierce anger is upon all the multitude thereof.
Come hath the time, arrived hath the day, The buyer doth not rejoice, And the
seller doth not become a mourner, For wrath [is] unto all its multitude.
Ezekiel 7 13
For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they be yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude of it, none shall return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, even though he were yet alive
amongst the living: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof; it shall not be
revoked; and none shall through his iniquity assure his life.
For the seller to the sold thing turneth not, And yet among the living [is] their
life, For the vision [is] unto all its multitude, It doth not turn back, And none by
his iniquity doth strengthen his life.
Ezekiel 7 14
They have blown the trumpet, and have made all ready; but none goes to the battle; for my wrath is on all the multitude of it.
They have blown the trumpet and made all ready, but none goeth to the battle; for my
fierce anger is upon all the multitude thereof.
They have blown with a trumpet to prepare the whole, And none is going to
battle, For My wrath [is] unto all its multitude.
Ezekiel 7 15
The sword is outside, and the pestilence and the famine within: he who is in the field shall die with the sword: and he who is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field
shall die by the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
The sword [is] without, And the pestilence and the famine within, He who is in a
field by sword dieth, And he who is in a city, Famine and pestilence devour him.
Ezekiel 7 16
But those of those who escape shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, every one in his iniquity.
And they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, every one for his iniquity.
And escaped away have their fugitives, And they have been on the mountains As
doves of the valleys, All of them make a noising -- each for his iniquity.
Ezekiel 7 17
All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.
All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall melt into water.
All the hands are feeble, and all knees go -- waters.
Ezekiel 7 18
They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be on all faces, and baldness on all their heads.
And they shall gird on sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon
all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.
And they have girded on sackcloth, And covered them hath trembling, And unto
all faces [is] shame, And on all their heads -- baldness.
Ezekiel 7 19
They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be as an unclean thing; their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Yahweh: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels; because it has been the stumbling block of their iniquity.
They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be as an impurity: their
silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah`s wrath; they
shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their belly; for it hath been the stumbling-block
of their iniquity.
Their silver into out-places they cast, And their gold impurity becometh. Their silver and their gold is not able to deliver them, In a day of the wrath of Jehovah, Their soul they do not satisfy, And their bowels they do not fill, For the stumbling-block of their iniquity it  hath been.
Ezekiel 7 20
As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty; but they made the images of their
abominations [and] their detestable things therein: therefore have I made it to them as an unclean thing.
And he set in majesty his beautiful ornament; but they made therein the images of their
abominations [and] of their detestable things: therefore have I made it an impurity unto
them.
As to the beauty of his ornament, For excellency He set it, And the images of their
abominations, Their detestable things -- they made in it, Therefore I have given it
to them for impurity,
Ezekiel 7 21
I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall profane it.
And I will give it into the hands of strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth
for a spoil; and they shall profane it.
And I have given it into the hand of the strangers for a prey, And to the wicked of
the land for a spoil, And they have polluted it.
Ezekiel 7 22
My face will I turn also from them, and they shall profane my secret [place]; and robbers shall enter into it, and profane it.
And I will turn my face from them; and they shall profane my secret [place]; and the
violent shall enter into it, and profane it.
And I have turned My face from them, And they have polluted My hidden place,
Yea, come into it have destroyers, and polluted it.
Ezekiel 7 23
Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
Make the chain; for the land Hath been full of bloody judgments, And the city hath
been full of violence.
Ezekiel 7 24
Therefore I will bring the worst of the nations, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pride of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be profaned.
Therefore will I bring the worst of the nations, and they shall possess their houses; and I
will make the pride of the strong to cease; and their sanctuaries shall be profaned.
And I have brought in the wicked of the nations, And they have possessed their
houses, And I have caused to cease the excellency of the strong, And polluted have
been those sanctifying them.
Ezekiel 7 25
Destruction comes; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, but there shall be none.
Destruction hath come, And they have sought peace, and there is none.
Ezekiel 7 26
Mischief shall come on mischief, and rumor shall be on rumor; and they shall seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders.
Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; and they shall seek
a vision from a prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the
elders.
Mischief on mischief cometh, and report is on report, And they have sought a
vision from a prophet, And law doth perish from the priest, And counsel from the
elders,
Ezekiel 7 27
The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do to them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.
The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with dismay, and the hands of the
people of the land shall tremble: I will do unto them according to their way, and with
their judgments will I judge them; and they shall know that I [am] Jehovah.
The king doth become a mourner, And a prince putteth on desolation, And the
hands of the people of the land are troubled, From their own way I deal with them,
And with their own judgments I judge them, And they have known that I [am]
Jehovah!`
Ezekiel 8 1
It happened in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord Yahweh fell there on me.
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], on the fifth of the month, that
[as] I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, the hand of the Lord Jehovah fell there upon me.
And it cometh to pass, in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], in the fifth of the
month, I am sitting in my house, and elders of Judah are sitting before me, and fall
on me there doth a hand of the Lord Jehovah,
Ezekiel 8 2
Then I saw, and, behold, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his loins and downward, fire; and from his loins and upward, as the appearance of brightness, as it were glowing metal.
And I looked, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his
loins and downward, fire; and from his loins and upward, as the appearance of
brightness, as the look of glowing brass.
and I look, and lo, a likeness as the appearance of fire, from the appearance of His
loins and downward -- fire, and from His loins and upward, as the appearance of
brightness, as the colour of copper.
Ezekiel 8 3
He put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and the sky, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the gate of the inner [court] that looks toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy.
And he stretched forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the
Spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heavens, and brought me in the visions of
God to Jerusalem, to the entry of the inner gate that looketh toward the north, where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
And He putteth forth a form of a hand, and taketh me by a lock of my head, and lift
me up doth a spirit between the earth and the heavens, and it bringeth me in to
Jerusalem in visions of God, unto the opening of the inner gate that is facing the
north, where [is] the seat of the figure of jealousy that is making jealous,
Ezekiel 8 4
Behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the appearance that I saw in the plain.
And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the appearance that I
saw in the valley.
and lo, there the honour of the God of Israel, as the appearance that I saw in the
valley.
Ezekiel 8 5
Then said he to me, Son of man, lift up your eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up my eyes the way toward the north, and see, northward of the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
And he said unto me, Son of man, lift up now thine eyes toward the north. And I lifted up
mine eyes toward the north, and behold, northward of the gate of the altar, this image of
jealousy in the entry.
And He saith unto me, `Son of man, lift up, I pray thee, thine eyes the way of the
north.` And I lift up mine eyes the way of the north, and lo, on the north of the
gate of the altar this figure of jealousy, at the entrance.
Ezekiel 8 6
He said to me, Son of man, see you what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel do commit here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but you shall again see yet other great abominations.
And he said unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? the great abominations that
the house of Israel commit here, to cause [me] to go far off from my sanctuary? And yet
again thou shalt see great abominations.
And He saith unto me, `Son of man, art thou seeing what they are doing? the great
abominations that the house of Israel are doing here, to keep far off from My
sanctuary; and again thou dost turn, thou dost see great abominations.`
Ezekiel 8 7
He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.
And he brought me to the entry of the court, and I looked, and behold, a hole in the wall.
And He bringeth me in unto an opening of the court, and I look, and lo, a hole in
the wall;
Ezekiel 8 8
Then said he to me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had dug in the wall, behold, a door.
And he said unto me, Son of man, dig now through the wall; and I digged through the
wall, and behold, a door.
and He saith unto me, `Son of man, dig, I pray thee, through the wall;` and I dig
through the wall, and lo, an opening.
Ezekiel 8 9
He said to me, Go in, and see the wicked abominations that they do here.
And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
And He saith to me, `Go in, and see the evil abominations that they are doing here.`
Ezekiel 8 10
So I went in and saw; and see, every form of creeping things, and abominable animals, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed on the wall round about.
And I went in and looked, and behold, every form of creeping thing and abominable
beast, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.
And I go in, and look, and lo, every form of creeping thing, and detestable beast --
and all the Idols of the house of Israel -- graved on the wall, all round about,
Ezekiel 8 11
There stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel; and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, every man with his censer in his hand; and the odor of the cloud of incense went up.
And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in the
midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand;
and a thick cloud of incense went up.
and seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel -- and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan
standing in their midst -- are standing before them, and each his censer in his
hand, and the abundance of the cloud of perfume is going up.
Ezekiel 8 12
Then said he to me, Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in his chambers of imagery? for they say, Yahweh doesn`t see us; Yahweh has forsaken the land.
And he said unto me, Hast thou seen, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every one in his chambers of imagery? for they say, Jehovah seeth us not;
Jehovah hath forsaken the land.
And He saith unto me, `Hast thou seen, son of man, that which elders of the house
of Israel are doing in darkness, each in the inner chambers of his imagery, for
they are saying, Jehovah is not seeing us, Jehovah hath forsaken the land?`
Ezekiel 8 13
He said also to me, You shall again see yet other great abominations which they do.
And he said unto me, Yet again thou shalt see great abominations which they do.
And He saith unto me, `Again thou dost turn, thou dost see great abominations
that they are doing.`
Ezekiel 8 14
Then he brought me to the door of the gate of Yahweh`s house which was toward the north; and see, there sat the women weeping for Tammuz.
And he brought me to the entry of the gate of Jehovah`s house that was toward the north; and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
And He bringeth me in unto the opening of the gate of the house of Jehovah that
[is] at the north, and lo, there the women are sitting weeping for Tammuz.
Ezekiel 8 15
Then said he to me, Have you seen [this], son of man? you shall again see yet greater
abominations than these.
And he said unto me, Seest thou, son of man? Thou shalt yet again see greater
abominations than these.
And He saith unto me, `Hast thou seen, son of man? again thou dost turn, thou dost
see greater abominations than these.`
Ezekiel 8 16
He brought me into the inner court of Yahweh`s house; and see, at the door of the temple of Yahweh, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs toward the temple of Yahweh, and their faces toward the east; and they were worshipping the sun toward the east.
And he brought me into the inner court of Jehovah`s house, and behold, at the entry of
the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men,
with their backs toward the temple of Jehovah and their faces toward the east; and they
worshipped the sun toward the east.
And He bringeth me in unto the inner court of the house of Jehovah, and lo, at the
opening of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, about twenty-
five men, their backs toward the temple of Jehovah, and their faces eastward, and
they are bowing themselves eastward to the sun.
Ezekiel 8 17
Then he said to me, Have you seen [this], son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have turned again to provoke me to anger: and, behold, they put the branch to their nose.
And he said unto me, Seest thou, son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah to
commit the abominations which they commit here, that they yet fill the land with
violence, and keep provoking me afresh to anger? And behold, they put the branch to
their nose.
And He saith unto me, `Hast thou seen, son of man? hath it been a light thing to
the house of Judah to do the abomination that they have done here, that they have
filled the land with violence, and turn back to provoke Me to anger? and lo, they
are putting forth the branch unto their nose!
Ezekiel 8 18
Therefore will I also deal in wrath; my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
And I also will deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though
they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.
And I also deal in fury, Mine eye doth not pity, nor do I spare, and they have cried
in Mine ears -- a loud voice -- and I do not hear them.`

Study Questions
The remnant will be ________? 5:10
 
Israel was to be made a _______ among the nations? 5:14
 
What will God leave? 6:8
 
Israel shall come to know that I am ______ __________? 6:14
 
The city is full of __________? 7:23
 
What was at the door of the inner gate that faced to the north? 8:3, 4
 
What was worshipped? 8:16


The World English Bible

 
Nov. 28
James 1

Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the Dispersion: Greetings.
Jas 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,
Jas 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Jas 1:4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.
Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.
Jas 1:8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Jas 1:9 But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;
Jas 1:10 and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away.
Jas 1:11 For the sun arises with the scorching wind, and withers the grass, and the flower in it falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits.
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.
Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God can't be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Jas 1:14 But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.
Jas 1:16 Don't be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.
Jas 1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
Jas 1:19 So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;
Jas 1:20 for the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God.
Jas 1:21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Jas 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves.
Jas 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror;
Jas 1:24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
Jas 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Jas 1:26 If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn't bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man's religion is worthless.
Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.



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James
James 1 1
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the
Dispersion: greetings.
James, bondman of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which [are] in
the dispersion, greeting.
James, of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ a servant, to the Twelve Tribes who are
in the dispersion: Hail!
James 1 2
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,
Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into various temptations,
All joy count [it], my brethren, when ye may fall into temptations manifold;
James 1 3
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
knowing that the proving of your faith works endurance.
knowing that the proof of your faith doth work endurance,
James 1 4
Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But let endurance have [its] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking
in nothing.
and let the endurance have a perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire -- in
nothing lacking;
James 1 5
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without
reproach; and it will be given him.
But if any one of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all freely and
reproaches not, and it shall be given to him:
and if any of you do lack wisdom, let him ask from God, who is giving to all
liberally, and not reproaching, and it shall be given to him;
James 1 6
But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
but let him ask in faith, nothing doubting. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea
driven by the wind and tossed about;
and let him ask in faith, nothing doubting, for he who is doubting hath been like
a wave of the sea, driven by wind and tossed,
James 1 7
For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.
for let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;
for let not that man suppose that he shall receive anything from the Lord --
James 1 8
He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
[he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
a two-souled man [is] unstable in all his ways.
James 1 9
But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;
But let the brother of low degree glory in his elevation,
And let the brother who is low rejoice in his exaltation,
James 1 10
and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away.
and the rich in his humiliation, because as [the] grass`s flower he will pass away.
and the rich in his becoming low, because as a flower of grass he shall pass away;
James 1 11
For the sun arises with the scorching wind, and withers the grass, and the flower in it falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits.
For the sun has risen with its burning heat, and has withered the grass, and its flower
has fallen, and the comeliness of its look has perished: thus the rich also shall wither in
his goings.
for the sun did rise with the burning heat, and did wither the grass, and the
flower of it fell, and the grace of its appearance did perish, so also the rich in his
way shall fade away!
James 1 12
Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.
Blessed [is the] man who endures temptation; for, having been proved, he shall receive
the crown of life, which He has promised to them that love him.
Happy the man who doth endure temptation, because, becoming approved, he
shall receive the crown of the life, which the Lord did promise to those loving
James 1 13
Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God can`t be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Let no man, being tempted, say, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted by evil
things, and himself tempts no one.
Let no one say, being tempted -- `From God I am tempted,` for God is not tempted of
evil, and Himself doth tempt no one,
James 1 14
But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed.
But every one is tempted, drawn away, and enticed by his own lust;
and each one is tempted, by his own desires being led away and enticed,
James 1 15
Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.
then lust, having conceived, gives birth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth
afterward the desire having conceived, doth give birth to sin, and the sin having
been perfected, doth bring forth death.
James 1 16
Don`t be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Be not led astray, my brethren beloved;
James 1 17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.
Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variation nor shadow of turning.
every good giving, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of the lights, with whom is no variation, or shadow of turning;
James 1 18
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain
first-fruits of *his* creatures.
having counselled, He did beget us with a word of truth, for our being a certain
first-fruit of His creatures.
James 1 19
So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;
So that, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
So then, my brethren beloved, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to
anger,
James 1 20
for the anger of man doesn`t produce the righteousness of God.
for man`s wrath does not work God`s righteousness.
for the wrath of a man the righteousness of God doth not work;
James 1 21
Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Wherefore, laying aside all filthiness and abounding of wickedness, accept with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
wherefore having put aside all filthiness and superabundance of evil, in meekness
be receiving the engrafted word, that is able to save your souls;
James 1 22
But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves.
But be ye doers of [the] word and not hearers only, beguiling yourselves.
and become ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves,
James 1 23
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror;
For if any man be a hearer of [the] word and not a doer, *he* is like to a man considering
his natural face in a mirror:
because, if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one hath been like
to a man viewing his natural face in a mirror,
James 1 24
for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
for he has considered himself and is gone away, and straightway he has forgotten what he was like.
for he did view himself, and hath gone away, and immediately he did forget of
what kind he was;
James 1 25
But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.
But *he* that fixes his view on [the] perfect law, that of liberty, and abides in [it], being
not a forgetful hearer but a doer of [the] work, *he* shall be blessed in his doing.
and he who did look into the perfect law -- that of liberty, and did continue there,
this one -- not a forgetful hearer becoming, but a doer of work -- this one shall be
happy in his doing.
James 1 26
If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious, while he doesn`t bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man`s religion is worthless.
If any one think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart,
this man`s religion is vain.
If any one doth think to be religious among you, not bridling his tongue, but
deceiving his heart, of this one vain [is] the religion;
James 1 27
Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and
widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
religion pure and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to look after orphans
and widows in their tribulation -- unspotted to keep himself from the world.


Study Questions

Tried faith results in? 1:3
 
A double minded man is? 1:8
 
Pure religion is? 1:27