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The Prophets of The Exile
(Category 10 of 16)
CHAPTER 19 References
1 aEzek. 26:17;
3 a2 Kin.
4 a2 Kin.
5 a2 Kin. 23:34
7 1LXX He
stood in insolence;
He learned to
8 a2 Kin. 24:2,
11 bEzek. 19:4
9 a2 Chr. 36:6
bEzek. 6:2 1Or
10 aEzek. 17:6
1Lit. blood, so
with MT, Syr.,
Vg.; LXX like
a flower on a
tree; Tg. in
11 aDan. 4:11
1 “Moreover atake up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
2 “and say:
‘What is your mother? A lioness: She lay down among the lions; Among the young lions she nourished her cubs.
3 She brought up one of her cubs, And ahe became a young lion; He learned to catch prey, And he devoured men.
4 The nations also heard of him; He was trapped in their pit, And they brought him with chains to the land of aEgypt.
5 ‘When she saw that she waited, that her hope was lost, She took aanother of her cubs and made him a young lion.
6 aHe roved among the lions, And bbecame a young lion; He learned to catch prey; He devoured men.
7 1He knew their desolate places, And laid waste their cities; The land with its fullness was desolated By the noise of his roaring.
8 aThen the nations set against him from the provinces on every side, And spread their net over him; bHe was trapped in their pit.
9 aThey put him in a cage with 1chains, And brought him to the king of ; They brought him in nets, That his voice should no longer be heard on bthe mountains of Israel.
10 ‘Your mother was alike a vine in your 1bloodline, Planted by the waters, bFruitful and full of branches Because of many waters.
11 She had strong branches for scepters of rulers. aShe towered in stature above the thick branches, And was seen in her height amid the 1dense foliage.
12 But she was aplucked up in fury, She was cast down to the ground, And the beast wind dried her fruit. Her strong branches were broken and withered; The fire consumed them.
13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, In a dry and thirsty land.
14 aFire has come out from a rod of her branches And devoured her fruit, So that she has no strong branch— a scepter for ruling.’ ”
bThis is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.
The Rebellions of Israel
1 It came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, that acertain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
2 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
3 “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Have you come to inquire of Me? As I live,” says the Lord GOD, a“I will not be inquired of by you.” ’
4 “Will you judge them, son of man, will you judge them? Then amake known to them the abominations of their fathers.
5 “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day when aI chose Israel and raised My hand in an oath to the descendants of the house of Jacob, and made Myself bknown to them in the land of Egypt, I raised My hand in an oath to them, saying, c‘I am the LORD your God.’
6 “On that day I raised My hand in an oath to them, ato bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, b‘flowing with milk and honey,’ cthe glory of all lands.
7 “Then I said to them, ‘Each of you, athrow away bthe abominations which are before his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with cthe idols of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’
8 “But they rebelled against Me and would not 1obey Me. They did not all cast away the abominations which were before their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I said, ‘I will apour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.’
9 a“But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles among whom they were, in whose sight I had made My-
12 aJer. 31:27,
28 bHos. 13:5
14 aJudg. 9:15
CHAPTER 20 References
1 aEzek. 8:1,
11, 12; 14:1
3 aEzek. 7:26;
4 aEzek. 16:2;
5 aEx. 6:6–8
6 aJer. 32:22
bEx. 3:8 cJer.
7 aEzek. 18:31
b2 Chr. 15:8
8 aEzek. 7:8
1Lit. listen to
9 aNum. 14:13
10 aEx. 13:18
11 aNeh. 9:13
12 aDeut. 5:12
1:25 cLev. 18:5
14 aEzek. 20:9,
14:28 bEx. 3:8
17 a[Ps. 78:38] 19 aDeut. 5:32
20 aJer. 17:22
21 aNum. 25:1
23 aLev. 26:33
self bknown to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
10 “Therefore I amade them go out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness.
11 a“And I gave them My statutes and 1showed them My judgments, b‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them.’
12 “Moreover I also gave them My aSabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.
13 “Yet the house of Israel arebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not walk in My statutes; they bdespised My judgments, c‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; and they greatly ddefiled My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them in the ewilderness, to consume them.
14 a“But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles, in whose sight I had brought them out.
15 “So aI also raised My hand in an oath to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, b‘flowing with milk and honey,’ cthe glory of all lands,
16 a“because they despised My judgments and did not walk in My statutes, but profaned My Sabbaths; for btheir heart went after their idols.
17 a“Nevertheless My eye spared them from destruction. I did not make an end of them in the wilderness.
18 “But I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols.
19 ‘I am the LORD your God: aWalk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them;
20 a‘hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’
21 “Notwithstanding, athe children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, and were not careful to observe My judgments, b‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness.
22 “Nevertheless I 1withdrew My hand and acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the Gentiles, in whose sight I had brought them out.
23 “Also I raised My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that aI would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries,
24 a“because they had not executed My judgments, but had despised My
statutes, profaned My Sabbaths, and btheir eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols.
25 “Therefore aI also gave them up to statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they could not live;
26 “and I pronounced them unclean because of their ritual gifts, in that they caused all 1their firstborn to pass athrough the fire, that I might make them desolate and that they bmight know that I am the LORD.” ’
27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “In this too your fathers have ablasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me.
28 “When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and athey saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their bsweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings.
29 “Then I said to them, ‘What is this 1high place to which you go?’ So its name is called 2Bamah to this day.” ’
30 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Are you defiling yourselves in the manner of your afathers, and committing harlotry according to their babominations?
31 “For when you offer ayour gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will bnot be inquired of by you.
32 a“What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’
God Will Restore Israel
33 “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely with a mighty hand, awith an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you.
34 “I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.
35 “And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there aI will plead My case with you face to face.
36 a“Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord GOD.
37 “I will make you apass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the bcovenant;
24 bEzek. 6:9
25 aRom. 1:24
26 aJer. 32:35
20:12, 20 1Lit.
that open the
27 aRom. 2:24
28 aEzek. 6:13
29 1Place for
30 aJudg. 2:19
32 aEzek. 11:5
33 aJer. 21:5
35 aJer. 2:9, 35;
37 aLev. 27:32
39 aAmos 4:4
40 aIs. 2:2, 3
41 aPhil. 4:18
46 aEzek. 21:2
47 aJer. 21:14
49 aEzek. 12:9;
CHAPTER 21 References
2 aEzek. 20:46
38 a“I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but bthey shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
39 “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord GOD: a“Go, serve every one of you his idols—and hereafter—if you will not obey Me; bbut profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols.
40 “For aon My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “there ball the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there cI will accept them, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your 1sacrifices, together with all your holy things.
41 “I will accept you as a asweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.
42 a“Then you shall know that I am the LORD, bwhen I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers.
43 “And athere you shall remember your ways and all your doings with which you were defiled; and byou shall 1loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you have committed.
44 a“Then you shall know that I am the LORD,when I have dealt with you bfor My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”
Fire in the Forest
45 Furthermore the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
46 a“Son of man, set your face toward the south; 1preach against the south and prophesy against the forest land, the 2South,
47 “and say to the forest of the South, ‘Hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, aI will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour bevery green tree and every dry tree in you; the blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces cfrom the south to the north shall be scorched by it.
48 “All flesh shall see that I, the LORD, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.” ’ ”
49 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! They say of me, ‘Does he not speak aparables?’ ”
, the Sword of God
1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 a“Son of man, set your face
toward Jerusalem, bpreach1 against the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 “and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I am aagainst you, and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off both brighteous and wicked from you.
4 “Because I will cut off both righteous and wicked from you, therefore My sword shall go out of its sheath against all flesh afrom south to north,
5 “that all flesh may know that I, the LORD, have drawn My sword out of its sheath; it ashall not return anymore.” ’
6 a“Sigh therefore, son of man, with 1a breaking heart, and sigh with bitterness before their eyes.
7 “And it shall be when they say to you, ‘Why are you sighing?’ that you shall answer, ‘Because of the news; when it comes, every heart will melt, aall hands will be feeble, every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming and shall be brought to pass,’ says the Lord GOD.”
8 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
9 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the LORD!’ Say:
a‘A sword, a sword is sharpened And also polished!
10 Sharpened to make a dreadful slaughter, Polished to flash like lightning! Should we then make mirth? It despises the scepter of My son, As it does all wood.
11 And He has given it to be polished, That it may be handled; This sword is sharpened, and it is polished To be given into the hand of athe slayer.’
12 “Cry and wail, son of man; For it will be against My people, Against all the princes of Israel. Terrors including the sword will be against My people; Therefore astrike your thigh.
13 “Because it is aa testing, And what if the sword despises even the scepter? bThe scepter shall be no more,”
says the Lord GOD.
14 “You therefore, son of man, prophesy, And astrike your hands together. The third time let the sword do double damage.
2 bAmos 7:16
3 aEzek. 5:8
4 aEzek. 20:47
5 a[Is. 45:23;
55:11] 6 aIs. 22:4
7 aEzek. 7:17
9 aDeut. 32:41
12 aJer. 31:19
13 aJob 9:23
24:10 b1 Kin.
20 aJer. 49:2
22 aJer. 51:14
25 aJer. 52:2
26 aLuke 1:52
It is the sword that slays, The sword that slays the great men, That enters their bprivate chambers.
15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, That the heart may melt and many may stumble. Ah! aIt is made bright; It is grasped for slaughter:
16 “Swordsa1 at the ready! Thrust right! Set your blade! Thrust left— Wherever your 2edge is ordered!
17 “I also will abeat My fists together, And bI will cause My fury to rest; I, the LORD, have spoken.”
18 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying:
19 “And son of man, appoint for yourself two ways for the sword of the king of to go; both of them shall go from the same land. Make a sign; put it at the head of the road to the city.
20 “Appoint a road for the sword to go to aRabbah of the Ammonites, and to , into fortified Jerusalem.
21 “For the king of stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the 1images, he looks at the liver.
22 “In his right hand is the divination for Jerusalem: to set up battering rams, to call for a slaughter, to alift the voice with shouting, bto set battering rams against the gates, to heap up a siege mound, and to build a wall.
23 “And it will be to them like a false divination in the eyes of those who ahave sworn oaths with them; but he will bring their iniquity to remembrance, that they may be taken.
24 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your doings your sins appear—because you have come to remembrance, you shall be taken in hand.
25 ‘Now to you, O aprofane, wicked prince of Israel, bwhose day has come, whose iniquity shall end,
26 ‘thus says the Lord GOD:
“Remove the, and take off the crown; Nothing shall remain the same. aExalt the humble, and humble the exalted.
27 1Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! aIt shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to bHim.” ’
A Sword Against the Ammonites
28 “And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD aconcerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach,’ and say:
‘A sword, a sword is drawn, Polished for slaughter, For consuming, for flashing—
29 While they asee false visions for you, While they divine a lie to you, To bring you on the necks of the wicked, the slain bWhose day has come, Whose iniquity shall end.
30 ‘Returna it to its sheath. bI will judge you In the place where you were created, cIn the land of your 1nativity.
31 I will apour out My indignation on you; I will bblow against you with the fire of My wrath, And deliver you into the hands of brutal men who are skillful to cdestroy.
32 You shall be fuel for the fire; Your blood shall be in the midst of the land. aYou shall not be remembered, For I the LORD have spoken.’ ”
27 a[Luke 1:32,
33] b[Jer. 23:5,
6] 1Or Distortion,
30 aJer. 47:6, 7
31 aEzek. 7:8
Man’s Wickedness and God’s Perfections
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.
1 AN oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: aThere is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; aHe has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4 aHe devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself bin a way that is not good; He does not 1abhor cevil.
5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
PSALM 36 References
1 aRom. 3:18
3 aPs. 94:8;
4 aProv. 4:16;
[Mic. 2:1] bIs.
65:2 c[Ps. 52:3;
Rom. 12:9] 1reject, loathe
6 aJob 11:8;
[Rom. 11:33] 1Lit. mountains
7 aRuth 2:12;
Ps. 17:8; 57:1;
8 aPs. 63:5;
65:4; Is. 25:6;
bPs. 46:4; Rev.
9 a[Jer. 2:13;
John 4:10, 14] b[1 Pet. 2:9]
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men aput their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 aThey are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from bthe river of Your pleasures.
9 aFor with You is the fountain of life; bIn Your light we see light.
10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen; They have been cast down and are not able to rise.
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