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The Prophets of The Exile
(Category 10 of 16)
Sins of Jerusalem
1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Now, son of man, awill you judge, will you judge bthe bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations!
3 “Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The city sheds ablood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself.
4 “You have become guilty by the blood which you have ashed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; btherefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries.
5 “Those near and those far from you will mock you as 1infamous and full of tumult.
6 “Look, athe princes of Israel: each one has used his 1power to shed blood in you.
7 “In you they have amade light of father and mother; in your midst they have boppressed the stranger;
CHAPTER 22 References
2 aEzek. 20:4
4 a2 Kin. 21:16
5 1Lit. defiled
6 aIs. 1:23 1Lit.
7 aLev. 20:9
8 aLev. 19:30
9 aLev. 19:16
10 aLev. 18:7, 8
12 aEx. 23:8
14 aEzek. 21:7
15 aDeut. 4:27
16 aPs. 9:16
18 aIs. 1:22
20 aIs. 1:25
22 aEzek. 20:8,
24:13 1So with
in you they have mistreated the 1fatherless and the widow.
8 “You have despised My holy things and aprofaned My Sabbaths.
9 “In you are amen who slander to cause bloodshed; bin you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness.
10 “In you men auncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are bset apart during their impurity.
11 “One commits abomination awith his neighbor’s wife; banother lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s cdaughter.
12 “In you athey take bribes to shed blood; byou take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and chave forgotten Me,” says the Lord GOD.
13 “Behold, therefore, I abeat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst.
14 a“Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? bI, the LORD, have spoken, and will do it.
15 a“I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and bremove your filthiness completely from you.
16 “You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then ayou shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
Israel in the Furnace
17 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
18 “Son of man, athe house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin, iron, and lead, in the midst of a bfurnace; they have become dross from silver.
19 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
20 ‘As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to amelt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you.
21 ‘Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.
22 ‘As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have apoured out My fury on you.’ ”
Israel’s Wicked Leaders
23 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
24 “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is anot 1cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’
25 a“The conspiracy of her 1prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they bhave devoured 2people; cthey have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
26 a“Her priests have 1violated My law and bprofaned My holy things; they have not cdistinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
27 “Her aprinces in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy 1people, and to get dishonest gain.
28 a“Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, bseeing false visions, and divining clies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD had not spoken.
29 “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully aoppress the stranger.
30 a“So I sought for a man among them who would bmake a wall, and cstand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
31 “Therefore I have apoured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed btheir deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.
Two Harlot Sisters
1 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying:
2 “Son of man, there were atwo women, The daughters of one mother.
3 aThey committed harlotry in Egypt, They committed harlotry in btheir youth; Their breasts were there embraced, Their virgin bosom was there pressed.
4 Their names: 1Oholah the elder and 2Oholibah aher sister; bThey were Mine, And they bore sons and daughters. As for their names, is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.
The Older Sister,
5 “Oholah played the harlot even though she was Mine; And she lusted for her lovers, the neighboring aAssyrians,
6 Who were clothed in purple,
25 aJer. 11:9;
Zeph. 3:3, 4
1So with MT,
26 aJer. 32:32;
Lam. 4:3; Mal.
2:8 b1 Sam.
27 aIs. 1:23;
3:3 1Lit. souls
13:6, 7 cJer.
29 aEx. 23:9;
30 aIs. 59:16;
63:5; Jer. 5:1
CHAPTER 23 References
2 aJer. 3:7, 8;
3 aLev. 17:7;
Jer. 3:9 bEzek.
4 aJer. 3:6, 7
20 1Lit. Her
5 a2 Kin.
5:13; 8:9, 10
8 aEx. 32:4;
1 Kin. 12:28;
2 Kin. 10:29;
9 a2 Kin. 17:3
11 aJer. 3:8
12 a2 Kin. 16:7,
8; Ezek. 16:28
14 aJer. 50:2;
16 a2 Kin. 24:1
17 1Lit. sons of
Captains and rulers, All of them desirable young men, Horsemen riding on horses.
7 Thus she committed her harlotry with them, All of them choice men of Assyria; And with all for whom she lusted, With all their idols, she defiled herself.
8 She has never given up her harlotry brought afrom Egypt, For in her youth they had lain with her, Pressed her virgin bosom, And poured out their immorality upon her.
9 “Therefore I have delivered her Into the hand of her lovers, Into the hand of the aAssyrians, For whom she lusted.
10 They uncovered her nakedness, Took away her sons and daughters, And slew her with the sword; She became a byword among women, For they had executed judgment on her.
The Younger Sister, Jerusalem
11 “Now aalthough her sister Oholibah saw this, bshe became more corrupt in her lust than she, and in her harlotry more corrupt than her sister’s harlotry.
12 “She lusted for the neighboring aAssyrians, bCaptains and rulers, Clothed most gorgeously, Horsemen riding on horses, All of them desirable young men.
13 Then I saw that she was defiled; Both took the same way.
14 But she increased her harlotry; She looked at men portrayed on the wall, Images of aChaldeans portrayed in vermilion,
15 Girded with belts around their waists, Flowing turbans on their heads, All of them looking like captains, In the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, The land of their nativity.
16 aAs soon as her eyes saw them, She lusted for them And sent bmessengers to them in Chaldea.
17 “Then the 1Babylonians came to her, into the bed of love, And they defiled her with their immorality;
So she was defiled by them, aand alienated herself from them.
18 She revealed her harlotry and uncovered her nakedness. Then aI balienated Myself from her, As I had alienated Myself from her sister.
19 “Yet she multiplied her harlotry In calling to remembrance the days of her youth, aWhen she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
20 For she lusted for her 1paramours, Whose flesh is like the flesh of donkeys, And whose issue is like the issue of horses.
21 Thus you called to remembrance the lewdness of your youth, When the aEgyptians pressed your bosom Because of your youthful breasts.
Judgment on Jerusalem
22 “Therefore, Oholibah, thus says the Lord GOD:
a‘Behold, I will stir up your lovers against you, From whom you have alienated yourself, And I will bring them against you from every side:
23 The Babylonians, All the Chaldeans, aPekod, Shoa, Koa, bAll the Assyrians with them, All of them desirable young men, Governors and rulers, Captains and men of renown, All of them riding on horses.
24 And they shall come against you With chariots, wagons, and war-horses, With a horde of people. They shall array against you , , and helmet all around.
‘I will delegate judgment to them, And they shall judge you according to their judgments.
25 I will set My ajealousy against you, And they shall deal furiously with you; They shall remove your nose and your ears, And your remnant shall fall by the sword;
18 aJer. 6:8
19 aLev. 18:3;
23 aJer. 50:21
25 aEx. 34:14;
26 aIs. 3:18–23;
30 aEzek. 6:9
31 a2 Kin.
34 aPs. 75:8; Is.
35 aIs. 17:10;
Hos. 8:14; 13:6
b1 Kin. 14:9;
36 aJer. 1:10;
22:2 bIs. 58:1;
They shall take your sons and your daughters, And your remnant shall be devoured by fire.
26 aThey shall also strip you of your clothes And take away your beautiful jewelry.
27 ‘Thus aI will make you cease your lewdness and your bharlotry Brought from the land of Egypt, So that you will not lift your eyes to them, Nor remember Egypt anymore.’
28 “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will deliver you into the hand of athose you hate, into the hand of those bfrom whom you alienated yourself.
29 a‘They will deal hatefully with you, take away all you have worked for, and bleave you naked and bare. The nakedness of your harlotry shall be uncovered, both your lewdness and your harlotry.
30 ‘I will do these things to you because you have agone as a harlot after the Gentiles, because you have become defiled by their idols.
31 ‘You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore I will put her acup in your hand.’
32 “Thus says the Lord GOD:
‘You shall drink of your sister’s cup, The deep and wide one; aYou shall be laughed to scorn And held in derision; It contains much.
33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, The cup of horror and desolation, The cup of your sister .
34 You shall adrink and drain it, You shall break its 1shards, And tear at your own breasts; For I have spoken,’ Says the Lord GOD.
35 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
‘Because you ahave forgotten Me and bcast Me behind your back, Therefore you shall bear the penalty Of your lewdness and your harlotry.’ ”
Both Sisters Judged
36 The LORD also said to me: “Son of man, will you ajudge Oholah and Oholibah? Then bdeclare to them their abominations.
37 “For they have committed
adultery, and ablood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons bwhom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them.
38 “Moreover they have done this to Me: They have adefiled My sanctuary on the same day and bprofaned My Sabbaths.
39 “For after they had slain their children for their idols, on the same day they came into My sanctuary to profane it; and indeed athus they have done in the midst of My house.
40 “Furthermore you sent for men to come from afar, ato whom a messenger was sent; and there they came. And you bwashed yourself for them, cpainted your eyes, and adorned yourself with ornaments.
41 “You sat on a stately acouch, with a table prepared before it, bon which you had set My and My oil.
42 “The sound of a carefree multitude was with her, and 1Sabeans were brought from the wilderness with men of the common sort, who put bracelets on their 2wrists and beautiful crowns on their heads.
43 “Then I said concerning her who had grown old in adulteries, ‘Will they commit harlotry with her now, and she with them?’
44 “Yet they went in to her, as men go in to a woman who plays the harlot; thus they went in to Oholah and Oholibah, the lewd women.
45 “But righteous men will ajudge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses, and bblood is on their hands.
46 “For thus says the Lord GOD: a‘Bring up an assembly against them, give them up to trouble and plunder.
47 a‘The assembly shall stone them with stones and 1execute them with their swords; bthey shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn their houses with fire.
48 ‘Thus aI will cause lewdness to cease from the land, bthat all women may be taught not to practice your lewdness.
49 ‘They shall repay you for your lewdness, and you shall apay for your idolatrous sins. bThen you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.’ ”
Symbol of the Cooking Pot
1 Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, write down the name of the day, this very day—the king of started his siege against Jerusalem athis very day.
3 a“And utter a parable to the re-
16:20, 21, 36,
45; 20:26, 31
38 a2 Kin.
21:4, 7 bEzek.
39 a2 Kin.
40 aIs. 57:9
bRuth 3:3 cJer.
41 aIs. 57:7
42 1Or drunkards
24:21 1Lit. cut
20:38, 42, 44;
CHAPTER 24 References
2 a2 Kin. 25:1
3 aEzek. 17:12
4 1Lit. bones
6 aEzek. 22:2,
3, 27 bNah.
7 aLev. 17:13
8 a[Matt. 7:2] 9 aHab. 2:12
10 1Lit. bones
12 1Or wearied
14 a[1 Sam.
bellious house, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
b“Put on a pot, set it on, And also pour water into it.
4 Gather pieces of meat in it, Every good piece, The thigh and the shoulder. Fill it with choice 1cuts;
5 Take the choice of the flock. Also pile fuel bones under it, Make it boil well, And let the cuts simmer in it.”
6 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
“Woe to athe bloody city, To the pot whose scum is in it, And whose scum is not gone from it! Bring it out piece by piece, On which no blot has fallen.
7 For her blood is in her midst; She set it on top of a rock; aShe did not pour it on the ground, To cover it with dust.
8 That it may raise up fury and take vengeance, aI have set her blood on top of a rock, That it may not be covered.”
9 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
a“Woe to the bloody city! I too will make the pyre great.
10 Heap on the wood, Kindle the fire; Cook the meat well, Mix in the spices, And let the 1cuts be burned up.
11 “Then set the pot empty on the coals, That it may become hot and its bronze may burn, That aits filthiness may be melted in it, That its scum may be consumed.
12 She has 1grown weary with 2lies, And her great scum has not gone from her. Let her scum be in the fire!
13 In your afilthiness is lewdness. Because I have cleansed you, and you were not cleansed, You will bnot be cleansed of your filthiness anymore, cTill I have caused My fury to rest upon you.
14 aI, the LORD, have spoken it; bIt shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, cNor will I spare, Nor will I relent; According to your ways And according to your deeds
1They will judge you,” Says the Lord GOD.’ ”
The Prophet’s Wife Dies
15 Also the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
16 “Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall aneither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down.
17 “Sigh in silence, amake no mourning for the dead; bbind your on your head, and cput your sandals on your feet; ddo not cover your 1lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.”
18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.
19 And the people said to me, a“Will you not tell us what these things signify to us, that you behave so?”
20 Then I answered them, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
21 ‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, aI will profane My sanctuary, 1your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the 2delight of your soul; band your sons and daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.
22 ‘And you shall do as I have done; ayou shall not cover your 1lips nor eat man’s bread of sorrow.
23 ‘Your turbans shall be on your heads and your sandals on your feet; ayou shall neither mourn nor weep, but byou shall pine away in your iniquities and mourn with one another.
24 ‘Thus aEzekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; band when this comes, cyou shall know that I am the Lord GOD.’ ”
25 ‘And you, son of man—will it not be in the day when I take from them atheir stronghold, their joy and their glory, the desire of their eyes, and 1that on which they set their minds, their sons and their daughters:
26 ‘that on that day aone who escapes will come to you to let you hear it with your ears?
27 a‘On that day your mouth will be opened to him who has escaped; you shall speak and no longer be mute. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they shall know that I am the LORD.’
14 1LXX, Syr.,
16 aJer. 16:5
17 aJer. 16:5
21:10 c2 Sam.
19 aEzek. 12:9;
21 aJer. 7:14
47 1Lit. the
pride of your
22 aJer. 16:6, 7
23 aJob 27:15
24 aIs. 20:3
24:21 1Lit. the
lifting up of
27 aEzek. 3:26;
The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked
A Psalm of David.
1 DOa not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down alike the grass, And wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 aDelight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your bheart.
5 aCommit1 your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
6 aHe shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD, aand wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who bprospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 aCease from anger, and forsake wrath; bDo not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be 1cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall ainherit the earth.
10 For ayet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, byou will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.
11 aBut the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plots against the just, aAnd gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 aThe Lord laughs at him, For He sees that bhis day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.
16 aA little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, But the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The LORD knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
PSALM 37 References
1 aPs. 73:3;
24:19] 2 aJob 14:2;
Ps. 90:5, 6;
4 aJob 22:26;
Ps. 94:19; Is.
[Matt. 7:7, 8] 5 a[Ps. 55:22;
1 Pet. 5:7] 1Lit. Roll off
6 aJob 11:17;
[Is. 58:8, 10] 7 aPs. 40:1;
73:3–12] 8 a[Eph. 4:26] bPs. 73:3
9 aPs. 25:13;
Prov. 2:21; [Is.
Matt. 5:5] 1destroyed
11 a[Matt. 5:5] 12 aPs. 35:16
13 aPs. 2:4;
59:8 b1 Sam.
[1 Tim. 6:6] 21 aPs. 112:5, 9
22 a[Prov. 3:33] 1destroyed
23 a[1 Sam.
2:9]; Ps. 40:2;
24 aProv. 24:16
37:21 1Lit. all
29 aPs. 37:9;
12:35] 31 1slip
32 aPs. 10:8;
33 aPs. 31:8;
[2 Pet. 2:9] 34 aPs. 27:14;
36 1So with
MT, LXX, Tg.;
38 a[Ps. 1:4–6;
37:20, 28] 39 aPs. 9:9;
40 aPs. 22:4; Is.
b1 Chr. 5:20;
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But athe righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 aFor those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be 1cut off.
23 aThe steps of a good man are 1ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
24 aThough he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 aHe is 1ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.
28 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 aThe righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.
30 aThe mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall 1slide.
32 The wicked awatches the righteous, And seeks to slay him.
33 The LORD awill not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 aWait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet 1he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.
38 aBut the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength ain the time of trouble.
40 And athe LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, bBecause they trust in Him.
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