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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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A Sword Against Jerusalem


1 “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, aand pass it over your head and your beard; then take scales to weigh and divide the hair.
2 a“You shall burn with fire onethird in the midst of bthe city, when cthe days of the siege are finished; then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after dthem.
3 a“You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your garment.
4 “Then take some of them again and athrow them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will go out into all the house of Israel.
5 “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.
6 ‘She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.’
7 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have 1multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes anor kept My judgments, 2nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you’—
8 “therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.
9 a‘And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations.
10 ‘Therefore fathers ashall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will bscatter to all the winds.
11 ‘Therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘surely, because you have adefiled My sanctuary with all your bdetestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; cMy eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.
12 a‘One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and bI will scatter another third

CHAPTER 5 References

1 aIs. 7:20
2 aEzek. 5:12
bEzek. 4:1
cEzek. 4:8, 9
dLev. 26:25
3 aJer. 40:6;
4 aJer. 41:1, 2;
7 aJer. 2:10, 11
1Or raged 2So
with MT,
LXX, Tg.,Vg.;
many Heb.
mss., Syr. but
have done (cf.
9 a[Amos 3:2] 10 aJer. 19:9
bZech. 2:6;
11 a[Jer.
7:9–11] bEzek.
11:21 cEzek.
7:4, 9; 8:18;
12 aEzek. 6:12
bJer. 9:16 cJer.
43:10, 11;
13 aLam. 4:11
bEzek. 21:17
cIs. 1:24
dEzek. 36:6;
14 aLev. 26:31
15 aJer. 24:9
b[Is. 26:9] cEzek. 5:8;
25:17 1LXX,
Syr., Tg.,Vg.
16 aDeut.
32:23 bLev.
17 aLev. 26:22
bEzek. 38:22

CHAPTER 6 References

2 aEzek. 20:46;
21:2; 25:2
bEzek. 36:1
3 aLev. 26:30
1Places for
pagan worship
4 aLev. 26:30
6 1Places for
pagan worship
7 aEzek. 7:4, 9
8 aJer. 44:28
bEzek. 5:12
9 a[Deut. 4:29] bPs. 78:40


to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after cthem.
13 ‘Thus shall My anger abe spent, and I will bcause My fury to rest upon them, cand I will be avenged; dand they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it in My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them.
14 ‘Moreover aI will make you a waste and a reproach among the nations that are all around you, in the sight of all who pass by.
15 ‘So 1it shall be a areproach, a taunt, a blesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in cfurious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.
16 ‘When I asend against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, I will increase the famine upon you and cut off your bsupply of bread.
17 ‘So I will send against you famine and awild beasts, and they will bereave you. bPestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken.’ ”

Judgment on Idolatrous Israel


1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
2 “Son of man, aset your face toward the bmountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
3 “and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: “Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and aI will destroy your 1high places.
4 “Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and aI will cast down your slain men before your idols.
5 “And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars.
6 “In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the 1high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
7 “The slain shall fall in your midst, and ayou shall know that I am the LORD.
8 a“Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are bscattered through the countries.
9 “Then those of you who escape will aremember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because bI was crushed by their

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adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and cby their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; dthey will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.
10 “And they shall know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.”
11 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“Pound1 your fists and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! bFor they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.
12 ‘He who is far off shall die by the pestilence, he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine. aThus will I spend My fury upon them.
13 ‘Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, aon every high hill, bon all the mountaintops, cunder every green tree, and under every thick oak, wherever they offered sweet incense to all their idols.
14 ‘So I will astretch out My hand against them and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward bDiblah, in all their dwelling places. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.’ ” ’ ”

Judgment on Israel Is Near


1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel:

a‘An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.
3 Now the end has come upon you, And I will send My anger against you; I will judge you aaccording to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations.
4 aMy eye will not spare you, Nor will I have pity; But I will repay your ways, And your abominations will be in your midst; bThen you shall know that I am the LORD!’

5 “Thus says the Lord GOD:

‘A disaster, a singular adisaster; Behold, it has come!
6 An end has come, The end has come; It has dawned for you; Behold, it has come!
7 aDoom has come to you, you who dwell in the land; bThe time has come,

9 cEzek. 20:7,
24 dEzek.
20:43; 36:31
11 aEzek.
21:14 bEzek.
5:12 1Lit.
Strike your
12 aEzek. 5:13
13 aJer. 2:20;
3:6 bHos. 4:13
cIs. 57:5
14 aIs. 5:25
bNum. 33:46

CHAPTER 7 References

2 aAmos 8:2,
3 a[Rom. 2:6] 4 aEzek. 5:11
bEzek. 12:20
5 a2 Kin.
21:12, 13
7 aEzek. 7:10
bZeph. 1:14,
8 aEzek. 20:8,
9 1Lit. give
10 aEzek. 7:7
11 aJer. 6:7
bJer. 16:5, 6
1Or their
12 aProv. 20:14
bIs. 24:2
15 aJer. 14:18
16 aEzek. 6:8;
17 aIs. 13:7
18 aAmos 8:10

A day of trouble is near, And not of rejoicing in the mountains.
8 Now upon you I will soon apour out My fury, And spend My anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations.

9 ‘My eye will not spare, Nor will I have pity; I will 1repay you according to your ways, And your abominations will be in your midst. Then you shall know that I am the LORD who strikes.

10 ‘Behold, the day! Behold, it has come! aDoom has gone out; The rod has blossomed, Pride has budded.
11 aViolence has risen up into a rod of wickedness; None of them shall remain, None of their multitude, None of 1them; bNor shall there be wailing for them.
12 The time has come, The day draws near.

‘Let not the buyer arejoice, Nor the seller bmourn, For wrath is on their whole multitude.
13 For the seller shall not return to what has been sold, Though he may still be alive; For the vision concerns the whole multitude, And it shall not turn back; No one will strengthen himself Who lives in iniquity.

14 ‘They have blown the trumpet and made everyone ready, But no one goes to battle; For My wrath is on all their multitude.
15 aThe sword is outside, And the pestilence and famine within. Whoever is in the field Will die by the sword; And whoever is in the city, Famine and pestilence will devour him.

16 ‘Those who asurvive will escape and be on the mountains Like doves of the valleys, All of them mourning, Each for his iniquity.
17 Every ahand will be feeble, And every knee will be as weak as water.
18 They will also abe girded with sackcloth;

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Horror will cover them; Shame will be on every face, Baldness on all their heads.

19 ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their asilver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.

20 ‘As for the beauty of his ornaments, He set it in majesty; aBut they made from it The images of their abominations— Their detestable things; Therefore I have made it Like refuse to them.
21 I will give it as aplunder Into the hands of strangers, And to the wicked of the earth as spoil; And they shall defile it.
22 I will turn My face from them, And they will defile My secret place; For robbers shall enter it and defile it.

23 ‘Make a chain, For athe land is filled with crimes of blood, And the city is full of violence.
24 Therefore I will bring the aworst of the Gentiles, And they will possess their houses; I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease, And their holy places shall be bdefiled.
25 1Destruction comes; They will seek peace, but there shall be none.
26 aDisaster will come upon disaster, And rumor will be upon rumor. bThen they will seek a vision from a prophet; But the law will perish from the priest, And counsel from the elders.

27 ‘The king will mourn, The prince will be clothed with desolation, And the hands of the common people will tremble. I will do to them according to their way, And according to what they deserve I will judge them; Then they shall know that I am the LORD!’ ”

19 aProv. 11:4;
Jer. 15:13;
Zeph. 1:18
20 aJer. 7:30
21 a2 Kin.
24:13; Jer.
23 a2 Kin.
24 aEzek.
21:31; 28:7
b2 Chr. 7:20;
Ezek. 24:21
25 1Lit. Shuddering
26 aDeut.
32:23; Is.
47:11; Jer.
4:20 bPs. 74:9;
Lam. 2:9;
Ezek. 20:1, 3;
Mic. 3:6

CHAPTER 8 References

1 aEzek. 14:1;
20:1; 33:31
bEzek. 1:3;
2 aEzek. 1:26,
27 bEzek. 1:4,
3 aDan. 5:5
bEzek. 3:14;
Acts 8:39
cEzek. 11:1,
24; 40:2 dJer.
7:30; 32:34;
Ezek. 5:11
eEx. 20:4;
Deut. 32:16,
21 1Arouses
the LORD’s
4 aEzek. 3:12;
9:3 bEzek.
1:28; 3:22, 23
6 a2 Kin. 23:4,
5; Ezek. 5:11;
8:9, 17
10 aEx. 20:4;
Deut. 4:16–18
bRom. 1:23
1Or carved
11 aNum.
11:16, 25;
Luke 10:1
12 aPs. 14:1; Is.
29:15; Ezek.


Abominations in the Temple


1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house with athe elders of Judah sitting before me, that bthe hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there.
2 aThen I looked, and there was a likeness, like the appearance of fire—from the appearance of His waist and downward, fire; and from His waist and upward, like the appearance of brightness, blike the color of amber.
3 He astretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my hair; and bthe Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and cbrought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the north gate of the inner court, dwhere the seat of the image of jealousy was, which eprovokes1 to jealousy.
4 And behold, the aglory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I bsaw in the plain.
5 Then He said to me, “Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance.
6 Furthermore He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great aabominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.”
7 So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall.
8 Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door.
9 And He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.”
10 So I went in and saw, and there—every asort of bcreeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, 1portrayed all around on the walls.
11 And there stood before them aseventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up.
12 Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, a‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.’ ”
13 And He said to me, “Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.”
14 So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’s house;

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and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for 1Tammuz.
15 Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.”
16 So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, abetween the porch and the altar, bwere about twenty-five men cwith their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping dthe sun toward the east.
17 And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have afilled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose.
18 a“Therefore I also will act in fury. My beye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they ccry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”

14 1A Sumerian
god similar to
the Gr. god
16 aJoel 2:17
bEzek. 11:1
cJer. 2:27;
32:33 dDeut.
17 aEzek. 9:9
18 aEzek. 5:13;
16:42; 24:13
bEzek. 5:11;
7:4, 9; 9:5, 10
cMic. 3:4

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The Joy of Forgiveness

A Psalm of David. A 1Contemplation.

1 BLESSED is he whose atransgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD adoes not 1impute iniquity, And bin whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your ahand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. aI said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

PSALM 32 References

title 1Heb.
1 a[Ps. 85:2;
103:3]; Rom.
4:7, 8
2 a[2 Cor. 5:19] bJohn 1:47
1charge his
account with
4 a1 Sam. 5:6;
Ps. 38:2; 39:10
5 a2 Sam.
12:13; Ps.
38:18; [Prov.
28:13; 1 John
1:9] 6 a[1 Tim.
1:16] bPs.
69:13; Is. 55:6
7 aPs. 9:9 bEx.
15:1; Judg.
5:1; [Ps. 40:3] 9 aProv. 26:3
10 aPs. 16:4;
[Prov. 13:21;
Rom. 2:9] b[Ps. 5:11, 12];
Prov. 16:20
11 aPs. 64:10;
68:3; 97:12

6 aFor this cause everyone who is godly shall bpray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him.
7 aYou are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with bsongs of deliverance. Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the ahorse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.

10 aMany sorrows shall be to the wicked; But bhe who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
11 aBe glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!




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