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December 8 - Bible-in-a-Year
The Exile Symbolized
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people.(a) They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.(b)
3 "Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps(c) they will understand,(d) though they are a rebellious people.(e) 4 During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile. Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile.(f) 5 While they watch, dig through the wall(g) and take your belongings out through it. 6 Put them on your shoulder as they are watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have made you a sign(h) to the Israelites."
7 So I did as I was commanded.(i) During the day I brought out my things packed for exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands. I took my belongings out at dusk, carrying them on my shoulders while they watched.
8 In the morning the word of the Lord came to me: 9 "Son of man, did not the Israelites, that rebellious people, ask you, ‘What are you doing?'(j)
10 "Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This prophecy concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the Israelites who are there.' 11 Say to them, ‘I am a sign(k) to you.'
"As I have done, so it will be done to them. They will go into exile as captives.(l)
12 "The prince among them will put his things on his shoulder at dusk(m) and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land.(n) 13 I will spread my net(o) for him, and he will be caught in my snare;(p) I will bring him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans,(q) but he will not see(r) it, and there he will die.(s) 14 I will scatter to the winds all those around him—his staff and all his troops—and I will pursue them with drawn sword.(t)
15 "They will know that I am the Lord , when I disperse them among the nations(u) and scatter them through the countries. 16 But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the Lord .(v)"
17 The word of the Lord came to me: 18 "Son of man, tremble as you eat your food,(w) and shudder in fear as you drink your water. 19 Say to the people of the land: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says about those living in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel: They will eat their food in anxiety and drink their water in despair, for their land will be stripped of everything(x) in it because of the violence of all who live there.(y) 20 The inhabited towns will be laid waste and the land will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord .(z)'"
There Will Be No Delay
21 The word of the Lord came to me: 22 "Son of man, what is this proverb(aa) you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by and every vision comes to nothing'?(ab) 23 Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.' Say to them, ‘The days are near(ac) when every vision will be fulfilled.(ad) 24 For there will be no more false visions or flattering divinations(ae) among the people of Israel. 25 But I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay.(af) For in your days, you rebellious people, I will fulfill(ag) whatever I say, declares the Sovereign Lord .(ah)'"
26 The word of the Lord came to me: 27 "Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.'(ai)
28 "Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord .'"
False Prophets Condemned
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "Son of man, prophesy against the prophets(a) of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination:(b) ‘Hear the word of the Lord !(c) 3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish[a] prophets(d) who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!(e) 4 Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins. 5 You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair(f) it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord .(g) 6 Their visions are false(h) and their divinations a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent(i) them, they say, "The Lord declares," and expect him to fulfill their words.(j) 7 Have you not seen false visions(k) and uttered lying divinations when you say, "The Lord declares," though I have not spoken?
8 "‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you,(l) declares the Sovereign Lord . 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying(m) divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records(n) of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord .(o)
10 "‘Because they lead my people astray,(p) saying, "Peace,"(q) when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash,(r) 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones(s) hurtling down,(t) and violent winds will burst forth.(u) 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, "Where is the whitewash you covered it with?"
13 "‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones(v) and torrents of rain(w) will fall with destructive fury.(x) 14 I will tear down the wall(y) you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation(z) will be laid bare. When it[b] falls,(aa) you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord . 15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, "The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, 16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord .(ab)"'
17 "Now, son of man, set your face(ac) against the daughters(ad) of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them(ae) 18 and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? 19 You have profaned(af) me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread.(ag) By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.(ah)
20 "‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.(ai) 21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the Lord .(aj) 22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies,(ak) when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives,(al) 23 therefore you will no longer see false visions(am) or practice divination.(an) I will save(ao) my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the Lord .(ap)'"
Israel's Only Savior
1 But now, this is what the
he who created(a) you, Jacob,
he who formed(b) you, Israel:(c)
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed(d) you;
I have summoned you by name;(e) you are mine.(f)
2 When you pass through the waters,(g)
I will be with you;(h)
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,(i)
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.(j)
3 For I am the Lord your God,(k)
the Holy One(l) of Israel, your Savior;(m)
I give Egypt(n) for your ransom,
Cush[a](o) and Seba(p) in your stead.(q)
4 Since you are precious and honored(r) in my sight,
and because I love(s) you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid,(t) for I am with you;(u)
I will bring your children(v) from the east
and gather(w) you from the west.(x)
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!'
and to the south,(y) ‘Do not hold them back.'
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters(z) from the ends of the earth(aa)—
7 everyone who is called by my name,(ab)
whom I created(ac) for my glory,(ad)
whom I formed and made.(ae)"
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,(af)
who have ears but are deaf.(ag)
9 All the nations gather together(ah)
and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold(ai) this
and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, "It is true."
10 "You are my witnesses,(aj)" declares the Lord ,
"and my servant(ak) whom I have chosen,
so that you may know(al) and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god(am) was formed,
nor will there be one after me.(an)
11 I, even I, am the Lord ,(ao)
and apart from me there is no savior.(ap)
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god(aq) among you.
You are my witnesses,(ar)" declares the Lord , "that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days(as) I am he.(at)
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?"(au)
God's Mercy and Israel's Unfaithfulness
14 This is what the
your Redeemer,(av) the Holy One(aw) of Israel:
"For your sake I will send to Babylon
and bring down as fugitives(ax) all the Babylonians,[b](ay)
in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the Lord ,(az) your Holy One,
Israel's Creator,(ba) your King.(bb)"
16 This is what the
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,(bc)
17 who drew out(bd) the chariots and horses,(be)
the army and reinforcements together,(bf)
and they lay(bg) there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:(bh)
18 "Forget the former things;(bi)
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!(bj)
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness(bk)
and streams in the wasteland.(bl)
20 The wild animals(bm) honor me,
the jackals(bn) and the owls,
because I provide water(bo) in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21 the people I formed(bp) for myself(bq)
that they may proclaim my praise.(br)
22 "Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
you have not wearied(bs) yourselves for[c] me, Israel.(bt)
23 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,(bu)
nor honored(bv) me with your sacrifices.(bw)
I have not burdened(bx) you with grain offerings
nor wearied you with demands(by) for incense.(bz)
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus(ca) for me,
or lavished on me the fat(cb) of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins
and wearied(cc) me with your offenses.(cd)
25 "I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions,(ce) for my own sake,(cf)
and remembers your sins(cg) no more.(ch)
26 Review the past for me,
let us argue the matter together;(ci)
state the case(cj) for your innocence.
27 Your first father(ck) sinned;
those I sent to teach(cl) you rebelled(cm) against me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
I consigned Jacob to destruction[d](cn)
and Israel to scorn.(co)
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer(an) live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.(ao) 18 They are darkened in their understanding(ap) and separated from the life of God(aq) because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.(ar) 19 Having lost all sensitivity,(as) they have given themselves over(at) to sensuality(au) so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off(av) your old self,(aw) which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;(ax) 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;(ay) 24 and to put on(az) the new self,(ba) created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.(bb)
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully(bc) to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.(bd) 26 "In your anger do not sin"[d]:(be) Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.(bf) 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,(bg) doing something useful with their own hands,(bh) that they may have something to share with those in need.(bi)
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,(bj) but only what is helpful for building others up(bk) according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,(bl) with whom you were sealed(bm) for the day of redemption.(bn) 31 Get rid of(bo) all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.(bp) 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,(bq) forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.(br)
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