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December 17 - Bible-in-a-Year
Jerusalem as a Cooking Pot
1 In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the Lord came to me:(a) 2 "Son of man, record(b) this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.(c) 3 Tell this rebellious people(d) a parable(e) and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
"‘Put on the cooking pot;(f) put it on
and pour water into it.
4 Put into it the pieces of meat,
all the choice pieces—the leg and the shoulder.
Fill it with the best of these bones;(g)
5 take the pick of the flock.(h)
Pile wood beneath it for the bones;
bring it to a boil
and cook the bones in it.(i)
6 "‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
"‘Woe(j) to the city of bloodshed,(k)
to the pot now encrusted,
whose deposit will not go away!
Take the meat out piece by piece
in whatever order(l) it comes.(m)
7 "‘For the blood she shed is in her midst:
She poured it on the bare rock;
she did not pour it on the ground,
where the dust would cover it.(n)
8 To stir up wrath and take revenge
I put her blood on the bare rock,
so that it would not be covered.
9 "‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
"‘Woe to the city of bloodshed!
I, too, will pile the wood high.
10 So heap on the wood
and kindle the fire.
Cook the meat well,
mixing in the spices;
and let the bones be charred.
11 Then set the empty pot on the coals
till it becomes hot and its copper glows,
so that its impurities may be melted
and its deposit burned away.(o)
12 It has frustrated all efforts;
its heavy deposit has not been removed,
not even by fire.
13 "‘Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed(p) from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.(q)
14 "‘I the Lord have spoken.(r) The time has come for me to act.(s) I will not hold back; I will not have pity,(t) nor will I relent.(u) You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions,(v) declares the Sovereign Lord .(w)'"
Ezekiel's Wife Dies
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 "Son of man, with one blow(x) I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.(y) Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.(z) 17 Groan quietly;(aa) do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban(ab) fastened and your sandals(ac) on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard(ad) or eat the customary food of mourners.(ae)"
18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.(af)
19 Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us?(ag) Why are you acting like this?"
20 So I said to them, "The word of the Lord came to me: 21 Say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary(ah)—the stronghold in which you take pride,(ai) the delight of your eyes,(aj) the object of your affection. The sons and daughters(ak) you left behind will fall by the sword.(al) 22 And you will do as I have done. You will not cover your mustache and beard(am) or eat the customary food of mourners.(an) 23 You will keep your turbans(ao) on your heads and your sandals(ap) on your feet. You will not mourn(aq) or weep but will waste away(ar) because of[a] your sins and groan among yourselves.(as) 24 Ezekiel(at) will be a sign(au) to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord .'
25 "And you, son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes,(av) their heart's desire,(aw) and their sons and daughters(ax) as well— 26 on that day a fugitive will come to tell you(ay) the news. 27 At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent.(az) So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord .(ba)"
1 Awake, awake,(a) Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!(b)
Put on your garments of splendor,(c)
Jerusalem, the holy city.(d)
The uncircumcised(e) and defiled(f)
will not enter you again.(g)
2 Shake off your dust;(h)
rise up,(i) sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,(j)
Daughter Zion,(k) now a captive.
3 For this is what the Lord says:
"You were sold for nothing,(l)
and without money(m) you will be redeemed.(n)"
4 For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
"At first my people went down to Egypt(o) to live;
lately, Assyria(p) has oppressed them.
5 "And now what do I have here?" declares the Lord .
"For my people have been taken away for nothing,
and those who rule them mock,[a]"
declares the Lord .
"And all day long
my name is constantly blasphemed.(q)
6 Therefore my people will know(r) my name;(s)
therefore in that day(t) they will know
that it is I who foretold(u) it.
Yes, it is I."
7 How beautiful on the mountains(v)
are the feet of those who bring good news,(w)
who proclaim peace,(x)
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"(y)
8 Listen! Your watchmen(z) lift up their voices;(aa)
together they shout for joy.(ab)
When the Lord returns(ac) to Zion,(ad)
they will see it with their own eyes.
9 Burst into songs of joy(ae) together,
you ruins(af) of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted(ag) his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.(ah)
10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm(ai)
in the sight of all the nations,(aj)
and all the ends of the earth(ak) will see
the salvation(al) of our God.
11 Depart,(am) depart, go out from there!
Touch no unclean thing!(an)
Come out from it and be pure,(ao)
you who carry the articles(ap) of the Lord 's house.
12 But you will not leave in haste(aq)
or go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,(ar)
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.(as)
The Suffering and Glory of the Servant
13 See, my servant(at) will act wisely[b];
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.(au)
14 Just as there were many who were appalled(av) at him[c]—
his appearance was so disfigured(aw) beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness(ax)—
15 so he will sprinkle(ay) many nations,[d]
and kings(az) will shut their mouths(ba) because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.(bb)
Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity
1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for,(a) my joy and crown, stand firm(b) in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind(c) in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers,(d) whose names are in the book of life.(e)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!(f) 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.(g) 6 Do not be anxious about anything,(h) but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.(i) 7 And the peace of God,(j) which transcends all understanding,(k) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.(l) And the God of peace(m) will be with you.
Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.(n) Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content(o) whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,(p) whether living in plenty or in want.(q) 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.(r)
14 Yet it was good of you to share(s) in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days(t) of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia,(u) not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;(v) 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica,(w) you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.(x) 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.(y) 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus(z) the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant(aa) offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs(ab) according to the riches of his glory(ac) in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father(ad) be glory for ever and ever. Amen.(ae)
21 Greet all God's people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me(af) send greetings. 22 All God's people(ag) here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ(ah) be with your spirit.(ai) Amen.[a]
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