November 28: Ezekiel 24–26; Psalm 119:161–168; 1 Thessalonians 3–5
Old Testament: Ezekiel 24–26
Ezekiel 24–26 (Listen)
The Siege of Jerusalem
*24 *In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: *2 *“Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. *3 *And utter a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD:
“Set on the pot, set it on;
pour in water also;
*4 * put in it the pieces of meat,
all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder;
fill it with choice bones.
*5 * Take the choicest one of the flock;
pile the logs1 under it;
boil it well;
seethe also its bones in it.
*6 *“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose corrosion is in it, and whose corrosion has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice.2 *7 *For the blood she has shed is in her midst; she put it on the bare rock; she did not pour it out on the ground to cover it with dust. *8 *To rouse my wrath, to take vengeance, I have set on the bare rock the blood she has shed, that it may not be covered. *9 *Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great. *10 *Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices,3 and let the bones be burned up. *11 *Then set it empty upon the coals, that it may become hot, and its copper may burn, that its uncleanness may be melted in it, its corrosion consumed. *12 *She has wearied herself with toil;4 its abundant corrosion does not go out of it. Into the fire with its corrosion! *13 *On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, you shall not be cleansed anymore till I have satisfied my fury upon you. *14 *I am the LORD. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel’s Wife Dies
*15 *The word of the LORD came to me: *16 *“Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. *17 *Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.” *18 *So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
*19 *And the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?” *20 *Then I said to them, “The word of the LORD came to me: *21 *‘Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the yearning of your soul, and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. *22 *And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. *23 *Your turbans shall be on your heads and your shoes on your feet; you shall not mourn or weep, but you shall rot away in your iniquities and groan to one another. *24 *Thus shall Ezekiel be to you a sign; according to all that he has done you shall do. When this comes, then you will know that I am the Lord GOD.’
*25 *“As for you, son of man, surely on the day when I take from them their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes and their soul’s desire, and also their sons and daughters, *26 *on that day a fugitive will come to you to report to you the news. *27 *On that day your mouth will be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and be no longer mute. So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD.” Prophecy Against Ammon
*25 *The word of the LORD came to me: *2 *“Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them. *3 *Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, ‘Aha!’ over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile, *4 *therefore behold, I am handing you over to the people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings in your midst. They shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. *5 *I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and Ammon5 a fold for flocks. Then you will know that I am the LORD. *6 *For thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel, *7 *therefore, behold, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as plunder to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Prophecy Against Moab and Seir
*8 *“Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Moab and Seir6 said, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the other nations,’ *9 *therefore I will lay open the flank of Moab from the cities, from its cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim. *10 *I will give it along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, that the Ammonites may be remembered no more among the nations, *11 *and I will execute judgments upon Moab. Then they will know that I am the LORD. Prophecy Against Edom
*12 *“Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance on them, *13 *therefore thus says the Lord GOD, I will stretch out my hand against Edom and cut off from it man and beast. And I will make it desolate; from Teman even to Dedan they shall fall by the sword. *14 *And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they shall do in Edom according to my anger and according to my wrath, and they shall know my vengeance, declares the Lord GOD. Prophecy Against Philistia
*15 *“Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the Philistines acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity, *16 *therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the rest of the seacoast. *17 *I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon them.” Prophecy Against Tyre
*26 *In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: *2 *“Son of man, because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Aha, the gate of the peoples is broken; it has swung open to me. I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste,’ *3 *therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. *4 *They shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers, and I will scrape her soil from her and make her a bare rock. *5 *She shall be in the midst of the sea a place for the spreading of nets, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. And she shall become plunder for the nations, *6 *and her daughters on the mainland shall be killed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
*7 *“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar7 king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, and with horsemen and a host of many soldiers. *8 *He will kill with the sword your daughters on the mainland. He will set up a siege wall against you and throw up a mound against you, and raise a roof of shields against…