Ezek 22-24; Psalm 134; John 8
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The following text is from the English Standard Version.
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
‘And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations.
You shall say, Thus says the Lord GOD: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself!
You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries.
Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult.
‘Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood.
Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you.
You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths.
There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst.
In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are unclean in their menstrual impurity.
One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter.
In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord GOD.
‘Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst.
Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.
I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you.
And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”
And the word of the LORD came to me:
‘Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you.
I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it.
As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD; I have poured out my wrath upon you.”
And the word of the LORD came to me:
‘Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation.
The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain.
And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken.
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice.
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord GOD.”
The word of the LORD came to me:
‘Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother.
They played the whore in Egypt; they played the whore in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and their virgin bosoms handled.
Oholah was the name of the elder and Oholibah the name of her sister. They became mine, and they bore sons and daughters. As for their names, Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.
‘Oholah played the whore while she was mine, and she lusted after her lovers the Assyrians, warriors
clothed in purple, governors and commanders, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses.
She bestowed her whoring upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them, and she defiled herself with all the idols of everyone after whom she lusted.
She did not give up her whoring that she had begun in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her and handled her virgin bosom and poured out their whoring lust upon her.
Therefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, into the hands of the Assyrians, after whom she lusted.
These uncovered her nakedness; they seized her sons and her daughters; and as for her, they killed her with the sword; and she became a byword among women, when judgment had been executed on her.
‘Her sister Oholibah saw this, and she became more corrupt than her sister in her lust and in her whoring, which was worse than that of her sister.
She lusted after the Assyrians, governors and commanders, warriors clothed in full armor, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men.
And I saw that she was defiled; they both took the same way.
But she carried her whoring further. She saw men portrayed on the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed in vermilion,
wearing belts on their waists, with flowing turbans on their heads, all of them having the appearance of officers, a likeness of Babylonians whose native land was Chaldea.
When she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.
And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoring lust. And after she was defiled by them, she turned from them in disgust.
When she carried on her whoring so openly and flaunted her nakedness, I turned in disgust from her, as I had turned in disgust from her sister.
Yet she increased her whoring, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the whore in the land of Egypt
and lusted after her paramours there, whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose issue was like that of horses.
Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians handled your bosom and pressed your young breasts.”
Therefore, O Oholibah, thus says the Lord GOD: ”Behold, I will stir up against you your lovers from whom you turned in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side:
the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, desirable young men, governors and commanders all of them, officers and men of renown, all of them riding on horses.
And they shall come against you from the north with chariots and wagons and a host of peoples. They shall set themselves against you on every side with buckler, shield, and helmet; and I will commit the judgment to them, and they shall judge you according to their judgments.
And I will direct my jealousy against you, that they may deal with you in fury. They shall cut off your nose and your ears, and your survivors shall fall by the sword. They shall seize your sons and your daughters, and your survivors shall be devoured by fire.
They shall also strip you of your clothes and take away your beautiful jewels.
Thus I will put an end to your lewdness and your whoring begun in the land of Egypt, so that you shall not lift up your eyes to them or remember Egypt anymore.
‘For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will deliver you into the hands of those whom you hate, into the hands of those from whom you turned in disgust,
and they shall deal with you in hatred and take away all the fruit of your labor and leave you naked and bare, and the nakedness of your whoring shall be uncovered. Your lewdness and your whoring
have brought this upon you, because you played the whore with the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.
You have gone the way of your sister; therefore I will give her cup into your hand.
Thus says the Lord GOD: ”You shall drink your sister’s cup that is deep and large; you shall be laughed at and held in derision, for it contains much;
you will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow. A cup of horror and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria;
you shall drink it and drain it out, and gnaw its shards, and tear your breasts;for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, you yourself must bear the consequences of your lewdness and whoring.”
The LORD said to me: ”Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Declare to them their abominations.
For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. With their idols they have committed adultery, and they have even offered up to them for food the children whom they had borne to me.
Moreover, this they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary on the same day and profaned my Sabbaths.
For when they had slaughtered their children in sacrifice to their idols, on the same day they came into my sanctuary to profane it. And behold, this is what they did in my house.
They even sent for men to come from afar, to whom a messenger was sent; and behold, they came. For them you bathed yourself, painted your eyes, and adorned yourself with ornaments.
You sat on a stately couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed my incense and my oil.
The sound of a carefree multitude was with her; and with men of the common sort drunkards were brought from the wilderness; and they put bracelets on the hands of the women, and beautiful crowns on their heads.
‘Then I said of her who was worn out by adultery, Now they will continue to use her for a whore, even her!
For they have gone in to her, as men go in to a prostitute. Thus they went in to Oholah and to Oholibah, lewd women!
But righteous men shall pass judgment on them with the sentence of adulteresses, and with the sentence of women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses, and blood is on their hands.”
For thus says the Lord GOD: ”Bring up a vast host against them, and make them an object of terror and a plunder.
And the host shall stone them and cut them down with their swords. They shall kill their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses.
Thus will I put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not commit lewdness as you have done.
And they shall return your lewdness upon you, and you shall bear the penalty for your sinful idolatry, and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”
In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
‘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.
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;
put in it the pieces of meat, all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder; fill it with choice bones.
Take the choicest one of the flock; pile the logs under it; boil it well; seethe also its bones in it.
‘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.
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.
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.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great.
Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices, and let the bones be burned up.
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.
She has wearied herself with toil; its abundant corrosion does not go out of it. Into the fire with its corrosion!
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.
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.”
The word of the LORD came to me:
‘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.
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.”
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.
And the people said to me, ”Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?”
Then I said to them, ”The word of the LORD came to me:
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.
And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.
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.
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.’
‘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,
on that day a fugitive will come to you to report to you the news.
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.”
Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!
May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!
but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst
they said to him, ”Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.
Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ”Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.
But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Jesus stood up and said to her, ”Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, ”No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, ”Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
So the Pharisees said to him, ”You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.”
Jesus answered, ”Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.
In your Law it is written that the testimony of two men is true.
I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”
They said to him therefore, ”Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, ”You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
So he said to them again, ”I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.”
So the Jews said, ”Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”
He said to them, ”You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, ”Who are you?” Jesus said to them, ”Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.”
They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.
So Jesus said to them, ”When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ”If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, ”We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, ”Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.
The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
They answered him, ”Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, ”If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did,
but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.
You are doing what your father did.” They said to him, ”We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father–even God.”
Jesus said to them, ”If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but He sent me.
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
The Jews answered him, ”Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
Jesus answered, ”I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.
Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
The Jews said to him, ”Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, ”If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.
Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”
So the Jews said to him, ”You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, ”Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
The reading plan I’ve chosen is from Bible Class Material and it’s a 5 day plan, with weekend days to catch up or get ahead or just take a break!