Jerusalem Will Not Be Spared

12 And the word of the Lord came to me: 13 (A)“Son of man, when a land sins against me (B)by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and (C)break its supply[a] of bread and send famine upon it, and (D)cut off from it man and beast, 14 (E)even if these three men, (F)Noah, (G)Daniel, and (H)Job, were in it, (I)they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord God.

15 (J)“If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they ravage it, (K)and it be made desolate, so that no one may pass through because of the beasts, 16 even if these three men were in it, (L)as I live, declares the Lord God, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters. They alone would be delivered, but (M)the land would be desolate.

17 “Or (N)if I bring a sword upon that land and say, Let a sword pass through the land, (O)and I cut off from it man and beast, 18 (P)though these three men were in it, as I live, declares the Lord God, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they alone would be delivered.

19 “Or (Q)if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out my wrath upon it with blood, to cut off from it man and beast, 20 even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord God, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness.

21 “For thus says the Lord God: How much more (R)when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, (S)sword, (T)famine, (U)wild beasts, and (V)pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast! 22 But behold, (W)some survivors will be left in it, sons and daughters who will be brought out; behold, when they come out to you, and (X)you see their ways and their deeds, you will be consoled for the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, for all that I have brought upon it. 23 They will console you, when you see their ways and their deeds, and you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, declares the Lord God.”

Jerusalem, a Useless Vine

15 And the word of the Lord came to me: (Y)“Son of man, how does (Z)the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? Is wood taken from it to make anything? Do people take (AA)a peg from it to hang any vessel on it? (AB)Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel. When the fire has consumed both ends of it, and the middle of it is charred, is it useful for anything? (AC)Behold, when it was whole, it was used for nothing. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it ever be used for anything! Therefore thus says the Lord God: (AD)Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, (AE)which I have given to the fire for fuel, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (AF)And I will set my face against them. Though (AG)they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, (AH)and you will know that I am the Lord, (AI)when I set my face against them. (AJ)And I will make the land desolate, because (AK)they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord God.”

The Lord's Faithless Bride

16 Again the word of the Lord came to me: (AL)“Son of man, (AM)make known to Jerusalem her abominations, and say, Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth are of the land of the Canaanites; your father was an (AN)Amorite and your mother a (AO)Hittite. And as for your birth, (AP)on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, (AQ)but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, (AR)on the day that you were born.

“And when I passed by you and saw you wallowing (AS)in your blood, I said to you (AT)in your blood, ‘Live!’ I said to you (AU)in your blood, ‘Live!’ (AV)I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall (AW)and arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet (AX)you were naked and bare.

“When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and (AY)I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you (AZ)and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, (BA)and you became mine. Then I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you and (BB)anointed you with oil. 10 (BC)I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with fine leather. I wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk.[b] 11 (BD)And I adorned you with ornaments and (BE)put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. 12 And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth. (BF)You ate fine flour and honey and oil. (BG)You grew exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. 14 And (BH)your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God.

15 (BI)“But you trusted in your beauty (BJ)and played the whore[c] because of your renown (BK)and lavished your whorings[d] on any passerby; your beauty[e] became his. 16 You took some of your garments and made for yourself colorful shrines, and on them played the whore. The like has never been, nor ever shall be.[f] 17 You also took (BL)your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and (BM)made for yourself images of men, and with them played the whore. 18 And you took your embroidered garments to cover them, (BN)and set my oil and my incense before them. 19 (BO)Also my bread that I gave you—(BP)I fed you with fine flour and oil and honey—you set before them for (BQ)a pleasing aroma; and so it was, declares the Lord God. 20 (BR)And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and (BS)these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter 21 that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? 22 And in all your abominations and your whorings you did not remember (BT)the days of your youth, (BU)when you were naked and bare, wallowing in your blood.

23 “And after all your wickedness (woe, woe to you! declares the Lord God), 24 you built yourself (BV)a vaulted chamber and made yourself a lofty place in every square. 25 At the head of every street (BW)you built your lofty place and made (BX)your beauty an abomination, (BY)offering yourself[g] to any passerby and multiplying your whoring. 26 (BZ)You also played the whore (CA)with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, (CB)multiplying your whoring, (CC)to provoke me to anger. 27 Behold, therefore, I stretched out my hand against you (CD)and diminished your allotted portion (CE)and delivered you to the greed of your enemies, (CF)the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 (CG)You played the whore also (CH)with the Assyrians, because you were not satisfied; yes, you played the whore with them, and still you were not satisfied. 29 You multiplied your whoring also with the trading land (CI)of Chaldea, and even with this you were not satisfied.

30 “How sick is your heart,[h] declares the Lord God, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute, 31 building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a prostitute, (CJ)because you scorned payment. 32 Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband! 33 Men give gifts to all prostitutes, (CK)but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side with your whorings. 34 So you were different from other women in your whorings. No one solicited you to play the whore, and (CL)you gave payment, while no payment was given to you; therefore you were different.

35 “Therefore, O prostitute, hear the word of the Lord: 36 Thus says the Lord God, Because your lust was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your whorings with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, (CM)and because of the blood of your children that you gave to them, 37 therefore, behold, (CN)I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved and (CO)all those you hated. (CP)I will gather them against you from every side (CQ)and will uncover your nakedness to them, that (CR)they may see all your nakedness. 38 (CS)And I will judge you (CT)as women who commit adultery and (CU)shed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy. 39 And I will give you into their hands, and they shall throw down your (CV)vaulted chamber and break down (CW)your lofty places. (CX)They shall strip you of your clothes and take (CY)your beautiful jewels and leave you (CZ)naked and bare. 40 (DA)They shall bring up a crowd against you, (DB)and they shall stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords. 41 (DC)And they shall (DD)burn your houses and (DE)execute judgments upon you in the sight of many women. (DF)I will make you stop playing the whore, and (DG)you shall also give payment no more.


  1. Ezekiel 14:13 Hebrew staff
  2. Ezekiel 16:10 Or with rich fabric
  3. Ezekiel 16:15 Or were unfaithful; also verses 16, 17, 26, 28
  4. Ezekiel 16:15 Or unfaithfulness; also verses 20, 22, 25, 26, 29, 33, 34, 36
  5. Ezekiel 16:15 Hebrew it
  6. Ezekiel 16:16 The meaning of this Hebrew sentence is uncertain
  7. Ezekiel 16:25 Hebrew spreading your legs
  8. Ezekiel 16:30 Revocalization yields How I am filled with anger against you

18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside (A)because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for (B)the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, (C)a better hope is introduced, through which (D)we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:

(E)“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever.’”

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of (F)a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues (G)forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost[a] (H)those who draw near to God (I)through him, since he always lives (J)to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, (K)holy, innocent, unstained, (L)separated from sinners, and (M)exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, (N)first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this (O)once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men (P)in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made (Q)perfect forever.

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  1. Hebrews 7:25 That is, completely; or at all times

Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good

106 (A)Praise the Lord!
(B)Oh give thanks to the Lord, (C)for he is good,
    (D)for his steadfast love endures forever!
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
    or declare all his praise?
Blessed are they who observe justice,
    who (E)do righteousness at all times!

(F)Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
    help me when you save them,[a]
that I may look upon the prosperity of your (G)chosen ones,
    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that I may glory with your inheritance.

(H)Both we and (I)our fathers have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wondrous works;
they (J)did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but (K)rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them (L)for his name's sake,
    (M)that he might make known his mighty power.
He (N)rebuked the Red Sea, and it (O)became dry,
    and he (P)led them through the deep as through a desert.
10 So he (Q)saved them from the hand of the foe
    and (R)redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11 And (S)the waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them was left.
12 Then (T)they believed his words;
    they (U)sang his praise.

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  1. Psalm 106:4 Or Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you show to your people; help me with your salvation

Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
    but who can stand before (A)jealousy?
(B)Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.
Faithful are (C)the wounds of a friend;
    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

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