Prophecy Against Mount Seir

35 The word of the Lord came to me: (A)“Son of man, (B)set your face (C)against (D)Mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say to it, Thus says the Lord God: (E)Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir, and (F)I will stretch out my hand against you, (G)and I will make you a desolation and a waste. (H)I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation, and you shall know that I am the Lord. Because (I)you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword (J)at the time of their calamity, (K)at the time of their final punishment, therefore, (L)as I live, declares the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; (M)because you did not hate bloodshed, therefore blood shall pursue you. (N)I will make Mount Seir a waste (O)and a desolation, and I will cut off from it (P)all who come and go. And I will fill (Q)its mountains with the slain. On your hills and in your valleys and in all (R)your ravines (S)those slain with the sword shall fall. (T)I will make you a perpetual desolation, and (U)your cities shall not be inhabited. Then (V)you will know that I am the Lord.

10 “Because you said, (W)‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and (X)we will take possession of them’—although the (Y)Lord was there— 11 therefore, (Z)as I live, declares the Lord God, I will deal with you (AA)according to the anger and (AB)envy that you showed because of your hatred against them. And (AC)I will make myself known among them, when I judge you. 12 And you shall know that I am the Lord.

(AD)“I have heard all the revilings that you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are laid desolate; (AE)they are given us to devour.’ 13 And (AF)you magnified yourselves against me (AG)with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it. 14 Thus says the Lord God: (AH)While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate. 15 As you (AI)rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, (AJ)Mount Seir, and all Edom, all of it. Then (AK)they will know that I am the Lord.

Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

36 “And you, (AL)son of man, prophesy to (AM)the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God: Because (AN)the enemy said of you, (AO)‘Aha!’ and, ‘The ancient (AP)heights have become our possession,’ therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord God: Precisely because (AQ)they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and (AR)you became the talk and evil gossip of the people, therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God: Thus says the Lord God to (AS)the mountains and the hills, the ravines and the valleys, (AT)the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, which have become (AU)a prey and derision to the rest of the nations all around, therefore thus says the Lord God: Surely I have spoken in (AV)my hot jealousy against the rest of the nations and (AW)against all Edom, who (AX)gave my land to themselves as a possession (AY)with wholehearted joy and (AZ)utter contempt, that they might make its pasturelands a prey. Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to (BA)the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, Thus says the Lord God: (BB)Behold, I have spoken in my jealous wrath, because you have suffered (BC)the reproach of the nations. Therefore thus says the Lord God: (BD)I swear that the nations that are all around you (BE)shall themselves suffer reproach.

“But you, O mountains of Israel, (BF)shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for (BG)they will soon come home. For (BH)behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and (BI)you shall be tilled and sown. 10 And (BJ)I will multiply people on you, the whole house of Israel, all of it. (BK)The cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt. 11 And I will multiply on you (BL)man and beast, and (BM)they shall multiply and be fruitful. And I will cause you to be inhabited as in (BN)your former times, and (BO)will do more good to you than ever before. (BP)Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will let people walk on you, even my people Israel. (BQ)And they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer (BR)bereave them of children. 13 Thus says the Lord God: Because they say to you, (BS)‘You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,’ 14 therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, declares the Lord God. 15 And I will not let you hear anymore (BT)the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, declares the Lord God.”

The Lord's Concern for His Holy Name

16 The word of the Lord came to me: 17 (BU)“Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, (BV)they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before me were (BW)like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. 18 So (BX)I poured out my wrath upon them (BY)for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols (BZ)with which they had defiled it. 19 (CA)I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. (CB)In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. 20 But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, (CC)they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ 21 But I had concern (CD)for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.

I Will Put My Spirit Within You

22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: (CE)It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, (CF)which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 (CG)And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. (CH)And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24 (CI)I will take you (CJ)from the nations and gather you from all the countries and (CK)bring you into your own land. 25 (CL)I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from (CM)all your uncleannesses, and (CN)from all your idols (CO)I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you (CP)a new heart, and (CQ)a new spirit I will put within you. (CR)And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 (CS)And I will put my Spirit within you, (CT)and cause you to walk in my statutes and (CU)be careful to obey my rules.[a] 28 (CV)You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and (CW)you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 And (CX)I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And (CY)I will summon the grain and make it abundant and (CZ)lay no famine upon you. 30 (DA)I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, (DB)that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then (DC)you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 (DD)It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.

33 “Thus says the Lord God: On the day that (DE)I cleanse you from all your iniquities, (DF)I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34 And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35 And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like (DG)the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then (DH)the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and (DI)replanted that which was desolate. (DJ)I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.

37 “Thus says the Lord God: This also (DK)I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: (DL)to increase their people like (DM)a flock. 38 Like the flock for sacrifices,[b] (DN)like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so (DO)shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people. (DP)Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 36:27 Or my just decrees
  2. Ezekiel 36:38 Hebrew flock of holy things

Greeting

(A)James, a servant[a] of God and (B)of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To (C)the twelve tribes in (D)the Dispersion:

Greetings.

Testing of Your Faith

(E)Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials (F)of various kinds, for you know that (G)the testing of your faith (H)produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be (I)perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

(J)If any of you lacks wisdom, (K)let him ask God, (L)who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But (M)let him ask in faith, (N)with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like (O)a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (P)he is a double-minded man, (Q)unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and (R)the rich in his humiliation, because (S)like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and (T)withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12 (U)Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive (V)the crown of life, (W)which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire (X)when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and (Y)sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 (Z)Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from (AA)the Father of lights, (AB)with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 (AC)Of his own will he (AD)brought us forth by the word of truth, (AE)that we should be a kind of (AF)firstfruits of his creatures.

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Footnotes

  1. James 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. James 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 16, 19
  3. James 1:10 Or a wild flower
  4. James 1:17 Some manuscripts variation due to a shadow of turning

I Love the Lord

116 I (A)love the Lord, because he has (B)heard
    my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he (C)inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
(D)The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
    I suffered distress and anguish.
Then (E)I called on the name of the Lord:
    “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

(F)Gracious is the Lord, and (G)righteous;
    our God is (H)merciful.
The Lord preserves (I)the simple;
    when (J)I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your (K)rest;
    for the Lord has (L)dealt bountifully with you.

For (M)you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
    (N)in the land of the living.

10 (O)I believed, (P)even when[a] I spoke:
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 (Q)I said in my alarm,
    (R)“All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I (S)render to the Lord
    for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up (T)the cup of salvation
    and (U)call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will (V)pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 (W)Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his (X)saints.
16 O Lord, I am your (Y)servant;
    I am your servant, (Z)the son of your maidservant.
    You have (AA)loosed my bonds.
17 I will (AB)offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
    and (AC)call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will (AD)pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in (AE)the courts of the house of the Lord,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
(AF)Praise the Lord!

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore

23 (A)Know well the condition of your flocks,
    and (B)give attention to your herds,
24 for (C)riches do not last forever;
    and does a crown endure to all generations?
25 (D)When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
    and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26 (E)the lambs will provide your clothing,
    and the goats the price of a field.
27 (F)There will be enough goats' milk for your food,
    for the food of your household
    and maintenance for your girls.

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