12 be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are (A)finishing the walls and repairing the foundations.

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Then we asked those elders and spoke to them thus: (A)‘Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?’

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At the same time (A)Tattenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and Shethar-bozenai and their associates came to them and spoke to them thus: (B)“Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?”

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13 (A)He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God. (B)He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord, the God of Israel.

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Submission to Authority

13 (A)Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution,[a] whether it be to the emperor[b] as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him (B)to punish those who do evil and (C)to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, (D)that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:13 Or every institution ordained for people
  2. 1 Peter 2:13 Or king; also verse 17

For we have found this man a plague, (A)one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of (B)the sect of the Nazarenes.

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And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man (A)misleading our nation and (B)forbidding us to give tribute to (C)Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, (D)a king.” (E)And Pilate asked him, (F)“Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, (G)“You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, (H)“I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, (I)from Galilee even to this place.”

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34 (A)O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that (B)kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! (C)How often would I have (D)gathered (E)your children together (F)as a hen gathers her brood (G)under her wings, and (H)you were not willing!

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25 (A)Know therefore and understand that (B)from the going out of the word to restore and (C)build Jerusalem to the coming of an (D)anointed one, a (E)prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again[a] with squares and moat, (F)but in a troubled time.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 9:25 Or there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It shall be built again

12 “Say now to (A)the rebellious house, (B)Do you not know what these things mean? Tell them, behold, (C)the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, and took her king and her princes and brought them to him to Babylon. 13 (D)And he took one of the royal offspring[a] (E)and made a covenant with him, (F)putting him under oath ((G)the chief men of the land he had taken away), 14 that the kingdom might be humble and not lift itself up, and keep his covenant that it might stand. 15 (H)But he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors (I)to Egypt, that they might give him horses and a large army. (J)Will he thrive? Can one escape who does such things? Can he (K)break the covenant and yet escape?

16 (L)“As I live, declares the Lord God, surely (M)in the place where the king dwells (N)who made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant with him he broke, in Babylon he shall die. 17 (O)Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company will not help him in war, (P)when mounds are cast up and siege walls built to cut off many lives. 18 He despised the oath in breaking the covenant, and behold, he gave his hand and did all these things; he shall not escape. 19 Therefore thus says the Lord God: As I live, surely it is my oath that he despised, and my covenant that he broke. I will return it upon his head. 20 (Q)I will spread my net over him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon (R)and enter into judgment with him there (S)for the treachery he has committed against me. 21 And all the pick[b] of his troops shall fall by the sword, (T)and the survivors shall be scattered to every wind, and you shall know that (U)I am the Lord; I have spoken.”

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 17:13 Hebrew seed
  2. Ezekiel 17:21 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Targum; most Hebrew manuscripts all the fugitives

For because of the anger of the Lord it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.

And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

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The Unfaithful City

21 How the faithful city
    (A)has become a whore,[a]
    (B)she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
    but now murderers.
22 (C)Your silver has become dross,
    your best wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
    and companions of thieves.
Everyone (D)loves a bribe
    and runs after gifts.
(E)They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
    and the widow's cause does not come to them.

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  1. Isaiah 1:21 Or become unchaste

Zion, the City of Our God

A Song. A Psalm of (A)the Sons of Korah.

48 (B)Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
    in (C)the city of our God!
His (D)holy mountain, (E)beautiful in elevation,
    is (F)the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
    (G)the city of the great King.

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And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and (A)shame. (B)The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, (C)and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

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19 And I made a decree, and search has been made, and it has been found that this city from of old has risen against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made in it.

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15 in order that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. You will find in the book of the records and learn that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that sedition was stirred up in it from of old. That was why this city was laid waste.

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24 (A)In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.

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20 Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me?

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