Parable of the Boiling Pot
24 The word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month: 2 “Son of man, write down today’s date, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.(A) 3 Now speak a parable(B) to the rebellious house. Tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says:
Put the pot(C) on the fire—
put it on,
and then pour water into it!
4 Place the pieces of meat in it,
every good piece—
thigh and shoulder.
Fill it with choice bones.
5 Take the choicest of the flock
and also pile up the fuel[a] under it.
Bring it to a boil
and cook the bones in it.
6 “‘Therefore, this is what the Lord God says:
Woe to the city of bloodshed,(D)
the pot that has corrosion inside it,
and its corrosion has not come out of it!
Empty it piece by piece;
lots should not be cast for its contents.
7 For the blood she shed[b] is still within her.
She put it out on the bare rock;
she didn’t pour it on the ground
to cover it with dust.(E)
8 In order to stir up wrath and take vengeance,(F)
I have put her blood on the bare rock,
so that it would not be covered.
9 “‘Therefore, this is what the Lord God says:
Woe to the city of bloodshed!(G)
I myself will make the pile of kindling large.
10 Pile on the logs and kindle the fire!
Cook the meat well
and mix in the spices![c][d]
Let the bones be burned!
11 Set the empty pot on its coals
so that it becomes hot and its copper glows.
Then its impurity will melt inside it;
its corrosion will be consumed.(H)
12 It has frustrated every effort;[e]
its thick corrosion will not come off.
Into the fire with its corrosion!
13 Because of the depravity of your uncleanness—
since I tried to purify you,
but you would not be purified from your uncleanness—
you will not be pure again
until I have satisfied my wrath on you.(I)
14 I, the Lord, have spoken.
It is coming, and I will do it!(J)
I will not refrain, I will not show pity,
and I will not relent.
I[f] will judge you
according to your ways and deeds.(K)
This is the declaration of the Lord God.’”
The Death of Ezekiel’s Wife: A Sign
15 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, I am about to take the delight of your eyes(L) away from you with a fatal blow. But you must not lament or weep or let your tears flow.(M) 17 Groan quietly; do not observe mourning rites for the dead.(N) Put on your turban and strap your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache or eat the bread of mourners.”[g](O)
18 I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded. 19 Then the people asked me, “Won’t you tell us what these things you are doing mean for us?”
20 So I answered them: “The word of the Lord came to me: 21 Say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the desire of your heart. Also, the sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.(P) 22 Then you will do just as I have done: You will not cover your mustache or eat the bread of mourners. 23 Your turbans will remain on your heads and your sandals on your feet. You will not lament or weep(Q) but will waste away(R) because of your iniquities and will groan to one another. 24 Now Ezekiel will be a sign for you.(S) You will do everything that he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Lord God.’
25 “As for you, son of man, know that on that day I will take from them their stronghold—their pride and joy, the delight of their eyes, and the longing of their hearts—as well as their sons and daughters. 26 On that day a fugitive will come to you and report the news.(T) 27 On that day your mouth will be opened to talk with him; you will speak and no longer be mute.(U) So you will be a sign for them, and they will know that I am the Lord.”
Prophecies Against the Nations
Judgment against Ammon
25 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, face the Ammonites and prophesy against them.(V) 3 Say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the Lord God: This is what the Lord God says: Because you said, “Aha!” (W) about my sanctuary when it was desecrated, about the land of Israel when it was laid waste, and about the house of Judah when they went into exile, 4 therefore I am about to give you to the people of the east as a possession. They will set up their encampments and pitch their tents among you. They will eat your fruit and drink your milk. 5 I will make Rabbah a pasture(X) for camels and Ammon a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
6 “‘For this is what the Lord God says: Because you clapped your hands,(Y) stamped your feet, and rejoiced over the land of Israel with wholehearted contempt, 7 therefore I am about to stretch out my hand against you(Z) and give you as plunder to the nations. I will cut you off from the peoples and eliminate you from the countries. I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.
Judgment against Moab
8 “‘This is what the Lord God says: Because Moab and Seir said,(AA) “Look, the house of Judah is like all the other nations.” 9 Therefore I am about to expose Moab’s flank beginning with its[h] frontier cities, the splendor of the land: Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon,(AB) and Kiriathaim. 10 I will give it along with Ammon to the people of the east as a possession, so that Ammon will not be remembered among the nations. 11 So I will execute judgments against Moab, and they will know that I am the Lord.
Judgment against Edom
12 “‘This is what the Lord God says: Because Edom acted vengefully against the house of Judah(AC) and incurred grievous guilt by taking revenge on them, 13 therefore this is what the Lord God says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and cut off both man and animal from it. I will make it a wasteland; they will fall by the sword from Teman to Dedan. 14 I will take my vengeance(AD) on Edom through my people Israel, and they will deal with Edom according to my anger and wrath. So they will know my vengeance. This is the declaration of the Lord God.
Judgment against Philistia
15 “‘This is what the Lord God says: Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with deep contempt,(AE) destroying because of their perpetual hatred, 16 therefore this is what the Lord God says: I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines,(AF) cutting off the Cherethites and wiping out what remains of the coastal peoples.[i](AG) 17 I will execute severe vengeance against them with furious rebukes. They will know that I am the Lord(AH) when I take my vengeance on them.’”
The Downfall of 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(AI) said about Jerusalem, ‘Aha!(AJ) The gateway to the peoples is shattered. She has been turned over to me.[j] I will be filled now that she lies in ruins,’ 3 therefore this is what the Lord God says: See, I am against you, Tyre!(AK) I will raise up many nations against you, just as the sea raises its waves. 4 They will destroy the walls of Tyre and demolish her towers. I will scrape the soil from her and turn her into a bare rock. 5 She will become a place in the sea to spread nets, for I have spoken.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “She will become plunder for the nations,(AL) 6 and her villages on the mainland will be slaughtered by the sword.(AM) Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
7 For this is what the Lord God says: “See, I am about to bring King Nebuchadnezzar[k] of Babylon, king of kings,(AN) against Tyre from the north with horses, chariots, cavalry, and a huge assembly of troops. 8 He will slaughter your villages on the mainland with the sword. He will set up siege works,(AO) build a ramp, and raise a wall of shields against you. 9 He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and tear down your towers with his iron tools. 10 His horses will be so numerous that their dust will cover you. When he enters your gates as an army entering a breached city, your walls will shake from the noise of cavalry, wagons, and chariots. 11 He will trample all your streets with the hooves of his horses.(AP) He will slaughter your people with the sword, and your mighty pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will take your wealth as spoil and plunder your merchandise.(AQ) They will also demolish your walls and tear down your beautiful homes. Then they will throw your stones, timber, and soil into the water. 13 I will put an end to the noise of your songs,(AR) and the sound of your lyres will no longer be heard. 14 I will turn you into a bare rock, and you will be a place to spread nets. You will never be rebuilt, for I, the Lord, have spoken.”(AS) This is the declaration of the Lord God.
15 This is what the Lord God says to Tyre: “Won’t the coasts and islands quake at the sound of your downfall,(AT) when the wounded groan and slaughter occurs within you? 16 All the princes of the sea will descend from their thrones,(AU) remove their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble continually, and be appalled(AV) at you. 17 Then they will lament(AW) for you and say of you,
‘How you have perished, city of renown,
you who were populated from the seas![l]
She who was powerful on the sea,
she and all of her inhabitants
inflicted their terror.[m]
18 Now the coastlands tremble(AX)
on the day of your downfall;
the islands in the sea
are alarmed by your demise.’”
19 For this is what the Lord God says: “When I make you a ruined city like other deserted cities, when I raise up the deep against you so that the mighty waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down to be with those who descend to the Pit,(AY) to the people of antiquity. I will make you dwell in the underworld[n] like[o] the ancient ruins, with those who descend to the Pit, so that you will no longer be inhabited or display your splendor[p] in the land of the living.(AZ) 21 I will make you an object of horror, and you will no longer exist.(BA) You will be sought but will never be found again.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.
- 24:5 Lit bones
- 24:7 Lit For her blood
- 24:10 Some Hb mss read well; remove the broth; LXX reads fire so that the meat may be cooked and the broth may be reduced
- 24:10 Or and stir the broth
- 24:12 Hb obscure
- 24:14 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; other Hb mss read They
- 24:17 Lit men, also in v. 22
- 25:9 Lit with the cities, with its
- 25:16 Lit the seacoast
- 26:2 Or It has swung open for me
- 26:7 Lit Nebuchadrezzar
- 26:17 Some LXX mss read ‘How you were destroyed from the seas, city of renown!
- 26:17 Lit and all her inhabitants who put their terror on all her inhabitants; Hb obscure
- 26:20 Lit the lower parts of the earth
- 26:20 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss, Syr read in
- 26:20 LXX reads or appear
- 24:2 : 2Kg 25:1
- 24:3 : Ezk 17:2; 20:49
- 24:3 : Jr 1:13-14; Ezk 11:3,7,11
- 24:6 : Ezk 22:2-3,27
- 24:7 : Lv 17:13-14; Dt 12:16,24
- 24:8 : Is 26:21
- 24:9 : Hab 2:12
- 24:11 : Ezk 22:15; 23:27
- 24:13 : Ezk 5:13; 8:18
- 24:14 : Ezk 17:24
- 24:14 : Ezk 18:30; 36:19
- 24:16 : 1Kg 20:6; Pr 5:18; Ec 9:9; Sg 7:10
- 24:16 : Jr 16:5; 22:10
- 24:17 : Lv 21:10-12
- 24:17 : Jr 16:7; Hs 9:4
- 24:21 : Jr 6:11; 16:3-4; Ezk 23:25,47
- 24:23 : Jb 27:15; Ps 78:64
- 24:23 : Lv 26:39
- 24:24 : Ezk 4:3; Lk 11:29-30
- 24:26 : Ezk 33:21-22
- 24:27 : Ezk 3:26-27
- 25:2 : Jr 49:1-6
- 25:3 : Ezk 21:28; 26:2
- 25:5 : Jr 49:2; Ezk 21:20
- 25:6 : Jb 27:23; Nah 3:19
- 25:7 : Zph 1:4
- 25:8 : Is 15:1; Jr 48:1; Am 2:1-2
- 25:9 : Jr 48:23
- 25:12 : 2Ch 28:17; Ps 137:7; Jr 49:7-22
- 25:14 : Is 11:14
- 25:15 : Is 14:29-31
- 25:16 : Jr 25:20; 47:1-7
- 25:16 : 1Sm 30:14; Zph 2:5
- 25:17 : Ps 9:16
- 26:2 : 2Sm 5:11; Jl 3:4
- 26:2 : Ezk 25:3
- 26:3 : Is 23:3; Ezk 26:17; 28:2; Am 1:9; Zch 9:2; Mt 11:22
- 26:5 : Ezk 25:7; 29:19
- 26:6 : Ezk 16:46,53; 26:8
- 26:7 : Jr 52:32; Dn 2:37,47
- 26:8 : Ezk 21:22
- 26:11 : Hab 1:8
- 26:12 : Ezk 27:3-27
- 26:13 : Is 23:16; 24:8-9; Am 6:5
- 26:14 : Is 14:27
- 26:15 : Jr 49:21
- 26:16 : Jnh 3:6
- 26:16 : Ezk 27:35
- 26:17 : Ezk 27:2,32; 28:12
- 26:18 : Ezk 26:15
- 26:20 : Jb 33:28; Ps 28:1; 30:3; Is 14:15; Ezk 28:8; 31:14; 32:18-30
- 26:20 : Jr 33:9; Zch 2:8
- 26:21 : Ezk 27:36; 28:19
Living by Faith
4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.(C)
5 By faith Enoch was taken away, and so he did not experience death. He was not to be found because God took him away.[e] For before he was taken away, he was approved as one who pleased God.(D) 6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7 By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.(E)
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going.(F) 9 By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise.(G) 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.(H)
11 By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she[f] considered that the one who had promised was faithful.(I) 12 Therefore, from one man—in fact, from one as good as dead—came offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and as innumerable as the grains of sand along the seashore.(J)
13 These all died in faith, although they had not received the things that were promised. But they saw them from a distance,(K) greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.(L) 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16 But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.(M)
- 11:1 : Rm 8:24; 2Co 4:18
- 11:3 : Gn 1:1; Jn 1:3; 2Pt 3:5
- 11:4 : Gn 4:4; 1Jn 3:12
- 11:5 : Gn 5:21-24; 2Kg 2:11
- 11:7 : Gn 6:13-22; 1Pt 3:20
- 11:8 : Gn 12:1-4,7; Ac 7:2-4
- 11:9 : Gn 12:8; 18:1; Ac 7:5; Heb 6:17
- 11:10 : Heb 12:22; 13:14; Rv 21:2,10,14
- 11:11 : Gn 17:19; 18:11-14; 21:2
- 11:12 : Gn 22:17; Rm 4:19
- 11:13 : Mt 13:17; Jn 8:56; Heb 11:39
- 11:13 : Gn 23:4; 1Ch 29:15; Ps 39:12; 1Pt 1:17
- 11:16 : Ex 3:6,15; Mk 8:38; 2Tm 4:18; Heb 13:14
The Priestly King
A psalm of David.
1 This is the declaration of the Lord
to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”(A)
2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion.
Rule[a] over your surrounding[b] enemies.(B)
3 Your people will volunteer
on your day of battle.[c](C)
In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn,
the dew of your youth belongs to you.[d](D)
4 The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:
“You are a priest forever
according to the pattern of Melchizedek.”(E)
5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will crush kings on the day of his anger.(F)
6 He will judge the nations, heaping up corpses;(G)
he will crush leaders over the entire world.(H)
7 He will drink from the brook by the road;(I)
therefore, he will lift up his head.(J)
14 If one blesses his neighbor
with a loud voice early in the morning,
it will be counted as a curse to him.