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November 11


Ezekiel 13:1-23
1. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said,
2. "Son of man, you must speak to the prophets of Israel for me. They are only saying what they want to say. You must speak to them. Tell them this, 'Listen to this message from the Lord!
3. This is what the Lord God says. Bad things will happen to you foolish prophets. You are following your own spirits. You are not telling people what you really see in visions.
4. "'Israel, your prophets will be like foxes running through empty, destroyed buildings.
5. You have not put soldiers near the broken walls of the city. You have not built walls to protect the family of Israel. So when the day comes for the Lord to punish you, you will lose the war!
6. "'False prophets said they saw visions. They did their magic and said things would happen—but they lied. They said the Lord sent them—but they lied. They are still waiting for their lies to come true.
7. "'False prophets, the visions you saw were not true. You did your magic and said things would happen, but you lied! You said that the Lord said those things, but I did not speak to you!'"
8. So now, the Lord God really will speak. He says, "You told lies. You saw visions that were not true. So now I am against you!" This is what the Lord God said.
9. The Lord says, "I will punish the prophets who saw false visions and told lies. I will remove them from my people. Their names will not be in the list of the family of Israel. They will never again come to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord God!
10. "Again and again those false prophets lied to my people. The prophets said there would be peace, but there is no peace. The people need to fix the walls and prepare for war. But they only slap a thin coat of plaster over the broken walls.
11. Tell them that I will send hail and a strong rain. The wind will blow hard, and a tornado will come. Then the wall will fall down.
12. When the wall falls down, the people will ask the prophets, 'What happened to the plaster you put on the wall?'"
13. The Lord God says, "I am angry and I will send a storm against you. I am angry and I will send a strong rain. I am angry and I will make hail fall from the sky and completely destroy you!
14. You put plaster on the wall, but I will destroy the whole wall. I will pull it to the ground. The wall will fall on you, and then you will know that I am the Lord.
15. I will finish showing my anger against the wall and those who put plaster on it. Then I will say, 'There is no wall, and there are no workers to put plaster on it.'
16. "All these things will happen to the false prophets of Israel. They speak to the people of Jerusalem and say there will be peace, but there is no peace." This is what the Lord God said.
17. God said, "Son of man, look at the women prophets in Israel. They say the things they want to say, so you must speak against them for me. You must say this to them.
18. 'This is what the Lord God says: Bad things will happen to you women. You sew cloth bracelets for people to wear on their arms. You make special scarves for people to wear on their heads. {You say those things have magic powers} to control people's lives. You trap the people only to keep yourselves alive!
19. You make them think I am not important. You turn them against me for a few handfuls of barley and a few scraps of bread. You tell lies to my people. They love to listen to lies. You kill those who should live, and you let people live who should die.
20. So this is what the Lord God says to you: You make those cloth bracelets to trap people, but I will set them free. I will tear those bracelets off your arms, and the people will be free from you. They will be like birds flying from a trap.
21. And I will tear up those scarves, and save my people from your power. They will escape from your trap, and you will know that I am the Lord.
22. "'You prophets tell lies. Your lies hurt good people—I did not want to hurt them! You support the wicked and encourage them. You don't tell them to change their lives. You don't try to save their lives!
23. So you will not see any more useless visions or do any more magic. I will save my people from your power, and you will know that I am the Lord.'"

Ezekiel 14:1-23
1. Some of the elders of Israel came to me. They sat down to talk with me.
2. The word of the Lord came to me. He said,
3. "Son of man, these men came to talk to you. But they still have their filthy idols. They kept the things that made them sin. They still worship those statues, so why do they come to me for advice? Should I answer their questions? No!
4. But I will give them an answer. You must tell them this. 'This is what the Lord God says: If any Israelites come to a prophet and ask me for advice, I myself will answer their questions. I will answer them even if they still have their filthy idols, even if they kept the things that made them sin, and even if they still worship those statues. I will speak to them in spite of all their filthy idols.
5. This is because I want to touch their hearts. I want to show them I love them, even though they left me for their filthy idols.'
6. "So tell the family of Israel, 'This is what the Lord God says: Come back to me and leave your filthy idols. Turn away from those terrible, false gods.
7. If any Israelites or foreigners who live in Israel come to me for advice, I will give them an answer. I will answer them even if they still have their filthy idols, even if they kept the things that made them sin and even if they worship those statues. This is the answer I will give them:
8. I will turn against them and destroy them. They will be an example to others. People will laugh at them. I will remove them from my people. Then you will know that I am the Lord!
9. And if a prophet is foolish enough to give his own answer, I will show him how foolish he is! I will use my power against him. I will destroy him and remove him from among my people, Israel.
10. So both the one who came for advice and the prophet who gave an answer will get the same punishment.
11. Why? So that those prophets will stop leading my people away from me, and my people will stop being filthy with sin. Then they will be my special people, and I will be their God.'" This is what the Lord God said.
12. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said,
13. "Son of man, I will punish any nation that leaves me and sins against me. I will stop their food supply. I might cause a famine and remove the people and animals from that country.
14. I would punish that country even if Noah, Daniel, and Job lived there. They could save their own lives by their goodness, {but they could not save the whole country}." This is what the Lord God said.
15. "Or I might send wild animals through that country to kill all the people. Then no one would travel through that country because of the wild animals.
16. If Noah, Daniel, and Job lived there, those three men could save their own lives. But I promise by my own life that they could not save the lives of other people—not even their own sons and daughters! That evil country would be destroyed." This is what the Lord God said.
17. "Or I might send an enemy army to fight against that country. The soldiers would destroy that country—I would remove all the people and animals from that country.
18. If Noah, Daniel, and Job lived there, those three men could save their own lives. But I promise by my own life that they could not save the lives of other people—not even their own sons and daughters! That evil country would be destroyed." This is what the Lord God said.
19. "Or I might send a disease against that country. I will pour my anger down on the people. I will remove all the people and animals from that country.
20. If Noah, Daniel, and Job lived there, those three men could save their own lives because they are good men. But I promise by my own life that they could not save the lives of other people—not even their own sons and daughters!" This is what the Lord God said.
21. Then the Lord God said, "So think how bad it will be for Jerusalem: I will send all four of those punishments against that city! I will send enemy soldiers, hunger, disease, and wild animals against that city. I will remove all the people and animals from that country.
22. Some of the people will escape from that country. They will bring their sons and daughters and come to you for help. Then you will see how bad those people really are, and you will feel better about all the troubles that I am bringing to Jerusalem.
23. You will see how they live and all the bad things they do. Then you will know that I had a good reason for punishing them." This is what the Lord God said.

Psalms 122:6-9
6. Pray for peace in Jerusalem: "May those who love you find peace.
7. May there be peace within your walls. May there be safety in your great buildings."
8. For the good of my family and neighbors, I pray that there will be peace here.
9. For the good of the Temple of the Lord our God, I pray that good things will happen to this city.

Proverbs 28:19-19
19. Whoever works hard will have plenty to eat, but whoever wastes their time with dreams will always be poor.

Hebrews 7:1-28
1. Melchizedek was the king of Salem and a priest for God the Most High. He met Abraham when Abraham was coming back after defeating the kings. That day Melchizedek blessed him.
2. Then Abraham gave him a tenth of everything he had. The name Melchizedek, king of Salem, has two meanings. First, Melchizedek means "king of justice." And "king of Salem" means "king of peace."
3. No one knows who his father or mother was or where he came from. And no one knows when he was born or when he died. Melchizedek is like the Son of God in that he will always be a priest.
4. You can see that Melchizedek was very great. Abraham, our great ancestor, gave him a tenth of everything he won in battle.
5. Now the law says that those from the tribe of Levi who become priests must get a tenth from their own people, even though they and their people are both from the family of Abraham.
6. Melchizedek was not even from the tribe of Levi, but Abraham gave him a tenth of what he had. And Melchizedek blessed Abraham—the one who had God's promises.
7. And everyone knows that the more important person always blesses the less important person.
8. Those priests get a tenth, but they are only men who live and then die. But Melchizedek, who got a tenth from Abraham, continues to live, as the Scriptures say.
9. Now those from the family of Levi are the ones who get a tenth from the people. But we can say that when Abraham paid Melchizedek a tenth, then Levi also paid it.
10. Levi was not yet born, but he already existed in his ancestor Abraham when Melchizedek met him.
11. The people were given the law under the system of priests from the tribe of Levi. But no one could be made spiritually perfect through that system of priests. So there was a need for another priest to come. I mean a priest like Melchizedek, not Aaron.
12. And when a different kind of priest comes, then the law must be changed too.
13. We are talking about our Lord Christ, who belonged to a different tribe. No one from that tribe ever served as a priest at the altar. It is clear that Christ came from the tribe of Judah. And Moses said nothing about priests belonging to that tribe.
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15. And these things become even clearer when we see that another priest has come who is like Melchizedek.
16. He was made a priest, but not because he met the requirement of being born into the right family. He became a priest by the power of a life that will never end.
17. This is what the Scriptures say about him: "You are a priest forever—the kind of priest Melchizedek was."
18. The old rule is now ended because it was weak and worthless.
19. The Law of Moses could not make anything perfect. But now a better hope has been given to us. And with that hope we can come near to God.
20. Also, it is important that God made a promise with an oath when he made Jesus high priest. When those other men became priests, there was no oath.
21. But Christ became a priest with God's oath. God said to him, "The Lord has made a promise with an oath and will not change his mind: 'You are a priest forever.'"
22. So this means that Jesus is the guarantee of a better agreement from God to his people.
23. Also, when one of those other priests died, he could not continue being a priest. So there were many of those priests.
24. But Jesus lives forever. He will never stop serving as a priest.
25. So Christ can save those who come to God through him. Christ can do this forever, because he always lives and is ready to help people when they come before God.
26. So Jesus is the kind of high priest we need. He is holy. He has no sin in him. He is pure and not influenced by sinners. And he is raised above the heavens.
27. He is not like those other priests. They had to offer sacrifices every day, first for their own sins, and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus doesn't need to do that. He offered only one sacrifice for all time. He offered himself.
28. The law chooses high priests who are men and have the same weaknesses that all people have. But after the law, God spoke the oath that made his Son high priest. And that Son, made perfect through suffering, will serve forever.