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November 16

Ezekiel 23:1-49
1. The word of the Lord came to me. He said,
2. "Son of man, listen to this story about Samaria and Jerusalem. There were two sisters, daughters of the same mother.
3. They became prostitutes in Egypt while they were still young girls. In Egypt, they first made love and let men touch their nipples and hold their young breasts.
4. The older daughter was named Oholah, and her sister was named Oholibah. They became my wives, and we had children. (Oholah is really Samaria, and Oholibah is really Jerusalem.)
5. "Then Oholah became unfaithful to me—she began to live like a prostitute. She began to want her lovers. She saw the Assyrian soldiers
6. in their blue uniforms. They were all desirable young men riding horses. They were leaders and officers,
7. and Oholah gave herself to all those men. All of them were handpicked soldiers in the Assyrian army, and she wanted them all! She became filthy with their filthy idols.
8. Besides that, she never stopped her love affair with Egypt. Egypt made love to her when she was a young girl. Egypt was the first lover to touch her young breasts. Egypt poured his untrue love on her.
9. So I let her lovers have her. She wanted Assyria, so I gave her to them!
10. They raped her. They took her children and killed her. They punished her, and women still talk about her.
11. "Her younger sister Oholibah saw all these things happen. But Oholibah sinned more than her sister did! She was more unfaithful than Oholah.
12. She wanted the Assyrian leaders and officers. She wanted those soldiers in blue uniforms riding their horses. They were all desirable young men.
13. I saw that both women were going to ruin their lives with the same mistakes.
14. "Oholibah continued to be unfaithful to me. In Babylon, she saw pictures of men carved on the walls. These were pictures of Chaldean men wearing their red uniforms.
15. They wore belts around their waists and long turbans on their heads. All those men looked like chariot officers. They all looked like native-born Babylonian men,
16. and Oholibah wanted them.
17. So the Babylonian men came to her love bed to have sex with her. They used her and made her so filthy that she became disgusted with them.
18. "Oholibah let everyone see that she was unfaithful. She let so many men enjoy her naked body, that I became disgusted with her—just as I had become disgusted with her sister.
19. Again and again Oholibah was unfaithful to me, and then she remembered the love affair she had as a young girl in Egypt.
20. She remembered her lover with the penis like a donkey and a flood of semen like a horse.
21. "Oholibah, you dreamed of those times when you were young; when your lover touched your nipples and held your young breasts.
22. So Oholibah, this is what the Lord God says: 'You became disgusted with your lovers, but I will bring them here, and they will surround you.
23. I will bring all the men from Babylon, especially the Chaldeans. I will bring the men from Pekod, Shoa, and Koa, and all the men from Assyria. I will bring all the leaders and officers, all those desirable young men, chariot officers, and handpicked soldiers riding their horses.
24. That crowd of men will come to you in large groups, riding on their horses and in their chariots. They will have their spears, shields, and helmets. They will gather around you, and I will tell them what you have done to me. Then they will punish you their own way.
25. I will show you how jealous I am. They will become angry and hurt you. They will cut off your nose and ears. They will kill you with a sword. Then they will take your children and burn whatever is left of you.
26. They will take your nice clothes and jewelry.
27. So I will stop your dreams about your love affair with Egypt. You will never again look for them. You will never remember Egypt again!'"
28. This is what the Lord God says: "I am giving you to the men you hate. I am giving you to the men you became disgusted with.
29. And they will show how much they hate you! They will take everything you worked for, and they will leave you bare and naked! People will clearly see your sins. They will see that you acted like a prostitute and dreamed wicked dreams.
30. You did those bad things when you left me to chase after the other nations. You did those bad things when you began to worship their filthy idols.
31. You followed your sister and lived as she did. You, yourself, took her cup of poison and held it in your hands. "
32. This is what the Lord God says: "You will drink your sister's cup of poison. It is a tall, wide cup of poison. It holds much poison. People will laugh at you and make fun of you.
33. You will stagger like a drunk. You will become very dizzy. That is the cup of destruction and devastation. It is like the cup of punishment that your sister drank.
34. You will drink the poison in that cup. You will drink it to the last drop. You will throw down the glass and break it to pieces. You will tear at your breasts from the pain. This will happen because I am the Lord God, and this is what I said.
35. "So this is what the Lord God said: 'Jerusalem, you forgot me. You threw me away and left me behind. So now you must suffer for leaving me and living like a prostitute. You must suffer for your wicked dreams.'"
36. The Lord God said to me, "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then tell them about the terrible things they have done.
37. They committed the sin of adultery. They are guilty of murder. They acted like prostitutes—they left me to be with their filthy idols. They had my children, but they forced them to pass through fire. They did this to give food to their filthy idols.
38. They also treated my special days of rest and my holy place as though they were not important.
39. They killed their children for their idols, and then they went into my holy place and made it filthy too! They did this inside my Temple!
40. "They have sent for men from faraway places. You sent a messenger to these men, and they came to see you. You bathed for them, painted your eyes, and put on your jewelry.
41. You sat on a fine bed with a table set before it. You put my incense and my oil on this table.
42. "The noise in Jerusalem sounded like a crowd of people having a party. Many people came to the party. People were already drinking as they came in from the desert. They gave bracelets and beautiful crowns to the women.
43. Then I spoke to one of the women who was worn out from her sexual sins. I told her, 'Will they continue to do sexual sins with her, and she with them?'
44. But they kept going to her as they would go to a prostitute. Yes, they went again and again to Oholah and Oholibah, those wicked women.
45. "But good men will judge them guilty of adultery and murder, because Oholah and Oholibah committed adultery and their hands are covered with blood!"
46. This is what the Lord God said: "Gather the people together to punish and terrorize Oholah and Oholibah.
47. They will throw stones at these women and kill them. They will cut the women to pieces with their swords. They will kill their children and burn their houses.
48. In this way I will remove that shame from this country, and all the other women will be warned not to do the shameful things you have done.
49. They will punish you for the wicked things you did. You will be punished for worshiping your filthy idols. Then you will know that I am the Lord God."

Ezekiel 24:1-27
1. The word of the Lord God came to me. This was on the tenth day of the tenth month, in the ninth year of exile. He said,
2. "Son of man, write today's date and this note: 'On this date the army of the king of Babylon surrounded Jerusalem.'
3. Tell this story to the family who refuses to obey (Israel). Tell them, 'This is what the Lord God says: "'Put the pot on the fire. Put on the pot and pour in the water.
4. Put in the pieces of meat. Put in every good piece, the thighs and the shoulders. Fill the pot with the best bones.
5. Use the best animals in the flock. Pile the wood under the pot, and boil the pieces of meat. Boil the soup until even the bones are cooked.
6. "'So this is what the Lord God says: It will be bad for Jerusalem. It will be bad for that city of murderers. Jerusalem is like a pot with rust on it, and those spots of rust cannot be removed! That pot is not clean, and the rust cannot be removed, so the meat must be thrown out and not divided among the priests.
7. Jerusalem is like a pot with rust on it. This is because the blood from the murders is still there! She put the blood on the bare rock. She did not pour the blood on the ground and cover it with dirt.
8. I put her blood on the bare rock, so it would not be covered. I did this so that people would become angry and punish her for killing innocent people.
9. "'So this is what the Lord God says: It will be bad for that city of murderers! I will pile up plenty of wood for the fire.
10. Put plenty of wood under the pot. Light the fire. Cook the meat well done. Mix in the spices, and let the bones be burned up.
11. Then let the pot stand empty on the coals. Let it become so hot that its stains begin to glow. Those stains will be melted away. The rust will be destroyed.
12. "'Jerusalem might work hard to scrub away her stains. But that 'rust' will not go away! Only the fire of punishment will remove it.
13. "'You sinned against me and became stained with sin. I wanted to wash you and make you clean, but the stains would not come out. I will not try washing you again until my hot anger is finished with you!
14. "'I am the Lord. I said your punishment would come, and I will make it happen. I will not hold back the punishment or feel sorry for you. I will punish you for the evil things you did. This is what the Lord God said.'"
15. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said,
16. "Son of man, you love your wife very much, but I am going to take her away from you. Your wife will die suddenly, but you must not show your sadness. You must not cry loudly. You will cry and your tears will fall,
17. but you must mourn quietly. Dress as you normally do; wear your turban and sandals; don't cover your mustache, and don't eat the food people normally eat when someone dies."
18. The next morning I told the people what God had said. That evening, my wife died. The next morning I did what God commanded.
19. Then the people said to me, "Why are you doing this? What does it mean?"
20. Then I said to them, "The word of the Lord came to me. He told me
21. to speak to the family of Israel. The Lord God said, 'Look, I will destroy my holy place. You are proud of that place and sing songs of praise about it. You love to see it. You really love that place. But I will destroy it, and your children that you left behind will be killed in battle.
22. But you will do the same things that I have done about my dead wife. You will not cover your mustache or eat the food people normally eat when someone dies.
23. You will wear your turbans and your sandals. You will not show your sadness publicly or cry publicly, but you will waste away with guilt and talk to each other quietly about your grief.
24. So Ezekiel is an example for you. You will do all the same things he did. That time of punishment will come, and then you will know that I am the Lord.'"
25. The Lord said to me, "Son of man, I will take away the place that makes the people feel safe—Jerusalem, that beautiful city that makes them so happy. They really love that place. They love to look at it. But I will take it away from them, and I will also take their children. On that day one of the survivors will come to you with the bad news.
27. That same day you will be able to talk to the messenger. You will not be silent anymore. This will be a sign to the people, and they will know that I am the Lord."

Psalms 127:1-5
1. A song from Solomon for going up to the Temple. If it is not the Lord who builds a house, the builders are wasting their time. If it is not the Lord who watches over the city, the guards are wasting their time.
2. It is a waste of time to get up early and stay up late, trying to make a living. The Lord provides for those he loves, even while they are sleeping.
3. Children are a gift from the Lord, a reward from a mother's womb.
4. A young man's sons are like the arrows in a soldier's hand.
5. The man who fills his quiver with sons will be very blessed. He will never be defeated when he opposes his enemy at the city gates.

Proverbs 28:24-24
24. Someone might steal from their parents and say, "I did nothing wrong." But that person is as bad as an enemy who smashes everything in the house.

Hebrews 11:1-16
1. Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.
2. God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago, because they had faith like this.
3. Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by his command. This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen.
4. Cain and Abel both offered sacrifices to God. But Abel offered a better sacrifice to God because he had faith. God said he was pleased with what Abel offered. And so God called him a good man because he had faith. Abel died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
5. Enoch was carried away from this earth, so he never died. The Scriptures tell us that before he was carried off, he was a man who pleased God. Later, no one knew where he was, because God had taken Enoch to be with him. This all happened because he had faith.
6. Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.
7. Noah was warned by God about things that he could not yet see. But he had faith and respect for God, so he built a large boat to save his family. With his faith, Noah showed that the world was wrong. And he became one of those who are made right with God through faith.
8. God called Abraham to travel to another place that he promised to give him. Abraham did not know where that other place was. But he obeyed God and started traveling, because he had faith.
9. Abraham lived in the country that God promised to give him. He lived there like a visitor who did not belong. He did this because he had faith. He lived in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who also received the same promise from God.
10. Abraham was waiting for the city that has real foundations. He was waiting for the city that is planned and built by God.
11. Sarah was not able to have children, and Abraham was too old. But he had faith in God, trusting him to do what he promised. And so God made them able to have children.
12. Abraham was so old he was almost dead. But from that one man came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. So many people came from him that they are like grains of sand on the seashore.
13. All these great people continued living with faith until they died. They did not get the things God promised his people. But they were happy just to see those promises coming far in the future. They accepted the fact that they were like visitors and strangers here on earth.
14. When people accept something like that, they show they are waiting for a country that will be their own.
15. If they were thinking about the country they had left, they could have gone back.
16. But they were waiting for a better country—a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God. And he has prepared a city for them.