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November 16


Ezekiel 23:1-49
1. The word of the LORD came to me again:
2. "Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother,
3. who acted like prostitutes in Egypt, behaving promiscuously in their youth. Their breasts were fondled there, and their virgin nipples caressed.
4. The older one was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They became Mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. As for their names, Oholah represents Samaria and Oholibah represents Jerusalem.
5. "Oholah acted like a prostitute even though she was Mine. She lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians: warriors
6. dressed in blue, governors and prefects, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on steeds.
7. She offered her sexual favors to them; all of them were the elite of Assyria. She defiled herself with all those she lusted after and with all their idols.
8. She didn't give up her promiscuity that began in Egypt, when men slept with her in her youth, caressed her virgin nipples, and poured out their lust on her.
9. Therefore, I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians she lusted for.
10. They exposed her nakedness, seized her sons and daughters, and killed her with the sword. Since they executed judgment against her, she became notorious among women.
11. "Now her sister Oholibah saw [this], but she was [even] more depraved in her lust than Oholah, and made her promiscuous acts worse than those of her sister.
12. She lusted after the Assyrians: governors and prefects, warriors splendidly dressed, horsemen riding on steeds, all of them desirable young men.
13. And I saw that she had defiled herself; both of them [had taken] the same path.
14. But she increased her promiscuity when she saw male figures carved on the wall, images of the Chaldeans, engraved in vermilion,
15. wearing belts on their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like officers, a depiction of the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their birth.
16. At the sight of them she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.
17. Then the Babylonians came to her, to the bed of love, and defiled her with their lust. But after she was defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust.
18. When she flaunted her promiscuity and exposed her nakedness, I turned away from her in disgust just as I turned away from her sister.
19. Yet she multiplied her acts of promiscuity, remembering the days of her youth when she acted like a prostitute in the land of Egypt
20. and lusted after their lovers, whose sexual members were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of stallions.
21. So you revisited the indecency of your youth, when the Egyptians caressed your nipples to enjoy your youthful breasts.
22. "Therefore Oholibah, this is what the Lord God says: I am going to incite your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust. I will bring them against you from every side:
23. the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans; Pekod, Shoa, and Koa; and all the Assyrians with them-- desirable young men, all of them governors and prefects, officers and administrators, all of them riding on horses.
24. They will come against you with an alliance of nations and with weapons, chariots, and wagons. They will set themselves against you on every side with shields, bucklers, and helmets. I will delegate judgment to them, and they will judge you by their own standards.
25. When I vent My jealous rage on you, they will deal with you in wrath. They will cut off your nose and ears, and your descendants will fall by the sword. They will seize your sons and daughters, and your descendants will be consumed by fire.
26. They will strip off your clothes and take your beautiful jewelry.
27. So I will put an end to your indecency and sexual immorality, which began in the land of Egypt, and you will not look longingly at them or remember Egypt any more.
28. "For this is what the Lord God says: I am going to hand you over to those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust.
29. They will treat you with hatred, take all you have worked for, and leave you stark naked, so that the shame of your debauchery will be exposed, both your indecency and promiscuity.
30. These things will be done to you because you acted like a prostitute with the nations, defiling yourself with their idols.
31. You have followed the path of your sister, so I will put her cup in your hand."
32. This is what the Lord God says: You will drink your sister's cup, which is deep and wide. You will be an object of ridicule and scorn, for it holds [so] much.
33. You will be filled with drunkenness and grief, with a cup of devastation and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria.
34. You will drink it and drain [it]; then you will gnaw its broken pieces, and tear your breasts. For I have spoken. [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
35. Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: "Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your indecency and promiscuity."
36. Then the LORD said to me: "Son of man, will you pass judgment against Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare their abominations to them.
37. For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands; they have committed adultery with their idols. They have even made the children they bore to Me pass through [the fire] as food for the idols.
38. They also did this to Me: they defiled My sanctuary on that same day and profaned My Sabbaths.
39. On the same day they slaughtered their children for their idols, they entered My sanctuary to profane it. Yes, that is what they did inside My house.
40. "In addition, they sent for men who came from far away when a messenger was dispatched to them. And look how they came! You bathed, painted your eyes, and adorned yourself with jewelry for them.
41. You sat on a luxurious couch with a table spread before it, on which you had set My incense and oil.
42. The sound of a carefree crowd was there. Drunkards from the desert were brought in, along with common men. They put bracelets on the women's hands and beautiful crowns on their heads.
43. Then I said concerning this woman worn out by adultery: Will they now have illicit sex with her, even her?
44. Yet they had sex with her as one does with a prostitute. This is how they had sex with Oholah and Oholibah, those obscene women.
45. But righteous men will judge them the way adulteresses and those who shed blood are judged, for they are adulteresses and blood is on their hands.
46. "This is what the Lord God says: Summon an assembly against them and consign them to terror and plunder.
47. The assembly will stone them and cut them down with their swords. They will kill their sons and daughters and burn their houses with fire.
48. So I will put an end to indecency in the land, and all the women will be admonished not to imitate your indecent behavior.
49. They will repay you for your indecency, and you will bear the consequences for your sins of idolatry. Then you will know that I am the Lord God."

Ezekiel 24:1-27
1. 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.
3. Now speak a parable to the rebellious house. Tell them: This is what the Lord God says: Put the pot 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 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, the pot that has rust inside it, and whose rust will not come off! Empty it piece by piece; lots should not be cast for its contents.
7. For the blood she shed is in her midst. She put it out on the bare rock; she didn't pour it on the ground to cover it with dust.
8. In order to stir up wrath and take vengeance, 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! 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! 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 rust will be consumed.
12. It has frustrated every effort; its thick rust will not come off. Into the fire with its rust!
13. Because of the indecency 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.
14. I, the LORD, have spoken. It is coming, and I will do it! I will not refrain, I will not show pity, and I will not relent. I will judge you according to your ways and deeds. [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
15. Then the word of the LORD came to me:
16. "Son of man, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you with a fatal blow. But you must not lament or weep or let your tears flow.
17. Groan quietly; do not observe mourning rites for the dead. Put on your turban and strap your sandals on your feet; do not cover [your] mustache or eat the bread of mourners."
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.
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 but will waste away because of your sins and will groan to one another.
24. Now Ezekiel will be a sign for you. You will do everything that he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Lord God.
25. " 'Son of man, know that on the day I take their stronghold from them, 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.
27. On that day your mouth will be opened [to talk] with him; you will speak and no longer be mute. So you will be a sign for them, and they will know that I am the LORD.'"

Psalms 127:1-5
1. [A Solomonic song of ascents.] Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.
2. In vain you get up early and stay up late, eating food earned by hard work; certainly He gives sleep to the one He loves.
3. Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, children, a reward.
4. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one's youth.
5. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with [their] enemies at the city gate.

Proverbs 28:24-24
24. The one who robs his father or mother and says, "That's no sin," is a companion to a man who destroys.

Hebrews 11:1-16
1. Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
2. For by it our ancestors were approved.
3. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.
4. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain [did]. By this he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through this.
5. By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his transformation he was approved, having pleased God.
6. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
7. By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8. By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise.
10. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11. By faith even Sarah herself, when she was barren, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful.
12. And therefore from one man-- in fact, from one as good as dead-- came offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as innumerable as the grains of sand by the seashore.
13. These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.
14. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
15. If they had been remembering that land they came from, they would have had opportunity to return.
16. But they now aspire to a better land-- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.