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November 11

Ezekiel 13:1-23
1. Thus the word of the LORD came to me:
2. Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, prophesy! Say to those who prophesy their own thought: Hear the word of the LORD:
3. Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to those prophets who are fools, who follow their own spirit and have seen no vision.
4. Like foxes among ruins are your prophets, O Israel!
5. You did not step into the breach, nor did you build a wall about the house of Israel that would stand firm against attack on the day of the LORD.
6. Their visions are false and their divination lying. They say, "Thus says the LORD!" though the LORD did not send them; then they wait for him to fulfill their word!
7. Was not the vision you saw false, and your divination lying?
8. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have spoken falsehood and have seen lying visions, therefore see! I am coming at you, says the Lord GOD.
9. But I will stretch out my hand against the prophets who have false visions and who foretell lies. They shall not belong to the community of my people, nor be recorded in the register of the house of Israel, nor enter the land of Israel; thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
10. For the very reason that they led my people astray, saying, "Peace!" when there was no peace, and that, as one built a wall, they would cover it with whitewash,
11. say then to the whitewashers: I will bring down a flooding rain; hailstones shall fall, and a stormwind shall break out.
12. And when the wall has fallen, will you not be asked: Where is the whitewash you spread on?
13. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: In my fury I will let loose stormwinds; because of my anger there shall be a flooding rain, and hailstones shall fall with destructive wrath.
14. I will tear down the wall that you have whitewashed and level it to the ground, laying bare its foundations. When it falls, you shall be crushed beneath it; thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
15. When I have spent my fury on the wall and its whitewashers, I tell you there shall be no wall, nor shall there be whitewashers--
16. those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw for it visions of peace when there was no peace, says the Lord GOD.
17. Now, son of man, turn toward the daughters of your people who prophesy their own thoughts; against these, prophesy: Thus says the Lord GOD:
18. Woe to those who sew bands for everyone's wrists and make veils for every size of head so as to entrap their owners. Do you think to entrap the lives of my people, yet keep yourselves alive?
19. You dishonor me before my people with handfuls of barley and crumbs of bread, killing those who should not die and keeping alive those who should not live, lying to my people who willingly hear lies.
20. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: See! I am coming at those bands of yours in which you entrap men's lives: I will tear them from their arms and set free those you have caught.
21. I will tear off your veils and rescue my people from your power, so that they shall no longer be prey to your hands. Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
22. Because you have disheartened the upright man with lies when I did not wish him grieved, and have encouraged the wicked man not to turn from his evil conduct and save his life;
23. therefore you shall no longer see false visions and practice divination, but I will rescue my people from your power. Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 14:1-23
1. When certain elders of Israel came and sat down before me,
2. the word of the LORD came to me:
3. Son of man, these men have the memory of their idols fresh in their hearts, and they keep the occasion of their sin before them. Why should I allow myself to be consulted by them?
4. Therefore speak with them, and say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD: If anyone of the house of Israel, holding the memory of his idols in his heart and keeping the occasion of his sin before him, has recourse to a prophet, I, the LORD, will be his answer in person because of his many idols.
5. Thus would I bring back to their senses the house of Israel, who have become estranged from me through all their idols.
6. Therefore say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord GOD: Return and be converted from your idols; turn yourselves away from all your abominations.
7. For if anyone of the house of Israel or any alien resident in Israel is estranged from me, and holds the memory of his idols in his heart and keeps the occasion of his sin before him, yet asks a prophet to consult me for him, I, the LORD, will be his answer in person.
8. I will turn against that man, and make of him an example and a byword. I will cut him off from the midst of my people. Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
9. As for the prophet, if he is beguiled into speaking a word, I, the LORD, shall have beguiled that prophet; I will stretch out my hand against him and root him out of my people Israel.
10. Each shall receive punishment for his sin, the inquirer and the prophet shall be punished alike,
11. so that the house of Israel may no longer stray from me and may no longer be defiled by all their sins. Thus they shall be my people, and I will be their God, says the Lord GOD.
12. Thus the word of the LORD came to me:
13. Son of man, when a land sins against me by breaking faith, I stretch out my hand against it and break its staff of bread, I let famine loose upon it and cut off from it both man and beast;
14. and even if these three men were in it, Noah, Daniel, and Job, they could save only themselves by their virtue, says the Lord GOD.
15. If I were to cause wild beasts to prowl the land, depopulating it so that it became a waste, traversed by none because of the wild beasts,
16. and these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear they could save neither sons nor daughters; they alone would be saved, and the land would be a waste.
17. Or if I brought the sword upon this country, commanding the sword to pass through the land cutting off from it man and beast,
18. and these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord GOD, they would be unable to save either sons or daughters; they alone would be saved.
19. Or if I were to send pestilence into this land, pouring out upon it my bloodthirsty fury, cutting off from it man and beast,
20. even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear that they could save neither son nor daughter; they would save only themselves by their virtue.
21. Thus says the Lord GOD: Even though I send Jerusalem my four cruel punishments, the sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast,
22. still some survivors shall be left in it who will bring out sons and daughters; when they come out to you, you shall see their conduct and their actions and be consoled regarding the evil I have brought on Jerusalem (all that I have brought upon it).
23. They shall console you when you see their conduct and actions, for you shall then know that it was not without reason that I did to it what I did, says the Lord GOD.

Psalms 122:6-9
6. For the peace of Jerusalem pray: "May those who love you prosper!
7. May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers."
8. For family and friends I say, "May peace be yours."
9. For the house of the LORD, our God, I pray, "May blessings be yours."

Proverbs 28:19-19
19. He who cultivates his land will have plenty of food, but from idle pursuits a man has his fill of poverty.

Hebrews 7:1-28
1. This "Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High," "met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings" and "blessed him."
2. And Abraham apportioned to him "a tenth of everything." His name first means righteous king, and he was also "king of Salem," that is, king of peace.
3. Without father, mother, or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life, thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
4. See how great he is to whom the patriarch "Abraham (indeed) gave a tenth" of his spoils.
5. The descendants of Levi who receive the office of priesthood have a commandment according to the law to exact tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, although they also have come from the loins of Abraham.
6. But he who was not of their ancestry received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had received the promises.
7. Unquestionably, a lesser person is blessed by a greater.
8. In the one case, mortal men receive tithes; in the other, a man of whom it is testified that he lives on.
9. One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, was tithed through Abraham,
10. for he was still in his father's loins when Melchizedek met him.
11. If, then, perfection came through the levitical priesthood, on the basis of which the people received the law, what need would there still have been for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not reckoned according to the order of Aaron?
12. When there is a change of priesthood, there is necessarily a change of law as well.
13. Now he of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, of which no member ever officiated at the altar.
14. It is clear that our Lord arose from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
15. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised up after the likeness of Melchizedek,
16. who has become so, not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.
17. For it is testified: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
18. On the one hand, a former commandment is annulled because of its weakness and uselessness,
19. for the law brought nothing to perfection; on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
20. And to the degree that this happened not without the taking of an oath-- for others became priests without an oath,
21. but he with an oath, through the one who said to him: "The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent: 'You are a priest forever'"--
22. to that same degree has Jesus (also) become the guarantee of an (even) better covenant.
23. Those priests were many because they were prevented by death from remaining in office,
24. but he, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away.
25. Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.
26. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.
27. He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.
28. For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests, but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law, appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.