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November 17


Ezekiel 25:1-17
1. Then this message came to me from the LORD:
2. "Son of man, look toward the land of Ammon and prophesy against its people.
3. Give the Ammonites this message from the Sovereign LORD: Hear the word of the Sovereign LORD! Because you scoffed when my Temple was desecrated, mocked Israel in her desolation, and laughed at Judah as she went away into exile,
4. I will allow nomads from the eastern deserts to overrun your country. They will set up their camps among you and pitch their tents on your land. They will harvest all your fruit and steal your livestock.
5. And I will turn the city of Rabbah into a pasture for camels, and all the land of the Ammonites into an enclosure for sheep. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
6. "And the Sovereign LORD says: Because you clapped and stamped and cheered with glee at the destruction of my people,
7. I will lift up my fist against you. I will give you as plunder to many nations. I will cut you off from being a nation and destroy you completely. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
8. "And the Sovereign LORD says: Because the people of Moab have said that Judah is just like all the other nations,
9. I will open up their eastern flank and wipe out their glorious frontier cities--Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim.
10. And I will hand Moab over to nomads from the eastern deserts, just as I handed over Ammon. Yes, the Ammonites will no longer be counted among the nations.
11. And in the same way, I will bring my judgment down on the Moabites. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
12. "And the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Edom have sinned greatly by avenging themselves against the people of Judah.
13. Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I will raise my fist of judgment against Edom. I will wipe out their people, cattle, and flocks with the sword. I will make a wasteland of everything from Teman to Dedan.
14. By the hand of my people of Israel, I will accomplish this. They will carry out my furious vengeance, and Edom will know it is from me. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!
15. "And the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Philistia have acted against Judah out of revenge and long-standing contempt.
16. Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I will raise my fist of judgment against the land of the Philistines. I will wipe out the Kerethites and utterly destroy the people who live by the sea.
17. I will execute terrible vengeance against them to rebuke them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, then they will know that I am the LORD."

Ezekiel 26:1-21
1. On February 3, during the twelfth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, this message came to me from the LORD:
2. "Son of man, Tyre has rejoiced over the fall of Jerusalem, saying, `Ha! She who controlled the rich trade routes to the east has been broken, and I am the heir! Because she has been destroyed, I will become wealthy!'
3. "Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am your enemy, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the waves of the sea crashing against your shoreline.
4. They will destroy the walls of Tyre and tear down its towers. I will scrape away its soil and make it a bare rock!
5. The island of Tyre will become uninhabited. It will be a place for fishermen to spread their nets, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign LORD. Tyre will become the prey of many nations,
6. and its mainland villages will be destroyed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
7. "For the Sovereign LORD says: I will bring King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon--the king of kings from the north--against Tyre with his cavalry, chariots, and great army.
8. First he will destroy your mainland villages. Then he will attack you by building a siege wall, constructing a ramp, and raising a roof of shields against you.
9. He will pound your walls with battering rams and demolish your towers with sledgehammers.
10. The hooves of his cavalry will choke the city with dust, and your walls will shake as the horses gallop through your broken gates, pulling chariots behind them.
11. His horsemen will trample every street in the city. They will butcher your people, and your famous pillars will topple.
12. "They will plunder all your riches and merchandise and break down your walls. They will destroy your lovely homes and dump your stones and timbers and even your dust into the sea.
13. I will stop the music of your songs. No more will the sound of harps be heard among your people.
14. I will make your island a bare rock, a place for fishermen to spread their nets. You will never be rebuilt, for I, the LORD, have spoken! This is the word of the Sovereign LORD.
15. "This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Tyre: The whole coastline will tremble at the sound of your fall, as the screams of the wounded echo in the continuing slaughter.
16. All the seaport rulers will step down from their thrones and take off their royal robes and beautiful clothing. They will sit on the ground trembling with horror at what they have seen.
17. Then they will wail for you, singing this funeral song: `O famous island city, once ruler of the sea, how you have been destroyed! Your people, with their naval power, once spread fear around the world.
18. Now the coastlands tremble at your fall. The islands are dismayed as you pass away.'
19. "For the Sovereign LORD says: I will make Tyre an uninhabited ruin. You will sink beneath the terrible waves of enemy attack. Great seas will swallow you.
20. I will send you to the pit to lie there with those who descended there long ago. Your city will lie in ruins, buried beneath the earth, like those in the pit who have entered the world of the dead. Never again will you be given a position of respect here in the land of the living.
21. I will bring you to a terrible end, and you will be no more. You will be looked for, but you will never be found. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"

Psalms 128:1-6
1. How happy are those who fear the LORD--all who follow his ways!
2. You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How happy you will be! How rich your life!
3. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine, flourishing within your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around your table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees.
4. That is the LORD's reward for those who fear him.
5. May the LORD continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
6. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. And may Israel have quietness and peace.

Proverbs 28:25-25
25. Greed causes fighting; trusting the LORD leads to prosperity.

Hebrews 11:17-40
17. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,
18. though God had promised him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted."
19. Abraham assumed that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.
20. It was by faith that Isaac blessed his two sons, Jacob and Esau. He had confidence in what God was going to do in the future.
21. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.
22. And it was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, confidently spoke of God's bringing the people of Israel out of Egypt. He was so sure of it that he commanded them to carry his bones with them when they left!
23. It was by faith that Moses' parents hid him for three months. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid of what the king might do.
24. It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
25. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
26. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him.
27. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
28. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.
29. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians followed, they were all drowned.
30. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho seven days, and the walls came crashing down.
31. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute did not die with all the others in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
32. Well, how much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
33. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions,
34. quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.
35. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others trusted God and were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free. They placed their hope in the resurrection to a better life.
36. Some were mocked, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in dungeons.
37. Some died by stoning, and some were sawed in half; others were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of sheep and goats, hungry and oppressed and mistreated.
38. They were too good for this world. They wandered over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
39. All of these people we have mentioned received God's approval because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
40. For God had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them, for they can't receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race.