Week 44, Day 4 in the LEB

Nov 1, 2017

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The reading for today is Ezekiel 25-27; Psalm 85; John 9.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Ezekiel 25

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them, and you must say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the Lord Yahweh! Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because of your saying, ‘Ah!’ to my sanctuary when it was profaned, and to the land of Israel when it was desolate, and to the house of Judah when they went into the exile, therefore look! I am giving you to the people of the East as a possession, and they will set up their encampments in you, and they will make in you their dwelling places; they themselves will eat your fruit and they themselves will drink your milk. And I will make Rabbah as a pasture of camels and the Ammonites as a haunt of flocks, and they will know that I am Yahweh."’" For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because of clapping your hand and stamping with your foot, and because you rejoiced in yourself with all of your malice over the land of Israel, therefore look! I stretched out my hand against you, and I will give you as plunder to the nations, and I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will destroy you from the countries, and I will wipe you out, and you will know that I am Yahweh."

Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because of Moab and Seir saying, ‘The house of Judah is like all of the nations,’ therefore, look! I am opening the side of Moab from the cities on its frontier, the glory of the land: Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and Kiriathaim. I will give it to the people of the East in addition to the Ammonites as a possession, so that the Ammonites will not be remembered among the nations. And on Moab I will execute punishments, and they will know that I am Yahweh."

Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because of the doings of Edom in avenging himself with vengeance for the house of Judah, and so they became very guilty and they avenged themselves on them," therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: "so I will stretch out my hand against Edom and I will cut off from it both human and animal, and I will make it a ruin from Teman and Dedan; they will fall by the sword. And I will exact my vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they will do in Edom according to my anger and according to my rage, and they will know my vengeance," declares the Lord Yahweh.

Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because of the acting of the Philistines in vengeance, so that they avenged themselves relentlessly with malice in themselves for destruction with everlasting hostility, therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Look! I am stretching out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Kerethites, and I will destroy the remainder of the seacoast. And I will execute on them great vengeance with punishments of rage, and they will know that I am Yahweh when I exact my vengeance on them!"

Ezekiel 26

And it was in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Ah! The gates of the peoples are broken; it has swung open to me; I shall be filled, for it lies in ruins!’ Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Look! I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring up against you many nations like the stirring up of the sea stirring up its waves. And I will destroy the walls of Tyre, and they will demolish its towers, and I will scrape away its earthen dirt from it, and I will make it into a bare rock. It will become a place for spreading out dragnets in the midst of the sea; for I have spoken,’ declares the Lord Yahweh. ‘And it will become as plunder for the nations, and its daughters who are in the field with the sword, they will be killed; and they will know that I am Yahweh.’"

For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Look! I am bringing to Tyre Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, from the north, the king of kings, with horse and with chariot and with horsemen and his assembly and many people. Your daughters he will kill in the field with the sword, and he will place against you siege works, and he will build against you a siege ramp, and he will raise against you a shield, and the thrust of his battering ram he will direct against your walls, and your towers he will break down with his weapons. From the abundance of his horses he will cover you with their fine dust; at the sound of horseman and wheel and chariot your walls will shake, at his coming into your gates like the entrance of a city that is being broken through. With the hooves of his horses he will trample all of your streets. He will kill your people with the sword, and your strong stone pillars will tumble down to the earth. And they will plunder your wealth, and they will loot your merchandise, and they will break down your walls, and the houses of your delight they will break down, and your stones and your timbers and your earthen dirt they will cast into the midst of the water. And, I will put an end to the noise of your songs, and the sound of your lyres will not be heard any longer. And I will make you into a bare rock, a place for the spreading out of dragnets. You will not be built again, for I, Yahweh, I have spoken," declares the Lord Yahweh.

Thus says the Lord Yahweh to Tyre, "Will not the coastlands shake from the sound of your downfall, at the groaning of the wounded, at people being killed in the midst of you? And all the princes of the sea will go down from their thrones, and they will remove their robes, and their beautiful garments of finished cloth they will take off. With terror they will be clothed, and on the ground they will sit, and they will tremble continually, and they will be appalled over you. And they will raise a lament over you, and they will say to you,

‘How you have been lost who was inhabited from the seas;
    the city that was praised, that was strong.
It is located on the sea,
    and its inhabitants imposed their terror on all of its inhabitants.
Now the coastlands will tremble
    at the day of your downfall,
and the islands that are in the sea
    will be horrified because of your departure.’"

For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "When I make you a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited, when bringing up over you the deep, the great surging waters will cover you. And I will bring you down with those who are going down to the grave, an ancient people, and I will cause you to dwell in the world of the depths, in the ruins from of old with those who are going down to the grave, so that you will not be inhabited and have a place in the land of the living. Sudden terrors I will bring on you, and you shall no longer exist; and you will be sought, and you will not be found again forever," declares the Lord Yahweh.

Ezekiel 27

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "And you, son of man, raise a lament against Tyre. And you must say to Tyre, the one who sits at the entrance of the sea as the merchant of the peoples to the many coastlands, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh:

Tyre, you yourself said
    "I am perfect in beauty!"
In the heart of the seas are your boundaries;
    your builders perfected your beauty.
They built with pine trees from Senir
    all of your boards for you;
they took cedars from Lebanon
    to make a sailing mast for you.
They made your oars
    with oaks from Bashan;
your deck they made with inlaid ivory,
    with cypress trees from the coastlands of Cyprus.
Your sail was fine linen with colorful weaving from Egypt
    to serve as a banner for you;
blue and purple cloth from the coastlands of Cyprus
    was your awning.
The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvan
    were your rowers;
your skilled men, O Tyre, were from your own people,
    and they were your seamen.
The elders of Gebal and its skilled men were among you
    as the repairers of the seam of your boat;
all of the ships of the sea and their mariners were among you
    to barter your wares.
Persia and Lud and Put
    were among your soldiers;
small shield and helmet hung among you
    and gave to you your adornment.
The people of Arvan and Helech
    were on your walls all around,
and Gammadites
    were in your towers.
They hung their quivers on your walls all around;
    they perfected your beauty.

"‘Tarshish was your trader; from the abundance of all of their wealth, with silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your merchandise. Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders; in exchange for people and an object of bronze they gave you your wares. From Beth Togarmah they exchanged horses and war horses and mules for your wares. The people of Dedan were trading with you, many coastlands composed the region of your influence; they brought back horns of ivory and ebony as your payment. Edom was trading with you because of the abundance of your products, trading with malachite, purple wool yarn and colorful weaving, and fine white fabric and black corals and rubies; all these they exchange for your merchandise. Judah and the land of Israel were trading with you with wheat from Minnith and millet and honey and olive oil and balm; all these they gave for your wares. Damascus was trading with you because of the abundance of your products, because of the abundance of all of your wealth, trading with the wine of Helbon and white wool. Vedan and Javan from Uzal, they exchanged wrought iron, cinnamon, and reed spice for your merchandise; all this was for your wares. Dedan was trading with you, with garments of woven material for riding. Arabia and all of the leaders of Kedar were your customers; with young rams and adult rams and goats they were trading with them with you. The traders of Sheba and Raamah were trading with you, with the finest of every spice and with every precious stone and gold; they exchanged all these for your merchandise. Haran and Canneh and Eden, the traders of Sheba, Assyria, and Kilmad were trading with you. They were trading with you in finery, in mantles of blue cloth and colorful embroidered work and with rugs of variegated cloth in twisted cords and knotted tightly; these were among your merchandise. The ships of Tarshish were carrying for you your wares, and you were filled, and you became very heavy in the heart of the seas.

"‘Into many waters
    the rowers brought you;
but the east wind wrecked you
    in the heart of the seas.
Your wealth and your merchandise, your wares,
    your mariners, and your seamen,
your shipwrights and the barterers of your wares
    and all of your soldiers who are in you,
along with all of your crew who are in the midst of you,
    they will fall in the heart of the seas on the day of your downfall.
At the sound of the shout of your seamen,
    the pasturelands will shake.
And they will go down from their ships,
    all of those holding an oar,
mariners, all of the seamen of the sea
    will stand on the land,
and they will lament over you with their voice,
    and they will cry out bitterly,
and they will throw dust on their heads,
    and they will roll in the dust.
They will shave themselves bald for your sake,
    and they will dress themselves in sackcloth,
and they will weep over you with a bitterness of soul
    and with bitter wailing.
And they will raise over you with their wailing a lament,
    and they will chant a lament over you:
‘Who is like Tyre,
    like this destruction in the midst of the sea?’
When your merchandise went out from the seas,
    you satisfied many peoples with the abundance of your wealth,
and by your wares
    you made rich the kings of the world.
Now you are broken by seas
    in the depths of waters;
your wares and all of your crew
    in the midst of you have sunk.
All of the inhabitants of the coastlands
    are appalled over you,
and their kings shudder in horror;
    they distort their faces!
The traders among the peoples hiss over you;
    you have become a horror,
    and you shall be no more forever!’"

Psalm 85

For the music director. Of the sons of Korah. A psalm.

O Yahweh, you favored your land.
You restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You took away the guilt of your people;
you covered all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your burning anger.
Restore us, O God of our salvation,
and annul your vexation with us.
Will you be angry against us forever?
Will you prolong your anger generation after generation?
Will you not again revive us,
that your people might rejoice in you?
Show us, O Yahweh, your loyal love,
and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak,
because he will speak peace
to his people, even his faithful ones,
but let them not return to folly.
Surely his salvation is near for those who fear him,
that glory may abide in our land.
Loyal love and faithfulness will meet one another;
righteousness and peace will kiss.
Faithfulness will sprout from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from heaven.
Yes, Yahweh will give what is good,
and our land will give its produce.
Righteousness will go before him,
and it will make his steps a pathway.

John 9

And as he went away, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?" Jesus replied, "Neither this man sinned nor his parents, but it happened so that the works of God could be revealed in him. It is necessary for us to do the deeds of the one who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work! While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When he had said these things, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes. And he said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated "sent"). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Then the neighbors and those who saw him previously (because he was a beggar) began to say, "Is this man not the one who used to sit and beg?" Others were saying, "It is this man"; others were saying, "No, but he is like him." That one was saying, "I am he!" So they began to say to him, "How were your eyes opened?" He replied, "The man who is called Jesus made clay and smeared it on my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash!’ So I went, and I washed, and I received sight." And they said to him, "Where is that man?" He said, "I do not know."

They brought him—the one formerly blind—to the Pharisees. (Now the day on which Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes was the Sabbath.) So the Pharisees also were asking him again how he received sight. And he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." So some of the Pharisees were saying, "This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath!" Others were saying, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again, "What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?" And he said, "He is a prophet."

So the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received sight, until they summoned the parents of the one who received sight. And they asked them, saying, "Is this man your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?" So his parents answered and said, "We know that this man is our son, and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. Ask him! He is a mature adult; he will speak for himself!" (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already decided that if anyone should confess him to be Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue. Because of this his parents said, "He is a mature adult; ask him.")

So they summoned the man who had been blind for the second time and said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner!" Then that man replied, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I know—that although I was blind, now I see!" So they said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He replied to them, "I told you already and you did not listen! Why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become his disciples also, do you?" They reviled him and said, "You are his disciple! But we are disciples of Moses! We know that God has spoken to Moses, but we do not know where this man is from." The man answered and said to them, "For the remarkable thing is this, that you do not know where he is from, and he opened my eyes! We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if someone is devout and does his will, he listens to this one. From time immemorial it has not been heard that someone opened the eyes of one born blind. If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything!" They answered and said to him, "You were born completely in sin, and are you attempting to teach us?" And they threw him out.

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered and said, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have both seen him, and he is the one who is speaking with you." [[And he said, "I believe, Lord!" and he worshiped him. And Jesus said,]] "For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind!" Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and said to him, "We are not also blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.