if he tests me, he will find me pure.
I follow faithfully the road he chooses,
and never wander to either side.
I always do what God commands;
I follow his will, not my own desires.
He never changes. No one can oppose him
or stop him from doing w
When Daniel's enemies observed him praying to God,
all of them went
together to the king to accuse Daniel. They said, Your Majesty, you
signed an order that for the next thirty days anyone who requested
anything from any god or from any human being
them sacrifice their first-born sons. This was to punish them and show
them that I am the LORD.
Now then, mortal man, tell the Israelites what I, the Sovereign LORD, am
saying to them. This is another way their ancestors insulted me by their
and will expect you to bring me your sacrifices, your best oferings, and
your holy gifts.
After I bring you out of the countries where you have
been scattered and gather you together, I will accept the sacrifices that
you burn, and the nations will see
Now suppose this second man has a son. He sees all the sins his father
practiced, but does not follow his example.
He doesn't worship the idols
of the Israelites or eat the sacrifices offered at forbidden shrines. He
doesn't seduce another man's wif
Now I, the Sovereign LORD, am telling you Israelites that I will judge
each of you by what you have done. Turn away from all the evil you are
doing, and don't let your sin destroy you.
Give up all the evil you have
been doing, and get yourselves new
not throw away their disgusting idols or give up the Egyptian gods. I was
ready to let them feel the full force of my anger there in Egypt. 9 But I did
not, since that would have brought dishonor to my name, for in the
presence of the people among whom th
Birds of every kind will live there
and find shelter in its shade.
All the trees in the land will know
that I am the LORD.
I cut down the tall trees
and make small trees grow tall.
I wither up the green trees
and make the dry trees become green.
Because there was plenty of water,
the vine was covered with leaves and fruit.
Its branches were strong
and grew to be royal scepters.
The vine grew tall enough to reach the clouds;
everyone saw how leafy and tall it was.
But angry hands pulled it u
The LORD said to me, 9 Mortal man, prophesy. Tell the people what I, the
Lord, am saying:
A sword, a sword is sharpened and polished.
It is sharpened to kill,
polished to flash like lightning.
There can be no rejoicing,
for my people have disregarded
Jerusalem! It tells him to go and set up battering rams, to shout the
battle cry, to place battering rams against the gates, to throw up
earthworks, and to dig trenches.
The people of Jerusalem won't believe
this because of the treaties they have made.
27 The LORD said to me,
Mortal man, sing a funeral song for Tyre, 3 that
city which stands at the edge of the sea and does business with the
people living on every seacoast. Tell her what the Sovereign LORDis saying:
Tyre, you boasted of your perfect be
The LORD said, Now, mortal man, I will take away from them the strong
Temple that was their pride and joy, which they liked to look at and to
visit. And I will take away their sons and daughters.
On the day that I do
this, some who escape the destru
of meat is taken out, and not one is left. 7 There was murder in the city,
but the blood was not spilled on the ground where the dust could hide it;
it was spilled on a bare rock. 8 I have left the blood there, where it cannot
be hidden, where it demands
The Sins of Israel's Leaders
The LORD spoke to me again.
Mortal man, he said, tell the Israelites
that their land is unholy, and so I am punishing it in my anger.
leaders[aw] are like lions roaring over the animals they have killed. They kill
seized her sons and daughters, and then killed her with a sword. Women
everywhere gossiped about her fate.
Even though her sister Oholibah saw this, she was wilder and more of a
prostitute than Oholah had ever been.
She too was full of lust for the
the obscenities you have committed ever since you were in Egypt. You
won't look at any more idols or think about Egypt any more.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will hand you over to people you
hate and are disgusted with.29 And because they ha
am saying: Because you have murdered so many of your own people and
have defiled yourself by worshiping idols, your time is coming. 4 You are
guilty of those murders and are defiled by the idols you made, and so
your day is coming, your time is up! That i
on eye shadow and jewelry.
They would sit on a beautiful couch, and in
front of them they would have a table covered with good things, including
the incense and the olive oil that I had given them.
The sound of a
carefree crowd could be heard, a gro
he may send it to punish us,
or to show us his favor.
Pause a moment, Job, and listen;
consider the wonderful things God does.
Do you know how God gives the command
and makes lightning flash from the clouds?
Do you know how clouds float in the sk
wither when the east wind strikes it? Won't it wither there where it is
The Parable Is Explained
The LORD said to me,
Ask these rebels if they know what the parable
means. Tell them that the king of Babylonia came to Jerusalem and took
my dignity is gone like a puff of wind,
and my prosperity like a cloud.
Now I am about to die;
there is no relief for my suffering.
At night my bones all ache;
the pain that gnaws me never stops.
God seizes me by my collar
and twists my clothes o
I smiled on them when they had lost confidence;
my cheerful face encouraged them.
I took charge and made the decisions; I
led them as a king leads his troops, and
gave them comfort in their despair.
30 But men younger than I am make fun of me now!
and gave me light as I walked through the darkness.
Those were the days when I was prosperous,
and the friendship of God protected my home.
Almighty God was with me then,
and I was surrounded by all my children.
My cows and goats gave plenty of milk
while they try their best to escape.
The wind howls at them as they run,
frightening them with destructive power.
In Praise of Wisdom[bg]
28 There are mines where silver is dug;
There are places where gold is refined.
We dig iron out of the ground
Say that wisdom is not found there.
It cannot be bought with silver or gold.
The finest gold and jewels
Cannot equal its value.
It is worth more than gold,
Than a gold vase or finest glass.
The value of wisdom is more
Than coral or crystal or
my tongue will never tell a lie.
I will never say that you men are right;
I will insist on my innocence to my dying day.
I will never give up my claim to be right;
my conscience is clear.
May all who oppose me and fight against me
be punished like t
Can anyone be righteous or pure in God's sight?
In his eyes even the moon is not bright,
or the stars pure.
Then what about a human being, that worm, that insect?
What is a human life worth in God's eyes?
What a big help you are to me
In the cities the wounded and dying cry out,
but God ignores their prayers.
There are those who reject the light;
they don't understand it or go where it leads.
At dawn the murderer gets up
and goes out to kill the poor,
and at night he steals.
may they be torn from my shoulders.
Because I fear God's punishment,
I could never do such a thing.
I have never trusted in riches
or taken pride in my wealth.
I have never worshiped the sun in its brightness
or the moon in all its beauty.