2 September, 2015 19:32

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Day 245

The 300 Day Bible
Day 345
The Preaching
Ezekiel Chapter 37

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and the LORD carried me out in a spirit, and set me down in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones;

2 and He caused me to pass by them round about, and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3 And He said unto me:
‘Son of man, can these bones live?’
And I answered:
‘O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.’

4 Then He said unto me:
‘Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them:
O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD:

5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones:
Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.

6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.’

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a commotion, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.

8 And I beheld, and, lo, there were sinews upon them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them.

9 Then said He unto me:
‘Prophesy unto the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath: {S}
Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great host.

11 Then He said unto me:
‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say:
Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.

12 Therefore prophesy, and say unto them:
Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.

13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, O My people.

14 And I will put My spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I will place you in your own land; and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken, and performed it, saith the LORD.’ {P}

15 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying:

16 ‘And thou, son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it:
For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions; then take another stick, and write upon it:
For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and of all the house of Israel his companions;

17 and join them for thee one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thy hand.

18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying:
Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by these?

19 say into them:
Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand.

20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes.

21 And say unto them:
Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land;

22 and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all;

23 neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them; so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.

24 And My servant David shall be king over them, and they all shall have one shepherd; they shall also walk in Mine ordinances, and observe My statutes, and do them.

25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children’s children, for ever; and David My servant shall be their prince for ever.

26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them–
it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for ever.

27 My dwelling-place also shall be over them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

28 And the nations shall know that I am the LORD that sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever.’ {P}

Ezekiel Chapter 38

1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying:

2 ‘Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

3 and say:
Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal;

4 and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed most gorgeously, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords:

5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet;

6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his bands; even many peoples with thee.

7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou guarded of them.

8 After many days thou shalt be mustered for service, in the latter years thou shalt come against the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, against the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste; but it is brought forth out of the peoples, and they dwell safely all of them.

9 And thou shalt ascend, thou shalt come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many peoples with thee. {S}

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD:
It shall come to pass in that day, that things shall come into thy mind, and thou shalt devise an evil device;

11 and thou shalt say:
I will go up against the land of unwalled villages; I will come upon them that are at quiet, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates;

12 to take the spoil and to take the prey; to turn thy hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and against the people that are gathered out of the nations, that have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the middle of the earth.

13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the magnates thereof, shall say unto thee:
Comest thou to take the spoil? hast thou assembled thy company to take the prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take great spoil? {S}

14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say unto Gog:
Thus saith the Lord GOD:
In that day when My people Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost parts of the north, thou, and many peoples with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army;

16 and thou shalt come up against My people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the end of days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the nations may know Me, when I shall be sanctified through thee, O Gog, before their eyes. {S}

17 Thus saith the Lord GOD:
Art thou he of whom I spoke in old time by My servants the prophets of Israel, that prophesied in those days for many years, that I would bring thee against them? {S}

18 And it shall come to pass in that day, when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that My fury shall arise up in My nostrils.

19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken:

Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

20 so that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the ground, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD; every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will cause to rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many peoples that are with him, an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

23 Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself, and I will make Myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am the LORD. {S}

The Writing
Ecclesiastes Chapter 6

1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy upon men:

2 a man to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul have not enough of good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he;

4 for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness;

5 moreover it hath not seen the sun nor known it; this hath gratification rather than the other;

6 yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, and enjoy no good; do not all go to one place?

7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

8 For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or the poor man that hath understanding, in walking before the living?

9 Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire; this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

10 Whatsoever cometh into being, the name thereof was given long ago, and it is foreknown what man is; neither can he contend with Him that is mightier than he.
11 Seeing there are many words that increase vanity, what is man the better?

12 For who knoweth what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

The Witness
The Epistle of Paul to Titus – Chapter 2
܀ ܕܠܘܬ ܛܛܘܣ ܀

1 But speak thou the things that belong to wholesome doctrine.

2 And teach the older men to be watchful in their minds, and to be sober, and to be pure, and to be sound in the faith, and in love and in patience.

3 And so also the elder women, that they be in behavior as becometh the fear of God; and not to be slanderers; and not to be addicted to much wine; and to be inculcators of good things,

4 making the younger women to be modest, to love their husbands and their children,

5 to be chaste and holy, and to take good care of their households, and to be obedient to their husbands; so that no one may reproach the word of God.

6 And likewise exhort young men to be sober.

7 And in every thing show thyself a pattern, as to all good works:
and in thy teaching, let thy discourse be healthful,

8 such as is sober and uncorrupt; and let no one despise it:
so that he who riseth up against us, may be ashamed, seeing he can say nothing odious against us.

9 Let servants obey their masters in every thing, and strive to please them, and not contradict, nor pilfer;

10 but let them manifest that their fidelity, in all respects, is good:
so that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Life-giver, in all things.

11 For the all-vivifying grace of God, is revealed to all men;

12 and it teacheth us, to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live in this world in sobriety, and in uprightness, and in the fear of God,

13 looking for the blessed hope, and the manifestation of the glory of the great God, and our Life-giver, Jesus the Messiah;

14 who gave himself for us, that he might recover us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a new people, who are zealous in good works.

15 These things speak thou, and exhort, and inculcate, with all authority; and let no one despise thee.

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