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The New American Standard Bible
 Book of Ezekiel 
 19:1-14 - Click for Chapter Audio

Lament for the Princes of Israel

1 "As for you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel 2 and say, `What was your mother? A lioness among lions! She lay down among young lions, She reared her cubs.

3 `When she brought up one of her cubs,

He became a lion,

And he learned to tear his prey;

He devoured men.

4 `Then nations heard about him;

He was captured in their pit,

And they brought him with hooks

To the land of Egypt.

5 `When she saw, as she waited,

That her hope was lost,

She took another of her cubs

And made him a young lion.

6 `And he walked about among the lions;

He became a young lion,

He learned to tear his prey;

He devoured men.

7 `He destroyed their fortified towers

And laid waste their cities;

And the land and its fullness were appalled

Because of the sound of his roaring.

8 `Then nations set against him

On every side from their provinces,

And they spread their net over him;

He was captured in their pit.

9 `They put him in a cage with hooks

And brought him to the king of Babylon;

They brought him in hunting nets

So that his voice would be heard no more

On the mountains of Israel.

10 `Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard,

Planted by the waters;

It was fruitful and full of branches

Because of abundant waters.

11 `And it had strong F231 branches fit for scepters of rulers,

And its height was raised above the clouds

So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches.

12 `But it was plucked up in fury;

It was cast down to the ground;

And the east wind dried up its fruit.

Its strong F232 branch was torn off

So that it withered;

The fire consumed it.

13 `And now it is planted in the wilderness,

In a dry and thirsty land.

14 `And fire has gone out from its branch;

It has consumed its shoots and fruit,

So that there is not in it a strong branch,

A scepter to rule.' "

This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.


 
 Book of Isaiah 
 48:1-22 - Click for Chapter Audio

Israel's Obstinacy

1 "Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are named Israel

And who came forth from the loins F690 of Judah,

Who swear by the name of the LORD

And invoke the God of Israel,

But not in truth nor in righteousness.

2 "For they call themselves after the holy city

And lean on the God of Israel;

The LORD of hosts is His name.

3 "I declared the former things long ago

And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them.

Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

4 "Because I know that you are obstinate, F691

And your neck is an iron sinew

And your forehead bronze,

5 Therefore I declared them to you long ago,

Before they took place I proclaimed them to you,

So that you would not say, `My idol has done them,

And my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.'

6 "You have heard; look at all this.

And you, will you not declare it?

I proclaim to you new things from this time,

Even hidden things which you have not known.

7 "They are created now and not long ago;

And before today you have not heard them,

So that you will not say, `Behold, I knew them.'

8 "You have not heard, you have not known.

Even from long ago your ear has not been open,

Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously;

And you have been called a rebel F693 from birth.

9 "For the sake of My name I delay My wrath,

And for My praise I restrain it for you,

In order not to cut you off.

10 "Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;

I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

11 "For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;

For how can My name be profaned?

And My glory I will not give to another.

Deliverance Promised

12 "Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called;

I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.

13 "Surely My hand founded the earth,

And My right hand spread out the heavens;

When I call to them, they stand together.

14 "Assemble, all of you, and listen!

Who among them has declared these things?

The LORD loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure on Babylon,

And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.

15 "I, even I, have spoken; indeed I have called him,

I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.

16 "Come near to Me, listen to this:

From the first I have not spoken in secret,

From the time it took place, I was there.

And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit."

17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.

18 "If only you had paid attention to My commandments!

Then your well-being F697 would have been like a river,

And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

19 "Your descendants F698 would have been like the sand,

And your offspring like its grains;

Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence."

20 Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans!

Declare with the sound of joyful shouting, proclaim this,

Send it out to the end of the earth;

Say, "The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob."

21 They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts.

He made the water flow out of the rock for them;

He split the rock and the water gushed forth.

22 "There is no peace for the wicked," says the LORD.


 
 Book of Philippians 
 1:12-30 - Click for Chapter Audio

12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 13 so that my imprisonment F9 in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, 14 and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, F12 have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. F15 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents--which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
 


 
 

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