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Read the Bible in a Year | November 22

Ezekiel 27-28

A Lament for Tyre

27:1 The word of the Lord came to me: “Now you, son of man, raise a lamentation over Tyre, and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrances to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, thus says the Lord God:

“O Tyre, you have said,
 ‘I am perfect in beauty.’
Your borders are in the heart of the seas;
 your builders made perfect your beauty.
They made all your planks
 of fir trees from Senir;
they took a cedar from Lebanon
 to make a mast for you.
Of oaks of Bashan
 they made your oars;
they made your deck of pines
 from the coasts of Cyprus,
 inlaid with ivory.
Of fine embroidered linen from Egypt
 was your sail,
 serving as your banner;
blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah
 was your awning.
The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad
 were your rowers;
your skilled men, O Tyre, were in you;
 they were your pilots.
The elders of Gebal and her skilled men were in you,
 caulking your seams;
all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you
 to barter for your wares.

10 “Persia and Lud and Put were in your army as your men of war. They hung the shield and helmet in you; they gave you splendor. 11 Men of Arvad and Helech were on your walls all around, and men of Gamad were in your towers. They hung their shields on your walls all around; they made perfect your beauty.

12 “Tarshish did business with you because of your great wealth of every kind; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your wares. 13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech traded with you; they exchanged human beings and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 From Beth-togarmah they exchanged horses, war horses, and mules for your wares. 15 The men of Dedan [1] traded with you. Many coastlands were your own special markets; they brought you in payment ivory tusks and ebony. 16 Syria did business with you because of your abundant goods; they exchanged for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and ruby. 17 Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, meal, [2] honey, oil, and balm. 18 Damascus did business with you for your abundant goods, because of your great wealth of every kind; wine of Helbon and wool of Sahar 19 and casks of wine [3] from Uzal they exchanged for your wares; wrought iron, cassia, and calamus were bartered for your merchandise. 20 Dedan traded with you in saddlecloths for riding. 21 Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your favored dealers in lambs, rams, and goats; in these they did business with you. 22 The traders of Sheba and Raamah traded with you; they exchanged for your wares the best of all kinds of spices and all precious stones and gold. 23 Haran, Canneh, Eden, traders of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad traded with you. 24 In your market these traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of blue and embroidered work, and in carpets of colored material, bound with cords and made secure. 25 The ships of Tarshish traveled for you with your merchandise. So you were filled and heavily laden in the heart of the seas.

26 “Your rowers have brought you out
 into the high seas.
The east wind has wrecked you
 in the heart of the seas.
27 Your riches, your wares, your merchandise,
 your mariners and your pilots,
your caulkers, your dealers in merchandise,
 and all your men of war who are in you,
with all your crew
 that is in your midst,
sink into the heart of the seas
 on the day of your fall.
28 At the sound of the cry of your pilots
 the countryside shakes,
29 and down from their ships
 come all who handle the oar.
The mariners and all the pilots of the sea
 stand on the land
30 and shout aloud over you
 and cry out bitterly.
They cast dust on their heads
 and wallow in ashes;
31 they make themselves bald for you
 and put sackcloth on their waist,
and they weep over you in bitterness of soul,
 with bitter mourning.
32 In their wailing they raise a lamentation for you
 and lament over you:
‘Who is like Tyre,
 like one destroyed in the midst of the sea?
33 When your wares came from the seas,
 you satisfied many peoples;
with your abundant wealth and merchandise
 you enriched the kings of the earth.
34 Now you are wrecked by the seas,
 in the depths of the waters;
your merchandise and all your crew in your midst
 have sunk with you.
35 All the inhabitants of the coastlands
 are appalled at you,
and the hair of their kings bristles with horror;
 their faces are convulsed.
36 The merchants among the peoples hiss at you;
 you have come to a dreadful end
 and shall be no more forever.’”

Prophecy Against the Prince of Tyre

28:1 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God:

“Because your heart is proud,
 and you have said, ‘I am a god,
I sit in the seat of the gods,
 in the heart of the seas,’
yet you are but a man, and no god,
 though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
you are indeed wiser than Daniel;
 no secret is hidden from you;
by your wisdom and your understanding
 you have made wealth for yourself,
and have gathered gold and silver
 into your treasuries;
by your great wisdom in your trade
 you have increased your wealth,
 and your heart has become proud in your wealth—
therefore thus says the Lord God:
Because you make your heart
 like the heart of a god,
therefore, behold, I will bring foreigners upon you,
 the most ruthless of the nations;
and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom
 and defile your splendor.
They shall thrust you down into the pit,
 and you shall die the death of the slain
 in the heart of the seas.
Will you still say, ‘I am a god,’
 in the presence of those who kill you,
though you are but a man, and no god,
 in the hands of those who slay you?
10 You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
 by the hand of foreigners;
 for I have spoken, declares the Lord God.”

A Lament over the King of Tyre

11 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:

“You were the signet of perfection, [4]
 full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
 every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
 beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, [5] emerald, and carbuncle;
 and crafted in gold were your settings
 and your engravings. [6]
On the day that you were created
 they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
 I placed you; [7] you were on the holy mountain of God;
 in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways
 from the day you were created,
 till unrighteousness was found in you.
16 In the abundance of your trade
 you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
 and I destroyed you, [8] O guardian cherub,
 from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
 you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
 I exposed you before kings,
 to feast their eyes on you.
18 By the multitude of your iniquities,
 in the unrighteousness of your trade
 you profaned your sanctuaries;
so I brought fire out from your midst;
 it consumed you,
and I turned you to ashes on the earth
 in the sight of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the peoples
 are appalled at you;
you have come to a dreadful end
 and shall be no more forever.”

Prophecy Against Sidon

20 The word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her 22 and say, Thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I am against you, O Sidon,
 and I will manifest my glory in your midst.
And they shall know that I am the Lord
 when I execute judgments in her
 and manifest my holiness in her;
23 for I will send pestilence into her,
 and blood into her streets;
and the slain shall fall in her midst,
 by the sword that is against her on every side.
Then they will know that I am the Lord.

24 “And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord God.

Israel Gathered in Security

25 “Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.”

James 4

Warning Against Worldliness

4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions [9] are at war within you? [10] You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! [11] Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. [12] The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Footnotes

[1] 27:15 Hebrew; Septuagint Rhodes
[2] 27:17 The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown
[3] 27:19 Probable reading; Hebrew wool of Sahar, Vedan, and Javan
[4] 28:12 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
[5] 28:13 Or lapis lazuli
[6] 28:13 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
[7] 28:14 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
[8] 28:16 Or banished you
[9] 4:1 Greek pleasures; also verse 3
[10] 4:1 Greek in your members
[11] 4:4 Greek You adulteresses!
[12] 4:11 Or brothers and sisters

(ESV)