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  1. #11

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    Jerusalem's Sinfulness...

    Ezekiel 5:1-17
    1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.

    2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.

    3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

    4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

    5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

    6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.

    7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;

    8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.

    9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.

    10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.

    11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.

    12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

    13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.

    14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.

    15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.

    16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:

    17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

  2. #12

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    Jerusalem's Starvation...

    Ezekiel 4:9-17
    9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

    10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

    11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.

    12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.

    13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

    14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

    15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

    16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:

    17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

  3. #13

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    King of Trees...

    Judges 9:8-15
    8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.

    9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

    10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.

    11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

    12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

    13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

    14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

    15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

  4. #14

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    Linen Waist-Cloth...

    Jeremiah 13:1-11
    1 Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

    2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.

    3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,

    4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

    5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.

    6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.

    7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.

    8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

    9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

    10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

    11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

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    Lions Whelps...

    Ezekiel 19:2-9
    2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

    3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

    4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

    5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

    6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

    7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

    8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

    9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

  6. #16

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    Living Waters...

    Ezekiel 47:1-12
    1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

    2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

    3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

    4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

    5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

    6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.

    7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.

    8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

    9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

    10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

    11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

    12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

  7. #17

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    Plowman...

    Isaiah 28:23-29
    23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.

    24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

    25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?

    26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.

    27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.

    28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.

    29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

  8. #18

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    Poor man’s Ewe Lamb...

    2 Samuel 12:1-4
    1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

    2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

    3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

    4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

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    Poor Wise Man...

    Ecclesiastes 9:14-18
    14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

    15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

    16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

    17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

    18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

  10. #20

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    The Potter...

    Jeremiah 18:1-10
    1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

    2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

    3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

    4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

    5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

    6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

    7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

    8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

    9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

    10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

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