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10 I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.

32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

1 Now in the eleventh year, on the first of the month, the word of the LORD came to me saying,

2 Son of man, because Tyre has said concerning Jerusalem, `Aha, the gateway of the peoples is broken; it has opened to me. I shall be filled, now that she is laid waste,'

3 therefore thus says the Lord GOD, `Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves.

4 `They will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock.

5 `She will be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,' declares the Lord GOD, `and she will become spoil for the nations.

6 `Also her daughters who are on the mainland will be slain by the sword, and they will know that I am the LORD.'"

7 For thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army.

8 He will slay your daughters on the mainland with the sword; and he will make siege walls against you, cast up a ramp against you and raise up a large shield against you.

9 The blow of his battering rams he will direct against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers.

10 Because of the multitude of his horses, the dust raised by them will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of cavalry and wagons and chariots when he enters your gates as men enter a city that is breached.

11 With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets. He will slay your people with the sword; and your strong pillars will come down to the ground.

12 Also they will make a spoil of your riches and a prey of your merchandise, break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses, and throw your stones and your timbers and your debris into the water.

13 So I will silence the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps will be heard no more.

14 I will make you a bare rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the LORD have spoken," declares the Lord GOD.

15 Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre, Shall not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall when the wounded groan, when the slaughter occurs in your midst?

16 Then all the princes of the sea will go down from their thrones, remove their robes and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble every moment and be appalled at you.

17 They will take up a lamentation over you and say to you, `How you have perished, O inhabited one, From the seas, O renowned city, Which was mighty on the sea, She and her inhabitants, Who imposed her terror On all her inhabitants!

18 `Now the coastlands will tremble On the day of your fall; Yes, the coastlands which are by the sea Will be terrified at your passing.'"

19 For thus says the Lord GOD, When I make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you and the great waters cover you,

20 then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lower parts of the earth, like the ancient waste places, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set glory in the land of the living.

21 I will bring terrors on you and you will be no more; though you will be sought, you will never be found again," declares the Lord GOD.

34 Now that you are broken by the seas In the depths of the waters, Your merchandise and all your company Have fallen in the midst of you.

35 All the inhabitants of the coastlands Are appalled at you, And their kings are horribly afraid; They are troubled in countenance.

1 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

2 Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, `Thus says the Lord GOD, Because your heart is lifted up And you have said, `I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods In the heart of the seas'; Yet you are a man and not God, Although you make your heart like the heart of God--

3 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; There is no secret that is a match for you.

4 By your wisdom and understanding You have acquired riches for yourself And have acquired gold and silver for your treasuries.

5 By your great wisdom, by your trade You have increased your riches And your heart is lifted up because of your riches--

6 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, `Because you have made your heart Like the heart of God,

7 Therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you, The most ruthless of the nations. And they will draw their swords Against the beauty of your wisdom And defile your splendor.

8 `They will bring you down to the pit, And you will die the death of those who are slain In the heart of the seas.

9 `Will you still say, I am a god," In the presence of your slayer, Though you are a man and not God, In the hands of those who wound you?

10 `You will die the death of the uncircumcised By the hand of strangers, For I have spoken!' declares the Lord GOD!"'"

11 Again the word of the LORD came to me saying,

12 Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, `Thus says the Lord GOD, You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created They were prepared.

14 You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you.

16 By the abundance of your trade You were internally filled with violence, And you sinned; Therefore I have cast you as profane From the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you.

18 By the multitude of your iniquities, In the unrighteousness of your trade You profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; It has consumed you, And I have turned you to ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you.

19 All who know you among the peoples Are appalled at you; You have become terrified And you will cease to be forever."'"

20 And the word of the LORD came to me saying,

21 Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, prophesy against her

22 and say, `Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against you, O Sidon, And I will be glorified in your midst. Then they will know that I am the LORD when I execute judgments in her, And I will manifest My holiness in her.

23 For I will send pestilence to her And blood to her streets, And the wounded will fall in her midst By the sword upon her on every side; Then they will know that I am the LORD.

24 And there will be no more for the house of Israel a prickling brier or a painful thorn from any round about them who scorned them; then they will know that I am the Lord GOD."

25 `Thus says the Lord GOD, When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their land which I gave to My servant Jacob.

26 They will live in it securely; and they will build houses, plant vineyards and live securely when I execute judgments upon all who scorn them round about them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God."'"

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Isaiah 61:10-11

The word delight means “to gain great pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness.” Wouldn’t you like those to be the words that describe your relationship with God—one where both you and He enjoy time spent in each other’s presence? If that sounds good to you, then I have great news. God also wants that kind of delightful friendship, which develops through commitment, trust, and patience.

• First, a believer must commit his or her ways to God. This means that we invite the Lord to examine our desires and intentions—and change whatever does not fit His purpose or advance His plan for our life.

• Second, a believer must trust God. Who is more worthy of our faith than the Father, who gave Jesus Christ to save wicked sinners? The One who would not spare His only Son will certainly provide all that His children need (Rom. 8:32).

• Third, a believer must rest in God. When we fret about an issue or something that we consider necessary, we are neither committing ourselves to the Lord nor trusting in Him. Because our human viewpoint is extremely limited, waiting patiently rarely proves easy. God, however, has infinite wisdom and knows when circumstances and timing are perfectly aligned for His will to be done.

A growing relationship with the Lord is not drudgery, though it can be hard work. But the effort is a labor of love, because humans are designed to derive joy and fulfillment from being in God’s presence. The greatest pleasure we can experience in life is walking hand in hand with a Father who adores us.

Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 26-28

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