Judgment on Israel
Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of j Israel, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because k they sell the righteous for silver,
And the l poor for a pair of sandals.
They pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor,
And m pervert the way of the humble.
n A man and his father go in to the same girl,
o To defile My holy name.
They lie down p by every altar on clothes q taken in pledge,
And drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
"Yet it was I who destroyed the r Amorite before them,
Whose height was like the s height of the cedars,
And he was as strong as the oaks;
Yet I t destroyed his fruit above
And his roots beneath.
Also it was u I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
And v led you forty years through the wilderness,
To possess the land of the Amorite.
I raised up some of your sons as w prophets,
And some of your young men as x Nazirites.
Is it not so, O you children of Israel?"
Says the LORD.
"But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
And commanded the prophets y saying,
'Do not prophesy!'
"Behold, z I am weighed down by you,
As a cart full of sheaves is weighed down.
a Therefore flight shall perish from the swift,
The strong shall not strengthen his power,
b Nor shall the mighty deliver himself;
He shall not stand who handles the bow,
The swift of foot shall not escape,
Nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself.
The most courageous men of might
Shall flee naked in that day,"
Says the LORD.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Judges 2:17 - 20
Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do so.
2 Kings 17:7 - 18
For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods.
2 Kings 18:12
Because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant and all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; and they would neither hear nor do them.
Ezekiel 22:1 - 13
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
Ezekiel 22:23 - 29
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
Who make a man an offender by a word, And lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, And turn aside the just by empty words.
They have cast lots for My people, Have given a...
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on ...
Therefore, because you tread down the poor And ...
That we may buy the poor for silver, And the ne...
They covet fields and take them by violence, Al...
Who also eat the flesh of My people, Flay their...
For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
Leviticus 18:6 - 8
None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the LORD.
One commits abomination with his neighbor's wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father's daughter.
I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.
Ezekiel 36:20 - 22
"When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name - when they said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.'
1 Corinthians 8:10
For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
If you ever take your neighbor's garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down.
"But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
So Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages.
"And the LORD said to me, 'See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to possess it, that you may inherit his land.'
Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: "Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.
Indeed Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon, With fine branches that shaded the forest, And of high stature; And its top was among the thick boughs.
Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots, Cut off its fruit, And leave it to wither? All of its spring leaves will wither, And no great power or many people Will be needed to pluck it up by its roots.
For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.
And it came to pass, on that very same day, that the LORD brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt according to their armies.
Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:
Are you not like the people of Ethiopia to Me, O children of Israel?" says the LORD. "Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, The Philistines from Caphtor, And the Syrians from Kir?
"For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing."'
Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the LORD.
He shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins.
"For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."
Who say to the seers, "Do not see," And to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life, saying, 'Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, lest you die by our hand' -
But never again prophesy at Bethel, For it is the king's sanctuary, And it is the royal residence.
Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD: You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, And do not spout against the house of Isaac.
Do not prattle," you say to those who prophesy. So they shall not prophesy to you; They shall not return insult for insult.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
Do not let the swift flee away, Nor the mighty man escape; They will stumble and fall Toward the north, by the River Euphrates.
No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches.