3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,9he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
1“Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.2Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it.3Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the people of Israel.4“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.5I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the people of Israel.6“After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.7Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.8I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege.9“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.10Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.11Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.12Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.”13The LORD said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”14Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.”15“Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement.”16He then said to me: “Son of man, I am about to cut off the food supply in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair,17for food and water will be scarce. They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin.
1“Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.2When the days of your siege come to an end, burn a third of the hair inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind. For I will pursue them with drawn sword.3But take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment.4Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fire and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to all Israel.5“This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.6Yet in her wickedness she has rebelled against my laws and decrees more than the nations and countries around her. She has rejected my laws and has not followed my decrees.7“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you.8“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself am against you, Jerusalem, and I will inflict punishment on you in the sight of the nations.9Because of all your detestable idols, I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again.10Therefore in your midst parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.11Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your vile images and detestable practices, I myself will shave you; I will not look on you with pity or spare you.12A third of your people will die of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the winds and pursue with drawn sword.13“Then my anger will cease and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my wrath on them, they will know that I the LORD have spoken in my zeal.14“I will make you a ruin and a reproach among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by.15You will be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and an object of horror to the nations around you when I inflict punishment on you in anger and in wrath and with stinging rebuke. I the LORD have spoken.16When I shoot at you with my deadly and destructive arrows of famine, I will shoot to destroy you. I will bring more and more famine upon you and cut off your supply of food.17I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I the LORD have spoken.”
1Praise the LORD.Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.2Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.3Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,4praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,5praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.