1Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.3If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.4Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,5for each one should carry their own load.6Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.8Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
11See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!12Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.13Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.14May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.16Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.17From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
1He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.”2As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.3He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.4The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’5And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.6And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.7You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.8But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”9Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,10which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.
1And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.”2So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.3Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.4He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them.5You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel—6not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.7But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate.8But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are.9I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”10And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you.11Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.”12Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound as the glory of the LORD rose from the place where it was standing.13It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound.14The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD on me.15I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Aviv near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days—deeply distressed.
16At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:17“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.18When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.19But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.20“Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.21But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”22The hand of the LORD was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”23So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.24Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.25And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.26I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.27But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.
1Praise the LORD.Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.2Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.3Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.4For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.5Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.6May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,7to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,8to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,9to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the LORD.