1 And he said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you."
2 And the spirit entered into me when he spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard him who spoke to me.
3 And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even to this very day.
4 For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I send you to them and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'
5 And whether they will hear, or whether they will refuse to hear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet they will know that there has been a prophet among them.
6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words; though briers and thorns are all around you and you dwell among scorpions, do not be afraid of their words or dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.
7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they will hear, or whether they refuse, for they are most rebellious.
8 But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat that I give you."
9 And when I looked, a hand was stretched out to me; and lo, a scroll of a book was in it.
10 And he spread it before me; and it was written on the front and on the back, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.
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1 And I said, "Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob and you rulers of the house of Israel! Should you not know justice?
2 You who hate good and love evil, who pluck the skin from my people and their flesh from their bones;
3 Who eat the flesh of my people and strip their skin off of them, who break their bones and chop them in pieces like meat for the pot, like flesh in the kettle.
4 Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them; he will even hide his face from them at that time because they have been evil in their deeds.
5 Thus says the LORD: Concerning the false prophets who make my people stray, when someone gives them something to eat they cry, 'Peace;' but when someone does not put food into their mouths, they prepare war against him.1
6 Therefore it shall be night to you, so that you shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark to you without divination. And the sun shall go down for the false prophets, and the day shall go dark for them.
7 Then the false prophets shall be ashamed and the diviners confounded; yes, they shall all cover their mouths for there is no answer from God."
8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.
9 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity,
10 Who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe and her priests teach for hire2 and her prophets divine for money; and yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No evil can come upon us."
12 Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be like the high places of the forest.
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|Isaiah 56 |
1 Thus says the LORD, "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for my salvation is soon to come and my righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold of it; who keeps from defiling my Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.
3 Do not let the son of the stranger, who has joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, 'The LORD has utterly separated me from his people;' nor let the eunuch say, 'Behold, I am a dry tree.'
4 For thus says the LORD: 'to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast to my covenant,
5 To them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD to serve him and to love the name of the LORD and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from polluting it and takes holds fast to my covenant;
7 I will bring them to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.'"
8 The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, "Also I will gather others to him, beside those who are gathered to him."
9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. [A watchman is supposed to stay awake and warn of the enemy approaching, but the leaders of Christianity are so deep in sleep that they don't recognize that they themselves have been duped by the devil, so that they are masquerading as ministers of righteousness, preaching no-consequence sin, while their place of will-worship is filled with unclean birds, (demons). The ministers of Christianity are the blind guides the Lord warned us about, not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather, they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts.]
11 Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough; they are shepherds who cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his own monetary gain, from his quarter.1 [Not only do the leaders of Christianity not understand anything they purport to represent, they want you to pay them for their false teachings: they want a salary, your contributions, your "offerings," or your "love gifts that they solicit." They can never get enough. They are greedy; they are covetous. They have fallen in the way of Balaam, preaching for hire.]
12 "Come," they say, "I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, and much more abundant."
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