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IMMERSE

PROPHETS
20:35–21:4
with my strong hand and powerful arm, and I will bring you back from the
lands where you are scattered. I will bring you into the wilderness of the
nations, and there I will judge you face to face. I will judge you there just
as I did your ancestors in the wilderness after bringing them out of Egypt,
says the Sovereign Lord. I will examine you carefully and hold you to the
terms of the cov­enant. I will purge you of all those who rebel and revolt
against me. I will bring them out of the countries where they are in exile,
but they will never enter the land of Is­ra­el. Then you will know that I am
the Lord.
“As for you, O people of Is­ra­el, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
Go right ahead and worship your idols, but sooner or later you will obey
me and will stop bringing shame on my holy name by worshiping idols.
For on my holy mountain, the great mountain of Is­ra­el, says the Sovereign
Lord, the people of Is­ra­el will someday worship me, and I will accept
them. There I will require that you bring me all your offerings and choice
gifts and sacrifices. When I bring you home from exile, you will be like
a pleasing sacrifice to me. And I will display my holiness through you as
all the nations watch. Then when I have brought you home to the land I
promised with a solemn oath to give to your ancestors, you will know that
I am the Lord. You will look back on all the ways you defiled yourselves
and will hate yourselves because of the evil you have done. You will know
that I am the Lord, O people of Is­ra­el, when I have honored my name by
treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness. I, the Sovereign Lord,
have spoken!”
Then this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, turn and face
the south and speak out against it; prophesy against the brushlands of the
Ne­gev. Tell the southern wilderness, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord
says: Hear the word of the Lord! I will set you on fire, and every tree, both
green and dry, will be burned. The terrible flames will not be quenched
and will scorch every­thing from south to north. And every­one in the world
will see that I, the Lord, have set this fire. It will not be put out.’”
Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, they are saying of me, ‘He only talks
in riddles!’”
Then this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, turn and
face Je­ru­sa­lem and prophesy against Is­ra­el and her sanctuaries. Tell her,
‘This is what the Lord says: I am your enemy, O Is­ra­el, and I am about to
unsheath my sword to destroy your people—the righteous and the wicked
alike. Yes, I will cut off both the righteous and the wicked! I will draw my





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