THE BIBLICAL RESEARCH
WAS DONE USING SEVERAL BIBLES
BOTH JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN. THE READER MAY PREFER ONE
BIBLE OVER ANOTHER AND MAY USE THESE LINKS TO DO
RESEARCH IN ANOTHER BIBLE IF PREFERRED
1 - To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell
of all thy wonderful deeds.
2 - I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High.
3 - When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before thee.
4 - For thou hast maintained my just cause; thou hast sat on the throne giving righteous judgment.
5 - Thou hast rebuked the nations, thou hast destroyed the wicked; thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 - The enemy have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities thou hast rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.
7 - But the LORD sits enthroned for ever, he has established his throne for judgment;
8 - and he judges the world with righteousness, he judges the peoples with equity.
9 - The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 - And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.
11 - Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!
12 - For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 - Be gracious to me, O LORD! Behold what I suffer from those who hate me, O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death,
14 - that I may recount all thy praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in thy deliverance.
15 - The nations have sunk in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid has their own foot been caught.
16 - The LORD has made himself known, he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
17 - The wicked shall depart to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.
18 - For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 - Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before thee!
20 - Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! [Selah]
1 - The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah,
kings of Judah.
A Rebellious Nation
2 - Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 - The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand."
4 - Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord ; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
5 - Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
6 - From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness-
only wounds and welts
and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.
7 - Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners
right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
8 - The Daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons,
like a city under siege.
9 - Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.
10 - Hear the word of the Lord , you rulers of Sodom; listen to the law of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11- "The multitude of your sacrifices- what are they to me?" says the Lord .
"I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 - When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?
13 - Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
14 - Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 - When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood;
16 - wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,
17 - learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.
18 - "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord . "Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 - If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;
20 - but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
21 - See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice;
righteousness used to dwell in her- but now murderers!
22 - Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 - Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.
24 - Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
"Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 - I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross
and remove all your impurities.
26 - I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."
27 - Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 - But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish.
29 - "You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen.
30 - You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water.
31 - The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together,
with no one to quench the fire."
1- Put yourselves under covert, ye children of Benjamin, away from the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the horn in Tekoa, and set up a
signal on Beth-cherem; for evil looketh forth from the north, and a great destruction.
2 - The comely and delicate one, the daughter of Zion, will I cut off.
3 - Shepherds with their flocks come unto her; they pitch their tents against her round about; they feed bare every
one what is nigh at hand.
4 - 'Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon!' 'Woe unto us! for the day declineth, for the
shadows of the evening are stretched out!'
5 - 'Arise, and let us go up by night, and let us destroy her palaces.'
6 - For thus hath the LORD of hosts said: hew ye down her trees, and cast up a mound against Jerusalem; this is the city to be
punished; everywhere there is oppression in the midst of her.
7 - As a cistern welleth with her waters, so she welleth with her wickedness; violence and spoil is heard in her; before Me continually is sickness and wounds.
8 - Be thou corrected, O Jerusalem, lest My soul be alienated from thee, lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.
9 - Thus saith the LORD of hosts: They shall thoroughly glean as a vine the remnant of Israel; turn again thy hand as a grape-gatherer
upon the shoots.
10 - To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is dull, and they cannot attend;
behold, the word of the LORD is become unto them a reproach, they have no delight in it. 11
- Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD, I am weary with holding in: pour it out upon the babes in the street, and upon the assembly of young men together; for even
the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days.
12 - And their houses shall be turned unto others, their fields and their wives together; for I will stretch out My hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.
13 - For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is greedy for gain; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth
14 - They have healed also the hurt of My people lightly, saying: 'Peace, peace', when there is no peace. 15
- They shall be put to shame because they have committed abomination; yea, they are not at all ashamed, neither know they how to blush; therefore they
shall fall among them that fall, at the time that I punish them they shall stumble, saith the LORD.
16 - Thus saith the LORD: stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But
they said: 'We will not walk therein.'
17 - And I set watchmen over you: 'Attend to the sound of the horn', but they said: 'We will not
18 - Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is against them.
19 - Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not attended unto My words, and as for My teaching, they have
20 - To what purpose is to Me the frankincense that cometh from Sheba, and the sweet cane, from a far country? Your
burnt-offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing unto Me.
21 - Therefore thus saith the LORD: Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall stumble against them, the neighbour and his friend,
and they shall perish.
22 - Thus saith the LORD: Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be roused from the uttermost
parts of the earth.
23 - They lay hold on bow and spear, they are cruel, and have no compassion; their voice is like the roaring sea,
and they ride upon horses; set in array, as a man for war, against thee, O daughter of Zion.
24 - 'We have heard the fame thereof, our hands wax feeble, anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.'
25 - Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for there is the sword of the enemy, and terror on every side.
26 - O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes; make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation; for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon
27 - I have made thee a tower and a fortress among My people; that thou mayest know and try their way. 28
- They are all grievous revolters, going about with slanders; they are brass and iron; they all of them deal corruptly.
29 - The bellows blow fiercely, the lead is consumed of the fire; in vain doth the founder refine, for the wicked are not separated.
30 Refuse silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.
1 - How hath the Lord covered with a cloud the daughter of Zion in His anger! He hath cast down from heaven unto the earth the
beauty of Israel, and hath not remembered His footstool in the day of His anger.
2 - The Lord hath swallowed up unsparingly all the habitations of Jacob; He hath thrown down in His wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; He hath brought them down to
the ground; He hath profaned the kingdom and the princes thereof.
3 - He hath cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel; He hath drawn back His right hand from before the enemy; and He hath burned in Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.
4 - He hath bent His bow like an enemy, standing with His right hand as an adversary, and hath slain all that were pleasant to the eye; in
the tent of the daughter of Zion He hath poured out His fury like fire.
5 - The Lord is become as an enemy, He hath swallowed up Israel; He hath swallowed up all her palaces, He hath destroyed his strongholds; and He hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah
mourning and moaning. 6 - And He hath stripped His tabernacle, as if it were a garden, He hath destroyed His place of assembly;
the LORD hath caused to be forgotten in Zion appointed season and sabbath, and hath rejected in the indignation of His anger the
king and the priest.
7 - The Lord hath cast off His altar, He hath abhorred His sanctuary, He hath given up into the hand of the
enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn assembly.
8 - The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion; He hath stretched out the line, He hath not withdrawn His hand
from destroying; but He hath made the rampart and wall to mourn, they languish together.
9 - Her gates are sunk into the ground; He hath destroyed and broken her bars; her king and her princes are among the nations, instruction is no more; yea, her prophets
find no vision from the LORD.
10 - They sit upon the ground, and keep silence, the elders of the daughter of Zion; they have cast
up dust upon their heads, they have girded themselves with sackcloth; the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
11 - Mine eyes do fail with tears, mine inwards burn, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the breach of the daughter of my
people; because the young children and the sucklings swoon in the broad places of the city.
12 - They say to their mothers: 'Where is corn and wine?' when they swoon as the wounded in the broad places of the city, when their soul is poured out into their
13 - What shall I take to witness for thee? What shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal
to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? For thy breach is great like the sea; who can heal thee?
14 - Thy prophets have seen visions for thee of vanity and delusion; and they have not uncovered thine iniquity, to bring back thy captivity;
but have prophesied for thee burdens of vanity and seduction.
15 - All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem: 'Is this the city that men called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?'
16 - All thine enemies have opened their mouth wide against thee; they hiss and gnash the teeth; they say: 'We have swallowed her up;
certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.'
17 - The LORD hath done that which He devised; He hath performed His word that He commanded in the days of old; He hath thrown down unsparingly; and He hath caused the enemy
to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries.
18 - Their heart cried unto the Lord: 'O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night; give thyself no respite; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
19 - Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out thy heart like water before the face of the Lord; lift up thy hands toward Him for
the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger at the head of every street.'
20 - 'See, O LORD, and consider, to whom Thou hast done thus! Shall the women eat their fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands? Shall the priest and the prophet be slain in
the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 - The youth and the old man lie on the ground in the streets; my virgins and my young men are
fallen by the sword; Thou hast slain them in the day of Thine anger; Thou hast slaughtered unsparingly.
22 - Thou hast called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on every side, and there was none in the day of the LORD'S anger that escaped or
remained; those that I have dandled and brought up hath mine enemy
The Punishment of Zion Accomplished
1 -How is the gold become dim!
How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
2- The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold,
how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers,the work of the hands of the potter!
3 - Even the sea monsters draw out the breast,
they give suck to their young ones:
the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
4 - The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst:
the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
5 - They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets:
they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
6 - For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people
is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom,
that was overthrown as in a moment,
and no hands stayed on her.
7 - Her Nazarites were purer than snow,
they were whiter than milk,
they were more ruddy in body than rubies,
their polishing was of sapphire:
8 - their visage is blacker than a coal;
they are not known in the streets:
their skin cleaveth to their bones;
it is withered, it is become like a stick.
9 - They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger:
for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
10 - The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: (Deut. 28.57, Ezek. 5.10)
they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 - The LORD hath accomplished his fury;
he hath poured out his fierce anger,
and hath kindled a fire in Zion,
and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
12 - The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world,
would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
13 - For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests,
that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,
14 - they have wandered as blind men in the streets,
they have polluted themselves with blood,
so that men could not touch their garments.
15 - They cried unto them, Depart ye;
it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not:
when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen,
They shall no more sojourn there.
16 - The anger of the LORD hath divided them;
he will no more regard them:
they respected not the persons of the priests,
they favored not the elders.
17 - As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help:
in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.
18 - They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets:
our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
19 - Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven:
they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
20 - The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD,
was taken in their pits, of whom we said,
Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.
21 - Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
that dwellest in the land of Uz;
the cup also shall pass through unto thee:
thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
22 - The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion;
he will no more carry thee away into captivity:he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom;
he will discover thy sins.
FROM Micah 4:
4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their
swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for
the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD
shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
4:8 And thou, Migdal-eder, the hill of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come; yea, the former dominion shall come, the kingdom
of the daughter of Jerusalem.
4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? Is there no King in thee, is thy Counsellor perished, that pangs
have taken hold of thee as of a woman in travail?
4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and shalt dwell in the field, and shalt come even unto Babylon; there shalt thou be
rescued; there shall the LORD redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
4:11 And now many nations are assembled against thee, that say: 'Let her be defiled, and let our eye gaze upon Zion.'
4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they His counsel; for He hath gathered them as the sheaves to the threshing-floor.
4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces many peoples; and thou shalt devote their gain
unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
4:14 Now shalt thou gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops; they have laid siege against us; they smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
NOTE: All bibles do not have verse 14
Jerusalem's Sin and Redemption
Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in
the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they
gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted
the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning
doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no
6 - I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets
waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no
man, that there is none inhabitant.
I said, Surely, thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their
dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose
early, and corrupted all their doings.
8 - Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to
the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble
the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger:
for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
9 - For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call
upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my
dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
11 - In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast
transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee
them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of
my holy mountain.
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they
shall trust in the name of the LORD.
The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a
deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: (Rev. 14.5) for they shall feed and lie
down, and none shall make them afraid.
14 - Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the
heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the
King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not
thine hands be slack.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will
rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of
thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that
halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and
fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I
will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I
turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.
The Exiles Summoned
1 - I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2 - Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
3 - And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,
4 - and said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
5 - For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
6 - Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.
7 - Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.
8 - For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of his eye.
9 - For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
10 - Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
11 - And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
12 - And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
13 - Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.
9:2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.
9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the
mire of the streets.
9:4 Behold, the LORD will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be
devoured with fire.
9:5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her
expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
9:6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
9:7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a
9:8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and
because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine
9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
9:11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render
double unto thee;
9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion,
against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the
LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and
they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
9:16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men
cheerful, and new wine the maids.
THE SONS OF ABRAHAM
was emphatic when he said that only those who obey the Father are his
"mother, brother, or sister." This is the great doctrine of
"adoption." You can't get to heaven by lineage alone. Lineage
only gives you advantages of inherited knowledge and genetic propensities.
But because the blood of Israel has been spread throughout the world (via
Jacob's bulls, the fruitful ones, Joseph in particular, and this is not
particularly a complement), God is able to call forth chosen ones in a
scattered condition AMONGST ALL RACES to become His TRUE ISRAEL.
But we have three stages to progress before anyone
reaches that point:
1. To become a son of Abraham is to do the works of
Abraham, which are the works of love. All others who do not become sons of
Abraham are bastards, in this sense, and have no inheritance, even if they
are literal descendants of Abraham.
2. The next highest blessings go to those who achieve
the level of Isaac. Ishmael does not have the blessings of Isaac.
3. The next highest is Jacob, or Israel. This could be
called the Celestial level. There are different degrees within this level,
however. The highest is Joseph, although Judah was the apple of God's eye
and His pleasant plant. These two have competed for top position. At the
Babylonian level, the Jews are at the top. But this will all change when
Shiloh comes, who is of Ephraim (see Gen. 49:10, Judah's Patriarchal
Blessing). Judah and Joseph will eventually come to terms and become true
brothers in love.
This is why ancient Israelites used to claim the
blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob instead of mentioning only Abraham.
The inheritance grows to the highest point in Jacob.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you.
"For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." *** Galatians
The word allegory means "to lay along side to compare one with another." Paul spoke of the two Jerusalems. First he spoke of the
Jerusalem which "now is." This is Jerusalem, the capitol of ancient Israel. This is the ancient city which has been destroyed and
rebuilt numerous times. Paul states this Jerusalem is in bondage with her children. This city is held in bondage because of its religious
affiliations. Three religions claim Jerusalem as their holy city: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. All are held in bondage trying to please
God with their religious traditions.
Abraham had two sons . . . which . . . are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage . . . and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children — but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all . . . So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
In our present verses, the two sons of Abraham are in view. "Abraham had two sons." Although these boys (Ishmael and Isaac) were actual historical characters, they represent a spiritual allegory: "which . . . are symbolic."
These two sons present a vivid historical illustration of law and grace. "For these are the two covenants."
Ishmael, the first of Abraham's sons, pictures a life of self-sufficiency under the law: "the one from Mount
Sinai." Such an approach to life produces spiritual bondage: "which gives birth to bondage." The citizens of earthly Jerusalem are also given as an example: "and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children." When Paul wrote Galatians, the Roman Empire held the city of Jerusalem in oppressive bondage. Abraham and Sarah trusted in their human ingenuity, using Hagar to bear their child. Thus, Ishmael was born, a child of fleshly bondage.
This is what our lives are like when we try to produce a Christian life by our own sufficiency. We are placing ourselves under the law (performance-based living). This is a path of spiritual bondage. We can only bring forth "fleshly Ishmaels."
Isaac, the second of Abraham's sons, is a portrait of living under grace. God's sufficiency is now our source. Isaac was born by God's faithfulness in fulfilling His promises. Trusting in God's faithfulness produces spiritual freedom. Heavenly Jerusalem is the example here. "The Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all." We who follow Christ have been born again with new life from above. New Jerusalem is the "hometown" to which we are headed. Spiritual freedom characterizes such citizens from above. "So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free." The Lord calls us to live by the liberating grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, renouncing all inclinations toward the bondage of self-sufficient legalism. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
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27 Abram--the same is Abraham.
28 The sons of Abraham: Isaac, and Ishmael.
29 These are their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Nebaioth; then Kedar, and Adbeel, and
30 Mishma, and Dumah, Massa, Hadad, and Tema,
31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedem. These are the sons of Ishmael.
32 And the sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bore Zimran, and Jokshan, and
Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan: Sheba, and
33 And the sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the sons of
34 And Abraham begot Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau, and Israel.
35 The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, and Jeush, and Jalam and Korah.
36 The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, and Omar, Zephi, and Gatam, Kenaz, and Timna, and
37 The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.
38 And the sons of Seir: Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and
39 And the sons of Lotan: Hori, and Homam; and Timna was Lotan's sister.
40 The sons of Shobal: Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. And the sons of Zibeon: Aiah,
41 The sons of Anah: Dishon. And the sons of Dishon: Hamran, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
42 The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan, Jaakan. The sons of Dishan: Uz, and
43 Now these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before their reigned any king over the children of Israel: Bela the son of
Beor; and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
44 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.
45 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead.
46 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Avith.
47 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.
48 And Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the River reigned in his stead.
49 And Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.
50 And Baal-hanan died, and Hadad reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Pai; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
51 And Hadad died. And the chiefs of Edom were: the chief of Timna, the chief of Alvah, the chief of Jetheth;
52 the chief of Oholibamah, the chief of Elah, the chief of Pinon;
53 the chief of Kenaz, the chief of Teman, the chief of Mibzar;
54 the chief of Magdiel, the chief of Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom.
2 - SONS OF ISRAEL
CHRONICLES 3 - SONS OF DAVID
CHRONICLES 4 - SONS OF JUDAH
CHRONICLES 5 - SONS OF REUBEN
CHRONICLES 6 - SONS OF LEVI