Investigative Judgement 1) Leviticus 10 The Death of Nadab and Abihu Lev 10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. Lev 10:2 And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Lev 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the LORD spoke, saying, 'By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'" So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. Lev 10:4 Moses called also to Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Aaron's uncle Uzziel, and said to them, "Come forward, carry your relatives away from the front of the sanctuary to the outside of the camp." Lev 10:5 So they came forward and carried them still in their tunics to the outside of the camp, as Moses had said. Lev 10:6 Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against all the congregation. But your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, shall bewail the burning which the LORD has brought about. Lev 10:7 "You shall not even go out from the doorway of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the LORD'S anointing oil is upon you." So they did according to the word of Moses. Lev 10:8 The LORD then spoke to Aaron, saying, Lev 10:9 "Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations— Lev 10:10 and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, Lev 10:11 and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them through Moses." Lev 10:12 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his surviving sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, "Take the grain offering that is left over from the LORD'S offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy. Lev 10:13 "You shall eat it, moreover, in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons' due out of the LORD'S offerings by fire; for thus I have been commanded. Lev 10:14 "The breast of the wave offering, however, and the thigh of the offering you may eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you; for they have been given as your due and your sons' due out of the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the sons of Israel. Lev 10:15 "The thigh offered by lifting up and the breast offered by waving they shall bring along with the offerings by fire of the portions of fat, to present as a wave offering before the LORD; so it shall be a thing perpetually due you and your sons with you, just as the LORD has commanded." Lev 10:16 But Moses searched carefully for the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it had been burned up! So he was angry with Aaron's surviving sons Eleazar and Ithamar, saying, Lev 10:17 "Why did you not eat the sin offering at the holy place? For it is most holy, and He gave it to you to bear away the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD. Lev 10:18 "Behold, since its blood had not been brought inside, into the sanctuary, you should certainly have eaten it in the sanctuary, just as I commanded." Lev 10:19 But Aaron spoke to Moses, "Behold, this very day they presented their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD. When things like these happened to me, if I had eaten a sin offering today, would it have been good in the sight of the LORD?" Lev 10:20 When Moses heard that, it seemed good in his sight.
Investigative Judgement 2) Numbers 16 Korah's Rebellion Num 16:1 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, Num 16:2 and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. Num 16:3 They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?" Num 16:4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face; Num 16:5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself. Num 16:6 "Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all your company, Num 16:7 and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the one who is holy. You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!" Num 16:8 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi, Num 16:9 is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; Num 16:10 and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking for the priesthood also? Num 16:11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD; but as for Aaron, who is he that you grumble against him?" Num 16:12 Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, "We will not come up. Num 16:13 "Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? Num 16:14 "Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!" Num 16:15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them." Num 16:16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company be present before the LORD tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron. Num 16:17 "Each of you take his firepan and put incense on it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron shall each bring his firepan." Num 16:18 So they each took his own censer and put fire on it, and laid incense on it; and they stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. Num 16:19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation. Num 16:20 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, Num 16:21 "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." Num 16:22 But they fell on their faces and said, "O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?" Num 16:23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 16:24 "Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.'" Num 16:25 Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, Num 16:26 and he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin." Num 16:27 So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and their sons and their little ones. Num 16:28 Moses said, "By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. Num 16:29 "If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. Num 16:30 "But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD." Num 16:31 As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; Num 16:32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. Num 16:33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. Num 16:34 All Israel who were around them fled at their outcry, for they said, "The earth may swallow us up!" Num 16:35 Fire also came forth from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense. Num 16:36 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 16:37 "Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he shall take up the censers out of the midst of the blaze, for they are holy; and you scatter the burning coals abroad. Num 16:38 "As for the censers of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present them before the LORD and they are holy; and they shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel." Num 16:39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as a plating for the altar, Num 16:40 as a reminder to the sons of Israel that no layman who is not of the descendants of Aaron should come near to burn incense before the LORD; so that he will not become like Korah and his company—just as the LORD had spoken to him through Moses. Num 16:41 But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You are the ones who have caused the death of the LORD'S people." Num 16:42 It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared. Num 16:43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, Num 16:44 and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 16:45 "Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." Then they fell on their faces. Num 16:46 Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!" Num 16:47 Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. Num 16:48 He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked. Num 16:49 But those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who died on account of Korah. Num 16:50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.
Investigative Judgement 6) Numbers 11 The People Complain Num 11:1 Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Num 11:2 The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died out. Num 11:3 So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them. Num 11:4 The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat? Num 11:5 "We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, Num 11:6 but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna." Num 11:7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. Num 11:8 The people would go about and gather it and grind it between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil. Num 11:9 When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it. Num 11:10 Now Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, each man at the doorway of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly, and Moses was displeased. Num 11:11 So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have You been so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me? Num 11:12 "Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers'? Num 11:13 "Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me, saying, 'Give us meat that we may eat!' Num 11:14 "I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome for me. Num 11:15 "So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness." Elders Appointed to Aid Moses Num 11:16 The LORD therefore said to Moses, "Gather for Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. Num 11:17 "Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone. Num 11:18 "Say to the people, 'Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, "Oh that someone would give us meat to eat! For we were well-off in Egypt." Therefore the LORD will give you meat and you shall eat. Num 11:19 'You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, Num 11:20 but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?"'" Num 11:21 But Moses said, "The people, among whom I am, are 600,000 on foot; yet You have said, 'I will give them meat, so that they may eat for a whole month.' Num 11:22 "Should flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to be sufficient for them? Or should all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?" Num 11:23 The LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD'S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not." Num 11:24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. Also, he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and stationed them around the tent. Num 11:25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again. Num 11:26 But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp. Num 11:27 So a young man ran and told Moses and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." Num 11:28 Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, "Moses, my lord, restrain them." Num 11:29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD'S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!" Num 11:30 Then Moses returned to the camp, both he and the elders of Israel. Quail and a Plague Num 11:31 Now there went forth a wind from the LORD and it brought quail from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp and about two cubits deep on the surface of the ground. Num 11:32 The people spent all day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers) and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. Num 11:33 While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very severe plague. Num 11:34 So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy. Num 11:35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people set out for Hazeroth, and they remained at Hazeroth.
Investigative Judgement 4)Numbers 20 The Death of Miriam Num 20:1 Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there. The Waters of Meribah Num 20:2 There was no water for the congregation, and they assembled themselves against Moses and Aaron. Num 20:3 The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, "If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! Num 20:4 "Why then have you brought the LORD'S assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here? Num 20:5 "Why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, nor is there water to drink." Num 20:6 Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them; Num 20:7 and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 20:8 "Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink." Num 20:9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him; Moses Strikes the Rock Num 20:10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?" Num 20:11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank. Num 20:12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them." Num 20:13 Those were the waters of Meribah, because the sons of Israel contended with the LORD, and He proved Himself holy among them. Edom Refuses Passage Num 20:14 From Kadesh Moses then sent messengers to the king of Edom: "Thus your brother Israel has said, 'You know all the hardship that has befallen us; Num 20:15 that our fathers went down to Egypt, and we stayed in Egypt a long time, and the Egyptians treated us and our fathers badly. Num 20:16 'But when we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice and sent an angel and brought us out from Egypt; now behold, we are at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. Num 20:17 'Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or through vineyard; we will not even drink water from a well. We will go along the king's highway, not turning to the right or left, until we pass through your territory.'" Num 20:18 Edom, however, said to him, "You shall not pass through us, or I will come out with the sword against you." Num 20:19 Again, the sons of Israel said to him, "We will go up by the highway, and if I and my livestock do drink any of your water, then I will pay its price. Let me only pass through on my feet, nothing else." Num 20:20 But he said, "You shall not pass through." And Edom came out against him with a heavy force and with a strong hand. Num 20:21 Thus Edom refused to allow Israel to pass through his territory; so Israel turned away from him. The Death of Aaron Num 20:22 Now when they set out from Kadesh, the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to Mount Hor. Num 20:23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor by the border of the land of Edom, saying, Num 20:24 "Aaron will be gathered to his people; for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the sons of Israel, because you rebelled against My command at the waters of Meribah. Num 20:25 "Take Aaron and his son Eleazar and bring them up to Mount Hor; Num 20:26 and strip Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar. So Aaron will be gathered to his people, and will die there." Num 20:27 So Moses did just as the LORD had commanded, and they went up to Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. Num 20:28 After Moses had stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar, Aaron died there on the mountain top. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. Num 20:29 When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.
Investigative Judgement 8) Numbers 27 The Daughters of Zelophehad Num 27:1 Then the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph, came near; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah and Milcah and Tirzah. Num 27:2 They stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the leaders and all the congregation, at the doorway of the tent of meeting, saying, Num 27:3 "Our father died in the wilderness, yet he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons. Num 27:4 "Why should the name of our father be withdrawn from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father's brothers." Num 27:5 So Moses brought their case before the LORD. Num 27:6 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 27:7 "The daughters of Zelophehad are right in their statements. You shall surely give them a hereditary possession among their father's brothers, and you shall transfer the inheritance of their father to them. Num 27:8 "Further, you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter. Num 27:9 'If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. Num 27:10 'If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers. Num 27:11 'If his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his nearest relative in his own family, and he shall possess it; and it shall be a statutory ordinance to the sons of Israel, just as the LORD commanded Moses.'" Joshua to Succeed Moses Num 27:12 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go up to this mountain of Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the sons of Israel. Num 27:13 "When you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was; Num 27:14 for in the wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to treat Me as holy before their eyes at the water." (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) Num 27:15 Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, Num 27:16 "May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation, Num 27:17 who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd." Num 27:18 So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; Num 27:19 and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and commission him in their sight. Num 27:20 "You shall put some of your authority on him, in order that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may obey him. Num 27:21 "Moreover, he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his command they shall go out and at his command they shall come in, both he and the sons of Israel with him, even all the congregation." Num 27:22 Moses did just as the LORD commanded him; and he took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. Num 27:23 Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses.
Investigative Judgement 3) Numbers 14 The People Rebel Num 14:1 Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. Num 14:2 All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Num 14:3 "Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" Num 14:4 So they said to one another, "Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt." Num 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel. Num 14:6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; Num 14:7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, "The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. Num 14:8 "If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey. Num 14:9 "Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them." Num 14:10 But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the LORD appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel. Num 14:11 The LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? Num 14:12 "I will smite them with pestilence and dispossess them, and I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they." Moses Intercedes for the People Num 14:13 But Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, Num 14:14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of this people, for You, O LORD, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Num 14:15 "Now if You slay this people as one man, then the nations who have heard of Your fame will say, Num 14:16 'Because the LORD could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.' Num 14:17 "But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared, Num 14:18 'The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.' Num 14:19 "Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now." God Promises Judgment Num 14:20 So the LORD said, "I have pardoned them according to your word; Num 14:21 but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. Num 14:22 "Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, Num 14:23 shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. Num 14:24 "But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Num 14:25 "Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea." Num 14:26 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, Num 14:27 "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. Num 14:28 "Say to them, 'As I live,' says the LORD, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; Num 14:29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. Num 14:30 'Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. Num 14:31 'Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey—I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected. Num 14:32 'But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. Num 14:33 'Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness. Num 14:34 'According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. Num 14:35 'I, the LORD, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.'" Num 14:36 As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, Num 14:37 even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague before the LORD. Num 14:38 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who went to spy out the land. Israel Defeated in Battle Num 14:39 When Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people mourned greatly. Num 14:40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge of the hill country, saying, "Here we are; we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised." Num 14:41 But Moses said, "Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed? Num 14:42 "Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the LORD is not among you. Num 14:43 "For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the LORD. And the LORD will not be with you." Num 14:44 But they went up heedlessly to the ridge of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses left the camp. Num 14:45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah.
Investigative Judgement 7)Numbers 17 Aaron's Staff Buds Num 17:1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 17:2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father's household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers' households. You shall write each name on his rod, Num 17:3 and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households. Num 17:4 "You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you. Num 17:5 "It will come about that the rod of the man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you." Num 17:6 Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers' households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods. Num 17:7 So Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in the tent of the testimony. Num 17:8 Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. Num 17:9 Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the LORD to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. Num 17:10 But the LORD said to Moses, "Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die." Num 17:11 Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did. Num 17:12 Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying! Num 17:13 "Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?"
Investigative Judgement 8 )Psalms 11 The Lord Is in His Holy Temple Psa 11:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David. In the LORD I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain; Psa 11:2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. Psa 11:3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?" Psa 11:4 The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. Psa 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates. Psa 11:6 Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. Psa 11:7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.
Investigative Judgement 9) Psalms 14 The Fool Says, There Is No God Psa 14:1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. Psa 14:2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. Psa 14:3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. Psa 14:4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? Psa 14:5 There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. Psa 14:6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge. Psa 14:7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
Investigative Judgement 10) Psalms 29 Ascribe to the Lord Glory Psa 29:1 A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Psa 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array. Psa 29:3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters. Psa 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful, The voice of the LORD is majestic. Psa 29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. Psa 29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, And Sirion like a young wild ox. Psa 29:7 The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire. Psa 29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. Psa 29:9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, "Glory!" Psa 29:10 The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever. Psa 29:11 The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.
Investigative Judgement 11) Psalms 53 There Is None Who Does Good Psa 53:1 For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. Psa 53:2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God. Psa 53:3 Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. Psa 53:4 Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge, Who eat up My people as though they ate bread And have not called upon God? Psa 53:5 There they were in great fear where no fear had been; For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you; You put them to shame, because God had rejected them. Psa 53:6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores His captive people, Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
Investigative Judgement 12) Psalms 76 Who Can Stand Before You? Psa 76:1 For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song. God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. Psa 76:2 His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion. Psa 76:3 There He broke the flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and the weapons of war. Selah. Psa 76:4 You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey. Psa 76:5 The stouthearted were plundered, They sank into sleep; And none of the warriors could use his hands. Psa 76:6 At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both rider and horse were cast into a dead sleep. Psa 76:7 You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry? Psa 76:8 You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still Psa 76:9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah. Psa 76:10 For the wrath of man shall praise You; With a remnant of wrath You will gird Yourself. Psa 76:11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared. Psa 76:12 He will cut off the spirit of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.
Investigative Judgement 13) Psalms 102 Do Not Hide Your Face from Me Psa 102:1 A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help come to You. Psa 102:2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly. Psa 102:3 For my days have been consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth. Psa 102:4 My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread. Psa 102:5 Because of the loudness of my groaning My bones cling to my flesh. Psa 102:6 I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places. Psa 102:7 I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop. Psa 102:8 My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who deride me have used my name as a curse. Psa 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping Psa 102:10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have lifted me up and cast me away. Psa 102:11 My days are like a lengthened shadow, And I wither away like grass. Psa 102:12 But You, O LORD, abide forever, And Your name to all generations. Psa 102:13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come. Psa 102:14 Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust. Psa 102:15 So the nations will fear the name of the LORD And all the kings of the earth Your glory. Psa 102:16 For the LORD has built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory. Psa 102:17 He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer. Psa 102:18 This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD. Psa 102:19 For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth, Psa 102:20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death, Psa 102:21 That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem, Psa 102:22 When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. Psa 102:23 He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days. Psa 102:24 I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations. Psa 102:25 "Of old You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. Psa 102:26 "Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. Psa 102:27 "But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end. Psa 102:28 "The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You."
Investigative Judgement 14) Psalms 103 Bless the Lord, O My Soul Psa 103:1 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Psa 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Psa 103:3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Psa 103:4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Psa 103:5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psa 103:6 The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. Psa 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. Psa 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. Psa 103:9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. Psa 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psa 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psa 103:13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. Psa 103:14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. Psa 103:15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. Psa 103:16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. Psa 103:17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, Psa 103:18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them. Psa 103:19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Psa 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Psa 103:21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. Psa 103:22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Investigative Judgment 15) Micah 1 Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD which came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. The Coming Destruction Mic 1:2 Hear, O peoples, all of you; Listen, O earth and all it contains, And let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, The Lord from His holy temple. Mic 1:3 For behold, the LORD is coming forth from His place. He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth. Mic 1:4 The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place. Mic 1:5 All this is for the rebellion of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the rebellion of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? What is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem? Mic 1:6 For I will make Samaria a heap of ruins in the open country, Planting places for a vineyard. I will pour her stones down into the valley And will lay bare her foundations. Mic 1:7 All of her idols will be smashed, All of her earnings will be burned with fire And all of her images I will make desolate, For she collected them from a harlot's earnings, And to the earnings of a harlot they will return. Mic 1:8 Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go barefoot and naked; I must make a lament like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches. Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable, For it has come to Judah; It has reached the gate of my people, Even to Jerusalem. Mic 1:10 Tell it not in Gath, Weep not at all. At Beth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust. Mic 1:11 Go on your way, inhabitant of Shaphir, in shameful nakedness. The inhabitant of Zaanan does not escape. The lamentation of Beth-ezel: "He will take from you its support." Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth Becomes weak waiting for good, Because a calamity has come down from the LORD To the gate of Jerusalem. Mic 1:13 Harness the chariot to the team of horses, O inhabitant of Lachish—She was the beginning of sin To the daughter of Zion—Because in you were found The rebellious acts of Israel. Mic 1:14 Therefore you will give parting gifts On behalf of Moresheth-gath; The houses of Achzib will become a deception To the kings of Israel. Mic 1:15 Moreover, I will bring on you The one who takes possession, O inhabitant of Mareshah. The glory of Israel will enter Adullam. Mic 1:16 Make yourself bald and cut off your hair, Because of the children of your delight; Extend your baldness like the eagle, For they will go from you into exile.
Investigative Judgement 17) Psalms 9 I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds Psa 9:1 For the choir director; on Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. Psa 9:2 I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psa 9:3 When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You. Psa 9:4 For You have maintained my just cause; You have sat on the throne judging righteously. Psa 9:5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. Psa 9:6 The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished. Psa 9:7 But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment, Psa 9:8 And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity. Psa 9:9 The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; Psa 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psa 9:11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds. Psa 9:12 For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted. Psa 9:13 Be gracious to me, O LORD; See my affliction from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, Psa 9:14 That I may tell of all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in Your salvation. Psa 9:15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught. Psa 9:16 The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah. Psa 9:17 The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God. Psa 9:18 For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever. Psa 9:19 Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged before You. Psa 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.
Investigative Judgement 18) psalms God Himself Is Judge Psa 50: 1 A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Psa 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. Psa 50:3 May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him. Psa 50:4 He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people: Psa 50:5 "Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." Psa 50:6 And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. Selah. Psa 50:7 "Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you; I am God, your God. Psa 50:8 "I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me. Psa 50:9 "I shall take no young bull out of your house Nor male goats out of your folds. Psa 50:10 "For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. Psa 50:11 "I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine. Psa 50:12 "If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains. Psa 50:13 "Shall I eat the flesh of bulls Or drink the blood of male goats? Psa 50:14 "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; Psa 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." Psa 50:16 But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth? Psa 50:17 "For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you. Psa 50:18 "When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers. Psa 50:19 "You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. Psa 50:20 "You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son. Psa 50:21 "These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes. Psa 50:22 "Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. Psa 50:23 "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God." 50
Investigative Judgement 19) Psalm 60 He Will Tread Down Our Foes Psa 60:1 For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us. Psa 60:2 You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters. Psa 60:3 You have made Your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger. Psa 60:4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. Psa 60:5 That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us! Psa 60:6 God has spoken in His holiness: "I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth. Psa 60:7 "Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter. Psa 60:8 "Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!" Psa 60:9 Who will bring me into the besieged city? Who will lead me to Edom? Psa 60:10 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us? And will You not go forth with our armies, O God? Psa 60:11 O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. Psa 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.
investigative Judgement 20) Psalms 73 God Is My Strength and Portion Forever Psa 73:1 A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! Psa 73:2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. Psa 73:3 For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psa 73:4 For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat. Psa 73:5 They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind. Psa 73:6 Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them. Psa 73:7 Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. Psa 73:8 They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. Psa 73:9 They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth. Psa 73:10 Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them. Psa 73:11 They say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?" Psa 73:12 Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth. Psa 73:13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence; Psa 73:14 For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning. Psa 73:15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. Psa 73:16 When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight Psa 73:17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end. Psa 73:18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Psa 73:19 How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors! Psa 73:20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form. Psa 73:21 When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within, Psa 73:22 Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Psa 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. Psa 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Psa 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. Psa 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psa 73:27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. Psa 73:28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Investigative Judgement 21) Psalms 99 The Lord Our God Is Holy Psa 99:1 The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! Psa 99:2 The LORD is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples. Psa 99:3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. Psa 99:4 The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Psa 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He. Psa 99:6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called on His name; They called upon the LORD and He answered them. Psa 99:7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; They kept His testimonies And the statute that He gave them. Psa 99:8 O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds. Psa 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God.
Investigative Judgement 22) Isaiah 6 Isaiah's Vision of the Lord Isa 6:1 In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Isa 6:2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. Isa 6:3 And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." Isa 6:4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Isa 6:5 Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." Isa 6:6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. Isa 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven." Isaiah's Commission from the Lord Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isa 6:9 He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.' Isa 6:10 "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed." Isa 6:11 Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate, Isa 6:12 "The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. Isa 6:13 "Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump."
Investigative Judgement 23) Isaiah 18 An Oracle Concerning Cush Isa 18:1 Alas, oh land of whirring wings Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush, Isa 18:2 Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, To a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation Whose land the rivers divide. Isa 18:3 All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth, As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains, you will see it, And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it. Isa 18:4 For thus the LORD has told me, "I will look from My dwelling place quietly Like dazzling heat in the sunshine, Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest." Isa 18:5 For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms And the flower becomes a ripening grape, Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives And remove and cut away the spreading branches. Isa 18:6 They will be left together for mountain birds of prey, And for the beasts of the earth; And the birds of prey will spend the summer feeding on them, And all the beasts of the earth will spend harvest time on them. Isa 18:7 At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts From a people tall and smooth, Even from a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation, Whose land the rivers divide—To the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, even Mount Zion.
Investigative Judgement 24) Amos 1 Amo 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa, which he envisioned in visions concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. Judgment on Israel's Neighbors Amo 1:2 He said, "The LORD roars from Zion And from Jerusalem He utters His voice; And the shepherds' pasture grounds mourn, And the summit of Carmel dries up." Amo 1:3 Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Damascus and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they threshed Gilead with implements of sharp iron. Amo 1:4 "So I will send fire upon the house of Hazael And it will consume the citadels of Ben-hadad. Amo 1:5 "I will also break the gate bar of Damascus, And cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven, And him who holds the scepter, from Beth-eden; So the people of Aram will go exiled to Kir," Says the LORD. Amo 1:6 Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Gaza and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they deported an entire population To deliver it up to Edom. Amo 1:7 "So I will send fire upon the wall of Gaza And it will consume her citadels. Amo 1:8 "I will also cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, And him who holds the scepter, from Ashkelon; I will even unleash My power upon Ekron, And the remnant of the Philistines will perish," Says the Lord GOD. Amo 1:9 Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Tyre and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they delivered up an entire population to Edom And did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. Amo 1:10 "So I will send fire upon the wall of Tyre And it will consume her citadels." Amo 1:11 Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, And he maintained his fury forever. Amo 1:12 "So I will send fire upon Teman And it will consume the citadels of Bozrah." Amo 1:13 Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead In order to enlarge their borders. Amo 1:14 "So I will kindle a fire on the wall of Rabbah And it will consume her citadels Amid war cries on the day of battle, And a storm on the day of tempest. Amo 1:15 "Their king will go into exile, He and his princes together," says the LORD.
Investigative Judgement 25) Genesis 3 The Fall Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" Gen 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; Gen 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" Gen 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! Gen 3:5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Gen 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Gen 3:8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Gen 3:9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" Gen 3:10 He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." Gen 3:11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" Gen 3:12 The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Gen 3:14 The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." Gen 3:16 To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you." Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. Gen 3:18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return." Gen 3:20 Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. Gen 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Gen 3:22 Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"— Gen 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. Gen 3:24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
Investigative Judgement 26) Genesis 11 The Tower of Babel Gen 11:1 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. Gen 11:2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. Gen 11:3 They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. Gen 11:4 They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." Gen 11:5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. Gen 11:6 The LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Gen 11:7 "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech." Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Gen 11:9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. Shem's Descendants Gen 11:10 These are the records of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old, and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood; Gen 11:11 and Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:12 Arpachshad lived thirty-five years, and became the father of Shelah; Gen 11:13 and Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years after he became the father of Shelah, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:14 Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber; Gen 11:15 and Shelah lived four hundred and three years after he became the father of Eber, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg; Gen 11:17 and Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:18 Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu; Gen 11:19 and Peleg lived two hundred and nine years after he became the father of Reu, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug; Gen 11:21 and Reu lived two hundred and seven years after he became the father of Serug, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:22 Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor; Gen 11:23 and Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah; Gen 11:25 and Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and he had other sons and daughters. Gen 11:26 Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. Terah's Descendants Gen 11:27 Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. Gen 11:28 Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. Gen 11:29 Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. Gen 11:30 Sarai was barren; she had no child. Gen 11:31 Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. Gen 11:32 The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.
Investigative Judgement 27) Matthew 22 The Parable of the Wedding Feast Mat 22:1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, Mat 22:2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. Mat 22:3 "And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Mat 22:4 "Again he sent out other slaves saying, 'Tell those who have been invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast."' Mat 22:5 "But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, Mat 22:6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. Mat 22:7 "But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. Mat 22:8 "Then he *said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Mat 22:9 'Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.' Mat 22:10 "Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. Mat 22:11 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, Mat 22:12 and he *said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless. Mat 22:13 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Mat 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen." Paying Taxes to Caesar Mat 22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said. Mat 22:16 And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. Mat 22:17 "Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?" Mat 22:18 But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? Mat 22:19 "Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax." And they brought Him a denarius. Mat 22:20 And He *said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" Mat 22:21 They *said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He *said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." Mat 22:22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away. Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection Mat 22:23 On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him, Mat 22:24 asking, "Teacher, Moses said, 'IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.' Mat 22:25 "Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; Mat 22:26 so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. Mat 22:27 "Last of all, the woman died. Mat 22:28 "In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her." Mat 22:29 But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. Mat 22:30 "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Mat 22:31 "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: Mat 22:32 'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." Mat 22:33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. The Great Commandment Mat 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. Mat 22:35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, Mat 22:36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" Mat 22:37 And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' Mat 22:38 "This is the great and foremost commandment. Mat 22:39 "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' Mat 22:40 "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." Whose Son Is the Christ? Mat 22:41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: Mat 22:42 "What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?" They *said to Him, "The son of David." Mat 22:43 He *said to them, "Then how does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying, Mat 22:44 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET"'? Mat 22:45 "If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his son?" Mat 22:46 No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.
Investigative Judgement 29 Malachi 3Mal 3:1 "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. Mal 3:2 "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. Mal 3:3 "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. Mal 3:4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. Mal 3:5 "Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts. Robbing God Mal 3:6 "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. Mal 3:7 "From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you say, 'How shall we return?' Mal 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. Mal 3:9 "You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Mal 3:10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Mal 3:11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the LORD of hosts. Mal 3:12 "All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts. Mal 3:13 "Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?' Mal 3:14 "You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts? Mal 3:15 'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'" The Book of Remembrance Mal 3:16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. Mal 3:17 "They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." Mal 3:18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
Investigative Judgement 30) Ezekiel 1-10 Ezekiel in Babylon Eze 1:1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. Eze 1:2 (On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's exile, Eze 1:3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.) The Glory of the Lord Eze 1:4 As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire. Eze 1:5 Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. Eze 1:6 Each of them had four faces and four wings. Eze 1:7 Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf's hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. Eze 1:8 Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, Eze 1:9 their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. Eze 1:10 As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. Eze 1:11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies. Eze 1:12 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. Eze 1:13 In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. Eze 1:14 And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning. Eze 1:15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them. Eze 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another. Eze 1:17 Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved. Eze 1:18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about. Eze 1:19 Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. Eze 1:20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. Eze 1:21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. Eze 1:22 Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads. Eze 1:23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. Eze 1:24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. Eze 1:25 And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. Eze 1:26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Eze 1:27 Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. Eze 1:28 As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking. Ezekiel's Call Eze 2:1 Then He said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!" Eze 2:2 As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me. Eze 2:3 Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. Eze 2:4 "I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' Eze 2:5 "As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. Eze 2:6 "And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. Eze 2:7 "But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious. Eze 2:8 "Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you." Eze 2:9 Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. Eze 2:10 When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe. Eze 3:1 Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." Eze 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. Eze 3:3 He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you." Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Eze 3:4 Then He said to me, "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. Eze 3:5 "For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, Eze 3:6 nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; Eze 3:7 yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. Eze 3:8 "Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Eze 3:9 "Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house." Eze 3:10 Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely. Eze 3:11 "Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'" Eze 3:12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me, "Blessed be the glory of the LORD in His place." Eze 3:13 And I heard the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another and the sound of the wheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound. Eze 3:14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me. Eze 3:15 Then I came to the exiles who lived beside the river Chebar at Tel-abib, and I sat there seven days where they were living, causing consternation among them. A Watchman for Israel Eze 3:16 At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Eze 3:17 "Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. Eze 3:18 "When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Eze 3:19 "Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. Eze 3:20 "Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Eze 3:21 "However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself." Eze 3:22 The hand of the LORD was on me there, and He said to me, "Get up, go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you." Eze 3:23 So I got up and went out to the plain; and behold, the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory which I saw by the river Chebar, and I fell on my face. Eze 3:24 The Spirit then entered me and made me stand on my feet, and He spoke with me and said to me, "Go, shut yourself up in your house. Eze 3:25 "As for you, son of man, they will put ropes on you and bind you with them so that you cannot go out among them. Eze 3:26 "Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house. Eze 3:27 "But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house. The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized Eze 4:1 "Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem. Eze 4:2 "Then lay siege against it, build a siege wall, raise up a ramp, pitch camps and place battering rams against it all around. Eze 4:3 "Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This is a sign to the house of Israel. Eze 4:4 "As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; you shall bear their iniquity for the number of days that you lie on it. Eze 4:5 "For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days; thus you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. Eze 4:6 "When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah; I have assigned it to you for forty days, a day for each year. Eze 4:7 "Then you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem with your arm bared and prophesy against it. Eze 4:8 "Now behold, I will put ropes on you so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have completed the days of your siege. Eze 4:9 "But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself; you shall eat it according to the number of the days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days. Eze 4:10 "Your food which you eat shall be twenty shekels a day by weight; you shall eat it from time to time. Eze 4:11 "The water you drink shall be the sixth part of a hin by measure; you shall drink it from time to time. Eze 4:12 "You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked it in their sight over human dung." Eze 4:13 Then the LORD said, "Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where I will banish them." Eze 4:14 But I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth." Eze 4:15 Then He said to me, "See, I will give you cow's dung in place of human dung over which you will prepare your bread." Eze 4:16 Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, behold, I am going to break the staff of bread in Jerusalem, and they will eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and drink water by measure and in horror, Eze 4:17 because bread and water will be scarce; and they will be appalled with one another and waste away in their iniquity. Jerusalem Will Be Destroyed Eze 5:1 "As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword; take and use it as a barber's razor on your head and beard. Then take scales for weighing and divide the hair. Eze 5:2 "One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind; and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. Eze 5:3 "Take also a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes. Eze 5:4 "Take again some of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire; from it a fire will spread to all the house of Israel. Eze 5:5 "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'This is Jerusalem; I have set her at the center of the nations, with lands around her. Eze 5:6 'But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes more than the lands which surround her; for they have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.' Eze 5:7 "Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, 'Because you have more turmoil than the nations which surround you and have not walked in My statutes, nor observed My ordinances, nor observed the ordinances of the nations which surround you,' Eze 5:8 therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I, even I, am against you, and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations. Eze 5:9 'And because of all your abominations, I will do among you what I have not done, and the like of which I will never do again. Eze 5:10 'Therefore, fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers; for I will execute judgments on you and scatter all your remnant to every wind. Eze 5:11 'So as I live,' declares the Lord GOD, 'surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will also withdraw, and My eye will have no pity and I will not spare. Eze 5:12 'One third of you will die by plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will scatter to every wind, and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. Eze 5:13 'Thus My anger will be spent and I will satisfy My wrath on them, and I will be appeased; then they will know that I, the LORD, have spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them. Eze 5:14 'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by. Eze 5:15 'So it will be a reproach, a reviling, a warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath and raging rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken. Eze 5:16 'When I send against them the deadly arrows of famine which were for the destruction of those whom I will send to destroy you, then I will also intensify the famine upon you and break the staff of bread. Eze 5:17 'Moreover, I will send on you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you of children; plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the LORD, have spoken.'" Judgment Against Idolatry Eze 6:1 And the word of the LORD came to me saying, Eze 6:2 "Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them Eze 6:3 and say, 'Mountains of Israel, listen to the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, the hills, the ravines and the valleys: "Behold, I Myself am going to bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places. Eze 6:4 "So your altars will become desolate and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will make your slain fall in front of your idols. Eze 6:5 "I will also lay the dead bodies of the sons of Israel in front of their idols; and I will scatter your bones around your altars. Eze 6:6 "In all your dwellings, cities will become waste and the high places will be desolate, that your altars may become waste and desolate, your idols may be broken and brought to an end, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be blotted out. Eze 6:7 "The slain will fall among you, and you will know that I am the LORD. Eze 6:8 "However, I will leave a remnant, for you will have those who escaped the sword among the nations when you are scattered among the countries. Eze 6:9 "Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations. Eze 6:10 "Then they will know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would inflict this disaster on them."' Eze 6:11 "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Clap your hand, stamp your foot and say, "Alas, because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, which will fall by sword, famine and plague! Eze 6:12 "He who is far off will die by the plague, and he who is near will fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged will die by the famine. Thus will I spend My wrath on them. Eze 6:13 "Then you will know that I am the LORD, when their slain are among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, under every green tree and under every leafy oak—the places where they offered soothing aroma to all their idols. Eze 6:14 "So throughout all their habitations I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land more desolate and waste than the wilderness toward Diblah; thus they will know that I am the LORD."'" The Day of the Wrath of the Lord Eze 7:1 Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me saying, Eze 7:2 "And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel, 'An end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land. Eze 7:3 'Now the end is upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and bring all your abominations upon you. Eze 7:4 'For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will bring your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you; then you will know that I am the LORD!' Eze 7:5 "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'A disaster, unique disaster, behold it is coming! Eze 7:6 'An end is coming; the end has come! It has awakened against you; behold, it has come! Eze 7:7 'Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come, the day is near—tumult rather than joyful shouting on the mountains. Eze 7:8 'Now I will shortly pour out My wrath on you and spend My anger against you; judge you according to your ways and bring on you all your abominations. Eze 7:9 'My eye will show no pity nor will I spare. I will repay you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst; then you will know that I, the LORD, do the smiting. Eze 7:10 'Behold, the day! Behold, it is coming! Your doom has gone forth; the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed. Eze 7:11 'Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, none of their people, none of their wealth, nor anything eminent among them. Eze 7:12 'The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude. Eze 7:13 'Indeed, the seller will not regain what he sold as long as they both live; for the vision regarding all their multitude will not be averted, nor will any of them maintain his life by his iniquity. Eze 7:14 'They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but no one is going to the battle, for My wrath is against all their multitude. Eze 7:15 'The sword is outside and the plague and the famine are within. He who is in the field will die by the sword; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city. Eze 7:16 'Even when their survivors escape, they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, each over his own iniquity. Eze 7:17 'All hands will hang limp and all knees will become like water. Eze 7:18 'They will gird themselves with sackcloth and shuddering will overwhelm them; and shame will be on all faces and baldness on all their heads. Eze 7:19 'They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling. Eze 7:20 'They transformed the beauty of His ornaments into pride, and they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things with it; therefore I will make it an abhorrent thing to them. Eze 7:21 'I will give it into the hands of the foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane it. Eze 7:22 'I will also turn My face from them, and they will profane My secret place; then robbers will enter and profane it. Eze 7:23 'Make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence. Eze 7:24 'Therefore, I will bring the worst of the nations, and they will possess their houses. I will also make the pride of the strong ones cease, and their holy places will be profaned. Eze 7:25 'When anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there will be none. Eze 7:26 'Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders. Eze 7:27 'The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with horror, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I will judge them. And they will know that I am the LORD.'" Abominations in the Temple Eze 8:1 It came about in the sixth year, on the fifth day of the sixth month, as I was sitting in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell on me there. Eze 8:2 Then I looked, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of a man; from His loins and downward there was the appearance of fire, and from His loins and upward the appearance of brightness, like the appearance of glowing metal. Eze 8:3 He stretched out the form of a hand and caught me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the idol of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy, was located. Eze 8:4 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the appearance which I saw in the plain. Eze 8:5 Then He said to me, "Son of man, raise your eyes now toward the north." So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance. Eze 8:6 And He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations." Eze 8:7 Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. Eze 8:8 He said to me, "Son of man, now dig through the wall." So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance. Eze 8:9 And He said to me, "Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here." Eze 8:10 So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of creeping things and beasts and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around. Eze 8:11 Standing in front of them were seventy elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his censer in his hand and the fragrance of the cloud of incense rising. Eze 8:12 Then He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are committing in the dark, each man in the room of his carved images? For they say, 'The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'" Eze 8:13 And He said to me, "Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing." Eze 8:14 Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. Eze 8:15 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these." Eze 8:16 Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. Eze 8:17 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose. Eze 8:18 "Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yIdolaters Killed Eze 9:1 Then He cried out in my hearing with a loud voice saying, "Draw near, O executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand." Eze 9:2 Behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north, each with his shattering weapon in his hand; and among them was a certain man clothed in linen with a writing case at his loins. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar. Eze 9:3 Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case. Eze 9:4 The LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst." Eze 9:5 But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. Eze 9:6 "Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary." So they started with the elders who were before the temple. Eze 9:7 And He said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!" Thus they went out and struck down the people in the city. Eze 9:8 As they were striking the people and I alone was left, I fell on my face and cried out saying, "Alas, Lord GOD! Are You destroying the whole remnant of Israel by pouring out Your wrath on Jerusalem?" Eze 9:9 Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!' Eze 9:10 "But as for Me, My eye will have no pity nor will I spare, but I will bring their conduct upon their heads." Eze 9:11 Then behold, the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case reported, saying, "I have done just as You have commanded me." The Glory of the Lord Leaves the Temple Eze 10:1 Then I looked, and behold, in the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim something like a sapphire stone, in appearance resembling a throne, appeared above them. Eze 10:2 And He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, "Enter between the whirling wheels under the cherubim and fill your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And he entered in my sight. Eze 10:3 Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the temple when the man entered, and the cloud filled the inner court. Eze 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the LORD. Eze 10:5 Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks. Eze 10:6 It came about when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, "Take fire from between the whirling wheels, from between the cherubim," he entered and stood beside a wheel. Eze 10:7 Then the cherub stretched out his hand from between the cherubim to the fire which was between the cherubim, took some and put it into the hands of the one clothed in linen, who took it and went out. Eze 10:8 The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man's hand under their wings. Eze 10:9 Then I looked, and behold, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like the gleam of a Tarshish stone. Eze 10:10 As for their appearance, all four of them had the same likeness, as if one wheel were within another wheel. Eze 10:11 When they moved, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went; but they followed in the direction which they faced, without turning as they went. Eze 10:12 Their whole body, their backs, their hands, their wings and the wheels were full of eyes all around, the wheels belonging to all four of them. Eze 10:13 The wheels were called in my hearing, the whirling wheels. Eze 10:14 And each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Eze 10:15 Then the cherubim rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar. Eze 10:16 Now when the cherubim moved, the wheels would go beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels would not turn from beside them. Eze 10:17 When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them. Eze 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. Eze 10:19 When the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the LORD'S house, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered over them. Eze 10:20 These are the living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubim. Eze 10:21 Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and beneath their wings was the form of human hands. Eze 10:22 As for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar. Each one went straight ahead.
Investigative Judgement 16) 1 Kings 22 Ahab and the False Prophets 1Ki 22:1 Three years passed without war between Aram and Israel. 1Ki 22:2 In the third year Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. 1Ki 22:3 Now the king of Israel said to his servants, "Do you know that Ramoth-gilead belongs to us, and we are still doing nothing to take it out of the hand of the king of Aram?" 1Ki 22:4 And he said to Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to battle at Ramoth-gilead?" And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses." 1Ki 22:5 Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of the LORD." 1Ki 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle or shall I refrain?" And they said, "Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king." 1Ki 22:7 But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?" 1Ki 22:8 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so." 1Ki 22:9 Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Bring quickly Micaiah son of Imlah." 1Ki 22:10 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 1Ki 22:11 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made horns of iron for himself and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'With these you will gore the Arameans until they are consumed.'" 1Ki 22:12 All the prophets were prophesying thus, saying, "Go up to Ramoth-gilead and prosper, for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king." Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab 1Ki 22:13 Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, "Behold now, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably." 1Ki 22:14 But Micaiah said, "As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I shall speak." 1Ki 22:15 When he came to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?" And he answered him, "Go up and succeed, and the LORD will give it into the hand of the king." 1Ki 22:16 Then the king said to him, "How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?" 1Ki 22:17 So he said, "I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, Like sheep which have no shepherd. And the LORD said, 'These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.'" 1Ki 22:18 Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?" 1Ki 22:19 Micaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left. 1Ki 22:20 "The LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said this while another said that. 1Ki 22:21 "Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.' 1Ki 22:22 "The LORD said to him, 'How?' And he said, 'I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then He said, 'You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.' 1Ki 22:23 "Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you." 1Ki 22:24 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, "How did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?" 1Ki 22:25 Micaiah said, "Behold, you shall see on that day when you enter an inner room to hide yourself." 1Ki 22:26 Then the king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son; 1Ki 22:27 and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'" 1Ki 22:28 Micaiah said, "If you indeed return safely the LORD has not spoken by me." And he said, "Listen, all you people." Ahab Killed in Battle 1Ki 22:29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up against Ramoth-gilead. 1Ki 22:30 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into the battle, but you put on your robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into the battle. 1Ki 22:31 Now the king of Aram had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, saying, "Do not fight with small or great, but with the king of Israel alone." 1Ki 22:32 So when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "Surely it is the king of Israel," and they turned aside to fight against him, and Jehoshaphat cried out. 1Ki 22:33 When the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. 1Ki 22:34 Now a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn around and take me out of the fight; for I am severely wounded." 1Ki 22:35 The battle raged that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot in front of the Arameans, and died at evening, and the blood from the wound ran into the bottom of the chariot. 1Ki 22:36 Then a cry passed throughout the army close to sunset, saying, "Every man to his city and every man to his country." 1Ki 22:37 So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried the king in Samaria. 1Ki 22:38 They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood (now the harlots bathed themselves there), according to the word of the LORD which He spoke. 1Ki 22:39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did and the ivory house which he built and all the cities which he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 1Ki 22:40 So Ahab slept with his fathers, and Ahaziah his son became king in his place. Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah 1Ki 22:41 Now Jehoshaphat the son of Asa became king over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. 1Ki 22:42 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 1Ki 22:43 He walked in all the way of Asa his father; he did not turn aside from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD. However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places. 1Ki 22:44 Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel. 1Ki 22:45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might which he showed and how he warred, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 1Ki 22:46 The remnant of the sodomites who remained in the days of his father Asa, he expelled from the land. 1Ki 22:47 Now there was no king in Edom; a deputy was king. 1Ki 22:48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber. 1Ki 22:49 Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my servants go with your servants in the ships." But Jehoshaphat was not willing. 1Ki 22:50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of his father David, and Jehoram his son became king in his place. Ahaziah Reigns in Israel 1Ki 22:51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned two years over Israel. 1Ki 22:52 He did evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 1Ki 22:53 So he served Baal and worshiped him and provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger, according to all that his father had done.
Investigative Judgement 28) Joel 2-3 The Day of the Lord Joe 2:1 Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, Joe 2:2 A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations. Joe 2:3 A fire consumes before them And behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them But a desolate wilderness behind them, And nothing at all escapes them. Joe 2:4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like war horses, so they run. Joe 2:5 With a noise as of chariots They leap on the tops of the mountains, Like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble, Like a mighty people arranged for battle. Joe 2:6 Before them the people are in anguish; All faces turn pale. Joe 2:7 They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like soldiers; And they each march in line, Nor do they deviate from their paths. Joe 2:8 They do not crowd each other, They march everyone in his path; When they burst through the defenses, They do not break ranks. Joe 2:9 They rush on the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter through the windows like a thief. Joe 2:10 Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joe 2:11 The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it? Return to the Lord Joe 2:12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; Joe 2:13 And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil. Joe 2:14 Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? Joe 2:15 Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'" The Lord Had Pity Joe 2:18 Then the LORD will be zealous for His land And will have pity on His people. Joe 2:19 The LORD will answer and say to His people, "Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with them; And I will never again make you a reproach among the nations. Joe 2:20 "But I will remove the northern army far from you, And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land, And its vanguard into the eastern sea, And its rear guard into the western sea. And its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up, For it has done great things." Joe 2:21 Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the LORD has done great things. Joe 2:22 Do not fear, beasts of the field, For the pastures of the wilderness have turned green, For the tree has borne its fruit, The fig tree and the vine have yielded in full. Joe 2:23 So rejoice, O sons of Zion, And be glad in the LORD your God; For He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, The early and latter rain as before. Joe 2:24 The threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil. Joe 2:25 "Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you. Joe 2:26 "You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; Then My people will never be put to shame. Joe 2:27 "Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel, And that I am the LORD your God, And there is no other; And My people will never be put to shame. The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit Joe 2:28 "It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Joe 2:29 "Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. Joe 2:30 "I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. Joe 2:31 "The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Joe 2:32 "And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. The Lord Judges the Nations Joe 3:1 "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, Joe 3:2 I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land. Joe 3:3 "They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink. Joe 3:4 "Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head. Joe 3:5 "Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples, Joe 3:6 and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory, Joe 3:7 behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head. Joe 3:8 "Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation," for the LORD has spoken. Joe 3:9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up! Joe 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man." Joe 3:11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones. Joe 3:12 Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations. Joe 3:13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joe 3:15 The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. Joe 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel. The Glorious Future of Judah Joe 3:17 Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more. Joe 3:18 And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim. Joe 3:19 Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood. Joe 3:20 But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations. Joe 3:21 And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, For the LORD dwells in Zion.
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