Bible: Ezek. 11:13-20; 34:20-31; 37:15-28
11:13 Now, while I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I threw myself face down and cried out with a loud voice, “Alas, sovereign
11:14 Then the word of the
11:16 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign
11:17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign
11:18 “When they return to it, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 11:19 I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; 7 I will remove the hearts of stone from their bodies 8 and I will give them tender hearts, 9 11:20 so that they may follow my statutes and observe my regulations and carry them out. Then they will be my people, and I will be their God. 10
34:24 All the men who assembled at the city gate 6 agreed with 7 Hamor and his son Shechem. Every male who assembled at the city gate 8 was circumcised. 34:25 In three days, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword 9 and went to the unsuspecting city 10 and slaughtered every male. 34:26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and left. 34:27 Jacob’s sons killed them 11 and looted the city because their sister had been violated. 12 34:28 They took their flocks, herds, and donkeys, as well as everything in the city and in the surrounding fields. 13 34:29 They captured as plunder 14 all their wealth, all their little ones, and their wives, including everything in the houses.
34:30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought ruin 15 on me by making me a foul odor 16 among the inhabitants of the land – among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I 17 am few in number; they will join forces against me and attack me, and both I and my family will be destroyed!” 34:31 But Simeon and Levi replied, 18 “Should he treat our sister like a common prostitute?”
37:15 When Joseph reached Shechem, 1 a man found him wandering 2 in the field, so the man asked him, “What are you looking for?” 37:16 He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Please tell 3 me where they are grazing their flocks.” 37:17 The man said, “They left this area, 4 for I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
37:18 Now Joseph’s brothers 5 saw him from a distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 37:19 They said to one another, “Here comes this master of dreams! 6 37:20 Come now, let’s kill him, throw him into one of the cisterns, and then say that a wild 7 animal ate him. Then we’ll see how his dreams turn out!” 8
37:21 When Reuben heard this, he rescued Joseph 9 from their hands, 10 saying, 11 “Let’s not take his life!” 12 37:22 Reuben continued, 13 “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 14 (Reuben said this 15 so he could rescue Joseph 16 from them 17 and take him back to his father.)
37:23 When Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped him 18 of his tunic, the special tunic that he wore. 37:24 Then they took him and threw him into the cistern. (Now the cistern was empty; 19 there was no water in it.)
37:25 When they sat down to eat their food, they looked up 20 and saw 21 a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh down to Egypt. 22 37:26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 37:27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let’s not lay a hand on him, 23 for after all, he is our brother, our own flesh.” His brothers agreed. 24 37:28 So when the Midianite 25 merchants passed by, Joseph’s brothers pulled 26 him 27 out of the cistern and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. The Ishmaelites 28 then took Joseph to Egypt.