Ezekiel 24–26; John 13:21–38

The Siege of Jerusalem

24 lIn the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: mSon of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. And nutter a parable to othe rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord God:

Set on pthe pot, set it on;

pour in water also;

put in it the pieces of meat,

all the good pieces, qthe thigh and the shoulder;

fill it with choice bones.

Take the choicest one of the flock;

pile the logs1 under it;

boil it well;

seethe also its bones in it.

Therefore thus says the Lord God: rWoe to the bloody city, to pthe pot whose corrosion is in it, and whose corrosion has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice.2 For the blood she has shed is in her midst; she put it on sthe bare rock; tshe did not pour it out on the ground to cover it with dust. To rouse my wrath, to take vengeance, I have set on the bare rock the blood she has shed, that it may not be covered. Therefore thus says the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city! uI also will make the pile great. 10 Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices,3 and let the bones be burned up. 11 Then set it empty upon the coals, that it may become hot, and its copper may burn, vthat its uncleanness may be melted in it, its corrosion consumed. 12 wShe has wearied herself with toil;4 its abundant corrosion does not go out of it. Into the fire with its corrosion! 13 On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, xyou shall not be cleansed anymore till yI have satisfied my fury upon you. 14 zI am the Lord. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; aI will not spare; bI will not relent; caccording to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.

Ezekiel's Wife Dies

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 dSon of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. 17 Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. eBind on your turban, and fput your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, gnor eat the bread of men. 18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and hat evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did ias I was commanded.

19 And jthe people said to me, Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus? 20 Then I said to them, The word of the Lord came to me: 21 Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: kBehold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the yearning of your soul, and lyour sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22 And myou shall do as I have done; myou shall not cover your lips, gnor eat the bread of men. 23 mYour turbans shall be on your heads and your shoes on your feet; you shall not mourn or weep, but nyou shall rot away in your iniquities and groan to one another. 24 Thus shall Ezekiel be to you oa sign; maccording to all that he has done you shall do. When this comes, then pyou will know that I am the Lord God.

25 As for you, qson of man, surely on the day when I take from them rtheir stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes and their soul's desire, and also their sons and daughters, 26 son that day a fugitive will come to you to report to you the news. 27 On that day your mouth twill be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and be no longer mute. uSo you will be a sign to them, and vthey will know that I am the Lord.

Prophecy Against Ammon

25 The word of the Lord came to me: wSon of man, xset your face toward ythe Ammonites and prophesy against them. Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God: zThus says the Lord God, Because you said, aAha! over my bsanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile, therefore behold, I am handing you over to cthe people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings in your midst. They shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. I will make dRabbah a epasture for camels and Ammon5 ea fold for flocks. vThen you will know that I am the Lord. For thus says the Lord God: Because fyou have clapped your hands gand stamped your feet and hrejoiced with all the imalice within your soul against the land of Israel, therefore, behold, jI have stretched out my hand against you, and kwill hand you over as plunder to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

Prophecy Against Moab and Seir

Thus says the Lord God: Because lMoab and mSeir6 said, Behold, the nhouse of Judah is like all the other nations, therefore lI will lay open the flank of Moab from the cities, from its cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, oBeth-jeshimoth, pBaal-meon, and qKiriathaim. 10 I will give it ralong with the Ammonites sto the people of the East as a possession, tthat the Ammonites may be remembered no more among the nations, 11 land I will execute judgments upon Moab. uThen they will know that I am the Lord.

Prophecy Against Edom

12 Thus says the Lord God: Because vEdom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended win taking vengeance on them, 13 therefore thus says the Lord God, xI will stretch out my hand against Edom and cut off from it man and beast. And I will make it desolate; from yTeman even to zDedan they shall fall by the sword. 14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom aby the hand of my people Israel, and they shall do in Edom according to my anger and according to my wrath, and bthey shall know my vengeance, declares the Lord God.

Prophecy Against Philistia

15 Thus says the Lord God: Because cthe Philistines dacted revengefully and took vengeance ewith malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity, 16 therefore thus says the Lord God, xBehold, I will stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off fthe Cherethites and destroy the rest of the seacoast. 17 I will execute great vengeance on them gwith wrathful rebukes. hThen they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.

Prophecy Against Tyre

26 iIn the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: jSon of man, because kTyre said concerning Jerusalem, lAha, the gate of the peoples is broken; it has swung open to me. I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste, therefore thus says the Lord God: mBehold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up nmany nations against you, oas the sea brings up its waves. They shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers, and I will scrape her soil from her and pmake her a bare rock. She qshall be in the midst of the sea a place for the spreading of nets, rfor I have spoken, declares the Lord God. And she shall become plunder for the nations, and her daughters on the mainland shall be killed by the sword. sThen they will know that I am the Lord.

For thus says the Lord God: tBehold, I will bring against Tyre ufrom the north Nebuchadnezzar7 king of Babylon, vking of kings, with horses and chariots, and with horsemen and a host of many soldiers. He will kill with the sword wyour daughters on the mainland. xHe will set up a siege wall against you and throw up a mound against you, and raise ya roof of shields against you. zHe will direct the shock of his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. 10 His horses will be so many that their dust will cover you. Your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen and wagons and chariots, when he enters your gates as men enter a city that has been breached. 11 With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets. He will kill your people with the sword, and your mighty pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will plunder ayour riches and loot ayour merchandise. They will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses. Your stones and timber and bsoil they will cast into the midst of the waters. 13 cAnd I will stop the music of your songs, and dthe sound of your lyres shall be heard no more. 14 pI will make you a bare rock. qYou shall be a place for the spreading of nets. You shall never be rebuilt, rfor I am the Lord; I have spoken, declares the Lord God.

15 Thus says the Lord God to Tyre: Will not ethe coastlands shake at the sound of your fall, fwhen the wounded groan, when slaughter is made in your midst? 16 Then all gthe princes of the sea will step down from their thrones and hremove their robes and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; ithey will sit on the ground and jtremble every moment and kbe appalled at you. 17 And they will lraise a lamentation over you and say to you,

How you have perished,

you who were inhabited from the seas,

O city renowned,

mwho was mighty on the sea;

she and her inhabitants nimposed their terror

on all her inhabitants!

18  Now the coastlands tremble

on the day of your fall,

and the coastlands that are on the sea

are dismayed at your passing.

19 For thus says the Lord God: When I make you a city laid waste, like the cities that are not inhabited, owhen I bring up the deep over you, and the great waters cover you, 20 then pI will make you go down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you to dwell in the world below, among ruins from of old, pwith those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set beauty qin the land of the living. 21 I will bring you rto a dreadful end, and you shall be no more. sThough you be sought for, you will never be found again, declares the Lord God.


One of You Will Betray Me

21 After saying these things, vJesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, wTruly, truly, I say to you, xone of you will betray me. 22 yThe disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 zOne of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table aat Jesus' side,1 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus2 of whom he was speaking. 25 bSo that disciple, cleaning back against Jesus, said to him, Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus answered, dIt is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread ewhen I have dipped it. So when he had dipped the morsel, fhe gave it to Judas, gthe son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, hSatan entered into him. Jesus said to him, iWhat you are going to do, do quickly. 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, jbecause Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, Buy what we need kfor the feast, or that he should lgive something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. mAnd it was night.

A New Commandment

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, nNow is the Son of Man glorified, and oGod is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, pGod will also glorify him in himself, and qglorify him at once. 33 Little children, ryet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just sas I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, Where I am going you cannot come. 34 tA new commandment uI give to you, vthat you love one another: wjust as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 xBy this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? yJesus answered him, Where I am going zyou cannot follow me now, abut you will follow afterward. 37 bPeter said to him, Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you. 38 Jesus answered, Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, cthe rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.