November 19

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BBE.(Bible in Basic English)


Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, BBE.

James 2:18-3:18, BBE.

Psalms 118:1-18, BBE.

Proverbs 28:2, BBE.




Top Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, BBE.

“1 And you, son of man, be a prophet against Gog, and say, These are the words of the Lord: See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: 2 And turning you round, I will be your guide, and make you come up from the inmost parts of the north; I will make you come on to the mountains of Israel: 3 And with a blow I will send your bow out of your left hand and your arrows falling from your right hand. 4 On the mountains of Israel you will come down, you and all your forces and the peoples who are with you: I will give you to cruel birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be their food. 5 You will come down in the open field: for I have said it, says the Lord. 6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and on those who are living in the sea-lands without fear: and they will be certain that I am the Lord. 7 And I will make clear my holy name among my people Israel; I will no longer let my holy name be made unclean: and the nations will be certain that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 See, it is coming and it will be done, says the Lord; this is the day of which I have given word. 9 And those who are living in the towns of Israel will go out and make fires of the instruments of war, burning the body-covers and the breastplates, the bows and the arrows and the sticks and the spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them: 10 And they will take no wood out of the field or have any cut down in the woods; for they will make their fires of the instruments of war: and they will take by force the property of those who took their property, and go off with the goods of those who took their goods, says the Lord. 11 And it will come about in those days, that I will give to Gog a last resting-place there in Israel, in the valley of Abarim on the east of the sea: and those who go through will be stopped: and there Gog and all his people will be put to rest, and the place will be named, The valley of Hamon-gog. 12 And the children of Israel will be seven months putting them in the earth, so as to make the land clean. 13 And all the people of the land will put them in the earth; and it will be to their honour in the day when I let my glory be seen, says the Lord. 14 And they will put on one side men to do no other work but to go through the land and put in the earth the rest of those who are still on the face of the land, to make it clean: after seven months are ended they are to make a search. 15 And while they go through the land, if anyone sees a man’s bone, he is to put up a sign by the place till those who are doing the work have put it in the earth in the valley of Hamon-gog. 16 And there they will put all the army of Gog in the earth. So they will make the land clean. 17 And you, son of man, this is what the Lord has said: Say to the birds of every sort and to all the beasts of the field, Get together and come; come together on every side to the offering which I am putting to death for you, a great offering on the mountains of Israel, so that you may have flesh for your food and blood for your drink. 18 The flesh of the men of war will be your food, and your drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of sheep and lambs, of he-goats, of oxen, all of them fat beasts of Bashan. 19 You will go on feasting on the fat till you are full, and drinking the blood till you are overcome with it, of my offering which I have put to death for you. 20 At my table you will have food in full measure, horses and war-carriages, great men and all the men of war, says the Lord. 21 And I will put my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see my punishments which I have put into effect, and my hand which I have put on them. 22 So the children of Israel will be certain that I am the Lord their God, from that day and for the future. 23 And it will be clear to the nations that the children of Israel were taken away prisoners for their evil-doing; because they did wrong against me, and my face was covered from them: so I gave them up into the hands of their attackers, and they all came to their end by the sword. 24 In the measure of their unclean ways and their sins, so I did to them; and I kept my face covered from them. 25 For this cause the Lord has said, Now I will let the fate of Jacob be changed, and I will have mercy on all the children of Israel, and will take care of the honour of my holy name. 26 And they will be conscious of their shame and of all the wrong which they have done against me, when they are living in their land with no sense of danger and with no one to be a cause of fear to them; 27 When I have taken them back from among the peoples and got them together out of the lands of their haters, and have made myself holy in them before the eyes of a great number of nations. 28 And they will be certain that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away as prisoners among the nations, and have taken them together back to their land; and I have not let one of them be there any longer. 29 And my face will no longer be covered from them: for I have sent the out-flowing of my spirit on the children of Israel, says the Lord. 1 In the twenty-fifth year after we had been taken away prisoners, in the first month of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the town was taken, on the very same day, the hand of the Lord was on me, and he took me there. 2 In the visions of God he took me into the land of Israel, and put me down on a very high mountain, on which there was, as it seemed, a building like a town opposite me. 3 He took me there, and I saw a man, looking like brass, with a linen cord in his hand and a measuring rod: and he was stationed in the doorway. 4 And the man said to me, Son of man, see with your eyes and give hearing with your ears, and take to heart everything I am going to let you see; for in order that I might let you see them, you have come here: and give an account of all you see to the children of Israel. 5 And there was a wall on the outside of the house all round, and in the man’s hand there was a measuring rod six cubits long by a cubit and a hand’s measure: so he took the measure of the building from side to side, one rod; and from base to top, one rod. 6 Then he came to the doorway looking to the east, and went up by its steps; and he took the measure of the doorstep, one rod wide. 7 And the watchmen’s rooms were one rod long and one rod wide; and the space between the rooms was five cubits; the doorstep of the doorway, by the covered way of the doorway inside, was one rod. 8 And he took the measure of the covered way of the doorway inside, 9 Eight cubits; and its uprights, two cubits; the covered way of the doorway was inside. 10 And the rooms of the doorway on the east were three on this side and three on that; all three were of the same size; and the uprights on this side and on that were of the same size. 11 And he took the measure of the opening of the doorway, ten cubits wide; and the way down the doorway was thirteen cubits; 12 And the space in front of the rooms, a cubit on this side and a cubit on that side; and the rooms six cubits on this side and six cubits on that. 13 And he took the measure of the doorway from the back of one room to the back of the other, twenty-five cubits across, from door to door. 14 And he took the measure of the covered way, twenty cubits; and opening from the covered way of the doorway was the open square round about. 15 And from before the opening of the doorway to before the inner covered way of the doorway was fifty cubits. 16 And the rooms and their uprights had sloping windows inside the doorway all round, and in the same way the covered way had windows all round on the inside: and on every upright there were palm-trees. 17 Then he took me into the outer square, and there were rooms and a stone floor made for the open square all round: there were thirty rooms on the stone floor. 18 And the stone floor was by the side of the doorways, and was as wide as the doorways were long, even the lower floor. 19 Then he took the measure of the square across, from before the lower doorway inside to before the inner doorway outside, one hundred cubits. And he took me in the direction of the north, 20 And there was a doorway to the outer square, looking to the north; and he took the measure of it to see how wide and how long it was. 21 And it had three rooms on this side of it and three on that; its uprights and its covered ways were the same size as those of the first doorway: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 22 And its windows, and the windows of its covered ways, and its palm-trees, were the same as those of the doorway looking to the east; and there were seven steps up to it; and the covered way went inside. 23 And there was a doorway to the inner square opposite the doorway on the north, like the doorway on the east; and he took the measure from doorway to doorway, a hundred cubits. 24 And he took me to the south, and I saw a doorway looking to the south: and he took the measure of its rooms and its uprights and its covered ways by these measures. 25 And there were windows in it and in the covered way all round, like the other windows: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 26 And there were seven steps up to it, and its covered way went inside: and it had palm-trees, one on this side and one on that, on its uprights. 27 And there was a doorway to the inner square looking to the south: he took the measure from doorway to doorway to the south, a hundred cubits.”

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, BBE.

Top James 2:18-3:18, BBE.

“18 But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works. 19 You have the belief that God is one, and you do well: the evil spirits have the same belief, shaking with fear. 20 Do you not see, O foolish man, that faith without works is of no use? 21 Was not the righteousness of Abraham our father judged by his works, when he made an offering of Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that his faith was helping his works and was made complete by them; 23 And the holy Writings were put into effect which said, And Abraham had faith in God and it was put to his account as righteousness; and he was named the friend of God. 24 You see that a man’s righteousness is judged by his works and not by his faith only. 25 And in the same way, was not the righteousness of Rahab, the loose woman, judged by her works, when she took into her house those who were sent and let them go out by another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead even so faith without works is dead. 1 Do not all be teachers, my brothers, because we teachers will be judged more hardly than others. 2 For we all go wrong in a number of things. If a man never makes a slip in his talk, then he is a complete man and able to keep all his body in control. 3 Now if we put bits of iron into horses’ mouths so that they may be guided by us, we have complete control of their bodies. 4 And again ships, though they are so great and are moved by violent winds, are turned by a very small guiding-blade, at the impulse of the man who is using it. 5 Even so the tongue is a small part of the body, but it takes credit for great things. How much wood may be lighted by a very little fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire; it is the power of evil placed in our bodies, making all the body unclean, putting the wheel of life on fire, and getting its fire from hell. 7 For every sort of beast and bird and every living thing on earth and in the sea has been controlled by man and is under his authority; 8 But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death. 9 With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God’s image. 10 Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so. 11 Does the fountain send from the same outlet sweet and bitter water? 12 Is a fig-tree able to give us olives, my brothers, or do we get figs from a vine, or sweet water from the salt sea? 13 Who has wisdom and good sense among you? let him make his works clear by a life of gentle wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy in your heart and the desire to get the better of others, have no pride in this, talking falsely against what is true. 15 This wisdom is not from heaven, but is of the earth and the flesh and the Evil One. 16 For where envy is, and the desire to get the better of others, there is no order, but every sort of evil-doing. 17 But the wisdom which is from heaven is first holy, then gentle, readily giving way in argument, full of peace and mercy and good works, not doubting, not seeming other than it is. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is planted in peace for those who make peace.”

James 2:18-3:18, BBE.

Top Psalms 118:1-18, BBE.

“1 O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever. 2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. 3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. 4 Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. 5 I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me? 7 The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters. 8 It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in man. 9 It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in rulers. 10 All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. 11 They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. 12 They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. 13 I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper. 14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15 The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. 16 The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. 17 Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord. 18 The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death.”

Psalms 118:1-18, BBE.

Top Proverbs 28:2, BBE.

“2 Because of the sin of the land, its troubles are increased; but by a man of wisdom and knowledge they will be put out like a fire.”

Proverbs 28:2, BBE.






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