Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 


Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king.--- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---  This book of the Bible happens during this time The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.

 


Ezekiel 22 - 24

God tells Ezekiel to list the sins of the Israelites.
God compares the Israelites to worthless metal.
God compares Samaria and Jerusalem to two sisters.


Ezekiel was one of the Israelites who got sent away (exiled) to Babylon.  He had lived in Jerusalem before the exile. He was in the first group to be exiled to Babylon.  His book starts 5 years after the exile. He was 30 years old when he began to see visions and became a prophet. Ezekiel and some of the other Israelite exiles had a camp by the river named Chebar.


Ezekiel 22

God tells Ezekiel to list the sins of the Israelites.

God spoke to me.  He asked me to show Jerusalem all of her sins.

[1] Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[2] Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.


I should tell them this:  God sa
ys the city has made itself bloody.  She makes idols that make her dirty. 
 The blood you have caused has made you guilty. Your end is coming near. Other countries will make fun of you.
[3] Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
[4] Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.

Countries that are close and countries that are far away will make fun of you.
[5] Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.

Your leaders use their power to murder.
[6] Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.

You do not honor your parents. You do not treat strangers well.  You have caused trouble for orphans and widows.
[7] In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.

You do not respect My holy things. You do not respect the sabbath.
[8] Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.

Some of your men tell lies that cause killing. Some of your people worship false gods in bad places.  Some of your people do very immoral things.

[9] In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.

Some of your people have sexual relations with people they are not married to.

[10] In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.
[11] And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.

Some of your people have taken money to kill other people.  Some have charged money to make loans.  Some have made people pay them to keep their secrets.  The Lord said, "They have forgotten Me.
[12] In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.

I have been very angry with your dishonesty and violence.

[13] Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.


Will you be able to take it when I am punishing you? I am the Lord, and I will do what I say.

[14] Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.


I will scatter you. You will be with heathen people who don't believe in Me. I will scatter you to other countries. Then, your sinning will stop.
[15] And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.


The heathen people will see all of this.  Then, you will know that I am the Lord."

[16] And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.




God compares the Israelites to worthless metal.


God spoke to me. He told me that the Israelites are like dull, worthless metal. They are like brass, tin, iron, and lead in a hot furnace. God said He will gather the Israelites and punish them. His anger will melt them.

[17] And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[18] Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.
[19] Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
[20] As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.

He said He will gather them together and blow on them like fire. They will all melt.
They will know that the Lord has punished them.
[21] Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.
[22] As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.




God gives Ezekiel a prophecy about the false prophets and leaders in Jerusalem.



God spoke to me.  He told me to tell Israel this: Your land is still dirty and sinful.   There are some false prophets there. They are like lions eating their prey. The false prophets are destroying souls.  They have have taken many valuable things. They have killed many men so that there are more widows now.
[23] And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[24] Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.
[25] There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.


Israel's priests have broken My laws. They have made My holy things filthy. They treat holy things the same as filthy things.  They do not make a difference between clean and unclean. They do not respect the sabbath. They do not respect Me.

[26] Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.


The leaders in Israel are like wolves eating the things they caught.  They hurt and destroy people to get things dishonestly.

[27] Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.



Israel's prophets give false visions. They tell lies and say their visions are from Me. But I have not spoken to them.

[28] And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.


The people of Israel have hurt other people. They steal and are bad to poor people. They treat strangers badly.

[29] The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.


I have looked for a good man who would make Me change My mind about destroying it. But I have not found one. So, I will show them My anger. I will destroy them with My fire. I will punish them for what they have done.

[30] And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
[31] Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord
GOD.



Ezekiel 23

God compares Samaria and Jerusalem to two sisters.

The Lord spoke to me.  He said that there were 2 sisters.  They were in Egypt. They were very immoral. The older sister was Aholah. Her sister's name was Aholibah. Aholah was another name for Samaria.  Aholibah is another name for Jerusalem. They were mine, and they had sons and daughters.

[1] The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
[2] Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:
[3] And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.
[4] And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.


When Aholah was mine, she had lovers, the Assyrians, who were her neighbors. The Assyrian leaders wore blue clothes. They were young men who rode on horses. She commited sexual sins with the Assyrians. She worshiped their false idols.
[5] And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,
[6] Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
[7] Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.


She continued the immoral behavior. I gave her to the Assyrians. They took her sons and daughters. They killed her. She became famous because she had been punished.

[8] Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
[9] Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.
[10] These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.


Aholah's sister, Aholibah, saw all of this happen.  She was worse and more immoral than her sister, Aholah. She
gave many gifts to the Assyrians. She gave the soldiers fancy clothes.
[11] And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.
[12] She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.


I saw that she was sinful the same as her sister.  They behaved the same way. But Aholibah started behaving worse. She saw painting of the Babylonian soldiers.  She wanted to have sexual relations with them.
She sent messengers to bring them to her.
[13] Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,
[14] And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,
[15] Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:
[16] And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.


The Babylonian soldiers came to her. She behaved immorally with them. That is when I turned my back on her.

[17] And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.
[18] So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.


She continued to behave immorally.  It was just like when she was young in Egypt. She behaved immorally there, too.

[19] Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
[20] For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
[21] Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.


This is what God said, "Aholibah, I will make all of your lovers turn against you. They will attack you on every side.
[22] There, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;


These are the ones who will attack you: the Babylonians, all of the Chaldeans, Pekod, Shoa, Koa, and all of the Assyrians.  They are all young soldiers, leaders, and famous men who ride horses.
[23] The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.

They will attack you with chariots, wagons, and many soldiers.  I will send them to punish you. They will punish you with their own laws.

[24] And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.

They will be very cruel to you. They will cut off your nose and ears. They will take away your children. They will kill anyone who is left with swords and fire.

[25] And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.

They will take away your clothes and jewelry.

[26] They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

I will make your immoral actions stop.
 You won't remember them anymore.
[27] Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.


The Lord said, "I will give you to your enemies. They will deal with you hatefully.   They will take away your work. They will take your clothes. You will have nothing. Everyone will know about the awful things you have done."

[28] For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated:
[29] And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.


I will punish you because you have gone after people who don't believe in Me. You have worshipped their false idols.

[30] I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.


You have done the same as your sister. You will be destroyed the same as she was.

[31] Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.
[32] Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.
[33] Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.
[34] Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.


The Lord God said, "You have forgotten Me. You have been very immoral."
[35] Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.


Then God said to me, "Son of man, will you judge Aholah and Aholibah? Tell them the bad things they have done.  They have committed adultery. They have murdered.  They have worshipped false idols. They have killed their children as sacrifices.

[36] The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;
[37] That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.


Also, they have made My sanctuary dirty. They have not respected My sabbath days.  When they sacrificed their own children, they came into My sanctuary the same day
.
[38] Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
[39] For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

And also,  you sent a message to some men to come from far away. You bathed and put on makeup and jewelry.  You sat on a big bed. You had a table with My incense and My oil.
[40] And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,
[41] And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.

There were many people. Men brought bracelets for their arms and crowns for their heads.

[42] And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

They had sex with many men.

[43] Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?
[44] Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.


Good men will judge them like prostitutes and murderers. God said that He will cause soldiers to take them away and kill them with rocks.  They will kill their sons and daughters with swords. They will burn their houses with fire.

[45] And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.
[46] For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.
[47] And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.


That is how I clean up the filth in the land. The women will be taught to be pure. They will pay back your immoral behavior. You will be punished for worshipping false idols. You will know that I am the Lord God.

[48] Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.
[49] And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 24


God says that the king of Babylon will defeat Jerusalem.


God spoke to me again on the 10th day of the 10th month of the 9th year. He said, "Son of man, write down this day. This is the day that the king of Babylon will go against Jerusalem.

[1] Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[2] Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.


Tell the people this parable (story):  Get a cooking pot, and put it on the fire. Pour some water into the pot. Gather pieces of meat to put into it.  Gather up the thigh, the shoulder, and the best bones.
 
[3] And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:
[4] Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.

Boil the meat and the bones in the pot.

[5] Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.


This pot is like Jerusalem. 
The people in the city killed innocent people. They didn't care that they killed people. But I care. I will punish them for what they have done.  I will take revenge on them for these murders."
[6] Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall up on it.
[7] For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
[8] That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.

The Lord said, "Jerusalem will have big trouble. I will burn the city with a great fire.  I will pile on the wood to burn everything.  The brass will melt. The evil will be burned up.
[9] Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.
[10] Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.
[11] Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

Jerusalem has lied and has been evil.  She will burn in the fire. I will punish her people for their immorality and evilness.  I have said it, and it will happen. I will not change My mind. I will destroy everything.

[12] She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.
[13] In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.
[14] I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.




Ezekiel's wife dies.



The Lord spoke to me again.  He said, "Son of man, I am going to take away your loved one quickly. But, do not cry or show grief. Don't do any of the usual things that people in mourning do."

[15] Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[16] Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
[17] Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.

So, the next day, I told the people that my wife had died. I told them in the morning like God told me to do.

[18] So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

The people asked him why he wasn't doing all of the normal mourning things.

[19] And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

I told them what God said. God said, "
I will soon destroy the temple in Jerusalem. Your children who are still in Jerusalem will be killed, too.
[20] Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[21] Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

After that happens, you will do like Ezekiel has done. You won't mourn in the normal way. You won't take off your clothes to show mourning.  But you will feel sad inside. Ezekiel is a warning sign to you.  When this happens, you will know that I am the Lord God."

[22] And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.
[23] And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.
[24] Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.


God said to me, "Son of man, I will take them from Jerusalem where they felt happy and strong
.  I will take their sons and daughters. Someone will escape.  He will come to tell you  what happened. You will tell the people what happened. That will be a sign to them.  They will know that I am the Lord."
[25] Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters,
[26] That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?
[27] In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.