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Ezekiel 24 / Basic English

1. And the word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, saying,
2. Son of man, put down in writing this very day: The king of Babylon let loose the weight of his attack against Jerusalem on this very day.
3. And make a comparison for this uncontrolled people, and say to them, This is what the Lord has said: Put on the cooking-pot, put it on the fire and put water in it:
4. And get the bits together, the fat tail, every good part, the leg and the top part of it: make it full of the best bones.
5. Take the best of the flock, put much wood under it: see that its bits are boiling well; let the bones be cooked inside it.
6. For this is what the Lord has said: A curse is on the town of blood, the cooking-pot which is unclean inside, which has never been made clean! take out its bits; its fate is still to come on it.
7. For her blood is in her; she has put it on the open rock not draining it on to the earth so that it might be covered with dust;
8. In order that it might make wrath come up to give punishment, she has put her blood on the open rock, so that it may not be covered.
9. For this cause the Lord has said: A curse is on the town of blood! and I will make great the burning mass.
10. Put on much wood, heating up the fire, boiling the flesh well, and making the soup thick, and let the bones be burned.
11. And I will put her on the coals so that she may be heated and her brass burned, so that what is unclean in her may become soft and her waste be completely taken away.
12. I have made myself tired to no purpose: still all the waste which is in her has not come out, it has an evil smell.
13. As for your unclean purpose: because I have been attempting to make you clean, but you have not been made clean from it, you will not be made clean till I have let loose my passion on you in full measure.
14. I the Lord have said the word and I will do it; I will not go back or have mercy, and my purpose will not be changed; in the measure of your ways and of your evil doings you will be judged, says the Lord.
15. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
16. Son of man, see, I am taking away the desire of your eyes by disease: but let there be no sorrow or weeping or drops running from your eyes.
17. Let there be no sound of sorrow; make no weeping for your dead, put on your head-dress and your shoes on your feet, let not your lips be covered, and do not take the food of those in grief.
18. So in the morning I was teaching the people and in the evening death took my wife; and in the morning I did what I had been ordered to do.
19. And the people said to me, Will you not make clear to us the sense of these things; is it for us you do them?
20. Then I said to them, The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
21. Say to the people of Israel, The Lord has said, See, I will make my holy place unclean, the pride of your strength, the pleasure of your eyes, and the desire of your soul; and your sons and daughters, who did not come with you here, will be put to the sword.
22. And you will do as I have done, not covering your lips or taking the food of those in grief.
23. And your head-dresses will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet: there will be no sorrow or weeping; but you will be wasting away in the punishment of your evil-doing, and you will be looking at one another in wonder.
24. And Ezekiel will be a sign to you; everything he has done you will do: when this takes place, you will be certain that I am the Lord.
25. And as for you, son of man, your mouth will be shut in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that on which their hearts are fixed, and their sons and daughters.
26. In that day, one who has got away safe will come to you to give you news of it.
27. In that day your mouth will be open to him who has got away safe, and you will say words to him and your lips will no longer be shut: so you will be a sign to them and they will be certain that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 25 / Basic English

1. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2. Son of man, let your face be turned to the children of Ammon, and be a prophet against them:
3. And say to the children of Ammon, Give ear to the word of the Lord; this is what the Lord has said: Because you said, Aha! against my holy place when it was made unclean, and against the land of Israel when it was made waste, and against the people of Judah when they were taken away as prisoners;
4. For this cause I will give you up to the children of the east for their heritage, and they will put their tent-circles in you and make their houses in you; they will take your fruit for their food and your milk for their drink.
5. And I will make Rabbah a place for housing camels, and the children of Ammon a resting-place for flocks: and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
6. For the Lord has said, Because you have made sounds of joy with your hands, stamping your feet, and have been glad, putting shame with all your soul on the land of Israel;
7. For this cause my hand has been stretched out against you, and I will give up your goods to be taken by the nations; I will have you cut off from the peoples and will put an end to you among the countries: I will give you up to destruction; and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
8. This is what the Lord has said: Because Moab and Seir are saying, See, the people of Judah are like all the nations;
9. For this cause, I will let the side of Moab be uncovered, and his towns on every side, the glory of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon and as far as Kiriathaim.
10. To the children of the east I have given her for a heritage, as well as the children of Ammon, so that there may be no memory of her among the nations:
11. And I will be the judge of Moab; and they will see that I am the Lord.
12. This is what the Lord has said: Because Edom has taken his payment from the people of Judah, and has done great wrong in taking payment from them;
13. The Lord has said, My hand will be stretched out against Edom, cutting off from it man and beast: and I will make it waste, from Teman even as far as Dedan they will be put to the sword.
14. I will take payment from Edom because of my people Israel; and I will take Edom in hand in my wrath and in my passion: and they will have experience of my reward, says the Lord.
15. This is what the Lord has said: Because the Philistines have taken payment, with the purpose of causing shame and destruction with unending hate;
16. The Lord has said, See, my hand will be stretched out against the Philistines, cutting off the Cherethites and sending destruction on the rest of the sea-land.
17. And I will take great payment from them with acts of wrath; and they will be certain that I am the Lord when I send my punishment on them.
Hebrews 6 / Basic English

1. For this reason let us go on from the first things about Christ to full growth; not building again that on which it is based, that is, the turning of the heart from dead works, and faith in God,
2. The teaching of baptisms, and of the putting on of hands, and of the future life of the dead, and of the judging on the last day.
3. Now we will do this, if God lets us.
4. As for those who at one time saw the light, tasting the good things from heaven, and having their part in the Holy Spirit,
5. With knowledge of the good word of God, and of the powers of the coming time,
6. And then let themselves be turned away, it is not possible for their hearts to be made new a second time; because they themselves put the Son of God on the cross again, openly shaming him.
7. For a land, drinking in the frequent rain and producing good plants for those for whom it is worked, has a blessing from God:
8. But if it sends up thorns and evil plants, it is of no use and is ready to be cursed; its only end is to be burned.
9. But, my loved ones, though we say this, we are certain that you have better things in you, things which go with salvation;
10. For God is true, and will not put away from him the memory of your work and of your love for his name, in the help which you gave and still give to the saints.
11. And it is our desire that you may all keep the same high purpose in certain hope to the end:
12. So that you may not be slow in heart, but may take as your example those to whom God has given their heritage, because of their faith and their long waiting.
13. For when God made his oath to Abraham, because there was no greater oath, he made it by himself,
14. Saying, Be certain that I will give you my blessing, and make your numbers very great.
15. And so, when he had been waiting calmly for a long time, God's word to him was put into effect.
16. For men at all times make their oaths by what is greater; and any argument is ended by the decision of the oath.
17. So that when it was God's desire to make it specially clear to those who by his word were to have the heritage, that his purpose was fixed, he made it more certain with an oath;
18. So that we, who have gone in flight from danger to the hope which has been put before us, may have a strong comfort in two unchanging things, in which it is not possible for God to be false;
19. And this hope is like a strong band for our souls, fixed and certain, and going in to that which is inside the veil;
20. Where Jesus has gone before us, as a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.