This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #352. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading Ezra 10, Jeremiah 2, and Zechariah 12.
Charles Spurgeon said, “The Word of God will be to you a bulwark and a high tower, a castle of defense against the foe. Oh, see to it that the Word of God is in you, in your very soul, permeating your thoughts, and so operating upon your outward life, that all may know you to be a true Bible-Christian, for they perceive it in your words and deeds.”
Woodrow Wilson said, “When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.”
1 Now when Ez’-ra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Is’-ra-el a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.
2 And Shech-a-ni’-ah the son of Je-hi’-el, one of the sons of E’-lam, answered and said unto Ez’-ra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Is’-ra-el concerning this thing.
3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.
5 Then arose Ez’-ra, and made the chief priests, the Le’-vites, and all Is’-ra-el, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware.
6 Then Ez’-ra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jo-ha’-nan the son of E-li-ash’-ib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.
7 And they made proclamation throughout Ju’-dah and Je-ru’-sa-lem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Je-ru’-sa-lem;
8 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.
9 Then all the men of Ju’-dah and Ben’-ja-min gathered themselves together unto Je-ru’-sa-lem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.
10 And Ez’-ra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Is’-ra-el.
11 Now therefore make confession unto the Lord God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.
12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.
13 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing.
14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.
15 Only Jon’-a-than the son of As’-a-hel and Ja-ha-zi’-ah the son of Tik’-vah were employed about this matter: and Me-shul’-lam and Shab’-be-thai the Le’-vite helped them.
16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ez’-ra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.
17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.
18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jesh’-u-a the son of Joz’-a-dak, and his brethren; Ma-a-sei’-ah, and Eli-e’-zer, and Jar’-ib, and Ged-a-li’-ah.
19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass.
20 And of the sons of Im’-mer; Ha-na’-ni, and Zeb-a-di’-ah.
21 And of the sons of Ha’-rim; Ma-a-sei’-ah, and E-li’-jah, and Shem-ai’-ah, and Je-hi’-el, and Uz-zi’-ah.
22 And of the sons of Pa’-shur; El-i-o-e’-nai, Ma-a-sei’-ah, Ish’-ma-el, Neth’-a-neel, Jo’-za-bad, and El-a’-sah.
23 Also of the Le’-vites; Jo’-za-bad, and Shim’-e-i, and Ke-lai’-ah, (the same is Ke-li’-ta,) Peth-a-hi’-ah, Ju’-dah, and El-i-e’-zer.
24 Of the singers also; E-li-ash’-ib: and of the porters; Shal’-lum, and Te’-lem, and U’-ri.
25 Moreover of Is’-ra-el: of the sons of Pa’-rosh; Ra-mi’-ah, and Je-zi’-ah, and Mal-chi’-ah, and Mi’-a-min, and El-e-a’-zar, and Mal-chi’-jah, and Be-nai’-ah.
26 And of the sons of E’-lam; Mat-ta-ni’-ah, Zech-a-ri’-ah, and Je-hi’-el, and Ab’-di, and Jer’-e-moth, and E-li’-ah.
27 And of the sons of Zat’-tu; El-i-o-e’-nai, E-li-ash’-ib, Mat-ta-ni’-ah, and Jer’-e-moth, and Za’-bad, and A-zi’-za.
28 Of the sons also of Be-ba’-i; Je-ho-ha’-nan, Han-a-ni’-ah, Zab-ba’-i, and Ath-la’-i.
29 And of the sons of Ba’-ni; Me-shul’-lam, Mal’-luch, and A-dai’-ah, Jash’-ub, and She’-al, and Ra’-moth.
30 And of the sons of Pa’-hath-mo’-ab ; Ad’-na, and Che’-lal, Be-nai’-ah, Ma-a-sei’-ah, Mat-ta-ni’-ah, Bez’-a-leel, and Bin’-nu-i, and Ma-nas’-seh.
31 And of the sons of Har’-im; El-i-e’-zer, Ish-i’-jah, Mal-chi’- ah, Shem-ai’-ah, Shim’-e-on,
32 Ben’-ja-min, Mal’-luch, and Shem-a-ri’-ah.
33 Of the sons of Hash’-um; Mat-te’-nai, Mat’-ta-thah, Za’-bad, E-liph’-e-let, Jer-e-ma’-i, Ma-nas’-seh, and Shim’-e-i.
34 Of the sons of Ba’-ni; Ma-a-da’-i, Am’-ram, and U’-el,
35 Be-nai’-ah, Be-dei’-ah, Chel’-luh,
36 Va-ni’-ah, Mer’-e-moth, E-li-ash’-ib,
37 Mat-ta-ni’-ah, Mat-te’-nai, and Ja’-a-sau,
38 And Ba’-ni, and Bin’-nu-i, Shim’-e-i,
39 And Shel-e-mi’-ah, and Na’-than, and A-dai’-ah,
40 Mach-nad’-e-bai, Sha’-shai, Shar-a’-i,
41 Az’-a-reel, and Shel-e-mi’-ah, Shem-a-ri’-ah,
42 Shal’-lum, Am-a-ri’-ah, and Jo’-seph.
43 Of the sons of Ne’-bo; Je-i’-el, Mat-ti-thi’-ah, Za’-bad, Ze-bi’-na, Ja’-dau, and Jo’-el, Be-nai’-ah.
44 All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.
1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 Go and cry in the ears of Je-ru’-sa-lem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
3 Is’-ra-el was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.
4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Ja’-cob, and all the families of the house of Is’-ra-el:
5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of E’-gypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead.
10 For pass over the isles of Chit’-tim, and see; and send unto Ke’-dar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.
11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord.
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
14 Is Is’-ra-el a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?
15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
16 Also the children of Noph and Ta-hap’-a-nes have broken the crown of thy head.
17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way?
18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of E’-gypt, to drink the waters of Si’-hor? or what hast thou to do in the way of As-syr’-i-a, to drink the waters of the river?
19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.
20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.
23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Ba’-a-lim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Is’-ra-el ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets.
27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Ju’-dah.
29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord.
30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
31 O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Is’-ra-el? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.
36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of E’-gypt, as thou wast ashamed of As-syr’-i-a.
37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the Lord hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.
1 The burden of the word of the Lord for Is’-ra-el, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Je-ru’-sa-lem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Ju’-dah and against Je-ru’-sa-lem.
3 And in that day will I make Je-ru’-sa-lem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Ju’-dah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Ju’-dah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Je-ru’-sa-lem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.
6 In that day will I make the governors of Ju’-dah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Je-ru’-sa-lem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Je-ru’-sa-lem.
7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Ju’-dah first, that the glory of the house of Da’-vid and the glory of the inhabitants of Je-ru’-sa-lem do not magnify themselves against Ju’-dah.
8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Je-ru’-sa-lem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as Da’-vid; and the house of Da’-vid shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Je-ru’-sa-lem.
10 And I will pour upon the house of Da’-vid, and upon the inhabitants of Je-ru’-sa-lem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Je-ru’-sa-lem, as the mourning of Ha-dad-rim’-mon in the valley of Me-gid’-don.
12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of Da’-vid apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Na’-than apart, and their wives apart;
13 The family of the house of Le’-vi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shim’-e-i apart, and their wives apart;
14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless.