This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #389. 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 Daniel 9, Jeremiah 39, and Ezekiel 30.
R. A. Torrey said, “God’s Word is pure and sure, in spite of the devil, in spite of your fear, in spite of everything.”
G. Campbell Morgan said, “The Scripture can only be read intelligently by inspired men and women. The value we get from our reading is in direct proportion to the measure in which we are filled with God’s Spirit.”
1 In the first year of Da-ri’-us the son of A-has-u-e’-rus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chal-de’-ans;
2 In the first year of his reign I Dan’-iel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jer-e-mi’-ah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Je-ru’-sa-lem.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Ju’-dah, and to the inhabitants of Je-ru’-sa-lem, and unto all Is’-ra-el, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Is’-ra-el have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Mo’-ses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Je-ru’-sa-lem.
13 As it is written in the law of Mo’-ses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of E’-gypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Je-ru’-sa-lem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Je-ru’-sa-lem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Is’-ra-el, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Ga’-bri-el, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Dan’-iel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Je-ru’-sa-lem unto the Mes-si’-ah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Mes-si’-ah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
1 In the ninth year of Zed-e-ki’-ah king of Ju’-dah, in the tenth month, came Neb-u-chad-rez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon and all his army against Je-ru’-sa-lem, and they besieged it.
2 And in the eleventh year of Zed-e-ki’-ah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.
3 And all the princes of the king of Bab’-y-lon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergalsharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergalsharezer, Rab’-mag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Bab’-y-lon.
4 And it came to pass, that when Zed-e-ki’-ah the king of Ju’-dah saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king’s garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain.
5 But the Chal-de’-ans’ army pursued after them, and overtook Zed-e-ki’-ah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon to Rib’-lah in the land of Ha’-math, where he gave judgment upon him.
6 Then the king of Bab’-y-lon slew the sons of Zed-e-ki’-ah in Rib’-lah before his eyes: also the king of Bab’-y-lon slew all the nobles of Ju’-dah.
7 Moreover he put out Zed-e-ki’-ah’s eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Bab’-y-lon.
8 And the Chal-de’-ans burned the king’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Je-ru’-sa-lem.
9 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Bab’-y-lon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained.
10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Ju’-dah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.
11 Now Neb-u-chad-rez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon gave charge concerning Jer-e-mi’-ah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.
13 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rabsaris, and Nergalsharezer, Rab’-mag, and all the king of Bab’-y-lon’s princes;
14 Even they sent, and took Jer-e-mi’-ah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Sha’-phan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people.
15 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jer-e-mi’-ah, while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
16 Go and speak to Ebedmelech the E-thi-o’-pi-an, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Is’-ra-el; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.
17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.
18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord.
1 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!
3 For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
4 And the sword shall come upon E’-gypt, and great pain shall be in E-thi-o’-pi-a, when the slain shall fall in E’-gypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.
5 E-thi-o’-pi-a, and Lib’-ya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.
6 Thus saith the Lord; They also that uphold E’-gypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Sy-e’-ne shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord God.
7 And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted.
8 And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in E’-gypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.
9 In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless E-thi-o’-pi-ans afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of E’-gypt: for, lo, it cometh.
10 Thus saith the Lord God; I will also make the multitude of E’-gypt to cease by the hand of Neb-u-chad-rez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon.
11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against E’-gypt, and fill the land with the slain.
12 And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers: I the Lord have spoken it.
13 Thus saith the Lord God; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of E’-gypt: and I will put a fear in the land of E’-gypt.
14 And I will make Path’-ros desolate, and will set fire in Zo’-an, and will execute judgments in No.
15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of E’-gypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.
16 And I will set fire in E’-gypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily.
17 The young men of A’-ven and of Pi-be’-seth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity.
18 At Te-haph’-ne-hes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of E’-gypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.
19 Thus will I execute judgments in E’-gypt: and they shall know that I am the Lord.
20 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
21 Son of man, I have broken the arm of Phar’-aoh king of E’-gypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.
22 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against Phar’-aoh king of E’-gypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.
23 And I will scatter the E’-gyp-tians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
24 And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Bab’-y-lon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Phar’-aoh’s arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man.
25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Bab’-y-lon, and the arms of Phar’-aoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Bab’-y-lon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of E’-gypt.
26 And I will scatter the E’-gyp-tians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the Lord.
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.