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  1. This week we will study the Chapters 8 through 14 Hosea * (see footnote) What gems have we found? You did you learn? This question presupposes that behind the study should be a personal effort and that's what everyone is encouraged to do regularly. Is it not true that virtually every week we are encouraged to study, to meditate, to do research and to pray for the right understanding? Without wishing to be too argumentative some may wonder how do you dig and draw their own conclusions if the answers are turn into with the indicated study material. This means certainly study it also means digging? Repeat what others have written, in itself, does not mean digging (the maximum you can share what was written); if anything, it means taking from where others have dug for us. Let me be clear: in this there is nothing wrong and we just have to thank if the efforts of many willing brothers have enabled us to achieve a greater understanding Bible - Matthew 24:45 Become something wrong if this prevents us from digging personally , to draw their own conclusions (which may be the same as the previous conclusions not coincide) and to be free to be able to express their conclusions even if they do not meet the approval of the majority (or those who "count"). This means do so without the risk of receiving some form of discipline - Romans 14: 5, 10 It Granted, asserting that if we believe the Bible as it truthfully is, that the Word of God, our research, and therefore our conclusions, must be in harmony with It respecting the text and the meaning - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 So let us pretend to be in the congregation of Berea, where everyone is free to examine every single elder affirmation or the shift supervisor not critically or to find every mistake but because of genuine love for the scriptures. The book of Hosea will be treated in the future so this article is not intended as a detailed examination of the text. The message inherent in the post is to be understood as an encouragement to dig really, to be men made in the faculties of understanding and also to make a honest self-examination and ask what we are consistent with what they claim to be - 1 Corinthians 14:20; 2 Corinthians 13: 5 For we are the ones who "through heaven and earth" to teach the Bible to all the people we meet and often the "resume" (openly or in us) for their indifference to the Word of God or for their inability to do self-criticism - Romans 2: 19-24 When the object of the matter is we ... we're really digging to find spiritual gems? Reading the chapters 8 through 14 Hosea we can not but note that all of these chapters mention a judgment, a condemnation of Ephraim, Judah and Samaria. Just read the overwritten on each page of the NWT (overwritten will not find in the electronic device - the pages are those that go from 1116 to 1121) to understand "the juice" of the speech, even for those who do not really want to read (in Bible italian edition) In fact, they reported below: Efaraim not escape; He broke the pact Attention will be given to Ephraim errors Screw degenerated. shall reap injustice Ephraim provoked God; again Ephraim has turned to idols. guilty Samaria Given the overriding theme of these chapters of Hosea, the question that should be a person who really wanted to dig it should be ... "Because of all these verses, which outline a coherent framework and a strong message, we chose only 10:12 , 11: 1, 14: 2, 4 and 9? " It 'true that everyone chooses a little' verse they want but is consistent with the message presented by Hosea choose ... Hos 14: 2 - Jehovah gives great value to the praise that we offer our lips Hos 14: 4 - Jehovah granted his forgiveness, approval, and friendship to those who offer their best Hos 14: 9 - Walking in the streets of Jehovah is for our own good Os 10:12 - What should we do to 'harvest' the loyal love of Jehovah? Hos 11: 1 - As these words were fulfilled in Jesus? It is true that we have to be positive and encouraging but should not understand the problem before to see how great the love of the Most Almighty? We should do this because they "walk in the ways of Jehovah is for our own good" (point 3 of the list mentioned above). We should see what we have to do us to hope to obtain God's forgiveness? The following is an excerpt from the 2015 Watchtower indicated for "digging" of Hosea 10:12 (there is also brought back the next paragraph). If we worship Jehovah without hypocrisy, and we will rightly object of his loving-kindness, or loyal love. At the stubborn Israelites he was told: "Sow seed for yourselves in righteousness; reap in accord with loving-kindness. Coltivatevi arable land, when there is time for searching for Jehovah until he comes and give you instruction in righteousness. " - Hosea 10:12. 8 If only the Israelites they repented and sought Jehovah! He would have been happy to give them "instruction in righteousness." If we have committed a serious sin we seek Jehovah, please ask to be forgiven and spiritual help to the Christian elders . (James 5: 13-16) We also request the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God, for "he who sows with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but he who sows view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit." (Galatians 6: 8) If you 'sow with a view to the spirit' we will continue to be the loyal love of God. Bold text is used to show how the whole issue is placed on the individual Christian who sins, nor is it seen as a possibility that this verse (like the whole book of Hosea) may apply to us as an organization. Conversely, if the sinner is urged to ask for help "Christian elders", meaning you do not even lontamente conceivable that the problem starts from the head. Hosea, in this verse as elsewhere, was referring to the individual Christian? We try to be honest with ourselves. If we had "chosen" as soon as the next verse we read ... "" You have plowed wickedness. You have reaped injustice. You have eaten the fruit of deception, because you have trusted in thy way, in the multitude of thy strength "- Hosea 10:13 And if we had instead chosen the above verse we read ... " Ephraim was a trained heifer that loved to thresh; and I, for my part, passed over her beautiful neck. I ride Ephraim [by someone]. Judah plows; Jacob harrows for him "- Hosea 11:11 And if, in a burst of creativity, we went to read the disclosure above the part that says "I ride Ephraim" * we would be staying in 2 Kings 17: 6, which says ... "In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and then led Israel into exile in Assyria, and made them dwell in Ala and in Habor at the river Gozan and in the cities of the Medes." Ephraim was captured by the king of Assyria because of the individual Christian that he should go Elder to receive spiritual help? - Compare Genesis 18:25, 26; Exodus 32: 31-33 In the writing of Hosea 11: 1 we can see a wonderful fulfillment of God's Word. Paragraph Watchtower reported as a reference to this scripture says ... Like the Israelites, the Messiah would be called out of Egypt. (Hosea 11: 1) Before Herod's giving off its murderous decree, an angel told Joseph to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. They stayed there "until the death of Herod, so that might be fulfilled which was spoken by Jehovah through his prophet [Hosea], saying: 'Out of Egypt I called my son' ". (Matt. 2: 13-15) Clearly, Jesus could not steer the course of events related to his birth and his childhood. This information is very beautiful and profound as stressing the precision and the infallibility of the Word of God but are also things we should know. You do not want to belittle the importance of repetition, but we can not really say any more on this writing and its fulfillment? The character spoken of in Hosea 11: 1 might make us think that not only that part of Hosea's prophecy would be fulfilled in the first century. If we move in Hosea 10: 8, in fact, we find meaningful words. "And the high places of [Bet-] Aven, the sin of Israel, will actually be annihilated. Thorns and thistles themselves up on their altars. And people will in fact say to the mountains, 'Cover us!' and to the hills, 'Fall over us!' " This scripture was quoted by the Lord to demonstrate the fact that the words of Hosea had to be fulfilled in the future - Compare Luke 23:28, 30 Here, too, we could and should ask whether the words of Hosea had the definitive fulfillment in the first century or if we look for another - Compare Revelation 6:15, 16 So far we have been told that all times that it appears "backsliding Israel" in the scriptures, in the case of modern requirements, we have to apply it to Christianity. Apart from this arbitrary statement creates a unique identification problems with the division of Israel (though the 10 tribes of Israel represent "Christianity", who are the other two? And if they are both "Christianity" where does the people of God in all this?) perhaps not many have noticed that the new directive that eliminates the majority of the "types and antitypes" has become a double-edged sword (and downright deadly). If we are no longer allowed to find types and antitypes guess' who is the faithless Israel? If there is a "type" there will still be the fulfillment of prophecy, no? So if the prophecy ended with the conquest by Assyria, well . We can rest easy. If, however, the prophecy has a fulfillment in our day and backsliding Israel can not represent Christianity which is the people who will be punished by God? Who will go into exile? In the first century fulfillment of Hosea quoted by the Lord he led to the destruction of the temple by the Romans and all of Jerusalem and its inhabitants - Matthew 24: 2 The point to keep in mind is that they believed until the last moment, to be the people of God and to have His protection - Compare Isaiah 28: 14-16 Considering what is at stake, we are not risking a bit 'too much not even taking into account the possibility that the words of Hosea can apply to us? In the congregation of Berea, during a hypothetical discussion "guide for the meeting," someone would comment on the matter. Maybe they compared other scriptures like the one that makes it clear (in fact says explicitly) that the judgment begins from the house of God - 1 Peter 4:17 Maybe they also found all the scriptures that identify "the people from the north" as the executor of the judgments of God - Ezekiel 26: 7; Isaiah 41:25; Jeremiah 10:22 An honest awareness to this gathering of Berean would lead them to wonder what they could have done to prevent this terrible punishment - Joel 2: 12-14 And US? When we have to refute the doctrines of Christianity each of us feels a Berean Berean but we are a bit 'strange. We are the ones that compare only the pleasant writings, those that do not touch, those that always apply to other organizations, those who tell us that "everything is fulfilled, just missing the new world" - Zephaniah 1:12 We Beroeans who "dig" only if what you are is what you expect - Jeremiah 23:33 We Beroeans who love the scriptures yes ... but who knows, maybe like a little 'more those who explain to them - Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 20:13 If digging in Hosea Chapters 8 through 14, it emerged something different from what we "want" is not turning her face away that you will fulfill the prophecies. Indeed, we are happy if the Secret detector allowed us to understand what is going to happen! Because we consider ourselves happy? The Beroeans, the real ones, do not wake up in a nightmare when these things begin to happen - compares Luke 21:36 So do our best to help others to wake up from this state of intoxication as we continue to dig ourselves in the Word of God because if we Beroeans today is not said that we will do tomorrow - Joel 1: 5; Luke 11:28; Romans 15: 4 We try to be cautious - Matthew 10:16; John 16: 1, 2 We pray incessantly and trust in God - 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22 Footnote. The discussion of "guide for the meeting" will not be made on a regular basis. The article should be understood as an encouragement to study personally and carefully, and not as critical to the WTS.
  2. Eze 12:26-28—What responsibility do these verses place on Jehovah’s servants? (w07 7/1 13 _8) 12:26-28. Even to those scoffing at his message, Ezekiel was to say: “There will be no postponement anymore as to any words of [Jehovah].” We must do all we can to help others put their confidence in Jehovah before he brings an end to this system of things. Eze 14:13, 14—What lessons do we learn from the mention of these individuals? (w16.05 26 _13; w07 7/1 13 _9) 14:12-23. Gaining salvation is our personal responsibility. No one can do it for us.—Romans 14:12. What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah? *** w16 May p. 15 pars. 9-10 How Do You Make Personal Decisions? *** 9 If we are to make wise decisions, as Jesus did, we must rely on Jehovah for guidance. ……. Getting to know Jehovah’s thinking through Bible study can help us to perceive what God would want us to do in a particular situation. The more familiar we are with Jehovah’s thoughts, the more our heart will become sensitive to his guidance.—Ezek. 11:19, ftn. What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading? *** w14 11/1 p. 5 Is Satan Just a Symbol of Evil? *** ……. Furthermore, at Ezekiel 14:14, 20, Job is included with Noah and Daniel in the list of three righteous men. Like Noah and Daniel, Job was an actual person, a man of great faith. If Job was real, must not his attacker, the source of his persecution, have been real as well? Ezekiel 11-14.pdf
  3. Spiritual Gems Ezekiel 6-10 Eze 7:19—How does this verse help us to prepare for the future? (w09 9/15 23 _10) 10 Jehovah is in a unique position to help us prepare for the future because he knows what lies ahead. He determines what mankind’s future will be. (Isa. 46:9, 10) Bible prophecy reveals that “the great day of Jehovah is near.” (Zeph. 1:14) Regarding that day, the words of Proverbs 11:4 will prove true: “Valuable things will be of no benefit on the day of fury, but righteousness itself will deliver from death.” When the time arrives for Jehovah’s judgment to be executed on Satan’s world, what will matter is our standing with God. Money will be worthless. In fact, Ezekiel 7:19 says: “Into the streets they will throw their very silver, and an abhorrent thing their own gold will become.” That foreknowledge can help us to act wisely now. Eze 8:12—How does this verse show that a lack of faith can lead to wrong conduct? (w11 4/15 26 _14) 14 Faith means, fundamentally, that Jehovah God is real to us. If God is not real to us, wrong conduct will be just a short step away. Consider what happened among God’s people in ancient times. Jehovah revealed to the prophet Ezekiel that detestable things were being done in private, saying: “Have you seen, O son of man, what the elderly ones of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each one in the inner rooms of his showpiece? For they are saying, ‘Jehovah is not seeing us. Jehovah has left the land.’” (Ezek. 8:12) Did you notice what contributed to the problem? They did not believe that Jehovah was aware of what they were doing. Jehovah was not real to them. Ezekiel 6-10.pdf
  4. Eze 1:20, 21, 26-28—What does the celestial chariot picture? (w07 7/1 11 _6) 1:4-28—What does the celestial chariot picture? The chariot represents the heavenly part of Jehovah’s organization made up of faithful spirit creatures. Its source of power is Jehovah’s holy spirit. The Rider of the chariot, who represents Jehovah, is indescribably glorious. His calmness is illustrated by a lovely rainbow. Eze 4:1-7—Did Ezekiel really act out the scene depicting Jerusalem’s siege? (w07 7/1 12 _4) 4:1-17—Did Ezekiel really act out the scene depicting Jerusalem’s upcoming siege? Ezekiel’s appeal for the change of cooking fuel and Jehovah’s granting him his request indicate that the prophet actually acted out the scene. Lying on the left side was for the 390 years of error of the ten-tribe kingdom—from its beginning in 997 B.C.E. to the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. Lying on the right side was for Judah’s 40 years of sin, spanning the period from Jeremiah’s appointment as a prophet in 647 B.C.E. to 607 B.C.E. During the entire 430-day period, Ezekiel existed on a meager supply of food and water, prophetically indicating that there would be a famine during the siege of Jerusalem. What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah? *** w16 November p. 16 par. 10 Do You Highly Esteem Jehovah’s Own Book? *** 10 Jehovah’s written Word acquaints us with the heavenly part of his organization. For example, the prophet Ezekiel received a vision in which the heavenly part of God’s organization is represented by a celestial chariot. (Ezek. 1:4-28) Jehovah rides on this chariot, and it goes wherever his spirit impels it to go. In turn, the heavenly part of his organization influences the earthly part. The chariot certainly has been on the move! Think about the many organizational changes that have been made during the past decade—and bear in mind that Jehovah is behind such developments. With Christ and the holy angels about to destroy this wicked world, Jehovah’s chariot is rapidly moving toward the vindication of his sovereignty and the sanctification of his holy name! What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading? *** w16 March p. 27 Imitate the Spirit of the Prophets *** Ezekiel understood why he was sent as a prophet. When sending Ezekiel, God had told him: “Whether [the Israelites] listen or refuse to listen . . . , they will certainly know that a prophet was among them.” (Ezek. 2:5) He kept in mind the purpose of his commission. So he willingly acted out the figurative siege of Jerusalem. He proved to be a true prophet. A report reached him and his fellow exiles: “The city has been struck down!” Yes, the Israelites came to realize that a prophet had been among them.—Ezek. 33:21, 33. Today, we warn people about the coming destruction of Satan’s entire system of things. Although we may be tired physically, we use our energy to preach God’s Word, make return visits, and conduct Bible studies. As the prophecies about the conclusion of this system come true, we have the satisfaction of being “one through whom divine purposes are made known.” Ezekiel 1-5.pdf
  5. Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 44-48 Jer 48:13—Why would the Moabites “be ashamed of Chemosh”? (it-1 430) CHEMOSH ……. The prophet Jeremiah, in foretelling calamity for Moab, indicated that her principal god Chemosh as well as his priests and princes would go into exile. The Moabites would become ashamed of their god because of his impotence, just as the Israelites of the ten-tribe kingdom had become ashamed of Bethel, likely because of its association with calf worship.—Jer 48:7, 13, 46. Jer 48:42—Why is Jehovah’s pronouncement against Moab faith-strengthening? (it-2 422 _2) The accurate fulfillment of the prophecies concerning Moab cannot be denied. Centuries ago the Moabites ceased to exist as a people. (Jer 48:42) Today what are considered to have been such Moabite cities as Nebo, Heshbon, Aroer, Beth-gamul, and Baal-meon are represented by ruins. Many other places are now unknown. What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah? *** w14 7/1 p. 12 How Should You Discipline Your Children? *** Jehovah’s discipline is always administered “to the proper degree.” (Jeremiah 30:11; 46:28) He takes all the circumstances into account, including what is not obvious. How can parents do likewise? Stephen, quoted in the introduction, explains: “Although we felt so hurt and could not understand Natalie’s insistent denials about the ring, we tried to take into account her age and degree of maturity.” What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading? *** w16 February pp. 28-29 par. 11 Learn From Jehovah’s Loyal Servants *** 11 The examples of Abner and Absalom make it clear that inordinate ambition can easily cause a person to become disloyal to God. Surely, no faithful servant of Jehovah would pursue such a selfish and wicked course. However, a desire for wealth or a prestigious career in this world can also have a spiritually detrimental effect on a Christian. In some undisclosed way, the prophet Jeremiah’s secretary, Baruch, temporarily lost his focus. This was Jehovah’s message to Baruch: “Look! What I have built up I am tearing down, and what I have planted I am uprooting—the entire land. But you are seeking great things for yourself. Stop seeking such things.” (Jer. 45:4, 5) Baruch accepted the correction. And how wise it is to keep those words of God in mind as we await the end of this wicked world! Jeremiah 44-48.pdf
  6. Jer 42:1-3; 43:2, 4—What lessons can we learn from Johanan’s mistake? (w03 5/1 10 _10) 10 After Jerusalem had been destroyed and the Babylonian army had departed with the Jewish exiles. Johanan prepared to take into Egypt the small group of Jews that remained in Judah. Their plans were made, but before leaving they asked Jeremiah to pray in their behalf and seek direction from Jehovah. However, when they did not get the answer they wanted, they went right ahead and did what they had planned. (Jeremiah 41:16–43:7) Do you see in these events lessons that can benefit you so that when you seek Jehovah’s face, he will let himself be found by you? Jer 43:6, 7—What is the significance of the events described in these verses? (it-1 463 _4) Jerusalem came under final siege in Zedekiah’s 9th year (609 B.C.E.), and the city fell in his 11th year (607 B.C.E.), corresponding to Nebuchadnezzar’s 19th year of actual rule (counting from his accession year in 625 B.C.E.). (2Ki 25:1-8) In the fifth month of that year (the month of Ab, corresponding to parts of July and August) the city was set afire, the walls were pulled down, and the majority of the people were led off into exile. However, “some of the lowly people of the land” were allowed to remain, and these did so until the assassination of Gedaliah, Nebuchadnezzar’s appointee, whereupon they fled into Egypt, finally leaving Judah completely desolate. (2Ki 25:9-12, 22-26) This was in the seventh month, Ethanim (or Tishri, corresponding to parts of September and October). Hence the count of the 70 years of desolation must have begun about October 1, 607 B.C.E., ending in 537 B.C.E. By the seventh month of this latter year the first repatriated Jews arrived back in Judah, 70 years from the start of the full desolation of the land.—2Ch 36:21-23; Ezr 3:1. Jeremiah 39-43.pdf
  7. Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 35-38 Jer 35:19—Why were the Rechabites blessed? (it-2 759) During Jehonadab’s time it seems that at least some of the Rechabites lived in the northern kingdom, for it was there that Jehonadab joined Jehu (king, c. 904-877 B.C.E.) in opposing Baal worship and “all who were left over of Ahab’s in Samaria.” (2Ki 10:15-17) Jehonadab laid a command on his family (whether before or after the experience with Jehu is not stated) to live in tents, not sowing seed, not planting vineyards, and not drinking wine, because they were alien residents in the land.—Jer 35:6-10. Jehovah was pleased with the respectful obedience they showed. Their unswerving obedience to an earthly father stood in contrast to the disobedience of the Judeans to their Creator. (Jer 35:12-16) God gave the Rechabites the rewarding promise: “There will not be cut off from Jonadab the son of Rechab a man to stand before me always.”—Jer 35:19. Jer 37:21—How did Jehovah care for Jeremiah, and how can this encourage us when we experience adversity? (w98 1/15 18 _16-17; w95 8/1 5 _5-6) *** w98 1/15 p. 18 pars. 16-17 Keep On Walking With God *** 16 Lovingly, Jehovah tells us about the relief that will be experienced under the Messianic Kingdom. (Psalm 72:1-4, 16; Isaiah 25:7, 8) He also helps us to cope with the pressures of life now by giving us counsel on how to keep our priorities straight. (Matthew 4:4; 6:25-34) By means of the record of how he helped his servants in times past, Jehovah reassures us. (Jeremiah 37:21; James 5:11) He fortifies us with the knowledge that, regardless of any adversity that comes upon us, his love for his loyal servants remains constant. (Romans 8:35-39) To those who put their trust in Jehovah, he declares: “I will by no means leave you nor by any means forsake you.”—Hebrews 13:5. Jeremiah 35-38.pdf
  8. er 29:4, 7—Why were Jewish exiles commanded to “seek the peace” of Babylon, and how can we apply the principle? (w96 5/1 11 _5) 5 Centuries later the faithful prophet Jeremiah was inspired by Jehovah to tell Jewish exiles to submit to the rulers when in exile in Babylon and even to pray for the peace of that city. In his letter to them, he wrote: “This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said to all the exiled people, . . . ‘Seek the peace of the city to which I have caused you to go into exile, ……’” (Jeremiah 29:4, 7) At all times Jehovah’s people have reason to “seek peace” for themselves and the nation where they live, in order to have freedom to worship Jehovah.—1 Peter 3:11. Jer 29:10—How does this verse demonstrate the accuracy of Bible prophecy? (g 6/12 14 _1-2) Fulfillment: After 70 years of exile, from 607 to 537 B.C.E., King Cyrus of Persia released the Jewish captives and allowed them to return to their homeland to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.—Ezra 1:2-4. What history reveals: ● Did the Israelites remain captive in Babylon for 70 years as the Bible foretold? Note the comments of a leading Israeli archaeologist, Ephraim Stern. “From 604 B.C.E. to 538 B.C.E.—there is a complete gap in evidence suggesting occupation. In all that time, not a single town destroyed by the Babylonians was resettled.” The so-called gap in which there was no occupation or resettling of conquered territory corresponds closely to Israel’s exile in Babylon from 607 to 537 B.C.E.—2 Chronicles 36:20, 21. Jeremiah 29-31.pdf
  9. Jer 33:15—Who is the “sprout” for David? (jr 173 _10) 10 Jeremiah depicted the coming One, the Messiah, as the “sprout” for David. That is fitting. Even while Jeremiah was serving as a prophet, David’s royal family tree was cut down. However, the stump was not dead. In time, Jesus was born in the line of King David. He could be called “Jehovah Is Our Righteousness,” highlighting God’s deep concern for that quality. (Read Jeremiah 23:5, 6.) Jehovah allowed his only-begotten Son to experience suffering on earth and to die. Then Jehovah—in harmony with justice—could apply the value of the ransom sacrifice of the “sprout” for David as a basis for forgiveness. (Jer. 33:15) This opened the way for some humans to be declared “righteous for life” and anointed with holy spirit, becoming parties to the new covenant. As further evidence of God’s concern for righteousness, others who are not directly in that covenant can and do benefit from it, as we will see.—Rom. 5:18. Jer 33:23, 24—What “two families” are spoken of here? (w07 3/15 11 _4) 33:23, 24—What are “the two families” spoken of here? One is the royal family through the line of King David, and the other, the priestly family of the descendants of Aaron. With the destruction of Jerusalem and Jehovah’s temple, it appeared that Jehovah had rejected these two families and would no longer have a kingdom over the earth or have his worship revived. What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah? *** w09 11/15 p. 11 par. 23 Enrich Your Prayers Through Bible Study *** 23 Many other examples could be cited to show that Bible reading and study can enrich your prayers. Like Jonah, for instance, in prayer you can acknowledge that “salvation belongs to Jehovah.” (Jonah 2:1-10) If you are troubled over a serious sin and have sought help from the elders, the prayerful sentiments of David may help you to express your repentance during personal prayers. (Ps. 51:1-12) In certain prayers, you can praise Jehovah as Jeremiah did. (Jer. 32:16-19) If you are seeking a marriage mate, studying the prayer found in Ezra chapter 9, coupled with personal entreaty, can strengthen your determination to obey God by ‘marrying only in the Lord.’—1 Cor. 7:39; Ezra 9:6, 10-15. What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading? *** w16 October p. 23 par. 11 Strengthen Your Faith in What You Hope For *** 11 Because of their faith, such prophets as Micaiah and Jeremiah “received their trial by mockings . . . and prisons.” Others, like Elijah, “wandered about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth.” All of them endured because they had an “assured expectation of what is hoped for.”—Heb. 11:1, 36-38; 1 Ki. 18:13; 22:24-27; Jer. 20:1, 2; 28:10, 11; 32:2. Jeremiah 32-34.pdf
  10. Jer 27:2, 3—Why might messengers from various nations have been in Jerusalem, and why did Jeremiah make yoke bars for them? (jr 27 _21) 21 Evidently early in the reign of Zedekiah, messengers arrived in Jerusalem from the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon. Perhaps their aim was to get Zedekiah to join a coalition against Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah, however, urged Zedekiah to submit to Babylon. In line with that, Jeremiah presented the messengers with yoke bars to picture that their nations too should serve the Babylonians. (Jer. 27:1-3, 14) Jer 28:11—How did Jeremiah show common sense when Hananiah opposed him, and what can we learn from his example? (jr 187-188 _11-12) 11 It is good to bear in mind that Jeremiah was not a fanatic. He used common sense when facing opposers. He knew when to withdraw. For instance, consider his experience with Hananiah. After that false prophet contradicted Jehovah’s prophetic word in public, Jeremiah corrected him and explained how to recognize a true prophet. Jeremiah had been carrying a wooden yoke to signify coming under the yoke of Babylon; Hananiah got violent and broke the yoke. Who could know what Hananiah would do next? So, what did Jeremiah do? We read: “The prophet proceeded to go his way.” Yes, Jeremiah left the scene. Later, at Jehovah’s direction, he returned and told Hananiah what God would bring about—bondage to the king of Babylon for the Jews and death for Hananiah.—Jer. 28:1-17. 12 It is clear from this inspired account that in preaching, we do well to couple our boldness with sound judgment. If at one home someone refuses to accept Scriptural reasoning and becomes angry, even threatening violence, we can excuse ourselves courteously and move on to another house. There is no need to have a heated argument with anyone regarding the good news of the Kingdom. By keeping ourselves “restrained under evil,” we leave the way open to help the householder at a more favorable time.—Read 2 Timothy 2:23-25; Prov. 17:14. Jeremiah 25-28.pdf
  11. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 22-24 Jer 22:30—Why did this decree not annul Jesus’ right to ascend the throne of David? (w07 3/15 10 _9) 22:30—Did this decree annul Jesus Christ’s right to ascend the throne of David? (Matthew 1:1, 11) No, it did not. The decree barred any descendant of Jehoiachin from “sitting upon the throne of David . . . in Judah.” Jesus was to rule from the heavens, not from a throne in Judah. Jer 23:33—What is “the burden of Jehovah”? (w07 3/15 11 _1) 23:33—What is “the burden of Jehovah”? In Jeremiah’s day, the weighty pronouncements uttered by the prophet regarding Jerusalem’s destruction were a burden to his fellow countrymen. In turn, the unresponsive people were such a burden to Jehovah that he would cast them off. Similarly, the Scriptural message regarding the coming destruction of Christendom is a burden to Christendom, and the people who give no heed are wearisome to God. What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah? *** w14 12/15 p. 28 par. 6 Do You Appreciate What You Have Received? *** Then his brother Jehoiakim ruled for 11 years. He too lacked appreciation for what he had received from his father. Because of Jehoiakim’s bad course, Jeremiah prophesied about him: “With the burial of a donkey he will be buried.” (Jer. 22:17-19) What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading? *** wp16 No. 3 p. 16 What Does the Bible Say? *** Is it wrong to pronounce God’s name? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? Yes No It depends WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS “You must not take up the name of Jehovah your God in a worthless way.” (Exodus 20:7) The only time it is wrong to use God’s name is if this is done disrespectfully.—Jeremiah 29:9. WHAT ELSE CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BIBLE? Jesus knew and used God’s name.—John 17:25, 26. God invites us to address him by name.—Psalm 105:1. God’s enemies try to make people forget his name.—Jeremiah 23:27. *** w12 6/15 p. 22 par. 7 Why Put Jehovah’s Service First? *** 7 Another man who put Jehovah’s service first was the prophet Jeremiah. Jehovah commissioned Jeremiah as his prophet to preach a message of judgment on apostate Jerusalem and Judah. In a sense, Jeremiah lived “in the final part of the days.” (Jer. 23:19, 20) He knew perfectly well that the system in which he lived would not continue as it was. Jeremiah 22-24.pdf
  12. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 17-21 Jer 17:9—How may the heart’s treachery become manifest? (w01 10/15 25 _13) 13 “The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate,” warned Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 17:9) This treachery of the heart may manifest itself when we make excuses for our errors, minimize shortcomings, rationalize away serious personality flaws, or exaggerate accomplishments. A desperate heart is also capable of taking on a two-sided posture—smooth lips saying one thing, actions saying another. (Psalm 12:2; Proverbs 23:7) How vital that we be honest as we examine what comes out of the heart! Jer 20:7—In what way did Jehovah use his strength against Jeremiah and fool him? (w07 3/15 9 _6) 20:7—In what way did Jehovah ‘use his strength’ against Jeremiah and fool him? Because of facing indifference, rejection, and persecution when declaring Jehovah’s judgments, Jeremiah might have felt that he did not have the strength to continue. However, Jehovah used his strength against such inclinations, empowering Jeremiah to continue. Jehovah thus fooled Jeremiah by using him to accomplish what the prophet himself thought he could not do. What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah? *** w16 March p. 27 Imitate the Spirit of the Prophets *** We exert ourselves vigorously with the help of Jehovah’s spirit; still, we may at times be discouraged because of the way people react to our message. We do well to recall the example of the prophet Jeremiah. He experienced ridicule, insults, and jeering because he proclaimed God’s message to the Israelites. At one point, Jeremiah even said: “I am not going to make mention of him, and I will speak no more in his name.” Jeremiah was a man with feelings like ours. Nonetheless, he kept delivering God’s message. Why? The prophet added: “But in my heart it became like a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was tired of holding it in; I could no longer endure it.”—Jer. 20:7-9……. Jeremiah 17-21.pdf
  13. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 5-7 Jer 6:16—What was Jehovah urging his people to do? (w05 11/1 23 _11) 11 Are we really allowing God’s Word to guide us that closely? It is worthwhile to pause at times and examine ourselves honestly. Consider a verse that will help us to do so: “This is what Jehovah has said: ‘Stand still in the ways, you people, and see, and ask for the roadways of long ago, where, now, the good way is; and walk in it, and find ease for your souls.’” (Jeremiah 6:16) These words might remind us of a traveler who pauses at a crossroads to ask for directions. In a spiritual sense, Jehovah’s rebellious people in Israel needed to do something similar. They needed to find their way back to “the roadways of long ago.” That “good way” was the way in which their faithful forefathers had walked, the way from which the nation had foolishly strayed. Sadly, Israel responded stubbornly to this loving reminder from Jehovah. The same verse continues: “But they kept saying: ‘We are not going to walk.’” In modern times, though, God’s people have responded differently to such counsel. Jer 6:22, 23—Why could it be said that a people would be “coming from the land of the north”? (w88 4/1 13 _15) 15 By about 632 B.C.E., Assyria had fallen to the Chaldeans and the Medes, and Egypt was reduced to a minor power to the south of Judah. The real threat to Judah would come through the invasion route to the north. Thus, Jeremiah had to give his fellow Jews some bad news! “Look! A people is coming from the land of the north . . . It is a cruel one, and they will have no pity. . . . It is drawn up in battle order like a man of war against you, O daughter of Zion.” The ascendant world power at that time was Babylon. This would be God’s instrument for punishing faithless Judah.—Jeremiah 6:22, 23; 25:8, 9. Jeremiah 5-7.pdf
  14. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 58-62 Isa 60:17—What are some ways that Jehovah has fulfilled this promise in the last days? (w15 7/15 9-10 _14-17) 14 Over the years, the older ones in our midst have personally experienced some of the organizational adjustments that have increased the beauty of the earthly part of Jehovah’s organization. They remember when congregations had a congregation servant rather than a body of elders, when countries had a branch servant rather than a Branch Committee, and when direction was given by the president of the Watch Tower Society rather than by a clearly established Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although all these devoted brothers were supported by faithful assistants, one person was basically responsible for making decisions in the congregations, at the branch offices, and at world headquarters. During the 1970’s, adjustments were made to put the responsibility for oversight on groups of elders rather than on individuals. 15 Have these adjustments proved beneficial? Yes, and logically so. Why? Because the adjustments were based on increased knowledge about the pattern set in the Scriptures. Instead of having the influence of one individual dominate, the composite good qualities of all the “gifts in men” whom Jehovah has provided benefit the organization.—Eph. 4:8; Prov. 24:6. 16 Think, too, of more recent adjustments, such as the changes in appearance, contents, and methods of distribution of our publications. What a pleasure it is to offer practical, appealing, and attractive literature in the ministry! And when we use the latest technology to spread the truth, such as by means of the jw.org website, we reflect Jehovah’s interest in providing people everywhere with the guidance most of them lack but so desperately need. 17 Not to be overlooked is the wisdom behind the adjustment that allowed us to have a Family Worship evening or more time for personal study. ……. Isa 61:8, 9—What is the “everlasting covenant,” and who are the “offspring”? (w07 1/15 11 _5) 61:8, 9—What is the “indefinitely lasting covenant,” and who are the “offspring”? This is the new covenant that Jehovah has concluded with anointed Christians. The “offspring” are the “other sheep”—the millions who respond to their message.—John 10:16. Isaiah-58-62.pdf
  15. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 52-57 Isa 54:1—Who is the “barren woman” mentioned in this prophecy, and who are her “sons”? (w063/15 11 _2) Whom, then, did “the free woman” Sarah and her son, Isaac, represent? Paul indicated that Sarah, the “barren woman,” symbolized God’s wife, the heavenly part of his organization. This heavenly woman was barren in that before Jesus came she had no spirit-anointed “children” on the earth. (Galatians 4:27; Isaiah 54:1-6) However, at Pentecost 33 C.E., holy spirit was poured out on a group of men and women who were thus born again as children of this heavenly woman. The children produced by this organization were adopted as sons of God and became joint heirs with Jesus Christ under a new covenant relationship. (Romans 8:15-17) One of these children, the apostle Paul, could write: “The Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.”—Galatians 4:26. Isa 57:15—In what sense does Jehovah “reside” with those who are “crushed” and “lowly”? (w0510/15 26 _3) 3 Jehovah is unsearchably great and lofty, yet “his eyes are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) And what does Jehovah do when he finds lowly worshippers who are crushed in spirit as a result of various trials? In a sense, he “is residing” with such ones by means of his holy spirit “to revive the spirit of the lowly ones and to revive the heart of the ones being crushed.” (Isaiah 57:15) Thus, his revived worshippers are better able to resume serving him with rejoicing. What humility on God’s part! Isaiah-52-57.pdf
  16. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 47-51 Isa 49:6—How is the Messiah “a light of nations,” even though his earthly ministry was limited to the Israelites? (w07 1/15 9 _8) 49:6—How is the Messiah “a light of the nations,” even though his earthly ministry was limited to the sons of Israel? This is so because of what happened after Jesus’ death. The Bible applies Isaiah 49:6 to his disciples. (Acts 13:46, 47) Today, anointed Christians, aided by a great crowd of worshippers, serve as “a light of the nations,” enlightening peoples “to the extremity of the earth.”—Matthew 24:14; 28:19, 20. Spiritual Gems Isaiah 47-51 Isa 50:1—Why did Jehovah ask the Israelites: “Where is the divorce certificate of your mother?”(it-1 643 _4-5) Figurative Divorce. The marriage relationship is used symbolically in the Scriptures. (Isa 54:1, 5, 6; 62:1-6) Reference is also made to symbolic divorcing, or the sending away of a wife.—Jer 3:8. The kingdom of Judah was overthrown and Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 B.C.E., the inhabitants of the land being taken into Babylonian exile. Years earlier Jehovah had said prophetically to Jews who would then be in exile: “Where, then, is the divorce certificate of the mother of you people, whom I sent away?” (Isa 50:1) Their “mother,” or national organization, had been put away with just cause, not because Jehovah broke his covenant and started divorce proceedings, but because of her wrongdoing against the Law covenant. But a remnant of Israelites repented and prayed for a renewal of Jehovah’s husbandly relationship with them in their homeland. Jehovah, for his own name’s sake, restored his people to their homeland as promised, in 537 B.C.E., at the end of the 70-year desolation.—Ps 137:1-9; see MARRIAGE. Isaiah-47-51.pdf
  17. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 43-46 Isa 43:10-12—In what way were the Israelites to be a nation of witnesses for Jehovah? (w14 11/15 21-22 _14-16) 14 The Israelites worshipped their God, Jehovah, whereas the other nations worshipped their own deities. At the time of the prophet Isaiah, Jehovah compared the world situation to that of a court trial. He challenged the gods of the nations to produce witnesses to confirm their divinity, declaring: “Let all the nations assemble in one place, and let the peoples be gathered together. Who [of their gods] among them can tell this? Or can they cause us to hear the first things? Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right, or let them hear and say, ‘It is the truth!’”—Isa. 43:9. 15 The gods of the nations were unable to produce any evidence of their godship. They were mere idols that were speechless and that needed to be carried around. (Isa. 46:5-7) On the other hand, Jehovah told his people Israel: “You are my witnesses, . . . . . . . and I am God.”—Isa. 43:10-12. Isa 43:25—What is the main reason why Jehovah wipes out transgressions? (ip-2 60 _24) 24 Notice, though, that the resulting divine mercy will not simply be because of Israel’s contrition; it will be for Jehovah’s own sake. Yes, his name is involved. Were he to abandon Israel to permanent exile, his own name would be reproached by onlookers. (Psalm 79:9; Ezekiel 20:8-10) Likewise today, the salvation of humans is secondary to the sanctification of Jehovah’s name and the vindication of his sovereignty. Nonetheless, Jehovah loves those who accept his discipline without reservation and who worship him with spirit and truth. He demonstrates his love for these ones—whether anointed or other sheep—by wiping out their transgressions on the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.—John 3:16; 4:23, 24. Isaiah-43-46.pdf
  18. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 38-42 Isa 38:17—In what sense does Jehovah throw our sins behind his back? (w03 7/1 17 _17) 17 In a moving song of gratitude that Hezekiah composed after he was spared from a deadly sickness, he said to Jehovah: “You have thrown behind your back all my sins.” (Isaiah 38:17) Jehovah is here portrayed as taking the sins of a repentant wrongdoer and throwing them behind Him where He neither sees them nor takes notice of them anymore. According to one reference work, the idea conveyed may be expressed: “You have made [my sins] as if they had not happened.” Is that not comforting? Isa 42:3—How was this prophecy fulfilled in Jesus? (w15 2/15 8 _13) 13 His tender words. Jesus’ tender heart moved him to speak tenderly to others, especially to the downtrodden. The apostle Matthew applied to Jesus these words of Isaiah: “No crushed reed will he break, and no smoldering wick will he extinguish.” (Isa. 42:3; Matt. 12:20) Jesus spoke in a way that lifted the spirits of those who were figuratively like a bruised reed or the wick of an oil lamp about to go out. He preached a message of hope “to bind up the brokenhearted.” (Isa. 61:1) He invited those who were “toiling and loaded down” to come to him, reassuring them that they would “find refreshment” for themselves. (Matt. 11:28-30) He assured his followers that God had tender concern for each of His worshippers, including the “little ones”—those who may seem unimportant from the standpoint of the world.—Matt. 18:12-14; Luke 12:6, 7. What does this week’s Bible reading teach me about Jehovah? *** w16 May p. 20 par. 11 Is the Bible Still Changing Your Life? *** 11 When we contemplate the physical universe, we realize that Jehovah has great power. For example, the sun changes five million tons of its matter into energy every second. Although only a small amount passes through our globe’s atmosphere, it is enough to provide adequate heat and light to sustain life on earth. (Ps. 74:16; Isa. 40:26) Jehovah is pleased to give an appropriate measure of power to his human servants when needed. (Isa. 40:29) Yes, God could even give us the strength to conquer every weakness without having to struggle with or learn from our mistakes. What points from this week’s Bible reading can I use in the field ministry? *** w15 1/1 pp. 4-5 God’s Kingdom—A Government With No Corruption *** POWER THE PROBLEM: Human governments are funded by their citizens, most often through taxes and duties. This flow of money tempts some officials to steal, while others accept bribes from individuals who want them to reduce their taxes or other payments due the government. A vicious circle may result—the government raises taxes to make up for such losses, and this in turn fosters more corruption. In an environment like that, people who are honest may suffer the most. THE SOLUTION: God’s Kingdom receives its power from the almighty God, Jehovah. (Revelation 11:15) It does not need to collect taxes to pay for its operation. Instead, God’s “awe-inspiring power” and his unselfish generosity ensure that the Kingdom will abundantly provide for the needs of all its subjects.—Isaiah 40:26; Psalm 145:16. Isaiah-38-42.pdf
  19. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 34-37 Isa 35:8—What was “the Way of Holiness,” and who qualified to walk on it? (w08 5/15 26 _4; 27 _1) Jehovah foretold that his people who were in Babylonian exile would be restored to their homeland. The prophecy of restoration contained this guarantee: “There will certainly come to be a highway there, even a way; and the Way of Holiness it will be called.” (Isa. 35:8a) These words show that Jehovah not only opened the way for the Jews to get home but assured them of his protection along the way. In 537 B.C.E., the returning Jews had to meet an important requirement. Regarding those qualified to walk on “the Way of Holiness,” Isaiah 35:8b states: “The unclean one will not pass over it. And it will be for the one walking on the way, and no foolish ones will wander about on it.” Since the purpose of the Jews’ return to Jerusalem was to reestablish pure worship, there would be no place for those who had selfish motives, lacked respect for sacred things, or were spiritually unclean. The returnees needed to maintain Jehovah’s high moral standards. Those desiring God’s favor today need to meet the same requirement. They must pursue “holiness in God’s fear.” (2 Cor. 7:1) What unclean practices, then, ought we to shun? Isa 36:2, 3, 22—How did Shebna set a good example of one who accepted discipline? (w07 1/15 8 _6) 36:2, 3, 22. Though dismissed from serving as a steward, Shebna was allowed to continue in the king’s service as a secretary to his replacement. (Isaiah 22:15, 19) If we are removed from a position of responsibility in Jehovah’s organization for some reason, should we not continue to serve God in whatever capacity he permits? Isaiah-34-37.pdf
  20. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 29-33 Isa 30:21—In what ways does Jehovah communicate with his servants? (w14 8/15 21 _2) 2 Today, Jehovah guides his people by means of the Bible, his holy spirit, and the congregation. (Acts 9:31; 15:28; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17) The guidance that we receive from him is so clear that it is as if ‘our own ears hear a word behind us saying: “This is the way. Walk in it.”’ (Isa. 30:21) In effect, Jesus also conveys Jehovah’s voice to us as he directs the congregation through “the faithful and discreet slave.” (Matt. 24:45) We need to take this guidance and direction seriously, for our everlasting life depends on our obedience.—Heb. 5:9. Isa 33:22—When and how did Jehovah become Judge, Lawgiver, and King for the nation of Israel? (w14 10/15 14 _4) 4 The Law covenant went into effect at Mount Sinai in 1513 B.C.E. By means of that covenant, the ancient nation of Israel was set apart as God’s chosen nation. Jehovah now became ‘their Judge, their Lawgiver, and their King.’ (Isa. 33:22) The history of Israel provides a record of what happens when God’s righteous standards are either observed or ignored. Since the Law forbade intermarrying with pagans and participation in false worship, it was designed to prevent Abraham’s line of descent from being contaminated.—Ex. 20:4-6; 34:12-16. What does this week’s Bible reading teach me about Jehovah? *** w16 January p. 13 par. 6 Be Compelled by God’s “Indescribable Free Gift” *** 6 Jehovah’s gift includes the curing of all our sicknesses, the transformation of our earth into a paradise, and the resurrection of the dead. (Isa. 33:24; 35:5, 6; John 5:28, 29) We surely love Jehovah and his dear Son for giving us what is an “indescribable free gift.” Yet, the question remains, What will God’s love move us to do? Let us consider how God’s love moves us (1) to follow the steps of Christ Jesus closely, (2) to express love for our brothers, and (3) to forgive others from the heart. What points from this week’s Bible reading can I use in the field ministry? *** w16 April p. 21 par. 13 Why Should We Meet Together for Worship? *** 13 Our meeting attendance shows Jehovah that we want to draw close to him and his Son. At our meetings, our Grand Instructor directs us through the pages of his Word, the Bible. (Isa. 30:20, 21) Even unbelievers who attend our meetings may conclude: “God is really among you.” (1 Cor. 14:23-25) Jehovah blesses meetings with his holy spirit and actively directs the Scriptural teaching program. At our meetings, then, we are listening to Jehovah’s voice and sensing his loving care. Consequently, we draw close to him. Isaiah-29-33.pdf
  21. Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.) Spiritual Gems Isaiah 17-23 Isa 21:1—What region was called “the wilderness of the sea,” and why? (w06 12/1 11 _2) 21:1—What region is called “the wilderness of the sea”? Even though Babylon was nowhere near the actual sea, it is referred to this way. This is because the overflowing waters of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers flooded the region annually, creating a marshy “sea.” Spiritual Gems Isaiah 17-23 Isa 23:17, 18—How did Tyre’s material profit become “holy to Jehovah”? (ip-1 253-254 _22-24) 22 Isaiah continues: “At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of a prostitute: ‘Take a harp, go around the city, O forgotten prostitute. Do your best at playing on the strings; make your songs many, in order that you may be remembered.’ And it must occur at the end of seventy years that Jehovah will turn his attention to Tyre, and she must return to her hire and commit prostitution with all the kingdoms of the earth upon the surface of the ground.”—Isaiah 23:15b-17. 23 Following the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C.E., Phoenicia becomes a satrapy of the Medo-Persian Empire. The Persian monarch, Cyrus the Great, is a tolerant ruler. Under this new rulership, Tyre will resume her former activity and try hard to regain recognition as a world commercial center—just as a prostitute who has been forgotten and has lost her clientele seeks to attract new clients by going around the city, playing her harp and singing her songs. Will Tyre succeed? Yes, Jehovah will grant her success. In time, the island-city will become so prosperous that toward the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the prophet Zechariah will say: “Tyre proceeded to build a rampart for herself, and to pile up silver like dust and gold like the mire of the streets.”—Zechariah 9:3. ‘Her Profit Must Become Something Holy’ 24 How remarkable are the following prophetic words! “Her profit and her hire must become something holy to Jehovah. It will not be stored up, nor be laid up, because her hire will come to be for those dwelling before Jehovah, for eating to satisfaction and for elegant covering.” (Isaiah 23:18) How does Tyre’s material profit become something holy? Jehovah maneuvers matters so that it is used according to his will—for the eating to satisfaction of his people and for their covering. This comes about following the Israelites’ return from Babylonian exile. The people of Tyre assist them by supplying cedar timbers for rebuilding the temple. They also resume trade with the city of Jerusalem.—Ezra 3:7; Nehemiah 13:16. Isaiah-17-23.pdf
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