The Economy

"Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? (Haggai 1.4).

2 Then the Spirit said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are responsible for the wicked counsel being given in this city. 3 They say to the people, `Is it not a good time to build houses? Our city is like an iron pot. Inside it we will be like meat-safe from all harm.*' 4 Therefore, son of man, prophesy against them loudly and clearly." (Ezekiel 11.2-4)

11:3 Hebrew This city is the pot, and we are the meat

A New Proverb for Israel

Ezekiel 12.21 Again a message came to me from the Lord: 22 "Son of man, what is that proverb they quote in Israel: `Time passes, making a liar of every prophet'? 23 Give the people this message from the Sovereign Lord: I will put an end to this proverb, and you will soon stop quoting it. Now give them this new proverb to replace the old one: `The time has come for every prophecy to be fulfilled!'

24 "Then you will see what becomes of all the false visions and misleading predictions about peace in Israel. 25 For I am the Lord! What I threaten always happens. There will be no more delays, you rebels of Israel! I will fulfill my threat of destruction in your own lifetime, says the Sovereign Lord."
26 Then this message came to me from the Lord: 27 "Son of man, the people of Israel are saying, `His visions won't come true for a long, long time.' 28 Therefore, give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: No more delay! I will now do everything I have threatened! I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!"