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December 30 - Bible-in-a-Year


Ezekiel 46-47

Chapter 46

1 "‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The gate of the inner court(a) facing east(b) is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon(c) it is to be opened. 2 The prince is to enter from the outside through the portico(d) of the gateway and stand by the gatepost. The priests are to sacrifice his burnt offering(e) and his fellowship offerings. He is to bow down in worship at the threshold of the gateway and then go out, but the gate will not be shut until evening.(f) 3 On the Sabbaths(g) and New Moons the people of the land are to worship in the presence of the Lord at the entrance of that gateway.(h) 4 The burnt offering the prince brings to the Lord on the Sabbath day is to be six male lambs and a ram, all without defect. 5 The grain offering given with the ram is to be an ephah,[a] and the grain offering with the lambs is to be as much as he pleases, along with a hin[b] of olive oil for each ephah.(i) 6 On the day of the New Moon(j) he is to offer a young bull, six lambs and a ram, all without defect.(k) 7 He is to provide as a grain offering one ephah with the bull, one ephah with the ram, and with the lambs as much as he wants to give, along with a hin of oil for each ephah.(l) 8 When the prince enters, he is to go in through the portico(m) of the gateway, and he is to come out the same way.(n)

9 "‘When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals,(o) whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate. 10 The prince is to be among them, going in when they go in and going out when they go out.(p) 11 At the feasts and the appointed festivals, the grain offering is to be an ephah with a bull, an ephah with a ram, and with the lambs as much as he pleases, along with a hin of oil for each ephah.(q)

12 "‘When the prince provides(r) a freewill offering(s) to the Lord —whether a burnt offering or fellowship offerings—the gate facing east is to be opened for him. He shall offer his burnt offering or his fellowship offerings as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he has gone out, the gate will be shut.(t)

13 "‘Every day you are to provide a year-old lamb without defect for a burnt offering to the Lord ; morning by morning(u) you shall provide it.(v) 14 You are also to provide with it morning by morning a grain offering, consisting of a sixth of an ephah[c] with a third of a hin[d] of oil(w) to moisten the flour. The presenting of this grain offering to the Lord is a lasting ordinance.(x) 15 So the lamb and the grain offering and the oil shall be provided morning by morning for a regular(y) burnt offering.(z)

16 "‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: If the prince makes a gift from his inheritance to one of his sons, it will also belong to his descendants; it is to be their property by inheritance.(aa) 17 If, however, he makes a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, the servant may keep it until the year of freedom;(ab) then it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs to his sons only; it is theirs. 18 The prince must not take(ac) any of the inheritance(ad) of the people, driving them off their property. He is to give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that not one of my people will be separated from their property.'"

19 Then the man brought me through the entrance(ae) at the side of the gate to the sacred rooms facing north,(af) which belonged to the priests, and showed me a place at the western end. 20 He said to me, "This is the place where the priests are to cook the guilt offering and the sin offering[e] and bake the grain offering, to avoid bringing them into the outer court and consecrating(ag) the people."(ah)

21 He then brought me to the outer court and led me around to its four corners, and I saw in each corner another court. 22 In the four corners of the outer court were enclosed[f] courts, forty cubits long and thirty cubits wide;[g] each of the courts in the four corners was the same size. 23 Around the inside of each of the four courts was a ledge of stone, with places for fire built all around under the ledge. 24 He said to me, "These are the kitchens where those who minister at the temple are to cook the sacrifices of the people."

Chapter 47

The River From the Temple

1 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water(a) coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.(b) 2 He then brought me out through the north gate(c) and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.

3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line(d) in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits[a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river(e) that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.(f) 6 He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?"

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.(g) 8 He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,[b](h) where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.(i) 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.(j) 10 Fishermen(k) will stand along the shore; from En Gedi(l) to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets.(m) The fish will be of many kinds(n)—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.(o) 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.(p) 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.(q) Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit(r) fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary(s) flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.(t)"

The Boundaries of the Land

13 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "These are the boundaries(u) of the land that you will divide among the twelve tribes of Israel as their inheritance, with two portions for Joseph.(v) 14 You are to divide it equally among them. Because I swore with uplifted hand to give it to your ancestors, this land will become your inheritance.(w)

15 "This is to be the boundary of the land:(x)

"On the north side it will run from the Mediterranean Sea(y) by the Hethlon road(z) past Lebo Hamath to Zedad, 16 Berothah[c](aa) and Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath),(ab) as far as Hazer Hattikon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 The boundary will extend from the sea to Hazar Enan,[d] along the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This will be the northern boundary.(ac)

18 "On the east side the boundary will run between Hauran and Damascus, along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel, to the Dead Sea and as far as Tamar.[e] This will be the eastern boundary.(ad)

19 "On the south side it will run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah Kadesh,(ae) then along the Wadi of Egypt(af) to the Mediterranean Sea.(ag) This will be the southern boundary.

20 "On the west side, the Mediterranean Sea will be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo Hamath.(ah) This will be the western boundary.(ai)

21 "You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance(aj) for yourselves and for the foreigners(ak) residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.(al) 23 In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance," declares the Sovereign Lord .(am)

Isaiah 65

Chapter 65

Judgment and Salvation

1 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
     I was found by those who did not seek me.(a)
To a nation(b) that did not call on my name,(c)
     I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.'
2 All day long I have held out my hands
     to an obstinate people,(d)
who walk in ways not good,
     pursuing their own imaginations(e)
3 a people who continually provoke me
     to my very face,(f)
offering sacrifices in gardens(g)
     and burning incense(h) on altars of brick;
4 who sit among the graves(i)
     and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
who eat the flesh of pigs,(j)
     and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
5 who say, ‘Keep away; don't come near me,
     for I am too sacred(k) for you!'
Such people are smoke(l) in my nostrils,
     a fire that keeps burning all day.

6 "See, it stands written before me:
     I will not keep silent(m) but will pay back(n) in full;
     I will pay it back into their laps(o)
7 both your sins(p) and the sins of your ancestors,"(q)
     says the Lord .
"Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
     and defied me on the hills,(r)
I will measure into their laps
     the full payment(s) for their former deeds."

8 This is what the Lord says:

"As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes(t)
     and people say, ‘Don't destroy it,
     there is still a blessing in it,'
so will I do in behalf of my servants;(u)
     I will not destroy them all.
9 I will bring forth descendants(v) from Jacob,
     and from Judah those who will possess(w) my mountains;
my chosen(x) people will inherit them,
     and there will my servants live.(y)
10 Sharon(z) will become a pasture for flocks,(aa)
     and the Valley of Achor(ab) a resting place for herds,
     for my people who seek(ac) me.

11 "But as for you who forsake(ad) the Lord
     and forget my holy mountain,(ae)
who spread a table for Fortune
     and fill bowls of mixed wine(af) for Destiny,
12 I will destine you for the sword,(ag)
     and all of you will fall in the slaughter;(ah)
for I called but you did not answer,(ai)
     I spoke but you did not listen.(aj)
You did evil in my sight
     and chose what displeases me."(ak)

13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

"My servants will eat,(al)
     but you will go hungry;(am)
my servants will drink,(an)
     but you will go thirsty;(ao)
my servants will rejoice,(ap)
     but you will be put to shame.(aq)
14 My servants will sing(ar)
     out of the joy of their hearts,
but you will cry out(as)
     from anguish of heart
     and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name
     for my chosen ones to use in their curses;(at)
the Sovereign Lord will put you to death,
     but to his servants he will give another name.(au)
16 Whoever invokes a blessing(av) in the land
     will do so by the one true God;(aw)
whoever takes an oath in the land
     will swear(ax) by the one true God.
For the past troubles(ay) will be forgotten
     and hidden from my eyes.

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 "See, I will create
     new heavens and a new earth.(az)
The former things will not be remembered,(ba)
     nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice(bb) forever
     in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem(bc) to be a delight
     and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice(bd) over Jerusalem
     and take delight(be) in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying(bf)
     will be heard in it no more.

20 "Never again will there be in it
     an infant(bg) who lives but a few days,
     or an old man who does not live out his years;(bh)
the one who dies at a hundred
     will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach[a] a hundred
     will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses(bi) and dwell in them;
     they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.(bj)
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,(bk)
     or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,(bl)
     so will be the days(bm) of my people;
my chosen(bn) ones will long enjoy
     the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,(bo)
     nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;(bp)
for they will be a people blessed(bq) by the Lord ,
     they and their descendants(br) with them.
24 Before they call(bs) I will answer;(bt)
     while they are still speaking(bu) I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb(bv) will feed together,
     and the lion will eat straw like the ox,(bw)
     and dust will be the serpent's(bx) food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
     on all my holy mountain,"(by)
says the Lord .

Luke 4:31-44

Chapter 4

31 Then he went down to Capernaum,(ak) a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching,(al) because his words had authority.(am)

33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 "Go away! What do you want with us,(an) Jesus of Nazareth?(ao) Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are(ap)—the Holy One of God!"(aq)

35 "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly.(ar) "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

36 All the people were amazed(as) and said to each other, "What words these are! With authority(at) and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!" 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.(au)

Jesus Heals Many(av)(aw)

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked(ax) the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one,(ay) he healed them.(az) 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!"(ba) But he rebuked(bb) them and would not allow them to speak,(bc) because they knew he was the Messiah.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God(bd) to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.(be)

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