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Daily Bible Reading

December 5 - Old & New Testament


Ezra 1,2

Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return(a)

1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah,(b) the Lord moved the heart(c) of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

2 "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

"‘The Lord , the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed(d) me to build(e) a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord , the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. 4 And in any locality where survivors(f) may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold,(g) with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings(h) for the temple of God(i) in Jerusalem.'"(j)

5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin,(k) and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved(l)—prepared to go up and build the house(m) of the Lord in Jerusalem. 6 All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold,(n) with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.

7 Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord , which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.[a](o) 8 Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar(p) the prince of Judah.

9 This was the inventory:

gold dishes 30
silver dishes 1,000
silver pans[b] 29
10 gold bowls 30
matching silver bowls 410
other articles 1,000

11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

The List of the Exiles Who Returned(a)

1 Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles,(b) whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon(c) had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town,(d) 2 in company with Zerubbabel,(e) Joshua,(f) Nehemiah, Seraiah,(g) Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):

The list of the men of the people of Israel:

3 the descendants of Parosh(h) 2,172
4 of Shephatiah 372
5 of Arah 775
6 of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab) 2,812
7 of Elam 1,254
8 of Zattu 945
9 of Zakkai 760
10 of Bani 642
11 of Bebai 623
12 of Azgad 1,222
13 of Adonikam(i) 666
14 of Bigvai 2,056
15 of Adin 454
16 of Ater (through Hezekiah) 98
17 of Bezai 323
18 of Jorah 112
19 of Hashum 223
20 of Gibbar 95
21 the men of Bethlehem(j) 123
22 of Netophah 56
23 of Anathoth 128
24 of Azmaveth 42
25 of Kiriath Jearim,[a] Kephirah and Beeroth 743
26 of Ramah(k) and Geba 621
27 of Mikmash 122
28 of Bethel and Ai(l) 223
29 of Nebo 52
30 of Magbish 156
31 of the other Elam 1,254
32 of Harim 320
33 of Lod, Hadid and Ono 725
34 of Jericho(m) 345
35 of Senaah 3,630

36 The priests:

the descendants of Jedaiah(n) (through the family of Jeshua) 973
37 of Immer(o) 1,052
38 of Pashhur(p) 1,247
39 of Harim(q) 1,017

40 The Levites:(r)

the descendants of Jeshua(s) and Kadmiel (of the line of Hodaviah) 74

41 The musicians:(t)

the descendants of Asaph 128

42 The gatekeepers(u) of the temple:

the descendants of
Shallum, Ater, Talmon,
Akkub, Hatita and Shobai 139

43 The temple servants:(v)

the descendants of
Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46 Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,
51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54 Neziah and Hatipha

55 The descendants of the servants of Solomon:

the descendants of
Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56 Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
57 Shephatiah, Hattil,
Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Ami
58 The temple servants(w) and the descendants of the servants of Solomon 392

59 The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended(x) from Israel:

60 The descendants of
Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda 652

61 And from among the priests:

The descendants of
Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite(y) and was called by that name).

62 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood(z) as unclean. 63 The governor ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food(aa) until there was a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.(ab)

64 The whole company numbered 42,360, 65 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 200 male and female singers.(ac) 66 They had 736 horses,(ad) 245 mules, 67 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.

68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families(ae) gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics[b] of gold, 5,000 minas[c] of silver and 100 priestly garments.

70 The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns.(af)

1 John 4

Chapter 4

On Denying the Incarnation

1 Dear friends,(a) do not believe every spirit,(b) but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.(c) 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh(d) is from God,(e) 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist,(f) which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.(g)

4 You, dear children,(h) are from God and have overcome them,(i) because the one who is in you(j) is greater than the one who is in the world.(k) 5 They are from the world(l) and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.(m) This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth(n) and the spirit of falsehood.(o)

God's Love and Ours

7 Dear friends, let us love one another,(p) for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God(q) and knows God.(r) 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.(s) 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son(t) into the world that we might live through him.(u) 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us(v) and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.(w) 11 Dear friends,(x) since God so loved us,(y) we also ought to love one another.(z) 12 No one has ever seen God;(aa) but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.(ab)

13 This is how we know(ac) that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.(ad) 14 And we have seen and testify(ae) that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.(af) 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,(ag) God lives in them and they in God.(ah) 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love.(ai) Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.(aj) 17 This is how love is made complete(ak) among us so that we will have confidence(al) on the day of judgment:(am) In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,(an) because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us.(ao) 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister(ap) is a liar.(aq) For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,(ar) cannot love God, whom they have not seen.(as) 21 And he has given us this command:(at) Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.(au)

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