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Daily Bible Reading

December 12 - Old & New Testament


Zechariah 13,14

Cleansing From Sin

1 "On that day a fountain(a) will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse(b) them from sin and impurity.

2 "On that day, I will banish the names of the idols(c) from the land, and they will be remembered no more,"(d) declares the Lord Almighty. "I will remove both the prophets(e) and the spirit of impurity from the land. 3 And if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they were born, will say to them, ‘You must die, because you have told lies(f) in the Lord 's name.' Then their own parents will stab the one who prophesies.(g)

4 "On that day every prophet will be ashamed(h) of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet's garment(i) of hair(j) in order to deceive.(k) 5 Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.[a]'(l) 6 If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body[b]?' they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.'

The Shepherd Struck, the Sheep Scattered

7 "Awake, sword,(m) against my shepherd,(n)
     against the man who is close to me!"
     declares the Lord Almighty.
"Strike the shepherd,
     and the sheep will be scattered,(o)
     and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
8 In the whole land," declares the Lord ,
     "two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
     yet one-third will be left in it.(p)
9 This third I will put into the fire;(q)
     I will refine them like silver(r)
     and test them like gold.(s)
They will call(t) on my name(u)
     and I will answer(v) them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,'(w)
     and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.(x)'"

The Lord Comes and Reigns

1 A day of the Lord (a) is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions(b) will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.

2 I will gather all the nations(c) to Jerusalem to fight against it;(d) the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped.(e) Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.(f) 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight(g) against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.(h) 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,(i) east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split(j) in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[a](k) in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come,(l) and all the holy ones with him.(m)

6 On that day there will be neither sunlight(n) nor cold, frosty darkness. 7 It will be a unique(o) day—a day known only to the Lord —with no distinction between day and night.(p) When evening comes, there will be light.(q)

8 On that day living water(r) will flow(s) out from Jerusalem, half of it east(t) to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.(u)

9 The Lord will be king(v) over the whole earth.(w) On that day there will be one Lord , and his name the only name.(x)

10 The whole land, from Geba(y) to Rimmon,(z) south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up(aa) high from the Benjamin Gate(ab) to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate,(ac) and from the Tower of Hananel(ad) to the royal winepresses, and will remain in its place.(ae) 11 It will be inhabited;(af) never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.(ag)

12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike(ah) all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.(ai) 13 On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic.(aj) They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.(ak) 14 Judah(al) too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected(am)—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague(an) will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.

16 Then the survivors(ao) from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship(ap) the King,(aq) the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.(ar) 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship(as) the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.(at) 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord [b] will bring on them the plague(au) he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.(av) 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.(aw)

20 On that day holy to the Lord (ax) will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots(ay) in the Lord 's house will be like the sacred bowls(az) in front of the altar. 21 Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy(ba) to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day(bb) there will no longer be a Canaanite[c](bc) in the house(bd) of the Lord Almighty.(be)

Revelation 3,4

To the Church in Sardis

1  "To the angel[a] of the church in Sardis(a) write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b](b) of God and the seven stars.(c) I know your deeds;(d) you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.(e) 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent.(f) But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief,(g) and you will not know at what time(h) I will come to you.

4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes.(i) They will walk with me, dressed in white,(j) for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious(k) will, like them, be dressed in white.(l) I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life,(m) but will acknowledge that name before my Father(n) and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear(o) what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the Church in Philadelphia

7 "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia(p) write:

These are the words of him who is holy(q) and true,(r) who holds the key of David.(s) What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds.(t) See, I have placed before you an open door(u) that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.(v) 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan,(w) who claim to be Jews though they are not,(x) but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet(y) and acknowledge that I have loved you.(z) 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you(aa) from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world(ab) to test(ac) the inhabitants of the earth.(ad)

11 I am coming soon.(ae) Hold on to what you have,(af) so that no one will take your crown.(ag) 12 The one who is victorious(ah) I will make a pillar(ai) in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God(aj) and the name of the city of my God,(ak) the new Jerusalem,(al) which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear(am) what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the Church in Laodicea

14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea(an) write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness,(ao) the ruler of God's creation.(ap) 15 I know your deeds,(aq) that you are neither cold nor hot.(ar) I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.'(as) But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.(at) 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire,(au) so you can become rich; and white clothes(av) to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness;(aw) and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.(ax) So be earnest and repent.(ay) 20 Here I am! I stand at the door(az) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,(ba) I will come in(bb) and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious,(bc) I will give the right to sit with me on my throne,(bd) just as I was victorious(be) and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear(bf) what the Spirit says to the churches."

The Throne in Heaven

1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open(a) in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet(b) said, "Come up here,(c) and I will show you what must take place after this."(d) 2 At once I was in the Spirit,(e) and there before me was a throne in heaven(f) with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper(g) and ruby.(h) A rainbow(i) that shone like an emerald(j) encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders.(k) They were dressed in white(l) and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.(m) In front of the throne, seven lamps(n) were blazing. These are the seven spirits[a](o) of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass,(p) clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures,(q) and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.(r) 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.(s) 8 Each of the four living creatures(t) had six wings(u) and was covered with eyes all around,(v) even under its wings. Day and night(w) they never stop saying:

"‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,'[b](x)

who was, and is, and is to come."(y)

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne(z) and who lives for ever and ever,(aa) 10 the twenty-four elders(ab) fall down before him(ac) who sits on the throne(ad) and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God,
     to receive glory and honor and power,(ae)
for you created all things,
     and by your will they were created
     and have their being."(af)

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