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Daily Bible Reading

December 17 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 84,90,91

Psalm 84[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,(a)
     Lord Almighty!
2 My soul yearns,(b) even faints,
     for the courts of the Lord ;
my heart and my flesh cry out
     for the living God.(c)
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
     and the swallow a nest for herself,
     where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,(d)
     Lord Almighty,(e) my King(f) and my God.(g)
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
     they are ever praising you.[c]

5 Blessed are those whose strength(h) is in you,
     whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(i)
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
     they make it a place of springs;(j)
     the autumn(k) rains also cover it with pools.[d]
7 They go from strength to strength,(l)
     till each appears(m) before God in Zion.(n)

8 Hear my prayer,(o) Lord God Almighty;
     listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield,[e](p) O God;
     look with favor on your anointed one.(q)

10 Better is one day in your courts
     than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper(r) in the house of my God
     than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun(s) and shield;(t)
     the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold(u)
     from those whose walk is blameless.

12  Lord Almighty,
     blessed(v) is the one who trusts in you.

Psalm 85[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 You, Lord , showed favor to your land;
     you restored the fortunes(a) of Jacob.
2 You forgave(b) the iniquity(c) of your people
     and covered all their sins.[b]
3 You set aside all your wrath(d)
     and turned from your fierce anger.(e)

4 Restore(f) us again, God our Savior,(g)
     and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?(h)
     Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive(i) us again,
     that your people may rejoice(j) in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love,(k) Lord ,
     and grant us your salvation.(l)

8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
     he promises peace(m) to his people, his faithful servants—
     but let them not turn to folly.(n)
9 Surely his salvation(o) is near those who fear him,
     that his glory(p) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(q) meet together;
     righteousness(r) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
     and righteousness(s) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(t)
     and our land will yield(u) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
     and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, Lord , and answer(a) me,
     for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
     save your servant who trusts in you.(b)
You are my God; have mercy(c) on me, Lord,
     for I call(d) to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
     for I put my trust(e) in you.

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
     abounding in love(f) to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord ;
     listen to my cry(g) for mercy.
7 When I am in distress,(h) I call(i) to you,
     because you answer(j) me.

8 Among the gods(k) there is none like you,(l) Lord;
     no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
     will come(m) and worship(n) before you, Lord;
     they will bring glory(o) to your name.
10 For you are great(p) and do marvelous deeds;(q)
     you alone(r) are God.

11 Teach me your way,(s) Lord ,
     that I may rely on your faithfulness;(t)
give me an undivided(u) heart,
     that I may fear(v) your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;(w)
     I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
     you have delivered me(x) from the depths,
     from the realm of the dead.(y)

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
     ruthless people are trying to kill me—
     they have no regard for you.(z)
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious(aa) God,
     slow to anger,(ab) abounding(ac) in love and faithfulness.(ad)
16 Turn to me(ae) and have mercy(af) on me;
     show your strength(ag) in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
     just as my mother did.(ah)
17 Give me a sign(ai) of your goodness,
     that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
     for you, Lord , have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain.(a)
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion(b)
     more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are said of you,
     city of God:[a](c)
4 "I will record Rahab[b](d) and Babylon
     among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia(e) too, and Tyre(f), along with Cush[c]
     and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.'"[d](g)
5 Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
     "This one and that one were born in her,
     and the Most High himself will establish her."
6 The Lord will write in the register(h) of the peoples:
     "This one was born in Zion."

7 As they make music(i) they will sing,
     "All my fountains(j) are in you."

Psalm 88[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.[b] A maskil[c] of Heman the Ezrahite.

1  Lord , you are the God who saves me;(a)
     day and night I cry out(b) to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
     turn your ear to my cry.

3 I am overwhelmed with troubles(c)
     and my life draws near to death.(d)
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;(e)
     I am like one without strength.(f)
5 I am set apart with the dead,
     like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
     who are cut off(g) from your care.

6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
     in the darkest depths.(h)
7 Your wrath(i) lies heavily on me;
     you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d](j)
8 You have taken from me my closest friends(k)
     and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined(l) and cannot escape;(m)
9       my eyes(n) are dim with grief.

I call(o) to you, Lord , every day;
     I spread out my hands(p) to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
     Do their spirits rise up and praise you?(q)
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
     your faithfulness(r) in Destruction[e]?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
     or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help,(s) Lord ;
     in the morning(t) my prayer comes before you.(u)
14 Why, Lord , do you reject(v) me
     and hide your face(w) from me?

15 From my youth(x) I have suffered(y) and been close to death;
     I have borne your terrors(z) and am in despair.(aa)
16 Your wrath(ab) has swept over me;
     your terrors(ac) have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;(ad)
     they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend(ae) and neighbor—
     darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 89[a]

A maskil[b] of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1 I will sing(a) of the Lord 's great love forever;
     with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known(b)
     through all generations.
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
     that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.(c)
3 You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
     I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever
     and make your throne firm through all generations.'"[c](d)

5 The heavens(e) praise your wonders, Lord ,
     your faithfulness too, in the assembly(f) of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord ?
     Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?(g)
7 In the council(h) of the holy ones(i) God is greatly feared;
     he is more awesome than all who surround him.(j)
8 Who is like you,(k) Lord God Almighty?(l)
     You, Lord , are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

9 You rule over the surging sea;
     when its waves mount up, you still them.(m)
10 You crushed Rahab(n) like one of the slain;
     with your strong arm you scattered(o) your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours,(p) and yours also the earth;(q)
     you founded the world and all that is in it.(r)
12 You created the north and the south;
     Tabor(s) and Hermon(t) sing for joy(u) at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
     your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.(v)

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;(w)
     love and faithfulness go before you.(x)
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
     who walk(y) in the light(z) of your presence, Lord .
16 They rejoice in your name(aa) all day long;
     they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,(ab)
     and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d](ac)
18 Indeed, our shield[e](ad) belongs to the Lord ,
     our king(ae) to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Once you spoke in a vision,
     to your faithful people you said:
"I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
     I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David(af) my servant;(ag)
     with my sacred oil(ah) I have anointed(ai) him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
     surely my arm will strengthen him.(aj)
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;(ak)
     the wicked will not oppress(al) him.
23 I will crush his foes before him(am)
     and strike down his adversaries.(an)
24 My faithful love will be with him,(ao)
     and through my name his horn[f] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
     his right hand over the rivers.(ap)
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,(aq)
     my God, the Rock(ar) my Savior.'(as)
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,(at)
     the most exalted(au) of the kings(av) of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
     and my covenant with him will never fail.(aw)
29 I will establish his line forever,
     his throne as long as the heavens endure.(ax)

30 "If his sons forsake my law
     and do not follow my statutes,
31 if they violate my decrees
     and fail to keep my commands,
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
     their iniquity with flogging;(ay)
33 but I will not take my love from him,(az)
     nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
     or alter what my lips have uttered.(ba)
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
     and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever
     and his throne endure before me like the sun;(bb)
37 it will be established forever like the moon,
     the faithful witness in the sky."(bc)

38 But you have rejected,(bd) you have spurned,
     you have been very angry with your anointed one.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant
     and have defiled his crown in the dust.(be)
40 You have broken through all his walls(bf)
     and reduced his strongholds(bg) to ruins.
41 All who pass by have plundered(bh) him;
     he has become the scorn of his neighbors.(bi)
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
     you have made all his enemies rejoice.(bj)
43 Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword
     and have not supported him in battle.(bk)
44 You have put an end to his splendor
     and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short(bl) the days of his youth;
     you have covered him with a mantle of shame.(bm)

46 How long, Lord ? Will you hide yourself forever?
     How long will your wrath burn like fire?(bn)
47 Remember how fleeting is my life.(bo)
     For what futility you have created all humanity!
48 Who can live and not see death,
     or who can escape the power of the grave?(bp)
49 Lord, where is your former great love,
     which in your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, Lord, how your servant has[g] been mocked,(bq)
     how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,
51 the taunts with which your enemies, Lord , have mocked,
     with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.(br)

52 Praise be to the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.(bs)


Psalms 90–106

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place(a)
     throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born(b)
     or you brought forth the whole world,
     from everlasting to everlasting(c) you are God.(d)

3 You turn people back to dust,
     saying, "Return to dust, you mortals."(e)
4 A thousand years in your sight
     are like a day that has just gone by,
     or like a watch in the night.(f)
5 Yet you sweep people away(g) in the sleep of death—
     they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
     but by evening it is dry and withered.(h)

7 We are consumed by your anger
     and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
     our secret sins(i) in the light of your presence.(j)
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
     we finish our years with a moan.(k)
10 Our days may come to seventy years,(l)
     or eighty,(m) if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,(n)
     for they quickly pass, and we fly away.(o)
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
     Your wrath(p) is as great as the fear that is your due.(q)
12 Teach us to number our days,(r)
     that we may gain a heart of wisdom.(s)

13 Relent, Lord ! How long(t) will it be?
     Have compassion on your servants.(u)
14 Satisfy(v) us in the morning with your unfailing love,(w)
     that we may sing for joy(x) and be glad all our days.(y)
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
     for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
     your splendor to their children.(z)

17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
     establish the work of our hands for us—
     yes, establish the work of our hands.(aa)

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter(a) of the Most High
     will rest in the shadow(b) of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord , "He is my refuge(c) and my fortress,(d)
     my God, in whom I trust."

3 Surely he will save you
     from the fowler's snare(e)
     and from the deadly pestilence.(f)
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
     and under his wings you will find refuge;(g)
     his faithfulness will be your shield(h) and rampart.
5 You will not fear(i) the terror of night,
     nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
     nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
     ten thousand at your right hand,
     but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
     and see the punishment of the wicked.(j)

9 If you say, "The Lord is my refuge,"
     and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm(k) will overtake you,
     no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels(l) concerning you
     to guard you in all your ways;(m)
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
     so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.(n)
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
     you will trample the great lion and the serpent.(o)

14 "Because he[b] loves me," says the Lord , "I will rescue him;
     I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
     I will be with him in trouble,
     I will deliver him and honor him.(p)
16 With long life(q) I will satisfy him
     and show him my salvation.(r)"

Revelation 9

Chapter 9

1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.(a) The star was given the key(b) to the shaft of the Abyss.(c) 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.(d) The sun and sky were darkened(e) by the smoke from the Abyss.(f) 3 And out of the smoke locusts(g) came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions(h) of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm(i) the grass of the earth or any plant or tree,(j) but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.(k) 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months.(l) And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion(m) when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.(n)

7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle.(o) On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.(p) 8 Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.(q) 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.(r) 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.(s) 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss,(t) whose name in Hebrew(u) is Abaddon(v) and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.(w)

13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns(x) of the golden altar that is before God.(y) 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels(z) who are bound at the great river Euphrates."(aa) 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released(ab) to kill a third(ac) of mankind.(ad) 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.(ae)

17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths(af) came fire, smoke and sulfur.(ag) 18 A third(ah) of mankind was killed(ai) by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur(aj) that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent(ak) of the work of their hands;(al) they did not stop worshiping demons,(am) and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.(an) 21 Nor did they repent(ao) of their murders, their magic arts,(ap) their sexual immorality(aq) or their thefts.

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