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Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
December 1 - Bible-in-a-Year
, what has happened to us;
look, and see our disgrace.(a)
2 Our inheritance(b) has been turned over to strangers,(c)
our homes(d) to foreigners.(e)
3 We have become fatherless,
our mothers are widows.(f)
4 We must buy the water we drink;(g)
our wood can be had only at a price.(h)
5 Those who pursue us are at our heels;
we are weary(i) and find no rest.(j)
6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria(k)
to get enough bread.
7 Our ancestors(l) sinned and are no more,
and we bear their punishment.(m)
8 Slaves(n) rule over us,
and there is no one to free us from their hands.(o)
9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives
because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven,
feverish from hunger.(p)
11 Women have been violated(q) in Zion,
and virgins in the towns of Judah.
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands;
elders(r) are shown no respect.(s)
13 Young men toil at the millstones;
boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The elders are gone from the city gate;
the young men have stopped their music.(t)
15 Joy is gone from our hearts;
our dancing has turned to mourning.(u)
16 The crown(v) has fallen from our head.(w)
Woe to us, for we have sinned!(x)
17 Because of this our hearts(y) are faint,(z)
because of these things our eyes(aa) grow dim(ab)
18 for Mount Zion,(ac) which lies desolate,(ad)
with jackals prowling over it.
, reign forever;(ae)
your throne endures(af) from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us?(ag)
Why do you forsake(ah) us so long?
21 Restore(ai) us to yourself, Lord , that we may return;
renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us(aj)
and are angry with us beyond measure.(ak)
1 Praise the Lord .[a]
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant(a) and fitting to praise him!(b)
builds up Jerusalem;(c)
he gathers the exiles(d) of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted(e)
and binds up their wounds.(f)
4 He determines the number of the stars(g)
and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord(h) and mighty in power;(i)
his understanding has no limit.(j)
6 The Lord sustains the humble(k)
but casts the wicked(l) to the ground.
7 Sing to the
(m) with grateful praise;(n)
make music(o) to our God on the harp.(p)
8 He covers the sky with clouds;(q)
he supplies the earth with rain(r)
and makes grass grow(s) on the hills.
9 He provides food(t) for the cattle
and for the young ravens(u) when they call.
10 His pleasure is not in the strength(v) of the horse,(w)
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights(x) in those who fear him,(y)
who put their hope(z) in his unfailing love.(aa)
12 Extol the
praise your God, Zion.
13 He strengthens the bars of your gates(ac)
and blesses your people(ad) within you.
14 He grants peace(ae) to your borders
and satisfies you(af) with the finest of wheat.(ag)
15 He sends his command(ah) to the earth;
his word runs(ai) swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow(aj) like wool
and scatters the frost(ak) like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail(al) like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word(am) and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes,(an) and the waters flow.
19 He has revealed his word(ao) to Jacob,(ap)
his laws and decrees(aq) to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;(ar)
they do not know(as) his laws.[b]
Praise the Lord .(at)
Freedom in Christ
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.(a) Stand firm,(b) then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(c)
2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised,(d) Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.(e) 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law(f) have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.(g) 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.(h) 6 For in Christ Jesus(i) neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.(j) The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.(k)
7 You were running a good race.(l) Who cut in on you(m) to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.(n) 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."(o) 10 I am confident(p) in the Lord that you will take no other view.(q) The one who is throwing you into confusion,(r) whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted?(s) In that case the offense(t) of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators,(u) I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.(v) But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a];(w) rather, serve one another(x) humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."[b](y) 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
the Third Sunday after Epiphany