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December 7 - Bible-in-a-Year


Ezekiel 10-11

Chapter 10

God's Glory Departs From the Temple

1 I looked, and I saw the likeness of a throne(a) of lapis lazuli(b) above the vault(c) that was over the heads of the cherubim.(d) 2 The Lord said to the man clothed in linen,(e) "Go in among the wheels(f) beneath the cherubim. Fill(g) your hands with burning coals(h) from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And as I watched, he went in.

3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of the Lord (i) rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord . 5 The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice(j) of God Almighty[a] when he speaks.(k)

6 When the Lord commanded the man in linen, "Take fire from among the wheels,(l) from among the cherubim," the man went in and stood beside a wheel. 7 Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire(m) that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out. 8 (Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like human hands.)(n)

9 I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like topaz.(o) 10 As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 11 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about[b] as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. 12 Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes,(p) as were their four wheels.(q) 13 I heard the wheels being called "the whirling wheels." 14 Each of the cherubim(r) had four faces:(s) One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion,(t) and the fourth the face of an eagle.(u)

15 Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the living creatures(v) I had seen by the Kebar River.(w) 16 When the cherubim moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the cherubim spread their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels did not leave their side. 17 When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.(x)

18 Then the glory(y) of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.(z) 19 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them.(aa) They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord 's house, and the glory(ab) of the God of Israel was above them.

20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River,(ac) and I realized that they were cherubim. 21 Each had four faces(ad) and four wings,(ae) and under their wings was what looked like human hands. 22 Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River.(af) Each one went straight ahead.

Chapter 11

God's Sure Judgment on Jerusalem

1 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the Lord that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah(a) son of Benaiah, leaders(b) of the people.(c) 2 The Lord said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil(d) and giving wicked advice in this city.(e) 3 They say, ‘Haven't our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot,(f) and we are the meat in it.'(g) 4 Therefore prophesy(h) against them; prophesy, son of man."

5 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and he told me to say: "This is what the Lord says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.(i) 6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.(j)

7 "Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot,(k) but I will drive you out of it.(l) 8 You fear the sword,(m) and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign Lord .(n) 9 I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the hands(o) of foreigners and inflict punishment on you.(p) 10 You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.(q) Then you will know that I am the Lord . 11 This city will not be a pot(r) for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. 12 And you will know that I am the Lord ,(s) for you have not followed my decrees(t) or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.(u)"

13 Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah(v) son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, "Alas, Sovereign Lord ! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?(w)"

The Promise of Israel's Return

14 The word of the Lord came to me: 15 "Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the Lord ; this land was given to us as our possession.'(x)

16 "Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary(y) for them in the countries where they have gone.'

17 "Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.'(z)

18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images(aa) and detestable idols.(ab) 19 I will give them an undivided heart(ac) and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone(ad) and give them a heart of flesh.(ae) 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.(af) They will be my people,(ag) and I will be their God.(ah) 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols,(ai) I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord .(aj)"

22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory(ak) of the God of Israel was above them.(al) 23 The glory(am) of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain(an) east of it. 24 The Spirit(ao) lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia[a] in the vision(ap) given by the Spirit of God.

Then the vision I had seen went up from me, 25 and I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.(aq)

Isaiah 42

Chapter 42

The Servant of the Lord

1 "Here is my servant,(a) whom I uphold,
     my chosen one(b) in whom I delight;(c)
I will put my Spirit(d) on him,
     and he will bring justice(e) to the nations.(f)
2 He will not shout or cry out,(g)
     or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed(h) he will not break,(i)
     and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.(j)
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;(k)
4       he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice(l) on earth.
     In his teaching(m) the islands(n) will put their hope."(o)

5 This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens,(p) who stretches them out,
     who spreads out the earth(q) with all that springs from it,(r)
     who gives breath(s) to its people,
     and life to those who walk on it:
6 "I, the Lord , have called(t) you in righteousness;(u)
     I will take hold of your hand.(v)
I will keep(w) you and will make you
     to be a covenant(x) for the people
     and a light(y) for the Gentiles,(z)
7 to open eyes that are blind,(aa)
     to free(ab) captives from prison(ac)
     and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.(ad)

8 "I am the Lord ;(ae) that is my name!(af)
     I will not yield my glory to another(ag)
     or my praise to idols.(ah)
9 See, the former things(ai) have taken place,
     and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
     I announce(aj) them to you."

Song of Praise to the Lord

10 Sing(ak) to the Lord a new song,(al)
     his praise(am) from the ends of the earth,(an)
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,(ao)
     you islands,(ap) and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness(aq) and its towns raise their voices;
     let the settlements where Kedar(ar) lives rejoice.
Let the people of Sela(as) sing for joy;
     let them shout from the mountaintops.(at)
12 Let them give glory(au) to the Lord
     and proclaim his praise(av) in the islands.(aw)
13 The Lord will march out like a champion,(ax)
     like a warrior(ay) he will stir up his zeal;(az)
with a shout(ba) he will raise the battle cry
     and will triumph over his enemies.(bb)

14 "For a long time I have kept silent,(bc)
     I have been quiet and held myself back.(bd)
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
     I cry out, I gasp and pant.(be)
15 I will lay waste(bf) the mountains(bg) and hills
     and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands
     and dry up(bh) the pools.
16 I will lead(bi) the blind(bj) by ways they have not known,
     along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light(bk) before them
     and make the rough places smooth.(bl)
These are the things I will do;
     I will not forsake(bm) them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
     who say to images, ‘You are our gods,'(bn)
     will be turned back in utter shame.(bo)

Israel Blind and Deaf

18 "Hear, you deaf;(bp)
     look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind(bq) but my servant,(br)
     and deaf like the messenger(bs) I send?
Who is blind like the one in covenant(bt) with me,
     blind like the servant of the Lord ?
20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention;
     your ears are open, but you do not listen."(bu)
21 It pleased the Lord
     for the sake(bv) of his righteousness
     to make his law(bw) great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered(bx) and looted,
     all of them trapped in pits(by)
     or hidden away in prisons.(bz)
They have become plunder,
     with no one to rescue them;(ca)
they have been made loot,
     with no one to say, "Send them back."

23 Which of you will listen to this
     or pay close attention(cb) in time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot,
     and Israel to the plunderers?(cc)
Was it not the Lord ,(cd)
     against whom we have sinned?
For they would not follow(ce) his ways;
     they did not obey his law.(cf)
25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,(cg)
     the violence of war.
It enveloped them in flames,(ch) yet they did not understand;(ci)
     it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.(cj)

Ephesians 4:1-16

Chapter 4

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

1 As a prisoner(a) for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy(b) of the calling(c) you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another(d) in love.(e) 3 Make every effort to keep the unity(f) of the Spirit through the bond of peace.(g) 4 There is one body(h) and one Spirit,(i) just as you were called to one hope when you were called(j); 5 one Lord,(k) one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all,(l) who is over all and through all and in all.(m)

7 But to each one of us(n) grace(o) has been given(p) as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it[a] says:

"When he ascended on high,
     he took many captives(q)
     and gave gifts to his people."[b](r)

9 (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(s) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)(t) 11 So Christ himself gave(u) the apostles,(v) the prophets,(w) the evangelists,(x) the pastors and teachers,(y) 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ(z) may be built up(aa) 13 until we all reach unity(ab) in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God(ac) and become mature,(ad) attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.(ae)

14 Then we will no longer be infants,(af) tossed back and forth by the waves,(ag) and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.(ah) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,(ai) we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head,(aj) that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows(ak) and builds itself up(al) in love,(am) as each part does its work.

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