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Daily Bible Reading
December 12 - Bible-in-a-Year
The One Who Sins Will Die
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
"‘The parents eat sour grapes,
and the children's teeth are set on edge'?(a)
3 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord , you will no longer quote this proverb(b) in Israel. 4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins(c) is the one who will die.(d)
5 "Suppose there is a righteous man
who does what is just and right.
6 He does not eat at the mountain(e) shrines
or look to the idols(f) of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor's wife
or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.(g)
7 He does not oppress(h) anyone,
but returns what he took in pledge(i) for a loan.
He does not commit robbery(j)
but gives his food to the hungry(k)
and provides clothing for the naked.(l)
8 He does not lend to them at interest
or take a profit from them.(m)
He withholds his hand from doing wrong
and judges fairly(n) between two parties.
9 He follows my decrees(o)
and faithfully keeps my laws.
That man is righteous;(p)
he will surely live,(q)
declares the Sovereign Lord .
10 "Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood(r) or does any of these other things[a] 11 (though the father has done none of them):
"He eats at the mountain shrines.(s)
He defiles his neighbor's wife.
12 He oppresses the poor(t) and needy.
He commits robbery.
He does not return what he took in pledge.(u)
He looks to the idols.
He does detestable things.(v)
13 He lends at interest and takes a profit.(w)
Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.(x)
14 "But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:(y)
15 "He does not eat at the mountain shrines(z)
or look to the idols(aa) of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor's wife.
16 He does not oppress anyone
or require a pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
but gives his food to the hungry(ab)
and provides clothing for the naked.(ac)
17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor
and takes no interest or profit from them.
He keeps my laws(ad) and follows my decrees.
He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.
19 "Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.(ae) 20 The one who sins is the one who will die.(af) The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.(ag)
21 "But if(ah) a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees(ai) and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.(aj) 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live.(ak) 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord . Rather, am I not pleased(al) when they turn from their ways and live?(am)
24 "But if a righteous person turns(an) from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness(ao) they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.(ap)
25 "Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.'(aq) Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust?(ar) Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life.(as) 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die.(at) 29 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.' Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?
30 "Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord . Repent!(au) Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.(av) 31 Rid(aw) yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart(ax) and a new spirit. Why(ay) will you die, people of Israel?(az) 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord . Repent(ba) and live!(bb)
The Fall of Babylon
1 "Go down, sit in the dust,(a)
Virgin Daughter(b) Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
queen city of the Babylonians.[a](c)
No more will you be called
tender or delicate.(d)
2 Take millstones(e) and grind(f) flour;
take off your veil.(g)
Lift up your skirts,(h) bare your legs,
and wade through the streams.
3 Your nakedness(i) will be exposed
and your shame(j) uncovered.
I will take vengeance;(k)
I will spare no one.(l)"
4 Our Redeemer(m)—the
Almighty(n) is his name(o)—
is the Holy One(p) of Israel.
5 "Sit in silence,(q) go into darkness,(r)
queen city of the Babylonians;(s)
no more will you be called
queen(t) of kingdoms.(u)
6 I was angry(v) with my people
and desecrated my inheritance;(w)
I gave them into your hand,(x)
and you showed them no mercy.(y)
Even on the aged
you laid a very heavy yoke.
7 You said, ‘I am forever(z)—
the eternal queen!'(aa)
But you did not consider these things
or reflect(ab) on what might happen.(ac)
8 "Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
lounging in your security(ad)
and saying to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.(ae)
I will never be a widow(af)
or suffer the loss of children.'
9 Both of these will overtake you
in a moment,(ag) on a single day:
loss of children(ah) and widowhood.(ai)
They will come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries(aj)
and all your potent spells.(ak)
10 You have trusted(al) in your wickedness
and have said, ‘No one sees me.'(am)
Your wisdom(an) and knowledge mislead(ao) you
when you say to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.'
11 Disaster(ap) will come upon you,
and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
will suddenly(aq) come upon you.
12 "Keep on, then, with your magic spells
and with your many sorceries,(ar)
which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
perhaps you will cause terror.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!(as)
Let your astrologers(at) come forward,
those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
let them save(au) you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble;(av)
the fire(aw) will burn them up.
They cannot even save themselves
from the power of the flame.(ax)
These are not coals for warmth;
this is not a fire to sit by.
15 That is all they are to you—
these you have dealt with
and labored(ay) with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
there is not one that can save(az) you.
1 Paul and Timothy,(a) servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God's holy people(b) in Christ Jesus at Philippi,(c) together with the overseers(d) and deacons[a]:(e)
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(f)
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God every time I remember you.(g) 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray(h) with joy 5 because of your partnership(i) in the gospel from the first day(j) until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion(k) until the day of Christ Jesus.(l)
7 It is right(m) for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart(n) and, whether I am in chains(o) or defending(p) and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. 8 God can testify(q) how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love(r) may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,(s) 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,(t) 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness(u) that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
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