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December 26 - Bible-in-a-Year


Ezekiel 38-39

Chapter 38

The Lord 's Great Victory Over the Nations

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "Son of man, set your face against Gog,(a) of the land of Magog,(b) the chief prince of[a] Meshek and Tubal;(c) prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and Tubal.(d) 4 I will turn you around, put hooks(e) in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.(f) 5 Persia, Cush[c](g) and Put(h) will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer(i) with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah(j) from the far north(k) with all its troops—the many nations with you.

7 "‘Get ready; be prepared,(l) you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 8 After many days(m) you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations(n) to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.(o) 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm;(p) you will be like a cloud(q) covering the land.(r)

10 "‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind(s) and you will devise an evil scheme.(t) 11 You will say, "I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people(u)—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.(v) 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.[d]" 13 Sheba(w) and Dedan(x) and the merchants of Tarshish(y) and all her villages[e] will say to you, "Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?(z)"'

14 "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety,(aa) will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north,(ab) you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army.(ac) 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud(ad) that covers the land.(ae) In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy(af) through you before their eyes.(ag)

17 "‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord . 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake(ah) in the land of Israel.(ai) 20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble(aj) at my presence. The mountains will be overturned,(ak) the cliffs will crumble(al) and every wall will fall to the ground.(am) 21 I will summon a sword(an) against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord . Every man's sword will be against his brother.(ao) 22 I will execute judgment(ap) on him with plague and bloodshed;(aq) I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones(ar) and burning sulfur(as) on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.(at) 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord .(au)'

Chapter 39

1 "Son of man, prophesy against Gog(a) and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[a] Meshek(b) and Tubal.(c) 2 I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north(d) and send you against the mountains of Israel.(e) 3 Then I will strike your bow(f) from your left hand and make your arrows(g) drop from your right hand. 4 On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds(h) and to the wild animals.(i) 5 You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord .(j) 6 I will send fire(k) on Magog(l) and on those who live in safety in the coastlands,(m) and they will know(n) that I am the Lord .

7 "‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned,(o) and the nations will know(p) that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel.(q) 8 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord . This is the day(r) I have spoken of.

9 "‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows,(s) the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel.(t) 10 They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder(u) those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord .(v)

11 "‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried(w) there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.[b](x)

12 "‘For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.(y) 13 All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory(z) will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord . 14 People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.

"‘After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search. 15 As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog, 16 near a town called Hamonah.[c] And so they will cleanse the land.'

17 "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird(aa) and all the wild animals: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood.(ab) 18 You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls—all of them fattened animals from Bashan.(ac) 19 At the sacrifice(ad) I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. 20 At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,' declares the Sovereign Lord .(ae)

21 "I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them.(af) 22 From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. 23 And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.(ag) 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.(ah)

25 "Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob[d](ai) and will have compassion(aj) on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name.(ak) 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety(al) in their land with no one to make them afraid.(am) 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations.(an) 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them(ao) to their own land, not leaving any behind.(ap) 29 I will no longer hide my face(aq) from them, for I will pour out my Spirit(ar) on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord .(as)"

Isaiah 61

Chapter 61

The Year of the Lord's Favor

1 The Spirit(a) of the Sovereign Lord (b) is on me,
     because the Lord has anointed(c) me
     to proclaim good news(d) to the poor.(e)
He has sent me to bind up(f) the brokenhearted,
     to proclaim freedom(g) for the captives(h)
     and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord 's favor(i)
     and the day of vengeance(j) of our God,
to comfort(k) all who mourn,(l)
3       and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown(m) of beauty
     instead of ashes,(n)
the oil(o) of joy
     instead of mourning,(p)
and a garment of praise
     instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
     a planting(q) of the Lord
     for the display of his splendor.(r)

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins(s)
     and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
     that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers(t) will shepherd your flocks;
     foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests(u) of the Lord ,
     you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth(v) of nations,
     and in their riches you will boast.

7 Instead of your shame(w)
     you will receive a double(x) portion,
and instead of disgrace
     you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit(y) a double portion in your land,
     and everlasting joy(z) will be yours.

8 "For I, the Lord , love justice;(aa)
     I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
     and make an everlasting covenant(ab) with them.
9 Their descendants(ac) will be known among the nations
     and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
     that they are a people the Lord has blessed."(ad)

10 I delight greatly in the Lord ;
     my soul rejoices(ae) in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
     and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,(af)
as a bridegroom adorns his head(ag) like a priest,
     and as a bride(ah) adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
     and a garden(ai) causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness(aj)
     and praise spring up before all nations.

Luke 2:21-52

Chapter 2

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child,(p) he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.(q)

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,(r) Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"[b]),(s) 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."[c](t)

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.(u) He was waiting for the consolation of Israel,(v) and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,(w) 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,(x)
     you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace.(y)
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,(z)
31       which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
     and the glory of your people Israel."(aa)

33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:(ab) "This child is destined to cause the falling(ac) and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

36 There was also a prophet,(ad) Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[e](ae) She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.(af) 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.(ag)

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.(ah) 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.(ai)

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

41 Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.(aj) 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed(ak) at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother(al) said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father(am) and I have been anxiously searching for you."

49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"[f](an) 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.(ao)

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them(ap) and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.(aq) 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.(ar)

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