The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday November 28, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 5

A theme found throughout Scripture is that God humbles the proud and exalts the humble. Nebuchadnezzar is stronger than anyone else, and he knows it. He willingly accepts credit for all that has happened in his life, so God moves decisively to show how insignificant Nebuchadnezzar truly is. It takes little to reduce him to an animal-like state, a wild man living at the margins of humanity, his power and prestige eroded overnight. If one of the greatest kings in history degenerates so completely, what can be done to common folks? Seven years of living as an animal go by, however, and he comes to his senses. He recognizes the truth of who he is and who God is. That realization is his salvation.

1-2 A few decades later, the king, Belshazzar, held a state banquet and invited a thousand of his officials.

The regent stands in for the king and performs his duties while King Nabonidus spends 10 years campaigning abroad, that is, fighting to expand the kingdom. In this case, the regent is Nabonidus’ son Belshazzar.

As he was tasting the wine, he ordered servants to bring in the gold and silver vessels his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem many years earlier. He wanted his officials to join him, his wives, and his concubines in drinking a royal toast from them. A little later his servants returned carrying in the gold[a] vessels that had been taken from the temple, the house of the one True God in Jerusalem. The king, his officials, his wives, and his concubines began to drink from them. As they drank the wine, they offered praise to their idols crafted in gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Suddenly the fingers of a hand—a human hand—appeared and began to write on the plaster of one of the palace walls lit by a nearby lampstand. The king stood transfixed, watching the hand as it wrote. Then his face changed. He grew pale and began to feel sick. His thoughts frightened him: what was this strange vision? His legs felt weak and wobbly. His knees knocked together. The king cried out to his servants, ordering them to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldean wise men, and the diviners.

Belshazzar (to Babylon’s wise men): A great reward awaits the first person who can read this writing and tell me what it means. He will be clothed in purple, wear a gold chain around his neck, and ascend in rank and privilege to be the third-highest-ranking ruler in the kingdom.

All the king’s purported wise men came forward to examine the wall, but no one could read the writing or tell the king what it meant. When it became clear that none of his sages could help him, King Belshazzar became even more frightened. His face grew even paler, and his officials were dumbfounded.

10 Belshazzar’s mother, the queen, overheard some of the discussions between the king and his noble guests, so she entered the banquet hall.

Queen: Long live the king! Don’t let this strange incident frighten you or let your face grow pale. 11 Need I remind you that there is a gifted man in your kingdom who possesses the spirit of the holy gods. Years ago, in the time of your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, he was discovered to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. That is why King Nebuchadnezzar put him in charge of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldean astrologers, and diviners in his kingdom. 12 This man Daniel, whom King Nebuchadnezzar named Belteshazzar, has special abilities, knowledge, and wisdom; he is able to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve problems no one else can. Why don’t you call for Daniel? He will tell you what the writing means.

13-14 With no other options, Belshazzar gave the order, and Daniel was brought before him.

Belshazzar (to Daniel): Are you that Daniel I’ve heard so much about, one of the exiles brought here from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar? I have been told that you possess the spirit of the holy gods—that you have insight, understanding, and exceptional wisdom. 15 Before you arrived, I had the wise men and enchanters brought before me to see if they could read this writing on the wall and tell me what it means, and not one of them was able to tell me. 16 But it has been reported to me directly that you can offer accurate interpretations and solve problems no one else can. Now I will offer you what I offered the others: if you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple, wear a gold chain around your neck, and ascend in rank and privilege to be the third-highest-ranking ruler in the kingdom.

Daniel: 17 Keep the gifts for yourself, or else award them to another. That is up to you. Still, I will agree to read the writing on the wall and tell you what it means.

18 O king, the Most High God gave sovereignty, greatness, honor, and splendor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. 19 God made him so great and powerful that all peoples, regardless of their heritage, nationality, or language, trembled in fear before him. He did as he pleased: executing or sparing, honoring or shaming anyone as he wished. 20 But there came a point when his heart was so proud and his spirit so haughty that he acted arrogantly; he lost his royal throne and was stripped of his royal honors. 21 He was driven away from all that is human, and he took on the base instincts of an animal; he lived in the company of wild donkeys and bent over to eat grass like the oxen; every night the dew of heaven fell heavy on his body and made him wet until he learned his lesson and acknowledged that the Most High God is the true sovereign over all earthly kingdoms, and He grants authority to anyone He wishes.

22 But even though you knew all this, you, Belshazzar, his descendant, have followed in his ways and not lived humbly. 23 On the contrary, you have risen up against the true Lord of heaven. By demanding that the sacred vessels from His temple be brought before you and having you, your officials, your wives, and your concubines drink from them, you have issued a challenge you cannot win. You have made toasts and offered praise to the idols crafted in silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—idols which cannot see you, hear you, or know anything at all. And you have failed to honor in all you do the one True God who holds the breath of life in the palm of His hand and makes possible all your days. 24 He is the one who sent this hand and inscribed this message on the wall, 25 and this is what the inscription says: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.”

The cryptic word play is short and sweet. MENE, MENE; TEKEL; PARSIN: Numbered, numbered (your days); weighed (deficiently); divided (your empire).

26 Here is what these words mean: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found defective; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided and handed over to the Medes and Persians.”

29 True to his word, Belshazzar gave the order and Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and the king proclaimed that he ascend in rank and privilege to be the third-highest-ranking ruler in the kingdom.

30 That very night, under the cloak of darkness, Belshazzar, the Chaldean king of Babylonia, was killed. 31 Then Darius the Mede, in his 62nd year, gained control of the kingdom.

Footnotes:

  1. 5:3 Other manuscripts add, “and silver.”
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2 Peter 2

Just as false prophets rose up in the past among God’s people, false teachers will rise up in the future among you. They will slip in with their destructive opinions, denying the very Master who bought their freedom and dooming themselves to destruction swiftly, but not before they attract others by their unbridled and immoral behavior. Because of them and their ways, others will criticize and condemn the path of truth we walk as seedy and disreputable. These false teachers will follow their greed and exploit you with their fabrications, but be assured that their judgment was pronounced long ago and their destruction does not sleep.

New Testament writers warn the church to watch out for false teachers. Peter faults them primarily for their immoral lifestyles rather than for doctrinal differences.

For God did not spare the heavenly beings who sinned, but He cast them into the dark pits[a] of hell[b] to be kept until the time of judgment; and He did not spare the ancient world, but He sent a flood swirling over the ungodly (although He did save Noah, God’s herald for what is right, with seven other members of his family); and God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ash as a lesson of what He will do with the ungodly in the days to come 7-8 (although again He did rescue Lot, a person who did what was right in God’s eyes and who was distressed by the immorality and the lawlessness of the society around him. Day after day, the sights and sounds of their lawlessness were like daggers into that good man’s soul). If all this happened in the past, it shows clearly the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials and how to hold the wicked in punishment until the day of judgment.

Is God different in the New Testament from what He is in the First Testament? In the First Testament, God seems prone to judgment; but some feel God is more concerned about love in the New Testament. However, the central and most repeated affirmation about God’s character in the First Testament is that He is gracious and compassionate (Exodus 34:6–7). And the New Testament clearly does not ignore the idea of God’s judgment, as this text shows. His judgment will come, but it is delayed by God’s patient mercy.

10 And above all, it shows He will punish those who let the desires of their bodies rule them and who have no respect for authority. People like this are so bold and willful that they aren’t even afraid of offending heavenly beings, 11 although the heavenly messengers—in spite of the fact that they have greater strength and power—make no such accusations against these people before the Lord. 12 These people who speak ill of what they do not understand are no different from animals—without sense, operating only on their instincts, born to be captured and killed—and they will be destroyed just like those animals, 13 receiving the penalty for their evil acts. They waste their days in parties and carousing. As they feast with you, these stains and blemishes on your community are feasting on their deceptions.[c] 14 Their eyes are always looking for their next adulterous conquests; their appetites for sin cannot be satisfied. They seduce the unwary soul, and greed is the only lesson they have learned by heart. God’s curse lies upon them. 15 They have veered off the right road and gotten lost, following in the steps of Balaam, the son of Beor, the false prophet. Balaam loved the reward he could get by doing evil, 16 but he was rebuked for crossing the line into sin; his own speechless donkey scolded him in a human voice, an amazing miracle that reined in the prophet’s insanity.[d]

17 These people I’m talking about are nothing but dried-up springs, mists driven by fierce winds; the deepest darkness has been set aside for them. 18 They speak in loud voices empty and arrogant. They exploit the desires of the flesh, take advantage of sensual natures, to entangle people who have just escaped from those who live by deception. 19 They claim to offer them freedom, but they themselves are enslaved by corruption because whatever a person gives in to soon becomes his master. 20 Those who have been pulled out of the cesspool of worldly desires through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed One, yet have found themselves mired in it again are worse off than they were before. 21 They would have been better off never knowing the way of righteousness than to have known it and then abandoned the sacred commandment they had previously received and dived back into the muck! 22 In their cases, the words from Proverbs hold true: “The dog goes back to his own vomit,”[e] and as the Greeks say, “The sow is washed to wallow in the mud.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2:4 Other manuscripts read “into chains of darkness.”
  2. 2:4 Literally, Tartarus
  3. 2:13 Other manuscripts read “in their love feasts.”
  4. 2:16 Numbers 22–24
  5. 2:22 Proverbs 26:11
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Psalm 119:113-128

Samekh

113 I despise those who waver back and forth,
but I love Your teachings.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield of protection;
I hope in Your word.
115 Away from me, reprobates!
I am committed to observing the commands of my God.
116 Support me in keeping with Your promise, O God, so that I may live;
do not let my hope turn into shame.
117 Help me so that I will be safe,
and I will respect Your laws continually.
118 You have rejected all those who stray from Your commands
because their fraudulent lifestyles are cunning and empty.
119 You have discarded all the wicked from the land, skimmed them off like dross;
that’s why I love Your testimonies.
120 My body shakes because of my fear of You,
and I am in awe of Your wise rulings.

Ayin

121 I have lived with fairness and integrity;
do not leave me at the mercy of my tormenters.
122 Provide security and protection for Your servant’s welfare;
do not let the proud oppress me.
123 My eyes are strained as I look for Your salvation
and for Your righteous promise to be fulfilled.
124 Treat Your servant in a manner that shows Your unfailing love,
and help me to learn Your decrees.
125 I am Your servant; impart to me understanding
so that I may fully grasp the depths of Your statutes.
126 It is time for the Eternal to step in and do something
because some have broken Your law.
127 Indeed, I love Your commands
more than gold, even more than the highest quality gold.
128 It’s true that I regard all Your guidance to be correct and good;
I despise every deceptive path.

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Proverbs 28:19-20

19 Whoever cultivates his land will have plenty of food in the harvest,
but whoever cultivates worthless ventures will have poverty in abundance.

20 A reliable person will not escape blessings,
but one who wants to get rich quick will not escape trouble.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday November 27, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 4

One day King Nebuchadnezzar sent out a herald with a message for all the peoples, nations, and languages of the earth.

Message: May peace and prosperity be yours!

I am pleased to be able to tell you about all the signs and miracles the Most High God has done for me.

How great are His signs;
how powerful are His miracles!
His kingdom will endure forever;
His reign will last from generation to generation.

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace; things were going well, and I was prospering. Then one night I had a dream that terrified me. As I rested that night on my bed, the images in my mind—the visions in my head—disturbed me greatly, and I could not shake the fear. So I ordered my servants to gather all the wise men of Babylon and bring them before me in order to tell me what this dream might mean. So they came: magicians, enchanters, Chaldean astrologers, and diviners. And though I told them the dream, they could not tell me its meaning. Finally, Daniel came before me. This man had been given the Babylonian name Belteshazzar after the name of my own god, Bel, and it certainly seems the spirit of the holy gods is with him. I told him my dream:

“Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, it is clear to me that the spirit of the holy gods is with you and no mystery is too difficult for you to figure out. Listen to my dream, then tell me what it means. 10 Here is the vision I saw as I lay upon my bed:

“A tree stood in the middle of the land;
it was huge, rising high in the sky.
11 The tree grew tall and strong,
and it reached right up to the top of the sky.
It was so large that it could be seen
from one end of the earth to the other.
12 It had beautiful leaves and plenty of fruit.
In fact, it provided sustenance for everyone.
Wild animals came and rested in its cool shade.
Birds flew in and built nests on its sturdy branches.
Every living creature plucked its fruit and was satisfied.

13 But that was not all. The visions kept coming as I lay there on my bed, and I saw a heavenly messenger, a holy watcher coming down from heaven. 14 He shouted out orders regarding the tree.

“‘Cut down the tree, and lop off its branches.
Strip off its leaves, and scatter its fruit.
Let all the wild animals beneath it run away
and all the birds on its branches fly away.
15 But leave its stump intact,
its roots in the ground,
Strapped down with iron and bronze,
surrounded by the tender grass of the field.
Let the dew of heaven fall heavy on it every night and make it wet,
and let him live off the plants of the earth among the wild animals.
16 Let his human heart be changed, exchanged for the heart of a wild animal
until seven times have come and gone.
17 The verdict comes down as the watchers decreed;
the sentence is passed by order of the holy ones
So that all who live on the earth
may know that the Most High God is the true sovereign over all kingdoms of the earth;
He grants authority to anyone He wishes
and installs the lowliest of people into positions of power.’

(to Daniel) 18 “This is the dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, dreamed, the vision I saw. None of the other sages and wise men in my kingdom are able to tell me what it means. But I believe you, Belteshazzar, can because the spirit of the holy gods is with you and you have a special gift. Now tell me what it means.”

19 As the interpretation of the king’s dream became clear, Daniel (who was also called Belteshazzar) became visibly upset for a while. His thoughts troubled him. The king noticed, and he spoke to Daniel.

Nebuchadnezzar: Belteshazzar, don’t let my dream or its meaning alarm you. Tell me what you know.

Belteshazzar: My lord, I wish the dream described those who hate you and its meaning concerned the fate of your enemies! 20 The tree you saw in your vision, the one which grew tall and strong so that its top reached up to the sky and could be seen from one end of the earth to the other, 21 the tree whose leaves were beautiful and fruit plentiful and provided sustenance for everyone, the tree under which the wild animals came to rest in the cool shade and in which the birds built their nests on its sturdy branches— 22 that tree is you, O king! You have become great and strong. Your greatness has grown tall and reached the sky; your authority and power extend to the end of the earth. 23 But that is just one part of your dream. The king saw the messenger, the holy watcher of heaven come down from heaven and declare, “Cut down the tree, and destroy it, but leave its stump intact, its roots in the ground, strapped down with iron and bronze, surrounded by the tender grass of the field; let the dew of heaven fall heavy on it every night and make it wet, and let him live among the wild animals off the plants of the earth, until seven times have come and gone.” 24 Here is the interpretation, O king. It is a decree the Most High God has issued against you, my lord and king. 25 You will be driven away from all that is human and live in the company of wild animals; you will be forced to eat grass like oxen, and night after night the dew of heaven will fall on you and make you soaking wet. Seven times will pass until you learn your lesson and acknowledge that it is the Most High God, and no other, who is the true sovereign over all kingdoms on earth, and He grants authority to anyone He wishes. 26 The watcher’s order to leave the stump and roots of the tree intact means that your kingdom will be restored to you when, and only when, you acknowledge that Heaven alone is sovereign over the earth. 27 So, O king, please accept my advice to you. Make a clean break with your sins and invest in what is right. Bring an end to your wicked deeds and show mercy to those you have beaten down. If you do, perhaps your future will be different and your prosperity will continue.

28 But King Nebuchadnezzar forgot Daniel’s advice, so everything Daniel had predicted happened. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was strolling across the roof of his royal palace in Babylon, 30 the king uttered foolish words:

Nebuchadnezzar: Isn’t Babylon a great city? I have built this royal residence from the ground up with my own might and ingenuity to honor my own majesty.

31 The words had scarcely left his lips when another voice thundered from heaven.

Voice: King Nebuchadnezzar, these solemn words are for you. The kingdom has been taken away from you. 32 You will be driven away from all that is human, and you will live in the company of wild animals. You will be forced to eat grass like oxen. Seven times will pass until you learn your lesson and acknowledge that it is the Most High God, and no other, who is the true sovereign over all kingdoms on earth, and He grants authority to anyone He wishes.

33 Instantly the heavenly decree against Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from all that is human and began to eat grass as oxen do. The dew of heaven fell and drenched his body. In time his hair grew as long as the feathers on an eagle and his nails grew long and curved back on his hand like the claws of a bird.

Message: 34 When these days of exile came to an end, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up toward heaven and came to my senses. I blessed the Most High God and praised and gave glory to the One who lives eternally:

“His reign will endure forever;
His kingdom will last from generation to generation.
35 Among all the people of the earth,
there are none who compare.
He does as He wishes with the armies of heaven
and those who live on earth.
No one can stop His hand from acting;
no one dares to ask, ‘What have You done?’”

36 It was in that moment that I came to my senses. Soon my honor and splendor were restored as Daniel predicted, and the former glory of my kingdom returned. Those who had served me before, my advisors and officials, sought me and returned me to the throne of Babylon. In time my kingdom and power grew even greater than it was before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, acknowledge the true King of heaven. I praise, lift up, and glorify Him because all He does is true, all His ways are just, and He is able to cut down those who strut about in their pride.

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2 Peter 1

Simon Peter, a servant and emissary[a] of Jesus the Anointed One, to those who have received the same precious faith we share through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus the Anointed. I wish you a full measure of grace and peace as you grow in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature through the knowledge of the One who called us by His glory and virtue. Through these things, we have received God’s great and valuable promises, so we might escape the corruption of worldly desires and share in the divine nature.

God took the first step to rescue us from this corrupt world. He has granted us His power, revealed to us true knowledge, and spoken to us great promises. He has done all this for a reason: that we might participate in His own nature and reflect His own life. But we are not passive observers of God’s saving actions. We must receive His grace, grow in knowledge, and join Him in this work of redemption.

To achieve this, you will need to add virtue to your faith, and then knowledge to your virtue; to knowledge, add discipline; to discipline, add endurance; to endurance, add godliness; to godliness, add affection for others as sisters and brothers; and to affection, at last, add love. For if you possess these traits and multiply them, then you will never be ineffective or unproductive in your relationship with our Lord Jesus the Anointed; but if you don’t have these qualities, then you will be nearsighted and blind, forgetting that your past sins have been washed away. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, work that much harder to confirm that God has called you and claimed you. If you do this, then you will never fall along the way; 11 and you can be sure that you will be richly welcomed into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King.

12 That is why I will keep reminding you of these things, even though I know that you believe them and have made these truths a part of your lives; 13 as long as I draw breath, I know it is right for me to keep on stirring you up with these reminders. 14 I know that soon I must die and lay down this old body that’s been my home—our Lord Jesus the Anointed has told me so. 15 But before my exodus from this life, I want to be certain you will be able to call these things to mind anytime you need them even after I am gone.

Faith does not rest upon cleverly devised fables invented by creative minds; it rests upon the testimonies of eyewitnesses who faithfully pass down what they see and hear to others.

16 For I want to remind you that when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, we were relying on what our eyes had seen of His glorious majesty, not on cleverly told fables. 17 You see, God the Father lavished honor and glory upon Jesus when the voice of the Majestic Glory echoed from heaven and said, “This is My beloved Son, and My favor rests on Him.”[b] 18 We witnessed this—we ourselves heard this voice from heaven—when we were with Jesus on that holy mountain. 19 We have a fuller confirmation of the message of the prophets. You would do well to pay close attention to this word; it is like a light that shines for you in the darkness of night until the day dawns when the morning star rises in your own hearts.

Peter and two other disciples see Jesus transfigured. This event and the heavenly voice confirm Jesus’ true identity and are a prelude to the greatest miracle of all—the resurrection.

20 But notice first that no prophecy found in Scripture is a matter of the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 Prophecy has never been a product of human initiative, but it comes when men and women are moved to speak on behalf of God by the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:1 Literally, apostle
  2. 1:17 Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
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Psalm 119:97-112

Mem

97 Oh, how I love Your law!
I fix my mind on it all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies
because they are always with me.
99 I have more discernment than all my teachers
because I study and meditate on Your testimonies.
100 I comprehend more than those who are my elders
because I have kept Your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from walking the paths of evil
so that I may live according to Your word.
102 I have not neglected Your lessons,
for You, God, have been my teacher.
103 Your words are sweet to my taste!
Yes, they are sweeter than honey in my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from Your instructions;
that’s why I hate every deceitful path.

Nun

105 Your word is a lamp for my steps;
it lights the path before me.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it:
I pledge to do what You say is right and just.
107 I have suffered terribly, O Eternal One;
give me the life You promised.
108 Please accept the words I offer willingly, O Eternal One,
and instruct me in the ways of Your justice.
109 My soul is continually in danger,
but I do not forget Your teachings.
110 The wicked have laid a trap for me,
but I have not drifted away from Your instructions.
111 Your decrees are forever mine,
for they bring joy to my life.
112 I have committed myself to do what You require
forever and ever, to the very end.

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Proverbs 28:17-18

17 A man guilty of murder is a fugitive,
fleeing to the nearest hole in the ground but not escaping death’s cold pit.
Don’t do anything to save him.

18 Whoever walks in honesty will be safe,
but whoever travels the crooked path will suddenly fall.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday November 26, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 2:24-3:30

24 Therefore Daniel went to Arioch,(A) whom the king had assigned to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He came and said to him, “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon! Bring me before the king, and I will give him the interpretation.”(B)

25 Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him, “I have found a man among the Judean exiles(C) who can let the king know the interpretation.”

26 The king said in reply to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar,(D) “Are you able to tell me the dream I had and its interpretation?” (E)

27 Daniel answered the king, “No wise man, medium, magician, or diviner(F) is able to make known to the king the mystery he asked about. 28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days.(G) Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed(H) were these: 29 Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future.[a](I) The revealer of mysteries(J) has let you know what will happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me,(K) not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.(L)

The Dream’s Interpretation

31 “Your Majesty, as you were watching, suddenly a colossal statue appeared. That statue, tall and dazzling, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was terrifying. 32 The head of the statue was pure gold, its chest and arms were silver, its stomach and thighs were bronze, 33 its legs were iron, and its feet were partly iron and partly fired clay. 34 As you were watching, a stone broke off without a hand touching it,[b](M) struck the statue(N) on its feet of iron and fired clay, and crushed them.(O) 35 Then the iron, the fired clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were shattered and became like chaff(P) from the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away, and not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled(Q) the whole earth.

36 “This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 Your Majesty, you are king of kings.(R) The God of the heavens has given you sovereignty, power,(S) strength, and glory. 38 Wherever people live—or wild animals, or birds of the sky—he has handed them over to you and made you ruler over them all.(T) You are the head of gold.

39 “After you, there will arise another kingdom, inferior to yours, and then another, a third kingdom, of bronze, which will rule the whole earth.(U) 40 A fourth kingdom will be as strong as iron; for iron crushes and shatters everything, and like iron that smashes, it will crush and smash all the others.[c](V) 41 You saw the feet and toes, partly of a potter’s fired clay and partly of iron—it will be a divided kingdom, though some of the strength of iron will be in it. You saw the iron mixed with clay, 42 and that the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly fired clay—part of the kingdom will be strong, and part will be brittle. 43 You saw the iron mixed with clay—the peoples will mix with one another[d] but will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with fired clay.

44 “In the days of those kings, the God of the heavens will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed,(W) and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will crush all these kingdoms(X) and bring them to an end, but will itself endure forever. 45 You saw a stone(Y) break off from the mountain without a hand touching it,[e](Z) and it crushed the iron, bronze, fired clay, silver, and gold. The great God has told the king what will happen in the future.(AA) The dream is certain, and its interpretation reliable.”

Nebuchadnezzar’s Response

46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell facedown, worshiped Daniel, and gave orders to present an offering and incense to him.(AB) 47 The king said to Daniel, “Your God is indeed God of gods, Lord of kings,(AC) and a revealer of mysteries,(AD) since you were able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many generous gifts. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon.(AE) 49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego(AF) to manage the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.(AG)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue,(AH) ninety feet high and nine feet wide.[f] He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.(AI) King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers(AJ) of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

A herald loudly proclaimed, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded: When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither,[g] lyre,[h] harp, drum,[i] and every kind of music,(AK) you are to fall facedown and worship(AL) the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.”(AM)

Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

The Furnace of Blazing Fire

Some Chaldeans(AN) took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse[j](AO) the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. 10 You as king have issued a decree(AP) that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. 11 Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.(AQ) These men have ignored you,(AR) the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

13 Then in a furious rage(AS) Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue(AT) I have set up? 15 Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?” (AU)

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. 17 If the God we serve exists,(AV) then he can rescue(AW) us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can[k] rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if he does not rescue us,[l] we want you as king to know that we will not serve(AX) your gods(AY) or worship the gold statue you set up.”

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage,(AZ) and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, 20 and he commanded some of the best soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings,[m] and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Since the king’s command was so urgent[n](BA) and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flames[o] killed those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

Delivered from the Fire

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm.(BB) He said to his advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound, into the fire?”

“Yes, of course, Your Majesty,” they replied to the king.

25 He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed;(BC) and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”[p](BD)

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God—come out!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire.(BE) 27 When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect(BF) on[q] the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them.(BG) 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel[r](BH) and rescued his servants who trusted in him.(BI) They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.(BJ) 29 Therefore I issue a decree(BK) that anyone of any people, nation, or language(BL) who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump.(BM) For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” 30 Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.(BN)

Footnotes:

  1. 2:29 Lit happen after this, also in v. 45
  2. 2:34 Lit off not by hands
  3. 2:40 Lit all these
  4. 2:43 Lit another in the seed of men
  5. 2:45 Lit mountain, not by hands
  6. 3:1 Lit statue, its height sixty cubits, its width six cubits
  7. 3:5 Or lyre
  8. 3:5 Or sambuke
  9. 3:5 Or pipe
  10. 3:8 Lit and eat the pieces of
  11. 3:17 Or If the God whom we serve is willing to save us from the furnace of blazing fire, then he will
  12. 3:18 Lit But if not
  13. 3:21 The identity of these articles of clothing is uncertain.
  14. 3:22 Or harsh
  15. 3:22 Lit the flame of the fire
  16. 3:25 Or of a divine being
  17. 3:27 Lit fire had not overcome
  18. 3:28 Or messenger

Cross references:

  1. 2:24 : Dn 2:14–15
  2. 2:24 : Ac 27:24
  3. 2:25 : Ezr 4:1; 6:16,19–20; 10:7,16; Dn 5:13
  4. 2:26 : Dn 1:7; 5:12
  5. 2:26 : Dn 5:16
  6. 2:27 : Dn 1:20; 4:7; 5:7,11
  7. 2:28 : Is 2:2; Dn 10:14; Hs 3:5; Mc 4:1
  8. 2:28 : Dn 4:5; 7:15
  9. 2:29 : Rv 1:1
  10. 2:29 : Jb 12:20–22; Dn 2:45
  11. 2:30 : Eph 3:3
  12. 2:30 : Gn 41:16; Ec 3:18; Am 4:13; Ac 3:12
  13. 2:34 : Jb 34:20; Lm 4:6; Dn 8:25; 2Co 5:1
  14. 2:34 : Mt 21:44; Lk 20:18
  15. 2:34 : Ps 2:9; Is 60:12
  16. 2:35 : Ps 1:4; Is 17:13; 41:15–16; Hs 13:3
  17. 2:35 : Is 2:2; Mc 4:1
  18. 2:37 : Is 47:5; Jr 27:6–7; Ezk 26:7
  19. 2:37 : Pr 8:15
  20. 2:38 : Ps 50:10; Jr 27:6; 28:14; Dn 4:21
  21. 2:39 : Dn 5:28,31; 7:6
  22. 2:40 : Dn 7:7,23
  23. 2:44 : Ps 145:13; Ezk 37:25; Dn 4:3; 6:26; 7:14; Lk 1:33
  24. 2:44 : Ps 2:9; Mt 21:44
  25. 2:45 : Is 28:16
  26. 2:45 : Dn 2:34
  27. 2:45 : Jr 32:18–19; Dn 2:29; Mal 1:11
  28. 2:46 : Mt 8:2; Ac 10:25; 14:13; Rv 19:10; 22:8
  29. 2:47 : Dt 10:17; Ps 136:2–3; 1Tm 6:15; Rv 17:14; 19:16
  30. 2:47 : Am 3:7
  31. 2:48 : Gn 41:41; Dn 3:1,12,30
  32. 2:49 : Dn 1:17; 3:12
  33. 2:49 : Est 2:19,21; Am 5:15
  34. 3:1 : 1Kg 12:28; Is 46:6; Jr 16:20; Hs 2:8; 8:4; Hab 2:19
  35. 3:1 : Gn 11:2; Dn 2:48–49
  36. 3:2 : Ezr 8:36; Dn 2:48; 6:1–7
  37. 3:5 : Gn 4:21; 1Ch 6:31; 25:6; Jb 21:12; 30:31; Ps 33:2; 71:22; 81:2; 149:3; 150:4; Is 5:12
  38. 3:5 : Dn 2:46
  39. 3:6 : Jr 29:22; Mt 13:42,50; Rv 9:2
  40. 3:8 : Dn 2:2,4–5,10
  41. 3:8 : Ezr 4:12–16; Est 3:8–9; Dn 6:12,24
  42. 3:10 : Dn 4:6; 6:26
  43. 3:12 : Dn 1:7
  44. 3:12 : Dn 6:13
  45. 3:13 : Dn 2:12
  46. 3:14 : Jr 50:2
  47. 3:15 : Ex 5:20; 2Kg 18:35; Is 36:18
  48. 3:17 : Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1; Hs 13:4; Heb 11:6
  49. 3:17 : 1Sm 17:37; Jb 5:19; Jr 15:20–21; 2Co 1:10
  50. 3:18 : Heb 11:25
  51. 3:18 : Jos 24:15
  52. 3:19 : Est 7:7
  53. 3:22 : Dn 2:15
  54. 3:24 : Dn 4:19
  55. 3:25 : Ps 91:3–9; Is 43:2
  56. 3:25 : Mt 14:33; Mk 1:1; Lk 1:35; Jn 3:18; Ac 9:20
  57. 3:26 : Dn 4:2
  58. 3:27 : Heb 11:34
  59. 3:27 : Dt 29:5
  60. 3:28 : Heb 1:14
  61. 3:28 : Ps 34:7; Is 37:36; Ac 5:19; 12:7
  62. 3:28 : Ps 22:4–5; Is 12:2; 26:3–4; Jr 17:7
  63. 3:29 : Dn 4:6
  64. 3:29 : Dn 3:4,7; 4:1; 5:19; 6:25; 7:14; Rv 5:9; 7:9; 10:11; 11:9; 13:7; 14:6; 17:15
  65. 3:29 : Ezr 6:11; Dn 2:5
  66. 3:30 : Dn 2:48–49
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1 Peter 4:7-5:14

End-Time Ethics

The end of all things is near;(A) therefore, be alert and sober-minded(B) for prayer. Above all, maintain constant love(C) for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.[a](D) Be hospitable(E) to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others,(F) as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides,(G) so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Christian Suffering

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you, as if something unusual were happening to you.(H) 13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ,(I) so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed.(J) 14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ,(K) you are blessed, because the Spirit(L) of glory and of God[b] rests on you. 15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.[c] 16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name.[d] 17 For the time has come for judgment(M) to begin with God’s household,(N) and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?[e](O)

19 So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves(P) to a faithful Creator while doing what is good.

About the Elders

I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness(Q) to the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory about to be revealed:(R) Shepherd God’s flock among you,(S) not overseeing[f] out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you;[g] not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd(T) appears, you will receive the unfading crown(U) of glory. In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with[h] humility toward one another, because

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.[i](V)

Conclusion

Humble(W) yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand(X) of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.(Y) Be sober-minded,(Z) be alert.(AA) Your adversary the devil(AB) is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him,(AC) firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.

10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory(AD) in Christ,[j] will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.[k] 11 To him be dominion[l] forever.[m] Amen.

12 Through Silvanus,[n](AE) a faithful brother (as I consider him), I have written to you briefly in order to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13 She who is in Babylon,(AF) chosen together with you, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.(AG) Peace(AH) to all of you who are in Christ.[o]

Footnotes:

  1. 4:8 Pr 10:12
  2. 4:14 Or God’s glorious Spirit
  3. 4:15 Or as one who defrauds others
  4. 4:16 Other mss read in that case
  5. 4:18 Pr 11:31 LXX
  6. 5:2 Other mss omit overseeing
  7. 5:2 Other mss omit as God would have you
  8. 5:5 Or you tie around yourselves
  9. 5:5 Pr 3:34 LXX
  10. 5:10 Other mss read in Christ Jesus
  11. 5:10 Or to a small extent
  12. 5:11 Some mss read dominion and glory; other mss read glory and dominion
  13. 5:11 Other mss read forever and ever
  14. 5:12 Or Silas; Ac 15:22–32; 16:19–40; 17:1–16
  15. 5:14 Other mss read Christ Jesus. Amen.
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Psalm 119:81-96

כ Kaph

81 I long for your salvation;(A)
I put my hope in your word.(B)
82 My eyes grow weary
looking for what you have promised;(C)
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget your statutes.
84 How many days must your servant wait?
When will you execute judgment on my persecutors?(D)
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me;(E)
they violate your instruction.
86 All your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies—help me!(F)
87 They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with your faithful love,
and I will obey the decree you have spoken.

ל Lamed

89 Lord, your word is forever;(G)
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations;(H)
you established the earth, and it stands firm.(I)
91 Your judgments stand firm today,(J)
for all things are your servants.(K)
92 If your instruction had not been my delight,
I would have died in my affliction.(L)
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for you have given me life through them.(M)
94 I am yours; save me,(N)
for I have studied your precepts.(O)
95 The wicked hope to destroy me,(P)
but I contemplate your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your command is without limit.

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Proverbs 28:15-16

15 A wicked ruler over a helpless people(A)
is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.(B)

16 A leader who lacks understanding
is very oppressive,
but one who hates dishonest profit
prolongs his life.(C)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday November 25, 2022 (NIV)

Daniel 1:1-2:23

Daniel’s Captivity in Babylon

In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim(A) of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar[a](B) of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it. The Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the vessels from the house of God.(C) Nebuchadnezzar carried them to the land of Babylon,[b](D) to the house of his god,[c] and put the vessels in the treasury of his god.

The king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family(E) and from the nobility— young men without any physical defect, good-looking, suitable for instruction in all wisdom,(F) knowledgeable, perceptive, and capable of serving in the king’s palace.(G) He was to teach them the Chaldean language(H) and literature. The king assigned them daily provisions from the royal food and from the wine that he drank.(I) They were to be trained for three years, and at the end of that time they were to attend the king.[d](J) Among them, from the Judahites, were Daniel,(K) Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The chief eunuch gave them names; he gave the name Belteshazzar to Daniel, Shadrach to Hananiah, Meshach to Mishael, and Abednego to Azariah.(L)

Faithfulness in Babylon

Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s food(M) or with the wine he drank. So he asked permission from the chief eunuch not to defile himself.(N) God had granted Daniel kindness and compassion from the chief eunuch,(O) 10 yet he said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and drink. What if he sees your faces looking thinner than the other young men your age? You would endanger my life[e] with the king.”

11 So Daniel said to the guard whom the chief eunuch had assigned to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then examine our appearance and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based on what you see.” 14 He agreed with them about this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days they looked better and healthier[f] than all the young men who were eating the king’s food.(P) 16 So the guard continued to remove their food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.

Faithfulness Rewarded

17 God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding(Q) in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams(R) of every kind. 18 At the end of the time that the king had said to present them, the chief eunuch presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.(S) So they began to attend the king. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times[g](T) better than all the magicians and mediums(U) in his entire kingdom. 21 Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.(V)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams(W) that troubled him, and sleep deserted him.(X) So the king gave orders to summon the magicians, mediums, sorcerers, and Chaldeans[h](Y) to tell the king his dreams. When they came and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream and am anxious to understand it.”

The Chaldeans spoke to the king (Aramaic[i](Z) begins here): “May the king live forever.(AA) Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”

The king replied to the Chaldeans, “My word is final: If you don’t tell me the dream and its interpretation, you will be torn limb from limb,[j] and your houses will be made a garbage dump.(AB) But if you make the dream and its interpretation known to me, you’ll receive gifts, a reward, and great honor from me.(AC) So make the dream and its interpretation known to me.”

They answered a second time, “May the king tell the dream to his servants, and we will make known the interpretation.”

The king replied, “I know for certain you are trying to gain some time, because you see that my word is final. If you don’t tell me the dream, there is one decree for you.(AD) You have conspired to tell me something false or fraudulent until the situation changes. So tell me the dream and I will know you can give me its interpretation.”

10 The Chaldeans answered the king, “No one on earth can make known what the king requests.(AE) Consequently, no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked anything like this of any magician, medium, or Chaldean. 11 What the king is asking is so difficult that no one can make it known to him except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals.”(AF) 12 Because of this, the king became violently angry(AG) and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 The decree was issued that the wise men were to be executed, and they searched for Daniel and his friends, to execute them.

14 Then Daniel responded with tact and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard,[k](AH) who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon. 15 He asked Arioch, the king’s officer, “Why is the decree from the king so harsh?” [l](AI) Then Arioch explained the situation to Daniel. 16 So Daniel went and asked the king to give him some time, so that he could give the king the interpretation.

17 Then Daniel went to his house and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the matter, 18 urging them to ask the God of the heavens(AJ) for mercy(AK) concerning this mystery, so Daniel and his friends would not be destroyed with the rest of Babylon’s wise men.(AL) 19 The mystery was then revealed to Daniel in a vision(AM) at night, and Daniel praised the God of the heavens 20 and declared:

May the name of God
be praised forever and ever,(AN)
for wisdom(AO) and power belong to him.
21 He changes the times and seasons;
he removes kings and establishes kings.(AP)
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those
who have understanding.(AQ)
22 He reveals the deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,(AR)
and light dwells with him.(AS)
23 I offer thanks and praise to you,
God of my ancestors,(AT)
because you have given me
wisdom and power.
And now you have let me know
what we asked of you,
for you have let us know(AU)
the king’s mystery.[m]

Footnotes:

  1. 1:1 Or Nebuchadrezzar
  2. 1:2 Lit Shinar
  3. 1:2 Or gods
  4. 1:5 Lit to stand before the king
  5. 1:10 Lit would make my head guilty
  6. 1:15 Lit fatter of flesh
  7. 1:20 Lit hands
  8. 2:2 In this chap. Chaldeans are influential Babylonian wise men.
  9. 2:4 Dn 2:4–7:28 is written in Aramaic.
  10. 2:5 Lit be made into limbs
  11. 2:14 Or executioners
  12. 2:15 Or urgent
  13. 2:23 Lit matter
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1 Peter 3:8-4:6

Do No Evil

Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another,(A) and be compassionate(B) and humble,[a] not paying back evil for evil(C) or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing,(D) since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing.

10 For the(E) one who wants to love life
and to see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil(F)
and his lips from speaking deceit,(G)
11 and let him turn away(H) from evil
and do what is good.
Let him seek peace(I) and pursue it,
12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil.(J)

Undeserved Suffering

13 Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness,(K) you are blessed. Do not fear them[b](L) or be intimidated,[c](M) 15 but in your hearts regard[d] Christ[e] the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.(N) 16 Yet do this with gentleness and reverence, keeping a clear conscience,(O) so that when you are accused,[f] those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer(P) for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered(Q) for sins once for all,(R) the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God.(S) He was put to death in the flesh[g](T) but made alive by the Spirit,[h] 19 in which[i] he also went and made proclamation to the spirits(U) in prison 20 who in the past were disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah(V) while the ark was being prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people[j](W)—were saved through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not as the removal of dirt from the body,(X) but the pledge[k] of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(Y) 22 who has gone into heaven(Z) and is at the right hand of God(AA) with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.(AB)

Following Christ

Therefore, since Christ suffered[l] in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding[m]—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished(AC) with sin[n] in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.(AD) For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires,(AE) drunkenness, orgies,(AF) carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander[o] you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.(AG) For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead,[p](AH) so that, although they might be judged in the flesh according to human standards,(AI) they might live(AJ) in the spirit according to God’s standards.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:8 Other mss read courteous
  2. 3:14 Or Do not fear what they fear
  3. 3:14 Is 8:12
  4. 3:15 Or sanctify, or set apart
  5. 3:15 Other mss read set God
  6. 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  7. 3:18 Or by the flesh, or in the fleshly realm
  8. 3:18 Or in the spirit, or in the Spirit, or in the spiritual realm
  9. 3:19 Or by whom, or in whom, or at that time
  10. 3:20 Or souls
  11. 3:21 Or the appeal
  12. 4:1 Other mss read suffered for us
  13. 4:1 Or perspective, or attitude
  14. 4:1 Or the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin
  15. 4:4 Or blaspheme
  16. 4:6 Or those who are dead
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Psalm 119:65-80

ט Teth

65 Lord, you have treated your servant well,
just as you promised.
66 Teach me good judgment and discernment,(A)
for I rely on your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,(B)
but now I keep your word.
68 You are good,(C) and you do what is good;(D)
teach me your statutes.
69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies,(E)
but I obey your precepts with all my heart.(F)
70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive,(G)
but I delight in your instruction.(H)
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(I)
so that I could learn your statutes.
72 Instruction from your lips(J) is better for me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

י Yod

73 Your hands made me and formed me;(K)
give me understanding
so that I can learn your commands.(L)
74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice,(M)
for I put my hope in your word.(N)
75 I know, Lord, that your judgments are just
and that you have afflicted me fairly.(O)
76 May your faithful love comfort me
as you promised your servant.
77 May your compassion come to me(P)
so that I may live,
for your instruction is my delight.(Q)
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame(R)
for slandering me with lies;
I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you,
those who know your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutes(S)
so that I will not be put to shame.

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Proverbs 28:14

14 Happy is the one who is always reverent,(A)
but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.(B)

Cross references:

  1. 28:14 : 2Ch 19:7; Pr 23:17
  2. 28:14 : Ps 95:8
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday November 24, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 47-48

The Life-Giving River

47 Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple and there was water flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the temple faced east. The water was coming down from under the south side of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.(A) Next he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate that faced east; there the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went out east with a measuring line in his hand,(B) he measured off a third of a mile[a] and led me through the water. It came up to my ankles. Then he measured off a third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my knees. He measured off another third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my waist. Again he measured off a third of a mile, and it was a river that I could not cross on foot. For the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed on foot.

He asked me, “Do you see this, son of man?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I had returned, I saw a very large number of trees along both sides of the riverbank.(C) He said to me, “This water flows out to the eastern region and goes down to the Arabah. When it enters the sea, the sea of foul water,[b][c] the water of the sea becomes fresh.(D) Every kind of living creature that swarms will live wherever the river flows,[d] and there will be a huge number of fish because this water goes there. Since the water will become fresh, there will be life everywhere the river goes. 10 Fishermen will stand beside it from En-gedi to En-eglaim.[e] These will become places where nets are spread out to dry. Their fish will consist of many different kinds, like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.(E) 11 Yet its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be left for salt. 12 All kinds of trees providing food will grow along both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail.(F) Each month they will bear fresh fruit because the water comes from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be used for eating and their leaves for healing.”(G)

The Borders of the Land

13 This is what the Lord God says: “This is[f] the border you will use to divide the land(H) as an inheritance for the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph will receive two shares.(I) 14 You will inherit it in equal portions, since I swore[g] to give it to your ancestors.(J) So this land will fall to you as an inheritance.

15 This is to be the border of the land:

On the north side(K) it will extend from the Mediterranean Sea by way of Hethlon and Lebo-hamath to Zedad,[h] 16 Berothah, and Sibraim (which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 So the border will run from the sea to Hazar-enon at the border(L) of Damascus, with the territory of Hamath to the north. This will be the northern side.

18 On the east side it will run between Hauran and Damascus, along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; you will measure from the northern border to the eastern sea.[i] This will be the eastern side.

19 On the south side it will run from Tamar to the Waters of Meribath-kadesh,[j] and on to the Brook of Egypt(M) as far as the Mediterranean Sea.(N) This will be the southern side.

20 On the west side the Mediterranean Sea will be the border, from the southern border up to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This will be the western side.

21 “You are to divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.(O) 22 You will allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens residing among you,(P) who have fathered children among you. You will treat them[k] like native-born Israelites; along with you, they will be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe the alien resides, you will assign his inheritance there.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

The Tribal Allotments

48 “Now these are the names of the tribes:

From the northern end, along the road of Hethlon, to Lebo-hamath as far as Hazar-enon, at the northern border of Damascus, alongside Hamath and extending from the eastern side to the sea, will be Dan—one portion.

Next to the territory of Dan, from the east side to the west, will be Asher—one portion.

Next to the territory of Asher, from the east side to the west, will be Naphtali—one portion.

Next to the territory of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, will be Manasseh—one portion.

Next to the territory of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, will be Ephraim—one portion.

Next to the territory of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, will be Reuben—one portion.

Next to the territory of Reuben, from the east side to the west, will be Judah—one portion.

“Next to the territory of Judah, from the east side to the west, will be the portion you donate to the Lord, 8⅓ miles[l] wide, and as long as one of the tribal portions from the east side to the west.(Q) The sanctuary will be in the middle of it.

“The special portion you donate to the Lord will be 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles[m] wide. 10 This holy donation will be set apart for the priests alone. It will be 8⅓ miles long on the northern side, 3⅓ miles wide on the western side, 3⅓ miles wide on the eastern side, and 8⅓ miles long on the southern side. The Lord’s sanctuary will be in the middle of it. 11 It is for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge(R) and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray. 12 It will be a special donation for them out of the holy donation of the land, a most holy place adjacent to the territory of the Levites.

13 “Next to the territory of the priests, the Levites will have an area 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles wide. The total length will be 8⅓ miles and the width 3⅓ miles.(S) 14 They must not sell or exchange any of it, and they must not transfer this choice part of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.(T)

15 “The remaining area, 1⅔ miles[n] wide and 8⅓ miles long, will be for common use by the city,(U) for both residential and open space. The city will be in the middle of it. 16 These are the city’s measurements:

1½ miles[o] on the north side;

1½ miles on the south side;

1½ miles on the east side;

and 1½ miles on the west side.

17 The city’s open space will extend:

425 feet[p] to the north,

425 feet to the south,

425 feet to the east,

and 425 feet to the west.

18 “The remainder of the length alongside the holy donation will be 3⅓ miles to the east and 3⅓ miles to the west. It will run alongside the holy donation. Its produce will be food for the workers of the city. 19 The city’s workers from all the tribes of Israel will cultivate it.(V) 20 The entire donation will be 8⅓ miles by 8⅓ miles; you are to set apart the holy donation along with the city property as a square area.

21 “The remaining area on both sides of the holy donation and the city property will belong to the prince.(W) He will own the land adjacent to the tribal portions, next to the 8⅓ miles of the donation as far as the eastern border and[q] next to the 8⅓ miles of the donation as far as the western border. The holy donation and the sanctuary of the temple will be in the middle of it. 22 Except for the Levitical property and the city property in the middle of the area belonging to the prince, the area between the territory of Judah and that of Benjamin will belong to the prince.(X)

23 “As for the rest of the tribes:

From the east side to the west, will be Benjamin—one portion.

24 Next to the territory of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, will be Simeon—one portion.

25 Next to the territory of Simeon, from the east side to the west, will be Issachar—one portion.

26 Next to the territory of Issachar, from the east side to the west, will be Zebulun—one portion.

27 Next to the territory of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, will be Gad—one portion.

28 Next to the territory of Gad toward the south side, the border will run from Tamar to the Waters(Y) of Meribath-kadesh, to the Brook of Egypt, and out to the Mediterranean Sea. 29 This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to Israel’s tribes,(Z) and these will be their portions.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

The New City

30 “These are the exits of the city:

On the north side, which measures 1½ miles, 31 there will be three gates facing north, the gates of the city being named for the tribes of Israel: one, the gate of Reuben; one, the gate of Judah; and one, the gate of Levi.

32 On the east side, which is 1½ miles, there will be three gates: one, the gate of Joseph; one, the gate of Benjamin; and one, the gate of Dan.

33 On the south side, which measures 1½ miles, there will be three gates: one, the gate of Simeon; one, the gate of Issachar; and one, the gate of Zebulun.

34 On the west side, which is 1½ miles, there will be three gates: one, the gate of Gad; one, the gate of Asher; and one, the gate of Naphtali.

35 The perimeter of the city will be six miles,[r] and the name of the city from that day on will be The Lord Is There.”(AA)

Footnotes:

  1. 47:3 Lit 1,000 cubits, also in vv. 4,5
  2. 47:8 Or enters the sea, being brought out to the sea; Hb obscure
  3. 47:8 = the Dead Sea
  4. 47:9 LXX, Vg; MT reads the two rivers flow
  5. 47:10 Two springs near the Dead Sea
  6. 47:13 Tg, Vg; Syr reads The valley of
  7. 47:14 Lit lifted my hand
  8. 47:15 LXX; MT reads and Lebo to Zedad, Hamath; Ezk 48:1
  9. 47:18 = the Dead Sea
  10. 47:19 = Kadesh-barnea
  11. 47:22 Lit They will be to you
  12. 48:8 Lit 25,000 cubits, also in vv. 9,10,13,15,20,21
  13. 48:9 Lit 10,000 cubits, also in vv. 10,13,18
  14. 48:15 Lit 5,000 cubits
  15. 48:16 Lit 4,500 cubits, also in vv. 30,32,33,34
  16. 48:17 Lit 250 cubits
  17. 48:21 Lit border, and to the west,
  18. 48:35 Lit 18,000 cubits
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1 Peter 2:11-3:7

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles(A) to abstain(B) from sinful(C) desires that wage war against the soul.(D) 12 Conduct(E) yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[a] so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.(F)

13 Submit(G) to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor[b] as the supreme authority(H) 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will(I) that you silence the ignorance(J) of foolish people by doing good. 16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,(K) but as God’s slaves.(L) 17 Honor everyone. Love(M) the brothers and sisters.(N) Fear God.(O) Honor the emperor.

Submission of Slaves to Masters

18 Household slaves, submit to your masters(P) with all reverence(Q) not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel.(R) 19 For it brings favor if, because of a consciousness of God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer,(S) if you endure it, this brings favor with God.

21 For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered(T) for you, leaving you an example,(U) that you should follow(V) in his steps. 22 He did not commit sin,(W) and no deceit(X) was found in his mouth;[c](Y) 23 when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges(Z) justly. 24 He himself bore our sins(AA) in his body(AB) on the tree;(AC) so that, having died to sins,(AD) we might live for righteousness.(AE) By his wounds[d](AF) you have been healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray,[e](AG) but you have now returned to the Shepherd(AH) and Overseer[f] of your souls.

Wives and Husbands

In the same way, wives,(AI) submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the word,(AJ) they may be won over(AK) without a word by the way their wives live(AL) when they observe your pure, reverent lives.(AM) Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes,(AN) but rather what is inside the heart[g](AO)—the imperishable quality of a gentle(AP) and quiet(AQ) spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For in the past, the holy(AR) women who put their hope(AS) in God also adorned themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, just as Sarah(AT) obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when you do what is good and do not fear any intimidation.(AU)

Husbands,(AV) in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker partner,(AW) showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans
  2. 2:13 Or king
  3. 2:22 Is 53:9
  4. 2:24 Is 53:5
  5. 2:25 Is 53:6
  6. 2:25 Or Guardian
  7. 3:4 Or rather, the hidden person of the heart
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Psalm 119:49-64

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant;
you have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction:(A)
Your promise has given me life.
51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me,
but I do not turn away from your instruction.(B)
52 Lord, I remember your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53 Fury seizes me(C) because of the wicked
who reject your instruction.(D)
54 Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life.[a]
55 Lord, I remember your name(E) in the night,(F)
and I obey your instruction.
56 This is my practice:
I obey your precepts.(G)

ח Cheth

57 The Lord is my portion;[b](H)
I have promised to keep your words.
58 I have sought your favor(I) with all my heart;
be gracious to me(J) according to your promise.
59 I thought about my ways(K)
and turned my steps back to your decrees.
60 I hurried, not hesitating
to keep your commands.
61 Though the ropes of the wicked(L)
were wrapped around me,
I did not forget your instruction.(M)
62 I rise at midnight to thank you(N)
for your righteous judgments.(O)
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,(P)
to those who keep your precepts.
64 Lord, the earth is filled with your faithful love;(Q)
teach me your statutes.(R)

Footnotes:

  1. 119:54 Lit song in the house of my sojourning
  2. 119:57 Lit You are my portion, Lord
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Proverbs 28:12-13

12 When the righteous triumph,
there is great rejoicing,[a]
but when the wicked come to power,
people hide.(A)

13 The one who conceals his sins
will not prosper,(B)
but whoever confesses and renounces them
will find mercy.(C)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:12 Lit glory
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday November 23, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24

The People’s Contribution to the Sacrifices

13 “This is the contribution you are to offer: Three quarts[a] from six bushels[b] of wheat and[c] three quarts from six bushels of barley. 14 The quota of oil in liquid measures[d] will be one percent of every[e] cor. The cor equals ten liquid measures or one standard larger capacity measure,[f] since ten liquid measures equal one standard larger capacity measure. 15 And the quota from the flock is one animal out of every two hundred from the well-watered pastures of Israel. These are for the grain offerings, burnt offerings, and fellowship offerings, to make atonement for the people.”(A) This is the declaration of the Lord God. 16 “All the people of the land must take part in this contribution for the prince in Israel. 17 Then the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings for the festivals, New Moons, and Sabbaths—for all the appointed times of the house of Israel—will be the prince’s responsibility. He will provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and fellowship offerings to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.

18 “This is what the Lord God says: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you are to take a young, unblemished bull and purify the sanctuary. 19 The priest is to take some of the blood from the sin offering and apply it to the temple doorposts, the four corners of the altar’s ledge, and the doorposts of the gate of the inner court.(B) 20 You are to do the same thing on the seventh day of the month for everyone who sins unintentionally or through ignorance.(C) In this way you will make atonement for the temple.

21 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you are to celebrate the Passover, a festival of seven days during which unleavened bread will be eaten.(D) 22 On that day the prince will provide a bull as a sin offering on behalf of himself and all the people of the land. 23 During the seven days of the festival, he will provide seven bulls and seven rams without blemish as a burnt offering to the Lord on each of the seven days, along with a male goat each day for a sin offering. 24 He will also provide a grain offering of half a bushel[g] per bull and half a bushel per ram, along with a gallon[h] of oil for every half bushel. 25 At the festival that begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month,[i](E) he will provide the same things for seven days—the same sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings, and oil.

Sacrifices at Appointed Times

46 “This is what the Lord God says: The gate of the inner court that faces east is to be closed during the six days of work, but it will be opened on the Sabbath day(F) and opened on the day of the New Moon. The prince should enter from the outside by way of the gate’s portico and stand at the gate’s doorpost while the priests sacrifice his burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He will bow in worship at the gate’s threshold and then depart, but the gate is not to be closed until evening. The people of the land will also bow in worship before the Lord at the entrance of that gate on the Sabbaths and New Moons.

“The burnt offering that the prince presents to the Lord(G) on the Sabbath day is to be six unblemished lambs(H) and an unblemished ram. The grain offering will be half a bushel[j] with the ram,(I) and the grain offering with the lambs will be whatever he wants to give, as well as a gallon[k] of oil for every half bushel. On the day of the New Moon, the burnt offering is to be a young, unblemished bull, as well as six lambs and a ram without blemish. He will provide a grain offering of half a bushel with the bull, half a bushel with the ram, and whatever he can afford with the lambs, together with a gallon of oil for every half bushel. When the prince enters,(J) he is to go in by way of the gate’s portico and go out the same way.

“When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed times,[l](K) whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship is to go out by way of the south gate, and whoever enters by way of the south gate is to go out by way of the north gate. No one may return through the gate by which he entered, but is to go out by the opposite gate. 10 When the people enter, the prince will enter with them, and when they leave, he will leave. 11 At the festivals and appointed times, the grain offering will be half a bushel with the bull, half a bushel with the ram, and whatever he wants to give with the lambs, along with a gallon of oil for every half bushel.

12 “When the prince makes a freewill offering, whether a burnt offering or a fellowship offering as a freewill offering to the Lord,(L) the gate that faces east is to be opened for him. He is to offer his burnt offering or fellowship offering just as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he will go out, and the gate is to be closed after he leaves.

13 “You are to offer an unblemished year-old male lamb as a daily burnt offering to the Lord; you will offer it every morning.(M) 14 You are also to prepare a grain offering every morning along with it: three quarts,[m] with one-third of a gallon[n] of oil to moisten the fine flour—a grain offering to the Lord. This is a permanent statute to be observed regularly. 15 They will offer the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil every morning as a regular burnt offering.

Transfer of Royal Lands

16 “This is what the Lord God says: If the prince gives a gift to each of his sons as their inheritance, it will belong to his sons. It will become their property by inheritance. 17 But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will belong to that servant until the year of freedom,(N) when it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs only to his sons; it is theirs. 18 The prince must not take any of the people’s inheritance, evicting them from their property.(O) He is to provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of my people will be displaced from his own property.”

The Temple Kitchens

19 Then he brought me through the entrance(P) that was at the side of the gate, into the priests’ holy chambers, which faced north. I saw a place there at the far western end. 20 He said to me, “This is the place where the priests will boil the guilt offering and the sin offering,(Q) and where they will bake the grain offering,(R) so that they do not bring them into the outer court and transmit holiness to the people.” 21 Next he brought me into the outer court and led me past its four corners. There was a separate court in each of its corners. 22 In the four corners of the outer court there were enclosed[o] courts, 70 feet[p] long by 52½ feet[q] wide. All four corner areas had the same dimensions. 23 There was a stone wall[r] around the inside of them, around the four of them, with ovens built at the base of the walls on all sides. 24 He said to me, “These are the kitchens where those who minister at the temple will cook the people’s sacrifices.”

Footnotes:

  1. 45:13 Lit One-sixth of an ephah
  2. 45:13 Lit a homer
  3. 45:13 LXX, Vg; MT reads and you are to give
  4. 45:14 Lit oil, the bath, the oil
  5. 45:14 Lit be a tenth of the bath from the
  6. 45:14 Lit 10 baths, a homer
  7. 45:24 Lit an ephah
  8. 45:24 Lit a hin
  9. 45:25 = the Festival of Shelters
  10. 46:5 Lit an ephah, also in vv. 7,11
  11. 46:5 Lit a hin, also in vv. 7,11
  12. 46:9 Or the festivals
  13. 46:14 Lit one-sixth of an ephah
  14. 46:14 Lit one-third of a hin
  15. 46:22 Hb obscure
  16. 46:22 Lit 40 cubits
  17. 46:22 Lit 30 cubits
  18. 46:23 Or a row
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1 Peter 1:13-2:10

A Call to Holy Living

13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action,(A) be sober-minded(B) and set your hope(C) completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation(D) of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children,(E) do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the one who called you(F) is holy,(G) you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.[a](H) 17 If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially(I) according to each one’s work,(J) you are to conduct yourselves in reverence(K) during your time living as strangers. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life(L) inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,(M) 19 but with the precious blood of Christ,(N) like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.(O) 20 He was foreknown(P) before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times(Q) for you. 21 Through him you believe in God,(R) who raised him from the dead(S) and gave him glory,(T) so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth,[b] so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other,(U) from a pure[c] heart love one another constantly,[d](V) 23 because you have been born again(W)—not of perishable seed(X) but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.(Y) 24 For

All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory(Z) like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.[e](AA)

And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.

The Living Stone and a Holy People

Therefore, rid yourselves of(AB) all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.(AC) Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word,[f](AD) so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted(AE) that the Lord is good.[g](AF) As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by[h] God— you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood[i] to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God(AG) through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

See, I lay a stone in Zion,(AH)
a chosen and honored[j] cornerstone,(AI)
and the one who believes in him
will never be put to shame.[k](AJ)

So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving,

The stone that the builders rejected—
this one has become the cornerstone,[l](AK)

and

A stone to stumble over,
and a rock to trip over.[m](AL)

They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined(AM) for this.

But you are a chosen race,[n][o](AN) a royal priesthood,[p](AO) a holy nation,[q](AP) a people for his possession,[r](AQ) so that you may proclaim the praises[s][t](AR) of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.(AS) 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy,(AT) but now you have received mercy.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:16 Lv 11:44–45; 19:2; 20:7
  2. 1:22 Other mss add through the Spirit
  3. 1:22 Other mss omit pure
  4. 1:22 Or fervently
  5. 1:24–25 Is 40:6–8
  6. 2:2 Or desire pure spiritual milk
  7. 2:3 Ps 34:8
  8. 2:4 Or precious to
  9. 2:5 Or you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood
  10. 2:6 Or precious
  11. 2:6 Is 28:16 LXX
  12. 2:7 Ps 118:22
  13. 2:8 Is 8:14
  14. 2:9 Or generation, or nation
  15. 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20 LXX
  16. 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX; Is 61:6
  17. 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX
  18. 2:9 Ex 19:5; 23:22 LXX; Dt 4:20; 7:6; Is 43:21 LXX
  19. 2:9 Or the mighty deeds
  20. 2:9 Is 42:12; 43:21
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Psalm 119:33-48

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning[a] of your statutes,
and I will always keep them.[b](A)
34 Help me understand your instruction,(B)
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.(C)
35 Help me stay on the path of your commands,(D)
for I take pleasure in it.(E)
36 Turn my heart to your decrees(F)
and not to dishonest profit.(G)
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;(H)
give me life in your ways.[c](I)
38 Confirm what you said to your servant,(J)
for it produces reverence for you.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;(K)
indeed, your judgments are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!(L)
Give me life through your righteousness.

ו Waw

41 Let your faithful love come to me, Lord,(M)
your salvation, as you promised.(N)
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,(O)
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in your judgments.(P)
44 I will always obey your instruction,
forever and ever.(Q)
45 I will walk freely in an open place(R)
because I study your precepts.(S)
46 I will speak of your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed.(T)
47 I delight in your commands,
which I love.(U)
48 I will lift up my hands(V) to your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on your statutes.(W)

Footnotes:

  1. 119:33 Lit way
  2. 119:33 Or will keep it as my reward
  3. 119:37 Some Hb mss, Tg read word
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Proverbs 28:11

11 A rich person is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor one who has discernment sees through him.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday November 22, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12

The Prince’s Privilege

44 The man then brought me back toward the sanctuary’s outer gate that faced east, and it was closed. The Lord said to me, “This gate will remain closed. It will not be opened, and no one will enter through it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it.(A) Therefore it will remain closed. The prince himself will sit in the gate to eat a meal before the Lord.(B) He is to enter by way of the portico(C) of the gate and go out the same way.”

Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked, and the glory of the Lord filled his temple.(D) And I fell facedown.(E) The Lord said to me, “Son of man, pay attention;(F) look with your eyes and listen with your ears to everything I tell you about all the statutes and laws of the Lord’s temple.(G) Take careful note of the entrance of the temple along with all the exits of the sanctuary.

The Levites’ Duties and Privileges

“Say to the rebellious people,(H) the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I have had enough(I) of all your detestable practices, house of Israel. When you brought in foreigners,(J) uncircumcised in both heart and flesh,(K) to occupy my sanctuary, you defiled my temple while you offered my food—the fat and the blood. You[a] broke my covenant by all your detestable practices. You have not kept charge of my holy things(L) but have appointed others to keep charge of my sanctuary for you.’

“This is what the Lord God says: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, may enter my sanctuary, not even a foreigner who is among the Israelites. 10 Surely the Levites who wandered away from me when Israel went astray, and who strayed from me after their idols,(M) will bear the consequences of their iniquity.(N) 11 Yet they will occupy my sanctuary, serving as guards at the temple gates(O) and ministering at the temple. They will slaughter the burnt offerings(P) and other sacrifices for the people and will stand before them to serve them.(Q) 12 Because they ministered to the house of Israel before their idols and became a sinful stumbling block to them, therefore I swore an oath[b] against them”(R)—this is the declaration of the Lord God—“that they would bear the consequences of their iniquity. 13 They must not approach me to serve me as priests(S) or come near any of my holy things or the most holy things. They will bear their disgrace and the consequences of the detestable acts they committed. 14 Yet I will make them responsible for the duties of the temple(T)—for all its work and everything done in it.

The Priests’ Duties and Privileges

15 “But the Levitical priests descended from Zadok,(U) who kept charge of my sanctuary when the Israelites went astray from me, will approach me to serve me. They will stand before me to offer me fat and blood.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 16 “They are the ones who may enter my sanctuary(V) and approach my table to serve me.(W) They will keep my mandate. 17 When they enter the gates of the inner court they are to wear linen garments;(X) they must not have on them anything made of wool when they minister at the gates of the inner court and within it. 18 They are to wear linen turbans on their heads and linen undergarments around their waists.(Y) They are not to put on anything that makes them sweat. 19 Before they go out to the outer court,[c] to the people, they must take off the clothes they have been ministering in, leave them in the holy chambers, and dress in other clothes(Z) so that they do not transmit holiness to the people through their clothes.(AA)

20 “They may not shave their heads(AB) or let their hair grow long,(AC) but are to carefully trim their hair. 21 No priest may drink wine before he enters the inner court.(AD) 22 He is not to marry a widow or a divorced woman, but may marry only a virgin from the offspring of the house of Israel,(AE) or a widow who is the widow of a priest. 23 They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and explain to them the difference between the clean and the unclean.(AF)

24 “In a dispute, they will officiate as judges and decide the case according to my ordinances.(AG) They are to observe my laws and statutes regarding all my appointed festivals, and keep my Sabbaths holy.(AH) 25 A priest may not come near a dead person so that he becomes defiled.(AI) However, he may defile himself for a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, a brother, or an unmarried sister. 26 After he is cleansed, he is to count off seven days for himself.(AJ) 27 On the day he goes into the sanctuary, into the inner court(AK) to minister in the sanctuary, he is to present his sin offering.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

28 “This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance.(AL) You are to give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession. 29 They will eat the grain offering, the sin offering,(AM) and the guilt offering. Everything in Israel that is permanently dedicated to the Lord will belong to them.(AN) 30 The best of all the firstfruits of every kind and contribution of every kind from all your gifts will belong to the priests.(AO) You are to give your first batch of dough to the priest(AP) so that a blessing may rest on your homes.(AQ) 31 The priests may not eat any bird or animal that died naturally or was mauled by wild beasts.(AR)

The Sacred Portion of the Land

45 “When you divide the land by lot as an inheritance,(AS) set aside a donation to the Lord, a holy portion of the land,(AT) 8⅓ miles[d] long and 6⅔ miles[e] wide. This entire region will be holy. In this area there will be a square section[f] for the sanctuary, 875 by 875 feet,[g](AU) with 87½ feet[h] of open space all around it. From this holy portion,[i] you will measure off an area 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles[j] wide, in which the sanctuary, the most holy place,(AV) will stand.[k] It will be a holy area of the land to be used by the priests who minister in the sanctuary, who approach to serve the Lord.(AW) It will be a place for their houses, as well as a holy area for the sanctuary. There will be another area 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles wide for the Levites who minister in the temple;(AX) it will be their possession for towns to live in.[l]

“As the property of the city, set aside an area 1⅔ miles[m] wide and 8⅓ miles long, adjacent to the holy donation of land.(AY) It will be for the whole house of Israel. And the prince will have the area on each side of the holy donation of land and the city’s property, adjacent to the holy donation and the city’s property, stretching to the west on the west side and to the east on the east side.(AZ) Its length will correspond to one of the tribal portions from the western boundary to the eastern boundary. This will be his land as a possession in Israel. My princes will no longer oppress my people(BA) but give the rest of the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes.

“This is what the Lord God says: You have gone too far,[n](BB) princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression and do what is just and right.(BC) Put an end to your evictions of my people.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 10 “You are to have honest scales, an honest dry measure,[o] and an honest liquid measure.[p](BD) 11 The dry measure[q] and the liquid measure[r] will be uniform, with the liquid measure containing 5½ gallons[s] and the dry measure holding half a bushel.[t] Their measurement will be a tenth of the standard larger capacity measure.[u] 12 The shekel[v] will weigh twenty gerahs.(BE) Your mina will equal sixty shekels.

Footnotes:

  1. 44:7 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads They
  2. 44:12 Lit I lifted my hand
  3. 44:19 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read court, to the outer court
  4. 45:1 Lit 25,000 cubits, also in vv. 3,5,6
  5. 45:1 LXX reads 20,000 cubits; MT reads 10,000 cubits
  6. 45:2 Lit square all around
  7. 45:2 Lit 500 by 500 cubits
  8. 45:2 Lit 50 cubits
  9. 45:3 Lit this measured portion
  10. 45:3 Lit 10,000 cubits, also in v. 5
  11. 45:3 Lit be
  12. 45:5 LXX; MT, Syr, Tg, Vg read possession—20 chambers
  13. 45:6 Lit 5,000 cubits
  14. 45:9 Lit Enough of you
  15. 45:10 Lit an honest ephah
  16. 45:10 Lit and an honest bath
  17. 45:11 Lit The ephah
  18. 45:11 Lit the bath
  19. 45:11 Lit one-tenth of a homer
  20. 45:11 Lit one-tenth of a homer
  21. 45:11 Lit be based on the homer
  22. 45:12 A shekel is about two-fifths of an ounce of silver
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1 Peter 1:1-12

Greeting

Peter,(A) an apostle of Jesus Christ:

To those chosen, living as exiles(B) dispersed(C) abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,(D) chosen(E) according to the foreknowledge(F) of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,(G) to be obedient(H) and to be sprinkled with the blood(I) of Jesus Christ.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

A Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(J) Because of his great mercy(K) he has given us new birth(L) into a living hope(M) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead(N) and into an inheritance that is imperishable,(O) undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven(P) for you. You are being guarded by God’s power(Q) through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.(R) You rejoice in this,[a] even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials(S) so that the proven character of your faith(T)—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire(U)—may result(V) in praise, glory, and honor(W) at the revelation of Jesus Christ.(X) Though you have not seen(Y) him, you love him;(Z) though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice(AA) with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets,(AB) who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ(AC) within them was indicating when he testified in advance(AD) to the sufferings of Christ(AE) and the glories(AF) that would follow.[b] 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you(AG) by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven(AH)—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:6 Or In this fact rejoice
  2. 1:11 Or the glories after that
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Psalm 119:17-32

ג Gimel

17 Deal generously with your servant(A)
so that I might live;
then I will keep your word.
18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wondrous things from your instruction.
19 I am a resident alien on earth;(B)
do not hide your commands from me.
20 I am continually overcome
with longing for your judgments.(C)
21 You rebuke the arrogant,
the ones under a curse,(D)
who wander from your commands.(E)
22 Take insult and contempt away from me,(F)
for I have kept your decrees.
23 Though princes sit together speaking against me,(G)
your servant will think about your statutes;(H)
24 your decrees are my delight
and my counselors.(I)

ד Daleth

25 My life is down in the dust;(J)
give me life(K) through your word.
26 I told you about my life,
and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.(L)
27 Help me understand
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders.(M)
28 I am weary[a] from grief;
strengthen me through your word.(N)
29 Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me your instruction.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set your ordinances before me.(O)
31 I cling to your decrees;
Lord, do not put me to shame.(P)
32 I pursue the way of your commands,
for you broaden my understanding.[b](Q)

Footnotes:

  1. 119:28 Or I weep
  2. 119:32 Lit you enlarge my heart
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Proverbs 28:8-10

Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest(A)
collects it for one who is kind to the poor.(B)

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law—
even his prayer is detestable.(C)

10 The one who leads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit,(D)
but the blameless will inherit what is good.(E)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday November 21, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 42-43

The Priests’ Chambers

42 Then the man led me out by way of the north gate into the outer court.(A) He brought me to the group of chambers opposite the temple yard and opposite the building(B) to the north. Along the length of the chambers, which was 175 feet,[a](C) there was an entrance on the north; the width was 87½ feet.[b] Opposite the 35 foot space[c] belonging to the inner court and opposite the paved surface(D) belonging to the outer court, the structure rose gallery by gallery(E) in three tiers. In front of the chambers was a walkway toward the inside,(F) 17½ feet[d] wide and 175 feet long,[e] and their entrances were on the north. The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building. For they were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts;(G) therefore the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and middle stories. A wall on the outside ran in front of the chambers, parallel to them, toward the outer court; it was 87½ feet long. For the chambers on the outer court were 87½ feet long, while those facing the great hall were 175 feet long.(H) At the base of these chambers there was an entryway on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.(I)

10 In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the south,[f] there were chambers facing the temple yard(J) and the western building, 11 with a passageway in front of them, just like the chambers that faced north.(K) Their length and width, as well as all their exits, measurements, and entrances, were identical. 12 The entrance at the beginning of the passageway, the way in front of the corresponding[g] wall as one enters on the east side, was similar to the entrances of the chambers that were on the south side.

13 Then the man said to me, “The northern and southern chambers that face the courtyard are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord will eat(L) the most holy offerings.(M) There they will deposit the most holy offerings—the grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings—for the place is holy.(N) 14 Once the priests have entered, they are not to go out from the holy area to the outer court until they have removed the clothes they minister in, for these are holy.(O) They are to put on other clothes before they approach the public area.”(P)

Outside Dimensions of the Temple Complex

15 When he finished measuring inside the temple complex, he led me out by way of the gate that faced east and measured all around the complex.(Q)

16 He measured the east side with a measuring rod;

it was 875 feet[h] by the measuring rod.[i]

17 He[j] measured the north side;

it was 875 feet by the measuring rod.

18 He[k] measured the south side;

it was 875 feet by the measuring rod.

19 Then he turned to the west side

and measured 875 feet by the measuring rod.

20 He measured the temple complex on all four sides. It had a wall all around it,(R) 875 feet long and 875 feet(S) wide, to separate the holy from the common.(T)

Return of the Lord’s Glory

43 He led me to the gate,(U) the one that faces east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel(V) coming from the east.(W) His voice sounded like the roar of a huge torrent,(X) and the earth shone with his glory.(Y) The vision I saw(Z) was like the one I had seen when he[l] came to destroy the city,(AA) and like the ones I had seen by the Chebar Canal.(AB) I fell facedown.(AC) The glory of the Lord entered the temple by way of the gate that faced east.(AD) Then the Spirit lifted me up(AE) and brought me to the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.(AF)

While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from the temple.(AG) He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet,(AH) where I will dwell among the Israelites forever.(AI) The house of Israel and their kings will no longer defile my holy name by their religious prostitution and by the corpses[m](AJ) of their kings at their high places.[n](AK) Whenever they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they were defiling my holy name by the detestable acts they committed.(AL) So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them remove their prostitution and the corpses(AM) of their kings far from me, and I will dwell among them forever.(AN)

10 “As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel,(AO) so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities.(AP) Let them measure its pattern,(AQ) 11 and they will be ashamed of all that they have done. Reveal[o] the design of the temple to them—its layout with its exits and entrances(AR)—its complete design along with all its statutes, design specifications, and laws. Write it down in their sight(AS) so that they may observe its complete design and all its statutes and may carry them out.(AT) 12 This is the law of the temple: All its surrounding territory on top of the mountain(AU) will be especially holy. Yes, this is the law of the temple.

The Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the altar(AV) in units of length (each unit being the standard length plus three inches):[p](AW) The gutter is 21 inches[q] deep and 21 inches wide, with a rim of nine inches[r] around its edge. This is the base[s] of the altar. 14 The distance from the gutter on the ground to the lower ledge is 3½ feet,[t] and the width of the ledge is 21 inches. There are 7 feet[u] from the small ledge to the large ledge, whose width is also 21 inches. 15 The altar hearth[v] is 7 feet high, and four horns(AX) project upward from the hearth. 16 The hearth is square, 21 feet[w] long by 21 feet wide.(AY) 17 The ledge is 24½ feet[x] long by 24½ feet wide, with four equal sides.(AZ) The rim all around it is 10½ inches,[y] and its gutter is 21 inches all around it. The altar’s steps face east.”(BA)

18 Then he said to me, “Son of man,(BB) this is what the Lord God says: These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is constructed, so that burnt offerings(BC) may be sacrificed on it and blood may be splattered on it:(BD) 19 You are to give a bull from the herd(BE) as a sin offering(BF) to the Levitical priests who are from the offspring of Zadok,(BG) who approach me in order to serve me.”(BH) This is the declaration of the Lord God. 20 “You are to take some of its blood and apply it to the four horns(BI) of the altar, the four corners of the ledge, and all around the rim. In this way you will purify the altar and make atonement for it.(BJ) 21 Then you are to take away the bull for the sin offering, and it must be burned outside the sanctuary in the place appointed for the temple.(BK)

22 “On the second day you are to present an unblemished male goat as a sin offering. They will purify the altar just as they did with the bull. 23 When you have finished the purification, you are to present a young, unblemished bull(BL) and an unblemished ram from the flock.(BM) 24 You are to present them before the Lord; the priests will throw salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the Lord.(BN) 25 You will offer a goat for a sin offering each day for seven days.(BO) A young bull and a ram from the flock, both unblemished, are also to be offered. 26 For seven days the priests are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it. In this way they will consecrate it[z] 27 and complete the days of purification. Then on the eighth day(BP) and afterward, the priests will offer your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar, and I will accept you.”(BQ) This is the declaration of the Lord God.

Footnotes:

  1. 42:2 Lit 100 cubits, also in vv. 4,8
  2. 42:2 Lit 50 cubits, also in v. 7
  3. 42:3 Lit 20 cubits
  4. 42:4 Lit 10 cubits
  5. 42:4 LXX, Syr; MT reads wide, a way of one cubit
  6. 42:10 LXX; MT reads east
  7. 42:12 Or protective; Hb obscure
  8. 42:16 Lit 500 in rods, also in vv. 17,18,19
  9. 42:16 Lit rod all around, also in vv. 17,18,19
  10. 42:17 LXX reads Then he turned to the north and
  11. 42:18 LXX reads Then he turned to the south and
  12. 43:3 Some Hb mss, Theod, Vg; other Hb mss, LXX, Syr read I
  13. 43:7 Or monuments, also in v. 9
  14. 43:7 Some Hb mss, Theod, Tg read their death
  15. 43:10–11 LXX, Vg; MT reads pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed ... done, reveal
  16. 43:13 Lit in cubits (a cubit being a cubit plus a handbreadth)
  17. 43:13 Lit one cubit, also in vv. 14,17
  18. 43:13 Lit one span
  19. 43:13 LXX reads height
  20. 43:14 Lit two cubits
  21. 43:14 Lit four cubits, also in v. 15
  22. 43:15 Hb obscure
  23. 43:16 Lit 12 cubits
  24. 43:17 Lit 14 cubits
  25. 43:17 Lit one-half cubit
  26. 43:26 Lit will fill its hands

Cross references:

  1. 42:1 : Ezk 40:17,28,48; 41:1
  2. 42:1 : Ezk 41:12; 42:10,13
  3. 42:2 : Ezk 41:13
  4. 42:3 : Ezk 40:17
  5. 42:3 : Ezk 41:15–16
  6. 42:4 : Ezk 46:19
  7. 42:6 : Ezk 41:6
  8. 42:8 : Ezk 41:13–14
  9. 42:9 : Ezk 44:5; 46:19
  10. 42:10 : Ezk 42:1
  11. 42:11 : Ezk 42:4
  12. 42:13 : Lv 10:3; Dt 21:5; Ezk 40:46
  13. 42:13 : Ex 29:31; Lv 7:6; 10:13–14,17
  14. 42:13 : Lv 6:25,29; 14:13; Nm 18:9–10
  15. 42:14 : Ex 29:4–9; Lv 8:7,13; Is 61:10; Zch 3:4–5
  16. 42:14 : Ezk 44:19
  17. 42:15 : Ezk 40:6; 43:1
  18. 42:20 : Is 60:18; Ezk 40:5; Zch 2:5
  19. 42:20 : Ezk 45:2; Rv 21:16
  20. 42:20 : Ezk 22:26; 44:23; 48:15
  21. 43:1 : Ezk 10:19; 40:6; 42:15; 44:1
  22. 43:2 : Is 6:3; Ezk 1:28; 3:23; 10:18–19
  23. 43:2 : Ezk 11:22–23
  24. 43:2 : Ezk 1:24; Rv 1:15
  25. 43:2 : Ezk 1:28; 10:4; Rv 18:1
  26. 43:3 : Ezk 1:4–28
  27. 43:3 : Jr 1:10; Ezk 9:1
  28. 43:3 : Ezk 1:3
  29. 43:3 : Ezk 1:28; 3:23
  30. 43:4 : Ezk 10:19
  31. 43:5 : Ezk 3:14; 2Co 12:2–4
  32. 43:5 : Ezk 10:4
  33. 43:6 : Ezk 1:26
  34. 43:7 : Ps 47:8
  35. 43:7 : Ezk 37:26–28
  36. 43:7 : Lv 26:30; Ezk 6:5,13
  37. 43:7 : Ezk 6:3–5
  38. 43:8 : Ezk 8:3
  39. 43:9 : Ezk 18:30
  40. 43:9 : Ezk 37:26–28
  41. 43:10 : Ezk 40:4
  42. 43:10 : Ezk 16:61–63
  43. 43:10 : Ezk 28:12
  44. 43:11 : Ezk 44:5
  45. 43:11 : Ezk 12:3
  46. 43:11 : Ezk 11:20
  47. 43:12 : Ezk 40:2
  48. 43:13 : Ex 27:1–8; 2Ch 4:1
  49. 43:13 : Ezk 40:5
  50. 43:15 : Ex 27:2; Lv 9:9; 1Kg 1:50; Ps 118:27
  51. 43:16 : Ex 27:1
  52. 43:17 : Ex 20:26
  53. 43:17 : Ezk 40:6
  54. 43:18 : Ezk 2:1
  55. 43:18 : Ex 40:29
  56. 43:18 : Lv 1:5,11; Heb 9:21–22
  57. 43:19 : Lv 4:3
  58. 43:19 : Ezk 45:19; Heb 7:27
  59. 43:19 : 1Kg 2:35; Ezk 40:46
  60. 43:19 : Nm 16:5
  61. 43:20 : Lv 8:15; 9:9
  62. 43:20 : Lv 16:19
  63. 43:21 : Ex 29:14; Lv 4:12; Heb 13:11
  64. 43:23 : Ex 29:1,10; Ezk 45:18
  65. 43:23 : Ex 29:1
  66. 43:24 : Lv 2:13; Nm 18:19; Mk 9:49–50; Col 4:6
  67. 43:25 : Ex 29:35–37; Lv 8:33
  68. 43:27 : Lv 9:1
  69. 43:27 : Ezk 20:40
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James 5

Warning to the Rich

Come now, you rich(A) people, weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. Your wealth has rotted and your clothes are moth-eaten.(B) Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasure in the last days.(C) Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers(D) who mowed your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Armies.(E) You have lived luxuriously on the earth and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hearts(F) in a day of slaughter.(G) You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous, who does not resist you.(H)

Waiting for the Lord

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.(I) You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near.(J)

Brothers and sisters, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!(K)

10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name as an example of suffering and patience. 11 See, we count as blessed those who have endured.[a] You have heard of Job’s endurance(L) and have seen the outcome that the Lord brought about—the Lord is compassionate and merciful.(M)

Truthful Speech

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath.(N) But let your “yes” mean “yes,” and your “no” mean “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.[b]

Effective Prayer

13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises.(O) 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.(P) 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.(Q) 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.(R) 17 Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land.(S) 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.(T)

19 My brothers and sisters, if any among you strays from the truth,(U) and someone turns him back,(V) 20 let that person know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.(W)

Footnotes:

  1. 5:11 Or persevered
  2. 5:12 Other mss read fall into hypocrisy
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Psalm 119:1-16

Psalm 119

Delight in God’s Word

א Aleph

How[a] happy are those whose way is blameless,(A)
who walk according to the Lord’s instruction!(B)
Happy are those who keep his decrees(C)
and seek him with all their heart.(D)
They do nothing wrong;(E)
they walk in his ways.
You have commanded that your precepts(F)
be diligently kept.
If only my ways were committed
to keeping your statutes!(G)
Then I would not be ashamed(H)
when I think about all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart(I)
when I learn your righteous judgments.
I will keep your statutes;
never abandon me.(J)

ב Beth

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping your[b] word.(K)
10 I have sought you with all my heart;(L)
don’t let me wander from your commands.(M)
11 I have treasured your word in my heart(N)
so that I may not sin against you.
12 Lord, may you be blessed;
teach me your statutes.(O)
13 With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from your mouth.(P)
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees(Q)
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts(R)
and think about your ways.(S)
16 I will delight in your statutes;(T)
I will not forget your word.

Footnotes:

  1. 119:1 The stanzas of this poem form an acrostic.
  2. 119:9 Or keeping it according to your
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Proverbs 28:6-7

Better the poor person who lives with integrity(A)
than the rich one who distorts right and wrong.[a](B)

A discerning son keeps the law,
but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.(C)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:6 Lit who twists two ways
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday November 20, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 40:28-41:26

The Inner Gates

28 Then he brought me to the inner court through the south gate. When he measured the south gate, it had the same measurements as the others. 29 Its recesses, jambs, and portico had the same measurements as the others. Both it and its portico had windows all around. It was 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 30 (There were porticoes all around, 43¾ feet long and 8¾ feet wide.[a]) 31 Its portico faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees. Its stairway had eight steps.

32 Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side. When he measured the gate, it had the same measurements as the others. 33 Its recesses, jambs, and portico had the same measurements as the others. Both it and its portico had windows all around. It was 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 34 Its portico faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees on each side. Its stairway had eight steps.

35 Then he brought me to the north gate.(A) When he measured it, it had the same measurements as the others, 36 as did its recesses, jambs, and portico. It also had windows all around. It was 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 37 Its portico[b] faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees on each side. Its stairway had eight steps.

Rooms for Preparing Sacrifices

38 There was a chamber whose door opened into the gate’s portico.[c] The burnt offering was to be washed there.(B) 39 Inside the gate’s portico there were two tables on each side, on which to slaughter the burnt offering, sin offering,(C) and guilt offering.(D) 40 Outside, as one approaches the entrance of the north gate, there were two tables on one side and two more tables on the other side of the gate’s portico. 41 So there were four tables inside the gate and four outside, eight tables in all on which the slaughtering was to be done. 42 There were also four tables of cut stone for the burnt offering,(E) each 31½ inches[d] long, 31½ inches wide, and 21 inches high. The utensils used to slaughter the burnt offerings and other sacrifices were placed on them. 43 There were three-inch[e] hooks[f] fastened all around the inside of the room, and the flesh of the offering was to be laid on the tables.

Rooms for Singers and Priests

44 Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, there were chambers for the singers:[g](F) one[h] beside the north gate, facing south, and another beside the south[i] gate, facing north. 45 Then the man said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests who keep charge of the temple.(G) 46 The chamber that faces north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok,(H) the ones from the sons of Levi who may approach the Lord to serve him.”(I) 47 Next he measured the court. It was square, 175 feet long and 175 feet wide. The altar(J) was in front of the temple.

48 Then he brought me to the portico of the temple and measured the jambs of the portico; they were 8¾ feet thick on each side. The width of the gate was 24½ feet,[j] and the side walls of the gate were[k] 5¼ feet[l] wide on each side. 49 The portico was 35 feet[m] across and 21[n] feet[o] deep, and 10 steps led[p] up to it.(K) There were pillars by the jambs, one on each side.(L)

Inside the Temple

41 Next he brought me into the great hall and measured the jambs;(M) on each side the width of the jamb was 10½ feet.[q][r] The width of the entrance was 17½ feet,[s] and the side walls of the entrance were 8¾ feet[t] wide on each side. He also measured the length of the great hall, 70 feet,[u] and the width, 35 feet.[v](N) He went inside the next room and measured the jambs at the entrance;(O) they were 3½ feet[w] wide. The entrance was 10½ feet wide, and the width of the entrance’s side walls on each side[x] was 12¼ feet.[y] He then measured the length of the room adjacent to the great hall, 35 feet, and the width, 35 feet.(P) And he said to me, “This is the most holy place.”(Q)

Outside the Temple

Then he measured the wall of the temple; it was 10½ feet thick. The width of the side rooms all around the temple was 7 feet.[z](R) The side rooms were arranged one above another in three stories of thirty rooms each.[aa] There were ledges on the wall of the temple all around to serve as supports for the side rooms, so that the supports would not be in the temple wall itself.(S) The side rooms surrounding the temple widened at each successive story, for the structure surrounding the temple went up by stages. This was the reason for the temple’s broadness as it rose. And so, one would go up from the lowest story to the highest by means of the middle one.[ab](T)

I saw that the temple had a raised platform surrounding it; this foundation for the side rooms was 10½ feet high.[ac](U) The thickness of the outer wall of the side rooms was 8¾ feet. The free space between the side rooms of the temple 10 and the outer chambers was 35 feet wide all around the temple.(V) 11 The side rooms opened into the free space, one entrance toward the north and another to the south. The area of free space was 8¾ feet wide all around.

12 Now the building that faced the temple yard toward the west was 122½ feet[ad] wide. The wall of the building was 8¾ feet thick on all sides, and the building’s length was 157½ feet.[ae]

13 Then the man measured the temple; it was 175 feet[af] long.(W) In addition, the temple yard and the building, including its walls, were 175 feet long. 14 The width of the front of the temple along with the temple yard to the east was 175 feet. 15 Next he measured the length of the building facing the temple yard to the west, with its galleries[ag] on each side;(X) it was 175 feet.

Interior Wooden Structures

The interior of the great hall and the porticoes of the court— 16 the thresholds, the beveled windows,(Y) and the balconies all around with their three levels opposite the threshold—were overlaid with wood on all sides.(Z) They were paneled from the ground to the windows (but the windows were covered), 17 reaching to the top of the entrance, and as far as the inner temple and on the outside. On every wall all around, on the inside and outside, was a pattern 18 carved with cherubim and palm trees.(AA) There was a palm tree between each pair of cherubim.(AB) Each cherub had two faces: 19 a human face turned toward the palm tree on one side,(AC) and a lion’s face turned toward it on the other. They were carved throughout the temple on all sides. 20 Cherubim and palm trees were carved from the ground to the top of the entrance and on the wall of the great hall.

21 The doorposts of the great hall were square,(AD) and the front of the sanctuary had the same appearance. 22 The altar was[ah] made of wood, 5¼ feet[ai] high and 3½ feet long.[aj] It had corners, and its length[ak] and sides were of wood.(AE) The man told me, “This is the table that stands before the Lord.”(AF)

23 The great hall and the sanctuary each had a double door,(AG) 24 and each of the doors had two swinging panels.(AH) There were two panels for one door and two for the other. 25 Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the doors of the great hall like those carved on the walls. There was a wooden canopy[al](AI) outside, in front of the portico. 26 There were beveled windows and palm trees on both sides,(AJ) on the side walls of the portico, the side rooms of the temple, and the canopies.[am]

Footnotes:

  1. 40:30 Some Hb mss, LXX omit v. 30
  2. 40:37 LXX; MT reads jambs
  3. 40:38 Text emended; MT reads door was by the jambs, at the gates
  4. 40:42 Lit one and a half cubits
  5. 40:43 Lit one handbreadth
  6. 40:43 Or ledges
  7. 40:44 LXX reads were two chambers
  8. 40:44 LXX; MT reads singers, which was
  9. 40:44 LXX; MT reads east
  10. 40:48 Lit 14 cubits
  11. 40:48 LXX; MT omits 24½ feet, and the side walls of the gate were
  12. 40:48 Lit three cubits
  13. 40:49 Lit 20 cubits
  14. 40:49 LXX; MT reads 19¼
  15. 40:49 Lit 12 cubits
  16. 40:49 MT reads and it was on steps that they would go
  17. 41:1 LXX; MT reads jambs; they were 10½ feet wide on each side—the width of the tabernacle
  18. 41:1 Lit six cubits, also in vv. 3,5
  19. 41:2 Lit 10 cubits
  20. 41:2 Lit five cubits, also in vv. 9,11,12
  21. 41:2 Lit 40 cubits
  22. 41:2 Lit 20 cubits, also in vv. 4,10
  23. 41:3 Lit two cubits, also in v. 22
  24. 41:3 LXX; MT reads width of the entrance
  25. 41:3 Lit seven cubits
  26. 41:5 Lit four cubits
  27. 41:6 Lit another three and thirty times
  28. 41:7 Hb obscure
  29. 41:8 Lit a full rod of six cubits of a joint; Hb obscure
  30. 41:12 Lit 70 cubits
  31. 41:12 Lit 90 cubits
  32. 41:13 Lit 100 cubits
  33. 41:15 Or ledges
  34. 41:21–22 Or and in front of the sanctuary was something that looked like 22 an altar
  35. 41:22 Lit three cubits
  36. 41:22 LXX reads long and 3½ feet wide
  37. 41:22 LXX reads base
  38. 41:25 Hb obscure
  39. 41:26 Hb obscure
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James 4

Proud or Humble

What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions(A) that wage war within you?[a] You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war.[b] You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.(B)

You adulterous people![c] Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God.(C) Or do you think it’s without reason that the Scripture says: The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely?[d](D)

But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says:

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.[e](E)

Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.(F) Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.(G) Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.(H) 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer[f] defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.(I) 12 There is one lawgiver and judge[g] who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?(J)

Our Will and God’s Will

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”(K) 14 Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.(L)

15 Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.(M) 17 So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:1 Or war in your members
  2. 4:2 Or You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and wage war.
  3. 4:4 Lit Adulteresses
  4. 4:5 Or Scripture says: He jealously yearns for the spirit he made to live in us?, or Scripture says: The Spirit he made to dwell in us longs jealously?
  5. 4:6 Pr 3:34
  6. 4:11 Or his brother or sister
  7. 4:12 Other mss omit and judge
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Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open the gates of righteousness for me;
I will enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.(A)
20 This is the Lord’s gate;
the righteous will enter through it.(B)
21 I will give thanks to you
because you have answered me
and have become my salvation.(C)
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.(D)
23 This came from the Lord;
it is wondrous in our sight.(E)
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let’s rejoice and be glad in it.(F)

25 Lord, save us!
Lord, please grant us success!(G)
26 He who comes in the name
of the Lord is blessed.(H)
From the house of the Lord we bless you.(I)
27 The Lord is God and has given us light.
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords
to the horns of the altar.(J)
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks.
You are my God; I will exalt you.(K)
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.(L)

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Proverbs 28:3-5

A destitute leader[a] who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no food.(A)

Those who reject the law praise the wicked,(B)
but those who keep the law pit themselves against them.(C)

The evil do not understand justice,(D)
but those who seek the Lord understand everything.(E)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:3 LXX reads A wicked man
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday November 19, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27

39 “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) 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) Then I will strike your bow(F) from your left hand and make your arrows(G) drop from your right hand. 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) You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.(J) 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.

“‘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) It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day(R) I have spoken of.

“‘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)

The Temple Area Restored

40 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city(AT)—on that very day the hand of the Lord was on me(AU) and he took me there. In visions(AV) of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain,(AW) on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze;(AX) he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod(AY) in his hand. The man said to me, “Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you,(AZ) for that is why you have been brought here. Tell(BA) the people of Israel everything you see.(BB)

The East Gate to the Outer Court

I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was six long cubits,[e] each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. He measured(BC) the wall; it was one measuring rod thick and one rod high.

Then he went to the east gate.(BD) He climbed its steps and measured the threshold of the gate; it was one rod deep. The alcoves(BE) for the guards were one rod long and one rod wide, and the projecting walls between the alcoves were five cubits[f] thick. And the threshold of the gate next to the portico facing the temple was one rod deep.

Then he measured the portico of the gateway; it[g] was eight cubits[h] deep and its jambs were two cubits[i] thick. The portico of the gateway faced the temple.

10 Inside the east gate were three alcoves on each side; the three had the same measurements, and the faces of the projecting walls on each side had the same measurements. 11 Then he measured the width of the entrance of the gateway; it was ten cubits and its length was thirteen cubits.[j] 12 In front of each alcove was a wall one cubit high, and the alcoves were six cubits square. 13 Then he measured the gateway from the top of the rear wall of one alcove to the top of the opposite one; the distance was twenty-five cubits[k] from one parapet opening to the opposite one. 14 He measured along the faces of the projecting walls all around the inside of the gateway—sixty cubits.[l] The measurement was up to the portico[m] facing the courtyard.[n](BF) 15 The distance from the entrance of the gateway to the far end of its portico was fifty cubits.[o] 16 The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees.(BG)

The Outer Court

17 Then he brought me into the outer court.(BH) There I saw some rooms and a pavement that had been constructed all around the court; there were thirty rooms(BI) along the pavement.(BJ) 18 It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement. 19 Then he measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner court;(BK) it was a hundred cubits[p](BL) on the east side as well as on the north.

The North Gate

20 Then he measured the length and width of the north gate, leading into the outer court. 21 Its alcoves(BM)—three on each side—its projecting walls and its portico(BN) had the same measurements as those of the first gateway. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 22 Its openings, its portico(BO) and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them.(BP) 23 There was a gate to the inner court facing the north gate, just as there was on the east. He measured from one gate to the opposite one; it was a hundred cubits.(BQ)

The South Gate

24 Then he led me to the south side and I saw the south gate. He measured its jambs and its portico, and they had the same measurements(BR) as the others. 25 The gateway and its portico had narrow openings all around, like the openings of the others. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.(BS) 26 Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them; it had palm tree decorations on the faces of the projecting walls on each side.(BT) 27 The inner court(BU) also had a gate facing south, and he measured from this gate to the outer gate on the south side; it was a hundred cubits.(BV)

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 39:1 Or Gog, prince of Rosh,
  2. Ezekiel 39:11 Hamon Gog means hordes of Gog.
  3. Ezekiel 39:16 Hamonah means horde.
  4. Ezekiel 39:25 Or now bring Jacob back from captivity
  5. Ezekiel 40:5 That is, about 11 feet or about 3.2 meters; also in verse 12. The long cubit of about 21 inches or about 53 centimeters is the basic unit of measurement of length throughout chapters 40–48.
  6. Ezekiel 40:7 That is, about 8 3/4 feet or about 2.7 meters; also in verse 48
  7. Ezekiel 40:9 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts gateway facing the temple; it was one rod deep. Then he measured the portico of the gateway; it
  8. Ezekiel 40:9 That is, about 14 feet or about 4.2 meters
  9. Ezekiel 40:9 That is, about 3 1/2 feet or about 1 meter
  10. Ezekiel 40:11 That is, about 18 feet wide and 23 feet long or about 5.3 meters wide and 6.9 meters long
  11. Ezekiel 40:13 That is, about 44 feet or about 13 meters; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 30, 33 and 36
  12. Ezekiel 40:14 That is, about 105 feet or about 32 meters
  13. Ezekiel 40:14 Septuagint; Hebrew projecting wall
  14. Ezekiel 40:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  15. Ezekiel 40:15 That is, about 88 feet or about 27 meters; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 33 and 36
  16. Ezekiel 40:19 That is, about 175 feet or about 53 meters; also in verses 23, 27 and 47

Cross references:

  1. Ezekiel 39:1 : Rev 20:8
  2. Ezekiel 39:1 : S Ge 10:2
  3. Ezekiel 39:1 : S Eze 27:13; S 38:2, 3
  4. Ezekiel 39:2 : S Eze 32:30
  5. Ezekiel 39:2 : S Eze 38:4, 15
  6. Ezekiel 39:3 : Hos 1:5; Am 2:15
  7. Ezekiel 39:3 : Ps 76:3
  8. Ezekiel 39:4 : S Ge 40:19
  9. Ezekiel 39:4 : ver 17-20; S Jer 25:33; S Eze 29:5; S 33:27
  10. Ezekiel 39:5 : S Eze 32:4
  11. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Eze 30:8; Rev 20:9
  12. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Ge 10:2
  13. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Jer 25:22
  14. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Ex 6:7
  15. Ezekiel 39:7 : S Ex 20:7; S Eze 13:19
  16. Ezekiel 39:7 : S Isa 49:26
  17. Ezekiel 39:7 : S Isa 12:6; S 54:5; S Eze 20:9; S 36:16, 23
  18. Ezekiel 39:8 : Eze 7:6
  19. Ezekiel 39:9 : Ps 76:3
  20. Ezekiel 39:9 : S Ps 46:9
  21. Ezekiel 39:10 : S Ex 3:22
  22. Ezekiel 39:10 : S Isa 14:2; S 33:1; Hab 2:8
  23. Ezekiel 39:11 : S Isa 34:3
  24. Ezekiel 39:11 : S Eze 38:2
  25. Ezekiel 39:12 : Dt 21:23
  26. Ezekiel 39:13 : Eze 28:22
  27. Ezekiel 39:17 : S Job 15:23
  28. Ezekiel 39:17 : S Eze 32:4
  29. Ezekiel 39:18 : S Ps 22:12; Jer 51:40
  30. Ezekiel 39:19 : S Lev 3:9
  31. Ezekiel 39:20 : S Isa 56:9; S Jer 12:9; Rev 19:17-18
  32. Ezekiel 39:21 : Ex 9:16; Isa 37:20; S Eze 38:16
  33. Ezekiel 39:23 : Isa 1:15; 59:2; S Jer 22:8-9; S 44:23
  34. Ezekiel 39:24 : 2Ki 17:23; Jer 2:17, 19; 4:18; S Eze 7:22; Da 9:7
  35. Ezekiel 39:25 : S Jer 33:7
  36. Ezekiel 39:25 : S Jer 30:18
  37. Ezekiel 39:25 : Isa 27:12-13; S Eze 16:53
  38. Ezekiel 39:26 : S 1Ki 4:25; S Jer 32:37; S Eze 38:8
  39. Ezekiel 39:26 : Isa 17:2; Eze 34:28; Mic 4:4
  40. Ezekiel 39:27 : S Eze 37:21
  41. Ezekiel 39:28 : Ps 147:2
  42. Ezekiel 39:28 : S Eze 36:23, 36
  43. Ezekiel 39:29 : S Dt 31:17
  44. Ezekiel 39:29 : S Isa 11:2; S Eze 37:9; S Ac 2:17
  45. Ezekiel 39:29 : S Eze 16:42
  46. Ezekiel 40:1 : S 2Ki 25:7; Jer 39:1-10; 52:4-11
  47. Ezekiel 40:1 : S Eze 1:3; S 29:17
  48. Ezekiel 40:2 : S Ex 24:10; Da 7:1, 7
  49. Ezekiel 40:2 : S Jer 31:12; S Eze 17:22; Rev 21:10
  50. Ezekiel 40:3 : S Eze 1:7; Rev 1:15
  51. Ezekiel 40:3 : Eze 47:3; Zec 2:1-2; Rev 11:1; 21:15
  52. Ezekiel 40:4 : S Dt 6:6
  53. Ezekiel 40:4 : Jer 26:2
  54. Ezekiel 40:4 : Eze 44:5
  55. Ezekiel 40:5 : Eze 42:20
  56. Ezekiel 40:6 : S Eze 8:16
  57. Ezekiel 40:7 : ver 36
  58. Ezekiel 40:14 : S Ex 27:9
  59. Ezekiel 40:16 : ver 21-22; 2Ch 3:5; Eze 41:26
  60. Ezekiel 40:17 : Rev 11:2
  61. Ezekiel 40:17 : Eze 41:6
  62. Ezekiel 40:17 : Eze 42:1
  63. Ezekiel 40:19 : Eze 46:1
  64. Ezekiel 40:19 : ver 23, 27
  65. Ezekiel 40:21 : ver 7
  66. Ezekiel 40:21 : ver 30
  67. Ezekiel 40:22 : ver 49
  68. Ezekiel 40:22 : S ver 16, 26
  69. Ezekiel 40:23 : S ver 19
  70. Ezekiel 40:24 : ver 32, 35
  71. Ezekiel 40:25 : ver 33
  72. Ezekiel 40:26 : S ver 22
  73. Ezekiel 40:27 : ver 32
  74. Ezekiel 40:27 : S ver 19
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James 2:18-3

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds,(A) and I will show you my faith(B) by my deeds.(C) 19 You believe that there is one God.(D) Good! Even the demons believe that(E)—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]?(F) 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?(G) 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,(H) and his faith was made complete by what he did.(I) 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b](J) and he was called God’s friend.(K) 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?(L) 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.(M)

Taming the Tongue

Not many of you should become teachers,(N) my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged(O) more strictly.(P) We all stumble(Q) in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say(R) is perfect,(S) able to keep their whole body in check.(T)

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.(U) Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.(V) Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire,(W) a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body,(X) sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.(Y)

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.(Z)

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.(AA) 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?(AB) Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it(AC) by their good life, by deeds(AD) done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition(AE) in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.(AF) 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven(AG) but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.(AH) 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition,(AI) there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven(AJ) is first of all pure; then peace-loving,(AK) considerate, submissive, full of mercy(AL) and good fruit, impartial and sincere.(AM) 18 Peacemakers(AN) who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.(AO)

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:20 Some early manuscripts dead
  2. James 2:23 Gen. 15:6
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Psalm 118:1-18

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B)
his love endures forever.(C)

Let Israel say:(D)
“His love endures forever.”(E)
Let the house of Aaron say:(F)
“His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord(G) say:
“His love endures forever.”

When hard pressed,(H) I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.(I)
The Lord is with me;(J) I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?(K)
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.(L)
I look in triumph on my enemies.(M)

It is better to take refuge in the Lord(N)
than to trust in humans.(O)
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.(P)
10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.(Q)
11 They surrounded me(R) on every side,(S)
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
12 They swarmed around me like bees,(T)
but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;(U)
in the name of the Lord I cut them down.(V)
13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.(W)
14 The Lord is my strength(X) and my defense[a];
he has become my salvation.(Y)

15 Shouts of joy(Z) and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand(AA) has done mighty things!(AB)
16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die(AC) but live,
and will proclaim(AD) what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened(AE) me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.(AF)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 118:14 Or song
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Proverbs 28:2

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

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