Day 348 – December 14, 2021

Ezekiel 36; Psalm 135:1–15; Proverbs 29:1–6; Revelation 4; 5

Ezekiel 36

God’s Blessing on Israel

1 “As for you, son of man, prophesy over the mountains of Israel, and say to the mountains of Israel, ‘Hear the word of the Lord.†

2 Thus says the Lord and Master: “Because the enemy said against you, ‘Good, well done! The ancient deserts have become ours as a possession;’ ” ’

3 therefore, prophesy, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord and Master: “Because you were dishonored and hated by those all around you, so as to be a possession for the rest of the nations, and because you became a byword and were disgraced by the nations”—

4 therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord to the mountains, the hills, the valleys, the brooks, the desert places, the desolated regions, and the abandoned cities, plundered and trampled underfoot by the nations that were left all around them—

5 therefore, thus says the Lord and Master: “Certainly in the fire of My anger, I have spoken against the rest of the nations and against all of Edom, because they gave My land to themselves as a possession with gladness, when they treated souls shamefully, so as to destroy them by plunder.’ ”

6 Therefore prophesy over the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills, the valleys, and the wooded vales, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My anger, because you have borne the insults of the nations.

7 Therefore I shall raise My hand against the nations around you, and they will bear their disgrace.

8 “But My people will eat your grapes and fruit, O mountains of Israel, for they are drawing near to this time to come.†

9 For behold, I am for you, and I will have regard for you, and you shall be tilled and sown.

10 I shall multiply people upon you, upon all the house of Israel to the end. The cities shall be inhabited, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.

11 I shall multiply people and cattle upon you, and they will increase and bear young. I shall make you inhabited as in your beginning, and treat you well as in your former times. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

12 Thus I will beget people upon you, My people Israel, and they shall inherit you. You shall be as a possession for them, and you will not be deprived of children anymore.”

13 Thus says the Lord and Master: “Because they say to you, ‘You devour people, O land, and thus you are bereaved of your nation’;

14 therefore, you shall no longer devour people, nor be bereaved of your nation anymore,” says the Lord and Master.

15 “No longer will the disgrace of the nations be heard among you, nor shall you bear the insults of the peoples anymore,” says the Lord and Master.’ ”

The Cleansing of Israel

16 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,†

17 “Son of man, the house of Israel dwelt upon their land, but they defiled it by their conduct and by their idols and uncleanness. Their conduct before me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity.

18 Therefore I poured out My anger on them.

19 I scattered them among the nations and dispersed them as chaff into the countries. I judged them according to their conduct and their sins.

20 So when they came to the nations, wherever they went, they desecrated My holy name when they said, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and they have come out of His land.’

21 But I spared them for the sake of My holy name, which the house of Israel desecrated among the nations wherever they went.

22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord: “I will not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for the sake of My holy name, which you desecrated among the nations wherever you went.

23 Thus I will sanctify My great name, desecrated among the nations, which you desecrated in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, when I am sanctified among you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your land.

25 I shall sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be cleansed from all your uncleanness, and I will also cleanse you from all your idols.

26 I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I shall take the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

27 I shall put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My requirements, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

28 You will dwell in the land I gave to your fathers. You will be My people, and I shall be your God.

29 I shall save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.

30 I shall multiply the fruit of your trees and the produce of your fields, that you need never again bear the disgrace of famine among the nations.

31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your practices which were not good, and you shall be angry in your own sight for your lawlessness and your abominations.

32 Not for your sake will I do this,” says the Lord and Master. “As it shall become known to you, be ashamed and embarrassed of your ways, O house of Israel.”

33 ‘Thus says the Lord: “On the day in which I shall cleanse you from all your lawlessness, I shall also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the uninhabited regions will be rebuilt.

34 The land which was destroyed will be cultivated, because it will no longer be desolate in the sight of all who pass by.

35 Thus they will say, ‘That desolate land has become like a garden of luxury; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’

36 Then the nations yet remaining around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined cities and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it and shall do it.”

37 ‘Thus says the Lord: “For this I shall be sought by the house of Israel, that I might establish and multiply their people like sheep.

38 As holy sheep, as the sheep of Jerusalem in her feasts, thus shall the desert cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”

Psalms 135

1 Alleluia. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His mercy endures forever; 

2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His mercy endures forever; 

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His mercy endures forever; 

4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; 

5 To Him who made the heavens with understanding, For His mercy endures forever; 

6 To Him who made firm the earth on the waters, For His mercy endures forever; 

7 To Him who alone made the great lights, For His mercy endures forever, 

8 The sun for authority over the day, For His mercy endures forever, 

9 The moon and stars for authority over the night, For His mercy endures forever; 

10 To Him who struck down Egypt with their firstborn, For His mercy endures forever; 

11 To Him who led Israel out of their midst, For His mercy endures forever, 

12 With a strong hand and an upraised arm, For His mercy endures forever; 

13 To Him who divided the Red Sea into parts, For His mercy endures forever, 

14 And led Israel through the midst of it, For His mercy endures forever, 

15 And who overthrew Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, For His mercy endures forever;

Proverbs of Solomon 29

The Wise and the Unwise

1 A reproving man is better than an obstinate man, For when the latter is suddenly consumed, there shall be no remedy.† 

2 When the righteous are praised, the people shall rejoice, But when the ungodly rule, men lament. 

3 When a man loves wisdom, his father rejoices, But he who keeps prostitutes shall destroy his wealth. 

4 A righteous king will establish a country, But a lawless man razes it to the ground.

5 He who prepares a net for the presence of his own friend Casts it around his own feet. 

6 It is a great snare to a man when he sins, But a righteous man shall be in joy and gladness.†

Revelation 4

Heavenly Temple, Heavenly Worship

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”†

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.†

3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.†

5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.†

7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”† 

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:†

11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”†

Revelation 5

The Lamb Opens the Scroll

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.†

2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”†

3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.†

7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.†

9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,† 

10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” 

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” 

14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

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