Day 353 – December 19, 2021

Ezekiel 41; Psalm 139; Proverbs 30:1–5; Revelation 10

Ezekiel 41

The Temple Interior

1 Then he brought me into the temple and measured its entrance, six cubits wide on one side and six cubits wide on the other side.†

2 The width of the entryway was ten cubits, and the sills of the gate were five cubits on this side and five cubits on the other side; and he measured its length, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits.

3 He also went into the inner court and measured the posts of the doorway, two cubits; and the doorway itself, six cubits high; and the width of the sills, seven cubits.

4 He measured the length of the doors, forty cubits, and the width, twenty cubits, in front of the sanctuary; and he said to me, “This is the holy of holies.”

The Wall and Its Chambers

5 Next he measured the wall of the house, six cubits. The width of each side all around was four cubits on every side.

6 The side chambers were thirty-two in number, each next to the other, and the layout along the wall of the house all around was so one could see that all of them went together, and that nowhere did they touch the walls of the house.

7 As one went up from story to story, the side chambers became wider all around, because their supporting ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps; therefore, the width of the structure increased as one went up from the lowest story to the highest, by way of the middle one.†

8 The side chambers of the house all around were of a high layout of sides, equal in measurement to one measuring stick. The layout was six cubits.

9 The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits, and the open spaces between the sides of the house

10 and the halls measured twenty cubits in width, all around the sides of the house.

11 The doors of the halls led to the open space: the one door led north, and the other door led south; and the width of the light of the open space was five cubits in width all around.†

12 That which made a boundary before the open space, like the edge of the sea, was seventy cubits wide; and the width of the wall which bordered was five cubits all around, and its length ninety cubits.

13 Then he measured in front of the house, one hundred cubits long, and the open spaces and their boundaries and walls were one hundred cubits long.

14 Also the width of the face of the house, along with the open spaces before it, was one hundred cubits.

15 Then he measured the length of the boundary in front separating the open space, with its galleries on the one side and on the other side, one hundred cubits. The temple, its corners and the outer entrance area,

16 their thresholds and the latticed doors, were set so the narrow openings would give light through narrow openings to all three stories, like that of a fishnet. The house and all the neighboring structures all around were paneled with wood, the floor and from the floor up to the doorways, and the doorways opened up all three stories into the shaded light.†

The Holy Images

17 As far as the nearby wall of the inner and outer courts and along upon the wall all around within and without†

18 were depicted cherubim and palm trees, between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces,

19 the face of a man toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a lion toward a palm tree on the other side. Thus it was depicted throughout the house all around.

20 From the floor to the threshold, the cherubim and the palm trees were interspersed upon the walls.

21 The holy place and the temple were laid out square, and along the face of the sanctuary was what looked like a wooden altar.†

22 Its height was three cubits, and its length and breadth, two cubits. It had horns, and its ascent and walls were wooden. Then he said to me, “This is the table that is before the presence of the Lord.”

23 The temple and the holy place had two doors.

24 The doors had two panels apiece, two folding panels on hinges: two panels for one door and two panels for the other door.

25 Depictions were upon them, cherubim and palm trees upon the doorways of the temple, like the depiction of the sanctuary, and excellent kinds of wood, as in front of the entrance without, along with hidden windows.

26 He measured from one side to the other along the canopies of the entrance chamber, and the sides of the house were joined together.

Psalms 139

1 For the End; a psalm by David. †

2 Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man, Rescue me from the unjust man, 

3 Who devised wrongdoing in their heart; They arrayed themselves for war all day long; 

4 They sharpened their tongue like a serpent; The venom of asps was under their lips. (Pause) 

5 Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the sinner; Deliver me from unjust men Who plotted to trip up my steps; 

6 The arrogant hid a trap for me, And they stretched out ropes as snares for my feet; They set a stumbling block for me near my path. (Pause) 

7 I said to the Lord, “You are my God; Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication. 

8 O Lord, O Lord, the power of my salvation, You overshadowed my head in the day of war. 

9 Because of my desire, O Lord, do not hand me over to the sinner; They plotted against me; do not forsake me, lest they be exalted. (Pause) 

10 “As for the head of those who encircle me, The toil of their lips shall cover them. 

11 Coals shall fall upon them; You shall overthrow them with fire; Do not let them withstand hardships.” 

12 A talkative man shall not prosper on earth; Evils shall hunt the unjust man to destruction. 

13 I know the Lord will maintain the cause of the poor man And the justice of the needy. 

14 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name, And the upright shall dwell in Your presence.

Proverbs of Solomon 30

A Father’s Wisdom

1 My son, fear my words, And when you receive them, repent; The man says these things to those who believe in God, then I cease speaking;† 

2 For I am the most lacking of all men in discernment, And the discernment of men is not in me;† 

3 God gives me wisdom, And I know holy things. 

4 Who ascends into heaven and descends? Who gathers the winds in His bosom? Who wraps up the water in a garment? Who rules over all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His children, That you might acknowledge it?† 

5 All the words of God are tried in fire, And He defends those who fear Him.†

Revelation 10

Mighty Angel, Little Book

1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.†

2 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, †

3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.†

4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”

5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven†

6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,

7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

John Eats the Book

8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.”†

9 So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”

10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

11 And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

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