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December 15


Daniel 5:1-30
1. A number of years later, King Belshazzar gave a great feast for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them.
2. While Belshazzar was drinking, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem, so that he and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
3. So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
4. They drank toasts from them to honor their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5. At that very moment they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king's palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote,
6. and his face turned pale with fear. Such terror gripped him that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way beneath him.
7. The king shouted for the enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers to be brought before him. He said to these wise men of Babylon, "Whoever can read this writing and tell me what it means will be dressed in purple robes of royal honor and will wear a gold chain around his neck. He will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom!"
8. But when all the king's wise men came in, none of them could read the writing or tell him what it meant.
9. So the king grew even more alarmed, and his face turned ashen white. His nobles, too, were shaken.
10. But when the queen mother heard what was happening, she hurried to the banquet hall. She said to Belshazzar, "Long live the king! Don't be so pale and afraid about this.
11. There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar's reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom as though he himself were a god. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon.
12. This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has a sharp mind and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means."
13. So Daniel was brought in before the king. The king asked him, "Are you Daniel, who was exiled from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar?
14. I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods within you and that you are filled with insight, understanding, and wisdom.
15. My wise men and enchanters have tried to read this writing on the wall, but they cannot.
16. I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will wear a gold chain around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom."
17. Daniel answered the king, "Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means.
18. Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar.
19. He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. He killed those he wanted to kill and spared those he wanted to spare. He honored those he wanted to honor and disgraced those he wanted to disgrace.
20. But when his heart and mind were hardened with pride, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.
21. He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of an animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.
22. "You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself.
23. For you have defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone--gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!
24. So God has sent this hand to write a message.
25. "This is the message that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.
26. This is what these words mean: Mene means `numbered'--God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.
27. Tekel means `weighed'--you have been weighed on the balances and have failed the test.
28. Parsin means `divided'--your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
29. Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
30. That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.

Daniel 6:1-28
1. Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a prince to rule over each province.
2. The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the princes and to watch out for the king's interests.
3. Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and princes. Because of his great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.
4. Then the other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn't find anything to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible.
5. So they concluded, "Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the requirements of his religion."
6. So the administrators and princes went to the king and said, "Long live King Darius!
7. We administrators, prefects, princes, advisers, and other officials have unanimously agreed that Your Majesty should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human--except to Your Majesty--will be thrown to the lions.
8. And let Your Majesty issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, a law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked."
9. So King Darius signed the law.
10. But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
11. The officials went together to Daniel's house and found him praying and asking for God's help.
12. So they went back to the king and reminded him about his law. "Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human--except to Your Majesty--will be thrown to the lions?Yes," the king replied, "that decision stands; it is a law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked."
13. Then they told the king, "That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is paying no attention to you or your law. He still prays to his God three times a day."
14. Hearing this, the king was very angry with himself for signing the law, and he tried to find a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament.
15. In the evening the men went together to the king and said, "Your Majesty knows that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed."
16. So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, "May your God, whom you worship continually, rescue you."
17. A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions.
18. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn't sleep at all that night.
19. Very early the next morning, the king hurried out to the lions' den.
20. When he got there, he called out in anguish, "Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?"
21. Daniel answered, "Long live the king!
22. My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty."
23. The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him because he had trusted in his God.
24. Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.
25. Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: "Peace and prosperity to you!
26. "I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end.
27. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."
28. So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Psalms 136:10-26
10. Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever.
11. He brought Israel out of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever.
12. He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm. His faithful love endures forever.
13. Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever.
14. He led Israel safely through, His faithful love endures forever.
15. but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the sea. His faithful love endures forever.
16. Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness. His faithful love endures forever.
17. Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings. His faithful love endures forever.
18. He killed powerful kings--His faithful love endures forever.
19. Sihon king of the Amorites, His faithful love endures forever.
20. and Og king of Bashan. His faithful love endures forever.
21. God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance--His faithful love endures forever.
22. a special possession to his servant Israel. His faithful love endures forever.
23. He remembered our utter weakness. His faithful love endures forever.
24. He saved us from our enemies. His faithful love endures forever.
25. He gives food to every living thing. His faithful love endures forever.
26. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.

Proverbs 29:12-13
12. If a ruler honors liars, all his advisers will be wicked.
13. The poor and the oppressor have this in common--the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.

2 Peter 2:1-22
1. But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God and even turn against their Master who bought them. Theirs will be a swift and terrible end.
2. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and his true way will be slandered.
3. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction is on the way.
4. For God did not spare even the angels when they sinned; he threw them into hell, in gloomy caves and darkness until the judgment day.
5. And God did not spare the ancient world--except for Noah and his family of seven. Noah warned the world of God's righteous judgment. Then God destroyed the whole world of ungodly people with a vast flood.
6. Later, he turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into heaps of ashes and swept them off the face of the earth. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people.
7. But at the same time, God rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a good man who was sick of all the immorality and wickedness around him.
8. Yes, he was a righteous man who was distressed by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.
9. So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgment.
10. He is especially hard on those who follow their own evil, lustful desires and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at the glorious ones without so much as trembling.
11. But the angels, even though they are far greater in power and strength than these false teachers, never speak out disrespectfully against the glorious ones.
12. These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, who are born to be caught and killed. They laugh at the terrifying powers they know so little about, and they will be destroyed along with them.
13. Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They revel in deceitfulness while they feast with you.
14. They commit adultery with their eyes, and their lust is never satisfied. They make a game of luring unstable people into sin. They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed.
15. They have wandered off the right road and followed the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong.
16. But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice.
17. These people are as useless as dried-up springs of water or as clouds blown away by the wind--promising much and delivering nothing. They are doomed to blackest darkness.
18. They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With lustful desire as their bait, they lure back into sin those who have just escaped from such wicked living.
19. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
20. And when people escape from the wicked ways of the world by learning about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up with sin and become its slave again, they are worse off than before.
21. It would be better if they had never known the right way to live than to know it and then reject the holy commandments that were given to them.
22. They make these proverbs come true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and "A washed pig returns to the mud."