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November 24


Ezekiel 39:1-29
1. "Son of man, speak against Gog for me. Tell him that this is what the Lord God says: 'Gog, you are the most important leader of the countries Meshech and Tubal, but I am against you.
2. I will capture you and bring you back. I will bring you from the far north. I will bring you to fight against the mountains of Israel.
3. But I will knock your bow from your left hand and your arrows from your right hand.
4. You will be killed on the mountains of Israel. You, your groups of soldiers, and all the other nations with you will be killed in the battle. I will give you as food to every kind of bird that eats meat and to all the wild animals.
5. You will not enter the city. You will be killed out in the open fields. I have spoken!'" This is what the Lord God said.
6. "I will send fire against Magog and those people living along the coast. They think they are safe, but they will know that I am the Lord.
7. And I will make my holy name known among my people Israel. I will not let people ruin my holy name anymore. The nations will know that I am the Lord. They will know that I am the Holy One in Israel.
8. That time is coming! It will happen!" This is what the Lord said. "That is the day I am talking about.
9. "At that time people living in the cities of Israel will go out to the fields. They will collect the enemy's weapons and burn them. They will burn all the shields, bows and arrows, clubs and spears. They will use the weapons as firewood for seven years.
10. They will not have to gather wood from the fields or chop firewood from the forests because they will use the weapons as firewood. They will take the valuable things from the soldiers who wanted to steal from them. They will take the good things from the soldiers who took good things from them." This is what the Lord God said.
11. "At that time I will choose a place in Israel to bury Gog. He will be buried in the Valley of the Travelers, east of the Dead Sea. It will block the road for travelers, because Gog and all his army will be buried in that place. People will call it 'The Valley of Gog's Army.'
12. It will take seven months for the family of Israel to bury them. They must do this to make the land pure.
13. The common people will bury the enemy soldiers, and the people will become famous on the day that I bring honor to myself." The Lord God said those things.
14. "Workers will be given a full-time job burying the dead soldiers to make the land pure. The workers will work for seven months. They will go around looking for dead bodies.
15. They will go around looking, and if anyone sees a bone, a marker will be put up by it. The sign will stay there until the gravediggers come and bury the bone in the Valley of Gog's Army.
16. The city of the dead will be named Hamonah. In this way they will make the country pure."
17. This is what the Lord God said: "Son of man, speak to all the birds and wild animals for me. Tell them, 'Come here! Come here! Gather around. Come eat this sacrifice I am preparing for you. There will be a very big sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. Come, eat the meat and drink the blood.
18. You will eat the meat from the bodies of powerful soldiers and drink the blood from world leaders. They will be like rams, lambs, goats, and fat bulls from Bashan.
19. You can eat all the fat you want and drink blood until you are full. You will eat and drink from my sacrifice, which I will kill for you.
20. You will have plenty of meat to eat at my table. There will be horses and chariot drivers, powerful soldiers, and all the other fighting men.'" This is what the Lord God said.
21. "I will let the other nations see what I have done, and they will begin to respect me! They will see my power that I used against the enemy.
22. Then from that day on, the family of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.
23. And the nations will know why the family of Israel was carried away as prisoners to other countries. They will learn that my people turned against me, so I turned away from them. I let their enemies defeat them, so my people were killed in battle.
24. They sinned and made themselves filthy, so I punished them for the things they did. I turned away from them and refused to help them."
25. So this is what the Lord God says: "Now I will bring the family of Jacob back from captivity. I will have mercy on the whole family of Israel. I will show my strong feelings for my holy name.
26. The people will forget their shame and all the times they turned against me. They will live in safety on their own land. No one will make them afraid.
27. I will bring my people back from other countries. I will gather them from the lands of their enemies. Then many nations will see how holy I am.
28. They will know that I am the Lord their God. That is because I made them leave their homes and go as prisoners to other countries. But then I gathered them together again and brought them back to their own land.
29. I will pour out my Spirit on the family of Israel, and I will never turn away from my people again." This is what the Lord God said.

Ezekiel 40:1-49
1. In the twenty-fifth year after we were taken away into captivity, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, the Lord's power came on me. This was fourteen years after the Babylonians took Jerusalem. On that day, the Lord took me there in a vision.
2. In a vision, God carried me to the land of Israel. He put me down near a very high mountain. On the mountain in front of me was a building that looked like a city.
3. The Lord took me to that place. There was a man there who looked like polished bronze. He had a cloth tape measure and a measuring rod in his hand. He was standing by the gate.
4. The man said to me, "Son of man, use your eyes and ears. Look at these things and listen to me. Pay attention to everything that I show you, because you have been brought here so that I can show you these things. You must tell the family of Israel all that you see."
5. I saw a wall that went all the way around the outside of the Temple. In the man's hand there was a ruler for measuring things. It was 6 cubits long using the long measurement, so the man measured the thickness of the wall. It was one ruler thick. He measured the height of the wall. It was one ruler tall.
6. Then the man went to the east gate. He walked up its steps and measured the opening for the gate. It was one ruler wide.
7. The guardrooms were one ruler long and one ruler wide. The walls between the rooms were 5 cubits thick. The opening by the porch at the end of the gateway that faced the Temple was also one ruler wide.
8. Then he measured the porch.
9. It was 8 cubits long. He measured the walls on either side of the gate. Each side wall was 2 cubits wide. The porch was at the end of the gateway that faced the Temple.
10. There were three little guardrooms on each side of the gateway. All of these rooms and their side walls measured the same.
11. The man measured the entrance to the gateway. It was 10 cubits wide and 13 cubits long.
12. There was a low wall in front of each room. That wall was 1 cubit tall and 1 cubit thick. The rooms were square. Each wall was 6 cubits long.
13. The man measured the gateway from the outside edge of the roof of one room to the outside edge of the roof of the opposite room. It was 25 cubits. Each door was directly opposite the other door.
14. He measured the faces of all the side walls, including the side walls on either side of the porch at the courtyard. The total was 60 cubits.
15. From the inside edge of the outer gate to the far end of the porch was 50 cubits.
16. There were small windows above all the guardrooms, the side walls, and the porch. The wide part of the windows faced into the gateway. There were carvings of palm trees on the walls that were on either side of the gateway.
17. Then the man led me into the outer courtyard. I saw thirty rooms and a pavement that went all the way around the courtyard. The rooms were along the wall and faced in toward the pavement.
18. The pavement was as wide as the gates were long. The pavement reached to the inside end of the gateway. This was the lower pavement.
19. The man measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the {inner} courtyard. It was 100 cubits on the east side as well as on the north side.
20. Then the man measured the length and width of the north gate that was in the wall surrounding the outer courtyard.
21. This gateway, its three rooms on each side, and its porch all measured the same as the first gate. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
22. Its windows, its porch, and its carvings of palm trees measured the same as the east gate. {On the outside,} there were seven steps leading up to the gate. Its porch was at the inside end of the gateway.
23. Across the courtyard from the north gate, there was a gate to the inner courtyard. It was like the gate on the east. The man measured from the gate {on the inner wall} to the gate {on the outer wall}. It was 100 cubits from gate to gate.
24. Then the man led me to the south wall. I saw a gate in the south wall. He measured its side walls and its porch. They measured the same as the other gates.
25. The gateway and its porch had windows all around like the other gates. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
26. There were seven steps going up to this gate. Its porch was at the inside end of the gateway. It had carvings of palm trees on the walls that were on either side of the gateway.
27. A gate was on the south side of the inner courtyard. The man measured from the gate {on the inner wall} to the gate {on the outer wall}. It was 100 cubits from gate to gate.
28. Then the man led me through the south gate into the inner courtyard. He measured this gate. This gateway measured the same as the other gates to the inner courtyard.
29. Its rooms, side walls, and porch also measured the same as the other gates. There were windows all around the gateway and its porch. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
30. The porch was 25 cubits wide and 5 cubits long.
31. And its porch was at the end of the gateway next to the outer courtyard. Carvings of palm trees were on the walls {on either side of the gateway}. There were eight steps leading up to the gate.
32. Then the man led me into the inner courtyard on the east side. He measured the gate. It measured the same as the other gates.
33. Its rooms, side walls, and porch also measured the same as the other gates. There were windows all around the gateway and its porch. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
34. And its porch was at the end of the gateway next to the outer courtyard. Carvings of palm trees were on the walls on either side of the gateway. There were eight steps leading up to the gate.
35. Then the man led me to the north gate. He measured it, and it measured the same as the other gates.
36. Its rooms, side walls, and porch also measured the same as the other gates. There were windows all around the gateway and its porch. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
37. And its porch was at the end of the gateway next to the outer courtyard. Carvings of palm trees were on the walls on either side of the gateway. There were eight steps leading up to the gate.
38. There was also a doorway in the side walls of the gates. That doorway led into a room where the priests washed the sacrifices.
39. There were two tables on each side of the door of this porch. The animals for the burnt offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings were killed on these tables.
40. There were also two tables on each side of the door on the outside wall of this porch.
41. So there were four tables on the inside wall and four tables on the outside wall—eight tables that the priests used when they killed the animals for sacrifices.
42. There were also four tables made from cut stone for the burnt offerings. These tables were 1?cubits long, 1?cubits wide, and 1 cubit high. On these tables, the priests put their tools that they used to kill the animals for the burnt offerings and other sacrifices.
43. There were meat hooks three inches long on all the walls in this area. The meat of the offerings was put on the tables.
44. There were two rooms in the inner courtyard. One was by the north gate facing south. The other room was by the south gate facing north.
45. The man said to me, "The room that looks to the south is for the priests who are on duty and serving in the Temple area.
46. But the room that looks to the north is for the priests who are on duty and serving at the altar. The priests are from the tribe of Levi. But the priests in this second group are the descendants of Zadok. They are the only people who can carry the sacrifices to the altar to serve the Lord. "
47. The man measured the {inner} courtyard. The courtyard was a perfect square. It was 100 cubits long and 100 cubits wide. The altar was in front of the Temple.
48. Then the man led me to the porch of the Temple and measured the walls on either side of the porch. Each side wall was 5 cubits thick and 3 cubits wide. The opening between them was 14 cubits.
49. The porch was 20 cubits wide and 12 cubits long. Ten steps went up to the porch. There were two columns for the walls on either side of the porch—one at each wall.

Psalms 132:10-18
10. For the sake of your servant David, don't reject your chosen king.
11. The Lord made a promise to David, an oath of loyalty to him: "I will always put one of your descendants on your throne.
12. If your descendants obey my agreement and the laws I teach them, then the king will always be someone from your family."
13. The Lord has chosen Zion to be the place for his Temple, the place he wanted for his home.
14. He said, "This will always be my place of rest. This is where I want to sit on my throne.
15. I will bless this city with plenty of food. Even the poor will have enough to eat.
16. I will clothe the priests with salvation, and my followers will be filled with joy.
17. This is where I will make David's family strong. I will never let the lamp of my chosen king stop burning.
18. I will cover his enemies with shame, and on his head will be a shining crown."

Proverbs 29:5-5
5. If you give false praise to others in order to get what you want, you are only setting a trap for yourself.

James 5:1-20
1. You rich people, listen! Cry and be very sad because much trouble will come to you.
2. Your riches will rot and be worth nothing. Your clothes will be eaten by moths.
3. Your gold and silver will rust, and that rust will be a proof that you were wrong. That rust will eat your bodies like fire. You saved your treasure in the last days.
4. People worked in your fields, but you did not pay them. They are crying out against you. They harvested your crops. Now the Lord All-Powerful has heard their cries.
5. Your life on earth was full of rich living. You pleased yourselves with everything you wanted. You made yourselves fat, like an animal ready for the day of slaughter.
6. You showed no mercy to good people. They were not against you, but you killed them.
7. Brothers and sisters, be patient; the Lord will come. So be patient until that time. Look at the farmers. They have to be patient. They have to wait for their valuable crop to grow and produce a harvest. They wait patiently for the first rain and the last rain.
8. You must be patient too. Never stop hoping. The Lord is coming soon.
9. Brothers and sisters, don't complain against each other. If you don't stop complaining, you will be judged guilty. And the Judge is ready to come!
10. Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke for the Lord. They suffered many bad things, but they were patient.
11. And we say that those who accepted their troubles with patience now have God's blessing. You have heard about Job's patience. You know that after all his troubles, the Lord helped him. This shows that the Lord is full of mercy and is kind.
12. My brothers and sisters, it is very important that you not use an oath when you make a promise. Don't use the name of heaven, earth, or anything else to prove what you say. When you mean yes, say only "yes." When you mean no, say only "no." Do this so that you will not be judged guilty.
13. Are you having troubles? You should pray. Are you happy? You should sing.
14. Are you sick? Ask the elders of the church to come and rub oil on you in the name of the Lord and pray for you.
15. If such a prayer is offered in faith, it will heal anyone who is sick. The Lord will heal them. And if they have sinned, he will forgive them.
16. So always tell each other the wrong things you have done. Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. Anyone who lives the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen.
17. Elijah was a person just like us. He prayed that it would not rain. And it did not rain on the land for three and a half years!
18. Then Elijah prayed that it would rain. And the rain came down from the sky, and the land grew crops again.
19. My brothers and sisters, if anyone wanders away from the truth and someone helps that person come back,
20. remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that person from eternal death and cause many sins to be forgiven.