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Bible in one year


November 26


Ezekiel 43:1-27
1. The man led me to the east gate.
2. There the Glory of the God of Israel came from the east. God's voice was loud like the sound of the sea. The ground was bright with the light from the Glory of God.
3. The vision that I saw was like the vision I saw by the Kebar Canal. I bowed with my face to the ground.
4. The Glory of the Lord came into the Temple through the east gate.
5. Then the Spirit picked me up and brought me into the inner courtyard. The Glory of the Lord filled the Temple.
6. I heard someone speaking to me from inside the Temple. The man was still standing beside me.
7. The voice from the Temple said to me, "Son of man, this is the place with my throne and footstool. I will live in this place among the people of Israel forever. The family of Israel will not ruin my holy name again. The kings and their people will not bring shame to my name by committing sexual sins or by burying the dead bodies of their kings in this place.
8. They will not bring shame to my name by putting their threshold next to my threshold, and their doorpost next to my doorpost. In the past, only a wall separated them from me. So they brought shame to my name every time they sinned and did those terrible things. That is why I became angry and destroyed them.
9. Now let them take their sexual sins and the dead bodies of their kings far away from me. Then I will live among them forever.
10. "Now, son of man, tell the family of Israel about the Temple. Then, when they learn about the plans for the Temple, they will be ashamed of their sins.
11. And they will be ashamed of all the bad things they have done. Let them know the design of the Temple. Let them know how it should be built, where the entrances and exits are, and all the designs on it. Teach them about all its rules and all its laws. Write these things for everyone to see, so they can obey all the laws and rules for the Temple.
12. This is the law of the Temple: The whole area surrounding it on the top of the mountain is most holy. This is the law of the Temple.
13. "And these are the measurements of the altar in cubits using the long measurement. There was a gutter all the way around the base of the altar. It was 1 cubit deep, and each side was 1 cubit wide. There was a rim around the edge 1 span high. This is how tall the altar was:
14. From the ground to the lower ledge, the base measured 2 cubits. It was 1 cubit wide. It measured 4 cubits from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge. It was 2 cubits wide.
15. The place for the fire on the altar was 4 cubits high. The four corners were shaped like horns.
16. The place for the fire on the altar was 12 cubits long by 12 cubits wide. It was perfectly square.
17. The ledge was also square, 14 cubits long by 14 cubits wide. The border around it was?cubit wide. (The gutter around the base was 1 cubits wide.) The steps going up to the altar were on the east side."
18. Then the man said to me, "Son of man, this is what the Lord God says: 'These are the rules for the altar: At the time you build the altar, use these rules to offer burnt offerings and to sprinkle blood on it.
19. You will give a young bull as a sin offering to the men from Zadok's family. These men are the priests from the tribe of Levi. They are the men who serve me by bringing the offerings to me.'" This is what the Lord God said.
20. "You will take some of the bull's blood and put it on the altar's four horns, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the rim around it. In this way you will make the altar pure.
21. Then take the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the proper place in the Temple area, outside the Temple building.
22. "On the second day you will offer a male goat that has nothing wrong with it. It will be for a sin offering. The priests will make the altar pure the same way they made it pure with the bull.
23. When you have finished making the altar pure, you will offer a young bull that has nothing wrong with it and a ram from the flock that has nothing wrong with it.
24. Then you will offer them before the Lord. The priests will sprinkle salt on them. Then they will offer the bull and ram up as a burnt offering to the Lord.
25. You will prepare a goat every day for seven days for a sin offering. Also, you will prepare a young bull and a ram from the flock. These animals must have nothing wrong with them.
26. For seven days the priests will make the altar pure and ready for use in worshiping God.
27. On the eighth day, and every day after that, the priests must offer your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar. Then I will accept you." This is what the Lord God said.

Ezekiel 44:1-31
1. Then the man brought me back to the east gate of the Temple area. We were outside the gate and the gate was shut.
2. The Lord said to me, "This gate will stay shut. It will not be opened. No one will enter through it, because the Lord of Israel has entered through it. So it must stay shut.
3. Only the ruler of the people may sit at this gate when he eats a meal with the Lord. He must enter through the porch of the gateway and go out the same way."
4. Then the man led me through the north gate to the front of the Temple. I looked and saw the Glory of the Lord filling the Lord's Temple. I bowed with my face touching the ground.
5. The Lord said to me, "Son of man, look very carefully! Use your eyes and ears. Look at these things, and listen very carefully to everything that I tell you about all the rules and laws about the Lord's Temple. Look carefully at the entrances to the Temple and at all the exits from the holy place.
6. Then give this message to all the people of Israel who refused to obey me. Tell them, 'This is what the Lord God said: Family of Israel, I have had enough of the terrible things you have done!
7. You brought foreigners into my Temple who are not circumcised and have not given themselves to me. In this way you made my Temple unclean. You broke our agreement and did terrible things, and then you gave me the offerings of bread, the fat, and the blood. But this only made my Temple unclean.
8. You did not take care of my holy things. No, you let foreigners have responsibility of my holy place!'"
9. This is what the Lord God says: "A foreigner who is not really circumcised must not come into my Temple—not even a foreigner living permanently among the people of Israel. He must be circumcised, and he must give himself completely to me before he can come into my Temple.
10. In the past, the Levites left me when Israel turned away from me. Israel left me to follow their idols. The Levites will be punished for their sin.
11. The Levites were chosen to serve in my holy place. They guarded the gates of the Temple. They served in the Temple. They killed the animals for the sacrifices and burnt offerings for the people. They were chosen to help the people and to serve them.
12. But the Levites helped the people sin against me! They helped the people worship their idols! So I am making this promise against them: 'They will be punished for their sin.'" This is what the Lord God said.
13. "So the Levites will not bring offerings to me like the priests. They will not come near any of my holy things or the things that are most holy. They must carry their shame because of the terrible things that they did.
14. But I will let them take care of the Temple. They will work in the Temple and do the things that must be done in it.
15. "The priests are all from the tribe of Levi. But only priests from Zadok's family took care of my holy place when the people of Israel turned away from me. So only Zadok's descendants will bring offerings to me. They will stand before me to offer me the fat and the blood from the animals they sacrifice." This is what the Lord God said!
16. "They will enter my holy place and come near my table to serve me. They will take care of the things I gave them.
17. When they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, they will wear linen clothes. They will not wear wool while they serve at the gates of the inner courtyard and in the Temple.
18. They will wear linen turbans on their heads, and they will wear linen underwear. They will not wear anything that makes them sweat.
19. Before they go out into the outer courtyard to the people, they will take off the clothes they wear while serving me. They will put these clothes away in the holy rooms. Then they will put on other clothes. In this way they will not let people touch those holy clothes.
20. "These priests will not shave their heads or let their hair grow long. The priests may only trim the hair of their heads.
21. None of the priests may drink wine when they go into the inner courtyard.
22. The priests must not marry a widow or a divorced woman. No, they must only marry a virgin from the family of Israel or a woman whose dead husband was a priest.
23. "Also, the priests must teach my people the difference between things that are holy and things that are not holy. They must help my people know what is clean and what is unclean.
24. The priests will be the judges in court. They will follow my laws when they judge people. They will obey my laws and my rules at all my special feasts. They will respect my special days of rest and keep them holy.
25. They will not go near a dead person to make themselves unclean. But they may make themselves unclean if the dead person is their father, mother, son, daughter, brother, or a sister who is not married.
26. After the priest has been made clean, he must wait seven days.
27. Then he can go back into the holy place. But on the day he goes into the inner courtyard to serve in the holy place, he must offer a sin offering for himself." This is what the Lord God said.
28. "About the land that will belong to the Levites: I am their property. You will not give the Levites any land in Israel. I am their share in Israel.
29. They will get to eat the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings. Everything the people in Israel give to the Lord will be theirs.
30. And the first part of the harvest from every kind of crop will be for the priests. You will also give the priests the first part of your flour. This will bring blessings to your house.
31. The priests must not eat any bird or animal that has died a natural death or has been torn to pieces by a wild animal.

Psalms 134:1-3
1. A song for going up to the Temple. Praise the Lord, all his servants who serve in the Temple at night.
2. Lift your hands toward the Temple, and praise the Lord.
3. May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

Proverbs 29:7-7
7. Good people want to do what is right for the poor, but the wicked don't care.

1 Peter 2:1-25
1. So then, stop doing anything to hurt others. Don't lie anymore, and stop trying to fool people. Don't be jealous or say bad things about others.
2. Like newborn babies hungry for milk, you should want the pure teaching that feeds your spirit. With it you can grow up and be saved.
3. You have already tasted the goodness of the Lord.
4. The Lord Jesus is the living stone. The people of the world decided that they did not want this stone. But he is the one God chose as one of great value. So come to him.
5. You also are like living stones, and God is using you to build a spiritual house. You are to serve God in this house as holy priests, offering him spiritual sacrifices that he will accept because of Jesus Christ.
6. The Scriptures say, "Look, I have chosen a cornerstone of great value, and I put that stone in Zion. Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed."
7. That stone has great value for you who believe. But for those who don't believe he is "the stone that the builders refused to accept, which became the most important stone."
8. For them he is also "a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes people fall." People stumble because they don't obey what God says. This is what God planned to happen to those people.
9. But you are his chosen people, the King's priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.
10. In the past you were not a special people, but now you are God's people. Once you had not received mercy, but now God has given you his mercy.
11. Dear friends, you are like visitors and strangers in this world. So I beg you to keep your lives free from the evil things you want to do, those desires that fight against your true selves.
12. People who don't believe are living all around you. They may say that you are doing wrong. So live such good lives that they will see the good you do, and they will give glory to God on the day he comes.
13. Be willing to serve the people who have authority in this world. Do this for the Lord. Obey the king, the highest authority.
14. And obey the leaders who are sent by the king. They are sent to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do good.
15. When you do good, you stop ignorant people from saying foolish things about you. This is what God wants.
16. Live like free people, but don't use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as those who are serving God.
17. Show respect for all people. Love all the brothers and sisters of God's family. Respect God, and honor the king.
18. Slaves, be willing to serve your masters. Do this with all respect. You should obey the masters who are good and kind, and you should obey the masters who are bad.
19. One of you might have to suffer even when you have done nothing wrong. If you think of God and bear the pain, this pleases God.
20. But if you are punished for doing wrong, there is no reason to praise you for bearing that punishment. But if you suffer for doing good and you are patient, this pleases God.
21. This is what you were chosen to do. Christ gave you an example to follow. He suffered for you. So you should do the same as he did:
22. "He never sinned, and he never told a lie."
23. People insulted him, but he did not insult them back. He suffered, but he did not threaten anyone. No, he let God take care of him. God is the one who judges rightly.
24. Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did this so that we would stop living for sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you were healed.
25. You were like sheep that went the wrong way. But now you have come back to the Shepherd and Protector of your lives.