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December 29

Zechariah 10:1-12
1. Pray to the Lord for rain in the springtime. The Lord will send the lightning and the rain will fall, and he will make the plants grow in each person's field.
2. People use their little statues and magic to learn what will happen in the future, but that is useless. They see visions and tell about their dreams, but it is nothing but worthless lies. So the people are like sheep wandering here and there crying for help, but there is no shepherd to lead them.
3. The Lord says, "I am very angry with the shepherds. I made them responsible for what happens to my sheep." (The people of Judah are his flock, and the Lord All- Powerful really does take care of his flock. He cares for them as a soldier cares for his beautiful war horse.)
4. "The cornerstone, the tent peg, the war bow, and the advancing soldiers will all come {from Judah} together.
5. {They will defeat their enemy}—it will be like soldiers marching through mud in the streets. They will fight, and since the Lord is with them, they will defeat even the enemy soldiers riding horses.
6. I will make Judah's family strong. I will help Joseph's family win the war. I will bring them back safely and comfort them. It will be as if I never left them. I am the Lord their God, and I will help them.
7. The people of Ephraim will be as happy as soldiers who have too much to drink. Their children will be rejoicing and they, too, will be happy. They will all have a happy time together with the Lord.
8. "I will whistle for them and call them all together. I really will save them. There will be many people.
9. Yes, I have been scattering my people throughout the nations. But in those faraway places, they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will come back.
10. I will bring them back from Egypt and Assyria. I will bring them to the area of Gilead. And since there will not be enough room, I will also let them live in nearby Lebanon."
11. As before, the Lord will strike the waves, and the people will walk across their sea of troubles. He will make the waters of the Nile River dry up. He will destroy Assyria's pride and Egypt's power.
12. He will make his people strong, and they will live for him and his name. This is what the Lord said.

Zechariah 11:1-17
1. Lebanon, open your gates so that the fire will come and burn your cedar trees.
2. The cypress trees will cry because the cedar trees have fallen. Those powerful trees will be taken away. Oak trees in Bashan will cry for the forest that was cut down.
3. Listen to the crying shepherds. Their powerful leaders were taken away. Listen to the roaring of the young lions. Their thick bushes near the Jordan River have all been taken away.
4. The Lord my God says, "Care for the sheep that have been raised to be killed.
5. Owners kill their sheep and are not punished. Those who sell the sheep and say, 'Praise the Lord, I am rich!' The shepherds don't feel sorry for their sheep.
6. And I don't feel sorry for the people who live in this country." This is what the Lord said: "Look, I will let everyone be under the control of their neighbor and king. I will let them destroy the country—I will not stop them!"
7. So I took care of the sheep that had been raised to be killed—those poor sheep. I found two sticks. I called one stick Favor, and I called the other stick Union. Then I began caring for the sheep.
8. I fired the three shepherds all in one month. I got angry at the sheep, and they began to hate me.
9. Then I said, "I quit! I will not take care of you! I will let those that want to die, die. I will let those who want to be destroyed, be destroyed, and those who are left will destroy each other."
10. Then I took the stick named Favor, and I broke it. I did this to show that God's agreement with his people was broken.
11. So that day the agreement was finished, and those poor sheep watching me knew that this message was from the Lord.
12. Then I said, "If you want to pay me, pay me. If not, don't!" So they paid me 30 pieces of silver.
13. Then the Lord told me, "So that's how much they think I'm worth. Throw that large amount of money into the Temple treasury." So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw them into the treasury at the Lord's Temple.
14. Then I cut the stick named Union into two pieces. I did this to show that the union between Judah and Israel had been broken.
15. Then the Lord said to me, "Now, get the things a foolish shepherd might use.
16. This will show that I will get a new shepherd for this country. But this young man will not be able to take care of the sheep that are being destroyed. He will not be able to heal the hurt sheep or feed those that are left alive. And the healthy ones will be eaten completely—only their hoofs will be left."
17. Too bad for you, you worthless shepherd! You abandoned my sheep. Punish him! Strike his arm and right eye with a sword. His arm will be useless. His right eye will be blind.

Zechariah 12:1-14
1. This is a message from the Lord about Israel. The Lord is the one who made the earth and the sky, and he put the human spirit in people. And this is what the Lord said:
2. "Look, I will make Jerusalem like a cup of poison to the nations around her. The nations will come and attack that city, and all of Judah will be caught in the trap.
3. But I will make Jerusalem like a heavy rock—those who try to take it will hurt themselves. They will be cut and scratched. All the nations on earth will come together to fight against Jerusalem.
4. But at that time I will scare the horse, and the soldier riding it will panic. I will make all the enemy horses blind, but my eyes will be open—and I will be watching over Judah's family.
5. The leaders of Judah will encourage the people and say, 'The Lord All-Powerful is your God. He makes us strong.'
6. At that time I will make the leaders of Judah like a fire burning in a forest. They will destroy their enemies like fire burning straw. They will destroy the enemy all around them, and the people in Jerusalem will again be able to sit back and relax."
7. The Lord will save the people of Judah first, so the people in Jerusalem will not be able to brag too much. David's family and the other people who live in Jerusalem will not be able to brag that they are better than the other people in Judah.
8. But the Lord will protect the people in Jerusalem. Even the man who trips and falls will become a great soldier like David. And the men from David's family will be like gods—like the Lord's own angel leading the people.
9. The Lord says, "At that time I will destroy the nations that came to fight against Jerusalem.
10. I will fill David's family and the people living in Jerusalem with a spirit of kindness and mercy. They will look to me, the one they stabbed, and they will be very sad. They will be as sad as someone crying over the death of their only son, as sad as someone crying over the death of their firstborn son.
11. There will be a time of great sadness and crying in Jerusalem. It will be like the time people cry over the death of Hadad Rimmon in Megiddo Valley.
12. Each and every family will cry by itself. The men in David's family will cry by themselves, and their wives will cry by themselves. The men in Nathan's family will cry by themselves, and their wives will cry by themselves.
13. The men in Levi's family will cry by themselves, and their wives will cry by themselves. The men in Simeon's family will cry by themselves, and their wives will cry by themselves.
14. And the same thing will happen in all the other tribes. The men and women will cry by themselves."

Psalms 149:1-4
1. Praise the Lord. Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing his praise in the assembly of his followers.
2. Let Israel be happy with their Maker. Let the people of Zion rejoice with their King.
3. Let them praise him by dancing and playing their tambourines and harps.
4. The Lord is happy with his people. He did a wonderful thing for his humble people. He saved them!

Proverbs 30:32-33
32. If you have been foolish enough to become proud and make plans against other people, stop and think about what you are doing.
33. Stirring milk causes butter to form. Hitting someone's nose causes blood to flow. And making people angry causes trouble.

Revelation 19:1-21
1. After this I heard what sounded like a large crowd of people in heaven. The people were saying, "Hallelujah! Victory, glory, and power belong to our God.
2. His judgments are true and right. Our God has punished the prostitute. She is the one who ruined the earth with her sexual sin. God has punished the prostitute to pay her back for the death of his servants."
3. These people also said, "Hallelujah! She is burning and her smoke will rise forever and ever."
4. Then the 24 elders and the four living beings bowed down. They worshiped God, who sits on the throne. They said, "Amen! Hallelujah!"
5. Then a voice came from the throne and said, "Praise our God, all you who serve him! Praise our God, all you small and great who honor him!"
6. Then I heard something that sounded like a large crowd of people. It was as loud as crashing waves or claps of thunder. The people were saying, "Hallelujah! Our Lord God rules. He is the All-Powerful.
7. Let us rejoice and be happy and give God glory! Give God glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come. And the Lamb's bride has made herself ready.
8. Fine linen was given to the bride for her to wear. The linen was bright and clean." (The fine linen means the good things that God's holy people did.)
9. Then the angel said to me, "Write this: What a great blessing there is for those who are invited to the wedding meal of the Lamb!" Then the angel said, "These are the true words of God."
10. Then I bowed down before the angel's feet to worship him. But the angel said to me, "Don't worship me! I am a servant like you and your brothers and sisters who have the truth of Jesus. So worship God! Because the truth of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. "
11. Then I saw heaven open. There before me was a white horse. The rider on the horse was called Faithful and True, because he is right in his judging and in making war.
12. His eyes were like burning fire. He had many crowns on his head. A name was written on him, but he was the only one who knew its meaning.
13. He was dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and he was called the Word of God.
14. The armies of heaven were following the rider on the white horse. They were also riding white horses. They were dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
15. A sharp sword came out of the rider's mouth, a sword that he would use to defeat the nations. And he will rule the nations with a rod of iron. He will crush the grapes in the winepress of the terrible anger of God the All-Powerful.
16. On his robe and on his leg was written this name: king of kings and lord of lords
17. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun. In a loud voice the angel said to all the birds flying in the sky, "Come together for the great supper of God.
18. Come together so that you can eat the bodies of rulers and army commanders and famous men. Come to eat the bodies of the horses and their riders and the bodies of all people—free, slave, small, and great."
19. Then I saw the beast and the rulers of the earth. Their armies were gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.
20. But the beast was captured, and the false prophet was also captured. He was the one who did the miracles for the beast. He had used these miracles to trick those who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its idol. The false prophet and the beast were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
21. Their armies were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse. All the birds ate these bodies until they were full.