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Bible in one year


November 26


Ezekiel 43:1-27
1. Then the man brought me to the east gate.
2. There I saw the glory of the God of Israel. He was coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters. His glory made the land shine brightly.
3. The vision I saw was like the one I had when he came to destroy the city. It was also like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River. I fell with my face toward the ground.
4. The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the east gate.
5. Then the Spirit lifted me up. He brought me into the inner courtyard. The glory of the Lord filled the temple.
6. The man was standing beside me. I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple.
7. He said, "Son of man, this is the place where my throne is. The stool for my feet is also here. I will live here among the people of Israel forever. They will never again treat my name as if it were not holy. They and their kings will not serve other gods anymore. The people will no longer worship the lifeless gods of their kings at their high places.
8. "The people of Israel placed their own doorway next to my holy doorway. They put their doorposts right beside mine. Nothing but a thin wall separated us. They treated my name as if it were not holy. I hated it when they did that. So I became angry with them and destroyed them.
9. Now let them stop serving other gods. Let them quit worshiping the lifeless gods of their kings. If they obey me, I will live among them forever.
10. "Son of man, tell the people of Israel about the temple. Then they will be ashamed of their sins. Let them think carefully about the plan of the temple.
11. What if they are ashamed of everything they have done? Then show them all of the plans of the temple. Explain to them how it is laid out. Tell them about its exits and entrances. Show them exactly what it will look like. Give them all of its rules and laws. Write everything down so they can see it. Then they will be faithful to its plan. And they will obey all of its rules.
12. "Here is the law of the temple. The whole area on top of Mount Zion will be very holy. That is the law of the temple."
13. The man said, "Here is the size of the altar. The standard measurement I am using is 21 inches. The base of the altar is 21 inches high. The base has a ledge that is 21 inches wide. It also has a rim that is nine inches wide around the edge. Here is how high the altar is.
14. The lower part is three and a half feet high. It has a ledge that is 21 inches wide. The middle part is seven feet high. It has a ledge that is 21 inches wide.
15. "The top part is where the sacrifices are burned. It is seven feet high. A horn sticks out from each of its upper four corners.
16. The top part of the altar is square. It is 21 feet long and 21 feet wide.
17. The middle part is also square. It is 24 and a half feet long. It is 24 and a half feet wide. Its rim is ten and a half inches wide. The base of the altar is 21 inches high all the way around. The steps leading up to the top of the altar face east."
18. Then the man said to me, "Son of man, the Lord and King speaks. He says, 'Here are the rules for the altar when it is built. Follow them when you sacrifice burnt offerings and sprinkle blood on it.
19. Give a young bull to the priests as a sin offering. They are Levites from the family of Zadok. They approach me to serve me,' announces the Lord and King.
20. 'Get some of the bull's blood. Put it on the four horns. Also put it on the four corners of the middle part of the altar and all around the rim. That will make the altar pure and clean.
21. Use the bull for the sin offering. Burn it in the proper place outside the temple.
22. " 'On the second day offer a male goat. It must not have any flaws. It is a sin offering to make the altar pure and clean. So do as you did with the bull.
23. When you finish making the altar pure, offer a young bull and a ram from the flock. They must not have any flaws.
24. Offer them to me. The priests must sprinkle salt on them. Then they must sacrifice them as a burnt offering to me.
25. " 'Provide a male goat each day for seven days. It is a sin offering. Also provide a young bull and a ram from the flock. They must not have any flaws.
26. For seven days the priests must make the altar pure and clean. That is how they will set it apart to me.
27. " 'From the eighth day on, the priests must bring your burnt offerings and friendship offerings. They must sacrifice them on the altar. Then I will accept you,' announces the Lord and King."

Ezekiel 44:1-31
1. Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the temple. It was the one that faced east. It was shut.
2. The Lord said to me, "This gate must remain shut. It must not be opened. No one can enter through it. It must remain shut because I have entered through it. I am the God of Israel.
3. The prince is the only one who can sit in the gateway. There he can eat in front of me. He must enter through the porch of the gateway. And he must go out the same way."
4. Then the man brought me through the north gate. He took me to the front of the temple. I looked up and saw the glory of the Lord. It filled his temple. I fell with my face toward the ground.
5. The Lord said to me, "Son of man, pay attention. Look carefully. Listen closely to everything I tell you about all of the rules concerning my temple. Pay attention to the entrance to the temple and to all of its exits.
6. "Speak to the people of Israel. They refuse to obey me. Tell them, 'The Lord and King says, "People of Israel, I have had enough of your evil practices. I hate them.
7. You brought strangers into my temple. They were not circumcised. Their hearts were stubborn. You polluted my temple. But you offered me food, fat and blood anyway. When you did all of those things, you broke the covenant I made with you. I hated all of the evil things you did.
8. " ' "You did not do what I told you to. You did not take care of my holy things. Instead, you put other people in charge of my temple." ' "
9. The Lord and King says, "No stranger whose heart is stubborn can enter my temple. They have not been circumcised. Even if they live among the people of Israel they can't enter it.
10. "Some Levites wandered far away from me when Israel went down the wrong path. They worshiped the statues of their gods. So they will be punished because they have sinned.
11. They might serve in my temple. They might be in charge of its gates. They might kill the burnt offerings and sacrifices for the people. And they might stand in front of the people and serve them in other ways.
12. "But they served the people of Israel while they were worshiping their gods. They made the people fall into sin. So I raised my hand and took an oath. I warned them that I would punish them because of their sin," announces the Lord and King.
13. "They must not approach me to serve me as priests. They must not come near any of my holy things. They must stay away from my very holy offerings. They did many things they should have been ashamed of. I hated those things.
14. "But I will still put them in charge of the temple duties. They can do all of the work that has to be done there.
15. "But the priests must approach me to serve me. They are Levites from Zadok's family line. They faithfully carried out their duties in my temple. They obeyed me when the people of Israel turned away from me. Those priests must serve me by offering sacrifices of fat and blood," announces the Lord and King.
16. "They are the only ones who can enter my temple. Only they can come near to serve me and do my work.
17. "They will enter the gates of the inner courtyard. When they do, they must wear linen clothes. They will serve at the gates of the inner courtyard or inside the temple. When they do, they must not wear any clothes that are made out of wool.
18. They must have linen turbans on their heads. They must wear linen underwear around their waists. They must not put anything on that makes them sweat.
19. "They will go into the outer courtyard where the people are. When they do, they must take off the clothes they have been serving in. They must leave them in the sacred rooms. And they must put other clothes on. Then they will not make the people holy if the people happen to touch their clothes.
20. "The priests must not shave their heads. They must not let their hair grow long. They must keep it cut short.
21. No priest can drink wine when he enters the inner courtyard.
22. They must not get married to widows or divorced women. They can only marry Israelite virgins or the widows of priests.
23. "The priests must teach my people the difference between what is holy and what is not. They must show them how to tell the difference between what is 'clean' and what is not.
24. "When people do not agree, the priests must serve as judges between them. They must make their decisions based on my laws. They must obey my laws and rules for all of my appointed feasts. And they must keep my Sabbath days holy.
25. "A priest must not make himself 'unclean' by going near a dead person. But suppose the dead person was his father or mother. Or suppose it was his son or daughter or brother or unmarried sister. Then the priest can make himself 'unclean.'
26. After he is pure and clean again, he must wait seven days.
27. Then he can go to the inner courtyard to serve in the temple. But when he does, he must sacrifice a sin offering for himself," announces the Lord and King.
28. "The priests will not receive any part of the land of Israel. I myself will be their only share.
29. They will eat the grain offerings, sin offerings and guilt offerings. Everything in Israel that is set apart to me in a special way will belong to them.
30. The best of every first share of the people's crops will belong to the priests. So will all of their special gifts. The people must give the priests the first share of their ground meal. Then I will bless my people's families.
31. "The priests must not eat any bird or animal that is found dead. They must not eat anything that wild animals have torn apart.

Psalms 134:1-3
1. A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. All of you who serve the Lord, praise the Lord. All of you who serve at night in the house of the Lord, praise him.
2. Lift up your hands in the temple and praise the Lord.
3. May the Lord bless you from Zion. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.

Proverbs 29:7-7
7. Those who do what is right want to treat poor people fairly. But those who do what is wrong don't care about the poor.

1 Peter 2:1-25
1. So get rid of every kind of evil. Stop telling lies. Don't pretend to be something you are not. Stop wanting what others have. Don't speak against each other.
2. Like babies that were just born, you should long for the pure milk of God's word. It will help you grow up as believers.
3. You can do it now that you have tasted how good the Lord is.
4. Christ is the living Stone. People did not accept him. But God chose him. God places the highest value on him.
5. You also are like living stones. As you come to him you are being built into a house for worship. There you will be holy priests. You will offer spiritual sacrifices. God will accept them because of what Jesus Christ has done.
6. In Scripture it says, "Look! I am placing a stone in Zion. It is a chosen and very valuable stone. It is the most important stone in the building. The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." --(Isaiah 28:16)
7. The stone is very valuable to you who believe. But to people who do not believe, "The stone the builders did not accept has become the most important stone of all." --(Psalm 118:22)
8. And, "It is a stone that causes people to trip. It is a rock that makes them fall." --(Isaiah 8:14) They trip and fall because they do not obey the message. That is also what God planned for them.
9. But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are a people who belong to God. All of this is so that you can sing his praises. He brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10. Once you were not a people. But now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy. But now you have received mercy.
11. Dear friends, you are outsiders and strangers in this world. So I'm asking you not to give in to your sinful longings. They fight against your soul.
12. People who don't believe might say you are doing wrong. But lead good lives among them. Then they will see your good works. And they will give glory to God on the day he comes to judge.
13. Follow the lead of every human authority. Do it because the Lord wants you to. Obey the king. He is the highest authority.
14. Obey the governors. The king sends them to punish those who do wrong. He also sends them to praise those who do right.
15. By doing good you will put a stop to the talk of foolish people. They don't know what they are saying. God wants you to stop them.
16. Live like free people. But don't use your freedom to cover up evil. Live like people who serve God.
17. Show proper respect to everyone. Love the community of believers. Have respect for God. Honor the king.
18. Slaves, obey your masters with all the respect you should give them. Obey not only those who are good and kind. Obey also those who are not kind.
19. Suppose a person suffers pain unfairly because he wants to obey God. That is worthy of praise.
20. But suppose you receive a beating for doing wrong, and you put up with it. Will anyone honor you for that? Of course not. But suppose you suffer for doing good, and you put up with it. God will praise you for that.
21. Christ suffered for you. He left you an example. He expects you to follow in his steps. You too were chosen to suffer.
22. Scripture says, "He didn't commit any sin. No lies ever came out of his mouth." --(Isaiah 53:9)
23. People shouted at him and made fun of him. But he didn't do the same back to them. He suffered. But he didn't say that bad things would happen to them. Instead, he trusted in the One who judges fairly.
24. He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. His wounds have made you whole.
25. You were like sheep who were wandering away. But now you have returned to the Shepherd. He is the Leader of your souls.