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November 24


Ezekiel 39:1-29
1. "Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign LORD: I am your enemy, O Gog, ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal.
2. I will turn you and drive you toward the mountains of Israel, bringing you from the distant north.
3. I will knock your weapons from your hands and leave you helpless.
4. You and all your vast hordes will die on the mountains. I will give you as food to the vultures and wild animals.
5. You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign LORD.
6. And I will rain down fire on Magog and on all your allies who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
7. "Thus, I will make known my holy name among my people of Israel. I will not let it be desecrated anymore. And the nations, too, will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
8. That day of judgment will come, says the Sovereign LORD. Everything will happen just as I have declared it.
9. "Then the people in the towns of Israel will go out and pick up your small and large shields, bows and arrows, javelins and spears, and they will use them for fuel. There will be enough to last them seven years!
10. They will need nothing else for their fires. They won't need to cut wood from the fields or forests, for these weapons will give them all they need. They will take plunder from those who planned to plunder them, says the Sovereign LORD.
11. "And I will make a vast graveyard for Gog and his hordes in the Valley of the Travelers, east of the Dead Sea. The path of those who travel there will be blocked by this burial ground, and they will change the name of the place to the Valley of Gog's Hordes.
12. It will take seven months for the people of Israel to cleanse the land by burying the bodies.
13. Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign LORD.
14. At the end of the seven months, special crews will be appointed to search the land for any skeletons and to bury them, so the land will be made clean again.
15. Whenever some bones are found, a marker will be set up beside them so the burial crews will see them and take them to be buried in the Valley of Gog's Hordes.
16. (There will be a town there named Hamonah--which means `horde.') And so the land will finally be cleansed.
17. "And now, son of man, call all the birds and wild animals, says the Sovereign LORD. Say to them: Gather together for my great sacrificial feast. Come from far and near to the mountains of Israel, and there eat the flesh and drink the blood!
18. Eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of princes as though they were rams, lambs, goats, and fat young bulls of Bashan!
19. Gorge yourselves with flesh until you are glutted; drink blood until you are drunk. This is the sacrificial feast I have prepared for you.
20. Feast at my banquet table--feast on horses, riders, and valiant warriors, says the Sovereign LORD.
21. "Thus, I will demonstrate my glory among the nations. Everyone will see the punishment I have inflicted on them and the power I have demonstrated.
22. And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God.
23. The nations will then know why Israel was sent away to exile--it was punishment for sin, for they acted in treachery against their God. Therefore, I turned my back on them and let their enemies destroy them.
24. I turned my face away and punished them in proportion to the vileness of their sins.
25. "So now the Sovereign LORD says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on Israel, for I am jealous for my holy reputation!
26. They will accept responsibility for their past shame and treachery against me after they come home to live in peace and safety in their own land. And then no one will bother them or make them afraid.
27. When I bring them home from the lands of their enemies, my holiness will be displayed to the nations.
28. Then my people will know that I am the LORD their God--responsible for sending them away to exile and responsible for bringing them home. I will leave none of my people behind.
29. And I will never again turn my back on them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon them, says the Sovereign LORD."

Ezekiel 40:1-49
1. On April 28, during the twenty-fifth year of our captivity--fourteen years after the fall of Jerusalem--the LORD took hold of me.
2. In a vision of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me down on a very high mountain. From there I could see what appeared to be a city across from me toward the south.
3. As he brought me nearer, I saw a man whose face shone like bronze standing beside a gateway entrance. He was holding in his hand a measuring tape and a measuring rod.
4. He said to me, "Son of man, watch and listen. Pay close attention to everything I show you. You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return to the people of Israel and tell them everything you have seen."
5. I could see a wall completely surrounding the Temple area. The man took a measuring rod that was 10 1/2 feet long and measured the wall, and the wall was 10 1/2 feet thick and 10 1/2 feet high.
6. Then he went over to the gateway that goes through the eastern wall. He climbed the steps and measured the threshold of the gateway; it was 10 1/2 feet deep.
7. There were guard alcoves on each side built into the gateway passage. Each of these alcoves was 10 1/2 feet square, with a distance between them of 8 3/4 feet along the passage wall. The gateway's inner threshold, which led to the foyer at the inner end of the gateway passage, was 10 1/2 feet deep.
8. He also measured the foyer of the gateway
9. and found it to be 14 feet deep, with supporting columns 3 1/2 feet thick. This foyer was at the inner end of the gateway structure, facing toward the Temple.
10. There were three guard alcoves on each side of the gateway passage. Each had the same measurements, and the dividing walls separating them were also identical.
11. The man measured the gateway entrance, which was 17 1/2 feet wide at the opening and 22 3/4 feet wide in the gateway passage.
12. In front of each of the guard alcoves was a 21-inch curb. The alcoves themselves were 10 1/2 feet square.
13. Then he measured the entire width of the gateway, measuring the distance between the back walls of facing guard alcoves; this distance was 43 3/4 feet.
14. He measured the dividing walls all along the inside of the gateway up to the gateway's foyer; this distance was 105 feet.
15. The full length of the gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet from one end to the other.
16. There were recessed windows that narrowed inward through the walls of the guard alcoves and their dividing walls. There were also windows in the foyer structure. The surfaces of the dividing walls were decorated with carved palm trees.
17. Then the man brought me through the gateway into the outer courtyard of the Temple. A stone pavement ran along the walls of the courtyard, and thirty rooms were built against the walls, opening onto the pavement.
18. This pavement flanked the gates and extended out from the walls into the courtyard the same distance as the gateway entrance. This was the lower pavement.
19. Then the man measured across the Temple's outer courtyard between the outer and inner gateways; the distance was 175 feet.
20. There was a gateway on the north just like the one on the east, and the man measured it.
21. Here, too, there were three guard alcoves on each side, with dividing walls and a foyer. All the measurements matched those of the east gateway. The gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide between the back walls of facing guard alcoves.
22. The windows, the foyer, and the palm tree decorations were identical to those in the east gateway. There were seven steps leading up to the gateway entrance, and the foyer was at the inner end of the gateway passage.
23. Here on the north side, just as on the east, there was another gateway leading to the Temple's inner courtyard directly opposite this outer gateway. The distance between the two gateways was 175 feet.
24. Then the man took me around to the south gateway and measured its various parts, and he found they were exactly the same as in the others.
25. It had windows along the walls as the others did, and there was a foyer where the gateway passage opened into the outer courtyard. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide between the back walls of facing guard alcoves.
26. This gateway also had a stairway of seven steps leading up to it, and there were palm tree decorations along the dividing walls.
27. And here again, directly opposite the outer gateway, was another gateway that led into the inner courtyard. The distance between the two gateways was 175 feet.
28. Then the man took me to the south gateway leading into the inner courtyard. He measured it and found that it had the same measurements as the other gateways.
29. Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and foyer were the same size as those in the others. It also had windows along its walls and in the foyer structure. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide.
30. (The foyers of the gateways leading into the inner courtyard were 8 3/4 feet deep and 43 3/4 feet wide.)
31. The foyer of the south gateway faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.
32. Then he took me to the east gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it and found that it had the same measurements as the other gateways.
33. Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and foyer were the same size as those of the others, and there were windows along the walls and in the foyer structure. The gateway passage measured 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide.
34. Its foyer faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.
35. Then he took me around to the north gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it and found that it had the same measurements as the other gateways.
36. The guard alcoves, dividing walls, and foyer of this gateway had the same measurements as in the others and the same window arrangements. The gateway passage measured 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide.
37. Its foyer faced into the outer courtyard, and it had palm tree decorations on the columns. There were eight steps leading to its entrance.
38. A door led from the foyer of the inner gateway on the north side into a side room where the meat for sacrifices was washed before being taken to the altar.
39. On each side of this foyer were two tables, where the sacrificial animals were slaughtered for the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.
40. Outside the foyer, on each side of the stairs going up to the north entrance, there were two more tables.
41. So there were eight tables in all, four inside and four outside, where the sacrifices were cut up and prepared.
42. There were also four tables of hewn stone for preparation of the burnt offerings, each 31 1/2 inches square and 21 inches high. On these tables were placed the butchering knives and other implements and the sacrificial animals.
43. There were hooks, each three inches long, fastened to the foyer walls and set on the tables where the sacrificial meat was to be laid.
44. Inside the inner courtyard there were two one-room buildings for the singers, one beside the north gateway, facing south, and the other beside the south gateway, facing north.
45. And the man said to me, "The building beside the north inner gate is for the priests who supervise the Temple maintenance.
46. The building beside the south inner gate is for the priests in charge of the altar--the descendants of Zadok--for they alone of all the Levites may approach the LORD to minister to him."
47. Then the man measured the inner courtyard and found it to be 175 feet square. The altar stood there in the courtyard in front of the Temple.
48. Then he brought me to the foyer of the Temple. He measured its supporting columns and found them to be 8 3/4 feet square. The entrance was 24 1/2 feet wide with walls 5 1/4 feet thick.
49. The depth of the foyer was 35 feet and the width was 19 1/4 feet. There were ten steps leading up to it, with a column on each side.

Psalms 132:10-18
10. For the sake of your servant David, do not reject the king you chose for your people.
11. The LORD swore to David a promise he will never take back: "I will place one of your descendants on your throne.
12. If your descendants obey the terms of my covenant and follow the decrees that I teach them, then your royal line will never end."
13. For the LORD has chosen Jerusalem; he has desired it as his home.
14. "This is my home where I will live forever," he said. "I will live here, for this is the place I desired.
15. I will make this city prosperous and satisfy its poor with food.
16. I will make its priests the agents of salvation; its godly people will sing for joy.
17. Here I will increase the power of David; my anointed one will be a light for my people.
18. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but he will be a glorious king."

Proverbs 29:5-5
5. To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet.

James 5:1-20
1. Look here, you rich people, weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.
2. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.
3. Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh in hell. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment.
4. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
5. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every whim. Now your hearts are nice and fat, ready for the slaughter.
6. You have condemned and killed good people who had no power to defend themselves against you.
7. Dear brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who eagerly look for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They patiently wait for the precious harvest to ripen.
8. You, too, must be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
9. Don't grumble about each other, my brothers and sisters, or God will judge you. For look! The great Judge is coming. He is standing at the door!
10. For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. Job is an example of a man who endured patiently. From his experience we see how the Lord's plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy.
12. But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned for it.
13. Are any among you suffering? They should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord.
14. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
15. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
16. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.
17. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years!
18. Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.
19. My dear brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back again,
20. you can be sure that the one who brings that person back will save that sinner from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.