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Bible in one year


November 26


Ezekiel 43:1-27
1. After this, the man brought me back around to the east gateway.
2. Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory.
3. This vision was just like the others I had seen, first by the Kebar River and then when he came to destroy Jerusalem. And I fell down before him with my face in the dust.
4. And the glory of the LORD came into the Temple through the east gateway.
5. Then the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard, and the glory of the LORD filled the Temple.
6. And I heard someone speaking to me from within the Temple. (The man who had been measuring was still standing beside me.)
7. And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place where I will rest my feet. I will remain here forever, living among the people of Israel. They and their kings will not defile my holy name any longer by their adulterous worship of other gods or by raising monuments in honor of their dead kings.
8. They put their idol altars right next to mine with only a wall between them and me. They defiled my holy name by such wickedness, so I consumed them in my anger.
9. Now let them put away their idols and the sacred pillars erected to honor their kings, and I will live among them forever.
10. "Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you. Tell them its appearance and its plan so they will be ashamed of all their sins.
11. And if they are ashamed of what they have done, describe to them all the specifications of its construction--including its entrances and doors--and everything else about it. Write down all these specifications and directions as they watch so they will be sure to remember them.
12. And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness! The entire top of the hill where the Temple is built is holy. Yes, this is the primary law of the Temple.
13. "These are the measurements of the altar: There is a gutter all around the altar 21 inches wide and 21 inches deep, with a curb 9 inches wide around its edge. And this is the height of the altar:
14. From the gutter the altar rises 3 1/2 feet to a ledge that surrounds the altar; this lower ledge is 21 inches wide. From the lower ledge the altar rises 7 feet to the upper ledge; this upper ledge is also 21 inches wide.
15. The top of the altar, the hearth, rises still 7 feet higher, with a horn rising up from each of the four corners.
16. The top of the altar is square, measuring 21 feet by 21 feet.
17. The upper ledge also forms a square, measuring 24 1/2 feet on each side, with a 21-inch gutter and a 10 1/2-inch curb all around the edge. There are steps going up the east side of the altar."
18. Then he said to me, "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: These will be the regulations for the burning of offerings and the sprinkling of blood when the altar is built.
19. At that time, the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who minister before me, are to be given a young bull for a sin offering, says the Sovereign LORD.
20. You will take some of its blood and smear it on the four horns of the altar, the four corners of the upper ledge, and the curb that runs around that ledge. This will cleanse and make atonement for the altar.
21. Then take the young bull for the sin offering and burn it at the appointed place outside the Temple area.
22. "On the second day, sacrifice as a sin offering a young male goat that has no physical defects. Then cleanse and make atonement for the altar again, just as you did with the young bull.
23. When you have finished the cleansing ceremony, offer another young bull that has no defects and a perfect ram from the flock.
24. You are to present them to the LORD, and the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and offer them as a burnt offering to the LORD.
25. "Every day for seven days a male goat, a young bull, and a ram from the flock will be sacrificed as a sin offering. None of these animals may have physical defects of any kind.
26. Do this each day for seven days to cleanse and make atonement for the altar, thus setting it apart for holy use.
27. On the eighth day, and on each day afterward, the priests will sacrifice on the altar the burnt offerings and peace offerings of the people. Then I will accept you, says the Sovereign LORD."

Ezekiel 44:1-31
1. Then the man brought me back to the east gateway in the outer wall, but it was closed.
2. And the LORD said to me, "This gate must remain closed; it will never again be opened. No man will ever pass through it, for the LORD, the God of Israel, entered here. Thus, it must always remain shut.
3. Only the prince himself may sit inside this gateway to feast in the LORD's presence. But he may come and go only through the gateway's foyer."
4. Then the man brought me through the north gateway to the front of the Temple. I looked and saw that the glory of the LORD filled the Temple of the LORD, and I fell to the ground with my face in the dust.
5. And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, take careful notice; use your eyes and ears. Listen to everything I tell you about the regulations concerning the LORD's Temple. Take careful note of who may be admitted to the Temple and who is to be excluded from it.
6. And give these rebels, the people of Israel, this message from the Sovereign LORD: O people of Israel, enough of your disgusting sins!
7. You have brought uncircumcised foreigners into my sanctuary--people who have no heart for God. In this way, you profaned my Temple even as you offered me my food, the fat and blood of sacrifices. Thus, in addition to all your other disgusting sins, you have broken my covenant.
8. You have not kept the laws I gave you concerning these sacred rituals, for you have hired foreigners to take charge of my sanctuary.
9. "So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: No foreigners, including those who live among the people of Israel, will enter my sanctuary if they have not been circumcised and do not love the LORD.
10. And the men of the tribe of Levi who abandoned me when Israel strayed away from me to worship idols must bear the consequences of their unfaithfulness.
11. They may still be Temple guards and gatemen, and they may still slaughter the animals brought for burnt offerings and be present to help the people.
12. But they encouraged my people to worship other gods, causing Israel to fall into deep sin. So I have raised my hand and taken an oath that they must bear the consequences for their sins, says the Sovereign LORD.
13. They may not approach me to minister as priests. They may not touch any of my holy things or the holy offerings, for they must bear the shame of all the sins they have committed.
14. They are to serve as the Temple caretakers and are relegated to doing maintenance work and helping the people in a general way.
15. "However, the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok continued to minister faithfully in the Temple when Israel abandoned me for idols. These men will serve as my ministers. They will stand in my presence and offer the fat and blood of the sacrifices, says the Sovereign LORD.
16. They are the ones who will enter my sanctuary and approach my table to serve me. They are the ones who will fulfill all my requirements.
17. When they enter the gateway to the inner courtyard, they must wear only linen clothing. They must wear no wool while on duty in the inner courtyard or in the Temple itself.
18. They must wear linen turbans and linen undergarments. They must not wear anything that would cause them to perspire.
19. When they return to the outer courtyard where the people are, they must take off the clothes they wear while ministering to me. They must leave them in the sacred rooms and put on other clothes so they do not harm the people by transmitting holiness to them through this clothing.
20. "They must neither let their hair grow too long nor shave it off completely. Instead, they must trim it regularly.
21. The priests must never drink wine before entering the inner courtyard.
22. They may choose their wives only from among the virgins of Israel or the widows of the priests. They may not marry other widows or divorced women.
23. They will teach my people the difference between what is holy and what is common, what is ceremonially clean and unclean.
24. "They will serve as judges to resolve any disagreements among my people. Their decisions must be based on my regulations. And the priests themselves must obey my instructions and laws at all the sacred festivals, and they will see to it that the Sabbath is set apart as a holy day.
25. A priest must never defile himself by being in the presence of a dead person unless it is his father, mother, child, brother, or unmarried sister. In such cases it is permitted.
26. But such a priest can only return to his Temple duties after being ritually cleansed and then waiting for seven days.
27. The first day he returns to work and enters the inner courtyard and the sanctuary, he must offer a sin offering for himself, says the Sovereign LORD.
28. "As to property, the priests will not have any, for I alone am their inheritance.
29. Their food will come from the gifts and sacrifices brought to the Temple by the people--the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings. Whatever anyone sets apart for the LORD will belong to the priests.
30. The first of the ripe fruits and all the gifts brought to the LORD will go to the priests. The first samples of each grain harvest and the first of your flour must also be given to the priests so the LORD will bless your homes.
31. The priests may never eat meat from any bird or animal that dies a natural death or that dies after being attacked by another animal.

Psalms 134:1-3
1. Oh, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, you who serve as night watchmen in the house of the LORD.
2. Lift your hands in holiness, and bless the LORD.
3. May the LORD, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem.

Proverbs 29:7-7
7. The godly know the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care to know.

1 Peter 2:1-25
1. So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing.
2. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk,
3. now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness.
4. Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him.
5. And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are God's holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.
6. As the Scriptures express it, "I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed. "
7. Yes, he is very precious to you who believe. But for those who reject him, "The stone that was rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone."
8. And the Scriptures also say, "He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that will make them fall." They stumble because they do not listen to God's word or obey it, and so they meet the fate that has been planned for them.
9. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10. "Once you were not a people; now you are the people of God. Once you received none of God's mercy; now you have received his mercy."
11. Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here. So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls.
12. Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world.
13. For the Lord's sake, accept all authority--the king as head of state,
14. and the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish all who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
15. It is God's will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you.
16. You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God's slaves.
17. Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king.
18. You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters. Do whatever they tell you--not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are harsh.
19. For God is pleased with you when, for the sake of your conscience, you patiently endure unfair treatment.
20. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is pleased with you.
21. This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps.
22. He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone.
23. He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
24. He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!
25. Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.