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Bible in one year


November 27


Ezekiel 45:1-25
1. "When you divide the land among the tribes of Israel, you must set aside a section of it for the LORD as his holy portion. This piece of land will be 8 1/3 miles long and 6 2/3 miles wide. The entire area will be holy ground.
2. A section of this land, measuring 875 feet by 875 feet, will be set aside for the Temple. An additional strip of land 87 1/2 feet wide is to be left empty all around it.
3. Within the larger sacred area, measure out a portion of land 8 1/3 miles long and 3 1/3 miles wide. Within it the sanctuary of the Most Holy Place will be located.
4. This area will be a holy land, set aside for the priests who minister to the LORD in the sanctuary. They will use it for their homes, and my Temple will be located within it.
5. The strip of sacred land next to it, also 8 1/3 miles long and 3 1/3 miles wide, will be a living area for the Levites who work at the Temple. It will be their possession and a place for their towns.
6. "Adjacent to the larger sacred area will be a section of land 8 1/3 miles long and 1 2/3 miles wide. This will be set aside to be a city where anyone in Israel can come and live.
7. "Two special sections of land will be set apart for the prince. One section will share a border with the east side of the sacred lands and city, and the second section will share a border on the west side. Then the far eastern and western borders of the prince's lands will line up with the eastern and western boundaries of the tribal areas.
8. These sections of land will be the prince's allotment. "My princes will no longer oppress and rob my people; they will assign the rest of the land to the people, giving an allotment to each tribe.
9. For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Enough, you princes of Israel! Stop all your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Quit robbing and cheating my people out of their land! Stop expelling them from their homes!
10. You must use only honest weights and scales, honest dry volume measures, and honest liquid volume measures.
11. The homer will be your standard unit for measuring volume. The ephah and the bath will each measure one-tenth of a homer.
12. The standard unit for weight will be the silver shekel. One shekel consists of twenty gerahs, and sixty shekels are equal to one mina.
13. "This is the tax you must give to the prince: one bushel of wheat or barley for every sixty you harvest,
14. one percent of your olive oil,
15. and one sheep for every two hundred in your flocks in Israel. These will be the grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings that will make atonement for the people who bring them, says the Sovereign LORD.
16. All the people of Israel must join the prince in bringing their offerings.
17. The prince will be required to provide offerings that are given at the religious festivals, the new moon celebrations, the Sabbath days, and all other similar occasions. He will provide the sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings, and peace offerings to make reconciliation for the people of Israel.
18. "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In early spring, on the first day of each new year, sacrifice a young bull with no physical defects to purify the Temple.
19. The priest will take some of the blood of this sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the Temple, the four corners of the upper ledge on the altar, and the gateposts at the entrance to the inner courtyard.
20. Do this also on the seventh day of the new year for anyone who has sinned through error or ignorance. In that way, you will make atonement for the Temple.
21. "On the fourteenth day of the new year, you must celebrate the Passover. This festival will last for seven days. Only bread without yeast may be eaten during that time.
22. On the day of Passover the prince will provide a young bull as a sin offering for himself and the people of Israel.
23. On each of the seven days of the feast he will prepare a burnt offering to the LORD. This daily offering will consist of seven young bulls and seven rams without any defects. A male goat will also be given each day for a sin offering.
24. The prince will provide a half bushel of flour as a grain offering and a gallon of olive oil with each young bull and ram.
25. "During the seven days of the Festival of Shelters, which occurs every year in early autumn, the prince will provide these same sacrifices for the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the grain offering, along with the required olive oil.

Ezekiel 46:1-24
1. "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The east gateway of the inner wall will be closed during the six workdays each week, but it will be open on Sabbath days and the days of new moon celebrations.
2. The prince will enter the foyer of the gateway from the outside. Then he will stand by the gatepost while the priest offers his burnt offering and peace offering. He will worship inside the gateway passage and then go back out the way he came. The gateway will not be closed until evening.
3. The common people will worship the LORD in front of this gateway on Sabbath days and the days of new moon celebrations.
4. "Each Sabbath day the prince will present to the LORD a burnt offering of six lambs and one ram, all with no physical defects.
5. He will present a grain offering of a half bushel of flour to go with the ram and whatever amount of flour he chooses to go with each lamb. He is to offer one gallon of olive oil for each half bushel of flour.
6. At the new moon celebrations, he will bring one young bull, six lambs, and one ram, all with no physical defects.
7. With the young bull he must bring a half bushel of flour for a grain offering. With the ram he must bring another half bushel of flour. And with each lamb he is to bring whatever amount of flour that he decides to give. With each half bushel of flour he must offer one gallon of olive oil.
8. "The prince must enter the gateway through the foyer, and he must leave the same way he came.
9. But when the people come in through the north gateway to worship the LORD during the religious festivals, they must leave by the south gateway. And those who entered through the south gateway must leave by the north gateway. They must never leave by the same gateway they came in; they must always use the opposite gateway.
10. The prince will enter and leave with the people on these occasions.
11. "So at the special feasts and sacred festivals, the grain offering will be a half bushel of flour with each young bull, another half bushel of flour with each ram, and as much flour as the prince chooses to give with each lamb. One gallon of oil is to be given with each half bushel of flour.
12. Whenever the prince offers a voluntary burnt offering or peace offering to the LORD, the east gateway to the inner courtyard will be opened for him to enter, and he will offer his sacrifices just as he does on Sabbath days. Then he will turn and leave the way he entered, and the gateway will be shut behind him.
13. "Each morning a year-old lamb with no physical defects must be sacrificed as a burnt offering to the LORD.
14. With the lamb, a grain offering must also be given to the LORD--about two and a half quarts of flour with a third of a gallon of olive oil to moisten the flour. This will be a permanent law for you.
15. The lamb, the grain offering, and the olive oil must be given as a daily sacrifice every morning without fail.
16. "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: If the prince gives a gift of land to one of his sons, it will belong to him and his descendants forever.
17. But if he gives a gift of land to one of his servants, the servant may keep it only until the Year of Jubilee, which comes every fiftieth year. At that time the servant will be set free, and the land will return to the prince. Only the gifts given to the prince's sons will be permanent.
18. And the prince may never take anyone's property by force. If he gives property to his sons, it must be from his own land, for I do not want any of my people unjustly evicted from their property."
19. Then the man brought me through the entrance beside the gateway and led me to the sacred rooms assigned to the priests, which faced toward the north. He showed me a place at the extreme west end of these rooms.
20. He explained, "This is where the priests will cook the meat from the guilt offerings and sin offerings and bake the flour from the grain offerings into bread. They will do it here to avoid carrying the sacrifices through the outer courtyard and harming the people by transmitting holiness to them."
21. Then he brought me back to the outer courtyard and led me to each of its four corners. In each corner I saw an enclosure.
22. Each of these enclosures was 70 feet long and 52 1/2 feet wide, surrounded by walls.
23. Along the inside of these walls was a ledge of stone with fireplaces under the ledge all the way around.
24. The man said to me, "These are the kitchens to be used by the Temple assistants to boil the sacrifices offered by the people."

Psalms 135:1-7
1. Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD! Praise him, you who serve the LORD,
2. you who serve in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.
3. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his wonderful name with music.
4. For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel for his own special treasure.
5. I know the greatness of the LORD--that our Lord is greater than any other god.
6. The LORD does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths.
7. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.

Proverbs 29:8-8
8. Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger.

1 Peter 3:1-22
1. In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands, even those who refuse to accept the Good News. Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over
2. by watching your pure, godly behavior.
3. Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.
4. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
5. That is the way the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.
6. For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, when she called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.
7. In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. If you don't treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard.
8. Finally, all of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.
9. Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.
10. For the Scriptures say, "If you want a happy life and good days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies.
11. Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.
12. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil."
13. Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?
14. But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't be afraid and don't worry.
15. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
16. But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
17. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!
18. Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners that he might bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
19. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison--
20. those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.
21. And this is a picture of baptism, which now saves you by the power of Jesus Christ's resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your body; it is an appeal to God from a clean conscience.
22. Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him.