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Bible in one year


November 5


Ezekiel 1:1-28
1. On July 31 of my thirtieth year, while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened to me, and I saw visions of God.
2. This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity.
3. The LORD gave a message to me, Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, there beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians, and I felt the hand of the LORD take hold of me.
4. As I looked, I saw a great storm coming toward me from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. The fire inside the cloud glowed like gleaming amber.
5. From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human,
6. except that each had four faces and two pairs of wings.
7. Their legs were straight like human legs, but their feet were split like calves' feet and shone like burnished bronze.
8. Beneath each of their wings I could see human hands.
9. The wings of each living being touched the wings of the two beings beside it. The living beings were able to fly in any direction without turning around.
10. Each had a human face in the front, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle at the back.
11. Each had two pairs of outstretched wings--one pair stretched out to touch the wings of the living beings on either side of it, and the other pair covered its body.
12. They went in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward in all directions without having to turn around.
13. The living beings looked like bright coals of fire or brilliant torches, and it looked as though lightning was flashing back and forth among them.
14. And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning.
15. As I looked at these beings, I saw four wheels on the ground beneath them, one wheel belonging to each.
16. The wheels sparkled as if made of chrysolite. All four wheels looked the same; each wheel had a second wheel turning crosswise within it.
17. The beings could move forward in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved.
18. The rims of the four wheels were awesomely tall, and they were covered with eyes all around the edges.
19. When the four living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. When they flew upward, the wheels went up, too.
20. The spirit of the four living beings was in the wheels. So wherever the spirit went, the wheels and the living beings went, too.
21. When the living beings moved, the wheels moved. When the living beings stopped, the wheels stopped. When the living beings flew into the air, the wheels rose up. For the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.
22. There was a surface spread out above them like the sky. It sparkled like crystal.
23. Beneath this surface the wings of each living being stretched out to touch the others' wings, and each had two wings covering its body.
24. As they flew their wings roared like waves crashing against the shore, or like the voice of the Almighty, or like the shouting of a mighty army. When they stopped, they let down their wings.
25. As they stood with their wings lowered, a voice spoke from beyond the crystal surface above them.
26. Above the surface over their heads was what looked like a throne made of blue sapphire. And high above this throne was a figure whose appearance was like that of a man.
27. From his waist up, he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from his waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor.
28. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining through the clouds. This was the way the glory of the LORD appeared to me. When I saw it, I fell face down in the dust, and I heard someone's voice speaking to me.

Ezekiel 2:1-10
1. "Stand up, son of man," said the voice. "I want to speak with you."
2. The Spirit came into me as he spoke and set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words.
3. "Son of man," he said, "I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a nation that is rebelling against me. Their ancestors have rebelled against me from the beginning, and they are still in revolt to this very day.
4. They are a hard-hearted and stubborn people. But I am sending you to say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says!'
5. And whether they listen or not--for remember, they are rebels--at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.
6. "Son of man, do not fear them. Don't be afraid even though their threats are sharp as thorns and barbed like briers, and they sting like scorpions. Do not be dismayed by their dark scowls. For remember, they are rebels!
7. You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won't listen, for they are completely rebellious!
8. Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in being a rebel. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you."
9. Then I looked and saw a hand reaching out to me, and it held a scroll.
10. He unrolled it, and I saw that both sides were covered with funeral songs, other words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom.

Psalms 119:153-160
153. Look down upon my sorrows and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your law.
154. Argue my case; take my side! Protect my life as you promised.
155. The wicked are far from salvation, for they do not bother with your principles.
156. LORD, how great is your mercy; in your justice, give me back my life.
157. Many persecute and trouble me, yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158. I hate these traitors because they care nothing for your word.
159. See how I love your commandments, LORD. Give back my life because of your unfailing love.
160. All your words are true; all your just laws will stand forever.

Proverbs 28:12-12
12. When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.

Hebrews 1:1-14
1. Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
2. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it.
3. The Son reflects God's own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.
4. This shows that God's Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is far greater than their names.
5. For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: "You are my Son. Today I have become your Father. "And again God said, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son."
6. And then, when he presented his honored Son to the world, God said, "Let all the angels of God worship him."
7. God calls his angels "messengers swift as the wind, and servants made of flaming fire."
8. But to his Son he says, "Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal power is expressed in righteousness.
9. You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else."
10. And, "Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11. Even they will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing.
12. You will roll them up like an old coat. They will fade away like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will never grow old."
13. And God never said to an angel, as he did to his Son, "Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet."
14. But angels are only servants. They are spirits sent from God to care for those who will receive salvation.