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November 23


Ezekiel 37:1-28
1. The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.
3. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know."
4. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
6. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD."
7. So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
9. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live."
10. I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
11. Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.'
12. Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
13. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.
14. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD."
15. The word of the LORD came to me:
16. Mortal, take a stick and write on it, "For Judah, and the Israelites associated with it"; then take another stick and write on it, "For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with it";
17. and join them together into one stick, so that they may become one in your hand.
18. And when your people say to you, "Will you not show us what you mean by these?"
19. say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am about to take the stick of Joseph (which is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with it; and I will put the stick of Judah upon it, and make them one stick, in order that they may be one in my hand.
20. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes,
21. then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land.
22. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms.
23. They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
24. My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes.
25. They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children's children shall live there forever; and my servant David shall be their prince forever.
26. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.
27. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28. Then the nations shall know that I the LORD sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is among them forevermore.

Ezekiel 38:1-23
1. The word of the LORD came to me:
2. Mortal, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him
3. and say: Thus says the Lord GOD: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal;
4. I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will lead you out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company, all of them with shield and buckler, wielding swords.
5. Persia, Ethiopia, and Put are with them, all of them with buckler and helmet;
6. Gomer and all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remotest parts of the north with all its troops-- many peoples are with you.
7. Be ready and keep ready, you and all the companies that are assembled around you, and hold yourselves in reserve for them.
8. After many days you shall be mustered; in the latter years you shall go against a land restored from war, a land where people were gathered from many nations on the mountains of Israel, which had long lain waste; its people were brought out from the nations and now are living in safety, all of them.
9. You shall advance, coming on like a storm; you shall be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.
10. Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme.
11. You will say, "I will go up against the land of unwalled villages; I will fall upon the quiet people who live in safety, all of them living without walls, and having no bars or gates";
12. to seize spoil and carry off plunder; to assail the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who are acquiring cattle and goods, who live at the center of the earth.
13. Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its young warriors will say to you, "Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your horde to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to seize a great amount of booty?"
14. Therefore, mortal, prophesy, and say to Gog: Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day when my people Israel are living securely, you will rouse yourself
15. and come from your place out of the remotest parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army;
16. you will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the earth. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I display my holiness before their eyes.
17. Thus says the Lord GOD: Are you he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them?
18. On that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord GOD, my wrath shall be aroused.
19. For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare: On that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
20. the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and the animals of the field, and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all human beings that are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground.
21. I will summon the sword against Gog in all my mountains, says the Lord GOD; the swords of all will be against their comrades.
22. With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him; and I will pour down torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur, upon him and his troops and the many peoples that are with him.
23. So I will display my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.

Psalms 132:1-9
1. O LORD, remember in David's favor all the hardships he endured;
2. how he swore to the LORD and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
3. "I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
4. I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
5. until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6. We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
7. "Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool."
8. Rise up, O LORD, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
9. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy.

Proverbs 29:4-4
4. By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.

James 4:1-17
1. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?
2. You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask.
3. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
4. Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
5. Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, "God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us"?
6. But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
7. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection.
10. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
12. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?
13. Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money."
14. Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
15. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that."
16. As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.
17. Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.