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Bible in one year


December 2


Daniel 7:1-28
1. In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream:
2. I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea,
3. and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.
4. The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then, as I watched, its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a human being; and a human mind was given to it.
5. Another beast appeared, a second one, that looked like a bear. It was raised up on one side, had three tusks in its mouth among its teeth and was told, "Arise, devour many bodies!"
6. After this, as I watched, another appeared, like a leopard. The beast had four wings of a bird on its back and four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7. After this I saw in the visions by night a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth and was devouring, breaking in pieces, and stamping what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that preceded it, and it had ten horns.
8. I was considering the horns, when another horn appeared, a little one coming up among them; to make room for it, three of the earlier horns were plucked up by the roots. There were eyes like human eyes in this horn, and a mouth speaking arrogantly.
9. As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire.
10. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
11. I watched then because of the noise of the arrogant words that the horn was speaking. And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.
12. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
13. As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.
14. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
15. As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.
16. I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter:
17. "As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth.
18. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever-- forever and ever."
19. Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped what was left with its feet;
20. and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and concerning the other horn, which came up and to make room for which three of them fell out-- the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke arrogantly, and that seemed greater than the others.
21. As I looked, this horn made war with the holy ones and was prevailing over them,
22. until the Ancient One came; then judgment was given for the holy ones of the Most High, and the time arrived when the holy ones gained possession of the kingdom.
23. This is what he said: "As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth that shall be different from all the other kingdoms; it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them. This one shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.
25. He shall speak words against the Most High, shall wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the law; and they shall be given into his power for a time, two times, and half a time.
26. Then the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and totally destroyed.
27. The kingship and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them."
28. Here the account ends. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly terrified me, and my face turned pale; but I kept the matter in my mind.

Daniel 8:1-27
1. In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that had appeared to me at first.
2. In the vision I was looking and saw myself in Susa the capital, in the province of Elam, and I was by the river Ulai.
3. I looked up and saw a ram standing beside the river. It had two horns. Both horns were long, but one was longer than the other, and the longer one came up second.
4. I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. All beasts were powerless to withstand it, and no one could rescue from its power; it did as it pleased and became strong.
5. As I was watching, a male goat appeared from the west, coming across the face of the whole earth without touching the ground. The goat had a horn between its eyes.
6. It came toward the ram with the two horns that I had seen standing beside the river, and it ran at it with savage force.
7. I saw it approaching the ram. It was enraged against it and struck the ram, breaking its two horns. The ram did not have power to withstand it; it threw the ram down to the ground and trampled upon it, and there was no one who could rescue the ram from its power.
8. Then the male goat grew exceedingly great; but at the height of its power, the great horn was broken, and in its place there came up four prominent horns toward the four winds of heaven.
9. Out of one of them came another horn, a little one, which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the beautiful land.
10. It grew as high as the host of heaven. It threw down to the earth some of the host and some of the stars, and trampled on them.
11. Even against the prince of the host it acted arrogantly; it took the regular burnt offering away from him and overthrew the place of his sanctuary.
12. Because of wickedness, the host was given over to it together with the regular burnt offering; it cast truth to the ground, and kept prospering in what it did.
13. Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one that spoke, "For how long is this vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled?"
14. And he answered him, "For two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state."
15. When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I tried to understand it. Then someone appeared standing before me, having the appearance of a man,
16. and I heard a human voice by the Ulai, calling, "Gabriel, help this man understand the vision."
17. So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I became frightened and fell prostrate. But he said to me, "Understand, O mortal, that the vision is for the time of the end."
18. As he was speaking to me, I fell into a trance, face to the ground; then he touched me and set me on my feet.
19. He said, "Listen, and I will tell you what will take place later in the period of wrath; for it refers to the appointed time of the end.
20. As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia.
21. The male goat is the king of Greece, and the great horn between its eyes is the first king.
22. As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.
23. At the end of their rule, when the transgressions have reached their full measure, a king of bold countenance shall arise, skilled in intrigue.
24. He shall grow strong in power, shall cause fearful destruction, and shall succeed in what he does. He shall destroy the powerful and the people of the holy ones.
25. By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall be great. Without warning he shall destroy many and shall even rise up against the Prince of princes. But he shall be broken, and not by human hands.
26. The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true. As for you, seal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now."
27. So I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days; then I arose and went about the king's business. But I was dismayed by the vision and did not understand it.

Psalms 137:1-6
1. By the rivers of Babylon-- there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.
2. On the willows there we hung up our harps.
3. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
4. How could we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?
5. If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
6. Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.

Proverbs 29:14-14
14. If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever.

2 Peter 3:1-18
1. This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you
2. that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles.
3. First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts
4. and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!"
5. They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water,
6. through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished.
7. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the godless.
8. But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.
9. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
10. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,
12. waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?
13. But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
14. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish;
15. and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
16. speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.
17. You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability.
18. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.