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December 31


Malachi 1:1-14
1. An oracle. The word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
2. I have loved you, says the LORD. But you say, "How have you loved us?" Is not Esau Jacob's brother? says the LORD. Yet I have loved Jacob
3. but I have hated Esau; I have made his hill country a desolation and his heritage a desert for jackals.
4. If Edom says, "We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins," the LORD of hosts says: They may build, but I will tear down, until they are called the wicked country, the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.
5. Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, "Great is the LORD beyond the borders of Israel!"
6. A son honors his father, and servants their master. If then I am a father, where is the honor due me? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You say, "How have we despised your name?"
7. By offering polluted food on my altar. And you say, "How have we polluted it?" By thinking that the LORD's table may be despised.
8. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not wrong? Try presenting that to your governor; will he be pleased with you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts.
9. And now implore the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. The fault is yours. Will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts.
10. Oh, that someone among you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hands.
11. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.
12. But you profane it when you say that the Lord's table is polluted, and the food for it may be despised.
13. "What a weariness this is," you say, and you sniff at me, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD.
14. Cursed be the cheat who has a male in the flock and vows to give it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished; for I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name is reverenced among the nations.

Malachi 2:1-17
1. And now, O priests, this command is for you.
2. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse on you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.
3. I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence.
4. Know, then, that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may hold, says the LORD of hosts.
5. My covenant with him was a covenant of life and well-being, which I gave him; this called for reverence, and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.
6. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.
7. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
8. But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts,
9. and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction.
10. Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?
11. Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god.
12. May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob anyone who does this-- any to witness or answer, or to bring an offering to the LORD of hosts.
13. And this you do as well: You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor at your hand.
14. You ask, "Why does he not?" Because the LORD was a witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
15. Did not one God make her? Both flesh and spirit are his. And what does the one God desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be faithless to the wife of his youth.
16. For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the God of Israel, and covering one's garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless.
17. You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied him?" By saying, "All who do evil are good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them." Or by asking, "Where is the God of justice?"

Malachi 3:1-18
1. See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight-- indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
2. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap;
3. he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.
4. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
5. Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.
6. For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished.
7. Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, "How shall we return?"
8. Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, "How are we robbing you?" In your tithes and offerings!
9. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me-- the whole nation of you!
10. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.
11. I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the LORD of hosts.
12. Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts.
13. You have spoken harsh words against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, "How have we spoken against you?"
14. You have said, "It is vain to serve God. What do we profit by keeping his command or by going about as mourners before the LORD of hosts?
15. Now we count the arrogant happy; evildoers not only prosper, but when they put God to the test they escape."
16. Then those who revered the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD took note and listened, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who revered the LORD and thought on his name.
17. They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as parents spare their children who serve them.
18. Then once more you shall see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

Malachi 4:1-6
1. See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
2. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
3. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.
4. Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
5. Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.
6. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.

Psalms 150:1-6
1. Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament!
2. Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3. Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
4. Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
5. Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6. Let everything that breathes praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 31:10-31
10. A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
11. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
12. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
13. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
14. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away.
15. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls.
16. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong.
18. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
19. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
20. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson.
22. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land.
24. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes.
25. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
26. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her:
29. "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."
30. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates.

Revelation 21:1-27
1. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;
4. he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."
5. And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."
6. Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
7. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
8. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
9. Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."
10. And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
11. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal.
12. It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites;
13. on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.
14. And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15. The angel who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls.
16. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width; and he measured the city with his rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.
17. He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using.
18. The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass.
19. The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
20. the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
21. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.
22. I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
23. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
24. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
25. Its gates will never be shut by day-- and there will be no night there.
26. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
27. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 22:1-21
1. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2. through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
3. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him;
4. they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
6. And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place."
7. "See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
8. I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me;
9. but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"
10. And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
11. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."
12. "See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work.
13. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."
14. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
15. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16. "It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."
17. The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let everyone who hears say, "Come." And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
18. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book;
19. if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person's share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
20. The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.