December 2

Psalms 148

1Give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised from the heavens: give him praise in the skies.

2Give praise to him, all you his angels: give praise to him, all his armies.

3Give praise to him, you sun and moon: give praise to him, all you stars of light.

4Give praise to him, you highest heavens, and you waters which are over the heavens.

5Let them give praise to the name of the Lord: for he gave the order, and they were made.

6He has put them in their places for ever; he has given them their limits which may not be broken.

7Give praise to the Lord from the earth, you great sea-beasts, and deep places:

8Fire and rain of ice, snow and mists; storm-wind, doing his word:

9Mountains and all hills; fruit-trees and all trees of the mountains:

10Beasts and all cattle; insects and winged birds:

11Kings of the earth, and all peoples; rulers and all judges of the earth:

12Young men and virgins; old men and children:

13Let them give glory to the name of the Lord: for his name only is to be praised: his kingdom is over the earth and the heaven.

14He has put on high the horn of his people, for the praise of all his saints; even the children of Israel, a people which is near to him. Let the Lord be praised.

Ezekiel 1

1Now it came about in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, while I was by the river Chebar among those who had been made prisoners, that the heavens were made open and I saw visions of God.

2On the fifth day of the month, in the fifth year after King Jehoiachin had been made a prisoner,

3The word of the Lord came to me, Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldaeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was on me there.

4And, looking, I saw a storm-wind coming out of the north, a great cloud with flames of fire coming after one another, and a bright light shining round about it and in the heart of it was something coloured like electrum.

5And in the heart of it were the forms of four living beings. And this was what they were like; they had the form of a man.

6And every one had four faces, and every one of them had four wings.

7And their feet were straight feet; and the under sides of their feet were like the feet of oxen; and they were shining like polished brass.

8And they had the hands of a man under their wings; the four of them had faces on their four sides.

9They went without turning, every one went straight forward.

10As for the form of their faces, they had the face of a man, and the four of them had the face of a lion on the right side, and the four of them had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four of them had the face of an eagle.

11And their wings were separate at the top; two of the wings of every one were joined one to another, and two were covering their bodies.

12Every one of them went straight forward; wherever the spirit was to go they went; they went on without turning.

13And between the living beings it was like burning coals of fire, as if flames were going one after the other between the living beings; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went thunder-flames.

14And the living beings went out and came back as quickly as a thunder-flame.

15Now while I was looking at the four living beings, I saw one wheel on the earth, by the side of the living beings, for the four of them.

16The form of the wheels and their work was like a beryl; the four of them had the same form and design, and they were like a wheel inside a wheel.

17The four of them went straight forward without turning to one side.

18And I saw that they had edges, and their edges, even of the four, were full of eyes round about.

19And when the living beings went on, the wheels went by their side; and when the living beings were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20Wherever the spirit was to go they went; and the wheels were lifted up by their side: for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

21When these went on, the others went; and when these came to rest, the others came to rest; and when these were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up by their side: for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

22And over the heads of the living beings there was the form of an arch, looking like ice, stretched out over their heads on high.

23Under the arch their wings were straight, one stretched out to another: every one had two wings covering their bodies on this side and two covering their bodies on that side.

24And when they went, the sound of their wings was like the sound of great waters to my ears, like the voice of the Ruler of all, a sound like the rushing of an army: when they came to rest they let down their wings.

25And there was a voice from the top of the arch which was over their heads: when they came to rest they let down their wings.

26And on the top of the arch which was over their heads was the form of a king’s seat, like a sapphire stone; and on the form of the seat was the form of a man seated on it on high.

27And I saw it coloured like electrum, with the look of fire in it and round it, going up from what seemed to be the middle of his body; and going down from what seemed to be the middle of his body I saw what was like fire, and there was a bright light shining round him.

28Like the bow in the cloud on a day of rain, so was the light shining round him. And this is what the glory of the Lord was like. And when I saw it I went down on my face, and the voice of one talking came to my ears.

Galatians 5:16-26

16But I say, Go on in the Spirit, and you will not come under the rule of the evil desires of the flesh.

17For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; because these are opposite the one to the other; so that you may not do the things which you have a mind to do.

18But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19Now the works of the flesh are clear, which are these: evil desire, unclean things, wrong use of the senses,

20Worship of images, use of strange powers, hates, fighting, desire for what another has, angry feelings, attempts to get the better of others, divisions, false teachings,

21Envy, uncontrolled drinking and feasting, and such things: of which I give you word clearly, even as I did in the past, that they who do such things will have no part in the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, a quiet mind, kind acts, well-doing, faith,

23Gentle behaviour, control over desires: against such there is no law.

24And those who are Christ’s have put to death on the cross the flesh with its passions and its evil desires.

25If we are living by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us be guided.

26Let us not be full of self-glory, making one another angry, having envy of one another.

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