December 4

Psalms 150

1Let the Lord be praised. Give praise to God in his holy place: give him praise in the heaven of his power.

2Give him praise for his acts of power: give him praise in the measure of his great strength.

3Give him praise with the sound of the horn: give him praise with corded instruments of music.

4Give him praise with instruments of brass and in the dance: give him praise with horns and corded instruments.

5Give him praise with the loud brass: give him praise with the high-sounding brass.

6Let everything which has breath give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised.

Ezekiel 4

1And you, son of man, take a back and put it before you and on it make a picture of a town, even Jerusalem.

2And make an attack on it, shutting it in, building strong places against it, and making high an earthwork against it; and put up tents against it, placing engines all round it for smashing down its walls.

3And take a flat iron plate, and put it for a wall of iron between you and the town: and let your face be turned to it, and it will be shut in and you will make an attack on it. This will be a sign to the children of Israel.

4Then, stretching yourself out on your left side, take the sin of the children of Israel on yourself: for as long as you are stretched out, so long will the sin of the children of Israel be on you.

5For I have had the years of their sin measured for you by a number of days, even three hundred and ninety days: and you will take on yourself the sin of the children of Israel.

6And when these days are ended, turning on your right side, you are to take on yourself the sin of the children of Judah: forty days, a day for a year, I have had it fixed for you.

7And let your face be turned to where Jerusalem is shut in, with your arm uncovered, and be a prophet against it.

8And see, I will put bands on you; and you will be stretched out without turning from one side to the other till the days of your attack are ended.

9And take for yourself wheat and barley and different sorts of grain, and put them in one vessel and make bread for yourself from them; all the days when you are stretched on your side it will be your food.

10And you are to take your food by weight, twenty shekels a day: you are to take it at regular times.

11And you are to take water by measure, the sixth part of a hin: you are to take it at regular times.

12And let your food be barley cakes, cooking it before their eyes with the waste which comes out of a man.

13And the Lord said, Even so the children of Israel will have unclean bread for their food among the nations where I am driving them.

14Then I said, Ah, Lord! see, my soul has never been unclean, and I have never taken as my food anything which has come to a natural death or has been broken by beasts, from the time when I was young even till now; no disgusting flesh has ever come into my mouth.

15Then he said to me, See, I have given you cow’s waste in place of man’s waste, and you will make your bread ready on it.

16And he said to me, Son of man, see, I will take away from Jerusalem her necessary bread: they will take their bread by weight and with care, measuring out their drinking-water with fear and wonder:

17So that they may be in need of bread and water and be wondering at one another, wasting away in their sin.

Ezekiel 5

1And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, using it like a haircutter’s blade, and making it go over your head and the hair of your chin: and take scales for separating the hair by weight.

2You are to have a third part burned with fire inside the town, when the days of the attack are ended; and a third part you are to take and give blows with the sword round about it; and give a third part for the wind to take away, and let loose a sword after them.

3And take from them a small number of hairs, folding them in your skirts.

4And again take some of these and put them in the fire, burning them up in the fire; and say to all the children of Israel,

5This is what the Lord has said: This is Jerusalem: I have put her among the nations, and countries are round her on every side;

6And she has gone against my orders by doing evil more than the nations, and against my rules more than the countries round her: for they have given up my orders, and as for my rules, they have not gone in the way of them.

7For this cause the Lord has said: Because you have been more uncontrolled than the nations round about you, and have not been guided by my rules or kept my orders, but have kept the orders of the nations round about you;

8For this cause the Lord has said: See, I, even I, am against you; and I will be judging among you before the eyes of the nations.

9And I will do in you what I have not done and will not do again, because of all your disgusting ways.

10For this cause fathers will take their sons for food among you, and sons will make a meal of their fathers; and I will be judge among you, and all the rest of you I will send away to every wind.

11For this cause, by my life, says the Lord, because you have made my holy place unclean with all your hated things and all your disgusting ways, you will become disgusting to me; my eye will have no mercy and I will have no pity.

12A third of you will come to death from disease, wasting away among you through need of food; a third will be put to the sword round about you; and a third I will send away to every wind, letting loose a sword after them.

13So my wrath will be complete and my passion will come to rest on them; and they will be certain that I the Lord have given the word of decision, when my wrath against them is complete.

14And I will make you a waste and a name of shame among the nations round about you, in the eyes of everyone who goes by.

15And you will be a name of shame and a cause of bitter words, an example and a wonder to the nations round about you, when I give effect to my judging among you in wrath and in passion and in burning protests: I the Lord have said it:

16When I send on you the evil arrows of disease, causing destruction, which I will send to put an end to you; and, further, I will take away your necessary food.

17And I will send on you need of food and evil beasts, and they will be a cause of loss to you; and disease and violent death will go through you; and I will send the sword on you: I the Lord have said it.

Ephesians 1

1Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the purpose of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and those who have faith in Christ Jesus:

2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us every blessing of the Spirit in the heavens in Christ:

4Even as he made selection of us in him from the first, so that we might be holy and free from all evil before him in love:

5As we were designed before by him for the position of sons to himself, through Jesus Christ, in the good pleasure of his purpose,

6To the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely gave to us in the Loved One:

7In whom we have salvation through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, through the wealth of his grace,

8Which he gave us in full measure in all wisdom and care;

9Having made clear to us the secret of his purpose, in agreement with the design which he had in mind, to put into his hands

10The ordering of the times when they are complete, so that all things might come to a head in Christ, the things in heaven and the things on the earth; in him, I say,

11In whom we have a heritage, being marked out from the first in his purpose who does all things in agreement with his designs;

12So that his glory might have praise through us who first had hope in Christ:

13In whom you, having been given the true word, the good news of your salvation, and through your faith in him, were given the sign of the Holy Spirit of hope,

14Which is the first-fruit of our heritage, till God gets back that which is his, to the praise of his glory.

15For this cause I, having had news of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and which you make clear to all the saints,

16Give praise without end for you, keeping you in mind in my prayers;

17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

18And that having the eyes of your heart full of light, you may have knowledge of what is the hope of his purpose, what is the wealth of the glory of his heritage in the saints,

19And how unlimited is his power to us who have faith, as is seen in the working of the strength of his power,

20By which he made Christ come back from the dead, and gave him a place at his right hand in heaven,

21Far over all rule and authority and power and every name which is named, not only in the present order, but in that which is to come:

22And he has put all things under his feet, and has made him to be head over all things to the church,

23Which is his body, the full measure of him in whom all things are made complete.

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