December 20

Isaiah 55

1Ho! everyone in need, come to the waters, and he who has no strength, let him get food: come, get bread without money; wine and milk without price.

2Why do you give your money for what is not bread, and the fruit of your work for what will not give you pleasure? Give ear to me, so that your food may be good, and you may have the best in full measure.

3Give ear, and come to me, take note with care, so that your souls may have life: and I will make an eternal agreement with you, even the certain mercies of David.

4See, I have given him as a witness to the peoples, a ruler and a guide to the nations.

5See, you will send for a nation of which you had no knowledge, and those who had no knowledge of you will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, and because of the Holy One of Israel, for he has given you glory.

6Make search for the Lord while he is there, make prayer to him while he is near:

7Let the sinner give up his way, and the evil-doer his purpose: and let him come back to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for there is full forgiveness with him.

8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, or your ways my ways, says the Lord.

9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and does not go back again, but gives water to the earth, and makes it fertile, giving seed to the planter, and bread for food;

11So will my word be which goes out of my mouth: it will not come back to me with nothing done, but it will give effect to my purpose, and do that for which I have sent it.

12For you will go out with joy, and be guided in peace: the mountains and the hills will make melody before you, and all the trees of the fields will make sounds of joy.

13In place of the thorn will come up the fir-tree, and in place of the blackberry the myrtle: and it will be to the Lord for a name, for an eternal sign which will not be cut off.

Ezekiel 29

1In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2Son of man, let your face be turned against Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and be a prophet against him and against all Egypt:

3Say to them, These are the words of the Lord: See, I am against you, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the great river-beast stretched out among his Nile streams, who has said, The Nile is mine, and I have made it for myself.

4And I will put hooks in your mouth, and the fish of your streams will be hanging from your skin; and I will make you come up out of your streams, with all the fish of your streams hanging from your skin.

5And I will let you be in the waste land, you and all the fish of your streams: you will go down on the face of the land; you will not be taken up or put to rest in the earth; I have given you for food to the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven.

6And it will be clear to all the people of Egypt that I am the Lord, because you have been a false support to the children of Israel.

7When they took a grip of you in their hands, you were crushed so that their arms were broken: and when they put their weight on you for support, you were broken and all their muscles gave way.

8For this cause the Lord has said: See, I am sending a sword on you, cutting off from you man and beast.

9And the land of Egypt will be an unpeopled waste; and they will be certain that I am the Lord: because he has said, The Nile is mine, and I made it.

10See, then, I am against you and against your streams, and I will make the land of Egypt an unpeopled waste, from Migdol to Syene, even as far as the edge of Ethiopia.

11No foot of man will go through it and no foot of beast, and it will be unpeopled for forty years.

12I will make the land of Egypt a waste among the countries which are made waste, and her towns will be unpeopled among the towns which have been made waste, for forty years: and I will send the Egyptians in flight among the nations and wandering through the countries.

13For this is what the Lord has said: At the end of forty years I will get the Egyptians together from the peoples where they have gone in flight:

14I will let the fate of Egypt be changed, and will make them come back into the land of Pathros, into the land from which they came; and there they will be an unimportant kingdom.

15It will be the lowest of the kingdoms, and never again will it be lifted up over the nations: I will make them small, so that they may not have rule over the nations.

16And Egypt will no longer be the hope of the children of Israel, causing sin to come to mind when their eyes are turned to them: and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

17Now in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

18Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, made his army do hard work against Tyre, and the hair came off every head and every arm was rubbed smooth: but he and his army got no payment out of Tyre for the hard work which he had done against it.

19For this cause the Lord has said: See, I am giving the land of Egypt to Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon: he will take away her wealth, and take her goods by force and everything which is there; and this will be the payment for his army.

20I have given him the land of Egypt as the reward for his hard work, because they were working for me, says the Lord.

21In that day I will make a horn put out buds for the children of Israel, and I will let your words come freely among them, and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 30

1The word of the Lord came to me again, saying,

2Son of man, be a prophet, and say, These are the words of the Lord: Give a cry, Aha, for the day!

3For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near, a day of cloud; it will be the time of the nations.

4And a sword will come on Egypt, and cruel pain will be in Ethiopia, when they are falling by the sword in Egypt; and they will take away her wealth and her bases will be broken down.

5Ethiopia and Put and Lud and all the mixed people and Libya and the children of the land of the Cherethites will all be put to death with them by the sword.

6This is what the Lord has said: The supporters of Egypt will have a fall, and the pride of her power will come down: from Migdol to Syene they will be put to the sword in it, says the Lord.

7And she will be made waste among the countries which have been made waste, and her towns will be among the towns which are unpeopled.

8And they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I have put a fire in Egypt and all her helpers are broken.

9In that day men will go out quickly to take the news, causing fear in untroubled Ethiopia; and bitter pain will come on them as in the day of Egypt; for see, it is coming.

10This is what the Lord has said: I will put an end to great numbers of the people of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon.

11He and the people with him, causing fear among the nations, will be sent for the destruction of the land; their swords will be let loose against Egypt and the land will be full of dead.

12And I will make the Nile streams dry, and will give the land into the hands of evil men, causing the land and everything in it to be wasted by the hands of men from a strange country: I the Lord have said it.

13This is what the Lord has said: In addition to this, I will give up the images to destruction and put an end to the false gods in Noph; never again will there be a ruler in the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.

14And I will make Pathros a waste, and put a fire in Zoan, and send my punishments on No.

15I will let loose my wrath on Sin, the strong place of Egypt, cutting off the mass of the people of No.

16And I will put a fire in Egypt; Syene will be twisting in pain, and No will be broken into, as by the onrush of waters.

17The young men of On and Pi-beseth will be put to the sword: and these towns will be taken away prisoners.

18And at Tehaphnehes the day will become dark, when the yoke of Egypt is broken there, and the pride of her power comes to an end: as for her, she will be covered with a cloud, and her daughters will be taken away prisoners.

19And I will send my punishments on Egypt: and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

20Now in the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

21Son of man, the arm of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, has been broken by me, and no band has been put round it to make it well, no band has been twisted round it to make it strong for gripping the sword.

22For this cause the Lord has said: See, I am against Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and by me his strong arm will be broken; and I will make the sword go out of his hand.

23And I will send the Egyptians in flight among the nations and wandering through the countries.

24And I will make the arms of the king of Babylon strong, and will put my sword in his hand: but Pharaoh’s arms will be broken, and he will give cries of pain before him like the cries of a man wounded to death.

25And I will make the arms of the king of Babylon strong, and the arms of Pharaoh will be hanging down; and they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and it is stretched out against the land of Egypt.

26And I will send the Egyptians in flight among the nations and wandering through the countries; and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

Colossians 2:20-23

20If you were made free, by your death with Christ, from the rules of the world, why do you put yourselves under the authority of orders

21Which say there may be no touching, tasting, or taking in your hands,

22(Rules which are all to come to an end with their use) after the orders and teaching of men?

23These things seem to have a sort of wisdom in self-ordered worship and making little of oneself, and being cruel to the body, not honouring it by giving it its natural use.

Colossians 3:1-17

1If then you have a new life with Christ, give your attention to the things of heaven, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

2Keep your mind on the higher things, not on the things of earth.

3For your life on earth is done, and you have a secret life with Christ in God.

4At the coming of Christ who is our life, you will be seen with him in glory.

5Then put to death your bodies which are of the earth; wrong use of the flesh, unclean things, passion, evil desires and envy, which is the worship of strange gods;

6Because of which the wrath of God comes on those who go against his orders;

7Among whom you were living in the past, when you did such things.

8But now it is right for you to put away all these things; wrath, passion, bad feeling, curses, unclean talk;

9Do not make false statements to one another; because you have put away the old man with all his doings,

10And have put on the new man, which has become new in knowledge after the image of his maker;

11Where there is no Greek or Jew, no one with circumcision or without circumcision, no division between nations, no servant or free man: but Christ is all and in all.

12As saints of God, then, holy and dearly loved, let your behaviour be marked by pity and mercy, kind feeling, a low opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, and a power of undergoing all things;

13Being gentle to one another and having forgiveness for one another, if anyone has done wrong to his brother, even as the Lord had forgiveness for you:

14And more than all, have love; the only way in which you may be completely joined together.

15And let the peace of Christ be ruling in your hearts, as it was the purpose of God for you to be one body; and give praise to God at all times.

16Let the word of Christ be in you in all wealth of wisdom; teaching and helping one another with songs of praise and holy words, making melody to God with grace in your hearts.

17And whatever you do, in word or in act, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving praise to God the Father through him.

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