December 26

Isaiah 61

1The spirit of the Lord is on me, because I am marked out by him to give good news to the poor; he has sent me to make the broken-hearted well, to say that the prisoners will be made free, and that those in chains will see the light again;

2To give knowledge that the year of the Lord’s good pleasure has come, and the day of punishment from our God; to give comfort to all who are sad;

3To give them a fair head-dress in place of dust, the oil of joy in place of the clothing of grief, praise in place of sorrow; so that they may be named trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, and so that he may have glory.

4And they will be building again the old broken walls, and will make new the old waste places, and will put up again the towns which have been waste for long generations.

5And men from strange countries will be your herdsmen, and those who are not Israelites will be your ploughmen and vine-keepers.

6But you will be named the priests of the Lord, the servants of our God: you will have the wealth of the nations for your food, and you will be clothed with their glory.

7As they had twice as much grief, and marks of shame were their heritage, so in their land they will be rewarded twice over, and will have eternal joy.

8For I, the Lord, take pleasure in upright judging; I will not put up with the violent taking away of right; and I will certainly give them their reward, and I will make an eternal agreement with them.

9And their seed will be noted among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples: it will be clear to all who see them that they are the seed to which the Lord has given his blessing.

10I will be full of joy in the Lord, my soul will be glad in my God; for he has put on me the clothing of salvation, covering me with the robe of righteousness, as the husband puts on a fair head-dress, and the bride makes herself beautiful with jewels.

11For as the earth puts out buds, and as the garden gives growth to the seeds which are planted in it, so the Lord will make righteousness and praise to be flowering before all the nations.

Ezekiel 38

1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2Son of man, let your face be turned against Gog, of the land of Magog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and be a prophet against him,

3And say, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal:

4And turning you round, I will put hooks in your mouth and make you come out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them in full war-dress, a great force with breastplate and body-cover, all of them armed with swords:

5Persia, Cush, and Put with them; all of them with body-cover and metal head-dress:

6Gomer and all her forces; the people of Togarmah in the inmost parts of the north, with all his forces: a great number of peoples with you.

7Be ready, make yourself ready, you and all the forces who are with you, and be ready for my orders.

8After a long time you will get your orders: in the last years you will come into the land which has been given back from the sword, which has been got together out of a great number of peoples, on the mountains of Israel which have ever been a waste: but it has been taken out from the peoples and they will be living, all of them, without fear of danger.

9And you will go up, you will come like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your forces, and a great number of peoples with you.

10This is what the Lord has said: In that day it will come about that things will come into your mind, and you will have thoughts of an evil design:

11And you will say, I will go up to the land of small unwalled towns; I will go to those who are quiet, living, all of them, without fear of danger, without walls or locks or doors:

12To take their property by force and go off with their goods; turning your hand against the waste places which now are peopled, and against the people who have been got together out of the nations, who have got cattle and goods for themselves, who are living in the middle of the earth.

13Sheba, and Dedan and her traders, Tarshish with all her traders, will say to you, Have you come to take our goods? have you got your armies together to take away our property by force? to take away silver and gold, cattle and goods, to go off with great wealth?

14For this cause, son of man, be a prophet and say to Gog, These are the words of the Lord: In that day, when my people Israel are living without fear of danger, will you not be moved against them?

15And you will come from your place in the inmost parts of the north, you and a great number of peoples with you, all of them on horseback, a great force and a strong army:

16And you will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land; and it will come about, in the last days, that I will make you come against my land, so that the nations may have knowledge of me when I make myself holy in you, O Gog, before their eyes.

17This is what the Lord has said: You are he of whom I gave them word in earlier times by my servants, the prophets of Israel, who in those days went on saying, year after year, that I would make you come up against them.

18And it will come about in that day, when Gog comes up against the land of Israel, says the Lord, that my wrath will come up, and my passion and my bitter feeling.

19For in the fire of my wrath I have said, Truly, in that day there will be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

20So that the fish of the sea and the birds of heaven and the beasts of the field and everything moving on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth, will be shaking before me, and the mountains will be overturned and the high places will come down, and every wall will come falling down to the earth.

21And I will send to all my mountains for a sword against him, says the Lord: every man’s sword will be against his brother.

22And I will take up my cause against him with disease and with blood; and I will send down on him and on his forces and on the peoples who are with him, an overflowing shower and great ice-drops, fire, and burning.

23And I will make my name great and make myself holy, and I will make myself clear to a number of nations; and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39

1And you, son of man, be a prophet against Gog, and say, These are the words of the Lord: See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal:

2And turning you round, I will be your guide, and make you come up from the inmost parts of the north; I will make you come on to the mountains of Israel:

3And with a blow I will send your bow out of your left hand and your arrows falling from your right hand.

4On the mountains of Israel you will come down, you and all your forces and the peoples who are with you: I will give you to cruel birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be their food.

5You will come down in the open field: for I have said it, says the Lord.

6And I will send a fire on Magog, and on those who are living in the sea-lands without fear: and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

7And I will make clear my holy name among my people Israel; I will no longer let my holy name be made unclean: and the nations will be certain that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

8See, it is coming and it will be done, says the Lord; this is the day of which I have given word.

9And those who are living in the towns of Israel will go out and make fires of the instruments of war, burning the body-covers and the breastplates, the bows and the arrows and the sticks and the spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them:

10And they will take no wood out of the field or have any cut down in the woods; for they will make their fires of the instruments of war: and they will take by force the property of those who took their property, and go off with the goods of those who took their goods, says the Lord.

11And it will come about in those days, that I will give to Gog a last resting-place there in Israel, in the valley of Abarim on the east of the sea: and those who go through will be stopped: and there Gog and all his people will be put to rest, and the place will be named, The valley of Hamon-gog.

12And the children of Israel will be seven months putting them in the earth, so as to make the land clean.

13And all the people of the land will put them in the earth; and it will be to their honour in the day when I let my glory be seen, says the Lord.

14And they will put on one side men to do no other work but to go through the land and put in the earth the rest of those who are still on the face of the land, to make it clean: after seven months are ended they are to make a search.

15And while they go through the land, if anyone sees a man’s bone, he is to put up a sign by the place till those who are doing the work have put it in the earth in the valley of Hamon-gog.

16And there they will put all the army of Gog in the earth. So they will make the land clean.

17And you, son of man, this is what the Lord has said: Say to the birds of every sort and to all the beasts of the field, Get together and come; come together on every side to the offering which I am putting to death for you, a great offering on the mountains of Israel, so that you may have flesh for your food and blood for your drink.

18The flesh of the men of war will be your food, and your drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of sheep and lambs, of he-goats, of oxen, all of them fat beasts of Bashan.

19You will go on feasting on the fat till you are full, and drinking the blood till you are overcome with it, of my offering which I have put to death for you.

20At my table you will have food in full measure, horses and war-carriages, great men and all the men of war, says the Lord.

21And I will put my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see my punishments which I have put into effect, and my hand which I have put on them.

22So the children of Israel will be certain that I am the Lord their God, from that day and for the future.

23And it will be clear to the nations that the children of Israel were taken away prisoners for their evil-doing; because they did wrong against me, and my face was covered from them: so I gave them up into the hands of their attackers, and they all came to their end by the sword.

24In the measure of their unclean ways and their sins, so I did to them; and I kept my face covered from them.

25For this cause the Lord has said, Now I will let the fate of Jacob be changed, and I will have mercy on all the children of Israel, and will take care of the honour of my holy name.

26And they will be conscious of their shame and of all the wrong which they have done against me, when they are living in their land with no sense of danger and with no one to be a cause of fear to them;

27When I have taken them back from among the peoples and got them together out of the lands of their haters, and have made myself holy in them before the eyes of a great number of nations.

28And they will be certain that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away as prisoners among the nations, and have taken them together back to their land; and I have not let one of them be there any longer.

29And my face will no longer be covered from them: for I have sent the out-flowing of my spirit on the children of Israel, says the Lord.

Luke 2:21-52

21And when, after eight days, the time came for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given to him before his birth.

22And when the necessary days for making them clean by the law of Moses had come to an end, they took him to Jerusalem to give him to the Lord

23(As it says in the law of the Lord, Every mother’s first male child is to be holy to the Lord),

24And to make an offering, as it is ordered in the law of the Lord, of two doves or other young birds.

25And there was then in Jerusalem a man whose name was Simeon; and he was an upright man, fearing God and waiting for the comfort of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was on him.

26And he had knowledge, through the Holy Spirit, that he would not see death till he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27And full of the Spirit he came into the Temple; and when the father and mother came in with the child Jesus, to do with him what was ordered by the law,

28Then he took him in his arms and gave praise to God and said,

29Now you are letting your servant go in peace, O Lord, as you have said;

30For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31Which you have made ready before the face of all nations;

32A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

33And his father and mother were full of wonder at the things which were said about him.

34And Simeon gave them his blessing and said to Mary, his mother, See, this child will be the cause of the downfall and the lifting up of great numbers of people in Israel, and he will be a sign against which hard words will be said;

35(And a sword will go through your heart;) so that the secret thoughts of men may come to light.

36And there was one, Anna, a woman prophet, the daughter of Phanuel, of the family of Asher (she was very old, and after seven years of married life

37She had been a widow for eighty-four years); she was in the Temple at all times, worshipping with prayers and going without food, night and day.

38And coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, talking of him to all those who were waiting for the freeing of Jerusalem.

39And when they had done all the things which were ordered by the law of the Lord, they went back to Galilee, to Nazareth, the town where they were living.

40And the child became tall and strong and full of wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

41And every year his father and mother went to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover.

42And when he was twelve years old, they went up, as their way was, to the feast;

43And when the days of the feast came to an end and they were going back, the boy Jesus was still in Jerusalem, but they had no knowledge of it:

44And in the belief that he was with some of their number, they went a day’s journey; and after looking for him among their relations and friends,

45And seeing that he was not there, they went back to Jerusalem, to make search for him.

46And after three days they came across him in the Temple, seated among the wise men, giving ear to their words and putting questions to them.

47And all to whose ears it came were full of wonder at his knowledge and the answers which he gave.

48And when they saw him they were surprised, and his mother said to him, Son, why have you done this to us? see, your father and I have been looking for you with sorrow.

49And he said to them, Why were you looking for me? was it not clear to you that my right place was in my Father’s house?

50And his words seemed strange to them.

51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth; and did as he was ordered: and his mother kept all these words in her heart.

52And Jesus was increasing in wisdom and in years, and in grace before God and men.

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