December 27

Isaiah 62

1Because of Zion I will not keep quiet, and because of Jerusalem I will take no rest, till her righteousness goes out like the shining of the sun, and her salvation like a burning light.

2And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you will have a new name, given by the mouth of the Lord.

3And you will be a fair crown in the hand of the Lord, and a king’s head-dress in the hand of your God.

4You will not now be named, She who is given up; and your land will no longer be named, The waste land: but you will have the name, My pleasure is in her, and your land will be named, Married: for the Lord has pleasure in you, and your land will be married.

5For as a young man takes a virgin for his wife, so will your maker be married to you: and as a husband has joy in his bride, so will the Lord your God be glad over you.

6I have put watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will not keep quiet day or night: you who are the Lord’s recorders, take no rest,

7And give him no rest, till he puts Jerusalem in her place to be praised in the earth.

8The Lord has taken an oath by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Truly, I will no longer give your grain to be food for your haters; and men of strange countries will not take the wine for which your work has been done:

9But those who have got in the grain will have it for their food, and will give praise to the Lord; and those who have got in the grapes will take the wine of them in the open places of my holy house.

10Go through, go through the doors; make ready the way of the people; let the highway be lifted up; let the stones be taken away; let a flag be lifted up over the peoples.

11The Lord has sent out word to the end of the earth, Say to the daughter of Zion, See, your saviour comes; those whom he has made free are with him, and those to whom he has given salvation go before him.

12And they will be named, The holy people, Those whose cause has been taken up by the Lord: and you will be named, Desired, A town not given up.

Ezekiel 40

1In the twenty-fifth year after we had been taken away prisoners, in the first month of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the town was taken, on the very same day, the hand of the Lord was on me, and he took me there.

2In the visions of God he took me into the land of Israel, and put me down on a very high mountain, on which there was, as it seemed, a building like a town opposite me.

3He took me there, and I saw a man, looking like brass, with a linen cord in his hand and a measuring rod: and he was stationed in the doorway.

4And the man said to me, Son of man, see with your eyes and give hearing with your ears, and take to heart everything I am going to let you see; for in order that I might let you see them, you have come here: and give an account of all you see to the children of Israel.

5And there was a wall on the outside of the house all round, and in the man’s hand there was a measuring rod six cubits long by a cubit and a hand’s measure: so he took the measure of the building from side to side, one rod; and from base to top, one rod.

6Then he came to the doorway looking to the east, and went up by its steps; and he took the measure of the doorstep, one rod wide.

7And the watchmen’s rooms were one rod long and one rod wide; and the space between the rooms was five cubits; the doorstep of the doorway, by the covered way of the doorway inside, was one rod.

8And he took the measure of the covered way of the doorway inside,

9Eight cubits; and its uprights, two cubits; the covered way of the doorway was inside.

10And the rooms of the doorway on the east were three on this side and three on that; all three were of the same size; and the uprights on this side and on that were of the same size.

11And he took the measure of the opening of the doorway, ten cubits wide; and the way down the doorway was thirteen cubits;

12And the space in front of the rooms, a cubit on this side and a cubit on that side; and the rooms six cubits on this side and six cubits on that.

13And he took the measure of the doorway from the back of one room to the back of the other, twenty-five cubits across, from door to door.

14And he took the measure of the covered way, twenty cubits; and opening from the covered way of the doorway was the open square round about.

15And from before the opening of the doorway to before the inner covered way of the doorway was fifty cubits.

16And the rooms and their uprights had sloping windows inside the doorway all round, and in the same way the covered way had windows all round on the inside: and on every upright there were palm-trees.

17Then he took me into the outer square, and there were rooms and a stone floor made for the open square all round: there were thirty rooms on the stone floor.

18And the stone floor was by the side of the doorways, and was as wide as the doorways were long, even the lower floor.

19Then he took the measure of the square across, from before the lower doorway inside to before the inner doorway outside, one hundred cubits. And he took me in the direction of the north,

20And there was a doorway to the outer square, looking to the north; and he took the measure of it to see how wide and how long it was.

21And it had three rooms on this side of it and three on that; its uprights and its covered ways were the same size as those of the first doorway: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

22And its windows, and the windows of its covered ways, and its palm-trees, were the same as those of the doorway looking to the east; and there were seven steps up to it; and the covered way went inside.

23And there was a doorway to the inner square opposite the doorway on the north, like the doorway on the east; and he took the measure from doorway to doorway, a hundred cubits.

24And he took me to the south, and I saw a doorway looking to the south: and he took the measure of its rooms and its uprights and its covered ways by these measures.

25And there were windows in it and in the covered way all round, like the other windows: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

26And there were seven steps up to it, and its covered way went inside: and it had palm-trees, one on this side and one on that, on its uprights.

27And there was a doorway to the inner square looking to the south: he took the measure from doorway to doorway to the south, a hundred cubits.

28Then he took me to the inner square by the south doorway: and he took the measure of the south doorway by these measures;

29And the rooms in it and the uprights and the covered ways, by these measures:

30And there were windows in it and in the covered way all round: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

31The covered way was on the side nearest the outer square; and there were palm-trees on the uprights: and there were eight steps going up to it.

32And he took me into the inner square facing the east: and he took the measure of the doorway by these measures;

33And of the rooms in it and its uprights and its covered ways, by these measures: and there were windows in it and in the covered way round about: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

34And the covered way was on the side nearest the outer square; there were palm-trees on the uprights, on this side and on that: and there were eight steps going up to it.

35And he took me to the north doorway: and he took the measure of it by these measures;

36Its rooms, its uprights, and its covered way had the same measures, and its covered way had windows all round: it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

37Its uprights were on the side nearest to the outer square; there were palm-trees on the uprights, on this side and on that: and there were eight steps going up to it.

38And there was a room with a door in the covered way of the doorway, where the burned offering was washed.

39And in the covered way of the doorway there were two tables on this side and two tables on that side, on which the burned offering and the sin-offering and the offering for error were put to death:

40On the outer side, to the north, as one goes up to the opening of the doorway, were two tables.

41There were four tables on one side and four tables on the other, by the side of the doorway; eight tables, on which they put to death the beasts for the offerings.

42And there were four tables for the burned offering, made of cut stone, one and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide and a cubit high, where the instruments were placed which were used for putting to death the burned offering and the beasts for the offerings.

43And they had edges all round as wide as a man’s hand: and on the tables was the flesh of the offerings.

44And he took me into the inner square, and there were two rooms in the inner square, one at the side of the north doorway, facing south; and one at the side of the south doorway, facing north.

45And he said to me, This room, facing south, is for the priests who have the care of the house.

46And the room facing north is for the priests who have the care of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok, who, from among the sons of Levi, come near to the Lord to do the work of his house.

47And he took the measure of the open square, a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide, being square; and the altar was in front of the house.

48Then he took me to the covered way before the house, and took the measure of its uprights, five cubits on one side and five cubits on the other: and the doorway was fourteen cubits wide; and the side-walls of the doorway were three cubits on one side and three cubits on the other.

49The covered way was twenty cubits long and twelve cubits wide, and they went up to it by ten steps; and there were pillars by the uprights, one on one side and one on the other.

Ezekiel 41

1And he took me to the Temple, and took the measure of the uprights, six cubits wide on one side and six cubits wide on the other.

2And the door-opening was ten cubits wide; and the side walls of the door-opening were five cubits on one side and five cubits on the other: and it was forty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.

3And he went inside and took the measure of the uprights of the door-opening, two cubits: and the door-opening, six cubits; and the side-walls of the door-opening were seven cubits on one side and seven cubits on the other.

4And by his measure it was twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide in front of the Temple: and he said to me, This is the most holy place.

5Then he took the measure of the wall of the house, which was six cubits; and of the side-rooms round the house, which were four cubits wide.

6And the side-rooms, room over room, were three times thirty; there were inlets in the wall of the house for the side-rooms round about, for supports in the wall of the house.

7The side-rooms became wider as they went higher up the house, by the amount of the space let into the wall up round about the house, because of the inlets in the house; and one went up from the lowest floor by steps to the middle, and from the middle to the upper floor.

8And I saw that the house had a stone floor all round; the bases of the side-rooms were a full rod of six great cubits high.

9The wall supporting the side-rooms on the outside was five cubits thick: and there was a free space of five cubits between the side-rooms of the house.

10And between the rooms was a space twenty cubits wide all round the house.

11And the free space had doors opening from the side-rooms, one door on the north and one door on the south: and the free space was five cubits wide all round.

12And the building which was in front of the separate place at the side to the west was seventy cubits wide; the wall of the building was five cubits thick all round and ninety cubits long.

13And he took the measure of the house; it was a hundred cubits long; and the separate place and the building with its walls was a hundred cubits long;

14And the east front of the house and of the separate place was a hundred cubits wide.

15And he took the measure of the building in front of the separate place which was at the back of it, and the pillared walks on one side and on the other side; they were a hundred cubits long; and the Temple and the inner part and its outer covered way were covered in;

16And the sloping windows and the covered ways round all three of them were of shakiph-wood all round from the level of the earth up to the windows;

17And there was a roof over the doorway and as far as the inner house, and to the outside and on the wall all round, inside and outside.

18And it had pictured forms of winged beings and palm-trees; a palm-tree between two winged ones, and every winged one had two faces;

19So that there was the face of a man turned to the palm-tree on one side, and the face of a young lion on the other side: so it was made all round the house.

20From earth level up to the windows there were winged ones and palm-trees pictured on the wall.

21…

22The altar was made of wood, and was three cubits high and two cubits long; it had angles, and its base and sides were of wood; and he said to me, This is the table which is before the Lord.

23The Temple had two doors.

24And the holy place had two doors, and the doors had two turning leaves, two for one and two for the other.

25And on them were pictured winged ones and palm-trees, as on the walls; and a … of wood was on the front of the covered way outside.

26And there were sloping windows and palm-trees on one side and on the other, on the sides of the covered way: and the side-rooms of the house and the …

Luke 3:1-20

1Now in the fifteenth year of the rule of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being ruler of Judaea, and Herod being king of Galilee, his brother Philip king of the country of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias king of Abilene,

2When Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of the Lord came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the waste land.

3And he came into all the country round about Jordan, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed.

4As it says in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight.

5Every valley will be lifted up, and all the mountains and hills made low, and the twisted will be made straight, and the rough ways smooth;

6And all flesh will see the salvation of God.

7So he said to the people who went out to him for baptism: You offspring of snakes, at whose word are you going in flight from the wrath to come?

8Make clear by your acts that your hearts have been changed; and do not say to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father: for I say to you that God is able from these stones to make children of Abraham.

9And even now the axe is put to the root of the trees; and every tree which does not have good fruit will be cut down and put into the fire.

10And the people put questions to him, saying, What have we to do?

11And he made answer and said to them, He who has two coats, let him give to him who has not even one; and he who has food, let him do the same.

12Then tax-farmers came to him for baptism and said to him, Master, what have we to do?

13And he said to them, Do not make an attempt to get more money than the right amount.

14And men of the army put questions to him, saying, And what have we to do? And he said to them, Do no violent acts to any man, and do not take anything without right, and let your payment be enough for you.

15And while the people were waiting, and all men were questioning in their hearts about John, if he was the Christ or not,

16John made answer, saying to them all, Truly, I give you baptism with water, but one is coming who is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to undo: he will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit, and with fire:

17In whose hand is the instrument with which he will make clean his grain; he will put the good grain in his store, but the waste will be burned in the fire which will never be put out.

18And so comforting them with these and other words, he gave the good news to the people;

19But Herod the king, because John had made a protest on account of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and other evil things which Herod had done,

20Did this most evil thing of all, and had John shut up in prison.

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