December 28

Isaiah 63

1Who is this who comes from Edom, with blood-red robes from Bozrah? he whose clothing is fair, stepping with pride in his great strength? I whose glory is in the right, strong for salvation.

2Why is your clothing red, and why are your robes like those of one who is crushing the grapes?

3I have been crushing the grapes by myself, and of the peoples there was no man with me: in my wrath and in my passion, they were crushed under my feet; and my robes are marked with their life-blood, and all my clothing is red.

4For the day of punishment is in my heart, and the year for the payment of the price for my people has come.

5And I saw that there was no helper, and I was wondering that no one gave them support: so my arm did the work of salvation, and my wrath was my support.

6And in my passion the peoples were crushed under my feet, and broken in my wrath, and I put down their strength to the earth.

7I will give news of the mercies of the Lord, and his great acts, even all the things the Lord has done for us, in his great grace to the house of Israel; even all he has done for us in his unnumbered mercies.

8For he said, Truly they are my people, children who will not be false: so he was their saviour out of all their trouble.

9It was no sent one or angel, but he himself who was their saviour: in his love and in his pity he took up their cause, and he took them in his arms, caring for them all through the years.

10But they went against him, causing grief to his holy spirit: so he was turned against them, and made war on them.

11Then the early days came to their minds, the days of Moses his servant: and they said, Where is he who made the keeper of his flock come up from the sea? where is he who put his holy spirit among them,

12He who made the arm of his glory go at the right hand of Moses, by whom the waters were parted before them, to make himself an eternal name;

13He who made them go through the deep waters, like a horse in the waste land?

14Like the cattle which go down into the valley, they went without falling, the spirit of the Lord guiding them: so you went before your people, to make yourself a great name.

15Let your eyes be looking down from heaven, from your holy and beautiful house: where is your deep feeling, the working of your power? do not keep back the moving of your pity and your mercies:

16For you are our father, though Abraham has no knowledge of us, and Israel gives no thought to us: you, O Lord, are our father; from the earliest days you have taken up our cause.

17O Lord, why do you send us wandering from your ways, making our hearts hard, so that we have no fear of you? Come back, because of your servants, the tribes of your heritage.

18Why have evil men gone over your holy place, so that it has been crushed under the feet of our haters?

19We have become as those who were never ruled by you, on whom your name was not named.

Ezekiel 42

1And he took me out into the inner square in the direction of the north: and he took me into the rooms which were opposite the separate place and opposite the building to the north.

2On the north side it was a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide,

3Opposite the space of twenty cubits which was part of the inner square, and opposite the stone floor of the outer square. There were covered ways facing one another on the third floor.

4And in front of the rooms was a walk, ten cubits wide and a hundred cubits long; and their doors were facing north.

5And the higher rooms were shorter: for the covered ways took up more space from these than from the lower and middle rooms.

6For they were on three floors, and they had no pillars like the pillars of the outer square; so the highest was narrower than the lowest and middle floors from the earth level.

7And the wall which went outside by the side of the rooms, in the direction of the outer square in front of the rooms, was fifty cubits long.

8For the rooms in the outer square were fifty cubits long: and in front of the Temple was a space of a hundred cubits.

9And under these rooms was the way in from the east side, as one goes into them from the outer square at the head of the outer wall.

10(And he took me) to the south, and in front of the separate place and in front of the building there were rooms.

11And there was a walk in front of them like that by the rooms on the north; they were equally long and wide; and the ways out of them were the same in design and had the same sort of doors.

12And under the rooms on the south was a door at the head of the outer wall in the direction of the east as one goes in.

13And he said to me, The north rooms and the south rooms in front of the separate place are the holy rooms, where the priests who come near the Lord take the most holy things for their food: there the most holy things are placed, with the meal offering and the sin-offering and the offering for error; for the place is holy.

14When the priests go in, they may not go out of the holy place into the outer square, and there they are to put the robes in which they do the work of the Lord’s house, for they are holy: and they have to put on other clothing before they come near that which has to do with the people.

15And when he had come to the end of measuring the inner house, he took me out to the doorway looking to the east, and took its measure all round.

16He went round and took the measure of it on the east side with the measuring rod, five hundred, measured with the rod all round.

17And he went round and took the measure of it on the north side with the measuring rod, five hundred, measured with the rod all round.

18And he went round and took the measure of it on the south side with the measuring rod, five hundred, measured with the rod all round.

19And he went round and took the measure of it on the west side with the measuring rod, five hundred, measured with the rod all round.

20He took its measure on the four sides: and it had a wall all round, five hundred long and five hundred wide, separating what was holy from what was common.

Ezekiel 43

1And he took me to the doorway looking to the east:

2And there was the glory of the God of Israel coming from the way of the east: and his voice was like the sound of great waters, and the earth was shining with his glory.

3And the vision which I saw was like the vision I had seen when he came for the destruction of the town: and like the vision which I saw by the river Chebar; and I went down on my face.

4And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the doorway looking to the east.

5And the spirit, lifting me up, took me into the inner square; and I saw that the house was full of the glory of the Lord.

6And the voice of one talking to me came to my ears from inside the house; and the man was by my side.

7And he said to me, Son of man, this is the place where the seat of my power is and the resting-place of my feet, where I will be among the children of Israel for ever: and no longer will the people of Israel make my holy name unclean, they or their kings, by their loose ways and by the dead bodies of their kings;

8By putting their doorstep by my doorstep, and the pillar of their door by the pillar of my door, with only a wall between me and them; and they have made my holy name unclean by the disgusting things which they have done: so in my wrath I sent destruction on them.

9Now let them put their loose ways and the dead bodies of their kings far from me, and I will be among them for ever.

10You, son of man, give the children of Israel an account of this house, so that they may be shamed because of their evil-doing: and let them see the vision of it and its image.

11And they will be shamed by what they have done; so give them the knowledge of the form of the house and its structure, and the ways out of it and into it, and all its laws and its rules, writing it down for them: so that they may keep all its laws and do them.

12This is the law of the house: On the top of the mountain all the space round it on every side will be most holy. See, this is the law of the house.

13And these are the measures of the altar in cubits: (the cubit being a cubit and a hand’s measure;) its hollow base is a cubit high and a cubit wide, and it has an overhanging edge as wide as a hand-stretch all round it:

14And from the base on the earth level to the lower shelf, the altar is two cubits high and a cubit wide; and from the smaller shelf to the greater shelf it is four cubits high and a cubit wide.

15And the fireplace is four cubits high: and coming up from the fireplace are the horns, a cubit high.

16And the fireplace is twelve cubits long and twelve cubits wide, square on its four sides.

17And the shelf is fourteen cubits long and fourteen cubits wide, on its four sides; the edge round it is half a cubit; the base of it is a cubit all round, and its steps are facing the east.

18And he said to me, Son of man, the Lord God has said, These are the rules for the altar, when they make it, for the offering of burned offerings on it and the draining out of the blood.

19You are to give to the priests, the Levites of the seed of Zadok, who come near to me, says the Lord God, to do my work, a young ox for a sin-offering.

20You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns and on the four angles of the shelf and on the edge all round: and you are to make it clean and free from sin.

21And you are to take the ox of the sin-offering, and have it burned in the special place ordered for it in the house, outside the holy place.

22And on the second day you are to have a he-goat without any mark on it offered for a sin-offering; and they are to make the altar clean as they did with the young ox.

23And after you have made it clean, let a young ox without a mark be offered, and a male sheep from the flock without a mark.

24And you are to take them before the Lord, and the priests will put salt on them, offering them up for a burned offering to the Lord.

25Every day for seven days you are to give a goat for a sin-offering: and let them give in addition a young ox and a male sheep from the flock without any mark on them.

26For seven days they are to make offerings to take away sin from the altar and to make it clean; so they are to make it holy.

27And when these days have come to an end, then on the eighth day and after, the priests will make your burned offerings on the altar and your peace-offerings; and I will take pleasure in you, says the Lord.

Luke 3:21-38

21Now it came about that when all the people had been given baptism, Jesus, having had baptism with them, was in prayer, when, the heaven being open,

22The Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, and a voice came from heaven, saying, You are my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

23And Jesus at this time was about thirty years old, being the son (as it seemed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,

24The son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,

25The son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,

26The son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,

27The son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,

28The son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,

29The son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,

30The son of Symeon, the son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,

31The son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

32The son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,

33The son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

34The son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

35The son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,

36The son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

37The son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,

38The son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.


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