Decembar 29

Isaiah 64

1O let the heavens be broken open and come down, so that the mountains may be shaking before you,

2As when fire puts the brushwood in flames, or as when water is boiling from the heat of the fire: to make your name feared by your haters, so that the nations may be shaking before you;

3While you do acts of power for which we are not looking, and which have not come to the ears of men in the past.

4The ear has not had news of, or the eye seen, … any God but you, working for the man who is waiting for him.

5Will you not have mercy on him who takes pleasure in doing righteousness, even on those who keep in mind your ways? Truly you were angry, and we went on doing evil, and sinning against you in the past.

6For we have all become like an unclean person, and all our good acts are like a dirty robe: and we have all become old like a dead leaf, and our sins, like the wind, take us away.

7And there is no one who makes prayer to your name, or who is moved to keep true to you: for your face is veiled from us, and you have given us into the power of our sins.

8But now, O Lord, you are our father; we are the earth, and you are our maker; and we are all the work of your hand.

9Be not very angry, O Lord, and do not keep our sins in mind for ever: give ear to our prayer, for we are all your people.

10Your holy towns have become a waste, Zion has become a waste, Jerusalem is a mass of broken walls.

11Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers gave praise to you, is burned with fire; and all the things of our desire have come to destruction.

12In view of all this, will you still do nothing, O Lord? will you keep quiet, and go on increasing our punishment?

Ezekiel 44

1And he took me back to the outer doorway of the holy place, looking to the east; and it was shut.

2And the Lord said to me, This doorway is to be shut, it is not to be open, and no man is to go in by it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, has gone in by it; and it is to be shut.

3But the ruler will be seated there to take his food before the Lord; he will go in by the covered way to the door, and will come out by the same way.

4And he took me to the north doorway in front of the house; and, looking, I saw that the house of the Lord was full of the glory of the Lord; and I went down on my face.

5And the Lord said to me, Son of man, take to heart, and let your eyes see and your ears be open to everything I say to you about all the rules of the house of the Lord and all its laws; and take note of the ways into the house and all the ways out of the holy place.

6And say to the uncontrolled children of Israel, This is what the Lord has said: O you children of Israel, let it be enough for you, among the disgusting things which you have done,

7To have let men from strange lands, without circumcision of heart or flesh, come into my holy place, making my house unclean; and to have made the offering of my food, even the fat and the blood; and in addition to all your disgusting ways, you have let my agreement be broken.

8And you have not taken care of my holy things; but you have put them as keepers to take care of my work in my holy place.

9For this cause the Lord has said, No man from a strange land, without circumcision of heart and flesh, of all those who are living among the children of Israel, is to come into my holy place.

10But as for the Levites, who went far from me, when Israel went out of the right way, turning away from me to go after their images; their punishment will come on them.

11But they may be caretakers in my holy place, and overseers at the doors of the house, doing the work of the house: they will put to death the burned offering and the beasts offered for the people, and they will take their place before them as their servants.

12Because they did this work for them before their images, and became a cause of sin to the children of Israel; for this cause my hand has been lifted up against them, says the Lord, and their punishment will be on them.

13And they will not come near me to do the work of priests to me, or come near any of my holy things, or the things which are most holy: but their shame will be on them, and the punishment for the disgusting things which they have done.

14But I will make them responsible for the care of the house and all its work and everything which is done in it.

15But as for the priests, the sons of Zadok, who took care of my holy place when the children of Israel were turned away from me, they are to come near me to do my work, they will take their places before me, offering to me the fat and the blood, says the Lord;

16They are to come into my holy place and they are to come near to my table, to do my work and have the care of my house.

17And when they come in by the doorways of the inner square, they are to be clothed in linen robes; there is to be no wool on them while they are doing my work in the doorway of the inner square and inside the house.

18They are to have linen head-dresses on their heads and linen trousers on their legs, and they are to have nothing round them to make their skin wet with heat.

19And when they go out into the outer square to the people, they are to take off the robes in which they do the work of priests, and put them away in the holy rooms, and put on other clothing, so that the people may not be made holy by their robes.

20They are not to have all the hair cut off their heads, and they are not to let their hair get long, but they are to have the ends of their hair cut.

21The priests are not to take wine when they go into the inner square.

22And they are not to take as wives any widow or woman whose husband has put her away: but they may take virgins of the seed of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.

23And they are to make clear to my people the division between what is holy and what is common, and to give them the knowledge of what is clean and what is unclean.

24In any cause, they are to be in the position of judges, judging in harmony with my decisions: they are to keep my laws and my rules in all my fixed feasts; and they are to keep my Sabbaths holy.

25They are not to come near any dead person so as to become unclean: but for a father or mother or son or daughter or brother or for a sister who has no husband, they may make themselves unclean.

26And after he has been made clean, seven days are to be numbered for him.

27And on the day when he goes into the inner square, to do the work of the holy place, he is to make his sin-offering, says the Lord.

28And they are to have no heritage; I am their heritage: you are to give them no property in Israel; I am their property.

29Their food is to be the meal offering and the sin-offering and the offering for error; and everything given specially to the Lord in Israel will be theirs.

30And the best of all the first-fruits of everything, and every offering which is lifted up of all your offerings, will be for the priests: and you are to give the priest the first of your bread-making, so causing a blessing to come on your house.

31The priests may not take for food any bird or beast which has come to a natural death or whose death has been caused by another animal.

Ezekiel 45

1And when you are making a distribution of the land, by the decision of the Lord, for your heritage, you are to make an offering to the Lord of a part of the land as holy: it is to be twenty-five thousand long and twenty thousand wide: all the land inside these limits is to be holy.

2Of this, a square five hundred long and five hundred wide is to be for the holy place, with a space of fifty cubits all round it.

3And of this measure, let a space be measured, twenty-five thousand long and ten thousand wide: in it there will be the holy place, even the most holy.

4This holy part of the land is to be for the priests, the servants of the holy place, who come near to the Lord to do his work; it is to be a place for their houses and for grass-land and for cattle.

5A space of land twenty-five thousand long and ten thousand wide is to be for the Levites, the servants of the house, a property for themselves, for towns for their living-places.

6And as the property for the town you are to have a part five thousand wide and twenty-five thousand long, by the side of the offering of the holy part of the land: this is to be for all the children of Israel.

7And for the ruler there is to be a part on one side and on the other side of the holy offering and of the property of the town, in front of the holy offering and in front of the property of the town on the west of it and on the east: measured in the same line as one of the parts of the land, from its limit on the west to its limit on the east of the land.

8And this will be his heritage in Israel: and my rulers will no longer be cruel masters to my people; but they will give the land as a heritage to the children of Israel by their tribes.

9This is what the Lord has said: Let this be enough for you, O rulers of Israel: let there be an end of violent behaviour and wasting; do what is right, judging uprightly; let there be no more driving out of my people, says the Lord.

10Have true scales and a true ephah and a true bath.

11The ephah and the bath are to be of the same measure, so that the bath is equal to a tenth of a homer, and the ephah to a tenth of a homer: the unit of measure is to be a homer.

12And the shekel is to be twenty gerahs: five shekels are five, and ten shekels are ten, and your maneh is to be fifty shekels

13This is the offering you are to give: a sixth of an ephah out of a homer of wheat, and a sixth of an ephah out of a homer of barley;

14And the fixed measure of oil is to be a tenth of a bath from the cor, for ten baths make up the cor;

15And one lamb from the flock out of every two hundred, from all the families of Israel, for a meal offering and for a burned offering and for peace-offerings, to take away their sin, says the Lord.

16All the people are to give this offering to the ruler.

17And the ruler will be responsible for the burned offering and the meal offering and the drink offering, at the feasts and the new moons and the Sabbaths, at all the fixed feasts of the children of Israel: he will give the sin-offering and meal offering and burned offering and the peace-offerings, to take away the sin of the children of Israel.

18This is what the Lord has said: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you are to take a young ox without any mark on him, and you are to make the holy place clean.

19And the priest is to take some of the blood of the sin-offering and put it on the uprights at the sides of the doors of the house, and on the four angles of the shelf of the altar, and on the sides of the doorway of the inner square.

20And this you are to do on the seventh day of the month for everyone who is in error and for the feeble-minded: you are to make the house free from sin.

21In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you are to have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread is to be your food.

22And on that day the ruler is to give for himself and for all the people of the land an ox for a sin-offering.

23And on the seven days of the feast he is to give a burned offering to the Lord, seven oxen and seven sheep without any mark on them, every day for seven days; and a he-goat every day for a sin-offering.

24And he is to give a meal offering, an ephah for every ox and an ephah for every sheep and a hin of oil to every ephah.

25In the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, at the feast, he is to give the same for seven days; the sin-offering, the burned offering, the meal offering, and the oil as before.

Luke 4:1-30

1And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, came back from the Jordan, and was guided by the Spirit in the waste land

2For forty days, being tested by the Evil One. And he had no food in those days; and when they came to an end, he was in need of food.

3And the Evil One said to him, If you are the Son of God, give orders to this stone to become bread.

4And Jesus made answer to him, It has been said in the Writings, Bread is not man’s only need.

5And he took him up and let him see all the kingdoms of the earth in a minute of time.

6And the Evil One said, I will give you authority over all these, and the glory of them, for it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone at my pleasure.

7If then you will give worship to me, it will all be yours.

8And Jesus in answer said to him, It has been said in the Writings, Give worship to the Lord your God, and be his servant only.

9And he took him to Jerusalem and put him on the highest point of the Temple and said to him, If you are the Son of God, let yourself go down from here; for it is said in the Writings,

10He will give his angels orders to take care of you:

11And, In their hands they will keep you up, so that your foot may not be crushed against a stone.

12And Jesus made answer and said to him, It is said in the Writings, You may not put the Lord your God to the test.

13And when all these tests were ended the Evil One went away from him for a time.

14And Jesus came back to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and the news of him went through all the country round about.

15And he was teaching in their Synagogues and all men gave him praise.

16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been as a child, and he went, as his way was, into the Synagogue on the Sabbath, and got up to give a reading.

17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was given to him and, opening the book, he came on the place where it is said,

18The 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 well those who are broken-hearted; to say that the prisoners will be let go, and the blind will see, and to make the wounded free from their chains,

19To give knowledge that the year of the Lord’s good pleasure is come.

20And shutting the book he gave it back to the servant and took his seat: and the eyes of all in the Synagogue were fixed on him.

21Then he said to them, Today this word has come true in your hearing.

22And they were all giving witness, with wonder, to the words of grace which came from his mouth: and they said, Is not this the son of Joseph?

23And he said to them, Without doubt you will say to me, Let the medical man make himself well: the things which to our knowledge were done at Capernaum, do them here in your country.

24And he said to them, Truly I say to you, No prophet is honoured in his country.

25Truly I say to you, There were a number of widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months and there was no food in the land;

26But Elijah was not sent to one of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

27And there were a number of lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and not one of them was made clean, but only Naaman the Syrian.

28And all who were in the Synagogue were very angry when these things were said to them.

29And they got up and took him out of the town to the edge of the mountain on which their town was, so that they might send him down to his death.

30But he came through them and went on his way.

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