December 31

Isaiah 66

1The Lord says, Heaven is the seat of my power, and earth is the resting-place for my feet: what sort of house will you make for me, and what place will be my resting-place?

2For all these things my hand has made, and they are mine, says the Lord; but to this man only will I give attention, to him who is poor and broken in spirit, fearing my word.

3He who puts an ox to death puts a man to death; he who makes an offering of a lamb puts a dog to death; he who makes a meal offering makes an offering of pig’s blood; he who makes an offering of perfumes for a sign gives worship to an image: as they have gone after their desires, and their soul takes pleasure in their disgusting things;

4So I will go after trouble for them, and will send on them what they are fearing: because no one made answer to my voice, or gave ear to my word; but they did what was evil in my eyes, going after that in which I took no pleasure.

5Give ear to the word of the Lord, you who are in fear at his word: your countrymen, hating you, and driving you out because of my name, have said, Let the Lord’s glory be made clear, so that we may see your joy; but they will be put to shame.

6There is a noise of war from the town, a sound from the Temple, the voice of the Lord giving punishment to his haters.

7Before her pains came, she gave birth; before her pains, she gave birth to a man-child.

8When has such a story come to men’s ears? who has seen such things? will a land come to birth in one day? will a nation be given birth in a minute? For when Zion’s pains came on her, she gave birth to her children straight away.

9Will I by whom the birth was started, not make it complete? says the Lord. Will I who make children come to birth, let them be kept back? says your God.

10Have joy with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you her lovers: take part in her joy, all you who are sorrowing for her:

11So that you may take of the comfort flowing from her breasts, and be delighted with the full measure of her glory.

12For the Lord says, See, I will make her peace like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream, and she will take her children in her arms, gently caring for them on her knees.

13As to one who is comforted by his mother, so will I give you comfort: and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.

14And you will see it and your heart will be glad, and your bones will get new strength, like young grass: and the hand of the Lord will be seen at work for his servants, and his wrath against his haters.

15For the Lord is coming with fire, and his war-carriages will be like the storm-wind; to give punishment in the heat of his wrath, and his passion is like flames of fire.

16For with fire and sword will the Lord come, judging all the earth, and his sword will be on all flesh: and great numbers will be put to death by him.

17As for those who keep themselves separate, and make themselves clean in the gardens, going after one in the middle, taking pig’s flesh for food, and other disgusting things, such as the mouse: their works and their thoughts will come to an end together, says the Lord.

18And I am coming to get together all nations and tongues: and they will come and will see my glory.

19And I will put a sign among them, and I will send those who are still living to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud, Meshech and Rosh, Tubal and Javan, to the sea-lands far away, who have not had word of me, or seen my glory; and they will give the knowledge of my glory to the nations.

20And they will take your countrymen out of all the nations for an offering to the Lord, on horses, and in carriages, and in carts, and on asses, and on camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, as the children of Israel take their offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.

21And some of them will I take for priests and Levites, says the Lord.

22For as the new heaven and the new earth which I will make will be for ever before me, says the Lord, so will your seed and your name be for ever.

23And it will be, that from new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh will come to give worship before me, says the Lord.

24And they will go out to see the dead bodies of the men who have done evil against me: for their worm will ever be living, and their fire will never be put out, and they will be a thing of fear to all flesh.

Ezekiel 48

1Now these are the names of the tribes: from the north end, from the west on the way of Hethlon to the way into Hamath, in the direction of Hazar-enon, with the limit of Damascus to the north, by Hamath; and on the limit from the east side to the west side: Dan, one part.

2And on the limit of Dan, from the east side to the west side: Asher, one part.

3And on the limit of Asher, from the east side to the west side: Naphtali, one part.

4And on the limit of Naphtali, from the east side to the west side: Manasseh, one part.

5And on the limit of Manasseh, from the east side to the west side: Ephraim, one part.

6And on the limit of Ephraim, from the east side to the west side: Reuben, one part.

7And on the limit of Reuben, from the east side to the west side: Judah, one part.

8And on the limit of Judah, from the east side to the west side, will be the offering which you are to make, twenty-five thousand wide, and as long as one of the parts, from the east side to the west side: and the holy place will be in the middle of it.

9The offering you will give to the Lord is to be twenty-five thousand long and twenty-five thousand wide.

10And for these, that is the priests, the holy offering is to be twenty-five thousand long to the north, ten thousand wide to the west, ten thousand wide to the east and twenty-five thousand long to the south; and the holy place of the Lord will be in the middle of it.

11For the priests who have been made holy, those of the sons of Zadok who kept the orders I gave them, who did not go out of the right way when the children of Israel went from the way, as the Levites did,

12Even for them will be the offering from the offering of the land, a thing most holy, on the limit of the land given to the Levites.

13And the Levites are to have a part of the land equal to the limit of the priests’, twenty-five thousand long and ten thousand wide, all of it together to be twenty-five thousand long and twenty thousand wide.

14And they are not to let any of it go for a price, or give it in exchange; and the part of the land given to the Lord is not to go into other hands: for it is holy to the Lord.

15And the other five thousand, measured from side to side, in front of the twenty-five thousand, is to be for common use, for the town, for living in and for a free space: and the town will be in the middle of it.

16And these will be its measures: the north side, four thousand five hundred, and the south side, four thousand five hundred, and on the east side, four thousand five hundred, and on the west side, four thousand five hundred.

17And the town will have a free space on the north of two hundred and fifty, on the south of two hundred and fifty, on the east of two hundred and fifty, and on the west of two hundred and fifty.

18And the rest, in measure as long as the holy offering, will be ten thousand to the east and ten thousand to the west: and its produce will be for food for the workers of the town.

19It will be farmed by workers of the town from all the tribes of Israel.

20The size of the offering all together is to be twenty-five thousand by twenty-five thousand: you are to make the holy offering a square, together with the property of the town.

21And the rest is to be for the prince, on this side and on that side of the holy offering and of the property of the town, in front of the twenty-five thousand to the east, as far as the east limit, and to the west, in front of the twenty-five thousand, as far as the west limit, and of the same measure as those parts; it will be the property of the prince: and the holy offering and holy place of the house will be in the middle of it.

22And the property of the Levites and the property of the town will be in the middle of the prince’s property; between the limit of Judah’s part and the limit of Benjamin’s part will be for the prince.

23And as for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west side: Benjamin, one part.

24And on the limit of Benjamin, from the east side to the west side: Simeon, one part.

25And on the limit of Simeon, from the east side to the west side: Issachar, one part.

26And on the limit of Issachar, from the east side to the west side: Zebulun, one part.

27And on the limit of Zebulun, from the east side to the west side: Gad one part.

28And on the limit of Gad, on the south side and to the south of it, the limit will be from Tamar to the waters of Meribath-kadesh, to the stream, to the Great Sea.

29This is the land of which distribution is to be made by the decision of the Lord, among the tribes of Israel for their heritage, and these are their heritages, says the Lord.

30And these are the outskirts of the town: on the north side, four thousand five hundred by measure;

31And the doors of the town are to be named by the names of the tribes of Israel; three doors on the north, one for Reuben, one for Judah, one for Levi;

32And at the east side, four thousand five hundred by measure, and three doors, one for Joseph, one for Benjamin, one for Dan;

33And at the south side, four thousand five hundred by measure, and three doors, one for Simeon, one for Issachar, one for Zebulun;

34At the west side, four thousand five hundred by measure, with their three doors, one for Gad, one for Asher, one for Naphtali.

35It is to be eighteen thousand all round: and the name of the town from that day will be, The Lord is there.

Luke 5:1-26

1Now it came about that while the people came pushing to be near him, and to have knowledge of the word of God, he was by a wide stretch of water named Gennesaret;

2And he saw two boats by the edge of the water, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

3And he got into one of the boats, the property of Simon, and made a request to him to go a little way out from the land. And being seated he gave the people teaching from the boat.

4And when his talk was ended, he said to Simon, Go out into deep water, and let down your nets for fish.

5And Simon, answering, said, Master, we were working all night and we took nothing: but at your word I will let down the nets.

6And when they had done this, they got such a great number of fish that it seemed as if their nets would be broken;

7And they made signs to their friends in the other boat to come to their help. And they came, and the two boats were so full that they were going down.

8But Simon, when he saw it, went down at the knees of Jesus and said, Go away from me, O Lord, for I am a sinner.

9For he was full of wonder and so were all those who were with him, at the number of fish which they had taken;

10And so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were working with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Have no fear; from this time forward you will be a fisher of men.

11And when they had got their boats to the land, they gave up everything and went after him.

12And it came about that while he was in one of the towns, there was a leper there: and when he saw Jesus he went down on his face in prayer to him, saying, Lord, if it is your pleasure, you have power to make me clean.

13And he put out his hand to him and said, It is my pleasure; be clean. And straight away his disease went from him.

14And he gave him orders: Say nothing to any man, but let the priest see you and give an offering so that you may be made clean, as the law of Moses says, and for a witness to them.

15But news of him went out all the more, in every direction, and great numbers of people came together to give hearing to his words and to be made well from their diseases.

16But he went away by himself to a waste place for prayer.

17And it came about that on one of these days he was teaching; and some Pharisees and teachers of the law were seated there, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judaea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him, to make those who were ill free from their diseases.

18And some men had with them, on a bed, a man who was ill, without power of moving; and they made attempts to get him in and put him before Jesus.

19And because of the mass of people, there was no way to get him in; so they went up on the top of the house and let him down through the roof, on his bed, into the middle in front of Jesus.

20And seeing their faith he said, Man, you have forgiveness for your sins.

21And the scribes and Pharisees were having an argument, saying, Who is this, who has no respect for God? who is able to give forgiveness for sins, but God only?

22But Jesus, who had knowledge of their thoughts, said to them, Why are you reasoning in your hearts?

23Which is the simpler: to say, You have forgiveness for your sins; or to say, Get up and go?

24But so that you may see that on earth the Son of man has authority for the forgiveness of sins, (he said to the man who was ill,) I say to you, Get up, and take up your bed, and go into your house.

25And straight away he got up before them, and took up his bed and went away to his house giving praise to God.

26And wonder overcame them all, and they gave glory to God; and they were full of fear, saying, We have seen strange things today.


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