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DECEMBER 16

 

PSALMS:   16, 46, 76, 106, 136

 

PROVERBS:  16

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NUMBERS 8:1 – 9:23

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  MARK 13:14 – 37

 

PSALMS:  16

 

A miktam A of David.

1 Keep me safe, O God,

for in you I take refuge.

2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

apart from you I have no good thing.”

3 As for the saints who are in the land,

they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. B

4 The sorrows of those will increase

who run after other gods.

I will not pour out their libations of blood

or take up their names on my lips.

 

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;

you have made my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.

 

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;

even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the LORD always before me.

Because he is at my right hand,

I will not be shaken. [1]

 

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, C

nor will you let your Holy OneD see decay.

11 You have madeE known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand. [2]

 

PSALMS:  46

 

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A A song.

1 God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Selah

8 Come and see the works of the LORD,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,

he burns the shieldsB with fire.

 

10 “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Selah [3]

 

PSALMS:  76

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1 In Judah God is known;

his name is great in Israel.

2 His tent is in Salem,

his dwelling place in Zion.

3 There he broke the flashing arrows,

the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.

Selah

4 You are resplendent with light,

more majestic than mountains rich with game.

5 Valiant men lie plundered,

they sleep their last sleep;

not one of the warriors

can lift his hands.

6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,

both horse and chariot lie still.

7 You alone are to be feared.

Who can stand before you when you are angry?

8 From heaven you pronounced judgment,

and the land feared and was quiet–

9 when you, O God, rose up to judge,

to save all the afflicted of the land.

Selah

10 Surely your wrath against men brings you praise,

and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.A

11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them;

let all the neighboring lands

bring gifts to the One to be feared.

12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; [4]

he is feared by the kings of the earth [5]

 

PSALMS:  106

 

1 Praise the LORD. A

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD

or fully declare his praise?

3Blessed are they who maintain justice,

who constantly do what is right.

4 Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people,

come to my aid when you save them,

5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,

that I may share in the joy of your nation

and join your inheritance in giving praise.

6 We have sinned, even as our fathers did;

we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

7 When our fathers were in Egypt,

they gave no thought to your miracles;

they did not remember your many kindnesses,

and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. B

8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

to make his mighty power known.

9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;

he led them through the depths as through a desert.

10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;

from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

11 The waters covered their adversaries;

not one of them survived.

12 Then they believed his promises

and sang his praise. [6]

13 But they soon forgot what he had done

and did not wait for his counsel.

14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;

in the wasteland they put God to the test.

15 So he gave them what they asked for,

but sent a wasting disease upon them.

 

16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses

and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.

17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it buried the company of Abiram.

18 Fire blazed among their followers;

a flame consumed the wicked.

 

19 At Horeb they made a calf

and worshiped an idol cast from metal.

20 They exchanged their Glory

for an image of a bull, which eats grass.

21 They forgot the God who saved them,

who had done great things in Egypt,

22 miracles in the land of Ham

and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

23 So he said he would destroy them–

had not Moses, his chosen one,

stood in the breach before him

to keep his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised the pleasant land;

they did not believe his promise.

25 They grumbled in their tents

and did not obey the LORD.

26 So he swore to them with uplifted hand

that he would make them fall in the desert,

27 make their descendants fall among the nations [7]

and scatter them throughout the lands.

28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor

and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

29 they provoked the LORD to anger by their wicked deeds,

and a plague broke out among them.

30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened,

and the plague was checked.

31 This was credited to him as righteousness

for endless generations to come.

 

32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD,

and trouble came to Moses because of them;

33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,

and rash words came from Moses’ lips. C

 

34 They did not destroy the peoples

as the LORD had commanded them,

35 but they mingled with the nations

and adopted their customs.

36 They worshiped their idols,

which became a snare to them.

37 They sacrificed their sons

and their daughters to demons.

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sons and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

and the land was desecrated by their blood.

39 They defiled themselves by what they did;

by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

 

40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people

and abhorred his inheritance.

41 He handed them over to the nations,

and their foes ruled over them. [8]

 

42 Their enemies oppressed them

and subjected them to their power.

43 Many times he delivered them,

but they were bent on rebellion

and they wasted away in their sin.

44 But he took note of their distress

when he heard their cry;

45 for their sake he remembered his covenant

and out of his great love he relented.

46 He caused them to be pitied

by all who held them captive.

 

47 Save us, O LORD our God,

and gather us from the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name

and glory in your praise.

48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the LORD. [9]

 

PSALMS:  136

 

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

His love endures forever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

His love endures forever.

4 to him who alone does great wonders,

His love endures forever.

5 who by his understanding made the heavens,

His love endures forever.

6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,

His love endures forever.

7 who made the great lights–

His love endures forever.

8 the sun to govern the day,

His love endures forever.

9 the moon and stars to govern the night;

His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt

His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them

His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;

His love endures forever.

 

13 to him who divided the Red Sea A asunder

His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,

His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;

His love endures forever.

16t o him who led his people through the desert,

His love endures forever.

17 who struck down great kings,

His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings–

His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites

His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan–

His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance,

His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;

His love endures forever.

23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies,

His love endures forever.

25 and who gives food to every creature.

His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love endures forever. [10] [11]

 

PROVERBS:  16

 

16 1 To man belong the plans of the heart,

but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.

2 All a man’s ways seem innocent to him,

but motives are weighed by the LORD.

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends–

even the wicked for a day of disaster.

5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.

Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;

through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD,

he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

8 Better a little with righteousness

than much gain with injustice.

9 In his heart a man plans his course,

but the LORD determines his steps.

10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,

and his mouth should not betray justice.

11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD;

all the weights in the bag are of his making.[12]

12 Kings detest wrongdoing,

for a throne is established through righteousness.

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;

they value a man who speaks the truth.

14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,

but a wise man will appease it.

15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;

his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

 

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,

to choose understanding rather than silver!

17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;

he who guards his way guards his life.

 

18 Pride goes before destruction,

a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed

than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,

and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

21 The wise in heart are called discerning,

and pleasant words promote instruction. A

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,

but folly brings punishment to fools. [13]

23 A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,

and his lips promote instruction. B

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,

sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,

but in the end it leads to death.

26 The laborer’s appetite works for him;

his hunger drives him on.

27 A scoundrel plots evil,

and his speech is like a scorching fire.

28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,

and a gossip separates close friends.

29 A violent man entices his neighbor

and leads him down a path that is not good.

30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity;

he who purses his lips is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;

it is attained by a righteous life.

32 Better a patient man than a warrior,

a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,

but its every decision is from the LORD. [14]

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NUMBERS 8:1 – 9:23

8 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, `When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand.’ ”

3 Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the LORD commanded Moses. 4 This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold–from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the LORD had shown Moses.

5 The LORD said to Moses: 6 “Take the Levites from among the other Israelites and make them ceremonially clean. 7 To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes, and so purify themselves. 8 Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil; then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering. 9 Bring the Levites to the front of the Tent of Meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community. 10 You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them. 11 Aaron is to present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the LORD.

12 “After the Levites lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, use the one for a sin offering to the LORD and the other for a burnt offering, to make atonement for the Levites. 13 Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD. 14 In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.

15 “After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a wave offering, they are to come to do their work at the Tent of Meeting. 16 They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman. 17 Every firstborn male in Israel, whether man or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself. 18 And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel. 19 Of all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the Tent of Meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary.”

20 Moses, Aaron and the whole Israelite community did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses. 21 The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes. Then Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the LORD and made atonement for them to purify them. 22 After that, the Levites came to do their work at the Tent of Meeting under the supervision of Aaron and his sons. They did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.

 

23 The LORD said to Moses, 24 “This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent [15]of Meeting, 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. 26 They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites.”

 

9 1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, 2 “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. 3 Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”

4 So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover, 5 and they did so in the Desert of Sinai at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Israelites did everything just as the LORD commanded Moses.

6 But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day 7 and said to Moses, “We have become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be kept from presenting the LORD’s offering with the other Israelites at the appointed time?”

8 Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you.”

9 Then the LORD said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: `When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they may still celebrate the LORD’s Passover. 11 They are to celebrate it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations. 13 But if a man who is ceremonially clean and not on a journey fails to celebrate the Passover, that person must be cut off from his people because he did not present the LORD’s offering at the appointed time. That man will bear the consequences of his sin.

14 “`An alien living among you who wants to celebrate the LORD’s Passover must do so in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for the alien and the native-born.'”

 

15 On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. 16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.

19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the LORD’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few [16] days; at the LORD’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. 22 Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. 23 At the LORD’s command they encamped, and at the LORD’s command they set out. They obeyed the LORD’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.[17]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  MARK 13:14 – 37

14 “When you see `the abomination that causes desolation’ A standing where it B does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.

17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now–and never to be equaled again. 20 If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 21 At that time if anyone says to you, `Look, here is the Christ C!’ or, `Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“`the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

25 the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ D

26 “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 I tell you the truth, this generationE will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33 Be on guard! Be alert F! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: `Watch!’ “[18]


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