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DECEMBER 25

 

 

 

PSALMS:  25, 55, 85, 115, 145

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  25

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NUMBERS 24:1 – 25:16

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 2:1 – 35

 

 

PSALMS:  25

 

 

 

Of David.

 

 

1 To A you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;

 

2 in you I trust, O my God.

 

Do not let me be put to shame,

 

nor let my enemies triumph over me.

 

3 No one whose hope is in you

 

will ever be put to shame,

 

but they will be put to shame

 

who are treacherous without excuse.

 

 

4 Show me your ways, O LORD,

 

teach me your paths;

 

5 guide me in your truth and teach me,

 

for you are God my Savior,

 

and my hope is in you all day long.

 

6 Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love,

 

for they are from of old.

 

7 Remember not the sins of my youth

 

and my rebellious ways;

 

according to your love remember me,

 

for you are good, O LORD.

 

 

 

8 Good and upright is the LORD;

 

therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

 

9 He guides the humble in what is right

 

and teaches them his way.

 

10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful

 

for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

 

 

 

11 For the sake of your name, O LORD,

 

forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

 

12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? [1]

 

He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.

 

13 He will spend his days in prosperity,

 

and his descendants will inherit the land.

 

14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;

 

he makes his covenant known to them.

 

15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,

 

for only he will release my feet from the snare.

 

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,

 

for I am lonely and afflicted.

 

17 The troubles of my heart have multiplied;

 

free me from my anguish.

 

18 Look upon my affliction and my distress

 

and take away all my sins.

 

19 See how my enemies have increased

 

and how fiercely they hate me!

 

20 Guard my life and rescue me;

 

let me not be put to shame,

 

for I take refuge in you.

 

21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,

 

because my hope is in you.

 

 

22 Redeem Israel, O God,

 

from all their troubles! [2]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  55

 

 

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil A of David.

 

 

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,

 

do not ignore my plea;

 

2 hear me and answer me.

 

My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught

 

3 at the voice of the enemy,

 

at the stares of the wicked;

 

for they bring down suffering upon me

 

and revile me in their anger.

 

 

4 My heart is in anguish within me;

 

the terrors of death assail me.

 

5 Fear and trembling have beset me;

 

horror has overwhelmed me.

 

6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!

 

I would fly away and be at rest–

 

7 I would flee far away

 

and stay in the desert;

 

Selah

 

 

8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,

 

far from the tempest and storm.”

 

 

9 Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech,

 

for I see violence and strife in the city.

 

10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;

 

malice and abuse are within it.

 

11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;

 

threats and lies never leave its streets. [3]

 

12 If an enemy were insulting me,

 

I could endure it;

 

if a foe were raising himself against me,

 

I could hide from him.

 

13 But it is you, a man like myself,

 

my companion, my close friend,

 

 

 

14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship

 

as we walked with the throng at the house of God.

 

 

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;

 

let them go down alive to the grave, B

 

for evil finds lodging among them.

 

 

 

16 But I call to God,

 

and the LORD saves me.

 

17 Evening, morning and noon

 

I cry out in distress,

 

and he hears my voice.

 

18 He ransoms me unharmed

 

from the battle waged against me,

 

even though many oppose me.

 

19 God, who is enthroned forever,

 

will hear them and afflict them–

 

Selah

 

 

men who never change their ways

 

and have no fear of God.

 

 

20 My companion attacks his friends;

 

he violates his covenant.

 

21 His speech is smooth as butter,

 

yet war is in his heart;

 

his words are more soothing than oil, [4]

 

yet they are drawn swords.

 

 

22 Cast your cares on the LORD

 

and he will sustain you;

 

he will never let the righteous fall.

 

23 But you, O God, will bring down the wicked

 

into the pit of corruption;

 

bloodthirsty and deceitful men

 

will not live out half their days.

 

 

But as for me, I trust in you. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  85

 

 

 

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

 

 

1 You showed favor to your land, O LORD;

 

you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

 

2 You forgave the iniquity of your people

 

and covered all their sins.

 

Selah

 

 

3 You set aside all your wrath

 

and turned from your fierce anger.

 

 

4 Restore us again, O God our Savior,

 

and put away your displeasure toward us.

 

5 Will you be angry with us forever?

 

Will you prolong your anger through all generations?

 

6 Will you not revive us again,

 

that your people may rejoice in you?

 

7 Show us your unfailing love, O LORD,

 

and grant us your salvation.

 

 

8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say;

 

he promises peace to his people, his saints–

 

but let them not return to folly.

 

9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,

 

that his glory may dwell in our land.

 

 

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;

 

righteousness and peace kiss each other.

 

11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,

 

and righteousness looks down from heaven.

 

12 The LORD will indeed give what is good,

 

and our land will yield its harvest.

 

13 Righteousness goes before him [6]

 

and prepares the way for his steps. [7]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  115

 

 

 

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us

 

but to your name be the glory,

 

because of your love and faithfulness.

 

 

2 Why do the nations say,

 

“Where is their God?”

 

3 Our God is in heaven;

 

he does whatever pleases him.

 

4 But their idols are silver and gold,

 

made by the hands of men.

 

5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,

 

eyes, but they cannot see;

 

6 they have ears, but cannot hear,

 

noses, but they cannot smell;

 

7 they have hands, but cannot feel,

 

feet, but they cannot walk;

 

nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

 

8 Those who make them will be like them,

 

and so will all who trust in them.

 

 

9 O house of Israel, trust in the LORD–

 

he is their help and shield.

 

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD–

 

he is their help and shield.

 

11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD–

 

he is their help and shield.

 

 

12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us:

 

He will bless the house of Israel,

 

he will bless the house of Aaron,

 

13 he will bless those who fear the LORD–

 

small and great alike. [8]

 

14 May the LORD make you increase,

 

both you and your children.

 

15 May you be blessed by the LORD,

 

the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

 

 

16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD,

 

but the earth he has given to man.

 

17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD,

 

those who go down to silence;

 

18 it is we who extol the LORD,

 

both now and forevermore.

 

 

Praise the LORD. A [9]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  145

 

 

 

A psalm of praise. Of David.

 

 

1 I A will exalt you, my God the King;

 

I will praise your name for ever and ever.

 

2 Every day I will praise you

 

and extol your name for ever and ever.

 

 

3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;

 

his greatness no one can fathom.

 

4 One generation will commend your works to another;

 

they will tell of your mighty acts.

 

5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,

 

and I will meditate on your wonderful works. B

 

6 They will tell of the power of your awesome works,

 

and I will proclaim your great deeds.

 

7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness

 

and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

 

 

8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,

 

slow to anger and rich in love.

 

9 The LORD is good to all;

 

he has compassion on all he has made.

 

10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD;

 

your saints will extol you.

 

11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom

 

and speak of your might,

 

 

 

12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts

 

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

 

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

 

and your dominion endures through all generations. [10]

 

The LORD is faithful to all his promises

 

and loving toward all he has made. C

 

14 The LORD upholds all those who fall

 

and lifts up all who are bowed down.

 

15 The eyes of all look to you,

 

and you give them their food at the proper time.

 

16 You open your hand

 

and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

 

 

 

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways

 

and loving toward all he has made.

 

18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,

 

to all who call on him in truth.

 

19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;

 

he hears their cry and saves them.

 

20 The LORD watches over all who love him,

 

but all the wicked he will destroy.

 

 

 

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.

 

Let every creature praise his holy name

 

for ever and ever. [11]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  25

 

 

 

25 1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

 

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;

 

to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

 

 

3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,

 

so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

 

 

4 Remove the dross from the silver,

 

and out comes material forA the silversmith;

 

5 remove the wicked from the king’s presence,

 

and his throne will be established through righteousness.

 

 

6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,

 

and do not claim a place among great men;

 

7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”

 

than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.

 

 

What you have seen with your eyes

 

8 do not bringB hastily to court,

 

for what will you do in the end

 

if your neighbor puts you to shame?

 

 

9 If you argue your case with a neighbor,

 

do not betray another man’s confidence,

 

10 or he who hears it may shame you

 

and you will never lose your bad reputation.

 

 

11 A word aptly spoken

 

is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

 

 

12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold

 

is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear. [12]

 

13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time

 

is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;

 

he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

 

 

14 Like clouds and wind without rain

 

is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.

 

 

15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,

 

and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

 

 

16 If you find honey, eat just enough–

 

too much of it, and you will vomit.

 

17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house–

 

too much of you, and he will hate you.

 

 

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow

 

is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.

 

 

19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot

 

is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

 

20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,

 

or like vinegar poured on soda,

 

is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

 

 

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

 

if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

 

22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,

 

and the LORD will reward you.

 

 

23 As a north wind brings rain,

 

so a sly tongue brings angry looks. [13]

 

24 Better to live on a corner of the roof

 

than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

 

 

25 Like cold water to a weary soul

 

is good news from a distant land.

 

 

26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well

 

is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

 

 

27 It is not good to eat too much honey,

 

nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.

 

 

28 Like a city whose walls are broken down

 

is a man who lacks self-control. [14]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NUMBERS 24:1 – 25:16

 

 

24 1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert. 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him 3and he uttered his oracle:

 

 

 

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,

 

the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,

 

4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,

 

who sees a vision from the Almighty,A

 

who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

 

 

 

5 “How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob,

 

your dwelling places, O Israel!

 

 

 

6 “Like valleys they spread out,

 

like gardens beside a river,

 

like aloes planted by the LORD,

 

like cedars beside the waters.

 

7 Water will flow from their buckets;

 

their seed will have abundant water.

 

 

 

“Their king will be greater than Agag;

 

their kingdom will be exalted.

 

 

 

8 “God brought them out of Egypt;

 

they have the strength of a wild ox.

 

They devour hostile nations

 

and break their bones in pieces;

 

with their arrows they pierce them. [15]

 

9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down,

 

like a lioness–who dares to rouse them?

 

 

 

“May those who bless you be blessed

 

and those who curse you be cursed!”

 

 

 

10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded.”

 

 

 

12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 `Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD–and I must say only what the LORD says’? 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.”

 

 

 

15 Then he uttered his oracle:

 

 

 

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,

 

the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,

 

16 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,

 

who has knowledge from the Most High,

 

who sees a vision from the Almighty,

 

who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

 

 

 

17 “I see him, but not now;

 

I behold him, but not near.

 

A star will come out of Jacob; [16]

 

a scepter will rise out of Israel.

 

He will crush the foreheads of Moab,

 

the skulls B of C all the sons of Sheth.D

 

18 Edom will be conquered;

 

Seir, his enemy, will be conquered,

 

but Israel will grow strong.

 

19 A ruler will come out of Jacob

 

and destroy the survivors of the city.”

 

 

 

20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and uttered his oracle:

 

 

 

“Amalek was first among the nations,

 

but he will come to ruin at last.”

 

 

 

21 Then he saw the Kenites and uttered his oracle:

 

 

 

“Your dwelling place is secure,

 

your nest is set in a rock;

 

22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed

 

when Asshur takes you captive.”

 

 

 

23 Then he uttered his oracle:

 

 

 

“Ah, who can live when God does this?E

 

24 Ships will come from the shores of Kittim;

 

they will subdue Asshur and Eber, [17]

 

but they too will come to ruin.”

 

25 Then Balaam got up and returned home and Balak went his own way.

 

 

 

25 1 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. 3 So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD’s anger burned against them.

 

4 The LORD said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

 

5 So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your men who have joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor.”

 

6 Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them–through the Israelite and into the woman’s body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

 

10 The LORD said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”

 

14 The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family. 15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was put to death was Cozbi daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.

 

16 The LORD said to Moses, [18]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 2:1 – 35

 

 

2 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

 

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ A the Lord.

 

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 

 

 

14 “Glory to God in the highest,

 

and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

 

 

 

1 5When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary [19] treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

 

22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” B), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” C

 

 

 

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

 

27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

 

 

 

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

 

you now dismiss D your servant in peace.

 

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

 

31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,

 

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles

 

and for glory to your people Israel.”

 

 

 

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” [20]

 


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