And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. - Mark 16:15
Daily Bible Reading
January 17th 2022
Ezekiel 36; Acts 1; Psalms 109
Ezekiel 36
1)Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:
2)Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:
3)Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
4)Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;
5)Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
6)Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
7)Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
8)But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.
9)For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
10)And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
11)And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
12)Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.
13)Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations;
14)Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.
15)Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.
16)Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
17)Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
18)Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:
19)And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
20)And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
21)But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
22)Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
23)And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
24)For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
25)Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26)A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27)And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28)And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29)I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
30)And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
31)Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
32)Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
33)Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
34)And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
35)And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
36)Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.
37)Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
38)As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Acts 1
1)The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2)Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3)To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4)And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5)For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6)When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7)And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8)But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9)And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10)And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11)Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12)Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13)And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14)These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15)And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16)Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17)For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18)Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19)And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20)For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take.
21)Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22)Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23)And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24)And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25)That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26)And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Psalms 109
1)To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
2)For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3)They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
4)For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
5)And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6)Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
7)When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
8)Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9)Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10)Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11)Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12)Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13)Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14)Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15)Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
16)Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
17)As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18)As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
19)Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
20)Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21)But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
22)For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
23)I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
24)My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
25)I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
26)Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
27)That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
28)Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
29)Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
30)I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
31)For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.
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