Daily reading for Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Ezekiel 45:13-46:24; 1 Peter 1:13-2:10; Psalms 119:33-48; Proverbs 28:11 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24

The People’s Contribution to the Sacrifices

13 “This is the contribution you are to offer: Three quarts[a] from five bushels[b] of wheat and[c] three quarts from five bushels of barley. 14 The quota of oil in liquid measures[d] will be one percent of every[e] cor. The cor equals 10 liquid measures or one standard larger capacity measure,[f] since 10 liquid measures equal one standard larger capacity measure. 15 And the quota from the flock is one animal out of every 200 from the well-watered pastures of Israel. These are for the grain offerings, burnt offerings, and fellowship offerings, to make atonement for the people.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 16 “All the people of the land must take part in this contribution for the prince in Israel. 17 Then the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings for the festivals, New Moons, and Sabbaths—for all the appointed times of the house of Israel—will be the prince’s responsibility. He will provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and fellowship offerings to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.

18 “This is what the Lord God says: In the first month, on the first day of the month, you are to take a young, unblemished bull and purify the sanctuary. 19 The priest must take some of the blood from the sin offering and apply it to the temple doorposts, the four corners of the altar’s ledge, and the doorposts of the gate to the inner court. 20 You must do the same thing on the seventh day of the month for everyone who sins unintentionally or through ignorance. In this way you will make atonement for the temple.

21 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you are to celebrate the Passover, a festival of seven days during which unleavened bread will be eaten. 22 On that day the prince will provide a bull as a sin offering on behalf of himself and all the people of the land. 23 During the seven days of the festival, he will provide seven bulls and seven rams without blemish as a burnt offering to the Lord on each of the seven days, along with a male goat each day for a sin offering. 24 He will also provide a grain offering of half a bushel[g] per bull and half a bushel per ram, along with a gallon[h] of oil for every half bushel. 25 At the festival that begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month,[i] he will provide the same things for seven days—the same sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings, and oil.

Sacrifices at Appointed Times

46 “This is what the Lord God says: The gate of the inner court that faces east must be closed during the six days of work, but it will be opened on the Sabbath day and opened on the day of the New Moon. The prince should enter from the outside by way of the gate’s portico and stand at the doorpost of the gate while the priests sacrifice his burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He will bow in worship at the threshold of the gate and then depart, but the gate must not be closed until evening. The people of the land will also bow in worship before the Lord at the entrance of that gate on the Sabbaths and New Moons.

“The burnt offering that the prince presents to the Lord on the Sabbath day is to be six unblemished lambs and an unblemished ram. The grain offering will be half a bushel[j] with the ram, and the grain offering with the lambs will be whatever he wants to give, as well as a gallon[k] of oil for every half bushel. On the day of the New Moon, the burnt offering is to be a young, unblemished bull, as well as six lambs and a ram without blemish. He will provide a grain offering of half a bushel[l] with the bull, half a bushel with the ram, and whatever he can afford with the lambs, together with a gallon[m] of oil for every half bushel. When the prince enters, he must go in by way of the gate’s portico and go out the same way.

“When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed times,[n] whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship must go out by way of the south gate, and whoever enters by way of the south gate must go out by way of the north gate. No one must return through the gate by which he entered, but must go out by the opposite gate. 10 When the people enter, the prince will enter with them, and when they leave, he will leave. 11 At the festivals and appointed times, the grain offering will be half a bushel[o] with the bull, half a bushel with the ram, and whatever he wants to give with the lambs, along with a gallon[p] of oil for every half bushel.

12 “When the prince makes a freewill offering, whether a burnt offering or a fellowship offering as a freewill offering to the Lord, the gate that faces east must be opened for him. He is to offer his burnt offering or fellowship offering just as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he will go out, and the gate must be closed after he leaves.

13 “You must offer an unblemished year-old male lamb as a daily burnt offering to the Lord; you will offer it every morning. 14 You must also prepare a grain offering every morning along with it: three quarts,[q] with one-third of a gallon[r] of oil to moisten the fine flour—a grain offering to the Lord. This is a permanent statute to be observed regularly. 15 They will offer the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil every morning as a regular burnt offering.

Transfer of Royal Lands

16 “This is what the Lord God says: If the prince gives a gift to each of his sons as their inheritance, it will belong to his sons. It will become their property by inheritance. 17 But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will belong to that servant until the year of freedom, when it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs only to his sons; it is theirs. 18 The prince must not take any of the people’s inheritance, evicting them from their property. He is to provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people will be displaced from his own property.”

The Temple Kitchens

19 Then he brought me through the entrance that was at the side of the gate, into the priests’ holy chambers, which faced north. I saw a place there at the far western end. 20 He said to me, “This is the place where the priests will boil the restitution offering and the sin offering, and where they will bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring them into the outer court and transmit holiness to the people.” 21 Next he brought me into the outer court and led me past its four corners. There was a separate court in each of its corners. 22 In the four corners of the outer court there were enclosed[s] courts, 70 feet[t] long by 52½ feet[u] wide. All four corner areas had the same dimensions. 23 There was a stone wall[v] around the inside of them, around the four of them, with ovens built at the base of the walls on all sides. 24 He said to me: “These are the kitchens where those who minister at the temple will cook the people’s sacrifices.”

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 45:13 Lit One-sixth of an ephah
  2. Ezekiel 45:13 Lit a homer
  3. Ezekiel 45:13 LXX, Vg; MT reads and you are to give
  4. Ezekiel 45:14 Lit oil, the bath, the oil
  5. Ezekiel 45:14 Lit be a tenth of the bath from the
  6. Ezekiel 45:14 Lit 10 baths, a homer
  7. Ezekiel 45:24 Lit an ephah
  8. Ezekiel 45:24 Lit a hin
  9. Ezekiel 45:25 = the Festival of Booths
  10. Ezekiel 46:5 Lit an ephah
  11. Ezekiel 46:5 Lit a hin
  12. Ezekiel 46:7 Lit an ephah
  13. Ezekiel 46:7 Lit a hin
  14. Ezekiel 46:9 Or the festivals
  15. Ezekiel 46:11 Lit an ephah
  16. Ezekiel 46:11 Lit a hin
  17. Ezekiel 46:14 Lit one-sixth of an ephah
  18. Ezekiel 46:14 Lit one-third of a hin
  19. Ezekiel 46:22 Hb obscure
  20. Ezekiel 46:22 Lit 40 [cubits]
  21. Ezekiel 46:22 Lit 30 [cubits]
  22. Ezekiel 46:23 Or a row

1 Peter 1:13-2:10

A Call to Holy Living

13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action,[a] be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.[b]

17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was chosen[c] before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 By obedience to the truth,[d] having purified yourselves[e] for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly[f] from a pure[g] heart, 23 since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For

All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.[h]

And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.

The Living Stone and a Holy People

So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation,[i] since you have tasted that the Lord is good.[j] Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it is contained in Scripture:

Look! I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and honored[k] cornerstone,[l]
and the one who believes in Him
will never be put to shame![m][n]

So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving,

The stone that the builders rejected—
this One has become the cornerstone,[o]

and

A stone to stumble over,[p]
and a rock to trip over.[q][r]

They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.

But you are a chosen race,[s][t] a royal priesthood,[u]
a holy nation,[v] a people for His possession,[w]
so that you may proclaim the praises[x][y]
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 1:13 Lit Therefore, when you have the loins of your mind girded
  2. 1 Peter 1:16 Lv 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7
  3. 1 Peter 1:20 Or foreknown
  4. 1 Peter 1:22 Other mss add through the Spirit
  5. 1 Peter 1:22 Or purified your souls
  6. 1 Peter 1:22 Or intensely
  7. 1 Peter 1:22 Other mss omit pure
  8. 1 Peter 1:25 Is 40:6-8
  9. 1 Peter 2:2 Other mss omit in your salvation
  10. 1 Peter 2:3 Ps 34:8
  11. 1 Peter 2:6 Or valuable
  12. 1 Peter 2:6 Lit head of the corner
  13. 1 Peter 2:6 Or be disappointed
  14. 1 Peter 2:6 Is 28:16 LXX
  15. 1 Peter 2:7 Ps 118:22
  16. 1 Peter 2:8 Or a stone causing stumbling
  17. 1 Peter 2:8 Or a rock to trip over
  18. 1 Peter 2:8 Is 8:14
  19. 1 Peter 2:9 Or generation, or nation
  20. 1 Peter 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20 LXX
  21. 1 Peter 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX; Is 61:6
  22. 1 Peter 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX
  23. 1 Peter 2:9 Ex 19:5; 23:22 LXX; Dt 4:20; 7:6; Is 43:21 LXX
  24. 1 Peter 2:9 Or the mighty deeds
  25. 1 Peter 2:9 Is 42:12; 43:21

Psalm 119:33-48

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning[a] of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them.[b]
34 Help me understand Your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
35 Help me stay on the path of Your commands,
for I take pleasure in it.
36 Turn my heart to Your decrees
and not to material gain.
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;
give me life in Your ways.[c]
38 Confirm what You said to Your servant,
for it produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;
indeed, Your judgments are good.
40 How I long for Your precepts!
Give me life through Your righteousness.

ו Vav

41 Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord,
Your salvation, as You promised.
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,
for I trust in Your word.
43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in Your judgments.
44 I will always obey Your instruction,
forever and ever.
45 I will walk freely in an open place
because I seek Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed.
47 I delight in Your commands,
which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands to Your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on Your statutes.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 119:33 Lit way
  2. Psalm 119:33 Or will keep it as my reward
  3. Psalm 119:37 Some Hb mss, Tg read word

Proverbs 28:11

11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

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