Daily reading for Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Daniel 7:1-28; 1 John 1:1-10; Psalms 119:153-176; Proverbs 28:23-24 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

Daniel 7

Daniel’s Vision about Four Animals

In Belshazzar’s first year as king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. He saw a vision while he was asleep. He wrote down the main parts of the dream.

In my visions at night I, Daniel, saw the four winds of heaven stirring up the Mediterranean Sea. Four large animals, each one different from the others, came out of the sea.

The first animal was like a lion, but it had wings like an eagle. I watched until its wings were plucked off and it was lifted off the ground. It was made to stand on two feet like a human and was given a human mind.

I saw a second animal. It looked like a bear. It was raised on one side and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, “Get up, and eat as much meat as you want.”

After this, I saw another animal. It looked like a leopard. On its back it had four wings, like the wings of a bird. The animal also had four heads. It was given power to rule.

After this, I saw a fourth animal in my vision during the night. It was terrifying, dreadful, extraordinarily strong, and had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed its victims and trampled whatever was left. It acted differently from all the other animals that I had seen before. It had ten horns. While I was thinking about the horns, another horn, a little horn, came up among them. It uprooted three of the other horns. This horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that spoke impressive things.

I watched until thrones were set up
    and the Ancient One, who has lived for endless years, sat down.
        His clothes were as white as snow
            and the hair on his head was like pure wool.
        His throne was fiery flames,
            and its wheels were burning fire.
10 A river of fire flowed.
    It came from him.
        Thousands and thousands served him.
        Ten thousand times ten thousand were stationed in front of him.
    The court convened,
    and the books were opened.

11 I continued to watch because of the impressive words that the horn was speaking. I watched until the animal was killed. Its body was destroyed and put into a raging fire. 12 The power of the rest of the animals was taken away, but they were allowed to live for a period of time.

13 In my visions during the night, I saw among the clouds in heaven someone like the Son of Man.[a] He came to the Ancient One, who has lived for endless years, and was presented to him. 14 He was given power, honor, and a kingdom. People from every province, nation, and language were to serve him. His power is an eternal power that will not be taken away. His kingdom will never be destroyed.

15 I, Daniel, was deeply troubled, and my visions frightened me. 16 I went to someone who was standing there and asked him to tell me the truth about all this. So he told me what all this meant. 17 He said, “These four large animals are four kingdoms that will rise to power on the earth. 18 But the holy people of the Most High will take possession of the kingdom and keep it forever and ever.”

19 Then I wanted to know the truth about the fourth animal, which was so different from all the others. It was very terrifying and had iron teeth and bronze claws. It devoured and crushed its victims, and trampled whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that had come up and made three of the horns fall out. That horn had eyes and a mouth that spoke impressive things. It appeared to be bigger than the others. 21 I saw that horn making war against the holy people and defeating them. 22 It did this until the Ancient One, who has lived for endless years, came and judged in favor of the holy people of the Most High. The time came when the holy people took possession of the kingdom.

23 He said, “The fourth animal will be the fourth of these kingdoms on earth. It will be different from all other kingdoms. It will devour, trample, and crush the whole world. 24 The ten horns are ten kings that will rise to power from that kingdom. Another king will rise to power after them. He will be different from the kings who came before him, and he will humble three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High God, oppress the holy people of the Most High, and plan to change the appointed times and laws. The holy people will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half of a time. 26 But judgment will be handed down, his power will be taken away, and he will be completely and permanently destroyed. 27 The kingdom, along with the power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven, will be given to the holy people of the Most High. Their kingdom is eternal. All other powers will serve and obey them.”

28 Here is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was terrified by my thoughts, and I turned pale. I kept this to myself.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 7:13 Or “like a human.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

1 John 1

John’s Reason for Writing

The Word of life existed from the beginning. We have heard it. We have seen it. We observed and touched it. This life was revealed to us. We have seen it, and we testify about it. We are reporting to you about this eternal life that was in the presence of the Father and was revealed to us. This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy.

Through Jesus We Have a Relationship with God

This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you: God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him. If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful.

But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin. If we say, “We aren’t sinful” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. 10 If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Psalm 119:153-176

153 Look at my misery, and rescue me,
    because I have never forgotten your teachings.
154 Plead my case for me, and save me.
    Give me a new life as you promised.
155 Wicked people are far from being saved,
    because they have not searched for your laws.
156 Your acts of compassion are many in number, O Lord.
    Give me a new life guided by your regulations.
157 I have many persecutors and opponents,
    yet I have not turned away from your written instructions.
158 I have seen traitors,
    and I am filled with disgust.
        They have not accepted your promise.
159 See how I have loved your guiding principles!
    O Lord, in keeping with your mercy, give me a new life.
160 There is nothing but truth in your word,
    and all of your righteous regulations endure forever.

161 Influential people have persecuted me for no reason,
    but it is only your words that fill my heart with terror.
162 I find joy in your promise
    like someone who finds a priceless treasure.
163 I hate lying; I am disgusted with it.
    I love your teachings.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous regulations.
165 There is lasting peace for those who love your teachings.
    Nothing can make those people stumble.
166 I have waited with hope for you to save me, O Lord.
    I have carried out your commandments.
167 I have obeyed your written instructions.
    I have loved them very much.
168 I have followed your guiding principles and your written instructions,
    because my whole life is in front of you.

169 Let my cry for help come into your presence, O Lord.
    Help me understand as you promised.
170 Let my plea for mercy come into your presence.
    Rescue me as you promised.
171 Let my lips pour out praise
    because you teach me your laws.
172 Let my tongue sing about your promise
    because all your commandments are fair.
173 Let your hand help me
    because I have chosen to follow your guiding principles.
174 I have longed for you to save me, O Lord,
    and your teachings make me happy.
175 Let my soul have new life so that it can praise you.
    Let your regulations help me.
176 I have wandered away like a lost lamb.
    Search for me,
        because I have never forgotten your commandments.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Proverbs 28:23-24

23 Whoever criticizes people will be more highly regarded in the future
    than the one who flatters with his tongue.
24 The one who robs his father or his mother
    and says, “It isn’t wrong!” is a companion to a vandal.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

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