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Daily Readings for December 16
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Job 20


1.Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, 2."Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of my haste that is in me. 3.I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me. 4.Don't you know this from old time, since man was placed on earth, 5.that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment? 6.Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds, 7.yet he shall perish forever like his own dung. Those who have seen him shall say, 'Where is he?' 8.He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found. Yes, he shall be chased away like a vision of the night. 9.The eye which saw him shall see him no more, neither shall his place any more see him. 10.His children shall seek the favor of the poor. His hands shall give back his wealth. 11.His bones are full of his youth, but youth shall lie down with him in the dust.

12."Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue, 13.though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth; 14.yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him. 15.He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly. 16.He shall suck cobra venom. The viper's tongue shall kill him. 17.He shall not look at the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter. 18.That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it down. According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice. 19.For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

20."Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save anything of that in which he delights. 21.There was nothing left that he didn't devour, therefore his prosperity shall not endure. 22.In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress shall overtake him. The hand of everyone who is in misery shall come on him. 23.When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating. 24.He shall flee from the iron weapon. The bronze arrow shall strike him through. 25.He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body. Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver. Terrors are on him. 26.All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent. 27.The heavens shall reveal his iniquity. The earth shall rise up against him. 28.The increase of his house shall depart. They shall rush away in the day of his wrath. 29.This is the portion of a wicked man from God, the heritage appointed to him by God."


Zephaniah 2


1.Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, you nation that has no shame, 2.before the appointed time when the day passes as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Yahweh comes on you, before the day of Yahweh's anger comes on you. 3.Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh's anger. 4.For Gaza will be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation. They will drive out Ashdod at noonday, and Ekron will be rooted up. 5.Woe to the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Yahweh is against you, Canaan, the land of the Philistines. I will destroy you, that there will be no inhabitant. 6.The sea coast will be pastures, with cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks. 7.The coast will be for the remnant of the house of Judah. They will find pasture. In the houses of Ashkelon, they will lie down in the evening, for Yahweh, their God3, will visit them, and restore them. 8.I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the insults of the children of Ammon, with which they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border. 9.Therefore as I live, says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, surely Moab will be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of my people will plunder them, and the survivors of my nation will inherit them. 10.This they will have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of Yahweh of Armies. 11.Yahweh will be awesome to them, for he will famish all the gods of the land. Men will worship him, everyone from his place, even all the shores of the nations. 12.You Cushites also, you will be killed by my sword. 13.He will stretch out his hand against the north, destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as the wilderness. 14.Herds will lie down in the midst of her, all the animals of the nations. Both the pelican and the porcupine will lodge in its capitals. Their calls will echo through the windows. Desolation will be in the thresholds, for he has laid bare the cedar beams. 15.This is the joyous city that lived carelessly, that said in her heart, "I am, and there is none besides me." How she has become a desolation, a place for animals to lie down in! Everyone who passes by her will hiss, and shake their fists.


1John 1


1.That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life 2.(and the life was revealed, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was revealed to us); 3.that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4.And we write these things to you, that our joy may be fulfilled.

5.This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6.If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don't tell the truth. 7.But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10.If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


1John 2


1.My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor1 with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. 2.And he is the atoning sacrifice2 for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. 3.This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. 4.One who says, "I know him," and doesn't keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn't in him. 5.But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him: 6.he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked.

7.Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. 8.Again, I write a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shines. 9.He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now. 10.He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. 11.But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn't know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12.I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

13.I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, little children, because you know the Father.

14.I have written to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

15.Don't love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father's love isn't in him. 16.For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn't the Father's, but is the world's. 17.The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever.

18.Little children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen. By this we know that it is the final hour. 19.They went out from us, but they didn't belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, that they might be revealed that none of them belong to us. 20.You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.3 21.I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22.Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23.Whoever denies the Son, the same doesn't have the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.

24.Therefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father. 25.This is the promise which he promised us, the eternal life. 26.These things I have written to you concerning those who would lead you astray. 27.As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him. 28.Now, little children, remain in him, that when he appears, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29.If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of him.


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