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December 16: Hosea 2–5; John 10:19–42; Psalm 136; Proverbs 30:5–6

Old Testament: Hosea 2–5 Hosea 2–5 Listen Israel's Unfaithfulness Punished 2 Say to your brothers, “You are my people,”Hebrew ammi, which means my people">1 and to your sisters, “You have received mercy.”Hebrew ruhama, which means she has received mercy">2 2 “Plead with your mother, plead— for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband— that she put away her whoring from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts; 3 lest I strip her naked and make her as in the day...


December 15: Hosea 1; John 10:1–18; Psalm 135; Proverbs 30:1–4

Old Testament: Hosea 1 Hosea 1 Listen 1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. Hosea's Wife and Children 2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.” 3 So he went and took Gomer, the...


December 14: Daniel 10–12; John 9; Psalm 134; Proverbs 29:26–27

Old Testament: Daniel 10–12 Daniel 10–12 Listen Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man 10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict.Or and it was about a great conflict">1 And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for...


December 13: Daniel 8–9; John 8:11–59; Psalm 133; Proverbs 29:24–25

Old Testament: Daniel 8–9 Daniel 8–9 Listen Daniel's Vision of the Ram and the Goat 8 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. 2 And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal. 3 I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were...


December 12: Daniel 6–7; John 7:53–8:11; Psalm 132; Proverbs 29:23

Old Testament: Daniel 6–7 Daniel 6–7 Listen Daniel and the Lions' Den 6 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; 2 and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4...


December 11: Daniel 4–5; John 7:1–52; Psalm 131; Proverbs 29:21–22

Old Testament: Daniel 4–5 Daniel 4–5 Listen Nebuchadnezzar Praises God 4 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! 2 It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. 3 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation. Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream 4 I,...


December 10: Daniel 2–3; John 6:22–71; Psalm 130; Proverbs 29:19–20

Old Testament: Daniel 2–3 Daniel 2–3 Listen Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 2 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. 2 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans said...


December 9: Daniel 1; John 6:1–21; Psalm 129; Proverbs 29:18

Old Testament: Daniel 1 Daniel 1 Listen Daniel Taken to Babylon 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the...


December 8: Ezekiel 47–48; John 5:19–47; Psalm 128; Proverbs 29:15–17

Old Testament: Ezekiel 47–48 Ezekiel 47–48 Listen Water Flowing from the Temple 47 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2 Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold,...


December 7: Ezekiel 45–46; John 4:43–5:18; Psalm 127; Proverbs 29:12–14

Old Testament: Ezekiel 45–46 Ezekiel 45–46 Listen The Holy District 45 “When you allot the land as an inheritance, you shall set apart for the LORD a portion of the land as a holy district, 25,000 cubitsA cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters">1 long and 20,000Septuagint; Hebrew 10,000">2 cubits broad. It shall be holy throughout its whole extent. 2 Of this a square plot of 500 by 500 cubits shall be for the sanctuary, with fifty cubits for an open space around it. 3 And from this...


December 6: Ezekiel 42–44; John 4:1–42; Psalm 126; Proverbs 29:9–11

Old Testament: Ezekiel 42–44 Ezekiel 42–44 Listen The Temple's Chambers 42 Then he led me out into the outer court, toward the north, and he brought me to the chambers that were opposite the separate yard and opposite the building on the north. 2 The length of the building whose door faced north was a hundred cubits,A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters">1 and the breadth fifty cubits. 3 Facing the twenty cubits that belonged to the inner court, and facing the pavement that...


December 5: Ezekiel 40–41; John 3:22–36; Psalm 125; Proverbs 29:5–8

Old Testament: Ezekiel 40–41 Ezekiel 40–41 Listen Vision of the New Temple 40 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me to the city.Hebrew brought me there">1 2 In visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. 3...


December 4: Ezekiel 38–39; John 3:1–21; Psalm 124; Proverbs 29:2–4

Old Testament: Ezekiel 38–39 Ezekiel 38–39 Listen Prophecy Against Gog 38 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of MeshechOr Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech">1 and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of MeshechOr Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech">2 and Tubal. 4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you...


December 3: Ezekiel 36–37; John 2:13–25; Psalm 123; Proverbs 29:1

Old Testament: Ezekiel 36–37 Ezekiel 36–37 Listen Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel 36 “And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. 2 Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the enemy said of you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The ancient heights have become our possession,’ 3 therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Precisely because they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of...


December 2: Ezekiel 34–35; John 2:1–12; Psalm 122; Proverbs 28:27–28

Old Testament: Ezekiel 34–35 Ezekiel 34–35 Listen Prophecy Against the Shepherds of Israel 34 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? 3 You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. 4 The weak you have not...


December 1: Ezekiel 32–33; John 1:19–51; Psalm 121; Proverbs 28:25–26

Old Testament: Ezekiel 32–33 Ezekiel 32–33 Listen A Lament over Pharaoh and Egypt 32 In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: “You consider yourself a lion of the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers. 3 Thus says the Lord GOD: I will throw...


November 30: Ezekiel 29–31; John 1:1–18; Psalm 120; Proverbs 28:23–24

Old Testament: Ezekiel 29–31 Ezekiel 29–31 Listen Prophecy Against Egypt 29 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt; 3 speak, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, ‘My Nile is my own; I made it for...


November 29: Ezekiel 27–28; Revelation 22:6–21; Psalm 119:169–176; Proverbs 28:21–22

Old Testament: Ezekiel 27–28 Ezekiel 27–28 Listen A Lament for Tyre 27 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Now you, son of man, raise a lamentation over Tyre, 3 and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrances to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, thus says the Lord GOD: “O Tyre, you have said, ‘I am perfect in beauty.’ 4 Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders made perfect your beauty. 5 They made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they took...


November 28: Ezekiel 24–26; Revelation 21–22:5; Psalm 119:161–168; Proverbs 28:19–20

Old Testament: Ezekiel 24–26 Ezekiel 24–26 Listen The Siege of Jerusalem 24 In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. 3 And utter a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: “Set on the pot, set it on; pour in water also; 4 put in it the pieces of meat, all the good...


November 27: Ezekiel 23; Revelation 20; Psalm 119:153–160; Proverbs 28:17–18

Old Testament: Ezekiel 23 Ezekiel 23 Listen Oholah and Oholibah 23 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother. 3 They played the whore in Egypt; they played the whore in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and their virgin bosomsHebrew nipples; also verses 8, 21">1 handled. 4 Oholah was the name of the elder and Oholibah the name of her sister. They became mine, and they bore sons and daughters. As for their names, Oholah is...