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the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
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September 26 - Straight Thru the Bible


Daniel 11:14-12:13

Chapter 11

14 "In those times many will rise against the king of the South. Those who are violent among your own people will rebel in fulfillment of the vision, but without success. 15 Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps(l) and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand. 16 The invader will do as he pleases;(m) no one will be able to stand against him.(n) He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it.(o) 17 He will determine to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will make an alliance with the king of the South. And he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plans[c] will not succeed(p) or help him. 18 Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands(q) and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back on him.(r) 19 After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall,(s) to be seen no more.(t)

20 "His successor will send out a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor.(u) In a few years, however, he will be destroyed, yet not in anger or in battle.

21 "He will be succeeded by a contemptible(v) person who has not been given the honor of royalty.(w) He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue. 22 Then an overwhelming army will be swept away(x) before him; both it and a prince of the covenant will be destroyed.(y) 23 After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully,(z) and with only a few people he will rise to power. 24 When the richest provinces feel secure, he will invade them and will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did. He will distribute plunder, loot and wealth among his followers.(aa) He will plot the overthrow of fortresses—but only for a time.

25 "With a large army he will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South. The king of the South will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to stand because of the plots devised against him. 26 Those who eat from the king's provisions will try to destroy him; his army will be swept away, and many will fall in battle. 27 The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil,(ab) will sit at the same table and lie(ac) to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time.(ad) 28 The king of the North will return to his own country with great wealth, but his heart will be set against the holy covenant. He will take action against it and then return to his own country.

29 "At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the outcome will be different from what it was before. 30 Ships of the western coastlands(ae) will oppose him, and he will lose heart.(af) Then he will turn back and vent his fury(ag) against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.

31 "His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice.(ah) Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.(ai) 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist(aj) him.

33 "Those who are wise will instruct(ak) many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.(al) 34 When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere(am) will join them. 35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined,(an) purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

The King Who Exalts Himself

36 "The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself(ao) above every god and will say unheard-of things(ap) against the God of gods.(aq) He will be successful until the time of wrath(ar) is completed, for what has been determined must take place.(as) 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38 Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.[d]

40 "At the time of the end the king of the South(at) will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm(au) out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood.(av) 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land.(aw) Many countries will fall, but Edom,(ax) Moab(ay) and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt,(az) with the Libyans(ba) and Cushites[e] in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at[f] the beautiful holy mountain.(bb) Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.

Chapter 12

The End Times

1 "At that time Michael,(a) the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress(b) such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book(c)—will be delivered.(d) 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake:(e) some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.(f) 3 Those who are wise[a](g) will shine(h) like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness,(i) like the stars for ever and ever.(j) 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal(k) the words of the scroll until the time of the end.(l) Many will go here and there(m) to increase knowledge."

5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank.(n) 6 One of them said to the man clothed in linen,(o) who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?"(p)

7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand(q) and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever,(r) saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time.[b](s) When the power of the holy people(t) has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.(u)"

8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?"

9 He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed(v) until the time of the end.(w) 10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined,(x) but the wicked will continue to be wicked.(y) None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.(z)

11 "From the time that the daily sacrifice(aa) is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation(ab) is set up, there will be 1,290 days.(ac) 12 Blessed is the one who waits(ad) for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.(ae)

13 "As for you, go your way till the end.(af) You will rest,(ag) and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.(ah)"

Hosea 1-3

Chapter 1

1 The word of the Lord that came(a) to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah,(b) Jotham,(c) Ahaz(d) and Hezekiah,(e) kings of Judah,(f) and during the reign of Jeroboam(g) son of Jehoash[a] king of Israel:(h)

Hosea's Wife and Children

2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, "Go, marry a promiscuous(i) woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness(j) to the Lord ." 3 So he married Gomer(k) daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

4 Then the Lord said to Hosea, "Call him Jezreel,(l) because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel.(m)"

6 Gomer(n) conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, "Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means "not loved"),(o) for I will no longer show love to Israel,(p) that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow,(q) sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God,(r) will save them."

8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah,(s) Gomer had another son. 9 Then the Lord said, "Call him Lo-Ammi (which means "not my people"), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.[b](t)

10 "Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted.(u) In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,' they will be called ‘children of the living God.'(v) 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together;(w) they will appoint one leader(x) and will come up out of the land,(y) for great will be the day of Jezreel.[c](z)

Chapter 2

1 [a]"Say of your brothers, ‘My people,' and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.'(a)

Israel Punished and Restored

2 "Rebuke your mother,(b) rebuke her,
     for she is not my wife,
     and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterous(c) look from her face
     and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
3 Otherwise I will strip(d) her naked
     and make her as bare as on the day she was born;(e)
I will make her like a desert,(f)
     turn her into a parched land,
     and slay her with thirst.
4 I will not show my love to her children,(g)
     because they are the children of adultery.(h)
5 Their mother has been unfaithful
     and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,(i)
     who give me my food and my water,
     my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.'(j)
6 Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
     I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.(k)
7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
     she will look for them but not find them.(l)
Then she will say,
     ‘I will go back to my husband(m) as at first,(n)
     for then I was better off(o) than now.'
8 She has not acknowledged(p) that I was the one
     who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,(q)
who lavished on her the silver and gold(r)
     which they used for Baal.(s)

9 "Therefore I will take away my grain(t) when it ripens,
     and my new wine(u) when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
     intended to cover her naked body.
10 So now I will expose(v) her lewdness
     before the eyes of her lovers;(w)
     no one will take her out of my hands.(x)
11 I will stop(y) all her celebrations:(z)
     her yearly festivals, her New Moons,
     her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.(aa)
12 I will ruin her vines(ab) and her fig trees,(ac)
     which she said were her pay from her lovers;(ad)
I will make them a thicket,(ae)
     and wild animals will devour them.(af)
13 I will punish her for the days
     she burned incense(ag) to the Baals;(ah)
she decked herself with rings and jewelry,(ai)
     and went after her lovers,(aj)
     but me she forgot,(ak)"
declares the Lord .(al)

14 "Therefore I am now going to allure her;
     I will lead her into the wilderness(am)
     and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
     and will make the Valley of Achor[b](an) a door of hope.
There she will respond[c](ao) as in the days of her youth,(ap)
     as in the day she came up out of Egypt.(aq)

16 "In that day," declares the Lord ,
     "you will call me ‘my husband';(ar)
     you will no longer call me ‘my master.[d]'
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;(as)
     no longer will their names be invoked.(at)
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them
     with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
     and the creatures that move along the ground.(au)
Bow and sword and battle
     I will abolish(av) from the land,
     so that all may lie down in safety.(aw)
19 I will betroth(ax) you to me forever;
     I will betroth you in[e] righteousness and justice,(ay)
     in[f] love and compassion.(az)
20 I will betroth you in[g] faithfulness,
     and you will acknowledge(ba) the Lord .(bb)

21 "In that day I will respond,"
     declares the Lord
"I will respond(bc) to the skies,
     and they will respond to the earth;
22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
     the new wine and the olive oil,(bd)
     and they will respond to Jezreel.[h](be)
23 I will plant(bf) her for myself in the land;
     I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.[i](bg)'
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,[j]' ‘You are my people';(bh)
     and they will say, ‘You are my God.(bi)'"

Chapter 3

Hosea's Reconciliation With His Wife

1 The Lord said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress.(a) Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.(b)"

2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels[a] of silver and about a homer and a lethek[b] of barley. 3 Then I told her, "You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you."

4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince,(c) without sacrifice(d) or sacred stones,(e) without ephod(f) or household gods.(g) 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek(h) the Lord their God and David their king.(i) They will come trembling(j) to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.(k)

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