Day 128

Ezekiel 48
48 “These are the names of the tribes: Beginning at the northern extreme, beside the way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan (which is on the northern border of Damascus over against Hamath), and extending from the east side to the west, Dan, one portion. 2 Adjoining the territory of Dan, from the east side to the west, Asher, one portion. 3 Adjoining the territory of Asher, from the east side to the west, Naphtali, one portion. 4 Adjoining the territory of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, Manasseh, one portion. 5 Adjoining the territory of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, Ephraim, one portion. 6 Adjoining the territory of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, Reuben, one portion. 7 Adjoining the territory of Reuben, from the east side to the west, Judah, one portion.
“Adjoining the territory of Judah, from the east side to the west, shall be the portion which you shall set apart, 25,000 cubits in breadth, and in length equal to one of the tribal portions, from the east side to the west, with the sanctuary in the midst of it. 9 The portion that you shall set apart for the Lord shall be 25,000 cubits in length, and 20,000 in breadth. 10 These shall be the allotments of the holy portion: the priests shall have an allotment measuring 25,000 cubits on the northern side, 10,000 cubits in breadth on the western side, 10,000 in breadth on the eastern side, and 25,000 in length on the southern side, with the sanctuary of the Lord in the midst of it. 11 This shall be for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge, who did not go astray when the people of Israel went astray, as the Levites did. 12 And it shall belong to them as a special portion from the holy portion of the land, a most holy place, adjoining the territory of the Levites. 13 And alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites shall have an allotment 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in breadth. The whole length shall be 25,000 cubits and the breadth 20,000. 14 They shall not sell or exchange any of it. They shall not alienate this choice portion of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.
15 “The remainder, 5,000 cubits in breadth and 25,000 in length, shall be for common use for the city, for dwellings and for open country. In the midst of it shall be the city, 16 and these shall be its measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits, the south side 4,500, the east side 4,500, and the west side 4,500. 17 And the city shall have open land: on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250, on the east 250, and on the west 250. 18 The remainder of the length alongside the holy portion shall be 10,000 cubits to the east, and 10,000 to the west, and it shall be alongside the holy portion. Its produce shall be food for the workers of the city. 19 And the workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall till it. 20 The whole portion that you shall set apart shall be 25,000 cubits square, that is, the holy portion together with the property of the city.
21 “What remains on both sides of the holy portion and of the property of the city shall belong to the prince. Extending from the 25,000 cubits of the holy portion to the east border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to the west border, parallel to the tribal portions, it shall belong to the prince. The holy portion with the sanctuary of the temple shall be in its midst. 22 It shall be separate from the property of the Levites and the property of the city, which are in the midst of that which belongs to the prince. The portion of the prince shall lie between the territory of Judah and the territory of Benjamin.
23 “As for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west, Benjamin, one portion. 24 Adjoining the territory of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, Simeon, one portion. 25 Adjoining the territory of Simeon, from the east side to the west, Issachar, one portion. 26 Adjoining the territory of Issachar, from the east side to the west, Zebulun, one portion. 27 Adjoining the territory of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, Gad, one portion. 28 And adjoining the territory of Gad to the south, the boundary shall run from Tamar to the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea. 29 This is the land that you shall allot as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions, declares the Lord God.
The Gates of the City
30 “These shall be the exits of the city: On the north side, which is to be 4,500 cubits by measure, 31 three gates, the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah, and the gate of Levi, the gates of the city being named after the tribes of Israel. 32 On the east side, which is to be 4,500 cubits, three gates, the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin, and the gate of Dan. 33 On the south side, which is to be 4,500 cubits by measure, three gates, the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar, and the gate of Zebulun. 34 On the west side, which is to be 4,500 cubits, three gates, the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher, and the gate of Naphtali. 35 The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.” [1]

Joel 1-3
The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
An Invasion of Locusts
2    Hear this, you elders;
give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
       Has such a thing happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
3    Tell your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children to another generation.
4    What the cutting locust left,
the swarming locust has eaten.
       What the swarming locust left,
the hopping locust has eaten,
       and what the hopping locust left,
the destroying locust has eaten.
5    Awake, you drunkards, and weep,
and wail, all you drinkers of wine,
       because of the sweet wine,
for it is cut off from your mouth.
6    For a nation has come up against my land,
powerful and beyond number;
       its teeth are lions’ teeth,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7    It has laid waste my vine
and splintered my fig tree;
       it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;
their branches are made white.
8    Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth
for the bridegroom of her youth.
9    The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
from the house of the Lord.
       The priests mourn,
the ministers of the Lord.
10    The fields are destroyed,
the ground mourns,
       because the grain is destroyed,
the wine dries up,
the oil languishes.
11    Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil;
wail, O vinedressers,
       for the wheat and the barley,
because the harvest of the field has perished.
12    The vine dries up;
the fig tree languishes.
       Pomegranate, palm, and apple,
all the trees of the field are dried up,
       and gladness dries up
from the children of man.
A Call to Repentance
13    Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;
wail, O ministers of the altar.
       Go in, pass the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God!
       Because grain offering and drink offering
are withheld from the house of your God.
14    Consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly.
       Gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land
       to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out to the Lord.
15    Alas for the day!
       For the day of the Lord is near,
and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16    Is not the food cut off
before our eyes,
       joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
17    The seed shrivels under the clods;
the storehouses are desolate;
       the granaries are torn down
because the grain has dried up.
18    How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle are perplexed
       because there is no pasture for them;
even the flocks of sheep suffer.
19    To you, O Lord, I call.
      For fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness,
       and flame has burned
all the trees of the field.
20    Even the beasts of the field pant for you
because the water brooks are dried up,
       and fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness.
The Day of the Lord
Blow a trumpet in Zion;
sound an alarm on my holy mountain!
       Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near,
2    a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
       Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful people;
       their like has never been before,
nor will be again after them
through the years of all generations.
3    Fire devours before them,
and behind them a flame burns.
       The land is like the garden of Eden before them,
but behind them a desolate wilderness,
and nothing escapes them.
4    Their appearance is like the appearance of horses,
and like war horses they run.
5    As with the rumbling of chariots,
they leap on the tops of the mountains,
       like the crackling of a flame of fire
devouring the stubble,
       like a powerful army
drawn up for battle.
6    Before them peoples are in anguish;
all faces grow pale.
7    Like warriors they charge;
like soldiers they scale the wall.
       They march each on his way;
they do not swerve from their paths.
8    They do not jostle one another;
each marches in his path;
       they burst through the weapons
and are not halted.
9    They leap upon the city,
they run upon the walls,
       they climb up into the houses,
they enter through the windows like a thief.
10    The earth quakes before them;
the heavens tremble.
       The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
11    The Lord utters his voice
before his army,
       for his camp is exceedingly great;
he who executes his word is powerful.
       For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome;
who can endure it?
Return to the Lord
12    “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
       with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13        and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
       Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
       slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.
14    Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
       a grain offering and a drink offering
for the Lord your God?
15    Blow the trumpet in Zion;
consecrate a fast;
       call a solemn assembly;
16        gather the people.
       Consecrate the congregation;
assemble the elders;
       gather the children,
even nursing infants.
       Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.
17    Between the vestibule and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep
       and say, “Spare your people, O Lord,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
a byword among the nations.
       Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’ ”
The Lord Had Pity
18    Then the Lord became jealous for his land
and had pity on his people.
19    The Lord answered and said to his people,
       “Behold, I am sending to you
grain, wine, and oil,
and you will be satisfied;
       and I will no more make you
a reproach among the nations.
20    “I will remove the northerner far from you,
and drive him into a parched and desolate land,
       his vanguard into the eastern sea,
and his rear guard into the western sea;
       the stench and foul smell of him will rise,
for he has done great things.
21    “Fear not, O land;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
22    Fear not, you beasts of the field,
for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
       the tree bears its fruit;
the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
23    “Be glad, O children of Zion,
and rejoice in the Lord your God,
       for he has given the early rain for your vindication;
he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the latter rain, as before.
24    “The threshing floors shall be full of grain;
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25    I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
       the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent among you.
26    “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you.
       And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27    You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.
       And my people shall never again be put to shame.
The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit
28    “And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
       your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
29    Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
The Lord Judges the Nations
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, 3 and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.
“What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. 5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. 6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border. 7 Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head. 8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the Lord has spoken.”
9    Proclaim this among the nations:
       Consecrate for war;
stir up the mighty men.
       Let all the men of war draw near;
let them come up.
10    Beat your plowshares into swords,
and your pruning hooks into spears;
let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”
11    Hasten and come,
all you surrounding nations,
and gather yourselves there.
       Bring down your warriors, O Lord.
12    Let the nations stir themselves up
and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
       for there I will sit to judge
all the surrounding nations.
13    Put in the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe.
       Go in, tread,
for the winepress is full.
       The vats overflow,
for their evil is great.
14    Multitudes, multitudes,
in the valley of decision!
       For the day of the Lord is near
in the valley of decision.
15    The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
16    The Lord roars from Zion,
and utters his voice from Jerusalem,
and the heavens and the earth quake.
       But the Lord is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the people of Israel.
The Glorious Future of Judah
17    “So you shall know that I am the Lord your God,
who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.
       And Jerusalem shall be holy,
and strangers shall never again pass through it.
18    “And in that day
       the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk,
       and all the streambeds of Judah
shall flow with water;
       and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord
and water the Valley of Shittim.
19    “Egypt shall become a desolation
and Edom a desolate wilderness,
       for the violence done to the people of Judah,
because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20    But Judah shall be inhabited forever,
and Jerusalem to all generations.
21    I will avenge their blood,
blood I have not avenged,
for the Lord dwells in Zion.” [2]

Daniel 1
Daniel Taken to Babylon
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 people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
Daniel’s Faithfulness
But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus. [3]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Eze 48.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Joe 1–3:21.
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Da 1:1–21.

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