Dec 5

Daily Readings:

2 Chronicles 5.mp3,  2 Chronicles 6.mp3,  Nahum 3.mp3,  Luke 19.mp3,  1 John 4.mp3

(To listen to the audio of each chapter, click on the mp3 file above. Or, read the chapters below.)

2 Chronicles 5

1 ¶  Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

2  Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.

3  Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.

4  And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.

5  And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.

6  Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

7  And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:

8  For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

9  And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.

10  There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

11 ¶  And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:

12  Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)

13  It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

14  So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 6

1 ¶  Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.

2  But I have built an house of habitation for Thee, and a place for Thy dwelling for ever.

3  And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.

4  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, Who hath with His hands fulfilled that which He spake with His mouth to my father David, saying,

5  Since the day that I brought forth My people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that My name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over My people Israel:

6  But I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name might be there; and have chosen David to be over My people Israel.

7  Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

8  But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for My name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:

9  Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for My name.

10  The LORD therefore hath performed His word that He hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

11  And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that He made with the children of Israel.

Nahum 3

1 ¶  Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;

2  The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

3  The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

4  Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

5  Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

6  And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

7  And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

8 ¶  Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

9  Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

10  Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

11  Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

12  All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

13  Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

14  Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

15  There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

16  Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

17  Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

18  Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

19  There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Luke 19

1 ¶  And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2  And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

3  And he sought to see Jesus who He was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

4  And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see Him: for He was to pass that way.

5  And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

6  And he made haste, and came down, and received Him joyfully.

7  And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That He was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

8  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

9  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

11 ¶  And as they heard these things, He added and spake a parable, because He was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

15  And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16  Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

17  And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

18  And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

19  And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

20  And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

21  For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

22  And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

23  Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

24  And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

25  (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

26  For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

28 ¶  And when He had thus spoken, He went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

29  And it came to pass, when He was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples,

30  Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

31  And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

32  And they that were sent went their way, and found even as He had said unto them.

33  And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

34  And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

35  And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

36  And as He went, they spread their clothes in the way.

37  And when He was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

38  Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

39  And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto Him, Master, rebuke Thy disciples.

40  And He answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

41 ¶  And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it,

42  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43  For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

44  And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

45  And He went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;

46  Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

47  And He taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy Him,

48  And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.

1 John 4

1 ¶  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 ¶  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

7 ¶  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

12  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.

13  Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.

14 ¶  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

15  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 ¶  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19  We love Him, because He first loved us.

20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21  And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘His Glorious Name’

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