9

DEC

LUKE 1:39-56

39. Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40. and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, ``Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43. ``And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44. ``For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45. ``And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord." 46. And Mary said: ``My soul exalts the Lord, 47. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48. ``For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. 49. ``For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. 50. ``AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. 51. ``He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52. ``He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. 53. ``HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed. 54. ``He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, 55. As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever." 56. And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

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9

DEC

EXODUS 15:1-18

1. Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, ``I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. 2. ``The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him. 3. ``The LORD is a warrior; The LORD is His name. 4. ``Pharaoh's chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 5. ``The deeps cover them; They went down into the depths like a stone. 6. ``Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy. 7. ``And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff. 8. ``At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up, The flowing waters stood up like a heap; The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. 9. ``The enemy said, `I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be gratified against them; I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.' 10. ``You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11. ``Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders? 12. ``You stretched out Your right hand, The earth swallowed them. 13. ``In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation. 14. ``The peoples have heard, they tremble; Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia. 15. ``Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them; All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away. 16. ``Terror and dread fall upon them; By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone; Until Your people pass over, O LORD, Until the people pass over whom You have purchased. 17. ``You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, The place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling, The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established. 18. ``The LORD shall reign forever and ever."

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2

DEC

LUKE 1:26-38

26. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27. to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28. And coming in, he said to her, ``Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29. But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30. The angel said to her, ``Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31. ``And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32. ``He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33. and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." 34. Mary said to the angel, ``How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35. The angel answered and said to her, ``The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36. ``And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37. ``For nothing will be impossible with God." 38. And Mary said, ``Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

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2

DEC

EXODUS 2:1-10

1. Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4. His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 6. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, ``This is one of the Hebrews' children." 7. Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, ``Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?" 8. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, ``Go ahead. " So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, ``Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10. The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, ``Because I drew him out of the water."

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25

NOV

EXODUS 3:1-10

1. Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. 3. So Moses said, ``I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." 4. When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ``Moses, Moses!" And he said, ``Here I am." 5. Then He said, ``Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6. He said also, ``I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 7. The LORD said, ``I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. 8. ``So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. 9. ``Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10. ``Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."

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25

NOV

LUKE 1:5-25

5. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years. 8. Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9. according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10. And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11. And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13. But the angel said to him, ``Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14. ``You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15. ``For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. 16. ``And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17. ``It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." 18. Zacharias said to the angel, ``How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years." 19. The angel answered and said to him, ``I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20. ``And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time." 21. The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute. 23. When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. 24. After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25. ``This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men."

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18

NOV

EXODUS 16:1-30

1. Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. 2. The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3. The sons of Israel said to them, ``Would that we had died by the LORD'S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger." 4. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction. 5. ``On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily." 6. So Moses and Aaron said to all the sons of Israel, ``At evening you will know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt; 7. and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, for He hears your grumblings against the LORD; and what are we, that you grumble against us?" 8. Moses said, `` This will happen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the LORD hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the LORD." 9. Then Moses said to Aaron, ``Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, `Come near before the LORD, for He has heard your grumblings.'" 10. It came about as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. 11. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12. ``I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, `At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'" 13. So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14. When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground. 15. When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ``What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, ``It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat. 16. ``This is what the LORD has commanded, `Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.'" 17. The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little. 18. When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat. 19. Moses said to them, ``Let no man leave any of it until morning." 20. But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them. 21. They gathered it morning by morning, every man as much as he should eat; but when the sun grew hot, it would melt. 22. Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23. then he said to them, ``This is what the LORD meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning." 24. So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it. 25. Moses said, ``Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26. ``Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be none." 27. It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions? 29. ``See, the LORD has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." 30. So the people rested on the seventh day.

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11

NOV

EXODUS 14:5-28

5. When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, ``What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?" 6. So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; 7. and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8. The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. 9. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10. As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11. Then they said to Moses, ``Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? 12. ``Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, `Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness." 13. But Moses said to the people, ``Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14. ``The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent." 15. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16. ``As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land. 17. ``As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18. ``Then the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen." 19. The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. 21. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23. Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24. At the morning watch, the LORD looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. 25. He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, ``Let us flee from Israel, for the LORD is fighting for them against the Egyptians." 26. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen." 27. So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh's entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.

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4

NOV

EXODUS 11:1-29

1. Now the LORD said to Moses, ``One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely. 2. ``Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold." 3. The LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people. 4. Moses said, ``Thus says the LORD, `About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, 5. and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 6. `Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again. 7. `But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.' 8. ``All these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before me, saying, `Go out, you and all the people who follow you,' and after that I will go out." And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. 9. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt." 10. Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.

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