Daily Scripture Reading December 19th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
11 The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. 2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. 3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. 4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; 5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; 6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him. 7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. 8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. 9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit. 10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. 11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. 12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil. 13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof. 14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
21 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you. 3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger. 4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. 5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. 6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks. 7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity. 8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border. 9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. 10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts. 11 The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. 12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword. 13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness. 14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work. 15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
31 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! 2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. 3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. 4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. 5 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. 6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. 7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings. 8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. 10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. 11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. 12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. 13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. 15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. 16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. 17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. 18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. 19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. 20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.
Zephaniah 1:1 - 3:20 KJV
101 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Revelation 10:1-11 KJV
1381 I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. 2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. 5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. 6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
Psalms 138:1-8 KJV
3011 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Proverbs 30:11-14 KJV
WRITER–The prophet was a grandson of King Hezekiah of Judah, and his
name means “Hid of the Lord.”
TIMES OF THE PROPHET–He prophesied about 630 B. C. in the reign of the young and good King Josiah. Two wicked and idol-worshipping kings had preceded Josiah on the throne so that the land was full of evil practices. Social injustice and moral corruption were widespread. The rich heaped up fortunes and indulged in luxuries by grinding down the poor. The religious situation also was as bad as it could be. To remedy this, Josiah, when but sixteen years of age, undertook to promote a religious revival and became one of the best and most-loved kings. Under the counsel and help of the prophet, Josiah took an active part in the great reforms. Taking a hatchet and pick-ax he personally broke down altars and images. How encouraging to the reformers must have been the words of Zephaniah in the key verse.
1. To show that a faithful remnant (remaining few) should be delivered from captivity.
2. To show that the heathen shall be converted.
3. To show that instead of men having to worship God at Jerusalem,
they might do so anywhere, Zep 2:11, which is confirmed in
Great Fact I. Judah Denounced.
Zep 1; 2; 3.
After a sweeping threat in the first verse, the prophet then denounces three classes of false worshippers of Judah.
1. The black-robed unlawful priests of Baal, together with the unworthy priests of Jehovah, and those who worship the stars from the housetops. Zep 1:4-5.
2. Those who so waver that at one time they swear by the Lord, and at other times swear by the god Moloch. Zep 1:5.
3. Those who turn backward from outwardly following the Lord, and now despise Him. Zep 1:6.
Upon all these shall come a series of punishments “in the Day of the
Lord.” This phrase is an important one and is often used in prophecy.
The word “day” in Scripture is used exactly as we use it today. When we
use a numeral in front of the word, and speak of 3 days or 40 days we
always mean 3 or 40 literal days of 24 hours each. It is so with
Scripture, and for this reason we are confident that the days of
Creation were literal days. On the other hand, both Scripture, and we
ourselves, use the word “day” in another sense. We speak of
Washington’s day or Luther’s day, meaning in the time of Washington or
of Luther. So when the Scripture speaks of the “Day of the Lord” it
means “the time of the Lord’s special working.” This day of the Lord
for the Jews of Zephaniah’s time was the Lord’s special working in
events and punishments of the captivity. The future Day of the Lord is
the period of the Great Tribulation and the Millennium, Revelation
LESSON–We learn that it is not possible to serve two masters, as many
of Judah were trying to do at the same time. Christ teaches this in
Mt 6:24. God says “Defraud not, never lie, be honest and just in
thy dealings.” Satan says, “Cheat your own father if you can gain by
it.” God says, “Keep holy the Sabbath Day.” Satan says, Make it a day
of worldly pleasure.” No one has success or joy trying to serve two
masters. The secret of happiness is wholeheartedness. Therefore Joshua
We learn also the certainty of coming judgement. A. king of Hungary had
a brother who would never think of this. It was a custom of that
country that if an executioner sounded a trumpet before any man’s door
he was presently led to execution. The king, in the dead hour of the
night sent the executioner to sound the trumpet before his brother’s
door, who, hearing it was greatly alarmed and at once tried to make
peace with his brother. “Brother,” said the king, “if a summons to
judgement from an earthly king causes you so much fear, how much more
the trumpet of the last day, therefore prepare to meet thy God.’ ”
Great Fact II. Heathen. Nations Denounced.
Five heathen nations, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia and Assyria,
shall be visited with wrath for their scorn and pride towards the
Lord’s people. Their idols shall be broken up, and the heathen shall
worship God, everyone in his own country. Instead of all men making
pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they may worship God anywhere.
LESSON–The Jews taught that Jerusalem alone was the place of worship
and the Samaritans that Gerizim should be the religious centre, but the
prophet saw that spiritual worship did not depend upon so-called holy
places. Since this time scores of places, like Rome and Mecca, have
been set aside as holy, and men have superstitiously undergone every
hardship in order to worship at these shrines.
The sacredness of worship, however, depends not on the place, but on
the divine Presence that comes in response to prayer. Men are to lift
holy lands in prayer in every place from the rising to the setting of
the sun, Malachi 1-11. If God’s people shall meet with humble and
devout souls, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. then no matter
the place, it will be “none other than the House of God and the gate of
Jesus, where’er thy people meet, there they behold thy mercy-seat.
Where’er the seek thee thou art found and every spot dedicated,
Great Fact III. A Remnant Shall Be Blessed and Honoured.
A faithful few will be delivered, and must wait with patience until the
judgement of the wicked nations is overpast. Then the remnant shall
call upon Jehovah with pure lips and a pure heart and shall be
accepted. Then the prophet speaks in glowing language of the safety and
glory of the purged and purified people of Zion.
LESSON-The blessings of the remnant would depend, as with us, upon them
1. They should be humble in spirit.
2. Upright in conduct.
3. Depending upon God.
This would result in them being:
1. Cleansed from shame.
2. Delivered from spiritual pride.
3. Redeemed from proud oppressors.
4. Specially protected by God.
Tell the sailor he shall have no more storms at sea. Tell the labouring
man he shall have no more financial worries. Tell the farmer he shall
have no more had crops, and he would have some idea of the joy that
must have filled the hearts of the
Jews when the prophet predicted that a time was coming when evil should
exist no more among them. This prophecy shall yet be blessedly
fulfilled in the Kingdom age.