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Bible readings for December 2019

Here are the Bible readings for December 2019 which we’ll be using in church for this Advent and Christmas season. If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings – then here you go!

The scriptures this month include wolves living with lambs, lame leaping like deer, John wearing camel hair… and Mary bearing a son called Jesus then escaping as refugees to Egypt.

  • December 1st – Advent Sunday: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
  • December 8th – 2nd of Advent: Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
  • December 15th – 3rd of Advent: Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
  • December 22nd – 4th of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-end
  • December 29th – 1st Sunday of Christmas: Isaiah 63:7-9; Hebrews 2:10-end; Matthew 2:13-end

If you don’t have access to a Bible then please follow this link to the Vanderbilt Divinity Library to see the readings on-line. It doesn’t always match up but it shouldn’t be too far off!

Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious

[For Bible readings in November please press here. For more about St John and St Mark’s Church Bury please follow this link] 

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