Bible in a Year – February – 24 | Day – 55

February – 24 | Day – 55
Old Testament: Exodus – 37-38 | Isaiah – 55-56

1 Now Bezalel also made the ark from setim wood, having two and one half cubits in length, and one and one half cubits in width, and the height was also one and one half cubits. And he clothed it with the purest gold, inside and out.

2 And for it he made a crown of gold all around,

3 casting four gold rings at its four corners: two rings on one side, and two on the other.

4 Likewise, he made bars from setim wood, which he clothed with gold,

5 and he placed them into the rings, which were at the sides of the ark, to carry it.

6 He also made the propitiatory, that is, the oracle, from the finest gold, two and one half cubits in length, and one and one half cubits in width,

7 and then two Cherubim of ductile gold, which he positioned at the two sides of the propitiatory:

8 one Cherub at the top of one side, and the other Cherub at the top of the other side. The two Cherubim were at each end of the propitiatory,

9 spreading their wings, and protecting the propitiatory, and gazing toward it and toward one another.

10 He also made the table from setim wood, with a length of two cubits, and a width of one cubit, which had a height of one and one half cubits.

11 And he surrounded it with the finest gold, and for it he made a ledge of gold all around,

12 and for the ledge itself he made a polished crown of gold, four fingers high, and upon the same, another crown of gold.

13 And he cast four gold rings, which he set at the four corners at each foot of the table,

14 opposite the crown. And he placed the bars into them, so that the table could be carried.

15 Likewise, the bars themselves he made from setim wood, and he surrounded them with gold.

16 And he made vessels for the diverse uses of the table, as well as the little cups, and bowls, and measuring cups, and the censers, from pure gold, in which the libations would be offered.

17 He also made the lampstand, formed from the finest gold. The branches, bowls, and little spheres, as well as the lilies, proceeded from its bar:

18 six on the two sides, three branches on one side, and three on the other.

19 Three bowls, the size of a nut, were on each branch, with little spheres and lilies, and three bowls, in the likeness of a nut, were on the other branch, with the little spheres together with the lilies. The workmanship of the six branches, which proceeded from the shaft of the lampstand, was equal.

20 Now on the shaft itself were four bowls, the size of a nut, and little spheres together with each one, and lilies,

21 and little spheres under two branches in three places, which together made six branches proceeding from one bar.

22 Thus, both the little spheres and the branches were from the same thing: all hand-worked from the purest gold.

23 He also made the seven lamps with their candle snuffers, and the vessels where the candles would be extinguished, from the finest gold.

24 The lampstand with all its vessels weighed a talent of gold.

25 He also made the altar of incense from setim wood, having one cubit on each of four sides, and in height, two. From its corners proceeded horns.

26 And he clothed it with the purest gold, with its grating, as well as the sides and the horns.

27 And for it he made a crown of gold all around, and two gold rings under the crown at each side, so that the bars might be put into them, and the altar could be carried.

28 Now the bars themselves he also made from setim wood, and he covered them with layers of gold.

29 He also composed the oil for the ointment of sanctification, and the incense, from the purest aromatics, with the skill of a perfumer.

1 He also made the altar of holocaust from setim wood: five cubits square, and three in height,

2 the horns of which proceeded from the corners. And he covered it with layers of brass.

3 And for its uses, he prepared diverse vessels out of brass: kettles, forceps, little hooks, larger hooks, and receptacles for the fire.

4 And he made its grating of brass, in the manner of a net, and under it, in the midst of the altar, its base,

5 casting four rings at the four ends of the net in order to set the bars, so as to carry it.

6 These bars he also made of setim wood, and he covered them with layers of brass.

7 And he drew them through the rings, which projected from the sides of the altar. But the altar itself was not solid, but hollow, made from panels and empty inside.

8 He also made the washtub of brass, with its base made from the mirrors of the women who kept watch at the door of the tabernacle.

9 He also made the atrium, at the south side of which were hangings of fine twisted linen of one hundred cubits and

10 twenty columns of brass with their bases. The heads of the columns and all of the engraving work were of silver.

11 Equally, at the northern area, the hangings, the columns, and the bases and heads of the columns were of the same measure and work and metal.

12 Yet truly, on that side which looks out toward the west, there were hangings of fifty cubits, and ten columns with their bases of brass. And the heads of the columns and all of the engraving work were of silver.

13 Furthermore, toward the east, he prepared hangings of fifty cubits:

14 of which, there were fifteen cubits, among three columns with their bases, holding up one side,

15 and on the other side, (for between the two he made the entrance of the tabernacle) there were equally hangings of fifteen cubits, and three pillars, and the same number of bases.

16 All the hangings of the atrium were woven from fine twisted linen.

17 The bases of the columns were of brass, but their heads with all of their engravings were of silver. Now he also overlaid the columns of the atrium themselves with silver.

18 And he made, at its entrance, a hanging, wrought with embroidery, of hyacinth, purple, vermillion, and fine twisted linen, which held twenty cubits in length, yet truly it was five cubits in height, as with the measure of all the hangings of the atrium.

19 Now the columns at the entrance were four, with bases of brass, and their heads and engravings were of silver.

20 Likewise, the tent pegs of the tabernacle and the atrium all around he made of brass.

21 These are the instruments of the tabernacle of the testimony, which were enumerated according to the instruction of Moses, with the ceremonies of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest,

22 which Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur from the tribe of Judah, had completed, just as the Lord decreed through Moses.

23 He was joined by his associate, Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, from the tribe of Dan, who himself was also an exceptional artisan of wood, and of weaving, as well as of embroidery, with hyacinth, purple, vermillion, and fine linen.

24 All of the gold that was expended in the work of the Sanctuary, and that was offered in donation, was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred thirty shekels, according to the measure of the Sanctuary.

25 Now it was offered by those who were past the numbering of twenty years and above: from six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty men able to bear arms.

26 There were, beyond that, one hundred talents of silver, from which were cast the bases for the Sanctuary and for the entrance where the veil hangs.

27 One hundred bases were made from one hundred talents, a single talent being counted for each base.

28 But from one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, he made the heads of the columns, which he also clothed with silver.

29 Likewise, of brass, there was offered seventy-two thousand talents, and four hundred more shekels,

30 from which were cast the bases at the entrance of the tabernacle of the testimony, and the altar of brass with its grating, and the vessels which pertain to its use,

31 and the bases of the atrium, as much at the circumference as at its entrance, and the tent pegs of the tabernacle and of the atrium all round.

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1 All you who thirst, come to the waters. And you who have no money: hurry, buy and eat. Approach, buy wine and milk, without money and without barter.

2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and expend your labor for what does not satisfy? Listen very closely to me, and eat what is good, and then your soul will be delighted by a full measure.

3 Incline your ear and draw near to me. Listen, and your soul will live. And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, by the faithful mercies of David.

4 Behold, I have presented him as a witness to the people, as a commander and instructor to the nations.

5 Behold, you will call to a nation that you did not know. And nations that did not know you will rush to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel. For he has glorified you.

6 Seek the Lord, while he is able to be found. Call upon him, while he is near.

7 Let the impious one abandon his way, and the iniquitous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will take pity on him, and to our God, for he is great in forgiveness.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says the Lord.

9 For just as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so also are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.

10 And in the same manner as rain and snow descend from heaven, and no longer return there, but soak the earth, and water it, and cause it to bloom and to provide seed to the sower and bread to the hungry,

11 so also will my word be, which will go forth from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish whatever I will, and it will prosper in the tasks for which I sent it.

12 For you will go forth rejoicing, and you will be led forward in peace. The mountains and the hills will sing praise before you, and all the trees of the countryside will clap their hands.

13 In place of the shrub, the pine tree will arise, and in place of the nettle, the myrtle tree will grow. And the Lord will be named with an eternal sign, which will not be taken away.

1 Thus says the Lord: Preserve judgment, and accomplish justice. For my salvation is close to its arrival, and my justice is close to being revealed.

2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds to this, keeping the Sabbath and not profaning it, guarding his hands and not doing any evil.

3 And let not the son of the new arrival, who adheres to the Lord, speak, saying, “The Lord will divide and separate me from his people.” And let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”

4 For thus says the Lord to the eunuchs: They will keep my Sabbaths, and they will choose the things that I will, and they will hold to my covenant.

5 I will give them a place in my house, within my walls, and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name, which will never perish.

6 And the sons of the new arrival, who adhere to the Lord so as to worship him and to love his name, shall be his servants: all who keep the Sabbath without profaning it, and who hold to my covenant.

7 I will lead them to my holy mountain, and I will gladden them in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their victims will be pleasing to me upon my altar. For my house will be called the house of prayer for all peoples.

8 The Lord God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, says: Even now, I will gather his congregation to him.

9 All beasts of the field, all the beasts of the forest: approach and devour!

10 His watchmen are all blind. They are all ignorant. They are mute dogs without the ability to bark, seeing empty things, sleeping and loving dreams.

11 And these very imprudent dogs have never known satisfaction. The shepherds themselves do not know understanding. All have turned aside in their own way, each one to his own avarice, from the highest even to the least:

12 Come, let us take wine, and be filled by inebriation. And as it is today, so shall it be tomorrow and for a long time.

Psalms: Psalms – 28:1-3

1 A psalm for David himself. Unto thee will I cry, O Lord: O my God, be not thou silent to me: lest thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

2 Hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication, when I pray to thee; when I lift up my hands to thy holy temple.

3 Draw me not away together with the wicked; and with the workers of iniquity destroy me not: Who speak peace with their neighbour, but evils are in their hearts.

New Testament: Mark – 4:1-20

1 And again, he began to teach by the sea. And a great crowd was gathered to him, so much so that, climbing into a boat, he was seated on the sea. And the entire crowd was on the land along the sea.

2 And he taught them many things in parables, and he said to them, in his doctrine:

3 Listen. Behold, the sower went out to sow.

4 And while he was sowing, some fell along the way, and the birds of the air came and ate it.

5 Yet truly, others fell upon stony ground, where it did not have much soil. And it rose up quickly, because it had no depth of soil.

6 And when the sun was risen, it was scorched. And because it had no root, it withered away.

7 And some fell among thorns. And the thorns grew up and suffocated it, and it did not produce fruit.

8 And some fell on good soil. And it brought forth fruit that grew up, and increased, and yielded: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.”

9 And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10 And when he was alone, the twelve, who were with him, questioned him about the parable.

11 And he said to them: “To you, it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to those who are outside, everything is presented in parables:

12 ‘so that, seeing, they may see, and not perceive; and hearing, they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they may be converted, and their sins would be forgiven them.’ “

13 And he said to them: “Do you not understand this parable? And so, how will you understand all the parables?

14 He who sows, sows the word.

15 Now there are those who are along the way, where the word is sown. And when they have heard it, Satan quickly comes and takes away the word, which was sown in their hearts.

16 And similarly, there are those who were sown upon stony ground. These, when they have heard the word, immediately accept it with gladness.

17 But they have no root in themselves, and so they are for a limited time. And when next tribulation and persecution arises because of the word, they quickly fall away.

18 And there are others who are sown among thorns. These are those who hear the word,

19 but worldly tasks, and the deception of riches, and desires about other things enter in and suffocate the word, and it is effectively without fruit.

20 And there are those who are sown upon good soil, who hear the word and accept it; and these bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.”

Simplest Bible in a Year plan compiled using the “Catholic Public Domain Version Bible“. This is not the Readings at the Mass. For the Mass Readings, check the Mass Readings taken from the New Jerusalem Bible or the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
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