October 24

Psalms 114

1When Israel came out of Egypt, the children of Jacob from a people whose language was strange to them;

2Judah became his holy place, and Israel his kingdom.

3The sea saw it, and went in flight; Jordan was turned back.

4The mountains were jumping like goats, and the little hills like lambs.

5What was wrong with you, O sea, that you went in flight? O Jordan, that you were turned back?

6You mountains, why were you jumping like goats, and you little hills like lambs?

7Be troubled, O earth, before the Lord, before the God of Jacob;

8Who made the rock into a water-spring, and the hard stone into a fountain.

Isaiah 17

1The word about Damascus. See, they have made Damascus a town no longer; it has become a waste place.

2Her towns are unpeopled for ever; there the flocks take their rest in peace, without fear.

3The strong tower has gone from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus: the rest of Aram will come to destruction, and be made like the glory of the children of Israel, says the Lord of armies.

4And it will be in that day that the glory of Jacob will be made small, and the strength of his body will become feeble.

5And it will be like a man cutting the growth of his grain, pulling together the heads of the grain with his arm; even as when they get in the grain in the valley of Rephaim.

6But it will be like a man shaking an olive-tree, something will still be there, two or three berries on the top of the highest branch, four or five on the outside branches of a fertile tree, says the Lord, the God of Israel.

7In that day a man’s heart will be turned to his Maker, and his eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

8He will not be looking to the altars, the work of his hands, or to the wood pillars or to the sun-images which his fingers have made.

9In that day your towns will be like the waste places of the Hivites and the Amorites which the children of Israel took for a heritage, and they will come to destruction.

10For you have not given honour to the God of your salvation, and have not kept in mind the Rock of your strength; for this cause you made a garden of Adonis, and put in it the vine-cuttings of a strange god;

11In the day of your planting you were watching its growth, and in the morning your seed was flowering: but its fruit is wasted away in the day of grief and bitter sorrow.

12Ah! the voice of peoples, like the loud sounding of the seas, and the thundering of great nations rushing on like the bursting out of waters!

13But he will put a stop to them, and make them go in flight far away, driving them like the waste of the grain on the tops of the mountains before the wind, and like the circling dust before the storm.

14In the evening there is fear, and in the morning they are gone. This is the fate of those who take our goods, and the reward of those who violently take our property for themselves.

Isaiah 18

1Ho! land of the sounding of wings, on the other side of the rivers of Ethiopia:

2Which sends its representatives by the sea, even in ships of papyrus on the waters. Go back quickly, O representatives, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people causing fear through all their history; a strong nation, crushing down its haters, whose land is cut through by rivers.

3All you peoples of the world, and you who are living on the earth, when a flag is lifted up on the mountains, give attention; and when the horn is sounded, give ear.

4For this is what the Lord has said to me: I will be quiet, watching from my place; like the clear heat when the sun is shining, like a mist of dew in the heat of summer.

5For before the time of getting in the grapes, after the opening of the bud, when the flower has become a grape ready for crushing, he will take away the small branches with knives, cutting down and taking away the wide-stretching branches.

6They will be for the birds of the mountains, and for the beasts of the earth: the birds will come down on them in the summer, and the beasts of the earth in the winter.

7In that time an offering will be made to the Lord of armies from a people tall and smooth, causing fear through all their history; a strong nation, crushing down its haters, whose land is cut through by rivers, an offering taken to the place of the name of the Lord of armies, even Mount Zion.

Isaiah 19

1The word about Egypt. See, the Lord is seated on a quick-moving cloud, and is coming to Egypt: and the false gods of Egypt will be troubled at his coming, and the heart of Egypt will be turned to water.

2And I will send the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they will be fighting every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; town against town, and kingdom against kingdom.

3And the spirit of Egypt will be troubled in her, and I will make her decisions without effect: and they will be turning to the false gods, and to those who make hollow sounds, and to those who have control of spirits, and to those who are wise in secret arts.

4And I will give the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a hard king will be their ruler, says the Lord, the Lord of armies.

5And the waters of the sea will be cut off, and the river will become dry and waste:

6And the rivers will have an evil smell; the stream of Egypt will become small and dry: all the water-plants will come to nothing.

7The grass-lands by the Nile, and everything planted by the Nile, will become dry, or taken away by the wind, and will come to an end.

8The fishermen will be sad, and all those who put fishing-lines into the Nile will be full of grief, and those whose nets are stretched out on the waters will have sorrow in their hearts.

9And all the workers in linen thread, and those who make cotton cloth, will be put to shame.

10And the makers of twisted thread will be crushed, and those who … will be sad in heart.

11The chiefs of Zoan are completely foolish; the wisest guides of Pharaoh have become like beasts: how do you say to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the offspring of early kings?

12Where, then, are your wise men? let them make clear to you, let them give you knowledge of the purpose of the Lord of armies for Egypt.

13The chiefs of Zoan have become foolish, the chiefs of Noph are tricked, the heads of her tribes are the cause of Egypt’s wandering out of the way.

14The Lord has sent among them a spirit of error: and by them Egypt is turned out of the right way in all her doings, as a man overcome by wine is uncertain in his steps.

15And in Egypt there will be no work for any man, head or tail, high or low, to do.

16In that day the Egyptians will be like women: and the land will be shaking with fear because of the waving of the Lord’s hand stretched out over it.

17And the land of Judah will become a cause of great fear to Egypt; whenever its name comes to mind, Egypt will be in fear before the Lord of armies because of his purpose against it.

18In that day there will be five towns in the land of Egypt using the language of Canaan, and making oaths to the Lord of armies; and one of them will be named, The Town of the Sun.

19In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the middle of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at the edge of the land.

20And it will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of armies in the land of Egypt: when they are crying out to the Lord because of their cruel masters, then he will send them a saviour and a strong one to make them free.

21And the Lord will give the knowledge of himself to Egypt, and the Egyptians will give honour to the Lord in that day; they will give him worship with offerings and meal offerings, and will take an oath to the Lord and give effect to it.

22And the Lord will send punishment on Egypt, and will make them well again; and when they come back to the Lord he will give ear to their prayer and take away their disease.

23In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt will come into Assyria; and the Egyptians will give worship to the Lord together with the Assyrians.

24In that day Israel will be the third together with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the earth:

25Because of the blessing of the Lord of armies which he has given them, saying, A blessing on Egypt my people, and on Assyria the work of my hands, and on Israel my heritage.

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

17But we, my brothers, being away from you for a short time, in body but not in heart, had all the more desire to see your face;

18For which reason we made attempts to come to you, even I, Paul, once and again; but Satan kept us from coming.

19For what is our hope or joy or crown of glory? Are not even you, before our Lord Jesus, at his coming?

20For you are our glory and our joy.

1 Thessalonians 3

1At last our desire to have news of you was so strong that, while we ourselves were waiting at Athens,

2We sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in the good news of Christ, to give you strength and comfort in your faith;

3So that no man might be moved by these troubles; because you see that these things are part of God’s purpose for us.

4And when we were with you, we said to you that trouble was before us; and so it came about, as you see.

5For this reason, when I was no longer able to keep quiet, I sent to get news of your faith, fearing that you might be tested by the Evil One and that our work might come to nothing.

6But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has given us good news of your faith and love, and that you have happy memories of us, desiring greatly to see us, even as we do to see you;

7For this cause, brothers, in all our trouble and grief we were comforted about you because of your faith;

8For it is life to us if you keep your faith in the Lord unchanged.

9For how great is the praise which we give to God for you, and how great the joy with which we are glad because of you before our God;

10Night and day requesting God again and again that we may see your face and make your faith complete.

11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus make a way for us to come to you;

12And the Lord give you increase of love in fullest measure to one another and to all men, even as our love to you;

13So that your hearts may be strong and free from all sin before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

October 23

Psalms 113

1Let the Lord be praised. O you servants of the Lord, give praise to the name of the Lord.

2Let blessing be on the name of the Lord, from this time and for ever.

3From the coming up of the sun to its going down, the Lord’s name is to be praised.

4The Lord is high over all nations, and his glory is higher than the heavens.

5Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,

6Looking down on the heavens, and on the earth?

7He takes the poor man out of the dust, lifting him up from his low position;

8To give him a place among the rulers, even with the rulers of his people.

9He gives the unfertile woman a family, making her a happy mother of children. Give praise to the Lord.

Isaiah 14

1For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will again make Israel his special people, and will put them in their land; and the man from a strange country will take his place among them and be joined to the family of Jacob.

2And the people will take them with them to their place: and the children of Israel will give them a heritage in the Lord’s land as men-servants and women-servants, making them prisoners whose prisoners they were; and they will be rulers over their masters.

3And it will be, in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble, and from the hard yoke which they had put on you,

4That you will take up this bitter song against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the cruel overseer come to an end! He who was lifted up in pride is cut off;

5The stick of the evil-doers, the rod of the rulers, is broken by the Lord;

6He whose rod was on the peoples with an unending wrath, ruling the nations in passion, with an uncontrolled rule.

7All the earth is at rest and is quiet: they are bursting into song.

8Even the trees of the wood are glad over you, the trees of Lebanon, saying, From the time of your fall no wood-cutter has come up against us with an axe.

9The underworld is moved at your coming: the shades of the dead are awake before you, even the strong ones of the earth; all the kings of the world have got up from their seats.

10They all make answer and say to you, Have you become feeble like us? have you been made even as we are?

11Your pride has gone down into the underworld, and the noise of your instruments of music; the worms are under you, and your body is covered with them.

12How great is your fall from heaven, O shining one, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the earth, low among the dead bodies!

13For you said in your heart, I will go up to heaven, I will make my seat higher than the stars of God; I will take my place on the mountain of the meeting-place of the gods, in the inmost parts of the north.

14I will go higher than the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

15But you will come down to the underworld, even to its inmost parts.

16Those who see you will be looking on you with care, they will be in deep thought, saying, Is this the troubler of the earth, the shaker of kingdoms?

17Who made the world a waste, overturning its towns; who did not let his prisoners loose from the prison-house.

18All the kings of the earth are at rest in glory, every man in his house,

19But you, like a birth before its time, are stretched out with no resting-place in the earth; clothed with the bodies of the dead who have been put to the sword, who go down to the lowest parts of the underworld; a dead body, crushed under foot.

20As for your fathers, you will not be united with them in their resting-place, because you have been the cause of destruction to your land, and of death to your people; the seed of the evil-doer will have no place in the memory of man.

21Make ready a place of death for his children, because of the evil-doing of their father; so that they may not come up and take the earth for their heritage, covering the face of the world with waste places.

22For I will come up against them, says the Lord of armies, cutting off from Babylon name and offspring, son and son’s son, says the Lord.

23And I will make you a heritage for the hedgehog, and pools of water: and I will go through it with the brush of destruction, says the Lord of armies.

24The Lord has taken an oath, saying, My design will certainly come about, and my purpose will be effected:

25To let the Assyrian be broken in my land, and crushed under foot on my mountains: there will his yoke be taken away from them, and his rule over them come to an end.

26This is the purpose for all the earth: and this is the hand stretched out over all nations.

27For it is the purpose of the Lord of armies, and who will make it of no effect? when his hand is stretched out, by whom may it be turned back?

28In the year of the death of King Ahaz this word came to the prophet:

29Be not glad, O Philistia, all of you, because the rod which was on you is broken: for out of the snake’s root will come a poison-snake, and its fruit will be a winged poison-snake.

30And the poorest of the land will have food, and those in need will be given a safe resting-place: but your seed will come to an end for need of food, and the rest of you will be put to the sword.

31Send out a cry, O door! Make sounds of sorrow, O town! All your land has come to nothing, O Philistia; for there comes a smoke out of the north, and everyone keeps his place in the line.

32What answer, then, will my people give to the representatives of the nation? That the Lord is the builder of Zion, and she will be a safe place for the poor of his people.

Isaiah 15

1The word about Moab. For in a night Ar of Moab has become waste, and is seen no longer; for in a night Kir of Moab has become waste, and is seen no longer.

2The daughter of Dibon has gone up to the high places, weeping: Moab is sounding her cry of sorrow over Nebo, and over Medeba: everywhere the hair of the head and of the face is cut off.

3In their streets they are covering themselves with haircloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their public places, there is crying and bitter weeping.

4Heshbon is crying out, and Elealeh; their voice is sounding even to Jahaz: for this cause the heart of Moab is shaking; his soul is shaking with fear.

5My heart is crying out for Moab; her people go in flight to Zoar, and to Eglath-shelishiyah: for they go up with weeping by the slope of Luhith; on the way to Horonaim they send up a cry of destruction.

6The waters of Nimrim will become dry: for the grass is burned up, the young grass is coming to an end, every green thing is dead.

7For this cause they will take away their wealth, and the stores they have got together, over the stream of the water-plants.

8For the cry has gone round the limits of Moab; as far as to Eglaim and Beer-elim.

9For the waters of Dimon are full of blood: and I’m sending even more on Moab, a lion on those of Moab who go in flight, and on the rest of the land.

Isaiah 16

1And they will send … to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.

2For the daughters of Moab will be like wandering birds, like a place from which the young birds have gone in flight, at the ways across the Arnon.

3Give wise directions, make a decision; let your shade be as night in full day: keep safe those who are in flight; do not give up the wandering ones.

4Let those who have been forced out of Moab have a resting-place with you; be a cover to them from him who is making waste their land: till the cruel ones are cut off, and wasting has come to an end, and those who take pleasure in crushing the poor are gone from the land.

5Then a king’s seat will be based on mercy, and one will be seated on it in the tent of David for ever; judging uprightly, and quick to do righteousness.

6We have had word of the pride of Moab, how great it is; how he is lifted up in pride and passion: his high words about himself are false.

7For this cause everyone in Moab will give cries of grief for Moab: crushed to the earth, they will be weeping for the men of Kir-hareseth.

8For the fields of Heshbon are waste, the vine of Sibmah is dead; the lords of nations were overcome by the produce of her vines; her vine-plants went as far as Jazer, and came even to the waste land; her branches were stretched out to the sea.

9For this cause my sorrow for the vine of Sibmah will be like the weeping for Jazer: my eyes are dropping water on you, O Heshbon and Elealeh! For they are sounding the war-cry over your summer fruits and the getting in of your grain;

10And all joy is gone; no longer are they glad for the fertile field; and in the vine-gardens there are no songs or sounds of joy: the crushing of grapes has come to an end, and its glad cry has been stopped.

11For this cause the cords of my heart are sounding for Moab, and I am full of sorrow for Kir-heres.

12And when Moab goes up to the high place, and makes prayer in the house of his god, it will have no effect.

13This is the word which the Lord said about Moab in the past.

14But now the Lord has said, In three years, the years of a servant working for payment, the glory of Moab, all that great people, will be turned to shame, and the rest of Moab will be very small and without honour.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

1For you yourselves, brothers, are conscious that our coming among you was not without effect:

2But after we had first undergone much pain and been cruelly attacked as you saw, at Philippi, by the help of God we gave you the good news without fear, though everything was against us.

3For our witness does not come from error or from an unclean heart or from deceit:

4But even as the good news was given to us by the approval of God, so we give it out; not as pleasing men, but God by whom our hearts are tested.

5For it is common knowledge among you that we never made use of smooth-sounding false words, and God is witness that at no time were we secretly desiring profit for ourselves,

6Or looking for glory from men, from you or from others, when we might have made ourselves a care to you as Apostles of Christ.

7But we were gentle among you, like a woman caring for her little ones:

8Even so, being full of loving desire for you, we took delight in giving you not only God’s good news, but even our lives, because you were dear to us.

9For you have the memory, my brothers, of our trouble and care; how, working night and day, so that we might not be a trouble to any of you, we gave you the good news of God.

10You are witnesses, with God, how holy and upright and free from all evil was our way of life among you who have faith;

11Even as you saw how, like a father with his children, we were teaching and comforting you all, and giving witness,

12So that your lives might be pleasing to God, who has given you a part in his kingdom and his glory.

13And for this cause we still give praise to God, that, when the word came to your ears through us, you took it, not as the word of man, but, as it truly is, the word of God, which has living power in you who have faith.

14For you, my brothers, took as your examples the churches of God which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus; because you underwent the same things from your countrymen as they did from the Jews;

15Who put to death the Lord Jesus and the prophets, violently driving us out; who are unpleasing to God and against all men;

16Who, to make the measure of their sins complete, kept us from giving the word of salvation to the Gentiles: but the wrath of God is about to come on them in the fullest degree.

October 22

Psalms 112

1Let the Lord be praised. Happy is the man who gives honour to the Lord, and has great delight in his laws.

2His seed will be strong on the earth; blessings will be on the generation of the upright.

3A store of wealth will be in his house, and his righteousness will be for ever.

4For the upright there is a light shining in the dark; he is full of grace and pity.

5All is well for the man who is kind and gives freely to others; he will make good his cause when he is judged.

6He will not ever be moved; the memory of the upright will be living for ever.

7He will have no fear of evil news; his heart is fixed, for his hope is in the Lord.

8His heart is resting safely, he will have no fear, till he sees trouble come on his haters.

9He has given with open hands to the poor; his righteousness is for ever; his horn will be lifted up with honour.

10The sinner will see it with grief; he will be wasted away with envy; the desire of the evil-doers will come to nothing.

Isaiah 11

1And there will come a rod out of the broken tree of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will give fruit.

2And the spirit of the Lord will be resting on him, the spirit of wisdom and good sense, the spirit of wise guiding and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

3And he will not be guided in his judging by what he sees, or give decisions by the hearing of his ears:

4But he will do right in the cause of the poor, and give wise decisions for those in the land who are in need; and the rod of his mouth will come down on the cruel, and with the breath of his lips he will put an end to the evil-doer.

5And righteousness will be the cord of his robe, and good faith the band round his breast.

6And the wolf will be living with the lamb, and the leopard will take his rest with the young goat; and the lion will take grass for food like the ox; and the young lion will go with the young ones of the herd; and a little child will be their guide.

7And the cow and the bear will be friends while their young ones are sleeping together.

8And the child at the breast will be playing by the hole of the snake, and the older child will put his hand on the bright eye of the poison-snake.

9There will be no cause of pain or destruction in all my holy mountain: for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is covered by the waters.

10And in that day, the eyes of the nations will be turned to the root of Jesse which will be lifted up as the flag of the peoples; and his resting-place will be glory.

11And in that day the hand of the Lord will be stretched out the second time to get back the rest of his people, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the sea-lands.

12And he will put up a flag as a sign to the nations, and he will get together those of Israel who had been sent away, and the wandering ones of Judah, from the four ends of the earth.

13And the envy of Ephraim will be gone, and those who make trouble for Judah will come to an end: Ephraim will have no more envy of Judah, and there will be an end of Judah’s hate for Ephraim.

14And they will be united in attacking the Philistines on the west, and together they will take the goods of the children of the east: their hand will be on Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon will be under their rule.

15And the Lord will make the tongue of the Egyptian sea completely dry; and with his burning wind his hand will be stretched out over the River, and it will be parted into seven streams, so that men may go over it with dry feet.

16And there will be a highway for the rest of his people from Assyria; as there was for Israel in the day when he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isaiah 12

1And in that day you will say I will give praise to you, O Lord; for though you were angry with me, your wrath is turned away, and I am comforted.

2See, God is my salvation; I will have faith in the Lord, without fear: for the Lord Jah is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation.

3So with joy will you get water out of the springs of salvation.

4And in that day you will say, Give praise to the Lord, let his name be honoured, give word of his doings among the peoples, say that his name is lifted up.

5Make a song to the Lord; for he has done noble things: give news of them through all the earth.

6Let your voice be sounding in a cry of joy, O daughter of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

Isaiah 13

1The word of the Lord about Babylon which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw.

2Put up a flag on a clear mountain-top, make a loud outcry to them, give directions with the hand, so that they may go into the doors of the great ones.

3I have given orders to my holy ones, I have sent out my men of war, those of mine who take pride in their power, to give effect to my wrath.

4The noise of great numbers in the mountains, like the noise of a strong people! The noise of the kingdoms of the nations meeting together! The Lord of armies is numbering his forces for war.

5They come from a far country, from the farthest part of heaven, even the Lord and the instruments of his wrath, with destruction for all the land.

6Send out a cry of grief; for the day of the Lord is near; it comes as destruction from the Most High.

7For this cause all hands will be feeble, and every heart of man be turned to water;

8Their hearts will be full of fear; pains and sorrows will overcome them; they will be in pain like a woman in childbirth; they will be shocked at one another; their faces will be like flames.

9See, the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with wrath and burning passion: to make the land a waste, driving the sinners in it to destruction.

10For the stars of heaven and its bright armies will not give their light: the sun will be made dark in his journey through the heaven, and the moon will keep back her light.

11And I will send punishment on the world for its evil, and on the sinners for their wrongdoing; and I will put an end to all pride, and will make low the power of the cruel.

12I will make men so small in number, that a man will be harder to get than gold, even the best gold of Ophir.

13For this cause the heavens will be shaking, and the earth will be moved out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord of armies, and in the day of his burning passion.

14And it will be that, like a roe in flight, and like wandering sheep, they will go every man to his people and to his land.

15Everyone who is overtaken will have a spear put through him, and everyone who goes in flight will be put to the sword.

16Their young children will be broken up before their eyes; their goods will be taken away, and their wives made the property of others.

17See, I am driving the Medes against them, who put no value on silver and have no pleasure in gold.

18In their hands are bows and spears; they are cruel, violently putting the young men to death, and crushing the young women; they have no pity for children, and no mercy for the fruit of the body.

19And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beautiful town which is the pride of the Chaldaeans, will be like God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

20People will never be living in it again, and it will have no more men from generation to generation: the Arab will not put up his tent there; and those who keep sheep will not make it a resting-place for their flocks.

21But the beasts of the waste land will have their holes there; and the houses will be full of crying jackals, and ostriches will have their place there, and evil spirits will be dancing there.

22And wolves will be answering one another in their towers, and jackals in their houses of pleasure: her time is near, and her days of power will quickly be ended.

1 Thessalonians 1

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2We give praise to God at all times for you, keeping you in memory in our prayers;

3Having ever in mind your work of faith and acts of love and the strength of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father;

4Being conscious, my brothers, dear to God, that you have been marked out by God’s purpose;

5Because our good news came to you, not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Spirit, so that you were completely certain of it; even as you saw what our behaviour to you was like from our love to you.

6And you took us and the Lord as your example, after the word had come to you in much trouble, with joy in the Holy Spirit;

7So that you became an example to all those who have faith in Christ in Macedonia and Achaia.

8For not only was the word of the Lord sounding out from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God is made clear; so that we have no need to say anything.

9For they themselves give the news of how we came among you; and how you were turned from images to God, to the worship of a true and living God,

10Waiting for his Son from heaven, who came back from the dead, even Jesus, our Saviour from the wrath to come.

October 21

Psalms 111

1Let the Lord be praised. I will give praise to the Lord with all my heart, among the upright, and in the meeting of the people.

2The works of the Lord are great, searched out by all those who have delight in them.

3His work is full of honour and glory; and his righteousness is unchanging for ever.

4Certain for ever is the memory of his wonders: the Lord is full of pity and mercy.

5He has given food to his worshippers; he will keep his agreement in mind for ever.

6He has made clear to his people the power of his works, giving them the heritage of the nations.

7The works of his hands are faith and righteousness; all his laws are unchanging.

8They are fixed for ever and ever, they are done in faith and righteousness.

9He has sent salvation to his people; he has given his word for ever: holy is his name and greatly to be feared.

10The fear of the Lord is the best part of wisdom: all those who keep his laws are wise: his praise is eternal.

Isaiah 9

1In earlier times he made the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali of small value, but after that he gave it glory, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2The people who went in the dark have seen a great light, and for those who were living in the land of the deepest night, the light is shining.

3You have made them very glad, increasing their joy. They are glad before you as men are glad in the time of getting in the grain, or when they make division of the goods taken in war.

4For by your hand the yoke on his neck and the rod on his back, even the rod of his cruel master, have been broken, as in the day of Midian.

5For every boot of the man of war with his sounding step, and the clothing rolled in blood, will be for burning, food for the fire.

6For to us a child has come, to us a son is given; and the government has been placed in his hands; and he has been named Wise Guide, Strong God, Father for ever, Prince of Peace.

7Of the increase of his rule and of peace there will be no end, on the seat of David, and in his kingdom; to make it strong, supporting it with wise decision and righteousness, now and for ever. By the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies this will be done.

8The Lord has sent a word to Jacob, and it has come on Israel;

9And all the people will have experience of it, even Ephraim and the men of Samaria, who say in the pride of their uplifted hearts,

10The bricks have come down, but we will put up buildings of cut stone in their place: the sycamores are cut down, but they will be changed to cedars.

11For this cause the Lord has made strong the haters of Israel, driving them on to make war against him;

12Aram on the east, and the Philistines on the west, who have come against Israel with open mouths. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

13But the heart of the people was not turned to him who sent punishment on them, and they made no prayer to the Lord of armies.

14For this cause the Lord took away from Israel head and tail, high and low, in one day.

15The man who is honoured and responsible is the head, and the prophet who gives false teaching is the tail.

16For the guides of this people are the cause of their wandering from the right way, and those who are guided by them come to destruction.

17For this cause the Lord will have no pleasure in their young men, and no pity on their widows and the children without fathers: for they are all haters of God and evil-doers, and foolish words come from every mouth. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

18For evil was burning like a fire; the blackberries and thorns were burned up; the thick woods took fire, rolling up in dark clouds of smoke.

19The land was dark with the wrath of the Lord of armies: the people were like those who take men’s flesh for food.

20On the right a man was cutting off bits and was still in need; on the left a man took a meal but had not enough; no man had pity on his brother; every man was making a meal of the flesh of his neighbour.

21Manasseh was making a meal of Ephraim, and Ephraim of Manasseh; and together they were attacking Judah. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 10

1Cursed are those who make evil decisions, and the writers who make the records of their cruel acts:

2Who do wrong to the poor in their cause, and take away the right of the crushed among my people, so that they may have the property of widows, and get under their power those who have no father.

3And what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the destruction which is coming from far? to whom will you go for help, and what will become of your glory?

4… For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

5Ho! Assyrian, the rod of my wrath, the instrument of my punishment!

6I will send him against a nation of wrongdoers, and against the people of my wrath I will give him orders, to take their wealth in war, crushing them down like the dust in the streets.

7But this is not what is in his mind, and this is not his design; but his purpose is destruction, and the cutting off of more and more nations.

8For he says, Are not all my captains kings?

9Will not the fate of Calno be like that of Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

10As my hand has come on the kingdoms of the images, whose pictured images were more in number than those of Jerusalem and Samaria;

11So, as I have done to Samaria and her images, I will do to Jerusalem and her images.

12For this cause it will be that, when the purpose of the Lord against Mount Zion and Jerusalem is complete, I will send punishment on the pride of the heart of the king of Assyria, and on the glory of his uplifted eyes.

13For he has said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my knowledge, for I am wise: and I have taken away the limits of the peoples’ lands, and the stores of their wealth have become mine; and I have made towns low in the dust, sending destruction on those living in them;

14And I have put my hands on the wealth of the peoples, as on the place where a bird has put her eggs; and as a man may take the eggs from which a bird has gone, so I have taken all the earth for myself: and not a wing was moved, and not a mouth gave out a sound.

15Will the axe say high-sounding words against him who is using it, or the blade be full of pride against him who is cutting with it? As if a rod had the power of shaking him who is using it, or as if a stick might take up him who is not wood.

16For this cause the Lord, the Lord of armies, will make his fat become wasted; and in his inner parts a fire will be lighted like a burning flame.

17And the light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: wasting and burning up his thorns in one day.

18And he will put an end to the glory of his woods and of his planted fields, soul and body together; and it will be as when a man is wasted by disease.

19And the rest of the trees of his wood will be small in number, so that a child may put them down in writing.

20And it will be in that day that the rest of Israel, and those of Jacob who have come safely through these troubles, will no longer go for help to him whose rod was on their back, but their faith will be in the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

21The rest, even the rest of Jacob, will come back to the Strong God.

22For though your people, O Israel, are as the sand of the sea, only a small number will come back: for the destruction is fixed, overflowing in righteousness.

23For the Lord, the Lord of armies, is about to make destruction complete in all the land.

24For this cause the Lord, the Lord of armies, says, O my people living in Zion, have no fear of the Assyrian, even if his rod comes on your back, and his stick is lifted up as in Egypt.

25For in a very short time my passion will be over, and my wrath will be turned to their destruction.

26And the Lord of armies will be shaking a whip against him, as when he overcame Midian at the rock of Oreb: and his rod will be lifted up against them as it was against the Egyptians.

27And in that day the weight which he put on your back will be taken away, and his yoke broken from off your neck.

28He has gone up from Pene-Rimmon, he has come to Aiath; he has gone past Migron, at Michmash he puts his forces in order.

29They have gone across the mountain; Geba will be our resting-place tonight, they say: Ramah is shaking with fear; Gibeah of Saul has gone in flight.

30Give a loud cry, daughter of Gallim; let Laishah give ear; let Anathoth give answer to her.

31Madmenah has gone; the men of Gebim are putting their goods in a safe place.

32This very day he is stopping at Nob; he is shaking his hand against the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

33See, the Lord, the Lord of armies, is cutting off his branches with a great noise, and his strong ones are falling and his high ones are coming down.

34And he is cutting down the thick places of the wood with an axe, and Lebanon with its tall trees is coming down.

Revelation of John 21

1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea.

2And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband.

3And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God.

4And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end.

5And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. And he said, Put it in the book; for these words are certain and true.

6And he said to me, It is done. I am the First and the Last, the start and the end. I will freely give of the fountain of the water of life to him who is in need.

7He who overcomes will have these things for his heritage; and I will be his God, and he will be my son.

8But those who are full of fear and without faith, the unclean and takers of life, those who do the sins of the flesh, and those who make use of evil powers or who give worship to images, and all those who are false, will have their part in the sea of ever-burning fire which is the second death.

9And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels in which were the seven last punishments, came and said to me, Come here, and see the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

10And he took me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and let me see the holy town Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

11Having the glory of God: and her light was like a stone of great price, a jasper stone, clear as glass:

12She had a wall great and high, with twelve doors, and at the doors twelve angels; and names on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.

13And on the east were three doors; and on the north three doors; and on the south three doors; and on the west three doors.

14And the wall of the town had twelve bases, and on them the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

15And he who was talking with me had a gold measuring-rod to take the measure of the town, and of its doors, and its wall.

16And the town is square, as wide as it is long; and he took the measure of the town with the rod, one thousand and five hundred miles: it is equally long and wide and high.

17And he took the measure of its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits, after the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

18And the building of its wall was of jasper, and the town was clear gold, clear as glass.

19The bases of the wall of the town had ornaments of all sorts of beautiful stones. The first base was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

21And the twelve doors were twelve pearls; every door was made of one pearl; and the street of the town was clear gold, as clear as glass.

22And I saw no Temple there; because the Lord God, the Ruler of all, and the Lamb are its Temple.

23And the town has no need of the sun, or of the moon, to give it light: for the glory of God did make it light, and the light of it is the Lamb.

24And the nations will go in its light: and the kings of the earth will take their glory into it.

25And the doors of it will never be shut by day (for there is no night there):

26And the glory and honour of the nations will come into it:

27And nothing unclean may come into it, or anyone whose works are cursed or false; but only those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation of John 22

1And I saw a river of water of life, clear as glass, coming out of the high seat of God and of the Lamb,

2In the middle of its street. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, having twelve sorts of fruits, giving its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree give life to the nations.

3And there will be no more curse: and the high seat of God and of the Lamb will be there; and his servants will be worshipping him;

4And they will see his face; and his name will be on their brows.

5And there will be no more night; and they have no need of a light or of the shining of the sun; for the Lord God will give them light: and they will be ruling for ever and ever.

6And he said to me, These words are certain and true: and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to make clear to his servants the things which are now to come about.

7See, I come quickly. A blessing on him who keeps the words of this book of the prophet.

8And I, John, am he who saw these things and to whose ears they came. And when I had seen and given ear, I went down on my face to give worship at the feet of the angel who made these things clear to me.

9And he said to me, See you do it not; I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book: give worship to God.

10And he said to me, Let not the words of this prophet’s book be kept secret, because the time is near.

11Let the evil man go on in his evil: and let the unclean be still unclean: and let the upright go on in his righteousness: and let the holy be holy still.

12See, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man the outcome of his works.

13I am the First and the Last, the start and the end.

14A blessing on those whose robes are washed, so that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may go in by the doors into the town.

15Outside are the dogs, and those who make use of evil powers, those who make themselves unclean, and the takers of life, and those who give worship to images, and everyone whose delight is in what is false.

16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give witness to you of these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.

17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who gives ear, say, Come. And let him who is in need come; and let everyone desiring it take of the water of life freely.

18For I say to every man to whose ears have come the words of this prophet’s book, If any man makes an addition to them, God will put on him the punishments which are in this book:

19And if any man takes away from the words of this book, God will take away from him his part in the tree of life and the holy town, even the things which are in this book.

20He who gives witness to these things says, Truly, I come quickly. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. So be it.

October 20

Psalms 110

A Psalm. Of David.

1 The Lord said to my lord, Be seated at my right hand, till I put all those who are against you under your feet.

2The Lord will send out the rod of your strength from Zion; be king over your haters.

3Your people give themselves gladly in the day of your power; like the dew of the morning on the holy mountains is the army of your young men.

4The Lord has made an oath, and will not take it back. You are a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.

5In the day of his wrath kings will be wounded by the Lord at your right hand.

6He will be judge among the nations, the valleys will be full of dead bodies; the head over a great country will be wounded by him.

7He will take of the stream by the way; so his head will be lifted up.

Isaiah 7

1Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, the king of Aram, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, the king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but were not able to overcome it.

2And word came to the family of David that Aram had put up its tents in Ephraim. And the king’s heart, and the hearts of his people, were moved, like the trees of the wood shaking in the wind.

3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out now, you and Shear-jashub, your son, and you will come across Ahaz at the end of the stream flowing from the higher pool, in the highway of the washerman’s field;

4And say to him, Take care and be quiet; have no fear, and do not let your heart be feeble, because of these two ends of smoking fire-wood, because of the bitter wrath of Rezin and Aram, and of the son of Remaliah.

5Because Aram has made evil designs against you, saying,

6Let us go up against Judah, troubling her, and forcing our way into her, and let us put up a king in her, even the son of Tabeel:

7This is the word of the Lord God: This design will not come about or be effected.

8For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin (and in sixty-five years from now Ephraim will be broken, and will no longer be a people):

9And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not have faith, your kingdom will be broken.

10And Isaiah said again to Ahaz,

11Make a request to the Lord your God for a sign, a sign in the deep places of the underworld, or in the high heavens.

12But Ahaz said, I will not put the Lord to the test by making such a request.

13And he said, Give ear now, O family of David: is it not enough that you are driving men to disgust? will you do the same to my God?

14For this cause the Lord himself will give you a sign; a young woman is now with child, and she will give birth to a son, and she will give him the name Immanuel.

15Butter and honey will be his food, when he is old enough to make a decision between evil and good.

16For before the child is old enough to make a decision between evil and good, the land whose two kings you are now fearing will have become waste.

17The Lord is about to send on you, and on your people, and on your father’s house, such a time of trouble as there has not been from the days of the separating of Ephraim from Judah; even the coming of the king of Assyria.

18And it will be in that day that the Lord will make a piping sound for the fly which is in the end of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee which is in the land of Assyria.

19And they will come, covering all the waste valleys, and the holes of the rocks, and the thorns, and all the watering-places.

20In that day will the Lord take away the hair of the head and of the feet, as well as the hair of the face, with a blade got for a price from the other side of the River; even with the king of Assyria.

21And it will be in that day that a man will give food to a young cow and two sheep;

22And they will give so much milk that he will be able to have butter for his food: for butter and honey will be the food of all who are still living in the land.

23And it will be in that day that in every place where before there were a thousand vines valued at a thousand shekels of silver, there will be nothing but blackberries and thorns.

24Men will come there with bows and arrows, because all the land will be full of blackberries and thorns.

25And they will send out the oxen and the sheep on all the hills which before were worked with the spade, … fear of blackberries and thorns.

Isaiah 8

1And the Lord said to me, Take a great writing-board, and on it put down in common letters, Maher-shalal-hash-baz;

2And take true witnesses to the writing, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah, the son of Jeberechiah.

3And I went in to my wife, and she became with child, and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, Give him the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz,

4For before the child is able to say, Father, or, Mother, the wealth of Damascus and the goods of Samaria will be taken away by the king of Assyria.

5And the Lord said again to me,

6Because this people will have nothing to do with the softly-flowing waters of Shiloah, and have fear of Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

7For this cause the Lord is sending on them the waters of the River, deep and strong, even the king of Assyria and all his glory: and it will come up through all its streams, overflowing all its edges:

8And it will come on into Judah; rushing on and overflowing, till the waters are up to the neck; *** and his outstretched wings will be covering the land from side to side: for God is with us.

9Have knowledge, O peoples, and be in fear; give ear, all you far-off parts of the earth:

10Let your designs be formed, and they will come to nothing; give your orders, and they will not be effected: for God is with us.

11For the Lord, controlling me with a strong hand, gave me orders not to go in the way of this people, saying,

12Do not say, It is holy, about everything of which this people says, It is holy; and do not be in fear of what they go in fear of.

13But let the Lord of armies be holy to you, and go in fear of him, giving honour to him.

14And he will be for a holy place: but for a stone of falling and a rock of trouble to the two houses of Israel, and to the men of Jerusalem, for a net in which they may be taken.

15And numbers of them, falling on the stone, will be broken, and will be taken in the net.

16Let my teaching be kept secret: and my words be given to my disciples only.

17And I will be waiting for the Lord, whose face is veiled from the house of Jacob, and I will be looking for him.

18See, I and the children whom the Lord has given me, are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of armies, whose resting-place is in Mount Zion.

19And when they say to you, Make request for us to those who have control of spirits, and to those wise in secret arts, who make hollow bird-like sounds; is it not right for a people to make request to their gods, to make request for the living to the dead?

20Then say to them, Put your faith in the teaching and the witness. … If they do not say such things. … For him there is no dawn. …

21And he will go through the land in bitter trouble and in need of food; and when he is unable to get food, he will become angry, cursing his king and his God, and his eyes will be turned to heaven on high;

22And he will be looking down on the earth, and there will be trouble and dark clouds, black night where there is no seeing.

Revelation of John 20

1And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand.

2And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years,

3And put him into the great deep, and it was shut and locked over him, so that he might put the nations in error no longer, till the thousand years were ended: after this he will be let loose for a little time.

4And I saw high seats, and they were seated on them, and the right of judging was given to them: and I saw the souls of those who were put to death for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and those who did not give worship to the beast, or to his image, and had not his mark on their brows or on their hands; and they were living and ruling with Christ a thousand years.

5The rest of the dead did not come to life again till the thousand years were ended. This is the first coming back from the dead.

6Happy and holy is he who has a part in this first coming: over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will be ruling with him a thousand years.

7And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison,

8And will go out to put in error the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to get them together to the war, the number of whom is like the sands of the sea.

9And they went up over the face of the earth, and made a circle about the tents of the saints, and the well loved town: and fire came down out of heaven for their destruction.

10And the Evil One who put them in error was sent down into the sea of ever-burning fire, where the beast and the false prophet are, and their punishment will go on day and night for ever and ever.

11And I saw a great white seat, and him who was seated on it, before whose face the earth and the heaven went in flight; and there was no place for them.

12And I saw the dead, great and small, taking their places before the high seat; and the books were open, and another book was open, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by the things which were in the books, even by their works.

13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man by his works.

14And death and Hell were put into the sea of fire. This is the second death, even the sea of fire.

15And if anyone’s name was not in the book of life, he went down into the sea of fire.

October 19

Psalms 109:20-31

20Let this be the reward given to my haters from the Lord, and to those who say evil of my soul.

21But, O Lord God, give me your help, because of your name; take me out of danger, because your mercy is good.

22For I am poor and in need, and my heart is wounded in me.

23I am gone like the shade when it is stretched out: I am forced out of my place like a locust.

24My knees are feeble for need of food; there is no fat on my bones.

25As for me, they make sport of me; shaking their heads when they see me.

26Give me help, O Lord my God; in your mercy be my saviour;

27So that they may see that it is the work of your hand; that you, Lord, have done it.

28They may give curses but you give blessing; when they come up against me, put them to shame; but let your servant be glad.

29Let my haters be clothed with shame, covering themselves with shame as with a robe.

30I will give the Lord great praise with my mouth; yes, I will give praise to him among all the people.

31For he is ever at the right hand of the poor, to take him out of the hands of those who go after his soul.

Isaiah 5

1Let me make a song about my loved one, a song of love for his vine-garden. My loved one had a vine-garden on a fertile hill:

2And after working the earth of it with a spade, he took away its stones, and put in it a very special vine; and he put up a watchtower in the middle of it, hollowing out in the rock a place for the grape-crushing; and he was hoping that it would give the best grapes, but it gave common grapes.

3And now, you people of Jerusalem and you men of Judah, be the judges between me and my vine-garden.

4Is there anything which might have been done for my vine-garden which I have not done? why then, when I was hoping for the best grapes did it give me common grapes?

5And now, this is what I will do to my vine-garden: I will take away the circle of thorns round it, and it will be burned up; its wall will be broken down and the beasts of the field will go through it;

6And I will make it waste; its branches will not be touched with the knife, or the earth worked with the spade; but blackberries and thorns will come up in it: and I will give orders to the clouds not to send rain on it.

7For the vine-garden of the Lord of armies is the people of Israel, and the men of Judah are the plant of his delight: and he was looking for upright judging, and there was blood; for righteousness, and there was a cry for help.

8Cursed are those who are joining house to house, and putting field to field, till there is no more living-space for any but themselves in all the land!

9The Lord of armies has said to me secretly, Truly, numbers of great and fair houses will be waste, with no one living in them.

10For ten fields of vines will only give one measure of wine, and a great amount of seed will only give a small measure of grain.

11Cursed are those who get up early in the morning to give themselves up to strong drink; who keep on drinking far into the night till they are heated with wine!

12And corded instruments and wind-instruments and wine are in their feasts: but they give no thought to the work of the Lord, and they are not interested in what his hands are doing.

13For this cause my people are taken away as prisoners into strange countries for need of knowledge: and their rulers are wasted for need of food, and their loud-voiced feasters are dry for need of water.

14For this cause the underworld has made wide its throat, opening its mouth without limit: and her glory, and the noise of her masses, and her loud-voiced feasters, will go down into it.

15And the poor man’s head is bent, and the great man goes down on his face, and the eyes of pride are put to shame:

16But the Lord of armies is lifted up as judge, and the Holy God is seen to be holy in righteousness.

17Then the lambs will get food as in their grass-lands, and the fat cattle will be feasting in the waste places.

18Cursed are those who make use of ox-cords for pulling the evil thing, and the bands of a young ox for their sin!

19Who say, Let him do his work quickly, let him make it sudden, so that we may see it: let the design of the Holy One of Israel come near, so that it may be clear to us.

20Cursed are those who give the name of good to evil, and of evil to what is good: who make light dark, and dark light: who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter!

21Cursed are those who seem wise to themselves, and who take pride in their knowledge!

22Cursed are those who are strong to take wine, and great in making mixed drinks!

23Who for a reward give support to the cause of the sinner, and who take away the righteousness of the upright from him.

24For this cause, as the waste of the grain is burned up by tongues of fire, and as the dry grass goes down before the flame, so their root will be like the dry stems of grain, and their flower will go up in dust: because they have gone against the law of the Lord of armies, and have given no honour to the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25For this reason the wrath of the Lord has been burning against his people, and his hand has been stretched out against them in punishment, and the hills were shaking, and their dead bodies were like waste in the open places of the town.

26And he will let a flag be lifted up as a sign to a far-off nation, whistling to them from the ends of the earth: and they will come quickly and suddenly.

27There is no weariness among them, and no man is feeble-footed: they come without resting or sleeping, and the cord of their shoes is not broken.

28Their arrows are sharp, and every bow is bent: the feet of their horses are like rock, and their wheels are like a rushing storm.

29The sound of their armies will be like the voice of a lion, and their war-cry like the noise of young lions: with loud cries they will come down on their food and will take it away safely, and there will be no one to take it out of their hands.

30And his voice will be loud over him in that day like the sounding of the sea: and if a man’s eyes are turned to the earth, it is all dark and full of trouble; and the light is made dark by thick clouds.

Isaiah 6

1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord seated in his place, high and lifted up, and the Temple was full of the wide skirts of his robe.

2Over him were the winged ones: every one had six wings; two for covering his face, two for covering his feed, and two for flight.

3And one said in a loud voice to another, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of armies: all the earth is full of his glory.

4And the bases of the door-pillars were shaking at the sound of his cry, and the house was full of smoke.

5Then I said, The curse is on me, and my fate is destruction; for I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of armies.

6Then a winged one came to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from off the altar with the fire-spoon.

7And after touching my mouth with it, he said, See, your lips have been touched with this; and your evil is taken away, and you are made clean from sin.

8And the voice of the Lord came to my ears, saying, Whom am I to send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I, send me.

9And he said, Go, and say to this people, You will go on hearing, but learning nothing; you will go on seeing, but without getting wiser.

10Make the hearts of this people fat, and let their ears be stopped, and their eyes shut; for fear that they may see with their eyes, and be hearing with their ears, and their heart may become wise, and they may be turned to me and made well.

11Then I said, Lord, how long? And he said in answer, Till the towns are waste and unpeopled, and the houses have no men, and the land becomes completely waste,

12And the Lord has taken men far away, and there are wide waste places in the land.

13And even if there is still a tenth part in it, it will again be burned, like a tree of the woods whose broken end is still in the earth after the tree has been cut down (the holy seed is the broken end).

Revelation of John 19

1After these things there came to my ears a sound like the voice of a great band of people in heaven, saying, Praise to the Lord; salvation and glory and power be to our God:

2For true and upright are his decisions; for by him has the evil woman been judged, who made the earth unclean with the sins of her body; and he has given her punishment for the blood of his servants.

3And again they said, Praise to the Lord. And her smoke went up for ever and ever.

4And the four and twenty rulers and the four beasts went down on their faces and gave worship to God who was seated on the high seat, saying, Even so, praise to the Lord.

5And a voice came from the high seat, saying, Give praise to our God, all you his servants, small and great, in whom is the fear of him.

6And there came to my ears the voice of a great army, like the sound of waters, and the sound of loud thunders, saying, Praise to the Lord: for the Lord our God, Ruler of all, is King.

7Let us be glad with delight, and let us give glory to him: because the time is come for the Lamb to be married, and his wife has made herself ready.

8And to her it was given to be clothed in delicate linen, clean and shining: for the clean linen is the righteousness of the saints.

9And he said to me, Put in the book, Happy are the guests at the bride-feast of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.

10And I went on my face before his feet to give him worship. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers who keep the witness of Jesus: give worship to God: for the witness of Jesus is the spirit of the prophet’s word.

11And the heaven was open; and I saw a white horse, and he who was seated on it was named Certain and True; and he is judging and making war in righteousness.

12And his eyes are a flame of fire, and crowns are on his head; and he has a name in writing, of which no man has knowledge but himself.

13And he is clothed in a robe washed with blood: and his name is The Word of God.

14And the armies which are in heaven went after him on white horses, clothed in delicate linen, white and clean.

15And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword, with which he overcomes the nations: and he has rule over them with a rod of iron: and he is crushing with his feet the grapes of the strong wrath of God the Ruler of all.

16And on his robe and on his leg is a name, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

17And I saw an angel taking his place in the sun; and he was crying with a loud voice, saying to all the birds in flight in the heavens, Come together to the great feast of God;

18So that you may take for your food the flesh of kings, and of captains, and of strong men, and of horses and of those who are seated on them, and the flesh of all men, free and unfree, small and great.

19And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, come together to make war against him who was seated on the horse and against his army.

20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who did the signs before him, by which they were turned from the true way who had the mark of the beast, and who gave worship to his image: these two were put living into the sea of ever-burning fire.

21And the rest were put to death with the sword of him who was on the horse, even the sword which came out of his mouth: and all the birds were made full with their flesh.

October 18

Psalms 109:1-19

To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.

1 God of my praise, let my prayer be answered;

2For the mouth of the sinner is open against me in deceit: his tongue has said false things against me.

3Words of hate are round about me; they have made war against me without cause.

4For my love they give me back hate; but I have given myself to prayer.

5They have put on me evil for good; hate in exchange for my love.

6Put an evil man over him; and let one be placed at his right hand to say evil of him.

7When he is judged, let the decision go against him; and may his prayer become sin.

8Let his life be short; let another take his position of authority.

9Let his children have no father, and his wife be made a widow.

10Let his children be wanderers, looking to others for their food; let them be sent away from the company of their friends.

11Let his creditor take all his goods; and let others have the profit of his work.

12Let no man have pity on him, or give help to his children when he is dead.

13Let his seed be cut off; in the coming generation let their name go out of memory.

14Let the Lord keep in mind the wrongdoing of his fathers; and may the sin of his mother have no forgiveness.

15Let them be ever before the eyes of the Lord, so that the memory of them may be cut off from the earth.

16Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.

17As he took pleasure in cursing, so let it come on him; and as he had no delight in blessing, let it be far from him.

18He put on cursing like a robe, and it has come into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.

19Let it be to him as a robe which he puts on, let it be like a band which is round him at all times.

Isaiah 3

1For the Lord, the Lord of armies, is about to take away from Jerusalem and from Judah all their support; their store of bread and of water;

2The strong man and the man of war; the judge and the prophet; the man who has knowledge of secret arts, and the man who is wise because of his years;

3The captain of fifty, and the man of high position, and the wise guide, and the wonder-worker, and he who makes use of secret powers.

4And I will make children their chiefs, and foolish ones will have rule over them.

5And the people will be crushed, every one by his neighbour; the young will be full of pride against the old, and those of low position will be lifted up against the noble.

6When one man puts his hand on another in his father’s house, and says, You have clothing, be our ruler and be responsible for us in our sad condition:

7Then he will say with an oath, I will not be a helper, for in my house there is no bread or clothing: I will not let you make me a ruler of the people.

8For Jerusalem has become feeble, and destruction has come on Judah, because their words and their acts are against the Lord, moving the eyes of his glory to wrath.

9Their respect for a man’s position is a witness against them; and their sin is open to the view of all; like that of Sodom, it is not covered. A curse on their soul! for the measure of their sin is full.

10Happy is the upright man! for he will have joy of the fruit of his ways.

11Unhappy is the sinner! for the reward of his evil doings will come on him.

12As for my people, their ruler is acting like a child, and those who have authority over them are women. O my people, your guides are the cause of your wandering, turning your footsteps out of the right way.

13The Lord is ready to take up his cause against his people, and is about to come forward as their judge.

14The Lord comes to be the judge of their responsible men and of their rulers: it is you who have made waste the vine-garden, and in your houses is the property of the poor which you have taken by force.

15By what right are you crushing my people, and putting a bitter yoke on the necks of the poor? This is the word of the Lord, the Lord of armies.

16Again, the Lord has said, Because the daughters of Zion are full of pride, and go with outstretched necks and wandering eyes, with their foot-chains sounding when they go:

17The Lord will send disease on the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will let their secret parts be seen.

18In that day the Lord will take away the glory of their foot-rings, and their sun-jewels, and their moon-ornaments,

19The ear-rings, and the chains, and the delicate clothing,

20The head-bands, and the arm-chains, and the worked bands, and the perfume-boxes, and the jewels with secret powers,

21The rings, and the nose-jewels,

22The feast-day dresses, and the robes, and the wide skirts, and the handbags,

23The looking-glasses, and the fair linen, and the high head-dresses, and the veils.

24And in the place of sweet spices will be an evil smell, and for a fair band a thick cord; for a well-dressed head there will be the cutting-off of the hair, and for a beautiful robe there will be the clothing of sorrow; the mark of the prisoner in place of the ornaments of the free.

25Your men will be put to the sword, and your men of war will come to destruction in the fight.

26And in the public places of her towns will be sorrow and weeping; and she will be seated on the earth, waste and uncovered.

Isaiah 4

1And in that day seven women will put their hands on one man, saying, There will be no need for you to give us food or clothing, only let us go under your name, so that our shame may be taken away.

2In that day will the young growth of the Lord be beautiful in glory, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride of those who are still living in Israel.

3And it will come about that the rest of the living in Zion, and of those who have been kept from destruction in Jerusalem, will be named holy, even everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem:

4When Zion has been washed from her sin by the Lord, and Jerusalem made clean from her blood by a judging and a burning wind.

5And over every living-place on Mount Zion, all over all her meetings, the Lord will make a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all, the glory of the Lord will be a cover and a tent;

6And a shade in the daytime from the heat, and a safe cover from storm and from rain.

Revelation of John 18

1After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was bright with his glory.

2And he gave a loud cry, saying, Babylon the great has come down from her high place, she has come to destruction and has become a place of evil spirits, and of every unclean spirit, and a hole for every unclean and hated bird.

3For through the wine of the wrath of her evil desires all the nations have come to destruction; and the kings of the earth made themselves unclean with her, and the traders of the earth had their wealth increased by the power of her evil ways.

4And another voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you may have no part in her sins and in her punishments.

5For her sins have gone up even to heaven, and God has taken note of her evil-doing.

6Give to her as she gave, even an increased reward for her works; in the cup which was mixed by her, let there be mixed as much again for herself.

7As she gave glory to herself, and became more evil in her ways, in the same measure give her pain and weeping: for she says in her heart, I am seated here a queen, and am no widow, and will in no way see sorrow.

8For this reason in one day will her troubles come, death and sorrow and need of food; and she will be completely burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who is her judge.

9And the kings of the earth, who made themselves unclean with her, and in her company gave themselves up to evil, will be weeping and crying over her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

10Watching from far away, for fear of her punishment, saying, Sorrow, sorrow for Babylon, the great town, the strong town! for in one hour you have been judged.

11And the traders of the earth are weeping and crying over her, because no man has any more desire for their goods,

12Gold, and silver, and stones of great price, and jewels, and delicate linen, and robes of purple and silk and red; and perfumed wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel made of fair wood, and of brass, and iron, and stone;

13And sweet-smelling plants, and perfumes, and wine, and oil, and well crushed grain, and cattle and sheep; and horses and carriages and servants; and souls of men.

14And the fruit of your soul’s desire has gone from you, and all things delicate and shining have come to an end and will never again be seen.

15The traders in these things, by which their wealth was increased, will be watching far off for fear of her punishment, weeping and crying;

16Saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, she who was clothed in delicate linen, and purple, and red; with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels!

17For in one hour such great wealth has come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all who are sailing on the sea, and sailors and all who get their living by the sea, were watching from far away,

18And crying out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What town is like the great town?

19And they put dust on their heads, and were sad, weeping and crying, and saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, in which was increased the wealth of all who had their ships on the sea because of her great stores! for in one hour she is made waste.

20Be glad over her, heaven, and you saints, and Apostles, and prophets; because she has been judged by God on your account.

21And a strong angel took up a stone like the great stone with which grain is crushed, and sent it into the sea, saying, So, with a great fall, will Babylon, the great town, come to destruction, and will not be seen any more at all.

22And the voice of players and makers of music will never again be sounding in you: and no worker, expert in art, will ever again be living in you; and there will be no sound of the crushing of grain any more at all in you;

23And never again will the shining of lights be seen in you; and the voice of the newly-married man and the bride will never again be sounding in you: for your traders were the lords of the earth, and by your evil powers were all the nations turned out of the right way.

24And in her was seen the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been put to death on the earth.

October 17

Psalms 108

A Song. A Psalm. Of David.

1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will make songs and melody, even with my glory.

2Give out your sounds, O corded instruments: the dawn will be awaking with my song.

3I will give you praise, O Lord, among the peoples; I will make melody to you among the nations.

4For your mercy is higher than the heavens: and your unchanging faith than the clouds.

5Be lifted up, O God, higher than the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

6Let your right hand be stretched out for salvation, and give me an answer, so that your loved ones may be safe from danger.

7This is the word of the holy God: I will be glad; I will make Shechem a heritage, measuring out the valley of Succoth.

8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is the strength of my head; Judah is my law-giver;

9Moab is my washpot; on Edom is the resting-place of my shoe; over Philistia will I send out a glad cry.

10Who will take me into the strong town? who will be my guide into Edom?

11Have you not sent us away from you, O God? and you go not out with our armies.

12Give us help in our trouble; for there is no help in man.

13With God we will do great things; for by him will our haters be crushed underfoot.

Isaiah 1

1The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw about Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2Give ear, O heavens, and you, O earth, to the word which the Lord has said: I have taken care of my children till they became men, but their hearts have been turned away from me.

3Even the ox has knowledge of its owner, and the ass of the place where its master puts its food: but Israel has no knowledge, my people give no thought to me.

4O nation full of sin, a people weighted down with crime, a generation of evil-doers, false-hearted children: they have gone away from the Lord, they have no respect for the Holy One of Israel, their hearts are turned back from him.

5Why will you have more and more punishment? why keep on in your evil ways? Every head is tired and every heart is feeble.

6The body, from head to foot, is all diseased; it is a mass of open wounds, marks of blows, and broken flesh: the flow of blood has not been stopped, and no oil has been put on the wounds.

7Your country has become waste; your towns are burned with fire; as for your land, it is overturned before your eyes, made waste and overcome by men from strange lands.

8And the daughter of Zion has become like a tent in a vine-garden, like a watchman’s house in a field of fruit, like a town shut in by armies.

9If the Lord of armies had not kept some at least of us safe, we would have been like Sodom, and the fate of Gomorrah would have been ours.

10Give ear to the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; let your hearts be turned to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

11What use to me is the number of the offerings which you give me? says the Lord; your burned offerings of sheep, and the best parts of fat cattle, are a weariness to me; I take no pleasure in the blood of oxen, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

12At whose request do you come before me, making my house unclean with your feet?

13Give me no more false offerings; the smoke of burning flesh is disgusting to me, so are your new moons and Sabbaths and your holy meetings.

14Your new moons and your regular feasts are a grief to my soul: they are a weight in my spirit; I am crushed under them.

15And when your hands are stretched out to me, my eyes will be turned away from you: even though you go on making prayers, I will not give ear: your hands are full of blood.

16Be washed, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; let there be an end of sinning;

17Take pleasure in well-doing; let your ways be upright, keep down the cruel, give a right decision for the child who has no father, see to the cause of the widow.

18Come now, and let us have an argument together, says the Lord: how may your sins which are red like blood be white as snow? how may their dark purple seem like wool?

19If you will give ear to my word and do it, the good things of the land will be yours;

20But if your hearts are turned against me, I will send destruction on you by the sword; so the Lord has said.

21The upright town has become untrue; there was a time when her judges gave right decisions, when righteousness had a resting-place in her, but now she is full of those who take men’s lives.

22Your silver is no longer true metal, your wine is mixed with water.

23Your chiefs have gone against the Lord, they have become friends of thieves; every one of them is looking for profit and going after rewards; they do not give right decisions for the child who has no father, and they do not let the cause of the widow come before them.

24For this reason the Lord, the Lord of armies, the Strong One of Israel, has said, I will put an end to my haters, and send punishment on those who are against me;

25And my hand will again be on you, washing away what is unclean as with soap, and taking away all your false metal;

26And I will give you judges again as at the first, and wise guides as in the past; then you will be named, The Town of Righteousness, the true town.

27Upright acts will be the price of Zion’s forgiveness, and by righteousness will men be living there.

28But a common destruction will overtake sinners and evil-doers together, and those who have gone away from the Lord will be cut off.

29For you will be put to shame because of the trees of your desire, and because of the gardens of your pleasure.

30For you will be like a tree whose leaves have become dry, and like a garden without water.

31And the strong will be as food for the fire, and his work as a flame; and they will be burned together, with no one to put out the fire.

Isaiah 2

1The word which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw about Judah and Jerusalem.

2And it will come about in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord will be placed on the top of the mountains, and be lifted up over the hills; and all nations will come to it.

3And the peoples will say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob: and he will give us knowledge of his ways, and we will be guided by his word; for out of Zion the law will go out, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4And he will be the judge between the nations, and the peoples will be ruled by his decisions: and their swords will be turned into plough-blades, and their spears into vine-knives: no longer will the nations be turning their swords against one another, and the knowledge of war will be gone for ever.

5O family of Jacob, come, and let us go in the light of the Lord.

6For you, O Lord, have given up your people, the family of Jacob, because they are full of the evil ways of the east, and make use of secret arts like the Philistines, and are friends with the children of strange countries.

7And their land is full of silver and gold, and there is no end to their stores; their land is full of horses, and there is no end to their carriages.

8Their land is full of images; they give worship to the work of their hands, even to that which their fingers have made.

9And the poor man’s head is bent, and the great man goes down on his face: for this cause there will be no forgiveness for their sin.

10Go into a hole in the rock, covering yourselves with dust, in fear of the Lord, before the glory of his power.

11The high looks of man will be put to shame, and the pride of men will be made low, and only the Lord will be lifted up in that day.

12For the day of the Lord of armies is coming on all the pride of men, and on all who are high and lifted up;

13And on all the high trees of Lebanon, and on all the strong trees of Bashan;

14And on all the high mountains, and on all the hills which are lifted up;

15And on every high tower, and on every strong wall;

16And on all the ships of Tarshish, and on all the fair boats.

17And the high looks of man will be put to shame, and the pride of men will be made low: and only the Lord will be lifted up in that day.

18And the images will never be seen again.

19And men will go into cracks of the rocks, and into holes of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and before the glory of his power, when he comes out of his place, shaking the earth with his strength.

20In that day men will put their images of silver and of gold, which they made for worship, in the keeping of the beasts of the dark places;

21To take cover in the cracks of the rocks, and in the holes of the hills, for fear of the Lord, and before the glory of his power, when he comes out of his place, shaking the earth with his strength.

22Have no more to do with man, whose life is only a breath, for he is of no value.

Revelation of John 17

1And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels came and said to me, Come here, so that you may see the judging of the evil woman who is seated on the great waters;

2With whom the kings of the earth made themselves unclean, and those who are on the earth were full of the wine of her evil desires.

3And he took me away in the Spirit into a waste land: and I saw a woman seated on a bright red beast, full of evil names, having seven heads and ten horns,

4And the woman was clothed in purple and bright red, with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels; and in her hand was a gold cup full of evil things and her unclean desires;

5And on her brow was a name, SECRET, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE EVIL WOMEN AND OF THE UNCLEAN THINGS OF THE EARTH.

6And I saw the woman overcome as with the wine of the blood of the saints, and the blood of those put to death because of Jesus. And when I saw her, I was overcome with a great wonder.

7And the angel said to me, Why were you surprised? I will make clear to you the secret of the woman, and of the beast on which she is seated, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

8The beast which you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the great deep, and to go into destruction. And those who are on the earth, whose names have not been put in the book of life from the first, will be full of wonder when they see the beast, that he was, and is not, and still will be.

9Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman is seated:

10And they are seven kings; the five have come to an end, the one is, the other has not come; and when he comes, he will have to go on for a little time.

11And the beast which was, and is not, is himself the eighth, and is of the seven; and he goes into destruction.

12And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which still have been given no kingdom; but they are given authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

13These have one mind, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

14These will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because he is the Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with him are named, marked out, and true.

15And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the evil woman is seated, are peoples, and armies, and nations and languages.

16And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will be turned against the evil woman, and will make her waste and uncovered, and will take her flesh for food, and will have her burned with fire.

17Because God has put it in their hearts to do his purpose, and to be of one mind, giving their kingdom to the beast, till the words of God have effect and are complete.

18And the woman whom you saw is the great town, which is ruling over the kings of the earth.

October 16

Esther 9

1Now on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, when the time came for the king’s order to be put into effect, on the very day when the haters of the Jews had been hoping to have rule over them; though the opposite had come about, and the Jews had rule over their haters;

2On that day, the Jews came together in their towns through all the divisions of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, for the purpose of attacking all those who were attempting evil against them: and everyone had to give way before them, for the fear of them had come on all the peoples.

3And all the chiefs and the captains and the rulers and those who did the king’s business gave support to the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai had come on them.

4For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and word of him went out through every part of the kingdom: for the man Mordecai became greater and greater.

5So the Jews overcame all their attackers with the sword and with death and destruction, and did to their haters whatever they had a desire to do.

6And in Shushan the Jews put to death five hundred men.

7They put to death Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,

8Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,

9Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha,

10The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the hater of the Jews; but they put not a hand on any of their goods.

11On that day the number of those who had been put to death in the town of Shushan was given to the king.

12And the king said to Esther the queen, The Jews have put five hundred men to death in Shushan, as well as the ten sons of Haman: what then have they done in the rest of the kingdom! Now what is your prayer? for it will be given to you; what other request have you? and it will be done.

13Then Esther said, If it is the king’s pleasure, let authority be given to the Jews in Shushan to do tomorrow as has been done today, and let orders be given for the hanging of Haman’s ten sons.

14And the king said that this was to be done, and the order was given out in Shushan, and the hanging of Haman’s ten sons was effected.

15For the Jews who were in Shushan came together again on the fourteenth day of the month Adar and put to death three hundred men in Shushan; but they put not a hand on their goods.

16And the other Jews in every division of the kingdom came together, fighting for their lives, and got salvation from their haters and put seventy-five thousand of them to death; but they did not put a hand on their goods.

17This they did on the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same month they took their rest, and made it a day of feasting and joy.

18But the Jews in Shushan came together on the thirteenth and on the fourteenth day of the month; and on the fifteenth day they took their rest, and made it a day of feasting and joy.

19So the Jews of the country places living in unwalled towns make the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of feasting and joy and a good day, a day for sending offerings one to another.

20And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in every division of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, near and far,

21Ordering them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and the fifteenth day of the same month, every year,

22As days on which the Jews had rest from their haters, and the month which for them was turned from sorrow to joy, and from weeping to a good day: and that they were to keep them as days of feasting and joy, of sending offerings to one another and good things to the poor.

23And the Jews gave their word to go on as they had been doing and as Mordecai had given them orders in writing;

24Because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the hater of all the Jews, had made designs for their destruction, attempting to get a decision by Pur (that is, chance) with a view to putting an end to them and cutting them off;

25But when the business was put before the king, he gave orders by letters that the evil design which he had made against the Jews was to be turned against himself; and that he and his sons were to be put to death by hanging.

26So these days were named Purim, after the name of Pur. And so, because of the words of this letter, and of what they had seen in connection with this business, and what had come to them,

27The Jews made a rule and gave an undertaking, causing their seed and all those who were joined to them to do the same, so that it might be in force for ever, that they would keep those two days, as ordered in the letter, at the fixed time every year;

28And that those days were to be kept in memory through every generation and every family, in every division of the kingdom and every town, that there might never be a time when these days of Purim would not be kept among the Jews, or when the memory of them would go from the minds of their seed.

29Then Esther the queen, daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, sent a second letter giving the force of their authority to the order about the Purim.

30And he sent letters to all the Jews in the hundred and twenty-seven divisions of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with true words of peace,

31Giving the force of law to these days of Purim at their fixed times, as they had been ordered by Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen, and in keeping with the rules they had made for themselves and their seed, in connection with their time of going without food and their cry for help.

32The order given by Esther gave the force of law to the rules about the Purim; and it was recorded in the book.

Esther 10

1And King Ahasuerus put a tax on the land and on the islands of the sea.

2And all his acts of power and his great strength and the full story of the high place which the king gave Mordecai, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Media and Persia?

3For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and respected by the body of his countrymen; working for the good of his people, and saying words of peace to all his seed.

Psalms 107:23-43

23Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business in the great waters;

24They see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25For at his word comes up the storm-wind, lifting high the waves.

26The sailors go up to heaven, and down into the deep; their souls are wasted because of their trouble.

27They are turned here and there, rolling like a man who is full of wine; and all their wisdom comes to nothing.

28Then they send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gives them salvation out of all their troubles.

29He makes the storm into a calm, so that the waves are at peace.

30Then they are glad, because the sea is quiet, and he takes them to the harbour of their desire.

31Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

32Let them give glory to him in the meeting of the people, and praise among the chiefs.

33He makes rivers into waste places, and springs of water into a dry land;

34He makes a fertile country into a salt waste, because of the sins of those who are living there.

35He makes a waste land into a place of water, and a dry land into water-springs.

36And there he gives the poor a resting-place, so that they may make themselves a town;

37And put seed in the fields and make vine-gardens, to give them fruit.

38He gives them his blessing so that they are increased greatly, and their cattle do not become less.

39And when they are made low, and crushed by trouble and sorrow,

40He puts an end to the pride of kings, and sends them wandering in the waste lands where there is no way.

41But he puts the poor man on high from his troubles, and gives him families like a flock.

42The upright see it and are glad: the mouth of the sinner is stopped.

43Let the wise give thought to these things, and see the mercies of the Lord.

Revelation of John 16

1And a great voice out of the house of God came to my ears, saying to the seven angels, Go, and let that which is in the seven vessels of the wrath of God come down on the earth.

2And the first went, and let what was in his vessel come down on the earth; and it became an evil poisoning wound on the men who had the mark of the beast, and who gave worship to his image.

3And the second let what was in his vessel come out into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea came to an end.

4And the third let what was in his vessel come out into the rivers and the fountains of water; and they became blood.

5And the voice of the angel of the waters came to my ears, saying, True and upright is your judging, O Holy One, who is and was from all time:

6For they made the blood of saints and prophets come out like a stream, and blood have you given them for drink; which is their right reward.

7And a voice came from the altar, saying, Even so, O Lord God, Ruler of all, true and full of righteousness is your judging.

8And the fourth let what was in his vessel come out on the sun; and power was given to it that men might be burned with fire.

9And men were burned with great heat: and they said evil things against the name of the God who has authority over these punishments; and they were not turned from their evil ways to give him glory.

10And the fifth let what was in his vessel come out on the high seat of the beast; and his kingdom was made dark; and they were biting their tongues for pain.

11And they said evil things against the God of heaven because of their pain and their wounds; and they were not turned from their evil works.

12And the sixth let what was in his vessel come out on the great river Euphrates; and it became dry, so that the way might be made ready for the kings from the east.

13And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, like frogs.

14For they are evil spirits, working signs; who go out even to the kings of all the earth, to get them together to the war of the great day of God, the Ruler of all.

15(See, I come as a thief. Happy is he who is watching and keeps his robes, so that he may not go unclothed, and his shame be seen.)

16And they got them together into the place which is named in Hebrew Armageddon.

17And the seventh let what was in his vessel come out on the air; and there came out a great voice from the house of God, from the high seat, saying, It is done.

18And there were flames and voices and thunders; and there was a great earth-shock so that never, from the time when men were on the earth, had there been so great an earth-shock, so full of power.

19And the great town was cut into three parts, and the towns of the nations came to destruction: and Babylon the great came into mind before God, to be given the cup of the wine of his wrath.

20And every island went in flight, and the mountains were seen no longer.

21And great drops of ice, every one about the weight of a talent, came down out of heaven on men: and men said evil things against God because of the punishment of the ice-drops; for it is very great.

October 15

Esther 6:14

14While they were still talking, the king’s servants came to take Haman to the feast which Esther had made ready.

Esther 7

1So the king and Haman came to take wine with Esther the queen.

2And the king said to Esther again on the second day, while they were drinking, What is your prayer, Queen Esther? for it will be given to you; and what is your request? for it will be done, even to the half of my kingdom.

3Then Esther the queen, answering, said, If I have your approval, O king, and if it is the king’s pleasure, let my life be given to me in answer to my prayer, and my people at my request:

4For we are given up, I and my people, to destruction and death and to be cut off. If we had been taken as men-servants and women-servants for a price, I would have said nothing, for our trouble is little in comparison with the king’s loss.

5Then King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen, Who is he and where is he who has had this evil thought in his heart?

6And Esther said, Our hater and attacker is this evil Haman. Then Haman was full of fear before the king and the queen.

7And the king in his wrath got up from the feast and went into the garden: and Haman got to his feet to make a prayer for his life to Esther the queen: for he saw that the king’s purpose was evil against him.

8Then the king came back from the garden into the room where they had been drinking; and Haman was stretched out on the seat where Esther was. Then the king said, Is he taking the queen by force before my eyes in my house? And while the words were on the king’s lips, they put a cloth over Haman’s face.

9Then Harbonah, one of the unsexed servants waiting before the king, said, See, the pillar fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who said a good word for the king, is still in its place in Haman’s house. Then the king said, Put him to death by hanging him on it.

10So Haman was put to death by hanging him on the pillar he had made for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath became less.

Esther 8

1That day the king gave all the family of Haman, the hater of the Jews, to Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had made clear what he was to her.

2And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther put Mordecai over the family of Haman.

3Then Esther again came before the king, falling down at his feet, and made request to him with weeping, that he would put a stop to the evil purposes of Haman the Agagite and the designs which he had made against the Jews.

4Then the king put out the rod of gold to Esther, and she got up before the king.

5And she said, If it is the king’s pleasure and if I have his approval and this thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing to him, then let letters be sent giving orders against those which Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, sent out for the destruction of the Jews in all divisions of the kingdom:

6For how is it possible for me to see the evil which is to overtake my nation? how may I see the destruction of my people?

7Then King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, See now, I have given Esther the family of Haman, and he has come to his death by hanging, because he made an attack on the Jews.

8So now send a letter about the Jews, writing whatever seems good to you, in the king’s name, and stamping it with the king’s ring: for a writing signed in the king’s name and stamped with the king’s ring may not be changed.

9Then at that time, on the twenty-third day of the third month, which is the month Sivan, the king’s scribes were sent for; and everything ordered by Mordecai was put in writing and sent to the Jews and the captains and the rulers and the chiefs of all the divisions of the kingdom from India to Ethiopia, a hundred and twenty-seven divisions, to every division in the writing commonly used there, and to every people in their language, and to the Jews in their writing and their language.

10The letters were sent in the name of King Ahasuerus and stamped with his ring, and they were taken by men on horseback, going on the quick-running horses used for the king’s business, the offspring of his best horses:

11In these letters the king gave authority to the Jews in every town to come together and make a fight for their lives, and to send death and destruction on the power of any people in any part of the kingdom attacking them or their children or their women, and to take their goods from them by force,

12On one day in every division of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, that is, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month Adar.

13A copy of the writing, to be made public as an order in every division of the kingdom, was given out to all the peoples, so that the Jews might be ready when that day came to give punishment to their haters.

14So the men went out on the quick-running horses used on the king’s business, wasting no time and forced on by the king’s order; and the order was given out in Shushan, the king’s town.

15And Mordecai went out from before the king, dressed in king-like robes of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold and clothing of purple and the best linen: and all the town of Shushan gave loud cries of joy.

16And the Jews had light and joy and honour.

17And in every part of the kingdom and in every town, wherever the king’s letter and his order came, the Jews were glad with great joy, and had a feast and a good day. And a great number of the people of the land became Jews: for the fear of the Jews had come on them.

Psalms 107:1-22

1O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

2Let those whose cause the Lord has taken up say so, his people whom he has taken out of the hands of their haters;

3Making them come together out of all the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4They were wandering in the waste places; they saw no way to a resting-place.

5Their souls became feeble for need of food and drink.

6Then they sent up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gave them salvation out of all their troubles;

7Guiding them in the right way, so that they might come into the town of their resting-place.

8Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

9He gives its desire to the unresting soul, so that it is full of good things.

10Those who were in the dark, in the black night, in chains of sorrow and iron;

11Because they went against the words of God, and gave no thought to the laws of the Most High:

12So that he made their hearts weighted down with grief; they were falling, and had no helper.

13Then they sent up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gave them salvation out of all their troubles.

14He took them out of the dark and the black night, and all their chains were broken.

15Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

16The doors of brass are broken by his arm, and the bands of iron are cut in two.

17Foolish men, because of their sins, and because of their wrongdoing, are troubled;

18They are disgusted by all food, and they come near to the doors of death.

19Then they send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gives them salvation out of all their troubles.

20He sent his word and made them well, and kept them safe from the underworld.

21Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

22Let them make offerings of praise, giving news of his works with cries of joy.

Revelation of John 15

1And I saw another sign in heaven, great and strange; seven angels having the seven last punishments, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

2And I saw a sea which seemed like glass mixed with fire; and those who had overcome the beast and his image and the number of his name, were in their places by the sea of glass, with God’s instruments of music in their hands.

3And they give the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and full of wonder are your works, O Lord God, Ruler of all; true and full of righteousness are your ways, eternal King.

4What man is there who will not have fear before you, O Lord, and give glory to your name? because you only are holy; for all the nations will come and give worship before you; for your righteousness has been made clear.

5And after these things I saw, and the house of the Tent of witness in heaven was open:

6And the seven angels who had the seven punishments came out from the house of God, clothed with linen, clean and bright and with bands of gold about their breasts.

7And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven gold vessels full of the wrath of God, who is living for ever and ever.

8And the house of God was full of smoke from the glory of God, and from his power, and no one was able to go into the house of God, till the seven punishments of the seven angels were ended.

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