October 3

Nehemiah 4

1Now, Sanballat, hearing that we were building the wall, was very angry, and in his wrath made sport of the Jews.

2And in the hearing of his countrymen and the army of Samaria he said, What are these feeble Jews doing? will they make themselves strong? will they make offerings? will they get the work done in a day? will they make the stones which have been burned come again out of the dust?

3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Such is their building that if a fox goes up it, their stone wall will be broken down.

4Give ear, O our God, for we are looked down on: let their words of shame be turned back on themselves, and let them be given up to wasting in a land where they are prisoners:

5Let not their wrongdoing be covered or their sin washed away from before you: for they have made you angry before the builders.

6So we went on building the wall; and all the wall was joined together half-way up: for the people were working hard.

7But when it came to the ears of Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabians and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites, that the building of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and the broken places were being made good, they were full of wrath;

8And they made designs, all of them together, to come and make an attack on Jerusalem, causing trouble there.

9But we made our prayer to God, and had men on watch against them day and night because of them.

10And Judah said, The strength of the workmen is giving way, and there is much waste material; it is impossible for us to put up the wall.

11And those who were against us said, Without their knowledge and without their seeing us, we will come among them and put them to death, causing the work to come to a stop.

12And it came about that when the Jews who were living near them came, they said to us ten times, From all directions they are coming against us.

13So in the lowest part of the space at the back of the walls, in the open places, I put the people by families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14And after looking, I got up and said to the great ones and to the chiefs and to the rest of the people, Have no fear of them: keep in mind the Lord who is great and greatly to be feared, and take up arms for your brothers, your sons, and your daughters, your wives and your houses.

15And when it came to the ears of those who were against us, that we had knowledge of their designs and that God had made their purpose come to nothing, we all went back to the wall, everyone to his work

16And from that time, half of my servants were doing their part of the work, and half kept the spears and body-covers and the bows and the metal war-dresses; and the chiefs were at the back of the men of Judah.

17Those who were building the wall and those who were moving material did their part, everyone working with one hand, with his spear in the other;

18Every builder was working with his sword at his side. And by my side was a man for sounding the horn.

19And I said to the great ones and the chiefs and the rest of the people, The work is great and widely spaced and we are far away from one another on the wall:

20Wherever you may be when the horn is sounded, come here to us; our God will be fighting for us.

21So we went on with the work: and half of them had spears in their hands from the dawn of the morning till the stars were seen.

22And at the same time I said to the people, Let everyone with his servant come inside Jerusalem for the night, so that at night they may keep watch for us, and go on working by day.

23So not one of us, I or my brothers or my servants or the watchmen who were with me, took off his clothing, everyone went armed to the water.

Psalms 98

A Psalm.

1 O make a new song to the Lord, because he has done works of wonder; with his right hand, and with his holy arm, he has overcome.

2The Lord has given to all the knowledge of his salvation; he has made clear his righteousness in the eyes of the nations.

3He has kept in mind his mercy and his unchanging faith to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4Let all the earth send out a glad cry to the Lord; sounding with a loud voice, and praising him with songs of joy.

5Make melody to the Lord with instruments of music; with a corded instrument and the voice of song.

6With wind instruments and the sound of the horn, make a glad cry before the Lord, the King.

7Let the sea be thundering, with all its waters; the world, and all who are living in it;

8Let the streams make sounds of joy with their hands; let the mountains be glad together,

9Before the Lord, for he has come as judge of the earth; judging the world in righteousness, and giving true decisions for the peoples.

Revelation of John 3

1And to the angel of the church in Sardis say: These things says he who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I have knowledge of your works, that you seem to be living but are dead.

2Be on the watch, and make strong the rest of the things which are near to death; because as judged by me your works have not come up to God’s measure.

3Keep in mind, then, the teaching which was given to you, and be ruled by it and have a change of heart. If then you do not keep watch, I will come like a thief, and you will have no knowledge of the hour when I will come on you.

4But you have some names in Sardis who have kept clean their robes; and as a reward they will go in white with me.

5He who overcomes will be dressed in white, and I will not take his name from the book of life, and I will give witness to his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia say: These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, opening the door so that it may be shut by no one, and shutting it so that it may be open to no one.

8I have knowledge of your works (see, I have put before you an open door which may be shut by no one), and that you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have been true to my name.

9See, I will make those of the Synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews, and are not, but say what is false; I will make them come and give worship before your feet, and see my love for you.

10Because you have kept my word in quiet strength, I will keep you from the hour of testing which is coming on all the world, to put to the test those who are on earth.

11I come quickly: keep that which you have, so that no one may take your crown.

12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the house of my God, and he will go out no more: and I will put on him the name of my God, and the name of the town of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.

13He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

14And to the angel of the church in Laodicea say: These things says the true and certain witness, the head of God’s new order:

15I have knowledge of your works, that you are not cold or warm: it would be better if you were cold or warm.

16So because you are not one thing or the other, I will have no more to do with you.

17For you say, I have wealth, and have got together goods and land, and have need of nothing; and you are not conscious of your sad and unhappy condition, that you are poor and blind and without clothing.

18If you are wise you will get from me gold tested by fire, so that you may have true wealth; and white robes to put on, so that your shame may not be seen; and oil for your eyes, so that you may see.

19To all those who are dear to me, I give sharp words and punishment: then with all your heart have sorrow for your evil ways.

20See, I am waiting at the door and giving the sign; if my voice comes to any man’s ears and he makes the door open, I will come in to him, and will take food with him and he with me.

21To him who overcomes I will give a place with me on my high seat, even as I overcame, and am seated with my Father on his high seat.

22He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

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