October 11

Esther 1

1Now it came about in the days of Ahasuerus, (that Ahasuerus who was ruler of a hundred and twenty-seven divisions of the kingdom, from India as far as Ethiopia:)

2That in those days, when King Ahasuerus was ruling in Shushan, his strong town,

3In the third year of his rule he gave a feast to all his captains and his servants; and the captains of the army of Persia and Media, the great men and the rulers of the divisions of his kingdom, were present before him;

4And for a long time, even a hundred and eighty days, he let them see all the wealth and the glory of his kingdom and the great power and honour which were his.

5And at the end of that time, the king gave a feast for all the people who were present in Shushan, the king’s town, small as well as great, for seven days, in the outer square of the garden of the king’s house.

6There were fair hangings of white and green and blue, fixed with cords of purple and the best linen to silver rings and pillars of polished stone: the seats were of gold and silver on a floor of red and white and yellow and black stone.

7And they gave them drink in gold vessels, every vessel being different, and wine of the kingdom, freely given by the king.

8And the drinking was in keeping with the law; no one was forced: for the king had given orders to all the chief servants of his house to do as was pleasing to every man.

9And Vashti the queen gave a feast for the women in the house of King Ahasuerus.

10On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was glad with wine, he gave orders to Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven unsexed servants who were waiting before Ahasuerus the king,

11That Vashti the queen was to come before him, crowned with her crown, and let the people and the captains see her: for she was very beautiful.

12But when the servants gave her the king’s order, Vashti the queen said she would not come: then the king was very angry, and his heart was burning with wrath.

13And the king said to the wise men, who had knowledge of the times, (for this was the king’s way with all who were expert in law and in the giving of decisions:

14And second only to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven rulers of Persia and Media, who were friends of the king, and had the first places in the kingdom:)

15What is to be done by law to Vashti the queen, because she has not done what King Ahasuerus, by his servants, gave her orders to do?

16And before the king and the captains, Memucan gave his answer: Vashti the queen has done wrong, not only to the king, but to all the captains and to all the peoples in all the divisions of the kingdom of King Ahasuerus;

17For news of what the queen has done will come to the ears of all women, and they will no longer give respect to their husbands when it is said to them, King Ahasuerus gave orders for Vashti the queen to come before him and she came not.

18And the wives of the captains of Persia and Media, hearing what the queen has done, will say the same to all the king’s captains. So there will be much shame and wrath.

19If it is pleasing to the king, let an order go out from him, and let it be recorded among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it may never be changed, that Vashti is never again to come before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her place to another who is better than she.

20And when this order, given by the king, is made public through all his kingdom (for it is great), all the wives will give honour to their husbands, great as well as small.

21And this suggestion seemed good to the king and the captains; and the king did as Memucan said;

22And sent letters to all the divisions of the kingdom, to every division in the writing commonly used there, and to every people in the language which was theirs, saying that every man was to be the ruler in his house, and that this order was to be given out in the language of his people.

Psalms 105:1-25

1O give praise to the Lord; give honour to his name, talking of his doings among the peoples.

2Let your voice be sounding in songs and melody; let all your thoughts be of the wonder of his works.

3Have glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who are searching after the Lord be glad.

4Let your search be for the Lord and for his strength; let your hearts ever be turned to him.

5Keep in mind the great works which he has done; his wonders, and the decisions of his mouth;

6O you seed of Abraham, his servant, you children of Jacob, his loved ones.

7He is the Lord our God: he is judge of all the earth.

8He has kept his agreement in mind for ever, the word which he gave for a thousand generations;

9The agreement which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac;

10And he gave it to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an eternal agreement;

11Saying, To you will I give the land of Canaan, the measured line of your heritage:

12When they were still small in number, and strange in the land;

13When they went about from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people.

14He would not let anyone do them wrong; he even kept back kings because of them,

15Saying, Put not your hand on those who have been marked with my holy oil, and do my prophets no wrong.

16And he took away all food from the land, so that the people were without bread.

17He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was given as a servant for a price:

18His feet were fixed in chains; his neck was put in iron bands;

19Till the time when his word came true; he was tested by the word of the Lord.

20The king sent men to take off his chains; even the ruler of the people, who let him go free.

21He made him lord of his house, and ruler over everything he had;

22To give his chiefs teaching at his pleasure, and so that his law-givers might get wisdom from him.

23Then Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob was living in the land of Ham.

24And his people were greatly increased, and became stronger than those who were against them.

25Their hearts were turned to hate against his people, so that they made secret designs against them.

Revelation of John 11

1And there was given to me a measuring rod: and one said, Go up and take the measure of the house of God, and the altar, and the worshippers in it.

2But do not take the measure of the space outside the house; because it has been given to the nations: and the holy town will be under their feet for forty-two months.

3And I will give orders to my two witnesses, and they will be prophets for a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, clothed with haircloth.

4These are the two olive-trees and the two lights, which are before the Lord of the earth.

5And if any man would do them damage, fire comes out of their mouth and puts an end to those who are working against them: and if any man has a desire to do them damage, in this way will he be put to death.

6These have the power to keep the heaven shut, so that there may be no rain in the days when they are prophets: and they have power over the waters to make them into blood, and to send every sort of disease on the earth as their pleasure is.

7And when they have come to the end of their witness, the beast which comes up out of the great deep will make war on them and overcome them and put them to death.

8And their dead bodies will be in the open street of the great town, which in the spirit is named Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was put to death on the cross.

9And the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will be looking on their dead bodies three days and a half, and will not let their dead bodies be put in the earth.

10And those who are on the earth will have pleasure and delight over them; and they will send offerings one to another because these two prophets gave great trouble to all on the earth.

11And after three days and a half the breath of life from God went into them, and they got up on their feet; and great fear came on those who saw them.

12And a great voice from heaven came to their ears, saying to them, Come up here. And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and were seen by those desiring their death.

13And in that hour there was a great earth-shock and a tenth part of the town came to destruction; and in the earth-shock seven thousand persons came to their end: and the rest were in fear, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14The second Trouble is past: see, the third Trouble comes quickly.

15And at the sounding of the seventh angel there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he will have rule for ever and ever.

16And the four and twenty rulers, who are seated before God on their high seats, went down on their faces and gave worship to God, saying,

17We give you praise, O Lord God, Ruler of all, who is and who was; because you have taken up your great power and are ruling your kingdom.

18And the nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and the time of reward for your servants, the prophets, and for the saints, and for those in whom is the fear of your name, small and great, and the time of destruction for those who made the earth unclean.

19And the house of God which is in heaven was open; and the ark of his agreement was seen in his house, and there were flames and voices and thunders and an earth-shock and a rain of ice.

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