October 14

Esther 5

1Now on the third day, Esther put on her queen’s robes, and took her place in the inner room of the king’s house, facing the king’s house: and the king was seated on his high seat in the king’s house, facing the doorway of the house.

2And when the king saw Esther the queen waiting in the inner room, looking kindly on her he put out the rod of gold in his hand to her. So Esther came near and put her fingers on the top of the rod.

3Then the king said, What is your desire, Queen Esther, and what is your request? I will give it to you, even to the half of my kingdom.

4And Esther in answer said, If it seems good to the king, let the king and Haman come today to the feast which I have made ready for him.

5Then the king said, Let Haman come quickly, so that what Esther has said may be done. So the king and Haman came to the feast which Esther had made ready.

6And while they were drinking wine the king said to Esther, What is your prayer? for it will be given to you and what is your request? for it will be done, even to the half of my kingdom.

7Then Esther said in answer, My prayer and my request is this:

8If I have the king’s approval, and if it is the king’s pleasure to give me my prayer and do my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast which I will make ready for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.

9Then on that day Haman went out full of joy and glad in heart; but when he saw Mordecai in the king’s doorway, and he did not get to his feet or give any sign of fear before him, Haman was full of wrath against Mordecai.

10But controlling himself, he went to his house; and he sent for his friends and Zeresh, his wife.

11And he gave them an account of the glories of his wealth, and the number of children he had, and the ways in which he had been honoured by the king, and how he had put him over the captains and servants of the king.

12And Haman said further, Truly, Esther the queen let no man but myself come in to the feast which she had made ready for the king; and tomorrow again I am to be her guest with the king.

13But all this is nothing to me while I see Mordecai the Jew seated by the king’s doorway.

14Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, Let a pillar, fifty cubits high, be made ready for hanging him, and in the morning get the king to give orders for the hanging of Mordecai: then you will be able to go to the feast with the king with a glad heart. And Haman was pleased with the suggestion, and he had the pillar made.

Esther 6:1-13

1That night the king was unable to get any sleep; and he sent for the books of the records; and while some one was reading them to the king,

2It came out that it was recorded in the book how Mordecai had given word of the designs of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s servants, keepers of the door, by whom an attack on the king had been designed.

3And the king said, What honour and reward have been given to Mordecai for this? Then the servants who were waiting on the king said, Nothing has been done for him.

4Then the king said, Who is in the outer room? Now Haman had come into the outer room to get the king’s authority for the hanging of Mordecai on the pillar which he had made ready for him.

5And the king’s servants said to him, See, Haman is waiting in the outer room. And the king said, Let him come in.

6So Haman came in. And the king said to him, What is to be done to the man whom the king has delight in honouring? Then the thought came into Haman’s mind, Whom, more than myself, would the king have pleasure in honouring?

7And Haman, answering the king, said, For the man whom the king has delight in honouring,

8Let them take the robes which the king generally puts on, and the horse on which the king goes, and the crown which is on his head:

9And let the robes and the horse be given to one of the king’s most noble captains, so that they may put them on the man whom the king has delight in honouring, and let him go on horseback through the streets of the town, with men crying out before him, So let it be done to the man whom the king has delight in honouring.

10Then the king said to Haman, Go quickly, and take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, who is seated at the king’s doorway: see that you do everything as you have said.

11Then Haman took the robes and the horse, and dressing Mordecai in the robes, he made him go on horseback through the streets of the town, crying out before him, So let it be done to the man whom the king has delight in honouring.

12And Mordecai came back to the king’s doorway. But Haman went quickly back to his house, sad and with his head covered.

13And Haman gave his wife Zeresh and all his friends an account of what had taken place. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, If Mordecai, who is starting to get the better of you, is of the seed of the Jews, you will not be able to do anything against him, but you will certainly go down before him.

Psalms 106:24-48

24They were disgusted with the good land; they had no belief in his word;

25Talking against him secretly in their tents, they did not give ear to the voice of the Lord.

26So he made an oath against them, to put an end to them in the waste land:

27That their children might be mixed among the nations, and sent away into other lands.

28And they were joined to Baal-peor, and took part in the offerings to the dead.

29So they made him angry by their behaviour; and he sent disease on them.

30Then Phinehas got up, and made prayer for them; and the disease went no farther.

31And all the generations coming after him kept the memory of his righteousness for ever.

32They made God angry again at the waters of Meribah, so that Moses was troubled because of them;

33For they made his spirit bitter, and he said unwise things.

34They did not put an end to the peoples, as the Lord had said;

35But they were joined to the nations, learning their works.

36And they gave worship to images; which were a danger to them:

37They even made offerings of their sons and their daughters to evil spirits,

38And gave the blood of their sons and their daughters who had done no wrong, offering them to the images of Canaan; and the land was made unclean with blood.

39So they became unclean through their works, going after their evil desires.

40Then the wrath of the Lord was burning against his people, and he was angry with his heritage.

41And he gave them into the hands of the nations; and they were ruled by their haters.

42By them they were crushed, and made low under their hands.

43Again and again he made them free; but their hearts were turned against his purpose, and they were overcome by their sins.

44But when their cry came to his ears, he had pity on their trouble:

45And kept in mind his agreement with them, and in his great mercy gave them forgiveness.

46He put pity into the hearts of those who made them prisoners.

47Be our saviour, O Lord our God, and let us come back together from among the nations, so that we may give honour to your holy name, and have glory in your praise.

48Praise be to the Lord God of Israel for ever and for ever; and let all the people say, So be it. Give praise to the Lord.

Revelation of John 14

1And I saw the Lamb on the mountain of Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, marked on their brows with his name and the name of his Father.

2And a voice from heaven came to my ears, like the sound of great waters, and the sound of loud thunder: and the voice which came to me was like the sound of players, playing on instruments of music.

3And they made as it seemed a new song before the high seat, and before the four beasts and the rulers: and no man might have knowledge of the song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, even those from the earth whom God has made his for a price.

4These are they who have not made themselves unclean with women; for they are virgins. These are they who go after the Lamb wherever he goes. These were taken from among men to be the first fruits to God and to the Lamb.

5And in their mouth there was no false word, for they are untouched by evil.

6And I saw another angel in flight between heaven and earth, having eternal good news to give to those who are on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and language and people,

7Saying with a loud voice, Have fear of God and give him glory; because the hour of his judging is come; and give worship to him who made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of water.

8And a second angel came after, saying, Destruction has come to Babylon the great, which gave to all the nations the wine of the wrath of her evil ways.

9And a third angel came after them, saying with a loud voice, If any man gives worship to the beast and his image, and has his mark on his brow or on his hand,

10To him will be given of the wine of God’s wrath which is ready unmixed in the cup of his wrath and he will have cruel pain, burning with fire before the holy angels and before the Lamb:

11And the smoke of their pain goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, who give worship to the beast and his image, and have on them the mark of his name.

12Here is the quiet strength of the saints, who keep the orders of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13And a voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Put in writing, There is a blessing on the dead who from now on come to their end in the Lord: yes, says the Spirit, that they may have rest from their troubles; for their works go with them.

14And I saw a white cloud, and on the cloud I saw one seated, like a son of man, having on his head a crown of gold, and in his hand a sharp curved blade.

15And another angel came out from the house of God, crying with a loud voice to him who was seated on the cloud, Put in your blade, and let the grain be cut: because the hour for cutting it is come; for the grain of the earth is over-ready.

16And he who was seated on the cloud sent in his blade on the earth; and the grain of the earth was cut.

17And another angel came out from the house of God which is in heaven, having a sharp curved blade.

18And another angel came out from the altar, who has power over fire; and he gave a loud cry to him who had the sharp curved blade, saying, Put in your sharp blade, and let the grapes of the vine of the earth be cut; for her grapes are fully ready.

19And the angel sent his blade into the earth, and the vine of the earth was cut, and he put it into the great wine-crusher of the wrath of God.

20And the grapes were crushed under foot outside the town, and blood came out from them, even to the head-bands of the horses, two hundred miles.

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