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.

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