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.

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