October 19

Psalms 109:20-31

20Let this be the reward given to my haters from the Lord, and to those who say evil of my soul.

21But, O Lord God, give me your help, because of your name; take me out of danger, because your mercy is good.

22For I am poor and in need, and my heart is wounded in me.

23I am gone like the shade when it is stretched out: I am forced out of my place like a locust.

24My knees are feeble for need of food; there is no fat on my bones.

25As for me, they make sport of me; shaking their heads when they see me.

26Give me help, O Lord my God; in your mercy be my saviour;

27So that they may see that it is the work of your hand; that you, Lord, have done it.

28They may give curses but you give blessing; when they come up against me, put them to shame; but let your servant be glad.

29Let my haters be clothed with shame, covering themselves with shame as with a robe.

30I will give the Lord great praise with my mouth; yes, I will give praise to him among all the people.

31For he is ever at the right hand of the poor, to take him out of the hands of those who go after his soul.

Isaiah 5

1Let me make a song about my loved one, a song of love for his vine-garden. My loved one had a vine-garden on a fertile hill:

2And after working the earth of it with a spade, he took away its stones, and put in it a very special vine; and he put up a watchtower in the middle of it, hollowing out in the rock a place for the grape-crushing; and he was hoping that it would give the best grapes, but it gave common grapes.

3And now, you people of Jerusalem and you men of Judah, be the judges between me and my vine-garden.

4Is there anything which might have been done for my vine-garden which I have not done? why then, when I was hoping for the best grapes did it give me common grapes?

5And now, this is what I will do to my vine-garden: I will take away the circle of thorns round it, and it will be burned up; its wall will be broken down and the beasts of the field will go through it;

6And I will make it waste; its branches will not be touched with the knife, or the earth worked with the spade; but blackberries and thorns will come up in it: and I will give orders to the clouds not to send rain on it.

7For the vine-garden of the Lord of armies is the people of Israel, and the men of Judah are the plant of his delight: and he was looking for upright judging, and there was blood; for righteousness, and there was a cry for help.

8Cursed are those who are joining house to house, and putting field to field, till there is no more living-space for any but themselves in all the land!

9The Lord of armies has said to me secretly, Truly, numbers of great and fair houses will be waste, with no one living in them.

10For ten fields of vines will only give one measure of wine, and a great amount of seed will only give a small measure of grain.

11Cursed are those who get up early in the morning to give themselves up to strong drink; who keep on drinking far into the night till they are heated with wine!

12And corded instruments and wind-instruments and wine are in their feasts: but they give no thought to the work of the Lord, and they are not interested in what his hands are doing.

13For this cause my people are taken away as prisoners into strange countries for need of knowledge: and their rulers are wasted for need of food, and their loud-voiced feasters are dry for need of water.

14For this cause the underworld has made wide its throat, opening its mouth without limit: and her glory, and the noise of her masses, and her loud-voiced feasters, will go down into it.

15And the poor man’s head is bent, and the great man goes down on his face, and the eyes of pride are put to shame:

16But the Lord of armies is lifted up as judge, and the Holy God is seen to be holy in righteousness.

17Then the lambs will get food as in their grass-lands, and the fat cattle will be feasting in the waste places.

18Cursed are those who make use of ox-cords for pulling the evil thing, and the bands of a young ox for their sin!

19Who say, Let him do his work quickly, let him make it sudden, so that we may see it: let the design of the Holy One of Israel come near, so that it may be clear to us.

20Cursed are those who give the name of good to evil, and of evil to what is good: who make light dark, and dark light: who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter!

21Cursed are those who seem wise to themselves, and who take pride in their knowledge!

22Cursed are those who are strong to take wine, and great in making mixed drinks!

23Who for a reward give support to the cause of the sinner, and who take away the righteousness of the upright from him.

24For this cause, as the waste of the grain is burned up by tongues of fire, and as the dry grass goes down before the flame, so their root will be like the dry stems of grain, and their flower will go up in dust: because they have gone against the law of the Lord of armies, and have given no honour to the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25For this reason the wrath of the Lord has been burning against his people, and his hand has been stretched out against them in punishment, and the hills were shaking, and their dead bodies were like waste in the open places of the town.

26And he will let a flag be lifted up as a sign to a far-off nation, whistling to them from the ends of the earth: and they will come quickly and suddenly.

27There is no weariness among them, and no man is feeble-footed: they come without resting or sleeping, and the cord of their shoes is not broken.

28Their arrows are sharp, and every bow is bent: the feet of their horses are like rock, and their wheels are like a rushing storm.

29The sound of their armies will be like the voice of a lion, and their war-cry like the noise of young lions: with loud cries they will come down on their food and will take it away safely, and there will be no one to take it out of their hands.

30And his voice will be loud over him in that day like the sounding of the sea: and if a man’s eyes are turned to the earth, it is all dark and full of trouble; and the light is made dark by thick clouds.

Isaiah 6

1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord seated in his place, high and lifted up, and the Temple was full of the wide skirts of his robe.

2Over him were the winged ones: every one had six wings; two for covering his face, two for covering his feed, and two for flight.

3And one said in a loud voice to another, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of armies: all the earth is full of his glory.

4And the bases of the door-pillars were shaking at the sound of his cry, and the house was full of smoke.

5Then I said, The curse is on me, and my fate is destruction; for I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of armies.

6Then a winged one came to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from off the altar with the fire-spoon.

7And after touching my mouth with it, he said, See, your lips have been touched with this; and your evil is taken away, and you are made clean from sin.

8And the voice of the Lord came to my ears, saying, Whom am I to send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I, send me.

9And he said, Go, and say to this people, You will go on hearing, but learning nothing; you will go on seeing, but without getting wiser.

10Make the hearts of this people fat, and let their ears be stopped, and their eyes shut; for fear that they may see with their eyes, and be hearing with their ears, and their heart may become wise, and they may be turned to me and made well.

11Then I said, Lord, how long? And he said in answer, Till the towns are waste and unpeopled, and the houses have no men, and the land becomes completely waste,

12And the Lord has taken men far away, and there are wide waste places in the land.

13And even if there is still a tenth part in it, it will again be burned, like a tree of the woods whose broken end is still in the earth after the tree has been cut down (the holy seed is the broken end).

Revelation of John 19

1After these things there came to my ears a sound like the voice of a great band of people in heaven, saying, Praise to the Lord; salvation and glory and power be to our God:

2For true and upright are his decisions; for by him has the evil woman been judged, who made the earth unclean with the sins of her body; and he has given her punishment for the blood of his servants.

3And again they said, Praise to the Lord. And her smoke went up for ever and ever.

4And the four and twenty rulers and the four beasts went down on their faces and gave worship to God who was seated on the high seat, saying, Even so, praise to the Lord.

5And a voice came from the high seat, saying, Give praise to our God, all you his servants, small and great, in whom is the fear of him.

6And there came to my ears the voice of a great army, like the sound of waters, and the sound of loud thunders, saying, Praise to the Lord: for the Lord our God, Ruler of all, is King.

7Let us be glad with delight, and let us give glory to him: because the time is come for the Lamb to be married, and his wife has made herself ready.

8And to her it was given to be clothed in delicate linen, clean and shining: for the clean linen is the righteousness of the saints.

9And he said to me, Put in the book, Happy are the guests at the bride-feast of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.

10And I went on my face before his feet to give him worship. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers who keep the witness of Jesus: give worship to God: for the witness of Jesus is the spirit of the prophet’s word.

11And the heaven was open; and I saw a white horse, and he who was seated on it was named Certain and True; and he is judging and making war in righteousness.

12And his eyes are a flame of fire, and crowns are on his head; and he has a name in writing, of which no man has knowledge but himself.

13And he is clothed in a robe washed with blood: and his name is The Word of God.

14And the armies which are in heaven went after him on white horses, clothed in delicate linen, white and clean.

15And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword, with which he overcomes the nations: and he has rule over them with a rod of iron: and he is crushing with his feet the grapes of the strong wrath of God the Ruler of all.

16And on his robe and on his leg is a name, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

17And I saw an angel taking his place in the sun; and he was crying with a loud voice, saying to all the birds in flight in the heavens, Come together to the great feast of God;

18So that you may take for your food the flesh of kings, and of captains, and of strong men, and of horses and of those who are seated on them, and the flesh of all men, free and unfree, small and great.

19And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, come together to make war against him who was seated on the horse and against his army.

20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who did the signs before him, by which they were turned from the true way who had the mark of the beast, and who gave worship to his image: these two were put living into the sea of ever-burning fire.

21And the rest were put to death with the sword of him who was on the horse, even the sword which came out of his mouth: and all the birds were made full with their flesh.

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