October 21

Psalms 111

1Let the Lord be praised. I will give praise to the Lord with all my heart, among the upright, and in the meeting of the people.

2The works of the Lord are great, searched out by all those who have delight in them.

3His work is full of honour and glory; and his righteousness is unchanging for ever.

4Certain for ever is the memory of his wonders: the Lord is full of pity and mercy.

5He has given food to his worshippers; he will keep his agreement in mind for ever.

6He has made clear to his people the power of his works, giving them the heritage of the nations.

7The works of his hands are faith and righteousness; all his laws are unchanging.

8They are fixed for ever and ever, they are done in faith and righteousness.

9He has sent salvation to his people; he has given his word for ever: holy is his name and greatly to be feared.

10The fear of the Lord is the best part of wisdom: all those who keep his laws are wise: his praise is eternal.

Isaiah 9

1In earlier times he made the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali of small value, but after that he gave it glory, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2The people who went in the dark have seen a great light, and for those who were living in the land of the deepest night, the light is shining.

3You have made them very glad, increasing their joy. They are glad before you as men are glad in the time of getting in the grain, or when they make division of the goods taken in war.

4For by your hand the yoke on his neck and the rod on his back, even the rod of his cruel master, have been broken, as in the day of Midian.

5For every boot of the man of war with his sounding step, and the clothing rolled in blood, will be for burning, food for the fire.

6For to us a child has come, to us a son is given; and the government has been placed in his hands; and he has been named Wise Guide, Strong God, Father for ever, Prince of Peace.

7Of the increase of his rule and of peace there will be no end, on the seat of David, and in his kingdom; to make it strong, supporting it with wise decision and righteousness, now and for ever. By the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies this will be done.

8The Lord has sent a word to Jacob, and it has come on Israel;

9And all the people will have experience of it, even Ephraim and the men of Samaria, who say in the pride of their uplifted hearts,

10The bricks have come down, but we will put up buildings of cut stone in their place: the sycamores are cut down, but they will be changed to cedars.

11For this cause the Lord has made strong the haters of Israel, driving them on to make war against him;

12Aram on the east, and the Philistines on the west, who have come against Israel with open mouths. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

13But the heart of the people was not turned to him who sent punishment on them, and they made no prayer to the Lord of armies.

14For this cause the Lord took away from Israel head and tail, high and low, in one day.

15The man who is honoured and responsible is the head, and the prophet who gives false teaching is the tail.

16For the guides of this people are the cause of their wandering from the right way, and those who are guided by them come to destruction.

17For this cause the Lord will have no pleasure in their young men, and no pity on their widows and the children without fathers: for they are all haters of God and evil-doers, and foolish words come from every mouth. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

18For evil was burning like a fire; the blackberries and thorns were burned up; the thick woods took fire, rolling up in dark clouds of smoke.

19The land was dark with the wrath of the Lord of armies: the people were like those who take men’s flesh for food.

20On the right a man was cutting off bits and was still in need; on the left a man took a meal but had not enough; no man had pity on his brother; every man was making a meal of the flesh of his neighbour.

21Manasseh was making a meal of Ephraim, and Ephraim of Manasseh; and together they were attacking Judah. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 10

1Cursed are those who make evil decisions, and the writers who make the records of their cruel acts:

2Who do wrong to the poor in their cause, and take away the right of the crushed among my people, so that they may have the property of widows, and get under their power those who have no father.

3And what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the destruction which is coming from far? to whom will you go for help, and what will become of your glory?

4… For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

5Ho! Assyrian, the rod of my wrath, the instrument of my punishment!

6I will send him against a nation of wrongdoers, and against the people of my wrath I will give him orders, to take their wealth in war, crushing them down like the dust in the streets.

7But this is not what is in his mind, and this is not his design; but his purpose is destruction, and the cutting off of more and more nations.

8For he says, Are not all my captains kings?

9Will not the fate of Calno be like that of Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

10As my hand has come on the kingdoms of the images, whose pictured images were more in number than those of Jerusalem and Samaria;

11So, as I have done to Samaria and her images, I will do to Jerusalem and her images.

12For this cause it will be that, when the purpose of the Lord against Mount Zion and Jerusalem is complete, I will send punishment on the pride of the heart of the king of Assyria, and on the glory of his uplifted eyes.

13For he has said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my knowledge, for I am wise: and I have taken away the limits of the peoples’ lands, and the stores of their wealth have become mine; and I have made towns low in the dust, sending destruction on those living in them;

14And I have put my hands on the wealth of the peoples, as on the place where a bird has put her eggs; and as a man may take the eggs from which a bird has gone, so I have taken all the earth for myself: and not a wing was moved, and not a mouth gave out a sound.

15Will the axe say high-sounding words against him who is using it, or the blade be full of pride against him who is cutting with it? As if a rod had the power of shaking him who is using it, or as if a stick might take up him who is not wood.

16For this cause the Lord, the Lord of armies, will make his fat become wasted; and in his inner parts a fire will be lighted like a burning flame.

17And the light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: wasting and burning up his thorns in one day.

18And he will put an end to the glory of his woods and of his planted fields, soul and body together; and it will be as when a man is wasted by disease.

19And the rest of the trees of his wood will be small in number, so that a child may put them down in writing.

20And it will be in that day that the rest of Israel, and those of Jacob who have come safely through these troubles, will no longer go for help to him whose rod was on their back, but their faith will be in the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

21The rest, even the rest of Jacob, will come back to the Strong God.

22For though your people, O Israel, are as the sand of the sea, only a small number will come back: for the destruction is fixed, overflowing in righteousness.

23For the Lord, the Lord of armies, is about to make destruction complete in all the land.

24For this cause the Lord, the Lord of armies, says, O my people living in Zion, have no fear of the Assyrian, even if his rod comes on your back, and his stick is lifted up as in Egypt.

25For in a very short time my passion will be over, and my wrath will be turned to their destruction.

26And the Lord of armies will be shaking a whip against him, as when he overcame Midian at the rock of Oreb: and his rod will be lifted up against them as it was against the Egyptians.

27And in that day the weight which he put on your back will be taken away, and his yoke broken from off your neck.

28He has gone up from Pene-Rimmon, he has come to Aiath; he has gone past Migron, at Michmash he puts his forces in order.

29They have gone across the mountain; Geba will be our resting-place tonight, they say: Ramah is shaking with fear; Gibeah of Saul has gone in flight.

30Give a loud cry, daughter of Gallim; let Laishah give ear; let Anathoth give answer to her.

31Madmenah has gone; the men of Gebim are putting their goods in a safe place.

32This very day he is stopping at Nob; he is shaking his hand against the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

33See, the Lord, the Lord of armies, is cutting off his branches with a great noise, and his strong ones are falling and his high ones are coming down.

34And he is cutting down the thick places of the wood with an axe, and Lebanon with its tall trees is coming down.

Revelation of John 21

1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea.

2And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband.

3And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God.

4And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end.

5And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. And he said, Put it in the book; for these words are certain and true.

6And he said to me, It is done. I am the First and the Last, the start and the end. I will freely give of the fountain of the water of life to him who is in need.

7He who overcomes will have these things for his heritage; and I will be his God, and he will be my son.

8But those who are full of fear and without faith, the unclean and takers of life, those who do the sins of the flesh, and those who make use of evil powers or who give worship to images, and all those who are false, will have their part in the sea of ever-burning fire which is the second death.

9And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels in which were the seven last punishments, came and said to me, Come here, and see the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

10And he took me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and let me see the holy town Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

11Having the glory of God: and her light was like a stone of great price, a jasper stone, clear as glass:

12She had a wall great and high, with twelve doors, and at the doors twelve angels; and names on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.

13And on the east were three doors; and on the north three doors; and on the south three doors; and on the west three doors.

14And the wall of the town had twelve bases, and on them the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

15And he who was talking with me had a gold measuring-rod to take the measure of the town, and of its doors, and its wall.

16And the town is square, as wide as it is long; and he took the measure of the town with the rod, one thousand and five hundred miles: it is equally long and wide and high.

17And he took the measure of its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits, after the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

18And the building of its wall was of jasper, and the town was clear gold, clear as glass.

19The bases of the wall of the town had ornaments of all sorts of beautiful stones. The first base was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

21And the twelve doors were twelve pearls; every door was made of one pearl; and the street of the town was clear gold, as clear as glass.

22And I saw no Temple there; because the Lord God, the Ruler of all, and the Lamb are its Temple.

23And the town has no need of the sun, or of the moon, to give it light: for the glory of God did make it light, and the light of it is the Lamb.

24And the nations will go in its light: and the kings of the earth will take their glory into it.

25And the doors of it will never be shut by day (for there is no night there):

26And the glory and honour of the nations will come into it:

27And nothing unclean may come into it, or anyone whose works are cursed or false; but only those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation of John 22

1And I saw a river of water of life, clear as glass, coming out of the high seat of God and of the Lamb,

2In the middle of its street. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, having twelve sorts of fruits, giving its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree give life to the nations.

3And there will be no more curse: and the high seat of God and of the Lamb will be there; and his servants will be worshipping him;

4And they will see his face; and his name will be on their brows.

5And there will be no more night; and they have no need of a light or of the shining of the sun; for the Lord God will give them light: and they will be ruling for ever and ever.

6And he said to me, These words are certain and true: and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to make clear to his servants the things which are now to come about.

7See, I come quickly. A blessing on him who keeps the words of this book of the prophet.

8And I, John, am he who saw these things and to whose ears they came. And when I had seen and given ear, I went down on my face to give worship at the feet of the angel who made these things clear to me.

9And he said to me, See you do it not; I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book: give worship to God.

10And he said to me, Let not the words of this prophet’s book be kept secret, because the time is near.

11Let the evil man go on in his evil: and let the unclean be still unclean: and let the upright go on in his righteousness: and let the holy be holy still.

12See, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man the outcome of his works.

13I am the First and the Last, the start and the end.

14A blessing on those whose robes are washed, so that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may go in by the doors into the town.

15Outside are the dogs, and those who make use of evil powers, those who make themselves unclean, and the takers of life, and those who give worship to images, and everyone whose delight is in what is false.

16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give witness to you of these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.

17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who gives ear, say, Come. And let him who is in need come; and let everyone desiring it take of the water of life freely.

18For I say to every man to whose ears have come the words of this prophet’s book, If any man makes an addition to them, God will put on him the punishments which are in this book:

19And if any man takes away from the words of this book, God will take away from him his part in the tree of life and the holy town, even the things which are in this book.

20He who gives witness to these things says, Truly, I come quickly. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. So be it.

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