Tagged: Israel

October 28

Psalms 118

1O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

2Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

3Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

4Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

5I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place.

6The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me?

7The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters.

8It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in man.

9It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in rulers.

10All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

11They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

12They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

13I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper.

14The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

15The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

16The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

17Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord.

18The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death.

19Let the doors of righteousness be open to me; I will go in and give praise to the Lord.

20This is the door of the Lord’s house; the workers of righteousness will go in through it.

21I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation.

22The stone which the builders put on one side has become the chief stone of the building.

23This is the Lord’s doing; it is a wonder in our eyes.

24This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it.

25Send salvation now, O Lord; Lord, send us your blessing.

26A blessing be on him who comes in the name of the Lord; we give you blessing from the house of the Lord.

27The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give you praise; my God, and I will give honour to your name.

29O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

Isaiah 27

1In that day the Lord, with his great and strong and cruel sword, will send punishment on Leviathan, the quick-moving snake, and on Leviathan, the twisted snake; and he will put to death the dragon which is in the sea.

2In that day it will be said, A vine-garden of delight, make a song about it.

3I, the Lord, am watching it; I will give it water at all times: I will keep it night and day, for fear that any damage comes to it.

4My passion is over: if the thorns were fighting against me, I would make an attack on them, and they would be burned up together.

5Or let him put himself under my power, and make peace with me.

6In days to come Jacob will take root: Israel will put out buds and flowers; and the face of the world will be full of fruit.

7Is his punishment like the punishment of those who overcame him? or are his dead as great in number as those he put to the sword?

8Your anger against her has been made clear by driving her away; he has taken her away with his storm-wind in the day of his east wind.

9So by this will the sin of Jacob be covered, and this is all the fruit of taking away his punishment; when all the stones of the altar are crushed together, so that the wood pillars and the sun-images will not be put up again.

10For the strong town is without men, an unpeopled living-place; and she has become a waste land: there the young ox will take his rest, and its branches will be food for him.

11When its branches are dry they will be broken off; the women will come and put fire to them: for it is a foolish people; for this cause he who made them will have no mercy on them, and he whose work they are will not have pity on them.

12And it will be in that day that the Lord will get together his grain, from the River to the stream of Egypt, and you will be got together with care, O children of Israel.

13And it will be in that day that a great horn will be sounded; and those who were wandering in the land of Assyria, and those who had been sent away into the land of Egypt, will come; and they will give worship to the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28

1Ho! crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim, and the dead flower of his glory which is on the head of those who are overcome by strong drink!

2See, the Lord has a strong and cruel one; like a rain of ice, a storm of destruction, like the overflowing of a strong river, he will violently overcome them.

3The crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim will be crushed under foot;

4And the dead flower of his glory, which is on the head of the fertile valley, will be like the first early fruit before the summer; which a man takes and puts in his mouth the minute he sees it.

5In that day will the Lord of armies be a crown of glory, and a fair ornament, to the rest of his people;

6And a spirit of wisdom to the judge, and strength to those who keep back the attackers at the door of the town.

7And further, these are uncertain through wine, and have gone out of the right way through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are uncertain through strong drink, they are overcome by wine, they have gone out of the way through strong drink; their vision is false, they go wrong in their decisions.

8For all the tables are covered with coughed-up food, so that there is not a clean place.

9To whom will he give knowledge? and to whom will he make clear the word? Will it be to those who have newly given up milk, and who have only now been taken from the breast?

10For it is one rule after another; one line after another; here a little, there a little.

11No, but with broken talk, and with a strange tongue, he will give his word to this people:

12To whom he said, This is the rest, give rest to him who is tired; and by this you may get new strength; but they would not give ear.

13For this cause the word of the Lord will be to them rule after rule, line after line, here a little, there a little; so that they may go on their way, and falling back may be broken, and taken in the net.

14Give ear then to the word of the Lord, you men of pride, the rulers of this people in Jerusalem:

15Because you have said, We have made death our friend, and with the underworld we have made an agreement; when the overflowing waters come through they will not come near us; for we are looking to false words for help, taking cover in what is untrue:

16For this cause says the Lord God, See, I am placing in Zion as a base, a stone, a tested stone, an angle-stone which is certain and of great value: and he who has faith will not give way.

17And I will make right decision the measuring-line, and righteousness the weight: and the ice-storm will take away the safe place of false words, and the secret place will be covered by the flowing waters.

18And the help you were looking for from death will come to nothing, and your agreement with the underworld will be broken; when the overflowing waters come through, then you will be overcome by them.

19Whenever they come through they will overtake you; for they will come through morning after morning, by day and by night: and the news will be nothing but fear.

20For the bed is not long enough for a man to be stretched out on: and the cover is not wide enough for him to be covered with.

21For the Lord will come up as on Mount Perazim, he will be moved to wrath as in the valley of Gibeon; so that he may do his work–strange is his work; and give effect to his act–unnatural is his act.

22And now, take care that you do not make sport of him, or your bands will be made strong; for I have had word from the Lord, the Lord of armies, of an end, of a complete end, which is to come on all the land.

23Let your ears be open to my voice; give attention to what I say.

24Is the ploughman for ever ploughing? does he not get the earth ready and broken up for the seed?

25When the face of the earth has been levelled, does he not put in the different sorts of seed, and the grain in lines, and the barley in its place, and the spelt at the edge?

26For his God is his teacher, giving him the knowledge of these things.

27For the fitches are not crushed with a sharp instrument, and a cart-wheel is not rolled over the cummin; but the grain of the fitches is hammered out with a stick, and of the cummin with a rod.

28Is the grain for bread crushed? He does not go on crushing it for ever, but he lets his cart-wheels and his horses go over it without crushing it.

29This comes from the Lord of armies, purposing wonders, and wise in all his acts.

2 Thessalonians 2

1Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with him, it is our desire, my brothers,

2That you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come;

3Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith, and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction,

4Who puts himself against all authority, lifting himself up over all which is named God or is given worship; so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God, putting himself forward as God.

5Have you no memory of what I said when I was with you, giving you word of these things?

6And now it is clear to you what is keeping back his revelation till the time comes for him to be seen.

7For the secret of evil is even now at work: but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

8And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

9Even the one whose coming is marked by the working of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

10And with every deceit of wrongdoing among those whose fate is destruction; because they were quite without that love of the true faith by which they might have salvation.

11And for this cause, God will give them up to the power of deceit and they will put their faith in what is false:

12So that they all may be judged, who had no faith in what is true, but took pleasure in evil.

13But it is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because it was the purpose of God from the first that you might have salvation, being made holy by the Spirit and by faith in what is true:

14And in this purpose he gave you a part through the good news of which we were the preachers, even that you might have part in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15So then, brothers, be strong in purpose, and keep the teaching which has been given to you by word or by letter from us.

16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who had love for us and has given us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

17Give you comfort and strength in every good work and word.

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October 25

Psalms 115

1Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name let glory be given, because of your mercy and your unchanging faith.

2Why may the nations say, Where is now their God?

3But our God is in heaven: he has done whatever was pleasing to him.

4Their images are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

5They have mouths, but no voice; they have eyes, but they see not;

6They have ears, but no hearing; they have noses, but no sense of smell;

7They have hands without feeling, and feet without power of walking; and no sound comes from their throat.

8Those who make them are like them; and so is everyone who puts his faith in them.

9O Israel, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate.

10O house of Aaron, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate.

11You worshippers of the Lord, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate.

12The Lord has kept us in mind and will give us his blessing; he will send blessings on the house of Israel and on the house of Aaron.

13He will send blessings on the worshippers of the Lord, on the small and on the great.

14May the Lord give you and your children still greater increase.

15May you have the blessing of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

16The heavens are the Lord’s; but the earth he has given to the children of men.

17The dead do not give praise to the Lord; or those who go down to the underworld.

18But we will give praise to the Lord now and for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 20

1In the year when the Tartan came to Ashdod, sent by Sargon, king of Assyria, and made war against it and took it;

2At that time the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saying, Go, and take off your robe, and your shoes from your feet; and he did so, walking unclothed and without shoes on his feet.

3And the Lord said, As my servant Isaiah has gone unclothed and without shoes for three years as a sign and a wonder to Egypt and Ethiopia,

4So will the king of Assyria take away the prisoners of Egypt and those forced out of Ethiopia, young and old, unclothed and without shoes, and with backs uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

5And they will be full of fear, and will no longer have faith in Ethiopia which was their hope, or in Egypt which was their glory.

6And those living by the sea will say in that day, See the fate of our hope to whom we went for help and salvation from the king of Assyria: what hope have we then of salvation?

Isaiah 21

1The word about the waste land. As storm-winds in the South go rushing through, it comes from the waste land, from the land greatly to be feared.

2A vision of fear comes before my eyes; the worker of deceit goes on in his false way, and the waster goes on making waste. Up! Elam; to the attack! Media; I have put an end to her sorrow.

3For this cause I am full of bitter grief; pains like the pains of a woman in childbirth have come on me: I am bent down with sorrow at what comes to my ears; I am shocked by what I see.

4My mind is wandering, fear has overcome me: the evening of my desire has been turned into shaking for me.

5They make ready the table, they put down the covers, they take food and drink. Up! you captains; put oil on your breastplates.

6For so has the Lord said to me, Go, let a watchman be placed; let him give word of what he sees:

7And when he sees war-carriages, horsemen by twos, war-carriages with asses, war-carriages with camels, let him give special attention.

8And the watchman gave a loud cry, O my lord, I am on the watchtower all day, and am placed in my watch every night:

9See, here come war-carriages with men, horsemen by twos: and in answer he said, Babylon is made low, is made low, and all her images are broken on the earth.

10O my crushed ones, the grain of my floor! I have given you the word which came to me from the Lord of armies, the God of Israel.

11The word about Edom. A voice comes to me from Seir, Watchman, how far gone is the night? how far gone is the night?

12The watchman says, The morning has come, but night is still to come: if you have questions to put, put them, and come back again.

13The word about Arabia. In the thick woods of Arabia will be your night’s resting-place, O travelling bands of Dedanites!

14Give water to him who is in need of water; give bread, O men of the land of Tema, to those in flight.

15For they are in flight from the sharp sword, and the bent bow, and from the trouble of war.

16For so has the Lord said to me, In a year, by the years of a servant working for payment, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end:

17And the rest of the bowmen, the men of war of the children of Kedar, will be small in number: for the Lord, the God of Israel, has said it.

Isaiah 22

1The word about the valley of vision. Why have all your people gone up to the house-tops?

2You, who are full of loud voices, a town of outcries, given up to joy; your dead men have not been put to the sword, or come to their death in war.

3All your rulers … have gone in flight; all your strong ones have gone far away.

4For this cause I have said, Let your eyes be turned away from me in my bitter weeping; I will not be comforted for the wasting of the daughter of my people.

5For it is a day of trouble and of crushing down and of destruction from the Lord, the Lord of armies, in the valley of vision; …

6And Elam was armed with arrows, and Aram came on horseback; and the breastplate of Kir was uncovered.

7And your most fertile valleys were full of war-carriages, and the horsemen took up their positions in front of the town.

8He took away the cover of Judah; and in that day you were looking with care at the store of arms in the house of the woods.

9And you saw all the broken places in the wall of the town of David: and you got together the waters of the lower pool.

10And you had the houses of Jerusalem numbered, pulling down the houses to make the wall stronger.

11And you made a place between the two walls for storing the waters of the old pool: but you gave no thought to him who had done this, and were not looking to him by whom it had been purposed long before.

12And in that day the Lord, the Lord of armies, was looking for weeping, and cries of sorrow, cutting off of the hair, and putting on the clothing of grief:

13But in place of these there was joy and delight, oxen and sheep were being made ready for food, there was feasting and drinking: men said, Now is the time for food and wine, for tomorrow death comes.

14And the Lord of armies said to me secretly, Truly, this sin will not be taken from you till your death, says the Lord, the Lord of armies.

15The Lord, the Lord of armies, says, Go to this person in authority, this Shebna, who is over the house; who has made himself a resting-place on high, cutting out a place for himself in the rock, and say,

16Who are you, and by what right have you made for yourself a resting-place here?

17See, O strong man, the Lord will send you violently away, gripping you with force,

18Twisting you round and round like a ball he will send you out into a wide country: there you will come to your end, and there will be the carriages of your pride, O shame of your lord’s house!

19And I will have you forced out of your place of authority, and pulled down from your position.

20And in that day I will send for my servant, Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah:

21And I will put your robe on him, and put your band about him, and I will give your authority into his hand: and he will be a father to the men of Jerusalem, and to the family of Judah.

22And I will give the key of the family of David into his care; and what he keeps open will be shut by no one, and what he keeps shut no one will make open.

23And I will put him like a nail in a safe place; and he will be for a seat of glory to his father’s family.

24And all the glory of his father’s family will be hanging on him, all their offspring, every small vessel, even the cups and the basins.

25In that day, says the Lord of armies, will the nail fixed in a safe place give way; and it will be cut down, and in its fall the weight hanging on it will be cut off, for the Lord has said it.

1 Thessalonians 4

1And last of all, the prayer which we make to you from our heart and in the name of the Lord Jesus, is this: that as we made clear to you what sort of behaviour is pleasing to God, as in fact you are doing now, so you will go on in these ways, but more and more.

2Because you have in mind the orders we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

3For the purpose of God for you is this: that you may be holy, and may keep yourselves from the desires of the flesh;

4So that every one of you may keep his body holy and in honour;

5Not in the passion of evil desires, like the Gentiles, who have no knowledge of God;

6And that no man may make attempts to get the better of his brother in business: for the Lord is the judge in all these things, as we said to you before and gave witness.

7Because it is God’s purpose that our way of life may be not unclean but holy.

8Whoever, then, goes against this word, goes against not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

9But about loving the brothers, there is no need for me to say anything to you in this letter: for you have the teaching of God that love for one another is right and necessary;

10And, truly, you are lovers of all the brothers in Macedonia; but it is our desire that your love may be increased still more;

11And that you may take pride in being quiet and doing your business, working with your hands as we gave you orders;

12That you may be respected by those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.

13But it is our desire, brothers, that you may be certain about those who are sleeping; so that you may have no need for sorrow, as others have who are without hope.

14For if we have faith that Jesus underwent death and came back again, even so those who are sleeping will come again with him by God’s power.

15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are still living at the coming of the Lord, will not go before those who are sleeping.

16Because the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a word of authority, with the voice of the chief angel, with the sound of a horn: and the dead in Christ will come to life first;

17Then we who are still living will be taken up together with them into the clouds to see the Lord in the air: and so will we be for ever with the Lord.

18So then, give comfort to one another with these words.

October 24

Psalms 114

1When Israel came out of Egypt, the children of Jacob from a people whose language was strange to them;

2Judah became his holy place, and Israel his kingdom.

3The sea saw it, and went in flight; Jordan was turned back.

4The mountains were jumping like goats, and the little hills like lambs.

5What was wrong with you, O sea, that you went in flight? O Jordan, that you were turned back?

6You mountains, why were you jumping like goats, and you little hills like lambs?

7Be troubled, O earth, before the Lord, before the God of Jacob;

8Who made the rock into a water-spring, and the hard stone into a fountain.

Isaiah 17

1The word about Damascus. See, they have made Damascus a town no longer; it has become a waste place.

2Her towns are unpeopled for ever; there the flocks take their rest in peace, without fear.

3The strong tower has gone from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus: the rest of Aram will come to destruction, and be made like the glory of the children of Israel, says the Lord of armies.

4And it will be in that day that the glory of Jacob will be made small, and the strength of his body will become feeble.

5And it will be like a man cutting the growth of his grain, pulling together the heads of the grain with his arm; even as when they get in the grain in the valley of Rephaim.

6But it will be like a man shaking an olive-tree, something will still be there, two or three berries on the top of the highest branch, four or five on the outside branches of a fertile tree, says the Lord, the God of Israel.

7In that day a man’s heart will be turned to his Maker, and his eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

8He will not be looking to the altars, the work of his hands, or to the wood pillars or to the sun-images which his fingers have made.

9In that day your towns will be like the waste places of the Hivites and the Amorites which the children of Israel took for a heritage, and they will come to destruction.

10For you have not given honour to the God of your salvation, and have not kept in mind the Rock of your strength; for this cause you made a garden of Adonis, and put in it the vine-cuttings of a strange god;

11In the day of your planting you were watching its growth, and in the morning your seed was flowering: but its fruit is wasted away in the day of grief and bitter sorrow.

12Ah! the voice of peoples, like the loud sounding of the seas, and the thundering of great nations rushing on like the bursting out of waters!

13But he will put a stop to them, and make them go in flight far away, driving them like the waste of the grain on the tops of the mountains before the wind, and like the circling dust before the storm.

14In the evening there is fear, and in the morning they are gone. This is the fate of those who take our goods, and the reward of those who violently take our property for themselves.

Isaiah 18

1Ho! land of the sounding of wings, on the other side of the rivers of Ethiopia:

2Which sends its representatives by the sea, even in ships of papyrus on the waters. Go back quickly, O representatives, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people causing fear through all their history; a strong nation, crushing down its haters, whose land is cut through by rivers.

3All you peoples of the world, and you who are living on the earth, when a flag is lifted up on the mountains, give attention; and when the horn is sounded, give ear.

4For this is what the Lord has said to me: I will be quiet, watching from my place; like the clear heat when the sun is shining, like a mist of dew in the heat of summer.

5For before the time of getting in the grapes, after the opening of the bud, when the flower has become a grape ready for crushing, he will take away the small branches with knives, cutting down and taking away the wide-stretching branches.

6They will be for the birds of the mountains, and for the beasts of the earth: the birds will come down on them in the summer, and the beasts of the earth in the winter.

7In that time an offering will be made to the Lord of armies from a people tall and smooth, causing fear through all their history; a strong nation, crushing down its haters, whose land is cut through by rivers, an offering taken to the place of the name of the Lord of armies, even Mount Zion.

Isaiah 19

1The word about Egypt. See, the Lord is seated on a quick-moving cloud, and is coming to Egypt: and the false gods of Egypt will be troubled at his coming, and the heart of Egypt will be turned to water.

2And I will send the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they will be fighting every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; town against town, and kingdom against kingdom.

3And the spirit of Egypt will be troubled in her, and I will make her decisions without effect: and they will be turning to the false gods, and to those who make hollow sounds, and to those who have control of spirits, and to those who are wise in secret arts.

4And I will give the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a hard king will be their ruler, says the Lord, the Lord of armies.

5And the waters of the sea will be cut off, and the river will become dry and waste:

6And the rivers will have an evil smell; the stream of Egypt will become small and dry: all the water-plants will come to nothing.

7The grass-lands by the Nile, and everything planted by the Nile, will become dry, or taken away by the wind, and will come to an end.

8The fishermen will be sad, and all those who put fishing-lines into the Nile will be full of grief, and those whose nets are stretched out on the waters will have sorrow in their hearts.

9And all the workers in linen thread, and those who make cotton cloth, will be put to shame.

10And the makers of twisted thread will be crushed, and those who … will be sad in heart.

11The chiefs of Zoan are completely foolish; the wisest guides of Pharaoh have become like beasts: how do you say to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the offspring of early kings?

12Where, then, are your wise men? let them make clear to you, let them give you knowledge of the purpose of the Lord of armies for Egypt.

13The chiefs of Zoan have become foolish, the chiefs of Noph are tricked, the heads of her tribes are the cause of Egypt’s wandering out of the way.

14The Lord has sent among them a spirit of error: and by them Egypt is turned out of the right way in all her doings, as a man overcome by wine is uncertain in his steps.

15And in Egypt there will be no work for any man, head or tail, high or low, to do.

16In that day the Egyptians will be like women: and the land will be shaking with fear because of the waving of the Lord’s hand stretched out over it.

17And the land of Judah will become a cause of great fear to Egypt; whenever its name comes to mind, Egypt will be in fear before the Lord of armies because of his purpose against it.

18In that day there will be five towns in the land of Egypt using the language of Canaan, and making oaths to the Lord of armies; and one of them will be named, The Town of the Sun.

19In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the middle of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at the edge of the land.

20And it will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of armies in the land of Egypt: when they are crying out to the Lord because of their cruel masters, then he will send them a saviour and a strong one to make them free.

21And the Lord will give the knowledge of himself to Egypt, and the Egyptians will give honour to the Lord in that day; they will give him worship with offerings and meal offerings, and will take an oath to the Lord and give effect to it.

22And the Lord will send punishment on Egypt, and will make them well again; and when they come back to the Lord he will give ear to their prayer and take away their disease.

23In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt will come into Assyria; and the Egyptians will give worship to the Lord together with the Assyrians.

24In that day Israel will be the third together with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the earth:

25Because of the blessing of the Lord of armies which he has given them, saying, A blessing on Egypt my people, and on Assyria the work of my hands, and on Israel my heritage.

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

17But we, my brothers, being away from you for a short time, in body but not in heart, had all the more desire to see your face;

18For which reason we made attempts to come to you, even I, Paul, once and again; but Satan kept us from coming.

19For what is our hope or joy or crown of glory? Are not even you, before our Lord Jesus, at his coming?

20For you are our glory and our joy.

1 Thessalonians 3

1At last our desire to have news of you was so strong that, while we ourselves were waiting at Athens,

2We sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in the good news of Christ, to give you strength and comfort in your faith;

3So that no man might be moved by these troubles; because you see that these things are part of God’s purpose for us.

4And when we were with you, we said to you that trouble was before us; and so it came about, as you see.

5For this reason, when I was no longer able to keep quiet, I sent to get news of your faith, fearing that you might be tested by the Evil One and that our work might come to nothing.

6But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has given us good news of your faith and love, and that you have happy memories of us, desiring greatly to see us, even as we do to see you;

7For this cause, brothers, in all our trouble and grief we were comforted about you because of your faith;

8For it is life to us if you keep your faith in the Lord unchanged.

9For how great is the praise which we give to God for you, and how great the joy with which we are glad because of you before our God;

10Night and day requesting God again and again that we may see your face and make your faith complete.

11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus make a way for us to come to you;

12And the Lord give you increase of love in fullest measure to one another and to all men, even as our love to you;

13So that your hearts may be strong and free from all sin before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

October 23

Psalms 113

1Let the Lord be praised. O you servants of the Lord, give praise to the name of the Lord.

2Let blessing be on the name of the Lord, from this time and for ever.

3From the coming up of the sun to its going down, the Lord’s name is to be praised.

4The Lord is high over all nations, and his glory is higher than the heavens.

5Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,

6Looking down on the heavens, and on the earth?

7He takes the poor man out of the dust, lifting him up from his low position;

8To give him a place among the rulers, even with the rulers of his people.

9He gives the unfertile woman a family, making her a happy mother of children. Give praise to the Lord.

Isaiah 14

1For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will again make Israel his special people, and will put them in their land; and the man from a strange country will take his place among them and be joined to the family of Jacob.

2And the people will take them with them to their place: and the children of Israel will give them a heritage in the Lord’s land as men-servants and women-servants, making them prisoners whose prisoners they were; and they will be rulers over their masters.

3And it will be, in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble, and from the hard yoke which they had put on you,

4That you will take up this bitter song against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the cruel overseer come to an end! He who was lifted up in pride is cut off;

5The stick of the evil-doers, the rod of the rulers, is broken by the Lord;

6He whose rod was on the peoples with an unending wrath, ruling the nations in passion, with an uncontrolled rule.

7All the earth is at rest and is quiet: they are bursting into song.

8Even the trees of the wood are glad over you, the trees of Lebanon, saying, From the time of your fall no wood-cutter has come up against us with an axe.

9The underworld is moved at your coming: the shades of the dead are awake before you, even the strong ones of the earth; all the kings of the world have got up from their seats.

10They all make answer and say to you, Have you become feeble like us? have you been made even as we are?

11Your pride has gone down into the underworld, and the noise of your instruments of music; the worms are under you, and your body is covered with them.

12How great is your fall from heaven, O shining one, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the earth, low among the dead bodies!

13For you said in your heart, I will go up to heaven, I will make my seat higher than the stars of God; I will take my place on the mountain of the meeting-place of the gods, in the inmost parts of the north.

14I will go higher than the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

15But you will come down to the underworld, even to its inmost parts.

16Those who see you will be looking on you with care, they will be in deep thought, saying, Is this the troubler of the earth, the shaker of kingdoms?

17Who made the world a waste, overturning its towns; who did not let his prisoners loose from the prison-house.

18All the kings of the earth are at rest in glory, every man in his house,

19But you, like a birth before its time, are stretched out with no resting-place in the earth; clothed with the bodies of the dead who have been put to the sword, who go down to the lowest parts of the underworld; a dead body, crushed under foot.

20As for your fathers, you will not be united with them in their resting-place, because you have been the cause of destruction to your land, and of death to your people; the seed of the evil-doer will have no place in the memory of man.

21Make ready a place of death for his children, because of the evil-doing of their father; so that they may not come up and take the earth for their heritage, covering the face of the world with waste places.

22For I will come up against them, says the Lord of armies, cutting off from Babylon name and offspring, son and son’s son, says the Lord.

23And I will make you a heritage for the hedgehog, and pools of water: and I will go through it with the brush of destruction, says the Lord of armies.

24The Lord has taken an oath, saying, My design will certainly come about, and my purpose will be effected:

25To let the Assyrian be broken in my land, and crushed under foot on my mountains: there will his yoke be taken away from them, and his rule over them come to an end.

26This is the purpose for all the earth: and this is the hand stretched out over all nations.

27For it is the purpose of the Lord of armies, and who will make it of no effect? when his hand is stretched out, by whom may it be turned back?

28In the year of the death of King Ahaz this word came to the prophet:

29Be not glad, O Philistia, all of you, because the rod which was on you is broken: for out of the snake’s root will come a poison-snake, and its fruit will be a winged poison-snake.

30And the poorest of the land will have food, and those in need will be given a safe resting-place: but your seed will come to an end for need of food, and the rest of you will be put to the sword.

31Send out a cry, O door! Make sounds of sorrow, O town! All your land has come to nothing, O Philistia; for there comes a smoke out of the north, and everyone keeps his place in the line.

32What answer, then, will my people give to the representatives of the nation? That the Lord is the builder of Zion, and she will be a safe place for the poor of his people.

Isaiah 15

1The word about Moab. For in a night Ar of Moab has become waste, and is seen no longer; for in a night Kir of Moab has become waste, and is seen no longer.

2The daughter of Dibon has gone up to the high places, weeping: Moab is sounding her cry of sorrow over Nebo, and over Medeba: everywhere the hair of the head and of the face is cut off.

3In their streets they are covering themselves with haircloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their public places, there is crying and bitter weeping.

4Heshbon is crying out, and Elealeh; their voice is sounding even to Jahaz: for this cause the heart of Moab is shaking; his soul is shaking with fear.

5My heart is crying out for Moab; her people go in flight to Zoar, and to Eglath-shelishiyah: for they go up with weeping by the slope of Luhith; on the way to Horonaim they send up a cry of destruction.

6The waters of Nimrim will become dry: for the grass is burned up, the young grass is coming to an end, every green thing is dead.

7For this cause they will take away their wealth, and the stores they have got together, over the stream of the water-plants.

8For the cry has gone round the limits of Moab; as far as to Eglaim and Beer-elim.

9For the waters of Dimon are full of blood: and I’m sending even more on Moab, a lion on those of Moab who go in flight, and on the rest of the land.

Isaiah 16

1And they will send … to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.

2For the daughters of Moab will be like wandering birds, like a place from which the young birds have gone in flight, at the ways across the Arnon.

3Give wise directions, make a decision; let your shade be as night in full day: keep safe those who are in flight; do not give up the wandering ones.

4Let those who have been forced out of Moab have a resting-place with you; be a cover to them from him who is making waste their land: till the cruel ones are cut off, and wasting has come to an end, and those who take pleasure in crushing the poor are gone from the land.

5Then a king’s seat will be based on mercy, and one will be seated on it in the tent of David for ever; judging uprightly, and quick to do righteousness.

6We have had word of the pride of Moab, how great it is; how he is lifted up in pride and passion: his high words about himself are false.

7For this cause everyone in Moab will give cries of grief for Moab: crushed to the earth, they will be weeping for the men of Kir-hareseth.

8For the fields of Heshbon are waste, the vine of Sibmah is dead; the lords of nations were overcome by the produce of her vines; her vine-plants went as far as Jazer, and came even to the waste land; her branches were stretched out to the sea.

9For this cause my sorrow for the vine of Sibmah will be like the weeping for Jazer: my eyes are dropping water on you, O Heshbon and Elealeh! For they are sounding the war-cry over your summer fruits and the getting in of your grain;

10And all joy is gone; no longer are they glad for the fertile field; and in the vine-gardens there are no songs or sounds of joy: the crushing of grapes has come to an end, and its glad cry has been stopped.

11For this cause the cords of my heart are sounding for Moab, and I am full of sorrow for Kir-heres.

12And when Moab goes up to the high place, and makes prayer in the house of his god, it will have no effect.

13This is the word which the Lord said about Moab in the past.

14But now the Lord has said, In three years, the years of a servant working for payment, the glory of Moab, all that great people, will be turned to shame, and the rest of Moab will be very small and without honour.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

1For you yourselves, brothers, are conscious that our coming among you was not without effect:

2But after we had first undergone much pain and been cruelly attacked as you saw, at Philippi, by the help of God we gave you the good news without fear, though everything was against us.

3For our witness does not come from error or from an unclean heart or from deceit:

4But even as the good news was given to us by the approval of God, so we give it out; not as pleasing men, but God by whom our hearts are tested.

5For it is common knowledge among you that we never made use of smooth-sounding false words, and God is witness that at no time were we secretly desiring profit for ourselves,

6Or looking for glory from men, from you or from others, when we might have made ourselves a care to you as Apostles of Christ.

7But we were gentle among you, like a woman caring for her little ones:

8Even so, being full of loving desire for you, we took delight in giving you not only God’s good news, but even our lives, because you were dear to us.

9For you have the memory, my brothers, of our trouble and care; how, working night and day, so that we might not be a trouble to any of you, we gave you the good news of God.

10You are witnesses, with God, how holy and upright and free from all evil was our way of life among you who have faith;

11Even as you saw how, like a father with his children, we were teaching and comforting you all, and giving witness,

12So that your lives might be pleasing to God, who has given you a part in his kingdom and his glory.

13And for this cause we still give praise to God, that, when the word came to your ears through us, you took it, not as the word of man, but, as it truly is, the word of God, which has living power in you who have faith.

14For you, my brothers, took as your examples the churches of God which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus; because you underwent the same things from your countrymen as they did from the Jews;

15Who put to death the Lord Jesus and the prophets, violently driving us out; who are unpleasing to God and against all men;

16Who, to make the measure of their sins complete, kept us from giving the word of salvation to the Gentiles: but the wrath of God is about to come on them in the fullest degree.

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.

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.

October 10

Nehemiah 13

1On that day there was a reading from the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and they saw that it said in the book that no Ammonite or Moabite might ever come into the meeting of God;

2Because they did not give the children of Israel bread and water when they came to them, but got Balaam to put a curse on them: though the curse was turned into a blessing by our God.

3So after hearing the law, they took out of Israel all the mixed people.

4Now before this, Eliashib the priest, who had been placed over the rooms of the house of our God, being a friend of Tobiah,

5Had made ready for him a great room, where at one time they kept the meal offerings, the perfume, and the vessels and the tenths of the grain and wine and oil which were given by order to the Levites and the music-makers and the door-keepers, and the lifted offerings for the priests.

6But all this time I was not at Jerusalem: for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes, king of Babylon, I went to the king; and after some days, I got the king to let me go,

7And I came to Jerusalem; and it was clear to me what evil Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in making ready for him a room in the buildings of the house of God.

8And it was evil in my eyes: so I had all Tobiah’s things put out of the room.

9Then I gave orders, and they made the rooms clean: and I put back in them the vessels of the house of God, with the meal offerings and the perfume.

10And I saw that the Levites had not been given what was needed for their support; so that the Levites and the music-makers, who did the work, had gone away, everyone to his field.

11Then I made protests to the chiefs, and said, Why has the house of God been given up? And I got them together and put them in their places.

12Then all Judah came with the tenth part of the grain and wine and oil and put it into the store-houses.

13And I made controllers over the store-houses, Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and with them was Hanan, the son of Zaccur the son of Mattaniah: they were taken to be true men and their business was the distribution of these things to their brothers.

14Keep me in mind, O my God, in connection with this, and do not let the good which I have done for the house of my God and its worship go from your memory completely.

15In those days, I saw in Judah some who were crushing grapes on the Sabbath, and getting in grain and putting it on asses; as well as wine and grapes and figs and all sorts of goods which they took into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day: and I gave witness against them on the day when they were marketing food.

16And there were men of Tyre there, who came with fish and all sorts of goods, trading with the children of Judah and in Jerusalem on the Sabbath.

17Then I made protests to the chiefs of Judah, and said to them, What is this evil which you are doing, not keeping the Sabbath day holy?

18Did not your fathers do the same, and did not our God send all this evil on us and on this town? but you are causing more wrath to come on Israel by not keeping the Sabbath holy.

19And so, when the streets of Jerusalem were getting dark before the Sabbath, I gave orders for the doors to be shut and not to be open again till after the Sabbath: and I put some of my servants by the door so that nothing might be taken in on the Sabbath day.

20So the traders in all sorts of goods took their night’s rest outside Jerusalem once or twice.

21Then I gave witness against them and said, Why are you waiting all night by the wall? if you do so again I will have you taken prisoners. From that time they did not come again on the Sabbath.

22And I gave the Levites orders to make themselves clean and come and keep the doors and make the Sabbath holy. Keep this in mind to my credit, O my God, and have mercy on me, for great is your mercy.

23And in those days I saw the Jews who were married to women of Ashdod and Ammon and Moab:

24And their children were talking half in the language of Ashdod; they had no knowledge of the Jews’ language, but made use of the language of the two peoples.

25And I took up the cause against them, cursing them and giving blows to some of them and pulling out their hair; and I made them take an oath by God, saying, You are not to give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.

26Was it not in these things that Solomon, king of Israel, did wrong? among a number of nations there was no king like him, and he was dear to his God, and God made him king over all Israel: but even he was made to do evil by strange women.

27Are we then without protest to let you do all this great evil, sinning against our God by taking strange women for your wives?

28And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib, the chief priest, was son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: so I sent him away from me.

29Keep them in mind, O my God, because they have put shame on the priests’ name and on the agreement of the priests and the Levites.

30So I made them clean from all strange people, and had regular watches fixed for the priests and for the Levites, everyone in his work;

31And for the wood offering, at fixed times, and for the first fruits. Keep me in mind, O my God, for good.

Psalms 104:24-35

24O Lord, how great is the number of your works! in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of the things you have made.

25There is the great, wide sea, where there are living things, great and small, more than may be numbered.

26There go the ships; there is that great beast, which you have made as a plaything.

27All of them are waiting for you, to give them their food in its time.

28They take what you give them; they are full of the good things which come from your open hand.

29If your face is veiled, they are troubled; when you take away their breath, they come to an end, and go back to the dust.

30If you send out your spirit, they are given life; you make new the face of the earth.

31Let the glory of the Lord be for ever; let the Lord have joy in his works:

32At whose look the earth is shaking; at whose touch the mountains send out smoke.

33I will make songs to the Lord all my life; I will make melody to my God while I have my being.

34Let my thoughts be sweet to him: I will be glad in the Lord.

35Let sinners be cut off from the earth, and let all evil-doers come to an end. Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. Give praise to the Lord.

Revelation of John 10

1And I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and an arch of coloured light was round his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;

2And he had in his hand a little open book: and he put his right foot on the sea, and his left on the earth;

3And he gave a loud cry, like the angry voice of a lion: and at his cry the voices of the seven thunders were sounding.

4And when the seven thunders had given out their voices, I was about to put their words down: and a voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Keep secret the things which the seven thunders said, and do not put them in writing.

5And the angel which I saw taking his position on the sea and on the earth, put up his right hand to heaven,

6And took his oath by him who is living for ever and ever, who made the heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there would be no more waiting:

7But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when the sound of his horn is about to come, then will the secret of God be complete, of which he gave the good news to his servants the prophets.

8And the voice came to me again from heaven, saying, Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who has his place on the sea and on the earth.

9And I went to the angel, and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me: Put it in your mouth; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.

10And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and did as he said; and it was sweet as honey in my mouth: and when I had taken it, my stomach was made bitter.

11And they said to me, You are to give word again of what is coming in the future to the peoples and nations and languages and kings.