Tagged: Jerusalem

October 31

Psalms 119:65-96

TETH

65 You have done good to your servant, O Lord, in keeping with your word.

66Give me knowledge and good sense; for I have put my faith in your teachings.

67Before I was in trouble I went out of the way; but now I keep your word.

68You are good, and your works are good; give me knowledge of your rules.

69The men of pride have said false things about me; but I will keep your orders in my heart.

70Their hearts are shut up with fat; but my delight is in your law.

71It is good for me to have been through trouble; so that I might come to the knowledge of your rules.

72The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

JOD

73 Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching.

74Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word.

75I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.

76Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant.

77Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight.

78Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders.

79Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words.

80Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.

CAPH

81 My soul is wasted with desire for your salvation: but I have hope in your word.

82My eyes are full of weariness with searching for your word, saying, When will you give me comfort?

83For I have become like a wine-skin black with smoke; but I still keep the memory of your rules.

84How short is the life of your servant! when will you give your decision against those who are attacking me?

85The men of pride, who are turned away from your law, have put nets for me.

86All your teachings are certain; they go after me with evil design; give me your help.

87They had almost put an end to me on earth; but I did not give up your orders.

88Give me life in your mercy; so that I may be ruled by the unchanging word of your mouth.

LAMED

89 For ever, O Lord, your word is fixed in heaven.

90Your faith is unchanging from generation to generation: you have put the earth in its place, and it is not moved.

91They are ruled this day by your decisions; for all things are your servants.

92If your law had not been my delight, my troubles would have put an end to me.

93I will ever keep your orders in mind; for in them I have life.

94I am yours, O be my saviour; for my desire has been for your rules.

95The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.

96I have seen that nothing on earth is complete; but your teaching is very wide.

Isaiah 34

1Come near, you nations, and give ear; take note, you peoples: let the earth and everything in it give ear; the world and all those living in it.

2For the Lord is angry with all the nations, and his wrath is burning against all their armies: he has put them to the curse, he has given them to destruction.

3Their dead bodies will be thick on the face of the earth, and their smell will come up, and the mountains will be flowing with their blood, and all the hills will come to nothing.

4And the heavens will be rolled together like the roll of a book: and all their army will be gone, like a dead leaf from the vine, or a dry fruit from the fig-tree.

5For my sword in heaven is full of wrath: see, it is coming down on Edom, in punishment on the people of my curse.

6The sword of the Lord is full of blood, it is fat with the best of the meat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the best parts of the sheep: for the Lord has a feast in Bozrah, and much cattle will be put to death in the land of Edom.

7And the strong oxen will go down to death together with the smaller cattle.

8For it is the day of the Lord’s punishment, when he gives payment for the wrongs done to Zion.

9And its streams will be turned into boiling oil, and its dust into burning stone, and all the land will be on fire.

10It will not be put out day or night; its smoke will go up for ever: it will be waste from generation to generation; no one will go through it for ever.

11But the birds of the waste land will have their place there; it will be a heritage for the bittern and the raven: and it will be measured out with line and weight as a waste land.

12The jackals will be there, and her great ones will be gone; they will say, There is no longer a kingdom there, and all her chiefs will have come to an end.

13And thorns will come up in her fair houses, and waste plants in her strong towers: and foxes will make their holes there, and it will be a meeting-place for ostriches.

14And the beasts of the waste places will come together with the jackals, and the evil spirits will be crying to one another, even the night-spirit will come and make her resting-place there.

15The arrowsnake will make her hole and put her eggs there, and get her young together under her shade: there the hawks will come together by twos.

16See what is recorded in the book of the Lord: all these will be there, not one without the other: the mouth of the Lord has given the order, and his spirit has made them come together.

17And he has given them their heritage, and by his hand it has been measured out to them: it will be theirs for ever, their resting-place from generation to generation.

Isaiah 35

1The waste land and the dry places will be glad; the lowland will have joy and be full of flowers.

2It will be flowering like the rose; it will be full of delight and songs; the glory of Lebanon will be given to it; the pride of Carmel and Sharon: they will see the glory of the Lord, the power of our God.

3Make strong the feeble hands, give support to the shaking knees.

4Say to those who are full of fear, Be strong and take heart: see, your God will give punishment; the reward of God will come; he himself will come to be your saviour.

5Then the eyes of the blind will see, and the ears which are stopped will be open.

6Then will the feeble-footed be jumping like a roe, and the voice which was stopped will be loud in song: for in the waste land streams will be bursting out, and waters in the dry places.

7And the burning sand will become a pool, and the dry earth springs of waters: the fields where the sheep take their food will become wet land, and water-plants will take the place of grass.

8And a highway will be there; its name will be, The Holy Way; the unclean and the sinner may not go over it, and those who go on it will not be turned out of the way by the foolish.

9No lion will be there, or any cruel beast; they will not be seen there; but those for whom the Lord has given a price,

10Even those whom he has made free, will come back again; they will come with songs to Zion; on their heads will be eternal joy; delight and joy will be theirs, and sorrow and sounds of grief will be gone for ever.

1 Timothy 2

1My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men;

2For kings and all those in authority; so that we may have a calm and quiet life in all fear of God and serious behaviour.

3This is good and pleasing in the eyes of God our Saviour;

4Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true.

5For there is one God and one peacemaker between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

6Who gave himself as an offering for all; witness of which was to be given at the right time;

7And of this I became a preacher and an Apostle (what I say is true, not false,) and a teacher of the Gentiles in the true faith.

8It is my desire, then, that in every place men may give themselves to prayer, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or argument.

9And that women may be dressed in simple clothing, with a quiet and serious air; not with twisted hair and gold or jewels or robes of great price;

10But clothed with good works, as is right for women who are living in the fear of God.

11Let a woman quietly take the place of a learner and be under authority.

12In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.

13For Adam was first formed, then Eve;

14And Adam was not taken by deceit, but the woman, being tricked, became a wrongdoer.

15But if they go on in faith and love and holy self-control, she will be kept safe at the time of childbirth.

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October 26

Psalms 116

1I have given my love to the Lord, because he has given ear to the voice of my cry and my prayer.

2He has let my request come before him, and I will make my prayer to him all my days.

3The nets of death were round me, and the pains of the underworld had me in their grip; I was full of trouble and sorrow.

4Then I made my prayer to the Lord, saying, O Lord, take my soul out of trouble.

5The Lord is full of grace and righteousness; truly, he is a God of mercy.

6The Lord keeps the simple; I was made low, and he was my saviour.

7Come back to your rest, O my soul; for the Lord has given you your reward.

8You have taken my soul from the power of death, keeping my eyes from weeping, and my feet from falling.

9I will go before the Lord in the land of the living.

10I still had faith, though I said, I am in great trouble;

11Though I said in my fear, All men are false.

12What may I give to the Lord for all the good things which he has done for me?

13I will take the cup of salvation, and give praise to the name of the Lord.

14I will make the offering of my oath to the Lord, even before all his people.

15Dear in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints.

16O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of her who is your servant; by you have my cords been broken.

17I will give an offering of praise to you, and make my prayer in the name of the Lord.

18I will make the offerings of my oath, even before all his people;

19In the Lord’s house, even in Jerusalem. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 23

1The word about Tyre. Let a cry of sorrow go up, O ships of Tarshish, because your strong place is made waste; on the way back from the land of Kittim the news is given to them.

2Send out a cry of grief, you men of the sea-land, traders of Zidon, who go over the sea, whose representatives are on great waters;

3Who get in the seed of Shihor, whose wealth is the trade of the nations.

4Be shamed, O Zidon: for the sea, the strong place of the sea has said, I have not been with child, or given birth; I have not taken care of young men, or kept watch over the growth of virgins.

5When the news comes to Egypt they will be bitterly pained at the fate of Tyre.

6Go over to Tarshish; give cries of sorrow, O men of the sea-land.

7Is this the town which was full of joy, whose start goes back to times long past, whose wanderings took her into far-off countries?

8By whom was this purposed against Tyre, the crowning town, whose traders are chiefs, whose business men are honoured in the land?

9It was the purpose of the Lord of armies to put pride to shame, to make sport of the glory of those who are honoured in the earth.

10Let your land be worked with the plough, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no longer any harbour.

11His hand is stretched out over the sea, the kingdoms are shaking: the Lord has given orders about Canaan, to make waste its strong places.

12And he said, There is no more joy for you, O crushed virgin daughter of Zidon: up! go over to Kittim; even there you will have no rest.

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14Let a cry of sorrow go up, O ships of Tarshish: because your strong place is made waste.

15And it will be in that day that Tyre will go out of mind for seventy years, that is, the days of one king: after the end of seventy years it will be for Tyre as in the song of the loose woman.

16Take an instrument of music, go about the town, O loose woman who has gone out from the memory of man; make sweet melody with songs, so that you may come back to men’s minds.

17And it will be after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will have mercy on Tyre, and she will go back to her trade, acting as a loose woman with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

18And her goods and her trade will be holy to the Lord: they will not be kept back or stored up; for her produce will be for those living in the Lord’s land, to give them food for their needs, and fair clothing.

Isaiah 24

1See, the Lord is making the earth waste and unpeopled, he is turning it upside down, and sending the people in all directions.

2And it will be the same for the people as for the priest; for the servant as for his master; and for the woman-servant as for her owner; the same for the one offering goods for a price as for him who takes them; the same for him who gives money at interest and for him who takes it; the same for him who lets others have the use of his property as for those who make use of it.

3The earth will be completely waste and without men; for this is the word of the Lord.

4The earth is sorrowing and wasting away, the world is full of grief and wasting away, the high ones of the earth come to nothing.

5The earth has been made unclean by those living in it; because the laws have not been kept by them, the orders have been changed, and the eternal agreement has been broken.

6For this cause the earth is given up to the curse, and those in it are judged as sinners: for this cause those living on the earth are burned up, and the rest are small in number.

7The new wine is thin, the vine is feeble, and all the glad-hearted make sounds of grief.

8The pleasing sound of all instruments of music has come to an end, and the voices of those who are glad.

9There is no more drinking of wine with a song; strong drink will be bitter to those who take it.

10The town is waste and broken down: every house is shut up, so that no man may come in.

11There is a crying in the streets because of the wine; there is an end of all delight, the joy of the land is gone.

12In the town all is waste, and in the public place is destruction.

13For it will be in the heart of the earth among the peoples, like the shaking of an olive-tree, as the last of the grapes after the getting-in is done.

14But those will be making sounds of joy; they will be crying loudly from the sea for the glory of the Lord.

15Give praise to the Lord in the east, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the sea-lands.

16From the farthest part of the earth comes the sound of songs, glory to the upright. But I said, I am wasting away, wasting away, the curse is on me! The false ones go on in their false way, yes, they go on acting falsely.

17Fear, and death, and the net, are come on you, O people of the earth.

18And it will be that he who goes in flight from the sound of fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for the windows on high are open, and the bases of the earth are shaking.

19The earth is completely broken, it is parted in two, it is violently moved.

20The earth will be moving uncertainly, like a man overcome by drink; it will be shaking like a tent; and the weight of its sin will be on it, crushing it down so that it will not get up again.

21And in that day the Lord will send punishment on the army of the high ones on high, and on the kings of the earth on the earth.

22And they will be got together, like prisoners in the prison-house; and after a long time they will have their punishment.

23Then the moon will be veiled, and the sun put to shame; for the Lord of armies will be ruling in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his judges he will let his glory be seen.

1 Thessalonians 5

1But about the times and their order, my brothers, there is no need for me to say anything to you.

2For you yourselves have the knowledge that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

3When they say, There is peace and no danger, then sudden destruction will come on them, as birth-pains on a woman with child; and they will not be able to get away from it.

4But you, my brothers, are not in the dark, for that day to overtake you like a thief:

5For you are all sons of light and of the day: we are not of the night or of the dark.

6So then, let us not take our rest as the others do, but let us be self-controlled and awake.

7For those who are sleeping do so in the night; and those who are the worse for drink are so in the night;

8But let us, who are of the day, be serious, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and on our heads, the hope of salvation.

9For God’s purpose for us is not wrath, but salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10Who was put to death for us, so that, awake or sleeping, we may have a part in his life.

11So then, go on comforting and building up one another, as you have been doing.

12But we make this request to you, my brothers: give attention to those who are working among you, who are over you in the Lord to keep order among you;

13And have a high opinion of them in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

14And our desire is that you will keep control over those whose lives are not well ordered, giving comfort to the feeble-hearted, supporting those with little strength, and putting up with much from all.

15Let no one give evil for evil; but ever go after what is good, for one another and for all.

16Have joy at all times.

17Keep on with your prayers.

18In everything give praise: for this is the purpose of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19Do not put out the light of the Spirit;

20Do not make little of the words of the prophets;

21Let all things be tested; keep to what is good;

22Keep from every form of evil.

23And may the God of peace himself make you holy in every way; and may your spirit and soul and body be free from all sin at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24God, by whom you have been marked out in his purpose, is unchanging and will make it complete.

25Brothers, keep us in mind in your prayers.

26Give all the brothers a holy kiss.

27I give orders in the name of the Lord that all the brothers are to be present at the reading of this letter.

28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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 18

Psalms 109:1-19

To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.

1 God of my praise, let my prayer be answered;

2For the mouth of the sinner is open against me in deceit: his tongue has said false things against me.

3Words of hate are round about me; they have made war against me without cause.

4For my love they give me back hate; but I have given myself to prayer.

5They have put on me evil for good; hate in exchange for my love.

6Put an evil man over him; and let one be placed at his right hand to say evil of him.

7When he is judged, let the decision go against him; and may his prayer become sin.

8Let his life be short; let another take his position of authority.

9Let his children have no father, and his wife be made a widow.

10Let his children be wanderers, looking to others for their food; let them be sent away from the company of their friends.

11Let his creditor take all his goods; and let others have the profit of his work.

12Let no man have pity on him, or give help to his children when he is dead.

13Let his seed be cut off; in the coming generation let their name go out of memory.

14Let the Lord keep in mind the wrongdoing of his fathers; and may the sin of his mother have no forgiveness.

15Let them be ever before the eyes of the Lord, so that the memory of them may be cut off from the earth.

16Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.

17As he took pleasure in cursing, so let it come on him; and as he had no delight in blessing, let it be far from him.

18He put on cursing like a robe, and it has come into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.

19Let it be to him as a robe which he puts on, let it be like a band which is round him at all times.

Isaiah 3

1For the Lord, the Lord of armies, is about to take away from Jerusalem and from Judah all their support; their store of bread and of water;

2The strong man and the man of war; the judge and the prophet; the man who has knowledge of secret arts, and the man who is wise because of his years;

3The captain of fifty, and the man of high position, and the wise guide, and the wonder-worker, and he who makes use of secret powers.

4And I will make children their chiefs, and foolish ones will have rule over them.

5And the people will be crushed, every one by his neighbour; the young will be full of pride against the old, and those of low position will be lifted up against the noble.

6When one man puts his hand on another in his father’s house, and says, You have clothing, be our ruler and be responsible for us in our sad condition:

7Then he will say with an oath, I will not be a helper, for in my house there is no bread or clothing: I will not let you make me a ruler of the people.

8For Jerusalem has become feeble, and destruction has come on Judah, because their words and their acts are against the Lord, moving the eyes of his glory to wrath.

9Their respect for a man’s position is a witness against them; and their sin is open to the view of all; like that of Sodom, it is not covered. A curse on their soul! for the measure of their sin is full.

10Happy is the upright man! for he will have joy of the fruit of his ways.

11Unhappy is the sinner! for the reward of his evil doings will come on him.

12As for my people, their ruler is acting like a child, and those who have authority over them are women. O my people, your guides are the cause of your wandering, turning your footsteps out of the right way.

13The Lord is ready to take up his cause against his people, and is about to come forward as their judge.

14The Lord comes to be the judge of their responsible men and of their rulers: it is you who have made waste the vine-garden, and in your houses is the property of the poor which you have taken by force.

15By what right are you crushing my people, and putting a bitter yoke on the necks of the poor? This is the word of the Lord, the Lord of armies.

16Again, the Lord has said, Because the daughters of Zion are full of pride, and go with outstretched necks and wandering eyes, with their foot-chains sounding when they go:

17The Lord will send disease on the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will let their secret parts be seen.

18In that day the Lord will take away the glory of their foot-rings, and their sun-jewels, and their moon-ornaments,

19The ear-rings, and the chains, and the delicate clothing,

20The head-bands, and the arm-chains, and the worked bands, and the perfume-boxes, and the jewels with secret powers,

21The rings, and the nose-jewels,

22The feast-day dresses, and the robes, and the wide skirts, and the handbags,

23The looking-glasses, and the fair linen, and the high head-dresses, and the veils.

24And in the place of sweet spices will be an evil smell, and for a fair band a thick cord; for a well-dressed head there will be the cutting-off of the hair, and for a beautiful robe there will be the clothing of sorrow; the mark of the prisoner in place of the ornaments of the free.

25Your men will be put to the sword, and your men of war will come to destruction in the fight.

26And in the public places of her towns will be sorrow and weeping; and she will be seated on the earth, waste and uncovered.

Isaiah 4

1And in that day seven women will put their hands on one man, saying, There will be no need for you to give us food or clothing, only let us go under your name, so that our shame may be taken away.

2In that day will the young growth of the Lord be beautiful in glory, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride of those who are still living in Israel.

3And it will come about that the rest of the living in Zion, and of those who have been kept from destruction in Jerusalem, will be named holy, even everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem:

4When Zion has been washed from her sin by the Lord, and Jerusalem made clean from her blood by a judging and a burning wind.

5And over every living-place on Mount Zion, all over all her meetings, the Lord will make a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all, the glory of the Lord will be a cover and a tent;

6And a shade in the daytime from the heat, and a safe cover from storm and from rain.

Revelation of John 18

1After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was bright with his glory.

2And he gave a loud cry, saying, Babylon the great has come down from her high place, she has come to destruction and has become a place of evil spirits, and of every unclean spirit, and a hole for every unclean and hated bird.

3For through the wine of the wrath of her evil desires all the nations have come to destruction; and the kings of the earth made themselves unclean with her, and the traders of the earth had their wealth increased by the power of her evil ways.

4And another voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you may have no part in her sins and in her punishments.

5For her sins have gone up even to heaven, and God has taken note of her evil-doing.

6Give to her as she gave, even an increased reward for her works; in the cup which was mixed by her, let there be mixed as much again for herself.

7As she gave glory to herself, and became more evil in her ways, in the same measure give her pain and weeping: for she says in her heart, I am seated here a queen, and am no widow, and will in no way see sorrow.

8For this reason in one day will her troubles come, death and sorrow and need of food; and she will be completely burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who is her judge.

9And the kings of the earth, who made themselves unclean with her, and in her company gave themselves up to evil, will be weeping and crying over her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

10Watching from far away, for fear of her punishment, saying, Sorrow, sorrow for Babylon, the great town, the strong town! for in one hour you have been judged.

11And the traders of the earth are weeping and crying over her, because no man has any more desire for their goods,

12Gold, and silver, and stones of great price, and jewels, and delicate linen, and robes of purple and silk and red; and perfumed wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel made of fair wood, and of brass, and iron, and stone;

13And sweet-smelling plants, and perfumes, and wine, and oil, and well crushed grain, and cattle and sheep; and horses and carriages and servants; and souls of men.

14And the fruit of your soul’s desire has gone from you, and all things delicate and shining have come to an end and will never again be seen.

15The traders in these things, by which their wealth was increased, will be watching far off for fear of her punishment, weeping and crying;

16Saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, she who was clothed in delicate linen, and purple, and red; with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels!

17For in one hour such great wealth has come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all who are sailing on the sea, and sailors and all who get their living by the sea, were watching from far away,

18And crying out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What town is like the great town?

19And they put dust on their heads, and were sad, weeping and crying, and saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, in which was increased the wealth of all who had their ships on the sea because of her great stores! for in one hour she is made waste.

20Be glad over her, heaven, and you saints, and Apostles, and prophets; because she has been judged by God on your account.

21And a strong angel took up a stone like the great stone with which grain is crushed, and sent it into the sea, saying, So, with a great fall, will Babylon, the great town, come to destruction, and will not be seen any more at all.

22And the voice of players and makers of music will never again be sounding in you: and no worker, expert in art, will ever again be living in you; and there will be no sound of the crushing of grain any more at all in you;

23And never again will the shining of lights be seen in you; and the voice of the newly-married man and the bride will never again be sounding in you: for your traders were the lords of the earth, and by your evil powers were all the nations turned out of the right way.

24And in her was seen the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been put to death on the earth.

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.

October 9

Nehemiah 12

1Now these are the priests and the Levites who went up with Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

3Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,

5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

6Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua.

8And the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who was over the music-makers, he and his brothers.

9And Bakbukiah and Unno, their brothers, were opposite them in their watches.

10And Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, and Joiakim was the father of Eliashib, and Eliashib was the father of Joiada,

11And Joiada was the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan was the father of Jaddua.

12And in the days of Joiakim there were priests, heads of families: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;

13Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

14Of Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;

15Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;

16Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

17Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;

18Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

19And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

20Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

21Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethanel.

22The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were listed as heads of families; and the priests, when Darius the Persian was king.

23The sons of Levi, heads of families, were recorded in the book of the histories, even till the days of Johanan, the son of Eliashib.

24And the chiefs of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua, the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers opposite them, to give blessing and praise as ordered by David, the man of God, watch against watch.

25Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were door-keepers keeping the watch at the store-houses of the doors.

26These were in the days of Joiakim, the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the ruler and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.

27And when the time came for the wall of Jerusalem to be made holy, they sent for the Levites out of all their places to come to Jerusalem, to keep the feast with joy, and with praise and melody, with brass and corded instruments of music.

28And the sons of the music-makers came together from the lowland round about Jerusalem and from the daughter-towns of the Netophathites,

29And from Beth-gilgal and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the music-makers had made daughter-towns for themselves round about Jerusalem.

30And the priests and the Levites made themselves clean; and they made the people clean, and the doorways and the wall.

31Then I made the rulers of Judah come up on the wall, and I put in position two great bands of them who gave praise, walking in ordered lines; one went to the right on the wall, in the direction of the doorway where the waste was put;

32And after them went Hoshaiah and half of the rulers of Judah,

33And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

34Judah and Benjamin and Shemaiah and Jeremiah,

35And certain of the priests’ sons with wind instruments; Zechariah, the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,

36And his brothers, Shemaiah, and Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel and Judah, Hanani, with the music-instruments of David, the man of God; and Ezra the scribe was at their head;

37And by the doorway of the fountain and straight in front of them, they went up by the steps of the town of David, at the slope up of the wall, over the house of David, as far as the water-doorway to the east.

38And the other band of those who gave praise went to the left, and I went after them with half the people, on the wall, over the tower of the ovens, as far as the wide wall;

39And over the doorway of Ephraim and by the old door and the fish door and the tower of Hananel and the tower of Hammeah, as far as the sheep door: and at the doorway of the watchmen they came to a stop.

40So the two bands of those who gave praise took up their positions in the house of God, and I and half of the chiefs with me:

41And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with wind instruments;

42And Maaseiah and Shemaiah and Eleazar and Uzzi and Jehohanan and Malchijah and Elam and Ezer. And the makers of melody made their voices loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.

43And on that day they made great offerings and were glad; for God had made them glad with great joy; and the women and the children were glad with them: so that the joy of Jerusalem came to the ears of those who were far off.

44And on that day certain men were put over the rooms where the things which had been given were stored, for the lifted offerings and the first-fruits and the tenths, and to take into them the amounts, from the fields of every town, fixed by the law for the priests and the Levites: for Judah was glad on account of the priests and the Levites who were in their places.

45And they kept the watch of their God, and were responsible for making things clean, and so did the music-makers and the door-keepers, as it was ordered by David and Solomon his son.

46For in the days of David and Asaph in the past, there was a master of the music, and songs of blessing and praise to God.

47And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave what was needed by the music-makers and the door-keepers day by day: and they made the offerings holy for the Levites; and the Levites did the same for the sons of Aaron.

Psalms 104:1-23

1Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are robed with honour and power.

2You are clothed with light as with a robe; stretching out the heavens like a curtain:

3The arch of your house is based on the waters; you make the clouds your carriage; you go on the wings of the wind:

4He makes winds his angels, and flames of fire his servants.

5He has made the earth strong on its bases, so that it may not be moved for ever and ever;

6Covering it with the sea as with a robe: the waters were high over the mountains;

7At the voice of your word they went in flight; at the sound of your thunder they went away in fear;

8The mountains came up and the valleys went down into the place which you had made ready for them.

9You made a limit over which they might not go, so that the earth would never again be covered by them.

10You sent the springs into the valleys; they are flowing between the hills.

11They give drink to every beast of the field; the mountain asses come to them for water.

12The birds of the air have their resting-places by them, and make their song among the branches.

13He sends down rain from his store-houses on the hills: the earth is full of the fruit of his works.

14He makes the grass come up for the cattle, and plants for the use of man; so that bread may come out of the earth;

15And wine to make glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face shining, and bread giving strength to his heart.

16The trees of the Lord are full of growth, the cedars of Lebanon of his planting;

17Where the birds have their resting-places; as for the stork, the tall trees are her house.

18The high hills are a safe place for the mountain goats, and the rocks for the small beasts.

19He made the moon for a sign of the divisions of the year; teaching the sun the time of its going down.

20When you make it dark, it is night, when all the beasts of the woods come quietly out of their secret places.

21The young lions go thundering after their food; searching for their meat from God.

22The sun comes up, and they come together, and go back to their secret places to take their rest.

23Man goes out to his work, and to his business, till the evening.

Revelation of John 9

1And at the sounding of the fifth angel I saw a star falling from heaven to the earth: and there was given to him the key of the great deep.

2And he made the great deep open and a smoke went up from it, like the smoke of a great oven; and the sun and the air were made dark because of the smoke.

3And from the smoke locusts came out on the earth; and power was given them, like the power of scorpions.

4And they were ordered to do no damage to the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only to such men as have not the mark of God on their brows.

5And orders were given them not to put them to death, but to give them great pain for five months: and their pain was as the pain from the wound of a scorpion.

6And in those days men will be hoping for death, and it will not come to them; and they will have a great desire for death, and death will go in flight from them.

7And the forms of the locusts were like horses made ready for war; and on their heads they had crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

8And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

9And they had breastplates like iron, and the sound of their wings was as the sound of carriages, like an army of horses rushing to the fight.

10And they have pointed tails like scorpions; and in their tails is their power to give men wounds for five months.

11They have over them as king the angel of the great deep: his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek language Apollyon.

12The first Trouble is past: see, there are still two Troubles to come.

13And at the sounding of the sixth angel a voice came to my ears from the horns of the gold altar which is before God,

14Saying to the sixth angel who had the horn, Make free the four angels who are chained at the great river Euphrates.

15And the four angels were made free, who were ready for the hour and day and month and year, that they might put to death a third part of men.

16And the number of the armies of the horsemen was twice ten thousand times ten thousand: the number of them came to my ears.

17And so I saw the horses in the vision, and those who were seated on them, having breastplates of fire and glass and of burning stone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire and smoke and a smell of burning.

18By these evils a third part of men was put to death, by the fire, and the smoke, and the burning smell which came out of their mouths.

19For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails: because their tails are like snakes, and have heads, and with them they give wounds.

20And the rest of the people, who were not put to death by these evils, were not turned from the works of their hands, but went on giving worship to evil spirits, and images of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood which have no power of seeing or hearing or walking:

21And they had no regret for putting men to death, or for their use of secret arts, or for the evil desires of the flesh, or for taking the property of others.

October 8

Nehemiah 11

1And the rulers of the people were living in Jerusalem: the rest of the people made selection, by the decision of chance, of one out of every ten to be living in Jerusalem, the holy town; the other nine to go to the other towns.

2And the people gave a blessing to all the men who were freely offering to take up their places in Jerusalem.

3Now these are the chiefs of the divisions of the country who were living in Jerusalem: but in the towns of Judah everyone was living on his heritage in the towns, that is, Israel, the priests, the Levites, the Nethinim, and the children of Solomon’s servants.

4And in Jerusalem there were living certain of the children of Judah and of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah: Athaiah, the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, of the children of Perez;

5And Maaseiah, the son of Baruch, the son of Col-hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of the Shilonite.

6All the sons of Perez living in Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight men of good position.

7And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu, the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah.

8And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred and twenty-eight.

9And Joel, the son of Zichri, was their overseer; and Judah, the son of Hassenuah, was second over the town.

10Of the priests: Jedaiah, the son of Joiarib, Jachin,

11Seraiah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God,

12And their brothers who did the work of the house, eight hundred and twenty-two; and Adaiah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah,

13And his brothers, heads of families, two hundred and forty-two; and Amashsai, the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,

14And their brothers, men of war, a hundred and twenty-eight; and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of Haggedolim.

15And of the Levites: Shemaiah, the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni,

16And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chiefs of the Levites, who were responsible for the outside business of the house of God;

17And Mattaniah, the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, who had to give the first note of the song of praise in prayer, and Bakbukiah, the second among his brothers, and Abda, the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

18All the Levites in the holy town were two hundred and eighty-four.

19In addition the door-keepers, Akkub, Talmon, and their brothers who kept watch at the doors, were a hundred and seventy-two.

20And the rest of Israel, of the priests, the Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, every one in his heritage.

21But the Nethinim were living in the Ophel; and Ziha and Gishpa were over the Nethinim.

22And the overseer of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi, the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, of the sons of Asaph, the music-makers, who was over the business of the house of God.

23For there was an order from the king about them and a regular amount for the music-makers, for their needs day by day.

24And Pethahiah, the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah, the son of Judah, was the king’s servant in everything to do with the people.

25And for the daughter-towns with their fields, some of the men of Judah were living in Kiriath-arba and its daughter-towns, and in Dibon and its daughter-towns, and in Jekabzeel and its daughter-towns,

26And in Jeshua, and in Moladah, and Beth-pelet,

27And in Hazar-shual, and in Beer-sheba and its daughter-towns,

28And in Ziklag, and in Meconah and its daughter-towns,

29And in En-rimmon, and in Zorah, and in Jarmuth,

30Zanoah, Adullam and their daughter-towns, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its daughter-towns. So they were living from Beer-sheba to the valley of Hinnom.

31And the children of Benjamin were living from Geba, at Michmash and Aija, and at Beth-el and its daughter-towns,

32At Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

33Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

34Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

35Lod and Ono, the valley of expert workers.

36And of the Levites, certain divisions in Judah were joined to Benjamin.

Psalms 103

Of David.

1 Give praise to the Lord, O my soul; let everything in me give praise to his holy name.

2Give praise to the Lord, O my soul; let not all his blessings go from your memory.

3He has forgiveness for all your sins; he takes away all your diseases;

4He keeps back your life from destruction, crowning you with mercy and grace.

5He makes your mouth full of good things, so that your strength is made new again like the eagle’s.

6The Lord gives decisions in righteousness for all who are in trouble.

7He gave knowledge of his way to Moses, and made his acts clear to the children of Israel.

8The Lord is kind and full of pity, not quickly made angry, but ever ready to have mercy.

9His feeling will no longer be bitter; he will not keep his wrath for ever.

10He has not given us the punishment for our sins, or the reward of our wrongdoing.

11For as the heaven is high over the earth, so great is his mercy to his worshippers.

12As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our sins from us.

13As a father has pity on his children, so the Lord has pity on his worshippers.

14For he has knowledge of our feeble frame; he sees that we are only dust.

15As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field.

16The wind goes over it and it is gone; and its place sees it no longer.

17But the mercy of the Lord is eternal for his worshippers, and their children’s children will see his righteousness;

18If they keep his agreement, and have his laws in mind to do them.

19The Lord has made ready his high seat in the heavens; his kingdom is ruling over all.

20Give praise to the Lord, you his angels, who are great in strength, doing his orders, and waiting for his voice.

21Give praise to the Lord, all you his armies; and you his servants who do his pleasure.

22Give praise to the Lord, all his works, in all places under his rule: give praise to the Lord, O my soul.

Revelation of John 8

1And when the seventh stamp was undone there was quiet in heaven for about half an hour.

2And I saw the seven angels who had their place before God; and seven horns were given to them.

3And another angel came and took his place at the altar, having a gold vessel for burning perfume; and there was given to him much perfume, so that he might put it with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar which was before the high seat.

4And the smoke of the perfume, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.

5And the angel took the vessel; and he made it full of the fire of the altar, and sent it down on the earth: and there came thunders and voices and flames and a shaking of the earth.

6And the seven angels who had the seven horns made ready for sounding them.

7And at the sounding of the first, a rain of ice and fire, mixed with blood, was sent on the earth: and a third part of the earth, and of the trees, and all green grass was burned up.

8And at the sounding of the second angel, it was as if a great mountain burning with fire was sent into the sea: and a third part of the sea became blood,

9And destruction came on a third part of the living things which were in the sea, and on a third part of the ships.

10And at the sounding of the third angel, there went down from heaven a great star, burning like a flame, and it came on a third part of the rivers, and on the fountains of water.

11And the name of the star is Wormwood: and a third part of the waters became bitter; and a number of men came to their end because of the waters, for they were made bitter.

12And at the sounding of the fourth angel, a third part of the sun, and of the moon, and of the stars was made dark, so that there was no light for a third part of the day and of the night.

13And there came to my ears the cry of an eagle in flight in the middle of heaven, saying with a great voice, Trouble, trouble, trouble, to all on the earth, because of the other voices of the horns of the three angels, whose sounding is still to come.