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October 27

Psalms 117

1Let all the nations give praise to the Lord: let all the people give him praise.

2For great is his mercy to us, and his faith is unchanging for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 25

1O Lord, you are my God; I will give praise to you, I will give honour to your name; for you have done great acts of power; your purposes in the past have been made true and certain in effect.

2For you have made a town a waste place: a strong town a mass of broken walls; the tower of the men of pride has come to an end; it will never be put up again.

3For this cause will the strong people give glory to you, the town of the cruel ones will be in fear of you.

4For you have been a strong place for the poor and the crushed in their trouble, a safe place from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the wrath of the cruel ones is like a winter storm.

5As heat by the shade of a cloud, the noise of the men of pride has been made quiet by you; as heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the cruel ones has been stopped.

6And in this mountain will the Lord of armies make for all peoples a feast of good things, a feast of wines long stored, of good things sweet to the taste, of wines long kept and tested.

7And in this mountain he will put an end to the shade covering the face of all peoples, and the veil which is stretched over all nations.

8He has put an end to death for ever; and the Lord God will take away all weeping; and he will put an end to the shame of his people in all the earth: for the Lord has said it.

9And in that day it will be said, See, this is our God; we have been waiting for him, and he will be our saviour: this is the Lord in whom is our hope; we will be glad and have delight in his salvation.

10For in this mountain will the hand of the Lord come to rest, and Moab will be crushed down in his place, even as the dry stems of the grain are crushed under foot in the waste place.

11And if he puts out his hands, like a man stretching out his hands in swimming, the Lord will make low his pride, however expert his designs.

12And the strong tower of your walls has been broken by him, made low, and crushed even to the dust.

Isaiah 26

1In that day will this song be made in the land of Judah: We have a strong town; he will make salvation our walls and towers.

2Let the doors be open, so that the upright nation which keeps faith may come in.

3The man whose heart is unmoved you will keep in peace, because his hope is in you.

4Let your hope be in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock.

5For he has made low those who are lifted up, all the people of the town of pride: he makes it low, crushing it down to the earth; he makes it low in the dust.

6It will be crushed under the feet of the poor and the steps of those who are in need.

7The way of the good man is straight; the road of the upright is made smooth by you.

8We have been waiting for you, O Lord; the desire of our soul is for the memory of your name.

9In the night the desire of my soul has been for you; early will my spirit be searching for you; for when your punishments come on the earth, the people of the world will get the knowledge of righteousness.

10Even if you are kind to the evil-doer, he will not go after righteousness; even in the land of the upright he will still go on in his wrongdoing, and will not see the glory of the Lord.

11Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see: let them see … yes, your haters will be burned up in the fire.

12Lord, you will give us peace: for all our works are the outcome of your purpose.

13O Lord, our God, other lords than you have had rule over us; but in you only is our salvation, and no other name will we take on our lips.

14The dead will not come back to life: their spirits will not come back to earth; for this cause you have sent destruction on them, so that the memory of them is dead.

15You have made the nation great, O Lord, you have made it great; glory is yours: you have made wide the limits of the land.

16Lord, in trouble our eyes have been turned to you, we sent up a prayer when your punishment was on us.

17As a woman with child, whose time is near, is troubled, crying out in her pain; so have we been before you, O Lord.

18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have given birth to wind; no salvation has come to the earth through us, and no children have come into the world.

19Your dead will come back; their dead bodies will come to life again. Those in the dust, awaking from their sleep, will send out a song; for your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the shades.

20Come, my people, into your secret places, and let your doors be shut: keep yourself safe for a short time, till his wrath is over.

21For the Lord is coming out of his place to send punishment on the people of the earth for their evil-doing: the earth will let the blood drained out on her be seen, and will keep her dead covered no longer.

2 Thessalonians 1

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another;

4So that we ourselves take pride in you in the churches of God for your untroubled mind and your faith in all the troubles and sorrows which you are going through;

5Which is a clear sign of the decision which God in his righteousness has made; to give you a part in his kingdom, for which you have undergone this pain;

6For it is an act of righteousness on God’s part to give trouble as their reward to those who are troubling you,

7And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with the angels of his power in flames of fire,

8To give punishment to those who have no knowledge of God, and to those who do not give ear to the good news of our Lord Jesus:

9Whose reward will be eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his strength,

10At his coming, when he will have glory in his saints, and will be a cause of wonder in all those who had faith (because our witness among you had effect) in that day.

11For this reason, you are ever in our prayers, that you may seem to our God such as may have a part in his purpose and that by his power he will make all his good purpose, and the work of faith, complete;

12So that glory may be given to the name of our Lord Jesus through you, and you may have glory in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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October 22

Psalms 112

1Let the Lord be praised. Happy is the man who gives honour to the Lord, and has great delight in his laws.

2His seed will be strong on the earth; blessings will be on the generation of the upright.

3A store of wealth will be in his house, and his righteousness will be for ever.

4For the upright there is a light shining in the dark; he is full of grace and pity.

5All is well for the man who is kind and gives freely to others; he will make good his cause when he is judged.

6He will not ever be moved; the memory of the upright will be living for ever.

7He will have no fear of evil news; his heart is fixed, for his hope is in the Lord.

8His heart is resting safely, he will have no fear, till he sees trouble come on his haters.

9He has given with open hands to the poor; his righteousness is for ever; his horn will be lifted up with honour.

10The sinner will see it with grief; he will be wasted away with envy; the desire of the evil-doers will come to nothing.

Isaiah 11

1And there will come a rod out of the broken tree of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will give fruit.

2And the spirit of the Lord will be resting on him, the spirit of wisdom and good sense, the spirit of wise guiding and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

3And he will not be guided in his judging by what he sees, or give decisions by the hearing of his ears:

4But he will do right in the cause of the poor, and give wise decisions for those in the land who are in need; and the rod of his mouth will come down on the cruel, and with the breath of his lips he will put an end to the evil-doer.

5And righteousness will be the cord of his robe, and good faith the band round his breast.

6And the wolf will be living with the lamb, and the leopard will take his rest with the young goat; and the lion will take grass for food like the ox; and the young lion will go with the young ones of the herd; and a little child will be their guide.

7And the cow and the bear will be friends while their young ones are sleeping together.

8And the child at the breast will be playing by the hole of the snake, and the older child will put his hand on the bright eye of the poison-snake.

9There will be no cause of pain or destruction in all my holy mountain: for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is covered by the waters.

10And in that day, the eyes of the nations will be turned to the root of Jesse which will be lifted up as the flag of the peoples; and his resting-place will be glory.

11And in that day the hand of the Lord will be stretched out the second time to get back the rest of his people, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the sea-lands.

12And he will put up a flag as a sign to the nations, and he will get together those of Israel who had been sent away, and the wandering ones of Judah, from the four ends of the earth.

13And the envy of Ephraim will be gone, and those who make trouble for Judah will come to an end: Ephraim will have no more envy of Judah, and there will be an end of Judah’s hate for Ephraim.

14And they will be united in attacking the Philistines on the west, and together they will take the goods of the children of the east: their hand will be on Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon will be under their rule.

15And the Lord will make the tongue of the Egyptian sea completely dry; and with his burning wind his hand will be stretched out over the River, and it will be parted into seven streams, so that men may go over it with dry feet.

16And there will be a highway for the rest of his people from Assyria; as there was for Israel in the day when he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isaiah 12

1And in that day you will say I will give praise to you, O Lord; for though you were angry with me, your wrath is turned away, and I am comforted.

2See, God is my salvation; I will have faith in the Lord, without fear: for the Lord Jah is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation.

3So with joy will you get water out of the springs of salvation.

4And in that day you will say, Give praise to the Lord, let his name be honoured, give word of his doings among the peoples, say that his name is lifted up.

5Make a song to the Lord; for he has done noble things: give news of them through all the earth.

6Let your voice be sounding in a cry of joy, O daughter of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

Isaiah 13

1The word of the Lord about Babylon which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw.

2Put up a flag on a clear mountain-top, make a loud outcry to them, give directions with the hand, so that they may go into the doors of the great ones.

3I have given orders to my holy ones, I have sent out my men of war, those of mine who take pride in their power, to give effect to my wrath.

4The noise of great numbers in the mountains, like the noise of a strong people! The noise of the kingdoms of the nations meeting together! The Lord of armies is numbering his forces for war.

5They come from a far country, from the farthest part of heaven, even the Lord and the instruments of his wrath, with destruction for all the land.

6Send out a cry of grief; for the day of the Lord is near; it comes as destruction from the Most High.

7For this cause all hands will be feeble, and every heart of man be turned to water;

8Their hearts will be full of fear; pains and sorrows will overcome them; they will be in pain like a woman in childbirth; they will be shocked at one another; their faces will be like flames.

9See, the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with wrath and burning passion: to make the land a waste, driving the sinners in it to destruction.

10For the stars of heaven and its bright armies will not give their light: the sun will be made dark in his journey through the heaven, and the moon will keep back her light.

11And I will send punishment on the world for its evil, and on the sinners for their wrongdoing; and I will put an end to all pride, and will make low the power of the cruel.

12I will make men so small in number, that a man will be harder to get than gold, even the best gold of Ophir.

13For this cause the heavens will be shaking, and the earth will be moved out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord of armies, and in the day of his burning passion.

14And it will be that, like a roe in flight, and like wandering sheep, they will go every man to his people and to his land.

15Everyone who is overtaken will have a spear put through him, and everyone who goes in flight will be put to the sword.

16Their young children will be broken up before their eyes; their goods will be taken away, and their wives made the property of others.

17See, I am driving the Medes against them, who put no value on silver and have no pleasure in gold.

18In their hands are bows and spears; they are cruel, violently putting the young men to death, and crushing the young women; they have no pity for children, and no mercy for the fruit of the body.

19And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beautiful town which is the pride of the Chaldaeans, will be like God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

20People will never be living in it again, and it will have no more men from generation to generation: the Arab will not put up his tent there; and those who keep sheep will not make it a resting-place for their flocks.

21But the beasts of the waste land will have their holes there; and the houses will be full of crying jackals, and ostriches will have their place there, and evil spirits will be dancing there.

22And wolves will be answering one another in their towers, and jackals in their houses of pleasure: her time is near, and her days of power will quickly be ended.

1 Thessalonians 1

1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2We give praise to God at all times for you, keeping you in memory in our prayers;

3Having ever in mind your work of faith and acts of love and the strength of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father;

4Being conscious, my brothers, dear to God, that you have been marked out by God’s purpose;

5Because our good news came to you, not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Spirit, so that you were completely certain of it; even as you saw what our behaviour to you was like from our love to you.

6And you took us and the Lord as your example, after the word had come to you in much trouble, with joy in the Holy Spirit;

7So that you became an example to all those who have faith in Christ in Macedonia and Achaia.

8For not only was the word of the Lord sounding out from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God is made clear; so that we have no need to say anything.

9For they themselves give the news of how we came among you; and how you were turned from images to God, to the worship of a true and living God,

10Waiting for his Son from heaven, who came back from the dead, even Jesus, our Saviour from the wrath to come.

October 20

Psalms 110

A Psalm. Of David.

1 The Lord said to my lord, Be seated at my right hand, till I put all those who are against you under your feet.

2The Lord will send out the rod of your strength from Zion; be king over your haters.

3Your people give themselves gladly in the day of your power; like the dew of the morning on the holy mountains is the army of your young men.

4The Lord has made an oath, and will not take it back. You are a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.

5In the day of his wrath kings will be wounded by the Lord at your right hand.

6He will be judge among the nations, the valleys will be full of dead bodies; the head over a great country will be wounded by him.

7He will take of the stream by the way; so his head will be lifted up.

Isaiah 7

1Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, the king of Aram, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, the king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but were not able to overcome it.

2And word came to the family of David that Aram had put up its tents in Ephraim. And the king’s heart, and the hearts of his people, were moved, like the trees of the wood shaking in the wind.

3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out now, you and Shear-jashub, your son, and you will come across Ahaz at the end of the stream flowing from the higher pool, in the highway of the washerman’s field;

4And say to him, Take care and be quiet; have no fear, and do not let your heart be feeble, because of these two ends of smoking fire-wood, because of the bitter wrath of Rezin and Aram, and of the son of Remaliah.

5Because Aram has made evil designs against you, saying,

6Let us go up against Judah, troubling her, and forcing our way into her, and let us put up a king in her, even the son of Tabeel:

7This is the word of the Lord God: This design will not come about or be effected.

8For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin (and in sixty-five years from now Ephraim will be broken, and will no longer be a people):

9And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not have faith, your kingdom will be broken.

10And Isaiah said again to Ahaz,

11Make a request to the Lord your God for a sign, a sign in the deep places of the underworld, or in the high heavens.

12But Ahaz said, I will not put the Lord to the test by making such a request.

13And he said, Give ear now, O family of David: is it not enough that you are driving men to disgust? will you do the same to my God?

14For this cause the Lord himself will give you a sign; a young woman is now with child, and she will give birth to a son, and she will give him the name Immanuel.

15Butter and honey will be his food, when he is old enough to make a decision between evil and good.

16For before the child is old enough to make a decision between evil and good, the land whose two kings you are now fearing will have become waste.

17The Lord is about to send on you, and on your people, and on your father’s house, such a time of trouble as there has not been from the days of the separating of Ephraim from Judah; even the coming of the king of Assyria.

18And it will be in that day that the Lord will make a piping sound for the fly which is in the end of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee which is in the land of Assyria.

19And they will come, covering all the waste valleys, and the holes of the rocks, and the thorns, and all the watering-places.

20In that day will the Lord take away the hair of the head and of the feet, as well as the hair of the face, with a blade got for a price from the other side of the River; even with the king of Assyria.

21And it will be in that day that a man will give food to a young cow and two sheep;

22And they will give so much milk that he will be able to have butter for his food: for butter and honey will be the food of all who are still living in the land.

23And it will be in that day that in every place where before there were a thousand vines valued at a thousand shekels of silver, there will be nothing but blackberries and thorns.

24Men will come there with bows and arrows, because all the land will be full of blackberries and thorns.

25And they will send out the oxen and the sheep on all the hills which before were worked with the spade, … fear of blackberries and thorns.

Isaiah 8

1And the Lord said to me, Take a great writing-board, and on it put down in common letters, Maher-shalal-hash-baz;

2And take true witnesses to the writing, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah, the son of Jeberechiah.

3And I went in to my wife, and she became with child, and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, Give him the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz,

4For before the child is able to say, Father, or, Mother, the wealth of Damascus and the goods of Samaria will be taken away by the king of Assyria.

5And the Lord said again to me,

6Because this people will have nothing to do with the softly-flowing waters of Shiloah, and have fear of Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

7For this cause the Lord is sending on them the waters of the River, deep and strong, even the king of Assyria and all his glory: and it will come up through all its streams, overflowing all its edges:

8And it will come on into Judah; rushing on and overflowing, till the waters are up to the neck; *** and his outstretched wings will be covering the land from side to side: for God is with us.

9Have knowledge, O peoples, and be in fear; give ear, all you far-off parts of the earth:

10Let your designs be formed, and they will come to nothing; give your orders, and they will not be effected: for God is with us.

11For the Lord, controlling me with a strong hand, gave me orders not to go in the way of this people, saying,

12Do not say, It is holy, about everything of which this people says, It is holy; and do not be in fear of what they go in fear of.

13But let the Lord of armies be holy to you, and go in fear of him, giving honour to him.

14And he will be for a holy place: but for a stone of falling and a rock of trouble to the two houses of Israel, and to the men of Jerusalem, for a net in which they may be taken.

15And numbers of them, falling on the stone, will be broken, and will be taken in the net.

16Let my teaching be kept secret: and my words be given to my disciples only.

17And I will be waiting for the Lord, whose face is veiled from the house of Jacob, and I will be looking for him.

18See, I and the children whom the Lord has given me, are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of armies, whose resting-place is in Mount Zion.

19And when they say to you, Make request for us to those who have control of spirits, and to those wise in secret arts, who make hollow bird-like sounds; is it not right for a people to make request to their gods, to make request for the living to the dead?

20Then say to them, Put your faith in the teaching and the witness. … If they do not say such things. … For him there is no dawn. …

21And he will go through the land in bitter trouble and in need of food; and when he is unable to get food, he will become angry, cursing his king and his God, and his eyes will be turned to heaven on high;

22And he will be looking down on the earth, and there will be trouble and dark clouds, black night where there is no seeing.

Revelation of John 20

1And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand.

2And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years,

3And put him into the great deep, and it was shut and locked over him, so that he might put the nations in error no longer, till the thousand years were ended: after this he will be let loose for a little time.

4And I saw high seats, and they were seated on them, and the right of judging was given to them: and I saw the souls of those who were put to death for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and those who did not give worship to the beast, or to his image, and had not his mark on their brows or on their hands; and they were living and ruling with Christ a thousand years.

5The rest of the dead did not come to life again till the thousand years were ended. This is the first coming back from the dead.

6Happy and holy is he who has a part in this first coming: over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will be ruling with him a thousand years.

7And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison,

8And will go out to put in error the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to get them together to the war, the number of whom is like the sands of the sea.

9And they went up over the face of the earth, and made a circle about the tents of the saints, and the well loved town: and fire came down out of heaven for their destruction.

10And the Evil One who put them in error was sent down into the sea of ever-burning fire, where the beast and the false prophet are, and their punishment will go on day and night for ever and ever.

11And I saw a great white seat, and him who was seated on it, before whose face the earth and the heaven went in flight; and there was no place for them.

12And I saw the dead, great and small, taking their places before the high seat; and the books were open, and another book was open, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by the things which were in the books, even by their works.

13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man by his works.

14And death and Hell were put into the sea of fire. This is the second death, even the sea of fire.

15And if anyone’s name was not in the book of life, he went down into the sea of fire.

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 17

Psalms 108

A Song. A Psalm. Of David.

1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will make songs and melody, even with my glory.

2Give out your sounds, O corded instruments: the dawn will be awaking with my song.

3I will give you praise, O Lord, among the peoples; I will make melody to you among the nations.

4For your mercy is higher than the heavens: and your unchanging faith than the clouds.

5Be lifted up, O God, higher than the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

6Let your right hand be stretched out for salvation, and give me an answer, so that your loved ones may be safe from danger.

7This is the word of the holy God: I will be glad; I will make Shechem a heritage, measuring out the valley of Succoth.

8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is the strength of my head; Judah is my law-giver;

9Moab is my washpot; on Edom is the resting-place of my shoe; over Philistia will I send out a glad cry.

10Who will take me into the strong town? who will be my guide into Edom?

11Have you not sent us away from you, O God? and you go not out with our armies.

12Give us help in our trouble; for there is no help in man.

13With God we will do great things; for by him will our haters be crushed underfoot.

Isaiah 1

1The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw about Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2Give ear, O heavens, and you, O earth, to the word which the Lord has said: I have taken care of my children till they became men, but their hearts have been turned away from me.

3Even the ox has knowledge of its owner, and the ass of the place where its master puts its food: but Israel has no knowledge, my people give no thought to me.

4O nation full of sin, a people weighted down with crime, a generation of evil-doers, false-hearted children: they have gone away from the Lord, they have no respect for the Holy One of Israel, their hearts are turned back from him.

5Why will you have more and more punishment? why keep on in your evil ways? Every head is tired and every heart is feeble.

6The body, from head to foot, is all diseased; it is a mass of open wounds, marks of blows, and broken flesh: the flow of blood has not been stopped, and no oil has been put on the wounds.

7Your country has become waste; your towns are burned with fire; as for your land, it is overturned before your eyes, made waste and overcome by men from strange lands.

8And the daughter of Zion has become like a tent in a vine-garden, like a watchman’s house in a field of fruit, like a town shut in by armies.

9If the Lord of armies had not kept some at least of us safe, we would have been like Sodom, and the fate of Gomorrah would have been ours.

10Give ear to the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; let your hearts be turned to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

11What use to me is the number of the offerings which you give me? says the Lord; your burned offerings of sheep, and the best parts of fat cattle, are a weariness to me; I take no pleasure in the blood of oxen, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

12At whose request do you come before me, making my house unclean with your feet?

13Give me no more false offerings; the smoke of burning flesh is disgusting to me, so are your new moons and Sabbaths and your holy meetings.

14Your new moons and your regular feasts are a grief to my soul: they are a weight in my spirit; I am crushed under them.

15And when your hands are stretched out to me, my eyes will be turned away from you: even though you go on making prayers, I will not give ear: your hands are full of blood.

16Be washed, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; let there be an end of sinning;

17Take pleasure in well-doing; let your ways be upright, keep down the cruel, give a right decision for the child who has no father, see to the cause of the widow.

18Come now, and let us have an argument together, says the Lord: how may your sins which are red like blood be white as snow? how may their dark purple seem like wool?

19If you will give ear to my word and do it, the good things of the land will be yours;

20But if your hearts are turned against me, I will send destruction on you by the sword; so the Lord has said.

21The upright town has become untrue; there was a time when her judges gave right decisions, when righteousness had a resting-place in her, but now she is full of those who take men’s lives.

22Your silver is no longer true metal, your wine is mixed with water.

23Your chiefs have gone against the Lord, they have become friends of thieves; every one of them is looking for profit and going after rewards; they do not give right decisions for the child who has no father, and they do not let the cause of the widow come before them.

24For this reason the Lord, the Lord of armies, the Strong One of Israel, has said, I will put an end to my haters, and send punishment on those who are against me;

25And my hand will again be on you, washing away what is unclean as with soap, and taking away all your false metal;

26And I will give you judges again as at the first, and wise guides as in the past; then you will be named, The Town of Righteousness, the true town.

27Upright acts will be the price of Zion’s forgiveness, and by righteousness will men be living there.

28But a common destruction will overtake sinners and evil-doers together, and those who have gone away from the Lord will be cut off.

29For you will be put to shame because of the trees of your desire, and because of the gardens of your pleasure.

30For you will be like a tree whose leaves have become dry, and like a garden without water.

31And the strong will be as food for the fire, and his work as a flame; and they will be burned together, with no one to put out the fire.

Isaiah 2

1The word which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw about Judah and Jerusalem.

2And it will come about in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord will be placed on the top of the mountains, and be lifted up over the hills; and all nations will come to it.

3And the peoples will say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob: and he will give us knowledge of his ways, and we will be guided by his word; for out of Zion the law will go out, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4And he will be the judge between the nations, and the peoples will be ruled by his decisions: and their swords will be turned into plough-blades, and their spears into vine-knives: no longer will the nations be turning their swords against one another, and the knowledge of war will be gone for ever.

5O family of Jacob, come, and let us go in the light of the Lord.

6For you, O Lord, have given up your people, the family of Jacob, because they are full of the evil ways of the east, and make use of secret arts like the Philistines, and are friends with the children of strange countries.

7And their land is full of silver and gold, and there is no end to their stores; their land is full of horses, and there is no end to their carriages.

8Their land is full of images; they give worship to the work of their hands, even to that which their fingers have made.

9And the poor man’s head is bent, and the great man goes down on his face: for this cause there will be no forgiveness for their sin.

10Go into a hole in the rock, covering yourselves with dust, in fear of the Lord, before the glory of his power.

11The high looks of man will be put to shame, and the pride of men will be made low, and only the Lord will be lifted up in that day.

12For the day of the Lord of armies is coming on all the pride of men, and on all who are high and lifted up;

13And on all the high trees of Lebanon, and on all the strong trees of Bashan;

14And on all the high mountains, and on all the hills which are lifted up;

15And on every high tower, and on every strong wall;

16And on all the ships of Tarshish, and on all the fair boats.

17And the high looks of man will be put to shame, and the pride of men will be made low: and only the Lord will be lifted up in that day.

18And the images will never be seen again.

19And men will go into cracks of the rocks, and into holes of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and before the glory of his power, when he comes out of his place, shaking the earth with his strength.

20In that day men will put their images of silver and of gold, which they made for worship, in the keeping of the beasts of the dark places;

21To take cover in the cracks of the rocks, and in the holes of the hills, for fear of the Lord, and before the glory of his power, when he comes out of his place, shaking the earth with his strength.

22Have no more to do with man, whose life is only a breath, for he is of no value.

Revelation of John 17

1And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels came and said to me, Come here, so that you may see the judging of the evil woman who is seated on the great waters;

2With whom the kings of the earth made themselves unclean, and those who are on the earth were full of the wine of her evil desires.

3And he took me away in the Spirit into a waste land: and I saw a woman seated on a bright red beast, full of evil names, having seven heads and ten horns,

4And the woman was clothed in purple and bright red, with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels; and in her hand was a gold cup full of evil things and her unclean desires;

5And on her brow was a name, SECRET, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE EVIL WOMEN AND OF THE UNCLEAN THINGS OF THE EARTH.

6And I saw the woman overcome as with the wine of the blood of the saints, and the blood of those put to death because of Jesus. And when I saw her, I was overcome with a great wonder.

7And the angel said to me, Why were you surprised? I will make clear to you the secret of the woman, and of the beast on which she is seated, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

8The beast which you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the great deep, and to go into destruction. And those who are on the earth, whose names have not been put in the book of life from the first, will be full of wonder when they see the beast, that he was, and is not, and still will be.

9Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman is seated:

10And they are seven kings; the five have come to an end, the one is, the other has not come; and when he comes, he will have to go on for a little time.

11And the beast which was, and is not, is himself the eighth, and is of the seven; and he goes into destruction.

12And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which still have been given no kingdom; but they are given authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.

13These have one mind, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

14These will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because he is the Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with him are named, marked out, and true.

15And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the evil woman is seated, are peoples, and armies, and nations and languages.

16And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will be turned against the evil woman, and will make her waste and uncovered, and will take her flesh for food, and will have her burned with fire.

17Because God has put it in their hearts to do his purpose, and to be of one mind, giving their kingdom to the beast, till the words of God have effect and are complete.

18And the woman whom you saw is the great town, which is ruling over the kings of the earth.

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.