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The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year?in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Proverbs once, and the Psalms twice.



  • November 18: Ezekiel 4?6; Revelation 11; Psalm 119:81?88; Proverbs 28:3

    Old Testament: Ezekiel 4?6 Ezekiel 4?6

    Ezekiel 4?6

    The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

    ?And you, son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem. And put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it all around. And you, take an iron griddle, and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; and set your face toward it, and let it be in a state of siege, and press the siege against it. This is a sign for the house of Israel.

    ?Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment1 of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their punishment. For I assign to you a number of days, 390 days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment. So long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel. And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah. Forty days I assign you, a day for each year. And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, with your arm bared, and you shall prophesy against the city. And behold, I will place cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, till you have completed the days of your siege.

    ?And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer,2 and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it. And your food that you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels3 a day; from day to day4 you shall eat it. And water you shall drink by measure, the sixth part of a hin;5 from day to day you shall drink. And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it in their sight on human dung.? And the LORD said, ?Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.? Then I said, ?Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never defiled myself.6 From my youth up till now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has tainted meat come into my mouth.? Then he said to me, ?See, I assign to you cow's dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.? Moreover, he said to me, ?Son of man, behold, I will break the supply7 of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water by measure and in dismay. I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and look at one another in dismay, and rot away because of their punishment.

    Jerusalem Will Be Destroyed

    ?And you, O son of man, take a sharp sword. Use it as a barber's razor and pass it over your head and your beard. Then take balances for weighing and divide the hair. A third part you shall burn in the fire in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are completed. And a third part you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city. And a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and I will unsheathe the sword after them. And you shall take from these a small number and bind them in the skirts of your robe. And of these again you shall take some and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will come out into all the house of Israel.

    ?Thus says the Lord GOD: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. And she has rebelled against my rules by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries all around her; for they have rejected my rules and have not walked in my statutes. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, and have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, and have not8 even acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you, therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, even I, am against you. And I will execute judgments9 in your midst in the sight of the nations. And because of all your abominations I will do with you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again. Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds. Therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will withdraw.10 My eye will not spare, and I will have no pity. A third part of you shall die of pestilence and be consumed with famine in your midst; a third part shall fall by the sword all around you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds and will unsheathe the sword after them.

    ?Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself. And they shall know that I am the LORD?that I have spoken in my jealousy?when I spend my fury upon them. Moreover, I will make you a desolation and an object of reproach among the nations all around you and in the sight of all who pass by. You shall be11 a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations all around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and with furious rebukes?I am the LORD; I have spoken?when I send against you12 the deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon you and break your supply13 of bread. I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will rob you of your children. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword upon you. I am the LORD; I have spoken.?

    Judgment Against Idolatry

    The word of the LORD came to me: ?Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. Your altars shall become desolate, and your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain before your idols. And I will lay the dead bodies of the people of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars. Wherever you dwell, the cities shall be waste and the high places ruined, so that your altars will be waste and ruined,14 your idols broken and destroyed, your incense altars cut down, and your works wiped out. And the slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the LORD.

    ?Yet I will leave some of you alive. When you have among the nations some who escape the sword, and when you are scattered through the countries, then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols. And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations. And they shall know that I am the LORD. I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them.?

    Thus says the Lord GOD: ?Clap your hands and stamp your foot and say, Alas, because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, for they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. He who is far off shall die of pestilence, and he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who is left and is preserved shall die of famine. Thus I will spend my fury upon them. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when their slain lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every leafy oak, wherever they offered pleasing aroma to all their idols. And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land desolate and waste, in all their dwelling places, from the wilderness to Riblah.15 Then they will know that I am the LORD.?

    Footnotes

    [1] 4:4 Or iniquity; also verses 5, 6, 17
    [2] 4:9 A type of wheat
    [3] 4:10 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
    [4] 4:10 Or at a set time daily; also verse 11
    [5] 4:11 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
    [6] 4:14 Hebrew my soul (or throat) has never been made unclean
    [7] 4:16 Hebrew staff
    [8] 5:7 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac lack not
    [9] 5:8 The same Hebrew expression can mean obey rules, or execute judgments, depending on the context
    [10] 5:11 Some Hebrew manuscripts I will cut you down
    [11] 5:15 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; Masoretic Text And it shall be
    [12] 5:16 Hebrew them
    [13] 5:16 Hebrew staff
    [14] 6:6 Or and punished
    [15] 6:14 Some Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts Diblah

    (ESV)

    New Testament: Revelation 11 Revelation 11

    Revelation 11

    The Two Witnesses

    11 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, ?Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.?

    These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit1 will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically2 is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ?Come up here!? And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

    The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

    The Seventh Trumpet

    Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ?The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.? And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,

      ?We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
        who is and who was,
      for you have taken your great power
        and begun to reign.
      The nations raged,
        but your wrath came,
        and the time for the dead to be judged,
      and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
        and those who fear your name,
        both small and great,
      and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.?

    Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings,3 peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

    Footnotes

    [1] 11:7 Or the abyss
    [2] 11:8 Greek spiritually
    [3] 11:19 Or voices, or sounds

    (ESV)

    Psalm: Psalm 119:81?88 Psalm 119:81?88

    Psalm 119:81?88

    Kaph

      My soul longs for your salvation;
        I hope in your word.
      My eyes long for your promise;
        I ask, ?When will you comfort me??
      For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
        yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
      How long must your servant endure?1
        When will you judge those who persecute me?
      The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
        they do not live according to your law.
      All your commandments are sure;
        they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
      They have almost made an end of me on earth,
        but I have not forsaken your precepts.
      In your steadfast love give me life,
        that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

    Footnotes

    [1] 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?

    (ESV)

    Proverb: Proverbs 28:3 Proverbs 28:3

    Proverbs 28:3

      A poor man who oppresses the poor
        is a beating rain that leaves no food.

    (ESV)

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  • November 17: Ezekiel 1?3; Revelation 10; Psalm 119:73?80; Proverbs 28:2

    Old Testament: Ezekiel 1?3 Ezekiel 1?3

    Ezekiel 1?3

    Ezekiel in Babylon

    In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.1 On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.

    The Glory of the Lord

    As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.2 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went. As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit3 would go, they went, without turning as they went. As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

    Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them.4 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. When they went, they went in any of their four directions5 without turning as they went. And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures6 was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

    Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads. And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body. And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings. And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

    And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire;7 and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.8 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.

    Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

    Ezekiel's Call

    And he said to me, ?Son of man,9 stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.? And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, ?Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ?Thus says the Lord GOD.? And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions.10 Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

    ?But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.? And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

    And he said to me, ?Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.? So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, ?Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.? Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.

    And he said to me, ?Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them. For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel?not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you. But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.? Moreover, he said to me, ?Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears. And go to the exiles, to your people, and speak to them and say to them, ?Thus says the Lord GOD,? whether they hear or refuse to hear.?

    Then the Spirit11 lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice12 of a great earthquake: ?Blessed be the glory of the LORD from its place!? It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of a great earthquake. The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the LORD being strong upon me. And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling.13 And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.

    A Watchman for Israel

    And at the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me: ?Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ?You shall surely die,? and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for14 his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.?

    And the hand of the LORD was upon me there. And he said to me, ?Arise, go out into the valley,15 and there I will speak with you.? So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory that I had seen by the Chebar canal, and I fell on my face. But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, ?Go, shut yourself within your house. And you, O son of man, behold, cords will be placed upon you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people. And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and unable to reprove them, for they are a rebellious house. But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ?Thus says the Lord GOD.? He who will hear, let him hear; and he who will refuse to hear, let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.

    Footnotes

    [1] 1:1 Or from God
    [2] 1:4 Or amber; also verse 27
    [3] 1:12 Or Spirit; also twice in verse 20 and once in verse 21
    [4] 1:15 Hebrew of their faces
    [5] 1:17 Hebrew on their four sides
    [6] 1:20 Or the spirit of life; also verse 21
    [7] 1:26 Or lapis lazuli
    [8] 1:27 Or it
    [9] 2:1 Or Son of Adam; so throughout Ezekiel
    [10] 2:6 Or on scorpion plants
    [11] 3:12 Or the wind; also verse 14
    [12] 3:12 Or sound
    [13] 3:15 Or Chebar, and to where they dwelt
    [14] 3:18 Or in; also verses 19, 20
    [15] 3:22 Or plain; also verse 23

    (ESV)

    New Testament: Revelation 10 Revelation 10

    Revelation 10

    The Angel and the Little Scroll

    10 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, ?Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.? And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

    Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, ?Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.? So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, ?Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.? And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, ?You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.?

    (ESV)

    Psalm: Psalm 119:73?80 Psalm 119:73?80

    Psalm 119:73?80

    Yodh

      Your hands have made and fashioned me;
        give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
      Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
        because I have hoped in your word.
      I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
        and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
      Let your steadfast love comfort me
        according to your promise to your servant.
      Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
        for your law is my delight.
      Let the insolent be put to shame,
        because they have wronged me with falsehood;
        as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
      Let those who fear you turn to me,
        that they may know your testimonies.
      May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
        that I may not be put to shame!

    (ESV)

    Proverb: Proverbs 28:2 Proverbs 28:2

    Proverbs 28:2

      When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
        but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
        its stability will long continue.

    (ESV)

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  • November 16: Lamentations 4?5; Revelation 8:6?9:21; Psalm 119:65?72; Proverbs 28:1

    Old Testament: Lamentations 4?5 Lamentations 4?5

    Lamentations 4?5

    The Holy Stones Lie Scattered

      How the gold has grown dim,
        how the pure gold is changed!
      The holy stones lie scattered
        at the head of every street.
      The precious sons of Zion,
        worth their weight in fine gold,
      how they are regarded as earthen pots,
        the work of a potter's hands!
      Even jackals offer the breast;
        they nurse their young;
      but the daughter of my people has become cruel,
        like the ostriches in the wilderness.
      The tongue of the nursing infant sticks
        to the roof of its mouth for thirst;
      the children beg for food,
        but no one gives to them.
      Those who once feasted on delicacies
        perish in the streets;
      those who were brought up in purple
        embrace ash heaps.
      For the chastisement1 of the daughter of my people has been greater
        than the punishment2 of Sodom,
      which was overthrown in a moment,
        and no hands were wrung for her.3
      Her princes were purer than snow,
        whiter than milk;
      their bodies were more ruddy than coral,
        the beauty of their form4 was like sapphire.5
      Now their face is blacker than soot;
        they are not recognized in the streets;
      their skin has shriveled on their bones;
        it has become as dry as wood.
      Happier were the victims of the sword
        than the victims of hunger,
      who wasted away, pierced
        by lack of the fruits of the field.
      The hands of compassionate women
        have boiled their own children;
      they became their food
        during the destruction of the daughter of my people.
      The LORD gave full vent to his wrath;
        he poured out his hot anger,
      and he kindled a fire in Zion
        that consumed its foundations.
      The kings of the earth did not believe,
        nor any of the inhabitants of the world,
      that foe or enemy could enter
        the gates of Jerusalem.
      This was for the sins of her prophets
        and the iniquities of her priests,
      who shed in the midst of her
        the blood of the righteous.
      They wandered, blind, through the streets;
        they were so defiled with blood
      that no one was able to touch
        their garments.
      ?Away! Unclean!? people cried at them.
        ?Away! Away! Do not touch!?
      So they became fugitives and wanderers;
        people said among the nations,
        ?They shall stay with us no longer.?
      The LORD himself6 has scattered them;
        he will regard them no more;
      no honor was shown to the priests,
        no favor to the elders.
      Our eyes failed, ever watching
        vainly for help;
      in our watching we watched
        for a nation which could not save.
      They dogged our steps
        so that we could not walk in our streets;
      our end drew near; our days were numbered,
        for our end had come.
      Our pursuers were swifter
        than the eagles in the heavens;
      they chased us on the mountains;
        they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.
      The breath of our nostrils, the LORD's anointed,
        was captured in their pits,
      of whom we said, ?Under his shadow
        we shall live among the nations.?
      Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
        you who dwell in the land of Uz;
      but to you also the cup shall pass;
        you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare.
      The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished;
        he will keep you in exile no longer;7
      but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish;
        he will uncover your sins.

    Restore Us to Yourself, O Lord

      Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us;
        look, and see our disgrace!
      Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
        our homes to foreigners.
      We have become orphans, fatherless;
        our mothers are like widows.
      We must pay for the water we drink;
        the wood we get must be bought.
      Our pursuers are at our necks;
        we are weary; we are given no rest.
      We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria,
        to get bread enough.
      Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
        and we bear their iniquities.
      Slaves rule over us;
        there is none to deliver us from their hand.
      We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
        because of the sword in the wilderness.
      Our skin is hot as an oven
        with the burning heat of famine.
      Women are raped in Zion,
        young women in the towns of Judah.
      Princes are hung up by their hands;
        no respect is shown to the elders.
      Young men are compelled to grind at the mill,
        and boys stagger under loads of wood.
      The old men have left the city gate,
        the young men their music.
      The joy of our hearts has ceased;
        our dancing has been turned to mourning.
      The crown has fallen from our head;
        woe to us, for we have sinned!
      For this our heart has become sick,
        for these things our eyes have grown dim,
      for Mount Zion which lies desolate;
        jackals prowl over it.
      But you, O LORD, reign forever;
        your throne endures to all generations.
      Why do you forget us forever,
        why do you forsake us for so many days?
      Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored!
        Renew our days as of old?
      unless you have utterly rejected us,
        and you remain exceedingly angry with us.

    Footnotes

    [1] 4:6 Or iniquity
    [2] 4:6 Or sin
    [3] 4:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
    [4] 4:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
    [5] 4:7 Hebrew lapis lazuli
    [6] 4:16 Hebrew The face of the Lord
    [7] 4:22 Or he will not exile you again

    (ESV)

    New Testament: Revelation 8:6?9:21 Revelation 8:6?9:21

    Revelation 8:6?9:21

    The Seven Trumpets

    Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

    The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

    The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

    The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood.1 A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.

    The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.

    Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, ?Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!?

    And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.2 He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.

    In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, their hair like women's hair, and their teeth like lions' teeth; they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails. They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.3

    The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.

    Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ?Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.? So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number. And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire4 and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.

    The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

    Footnotes

    [1] 8:11 Wormwood is the name of a plant and of the bitter-tasting extract derived from it
    [2] 9:1 Greek the abyss; also verses 2, 11
    [3] 9:11 Abaddon means destruction; Apollyon means destroyer
    [4] 9:17 Greek hyacinth

    (ESV)

    Psalm: Psalm 119:65?72 Psalm 119:65?72

    Psalm 119:65?72

    Teth

      You have dealt well with your servant,
        O LORD, according to your word.
      Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
        for I believe in your commandments.
      Before I was afflicted I went astray,
        but now I keep your word.
      You are good and do good;
        teach me your statutes.
      The insolent smear me with lies,
        but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
      their heart is unfeeling like fat,
        but I delight in your law.
      It is good for me that I was afflicted,
        that I might learn your statutes.
      The law of your mouth is better to me
        than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

    (ESV)

    Proverb: Proverbs 28:1 Proverbs 28:1

    Proverbs 28:1

    28   The wicked flee when no one pursues,
        but the righteous are bold as a lion.

    (ESV)

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