Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Harmony is a state that many try to achieve, but few can maintain. A man without God will find himself continually disagreeing, fighting, and pushing for position. The psalmist, however, beautifully expressed the wonder of people working and walking together in one accord.

Harmony is not uniformity, as we all possess different outlooks, backgrounds, and gifts. Harmony is a choice to sacrifice one's personal agenda for the greater good of the "team," whether that team is a family, ministry, or organization. Harmony generates the same precious fragrance as the oil that ran from Aaron's head onto his robe. It is as refreshing as the crystal waters that flowed from snowcapped Mount Hermon to the valley below (Psalm 133:3).

Whenever the leaders come into harmony, or unity, the followers who are under them will unify as well. Let us accept the great challenge of Christ's prayer in John 17 and lay aside our personal king-dom-building in order that we may promote and help the whole Body. One day we will join the hundreds of millions around the throne, as we all sing in harmony, "The Lamb is worthy" (Revelation 5:12).

Jonah 1:1-4:11

Jonah Flees From the Lord

The word of the Lord came to JonahMt 12:39-41; 16:4; Lk 11:29-32 son of Amittai:2Ki 14:25“Go to the great city of NinevehS Ge 10:11; S Na 1:1 and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

But Jonah ranPs 139:7 away from the Lord and headed for TarshishS Ge 10:4. He went down to Joppa,S Jos 19:46; Ac 9:36, 43 where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.Ex 4:13; S Jer 20:9; S Am 3:8

Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.Ps 107:23-26All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.Ac 27:18-19

But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and callJnh 3:8 on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”S Ps 107:28

Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.”Nu 32:23; Jos 7:10-18; S 1Sa 14:42 They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.S Pr 16:33So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”

He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord,S Ps 96:9 the God of heaven,S Da 2:18; Ac 17:24 who made the seaS Ne 9:6 and the dry land.S Ge 1:9

10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)

11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”

12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”2Sa 24:17; 1Ch 21:17

13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.S Pr 21:3014 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man,Dt 21:8 for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.”S Da 4:3515 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.S Ps 107:29; Lk 8:2416 At this the men greatly fearedMk 4:41 the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vowsS Nu 30:2; Ps 66:13-14 to him.

Jonah’s Prayer

17 Now the Lord providedJnh 4:6, 7 a huge fish to swallow Jonah,Mt 12:40; 16:4; Lk 11:30 and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.In Hebrew texts 2:1 is numbered 1:17, and 2:1-10 is numbered 2:2-11.From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.He said:

“In my distress I calledLa 3:55 to the Lord,Ps 18:6; 120:1

and he answered me.

From deep in the realm of the deadPs 86:13 I called for help,

and you listened to my cry.

You hurled me into the depths,S Ps 88:6

into the very heart of the seas,

and the currents swirled about me;

all your wavesS 2Sa 22:5 and breakers

swept over me.S Ps 42:7

I said, ‘I have been banished

from your sight;Ps 31:22; Jer 7:15

yet I will look again

toward your holy temple.’S 1Ki 8:48

The engulfing waters threatened me,Or waters were at my throat

the deep surrounded me;

seaweed was wrapped around my head.Ps 69:1-2

To the roots of the mountainsJob 28:9 I sank down;

the earth beneath barred me in forever.

But you, Lord my God,

brought my life up from the pit.S Job 17:16; S 33:18; S Ps 30:3

“When my life was ebbing away,

I rememberedPs 77:11-12 you, Lord,

and my prayer2Ch 30:27 rose to you,

to your holy temple.S Ps 11:4; 18:6

“Those who cling to worthless idolsS Dt 32:21; S 1Sa 12:21

turn away from God’s love for them.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise,S Ps 42:4

will sacrificePs 50:14, 23; Heb 13:15 to you.

What I have vowedS Nu 30:2; Ps 116:14; S Ecc 5:4-5 I will make good.

I will say, ‘SalvationS Ex 15:2; S Ps 3:8 comes from the Lord.’”

10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

Then the word of the Lord came to JonahJnh 1:1 a second time:“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming,S Jer 18:7-10 “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.Da 9:3; Mt 11:21; 12:41; Lk 11:32

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.Est 4:1-3; S Job 2:8, 13; S Eze 27:30-31This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.S 2Ch 20:3; S Ezr 10:6But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone callPs 130:1; Jnh 1:6 urgently on God. Let them give upJer 25:5 their evil waysJer 7:3 and their violence.S Job 16:17Who knows?2Sa 12:22 God may yet relentS Jer 18:8 and with compassion turnS Joel 2:14 from his fierce angerS Ps 85:3 so that we will not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relentedS Am 7:6 and did not bring on them the destructionS Jer 18:8 he had threatened.S Ex 32:14

Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.ver 4; Mt 20:11; Lk 15:28He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knewJer 20:7-8 that you are a graciousS Dt 4:31; Ps 103:8 and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love,S Ex 22:27; Ps 86:5, 15 a God who relentsS Nu 14:18 from sending calamity.S Joel 2:13Now, Lord, take away my life,S Nu 11:15 for it is better for me to dieS Job 7:15 than to live.”Jer 8:3

But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”Ge 4:6; Mt 20:11-15

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.Then the Lord God providedS Jnh 1:17 a leafy plantThe precise identification of this plant is uncertain; also in verses 7, 9 and 10. and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.Joel 1:12When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,S 1Ki 19:4 and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”ver 4

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.11 And should I not have concernJnh 3:10 for the great city of Nineveh,Jnh 1:2; 3:2 in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

Jonah Runs from the Lord

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai:“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart.Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold.So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit.“Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”

Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

10 The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the Lord. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned.11 And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”

12 “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”

13 Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it.14 Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”

15 Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once!16 The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

17 Verse 1:17 is numbered 2:1 in Hebrew text.Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

Jonah’s Prayer

Verses 2:1-10 are numbered 2:2-11 in Hebrew text.Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.He said,

“I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble,

and he answered me.

I called to you from the land of the dead,Hebrew from Sheol.

and Lord, you heard me!

You threw me into the ocean depths,

and I sank down to the heart of the sea.

The mighty waters engulfed me;

I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.

Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence.

Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’

“I sank beneath the waves,

and the waters closed over me.

Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

I sank down to the very roots of the mountains.

I was imprisoned in the earth,

whose gates lock shut forever.

But you, O Lord my God,

snatched me from the jaws of death!

As my life was slipping away,

I remembered the Lord.

And my earnest prayer went out to you

in your holy Temple.

Those who worship false gods

turn their backs on all God’s mercies.

But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,

and I will fulfill all my vows.

For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”

10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time:“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.Hebrew a great city to God, of three days’ journey.On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!”The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.

When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes.Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:

“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all.People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence.Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”

10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Mercy

This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”

Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city.And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.

But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away.And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed.

Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?”

“Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!”

10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly.11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness,Hebrew people who don’t know their right hand from their left. not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly,

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.

And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Revelation 5:1-14

The Scroll and the Lamb

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the thronever 7, 13; Rev 4:2, 9; 6:16 a scroll with writing on both sidesEze 2:9, 10 and sealedIsa 29:11; Da 12:4 with seven seals.And I saw a mighty angelRev 10:1 proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the LionGe 49:9 of the tribe of Judah,S Heb 7:14 the Root of David,Isa 11:1, 10; Ro 15:12; Rev 22:16 has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb,ver 8, 9, 12, 13; S Jn 1:29 looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creaturesS Rev 4:6 and the elders.S Rev 4:4 The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes,Zec 4:10 which are the seven spiritsThat is, the sevenfold SpiritS Rev 1:4 of God sent out into all the earth.He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.S ver 1And when he had taken it, the four living creaturesS Rev 4:6 and the twenty-four eldersS Rev 4:4 fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harpRev 14:2; 15:2 and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayersPs 141:2; Rev 8:3, 4 of God’s people.And they sang a new song, saying:Ps 40:3; 98:1; 149:1; Isa 42:10; Rev 14:3, 4

“You are worthyRev 4:11 to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

because you were slain,

and with your bloodHeb 9:12 you purchasedS 1Co 6:20 for God

persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.S Rev 13:7

10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priestsS 1Pe 2:5 to serve our God,

and they will reignSome manuscripts they reign on the earth.”Rev 3:21; 20:4

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand.Da 7:10; Heb 12:22; Jude 14 They encircled the throne and the living creaturesS Rev 4:6 and the elders.S Rev 4:412 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb,ver 13 who was slain,ver 9

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”Rev 1:6; 4:11

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earthver 3; Php 2:10 and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throneS ver 1, 7 and to the Lambver 6; Rev 6:16; 7:10

be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!”1Ch 29:11; Mal 1:6; 2:2; S Ro 11:36

14 The four living creaturesS Rev 4:6 said, “Amen,”Rev 4:9 and the eldersS Rev 4:4 fell down and worshiped.Rev 4:10

The Lamb Opens the Scroll

Then I saw a scrollOr book; also in 5:2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9. in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals.And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it.

Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it.But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne,Greek the root of David. See Isa 11:10. has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold SpiritGreek which are the seven spirits. of God that is sent out into every part of the earth.He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne.And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.And they sang a new song with these words:

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and break its seals and open it.

For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation.

10 And you have caused them to become

a Kingdom of priests for our God.

And they will reignSome manuscripts read they are reigning. on the earth.”

11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders.12 And they sang in a mighty chorus:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—

to receive power and riches

and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and blessing.”

13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power

belong to the one sitting on the throne

and to the Lamb forever and ever.”

14 And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Psalm 133:1-3

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is

when God’s people live togetherS Ge 13:8; S Ro 12:10 in unity!Jn 17:11

It is like precious oil poured on the head,S Ex 29:7

running down on the beard,

running down on Aaron’s beard,

down on the collar of his robe.

It is as if the dewJob 29:19; Pr 19:12; Isa 18:4; 26:19; 45:8; Hos 14:5; Mic 5:7 of HermonS Dt 3:8; S 4:48

were falling on Mount Zion.S Ex 15:17; S Ps 2:6; 74:2

For there the Lord bestows his blessing,S Lev 25:21

even life forevermore.S Ps 21:4

Psalm 133

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

How wonderful and pleasant it is

when brothers live together in harmony!

For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil

that was poured over Aaron’s head,

that ran down his beard

and onto the border of his robe.

Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon

that falls on the mountains of Zion.

And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,

even life everlasting.

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Proverbs 29:26-27

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,Pr 19:6

but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.S Pr 16:33

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;

the wicked detest the upright.S ver 10

26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,

but justice comes from the Lord.

27 The righteous despise the unjust;

the wicked despise the godly.

26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

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