Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The beauty of the opening scenes of Revelation gives way to the awful scenes of judgment upon the earth. God is merciful and long-suffering, but He will not be mocked. Earth is a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode with God's fury and judgment upon the centuries-old wickedness in the nations of the world.

Step by step, plague by plague, the judgment of God will be poured out upon the earth. The fear of God's wrath will fall upon all human beings to the point where mountains and rocks falling upon them will seem like a welcome relief!

The writer of Proverbs questioned, "Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name-and his son's name? Tell me if you know!" (30:4).

Fear the One who sits on the throne and His Son, the Lamb. Fear the Lord now while you may still receive His grace and forgiveness!

Micah 1:1-4:13

The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moreshethver 14; Jer 26:18 during the reigns of Jotham,S 1Ch 3:12 AhazS 1Ch 3:13 and Hezekiah,S 1Ch 3:13 kings of JudahHos 1:1—the visionIsa 1:1 he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Hear,S Dt 32:1 you peoples, all of you,Ps 50:7

listen, earthS Jer 6:19 and all who live in it,

that the Sovereign Lord may bear witnessS Ge 31:50; S Dt 4:26; S Isa 1:2 against you,

the Lord from his holy temple.S Ps 11:4

Judgment Against Samaria and Jerusalem

Look! The Lord is coming from his dwellingS Isa 18:4 place;

he comes downS Isa 64:1 and treads on the heights of the earth.S Am 4:13

The mountains meltS Ps 46:2, 6 beneath himS Job 9:5

and the valleys split apart,S Nu 16:31; Na 1:5

like wax before the fire,

like water rushing down a slope.

All this is because of Jacob’s transgression,

because of the sins of the people of Israel.

What is Jacob’s transgression?

Is it not Samaria?Am 8:14

What is Judah’s high place?

Is it not Jerusalem?

“Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble,

a place for planting vineyards.S Dt 20:6

I will pour her stonesS Am 5:11 into the valley

and lay bare her foundations.Eze 13:14

All her idolsS Eze 6:6 will be broken to pieces;S Ex 32:20

all her temple gifts will be burned with fire;

I will destroy all her images.S Dt 9:21

Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes,Dt 23:17-18

as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used.”

Weeping and Mourning

Because of this I will weepS Isa 15:3 and wail;

I will go about barefootS Isa 20:2 and naked.

I will howl like a jackal

and moan like an owl.

For Samaria’s plagueJer 46:11 is incurable;S Jer 10:19

it has spread to Judah.S 2Ki 18:13

It has reached the very gateIsa 3:26 of my people,

even to Jerusalem itself.

10 Tell it not in GathGath sounds like the Hebrew for tell.;

weep not at all.

In Beth OphrahBeth Ophrah means house of dust.

roll in the dust.

11 Pass by nakedEze 23:29 and in shame,

you who live in Shaphir.Shaphir means pleasant.

Those who live in ZaananZaanan sounds like the Hebrew for come out.

will not come out.

Beth Ezel is in mourning;

it no longer protects you.

12 Those who live in MarothMaroth sounds like the Hebrew for bitter. writhe in pain,

waiting for relief,Jer 14:19

because disasterJer 40:2 has come from the Lord,

even to the gate of Jerusalem.

13 You who live in Lachish,S Jos 10:3

harness fast horses to the chariot.

You are where the sin of Daughter ZionS Ps 9:14 began,

for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.

14 Therefore you will give parting gifts2Ki 16:8

to MoreshethS ver 1 Gath.

The town of AkzibAkzib means deception.S Jos 15:44 will prove deceptiveJer 15:18

to the kings of Israel.

15 I will bring a conqueror against you

who live in Mareshah.Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew for conqueror.Jos 15:44

The nobles of Israel

will flee to Adullam.S Jos 12:15

16 ShaveS Lev 13:40; S Job 1:20 your head in mourning

for the children in whom you delight;

make yourself as bald as the vulture,

for they will go from you into exile.S Dt 4:27; S Am 5:27

Human Plans and God’s Plans

Woe to those who plan iniquity,

to those who plot evilS Isa 29:20 on their beds!Ps 36:4

At morning’s light they carry it out

because it is in their power to do it.

They covet fieldsIsa 5:8 and seize them,S Pr 30:14

and houses, and take them.

They defraudS Jer 22:17 people of their homes,

they rob them of their inheritance.S 1Sa 8:14; S Isa 1:23; S Eze 46:18

Therefore, the Lord says:

“I am planning disasterJer 18:11; S Am 3:1-2 against this people,

from which you cannot save yourselves.

You will no longer walk proudly,Isa 2:12

for it will be a time of calamity.

In that day people will ridicule you;

they will taunt you with this mournful song:

‘We are utterly ruined;S Lev 26:31; S Jer 4:13

my people’s possession is divided up.S Jer 6:12

He takes it from me!

He assigns our fields to traitors.’”

Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord

to divide the landDt 32:13; Jos 18:4 by lot.S Nu 34:13

False Prophets

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.

“Do not prophesy about these things;

disgracePs 44:13; Jer 18:16; 19:8; 25:18; 29:18; Mic 6:16 will not overtake us.S Am 2:12

You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,

“Does the Lord becomeOr Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient?

Does he do such things?”

“Do not my words do goodS Ps 119:65

to the one whose ways are upright?Ps 15:2; 84:11

Lately my people have risen up

like an enemy.

You strip off the rich robe

from those who pass by without a care,

like men returning from battle.

You drive the women of my people

from their pleasant homes.Jer 10:20

You take away my blessing

from their children forever.

10 Get up, go away!

For this is not your resting place,S Dt 12:9

because it is defiled,Lev 18:25-29; Ps 106:38-39; S La 4:15

it is ruined, beyond all remedy.

11 If a liar and deceiverS 2Ch 36:16; Jer 5:31 comes and says,

‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’S Lev 10:9

that would be just the prophet for this people!Isa 30:10

Deliverance Promised

12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;

I will surely bring together the remnantMic 4:7; 5:7; 7:18 of Israel.

I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,

like a flock in its pasture;

the place will throng with people.S Ne 1:9

13 The One who breaks open the way will go up beforeS Isa 52:12 them;

they will break through the gateS Isa 60:11 and go out.

Their King will pass through before them,

the Lord at their head.”

Leaders and Prophets Rebuked

Then I said,

“Listen, you leadersS Jer 5:5 of Jacob,

you rulers of Israel.

Should you not embrace justice,

you who hate good and love evil;

who tear the skin from my people

and the flesh from their bones;Ps 53:4; S Eze 22:27

who eat my people’s flesh,S Ps 14:4

strip off their skin

and break their bones in pieces;S Eze 34:4; Zep 3:3

who chopS Job 24:14 them up like meat for the pan,

like flesh for the pot?S Eze 11:7; S 24:4-5

Then they will cry out to the Lord,

but he will not answer them.S Dt 1:45; S 1Sa 8:18; S Isa 58:4; S Jer 11:11

At that time he will hide his faceS Dt 31:17 from them

because of the evil they have done.S Job 15:31; S Eze 8:18

This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets

who lead my people astray,S Isa 3:12; S 9:16; S 53:6

they proclaim ‘peace’S Jer 4:10

if they have something to eat,

but prepare to wage war against anyone

who refuses to feed them.

Therefore night will come over you, without visions,

and darkness, without divination.Isa 8:19-22; S Eze 12:24

The sun will set for the prophets,Isa 29:10

and the day will go dark for them.S Eze 7:26; S Am 8:11

The seers will be ashamedS Jer 6:15; Mic 7:16

and the diviners disgraced.S Isa 44:25

They will all coverS Est 6:12 their facesS Lev 13:45

because there is no answer from God.S Eze 20:3

But as for me, I am filled with power,

with the Spirit of the Lord,

and with justice and might,

to declare to Jacob his transgression,

to Israel his sin.S Isa 57:12; 61:2

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,

you rulers of Israel,

who despise justice

and distort all that is right;Ps 58:1-2; S Isa 1:23

10 who buildS Jer 22:13 Zion with bloodshed,Isa 59:7; Mic 7:2; Na 3:1; Hab 2:12

and Jerusalem with wickedness.Jer 22:17; S Eze 22:27

11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,S Ex 23:8; S Lev 19:15; Mal 2:9

her priests teach for a price,S Eze 13:19

and her prophets tell fortunes for money.Isa 1:23; S 56:11; Jer 6:13; S La 4:13; S Hos 4:8, 18

Yet they lookS Isa 10:20 for the Lord’s support and say,

“Is not the Lord among us?

No disaster will come upon us.”Jer 7:4; S Eze 34:2

12 Therefore because of you,

Zion will be plowed like a field,

Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,S 2Ki 25:9; S Isa 6:11

the templeS Jer 52:13 hill a mound overgrown with thickets.S Lev 26:31; S Jer 17:3; S 22:6; S La 5:18; S Eze 5:14

The Mountain of the Lord4:1-3pp — Isa 2:1-4

In the last days

the mountainS Ps 48:1; Zec 8:3 of the Lord’s temple will be established

as the highest of the mountains;

it will be exalted above the hills,S Eze 17:22

and peoples will stream to it.S Ps 22:27; 86:9; S Jer 3:17; S 31:12; S Da 2:35

Many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,S Jer 31:6; S Eze 20:40

to the temple of the God of Jacob.Zec 2:11; 14:16

He will teach usS Ps 119:171 his ways,Ps 25:8-9; S Isa 54:13

so that we may walk in his paths.”

The lawS Dt 18:18 will go out from Zion,

the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He will judge between many peoples

and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.S Isa 11:4

They will beat their swords into plowshares

and their spears into pruning hooks.Joel 3:10; Zec 9:10

Nation will not take up sword against nation,

nor will they train for warS Ps 46:9 anymore.Zec 8:20-22

Everyone will sit under their own vine

and under their own fig tree,S 1Ki 4:25

and no one will make them afraid,S Lev 26:6; S Eze 39:26

for the Lord Almighty has spoken.S Isa 1:20

All the nations may walk

in the name of their gods,2Ki 17:29; Ac 14:16

but we will walk in the name of the Lord

our God for ever and ever.Jos 24:14-15; Isa 26:8; Zec 10:12

The Lord’s Plan

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will gather the lame;S Jer 31:8

I will assemble the exilesS Ps 106:47

and those I have brought to grief.S Eze 34:13, 16; S 37:21; Zep 3:19

I will make the lame my remnant,S Joel 2:32; S Mic 2:12

those driven away a strong nation.S Ge 12:2

The Lord will rule over them in Mount ZionS Isa 2:2

from that day and forever.S Da 2:44; S 7:14; S Lk 1:33; Rev 11:15

As for you, watchtower of the flock,

strongholdOr hill of Daughter Zion,

the former dominion will be restoredS Isa 1:26 to you;

kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.Zec 9:9

Why do you now cry aloud—

have you no kingOr KingJer 8:19?

Has your rulerOr Ruler perished,

that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?S Ge 3:16; Jer 30:6; 48:41

10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,

like a woman in labor,

for now you must leave the city

to camp in the open field.

You will go to Babylon;S Dt 21:10; 2Ki 20:18; Isa 43:14

there you will be rescued.

There the Lord will redeemS Isa 48:20 you

out of the hand of your enemies.

11 But now many nations

are gathered against you.

They say, “Let her be defiled,

let our eyes gloatS La 2:16; S Ob 1:12; Mic 7:8 over Zion!”

12 But they do not know

the thoughts of the Lord;

they do not understand his plan,S Ge 50:20; S Isa 55:8; Ro 11:33-34

that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

13 “Rise and thresh,S Isa 21:10 Daughter Zion,

for I will give you horns of iron;

I will give you hooves of bronze,

and you will break to pieces many nations.”S Isa 45:1; S Da 2:44

You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord,S Isa 23:18

their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

The Lord gave this message to Micah of Moresheth during the years when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. The visions he saw concerned both Samaria and Jerusalem.

Grief over Samaria and Jerusalem

Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!

Let the earth and everything in it hear.

The Sovereign Lord is making accusations against you;

the Lord speaks from his holy Temple.

Look! The Lord is coming!

He leaves his throne in heaven

and tramples the heights of the earth.

The mountains melt beneath his feet

and flow into the valleys

like wax in a fire,

like water pouring down a hill.

And why is this happening?

Because of the rebellion of IsraelHebrew Jacob; also in 1:5b. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.

yes, the sins of the whole nation.

Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion?

Samaria, its capital city!

Where is the center of idolatry in Judah?

In Jerusalem, its capital!

“So I, the Lord, will make the city of Samaria

a heap of ruins.

Her streets will be plowed up

for planting vineyards.

I will roll the stones of her walls into the valley below,

exposing her foundations.

All her carved images will be smashed.

All her sacred treasures will be burned.

These things were bought with the money

earned by her prostitution,

and they will now be carried away

to pay prostitutes elsewhere.”

Therefore, I will mourn and lament.

I will walk around barefoot and naked.

I will howl like a jackal

and moan like an owl.

For my people’s wound

is too deep to heal.

It has reached into Judah,

even to the gates of Jerusalem.

10 Don’t tell our enemies in GathGath sounds like the Hebrew term for “tell.”;

don’t weep at all.

You people in Beth-leaphrah,Beth-leaphrah means “house of dust.”

roll in the dust to show your despair.

11 You people in Shaphir,Shaphir means “pleasant.”

go as captives into exile—naked and ashamed.

The people of ZaananZaanan sounds like the Hebrew term for “come out.”

dare not come outside their walls.

The people of Beth-ezelBeth-ezel means “adjoining house.” mourn,

for their house has no support.

12 The people of MarothMaroth sounds like the Hebrew term for “bitter.” anxiously wait for relief,

but only bitterness awaits them

as the Lord’s judgment reaches

even to the gates of Jerusalem.

13 Harness your chariot horses and flee,

you people of Lachish.Lachish sounds like the Hebrew term for “team of horses.”

You were the first city in Judah

to follow Israel in her rebellion,

and you led JerusalemHebrew the daughter of Zion. into sin.

14 Send farewell gifts to Moresheth-gathMoresheth sounds like the Hebrew term for “gift” or “dowry.”;

there is no hope of saving it.

The town of AczibAczib means “deception.”

has deceived the kings of Israel.

15 O people of Mareshah,Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew term for “conqueror.”

I will bring a conqueror to capture your town.

And the leadersHebrew the glory. of Israel

will go to Adullam.

16 Oh, people of Judah, shave your heads in sorrow,

for the children you love will be snatched away.

Make yourselves as bald as a vulture,

for your little ones will be exiled to distant lands.

Judgment against Wealthy Oppressors

What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night,

thinking up evil plans.

You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,

simply because you have the power to do so.

When you want a piece of land,

you find a way to seize it.

When you want someone’s house,

you take it by fraud and violence.

You cheat a man of his property,

stealing his family’s inheritance.

But this is what the Lord says:

“I will reward your evil with evil;

you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose.

You will no longer walk around proudly,

for it will be a terrible time.”

In that day your enemies will make fun of you

by singing this song of despair about you:

“We are finished,

completely ruined!

God has confiscated our land,

taking it from us.

He has given our fields

to those who betrayed us.Or to those who took us captive.

Others will set your boundaries then,

and the Lord’s people will have no say

in how the land is divided.

True and False Prophets

“Don’t say such things,”

the people respond.Or the prophets respond; Hebrew reads they prophesy.

“Don’t prophesy like that.

Such disasters will never come our way!”

Should you talk that way, O family of Israel?Hebrew O house of Jacob? See note on 1:5a.

Will the Lord’s Spirit have patience with such behavior?

If you would do what is right,

you would find my words comforting.

Yet to this very hour

my people rise against me like an enemy!

You steal the shirts right off the backs

of those who trusted you,

making them as ragged as men

returning from battle.

You have evicted women from their pleasant homes

and forever stripped their children of all that God would give them.

10 Up! Begone!

This is no longer your land and home,

for you have filled it with sin

and ruined it completely.

11 Suppose a prophet full of lies would say to you,

“I’ll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!”

That’s just the kind of prophet you would like!

Hope for Restoration

12 “Someday, O Israel, I will gather you;

I will gather the remnant who are left.

I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen,

like a flock in its pasture.

Yes, your land will again

be filled with noisy crowds!

13 Your leader will break out

and lead you out of exile,

out through the gates of the enemy cities,

back to your own land.

Your king will lead you;

the Lord himself will guide you.”

Judgment against Israel’s Leaders

I said, “Listen, you leaders of Israel!

You are supposed to know right from wrong,

but you are the very ones

who hate good and love evil.

You skin my people alive

and tear the flesh from their bones.

Yes, you eat my people’s flesh,

strip off their skin,

and break their bones.

You chop them up

like meat for the cooking pot.

Then you beg the Lord for help in times of trouble!

Do you really expect him to answer?

After all the evil you have done,

he won’t even look at you!”

This is what the Lord says:

“You false prophets are leading my people astray!

You promise peace for those who give you food,

but you declare war on those who refuse to feed you.

Now the night will close around you,

cutting off all your visions.

Darkness will cover you,

putting an end to your predictions.

The sun will set for you prophets,

and your day will come to an end.

Then you seers will be put to shame,

and you fortune-tellers will be disgraced.

And you will cover your faces

because there is no answer from God.”

But as for me, I am filled with power—

with the Spirit of the Lord.

I am filled with justice and strength

to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion.

Listen to me, you leaders of Israel!

You hate justice and twist all that is right.

10 You are building Jerusalem

on a foundation of murder and corruption.

11 You rulers make decisions based on bribes;

you priests teach God’s laws only for a price;

you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid.

Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord.

“No harm can come to us,” you say,

“for the Lord is here among us.”

12 Because of you, Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field;

Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!

A thicket will grow on the heights

where the Temple now stands.

The Lord’s Future Reign

In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house

will be the highest of all—

the most important place on earth.

It will be raised above the other hills,

and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.

People from many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of Jacob’s God.

There he will teach us his ways,

and we will walk in his paths.”

For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion;

his word will go out from Jerusalem.

The Lord will mediate between peoples

and will settle disputes between strong nations far away.

They will hammer their swords into plowshares

and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will no longer fight against nation,

nor train for war anymore.

Everyone will live in peace and prosperity,

enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees,

for there will be nothing to fear.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies

has made this promise!

Though the nations around us follow their idols,

we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.

Israel’s Return from Exile

“In that coming day,” says the Lord,

“I will gather together those who are lame,

those who have been exiles,

and those whom I have filled with grief.

Those who are weak will survive as a remnant;

those who were exiles will become a strong nation.

Then I, the Lord, will rule from JerusalemHebrew Mount Zion.

as their king forever.”

As for you, Jerusalem,

the citadel of God’s people,Hebrew As for you, Migdal-eder, / the Ophel of the daughter of Zion.

your royal might and power

will come back to you again.

The kingship will be restored

to my precious Jerusalem.

But why are you now screaming in terror?

Have you no king to lead you?

Have your wise people all died?

Pain has gripped you like a woman in childbirth.

10 Writhe and groan like a woman in labor,

you people of Jerusalem,Hebrew O daughter of Zion.

for now you must leave this city

to live in the open country.

You will soon be sent in exile

to distant Babylon.

But the Lord will rescue you there;

he will redeem you from the grip of your enemies.

11 Now many nations have gathered against you.

“Let her be desecrated,” they say.

“Let us see the destruction of Jerusalem.Hebrew of Zion.

12 But they do not know the Lord’s thoughts

or understand his plan.

These nations don’t know

that he is gathering them together

to be beaten and trampled

like sheaves of grain on a threshing floor.

13 “Rise up and crush the nations, O Jerusalem!”Hebrew “Rise up and thresh, O daughter of Zion.”

says the Lord.

“For I will give you iron horns and bronze hooves,

so you can trample many nations to pieces.

You will present their stolen riches to the Lord,

their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.”

The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

For, behold, the Lord cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem.

13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord.

Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.

10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.

And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us.

12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.

For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

12 But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

Revelation 6:1-17

The Seals

I watched as the LambS Rev 5:6 opened the first of the seven seals.Rev 5:1 Then I heard one of the four living creaturesS Rev 4:6, 7 say in a voice like thunder,Rev 14:2; 19:6 “Come!”I looked, and there before me was a white horse!Zec 1:8; 6:3; Rev 19:11 Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown,Zec 6:11; Rev 14:14; 19:12 and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.Ps 45:4

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creatureRev 4:7 say, “Come!”Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.Zec 1:8; 6:2 Its rider was given power to take peace from the earthMt 10:34 and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creatureRev 4:7 say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse!Zec 6:2 Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures,S Rev 4:6, 7 saying, “Two poundsOr about 1 kilogram of wheat for a day’s wages,Greek a denarius and six poundsOr about 3 kilograms of barley for a day’s wages,Greek a denariusEze 4:16 and do not damageRev 7:1, 3; 9:4 the oil and the wine!”

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creatureRev 4:7 say, “Come!”I looked, and there before me was a pale horse!Zec 6:3 Its rider was named Death, and HadesHos 13:14; Rev 1:18; 20:13, 14 was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.Jer 15:2, 3; 24:10; Eze 5:12, 17

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underEx 29:12; Lev 4:7 the altarRev 14:18; 16:7 the souls of those who had been slainRev 20:4 because of the word of GodRo 1:2; S Heb 4:12 and the testimony they had maintained.10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long,Ps 119:84; Zec 1:12 Sovereign Lord,Lk 2:29; 2Pe 2:1 holy and true,S Rev 3:7 until you judge the inhabitants of the earthS Rev 3:10 and avenge our blood?”Dt 32:43; 2Ki 9:7; Ps 79:10; Rev 16:6; 18:20; 19:211 Then each of them was given a white robe,S Rev 3:4 and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 12:10; 19:10. were killed just as they had been.Heb 11:40

12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake.Ps 97:4; Isa 29:6; Eze 38:19; Rev 8:5; 11:13; 16:18 The sun turned blackS Mt 24:29 like sackclothIsa 50:3 made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth,S Mt 24:29; Rev 8:10; 9:1 as figs drop from a fig treeIsa 34:4 when shaken by a strong wind.14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up,S 2Pe 3:10; Rev 20:11; 21:1 and every mountain and island was removed from its place.Ps 46:2; Isa 54:10; Jer 4:24; Eze 38:20; Na 1:5; Rev 16:20; 21:1

15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free,Rev 19:18 hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.Isa 2:10, 19, 2116 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on usHos 10:8; Lk 23:30 and hide usSee Hosea 10:8. from the face of him who sits on the throneS Rev 5:1 and from the wrath of the Lamb!17 For the great dayJoel 1:15; 2:1, 2, 11, 31; Zep 1:14, 15; Rev 16:14 of theirSome manuscripts his wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”Ps 76:7; Na 1:6; Mal 3:2

The Lamb Breaks the First Six Seals

As I watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll.Or book. Then I heard one of the four living beings say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”I looked up and saw a white horse standing there. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory.

When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come!”Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.

When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay.Greek A choinix [1 quart or 1 liter] of wheat for a denarius, and 3 choinix of barley for a denarius. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage. And don’t wasteOr harm. the olive oil and wine.”

When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!”I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave.Greek was Hades. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and diseaseGreek death. and wild animals.

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.10 They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”11 Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sistersGreek their brothers.—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.

12 I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.13 Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind.14 The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.

15 Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.16 And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Psalm 134:1-3

Psalm 134

A song of ascents.

Praise the Lord, all you servantsS Ps 113:1; 135:1-2; Rev 19:5 of the Lord

who ministerS Nu 16:9; S 1Ch 15:2 by nightS 1Ch 23:30 in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your handsS Ps 28:2; 1Ti 2:8 in the sanctuaryPs 15:1

and praise the Lord.Ps 33:2; 103:1

May the Lord bless you from Zion,S Lev 25:21; S Ps 20:2

he who is the Maker of heavenS Ps 124:8 and earth.

Psalm 134

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

Oh, praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,

you who serve at night in the house of the Lord.

Lift your hands toward the sanctuary,

and praise the Lord.

May the Lord, who made heaven and earth,

bless you from Jerusalem.Hebrew Zion.

134 Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.

Proverbs 30:1-4

Sayings of Agur

30 The sayingsS Pr 22:17 of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.

This man’s utterance to Ithiel:

“I am weary, God,

but I can prevail.With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text utterance to Ithiel, / to Ithiel and Ukal:

Surely I am only a brute, not a man;

I do not have human understanding.

I have not learned wisdom,

nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.S Pr 9:10

Who has gone upDt 30:12; Ps 24:1-2; S Pr 8:22-31; Jn 3:13; Eph 4:7-10 to heaven and come down?

Whose handsIsa 40:12 have gathered up the wind?

Who has wrapped up the watersJob 26:8 in a cloak?S Ge 1:2

Who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is his name,Rev 19:12 and what is the name of his son?

Surely you know!

The Sayings of Agur

30 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message.Or son of Jakeh from Massa; or son of Jakeh, an oracle.

I am weary, O God;

I am weary and worn out, O God.The Hebrew can also be translated The man declares this to Ithiel, / to Ithiel and to Ucal.

I am too stupid to be human,

and I lack common sense.

I have not mastered human wisdom,

nor do I know the Holy One.

Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down?

Who holds the wind in his fists?

Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak?

Who has created the whole wide world?

What is his name—and his son’s name?

Tell me if you know!

30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

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