Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Sometimes it seems as though you wait forever for a breakthrough. Satan laughs and mocks your faith, insisting that you are waiting in vain. Micah's response to Satan's jabs was a strong confession of faith. Confident that the Lord would save him, Micah declared that although he might be down, he was not out!

When going through periods of waiting for God, hours turn into days, weeks, and months. Satan's taunts and jeers ring in your ears. Through it all, however, remember that one day the tables will turn. You may have fallen, but you must boldly declare, "I will arise." You may be sitting in darkness now, but one day the Lord will light all the darkness around you!

The elders around the throne of God reminded John, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white" (Revelation 7:14). Are you going through a period of tribulation and waiting for God to act? Stand forever, if necessary, for Satan knows that one day "God will wipe away all [your] tears" (v. 17).

Micah 5:1-7:20

A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem

In Hebrew texts 5:1 is numbered 4:14, and 5:2-15 is numbered 5:1-14.Marshal your troops now, city of troops,

for a siege is laid against us.

They will strike Israel’s ruler

on the cheekLa 3:30 with a rod.

“But you, BethlehemS Jn 7:42 Ephrathah,S Ge 35:16; S 48:7

though you are small among the clansOr rulers of Judah,

out of you will come for me

one who will be rulerS Nu 24:19; S 1Sa 13:14; S 2Sa 6:21; S 2Ch 7:18 over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,Ps 102:25

from ancient times.”Mt 2:6*

Therefore Israel will be abandonedS Jer 7:29

until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,

and the rest of his brothers return

to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flockIsa 40:11; 49:9; S Eze 34:11-15, 23; Mic 7:14

in the strength of the Lord,

in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

And they will live securely, for then his greatnessIsa 52:13; Lk 1:32

will reach to the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peaceS Isa 9:6; S Lk 2:14; Col 1:19-20

when the Assyrians invadeIsa 8:7 our land

and march through our fortresses.

We will raise against them seven shepherds,

even eight commanders,Isa 10:24-27

who will ruleOr crush the land of Assyria with the sword,

the land of NimrodGe 10:8 with drawn sword.Or Nimrod in its gatesZep 2:13

He will deliver us from the Assyrians

when they invade our land

and march across our borders.Na 2:11-13

The remnantS Am 5:15; S Mic 2:12 of Jacob will be

in the midst of many peoples

like dewS Ps 133:3 from the Lord,

like showers on the grass,Isa 44:4

which do not wait for anyone

or depend on man.

The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,

in the midst of many peoples,

like a lion among the beasts of the forest,S Ge 49:9

like a young lion among flocks of sheep,

which mauls and manglesMic 4:13; Zec 10:5 as it goes,

and no one can rescue.S Ps 50:22; S Isa 5:29; S Hos 5:14

Your hand will be lifted upS Ps 10:12 in triumph over your enemies,

and all your foes will be destroyed.

10 “In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will destroy your horses from among you

and demolish your chariots.Ex 15:4, 19; S Hos 14:3; Hag 2:22; Zec 9:10

11 I will destroy the citiesS Dt 29:23; Isa 6:11 of your land

and tear down all your strongholds.S La 2:2; S Hos 10:14; Am 5:9

12 I will destroy your witchcraft

and you will no longer cast spells.Dt 18:10-12; Isa 2:6; 8:19

13 I will destroy your idolsNa 1:14

and your sacred stones from among you;Hos 10:2

you will no longer bow down

to the work of your hands.S Isa 2:18; S Eze 6:9; Zec 13:2

14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah polesThat is, wooden symbols of the goddess AsherahS Ex 34:13; S Jdg 3:7; S 2Ki 17:10

when I demolish your cities.

15 I will take vengeanceS Isa 65:12 in anger and wrath

on the nations that have not obeyed me.”

The Lord’s Case Against Israel

Listen to what the Lord says:

“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;S Ps 50:1; S Eze 6:2

let the hills hear what you have to say.

“Hear,Dt 32:1 you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;S Hos 12:2

listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.

For the Lord has a caseS Isa 3:13 against his people;

he is lodging a chargePs 50:7; S Jer 2:9 against Israel.

“My people, what have I done to you?

How have I burdenedJer 2:5 you?Jer 2:5 Answer me.

I brought you up out of EgyptS Ex 3:10; S 6:6

and redeemed you from the land of slavery.Dt 7:8

I sent MosesS Ex 4:16 to lead you,

also AaronS Nu 33:1; Ps 77:20 and Miriam.S Ex 15:20

My people, remember

what BalakS Nu 22:2 king of Moab plotted

and what Balaam son of Beor answered.

Remember your journey from ShittimS Nu 25:1 to Gilgal,S Dt 11:30; Jos 5:9-10

that you may know the righteous actsJdg 5:11; 1Sa 12:7 of the Lord.”

With what shall I come beforeS Ps 95:2 the Lord

and bow down before the exalted God?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

with calves a year old?Ps 40:6-8; 51:16-17

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,S Isa 1:11; S 40:16

with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?Ps 50:8-10

Shall I offer my firstbornS Lev 18:21; S 2Ki 3:27 for my transgression,

the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?Hos 5:6; S Am 5:22

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justlyS Isa 1:17; S Jer 22:3 and to love mercy

and to walk humblyOr prudentlyS 2Ki 22:19; S Isa 57:15 with your God.S Ge 5:22; Dt 10:12-13; 1Sa 15:22; Hos 6:6; Zec 7:9-10; Mt 9:13; 23:23; Mk 12:33; Lk 11:42

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—

and to fear your name is wisdom—

“Heed the rodS Ge 17:1; Isa 11:4 and the One who appointed it.The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,

and the short ephah,An ephah was a dry measure. which is accursed?Eze 45:9-10; S Am 3:10; 8:4-6

11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,S Lev 19:36

with a bag of false weights?S Dt 25:13

12 Your rich people are violent;S Isa 1:23

your inhabitants are liarsS Ps 116:11; Isa 3:8

and their tongues speak deceitfully.S Ps 35:20; S Jer 9:3

13 Therefore, I have begun to destroyIsa 1:7; 6:11 you,

to ruinOr Therefore, I will make you ill and destroy you; / I will ruin you because of your sins.

14 You will eat but not be satisfied;S Isa 9:20; S Hos 4:10

your stomach will still be empty.The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

You will store up but save nothing,Isa 30:6

because what you saveOr You will press toward birth but not give birth, / and what you bring to birth I will give to the sword.

15 You will plant but not harvest;S Dt 28:38; Jer 12:13

you will press olives but not use the oil,

you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.Job 24:11; S Am 5:11; Zep 1:13

16 You have observed the statutes of OmriS 1Ki 16:25

and all the practices of Ahab’s1Ki 16:29-33 house;

you have followed their traditions.Jer 7:24

Therefore I will give you over to ruinS Jer 25:9

and your people to derision;

you will bear the scornS Dt 28:37; S Jer 51:51; S Mic 2:6 of the nations.Septuagint; Hebrew scorn due my people

Israel’s Misery

What misery is mine!

I am like one who gathers summer fruit

at the gleaning of the vineyard;

there is no cluster of grapes to eat,

none of the early figsS SS 2:13 that I crave.

The faithful have been swept from the land;S Ps 12:1

not oneS Jer 2:29; 8:6 upright person remains.

Everyone lies in waitPs 10:8 to shed blood;S Pr 6:17; S Mic 3:10

they hunt each otherS Isa 3:5 with nets.S Jer 5:26

Both hands are skilled in doing evil;S Pr 4:16

the ruler demands gifts,

the judge accepts bribes,S Ex 23:8; S Eze 22:12

the powerful dictate what they desire—

they all conspire together.

The best of them is like a brier,S Nu 33:55; S Eze 2:6

the most upright worse than a thornS 2Sa 23:6 hedge.

The day God visits you has come,

the day your watchmen sound the alarm.

Now is the time of your confusion.S Job 31:14; Isa 22:5; S Hos 9:7

Do not trust a neighbor;

put no confidence in a friend.Jer 9:4

Even with the woman who lies in your embrace

guard the words of your lips.

For a son dishonors his father,

a daughter rises up against her mother,S Eze 22:7

a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—

a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.Mt 10:35-36*; S Mk 13:12

But as for me, I watchS Isa 21:8 in hopePs 130:5; Isa 25:9 for the Lord,

I wait for God my Savior;

my God will hearS Ps 4:3 me.

Israel Will Rise

Do not gloat over me,S Ps 22:17; S Pr 24:17; S Mic 4:11 my enemy!

Though I have fallen, I will rise.Ps 20:8; 37:24; S Am 9:11

Though I sit in darkness,

the Lord will be my light.S 2Sa 22:29; Isa 9:2

Because I have sinned against him,

I will bear the Lord’s wrath,La 3:39-40

until he pleads my caseS Ps 119:154

and upholds my cause.

He will bring me out into the light;S Ps 107:10

I will see his righteousness.Isa 46:13

10 Then my enemy will see it

and will be covered with shame,S Ps 35:26

she who said to me,

“Where is the Lord your God?”S Ps 42:3

My eyes will see her downfall;S Isa 51:23

even now she will be trampledS 2Sa 22:43; S Job 40:12; S Isa 5:5; Zec 10:5 underfoot

like mire in the streets.

11 The day for building your wallsIsa 54:11; S Am 9:11 will come,

the day for extending your boundaries.

12 In that day people will come to you

from AssyriaS Isa 11:11 and the cities of Egypt,

even from Egypt to the Euphrates

and from sea to sea

and from mountain to mountain.Isa 19:23-25; 60:4

13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants,

as the result of their deeds.Isa 3:10-11; S Eze 12:19; S 33:28-29

Prayer and Praise

14 ShepherdS Ps 28:9; S Mic 5:4 your people with your staff,Ps 23:4

the flock of your inheritance,

which lives by itself in a forest,

in fertile pasturelands.Or in the middle of CarmelPs 95:7

Let them feed in BashanS Isa 33:9 and GileadS SS 4:1; S Jer 50:19

as in days long ago.Eze 36:11

15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt,

I will show them my wonders.S Ex 3:20; Ps 78:12

16 Nations will see and be ashamed,Isa 26:11

deprived of all their power.

They will put their hands over their mouthsS Jdg 18:19

and their ears will become deaf.

17 They will lick dustS Ge 3:14 like a snake,

like creatures that crawl on the ground.

They will come trembling2Sa 22:46 out of their dens;

they will turn in fearIsa 25:3; 59:19 to the Lord our God

and will be afraid of you.

18 Who is a GodS Ex 8:10; S 1Sa 2:2 like you,

who pardons sinS Isa 43:25; S Jer 50:20; Zec 3:4 and forgivesS 2Ch 6:21; Ps 103:8-13 the transgression

of the remnantS Joel 2:32; S Am 5:15; S Mic 2:12 of his inheritance?S Ex 34:9

You do not stay angryS Ps 103:9; S Isa 54:9 forever

but delight to show mercy.S 2Ch 30:9; S Jer 31:20; 32:41; S Eze 18:23

19 You will again have compassion on us;

you will tread our sins underfoot

and hurl all our iniquitiesS Isa 43:25 into the depths of the sea.S Jer 31:34

20 You will be faithful to Jacob,

and show love to Abraham,Gal 3:16

as you pledged on oath to our ancestorsDt 7:8; Lk 1:72

in days long ago.Ps 108:4

Verse 5:1 is numbered 4:14 in Hebrew text.Mobilize! Marshal your troops!

The enemy is laying siege to Jerusalem.

They will strike Israel’s leader

in the face with a rod.

A Ruler from Bethlehem

Verses 5:2-15 are numbered 5:1-14 in Hebrew text.But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,

are only a small village among all the people of Judah.

Yet a ruler of Israel,

whose origins are in the distant past,

will come from you on my behalf.

The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies

until the woman in labor gives birth.

Then at last his fellow countrymen

will return from exile to their own land.

And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,

in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

Then his people will live there undisturbed,

for he will be highly honored around the world.

And he will be the source of peace.

When the Assyrians invade our land

and break through our defenses,

we will appoint seven rulers to watch over us,

eight princes to lead us.

They will rule Assyria with drawn swords

and enter the gates of the land of Nimrod.

He will rescue us from the Assyrians

when they pour over the borders to invade our land.

The Remnant Purified

Then the remnant left in IsraelHebrew in Jacob; also in 5:8. See note on 1:5a.

will take their place among the nations.

They will be like dew sent by the Lord

or like rain falling on the grass,

which no one can hold back

and no one can restrain.

The remnant left in Israel

will take their place among the nations.

They will be like a lion among the animals of the forest,

like a strong young lion among flocks of sheep and goats,

pouncing and tearing as they go

with no rescuer in sight.

The people of Israel will stand up to their foes,

and all their enemies will be wiped out.

10 “In that day,” says the Lord,

“I will slaughter your horses

and destroy your chariots.

11 I will tear down your walls

and demolish your defenses.

12 I will put an end to all witchcraft,

and there will be no more fortune-tellers.

13 I will destroy all your idols and sacred pillars,

so you will never again worship the work of your own hands.

14 I will abolish your idol shrines with their Asherah poles

and destroy your pagan cities.

15 I will pour out my vengeance

on all the nations that refuse to obey me.”

The Lord’s Case against Israel

Listen to what the Lord is saying:

“Stand up and state your case against me.

Let the mountains and hills be called to witness your complaints.

And now, O mountains,

listen to the Lord’s complaint!

He has a case against his people.

He will bring charges against Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?

What have I done to make you tired of me?

Answer me!

For I brought you out of Egypt

and redeemed you from slavery.

I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.

Don’t you remember, my people,

how King Balak of Moab tried to have you cursed

and how Balaam son of Beor blessed you instead?

And remember your journey from Acacia GroveHebrew Shittim. to Gilgal,

when I, the Lord, did everything I could

to teach you about my faithfulness.”

What can we bring to the Lord?

Should we bring him burnt offerings?

Should we bow before God Most High

with offerings of yearling calves?

Should we offer him thousands of rams

and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?

Should we sacrifice our firstborn children

to pay for our sins?

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,

and this is what he requires of you:

to do what is right, to love mercy,

and to walk humbly with your God.

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

Fear the Lord if you are wise!

His voice calls to everyone in Jerusalem:

“The armies of destruction are coming;

the Lord is sending them.Hebrew “Listen to the rod. / Who appointed it?”

10 What shall I say about the homes of the wicked

filled with treasures gained by cheating?

What about the disgusting practice

of measuring out grain with dishonest measures?Hebrew of using the short ephah? The ephah was a unit for measuring grain.

11 How can I tolerate your merchants

who use dishonest scales and weights?

12 The rich among you have become wealthy

through extortion and violence.

Your citizens are so used to lying

that their tongues can no longer tell the truth.

13 “Therefore, I will wound you!

I will bring you to ruin for all your sins.

14 You will eat but never have enough.

Your hunger pangs and emptiness will remain.

And though you try to save your money,

it will come to nothing in the end.

You will save a little,

but I will give it to those who conquer you.

15 You will plant crops

but not harvest them.

You will press your olives

but not get enough oil to anoint yourselves.

You will trample the grapes

but get no juice to make your wine.

16 You keep only the laws of evil King Omri;

you follow only the example of wicked King Ahab!

Therefore, I will make an example of you,

bringing you to complete ruin.

You will be treated with contempt,

mocked by all who see you.”

Misery Turned to Hope

How miserable I am!

I feel like the fruit picker after the harvest

who can find nothing to eat.

Not a cluster of grapes or a single early fig

can be found to satisfy my hunger.

The godly people have all disappeared;

not one honest person is left on the earth.

They are all murderers,

setting traps even for their own brothers.

Both their hands are equally skilled at doing evil!

Officials and judges alike demand bribes.

The people with influence get what they want,

and together they scheme to twist justice.

Even the best of them is like a brier;

the most honest is as dangerous as a hedge of thorns.

But your judgment day is coming swiftly now.

Your time of punishment is here, a time of confusion.

Don’t trust anyone—

not your best friend or even your wife!

For the son despises his father.

The daughter defies her mother.

The daughter-in-law defies her mother-in-law.

Your enemies are right in your own household!

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.

I wait confidently for God to save me,

and my God will certainly hear me.

Do not gloat over me, my enemies!

For though I fall, I will rise again.

Though I sit in darkness,

the Lord will be my light.

I will be patient as the Lord punishes me,

for I have sinned against him.

But after that, he will take up my case

and give me justice for all I have suffered from my enemies.

The Lord will bring me into the light,

and I will see his righteousness.

10 Then my enemies will see that the Lord is on my side.

They will be ashamed that they taunted me, saying,

“So where is the Lord

that God of yours?”

With my own eyes I will see their downfall;

they will be trampled like mud in the streets.

11 In that day, Israel, your cities will be rebuilt,

and your borders will be extended.

12 People from many lands will come and honor you—

from Assyria all the way to the towns of Egypt,

from Egypt all the way to the Euphrates River,Hebrew the river.

and from distant seas and mountains.

13 But the landOr earth. will become empty and desolate

because of the wickedness of those who live there.

The Lord’s Compassion on Israel

14 O Lord, protect your people with your shepherd’s staff;

lead your flock, your special possession.

Though they live alone in a thicket

on the heights of Mount Carmel,Or surrounded by a fruitful land.

let them graze in the fertile pastures of Bashan and Gilead

as they did long ago.

15 “Yes,” says the Lord,

“I will do mighty miracles for you,

like those I did when I rescued you

from slavery in Egypt.”

16 All the nations of the world will stand amazed

at what the Lord will do for you.

They will be embarrassed

at their feeble power.

They will cover their mouths in silent awe,

deaf to everything around them.

17 Like snakes crawling from their holes,

they will come out to meet the Lord our God.

They will fear him greatly,

trembling in terror at his presence.

18 Where is another God like you,

who pardons the guilt of the remnant,

overlooking the sins of his special people?

You will not stay angry with your people forever,

because you delight in showing unfailing love.

19 Once again you will have compassion on us.

You will trample our sins under your feet

and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

20 You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love

as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.

Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:

12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.

15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

Hear ye now what the Lord saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord.

Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.

Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.

I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.

18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Revelation 7:1-17

144,000 Sealed

After this I saw four angels standing at the four cornersIsa 11:12 of the earth, holding back the four windsJer 49:36; Eze 37:9; Da 7:2; Zec 6:5; Mt 24:31 of the earth to preventS Rev 6:6 any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the sealRev 9:4 of the living God.S Mt 16:16 He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:ver 1“Do not harmS Rev 6:6 the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheadsEze 9:4; Rev 9:4; 14:1; 22:4 of the servants of our God.”Then I heard the numberRev 9:16 of those who were sealed: 144,000Rev 14:1, 3 from all the tribes of Israel.

From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,

from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,

from the tribe of Gad 12,000,

from the tribe of Asher 12,000,

from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,

from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,

from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,

from the tribe of Levi 12,000,

from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,

from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,

from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,

from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

The Great Multitude in White Robes

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,S Rev 13:7 standing before the thronever 15 and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robesS Rev 3:4 and were holding palm branches in their hands.10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,Ps 3:8; Rev 12:10; 19:1

who sits on the throne,S Rev 5:1

and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the eldersS Rev 4:4 and the four living creatures.S Rev 4:6 They fell down on their facesS Rev 4:10 before the throne and worshiped God,12 saying:

“Amen!

Praise and glory

and wisdom and thanks and honor

and power and strength

be to our God for ever and ever.

Amen!”S Ro 11:36; Rev 5:12-14

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robesS Rev 3:4—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robesRev 22:14 and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.Heb 9:14; 1Jn 1:7; Rev 12:1115 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of Godver 9

and serve himRev 22:3 day and night in his temple;Rev 11:19

and he who sits on the throneS Rev 5:1

will shelter them with his presence.Isa 4:5, 6; Rev 21:3

16 ‘Never again will they hunger;

never again will they thirst.Jn 6:35

The sun will not beat down on them,’Isaiah 49:10

nor any scorching heat.Isa 49:10

17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne

will be their shepherd;S Jn 10:11

‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’Isaiah 49:10S Jn 4:10

‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’Isaiah 25:8Isa 25:8; 35:10; 51:11; 65:19; Rev 21:4

God’s People Will Be Preserved

Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds so they did not blow on the earth or the sea, or even on any tree.And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had been given power to harm land and sea,“Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.”

And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God—144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel:

from Judah12,000
from Reuben12,000
from Gad12,000
from Asher12,000
from Naphtali12,000
from Manasseh12,000
from Simeon12,000
from Levi12,000
from Issachar12,000
from Zebulun12,000
from Joseph12,000
from Benjamin12,000

Praise from the Great Crowd

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.10 And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne

and from the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.12 They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom

and thanksgiving and honor

and power and strength belong to our God

forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died inGreek who came out of. the great tribulation.Or the great suffering. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne

and serve him day and night in his Temple.

And he who sits on the throne

will give them shelter.

16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty;

they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.

17 For the Lamb on the throneGreek on the center of the throne.

will be their Shepherd.

He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.

And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Psalm 135:1-21

Psalm 135135:15-20pp — Ps 115:4-11

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verses 3 and 21

Praise the name of the Lord;

praise him, you servantsNe 7:73 of the Lord,

you who minister in the houseS 1Ch 15:2; Lk 2:37 of the Lord,

in the courtsS Ps 116:19 of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;S 1Ch 16:34; S Ps 119:68

sing praise to his name,S Ps 68:4 for that is pleasant.S Ps 92:1; 147:1

For the Lord has chosen JacobS Dt 10:15 to be his own,

Israel to be his treasured possession.Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6; Mal 3:17; S Tit 2:14

I know that the Lord is great,S Ps 48:1; 145:3

that our Lord is greater than all gods.S Ex 12:12; S 1Ch 16:25; S Job 21:22

The Lord does whatever pleases him,Ps 115:3; Da 4:35

in the heavens and on the earth,Mt 6:10

in the seas and all their depths.

He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;

he sends lightning with the rainS Job 5:10; Ps 68:9; Isa 30:23; Jer 10:13; 51:16; Joel 2:23; Zec 10:1

and brings out the windAm 4:13 from his storehouses.S Dt 28:12

He struck down the firstbornS Ex 4:23; S 12:12 of Egypt,

the firstborn of people and animals.

He sent his signsS Ex 7:9 and wonders into your midst, Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.Ps 136:10-15

10 He struck down manyNu 21:21-25; Jos 24:8-11; Ps 44:2; 78:55; 136:17-21 nations

and killed mighty kings—

11 SihonS Nu 21:21 king of the Amorites,S Nu 21:26

Og king of Bashan,S Nu 21:33

and all the kings of CanaanS Jos 12:7-24; 24:12

12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,S Dt 29:8

an inheritance to his people Israel.

13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,S Ex 3:15

your renown,S Ps 102:12 Lord, through all generations.

14 For the Lord will vindicate his peopleS 1Sa 24:15; Heb 10:30*

and have compassion on his servants.S Dt 32:36

15 The idols of the nationsPs 96:5; Rev 9:20 are silver and gold,

made by human hands.Isa 2:8; 31:7; 37:19; 40:19; Jer 1:16; 10:5

16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,S 1Ki 18:26

eyes, but cannot see.

17 They have ears, but cannot hear,

nor is there breathJer 10:14; Hab 2:19 in their mouths.

18 Those who make them will be like them,

and so will all who trust in them.

19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;S Ps 22:23

house of Aaron, praise the Lord;

20 house of Levi, praise the Lord;

you who fear him, praise the Lord.

21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion,Ps 128:5; 134:3

to him who dwells in Jerusalem.S 1Ki 8:13; S 2Ch 6:2

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord!

Praise the name of the Lord!

Praise him, you who serve the Lord,

you who serve in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;

celebrate his lovely name with music.

For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel for his own special treasure.

I know the greatness of the Lord

that our Lord is greater than any other god.

The Lord does whatever pleases him

throughout all heaven and earth,

and on the seas and in their depths.

He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses.

He destroyed the firstborn in each Egyptian home,

both people and animals.

He performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt

against Pharaoh and all his people.

10 He struck down great nations

and slaughtered mighty kings—

11 Sihon king of the Amorites,

Og king of Bashan,

and all the kings of Canaan.

12 He gave their land as an inheritance,

a special possession to his people Israel.

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever;

your fame, O Lord, is known to every generation.

14 For the Lord will give justice to his people

and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are merely things of silver and gold,

shaped by human hands.

16 They have mouths but cannot speak,

and eyes but cannot see.

17 They have ears but cannot hear,

and mouths but cannot breathe.

18 And those who make idols are just like them,

as are all who trust in them.

19 O Israel, praise the Lord!

O priests—descendants of Aaron—praise the Lord!

20 O Levites, praise the Lord!

All you who fear the Lord, praise the Lord!

21 The Lord be praised from Zion,

for he lives here in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

135 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the Lord.

Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.

For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.

Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.

10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;

11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:

12 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.

13 Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations.

14 For the Lord will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;

17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.

18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.

19 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of Aaron:

20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord, bless the Lord.

21 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 30:5-6

“Every word of God is flawless;S Ps 12:6; S 18:30

he is a shieldS Ge 15:1 to those who take refuge in him.

Do not addS Dt 4:2 to his words,

or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Every word of God proves true.

He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.

Do not add to his words,

or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

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