Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The twenty-six letters of the Hebrew alphabet are used to begin the twenty-six verses of Psalm 136. Twenty-six times the Holy Spirit wants us to know that "His faithful loves endures forever." This fact should be branded upon our minds and hearts both now and always.

In stark contrast to this message is the incredible judgment of the seventh seal (Revelation 8). Death, darkness, and despair consume the earth with fiery hail, falling stars, and bitter waters. How does this judgment show a God whose love endures forever? Nahum provides the answer: "The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet" (Nahum 1:3). God shows His love by waiting so long to impose judgment!

Centuries have gone by with God's long-suffering, restraining judgment being withheld, just as He withheld in the days of Noah. God also waited patiently for Pharaoh, though He "killed the firstborn of Egypt" (Psalm 136:10). The old idea that a God of love cannot show wrath is wrong. His love is shown by the fact that He waits so long to display His wrath!

Nahum 1:1-3:19

A prophecyS Isa 13:1; 19:1; Jer 23:33-34 concerning Nineveh.S Ge 10:11; S Jer 50:18; Na 2:8; 3:7 The book of the visionS Isa 1:1 of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh

The Lord is a jealousS Ex 20:5 and avenging God;

the Lord takes vengeanceS Ge 4:24; S Dt 32:41; Ps 94:1 and is filled with wrath.

The Lord takes vengeance on his foes

and vents his wrath against his enemies.S Dt 7:10

The Lord is slow to angerS Ne 9:17 but great in power;

the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.S Ex 34:7

His way is in the whirlwindS Ex 14:21; S 2Ki 2:1 and the storm,S Ps 50:3

and cloudsS 2Sa 22:10; S Ps 104:3 are the dust of his feet.

He rebukesS 2Sa 22:16 the sea and dries it up;S Ex 14:22

he makes all the rivers run dry.

Bashan and CarmelS Isa 33:9 wither

and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

The mountains quakeS Ex 19:18; S Job 9:6 before him

and the hills melt away.S Mic 1:4

The earth tremblesS Joel 2:10 at his presence,

the world and all who live in it.S Eze 38:20

Who can withstandS Ps 130:3 his indignation?

Who can endureS Eze 22:14 his fierce anger?S Ps 76:7

His wrath is poured out like fire;S Isa 5:24-25; S 42:25; S Jer 10:10

the rocks are shattered1Ki 19:11 before him.

The Lord is good,S Jer 33:11

a refuge in times of trouble.S Jer 17:17

He cares forS Ps 1:6 those who trust in him,S Ps 22:9

but with an overwhelming floodS Isa 8:7; S Da 9:26

he will make an end of Nineveh;

he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

Whatever they plotS Hos 7:15 against the Lord

he will bringOr What do you foes plot against the Lord? / He will bring it to an end;

trouble will not come a second time.

10 They will be entangled among thornsS 2Sa 23:6

and drunkS Isa 49:26 from their wine;

they will be consumed like dry stubble.The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.S Isa 5:24; Mal 4:1

11 From you, Nineveh, has one come forth

who plots evil against the Lord

and devises wicked plans.

12 This is what the Lord says:

“Although they have allies and are numerous,

they will be destroyedS Isa 10:34 and pass away.

Although I have afflicted you, Judah,

I will afflict you no more.Isa 54:6-8; S La 3:31-32

13 Now I will break their yokeS Isa 9:4 from your neck

and tear your shackles away.”S Job 12:18; S Ps 107:14

14 The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:

“You will have no descendants to bear your name.S Isa 14:22

I will destroy the imagesMic 5:13 and idols

that are in the temple of your gods.

I will prepare your grave,S Jer 28:8; Eze 32:22-23

for you are vile.”

15 Look, there on the mountains,

the feet of one who brings good news,Isa 40:9; Ro 10:15

who proclaims peace!S Isa 52:7; Ac 10:36

Celebrate your festivals,Lev 23:2-4 Judah,

and fulfill your vows.

No more will the wicked invade you;S Isa 52:1

they will be completely destroyed.In Hebrew texts this verse (1:15) is numbered 2:1.

Nineveh to Fall

In Hebrew texts 2:1-13 is numbered 2:2-14.An attackerJer 51:20 advances against you, Nineveh.

Guard the fortress,

watch the road,

brace yourselves,

marshal all your strength!

The Lord will restoreS Eze 37:23 the splendorIsa 60:15 of Jacob

like the splendor of Israel,

though destroyers have laid them waste

and have ruined their vines.

The shields of the soldiers are red;

the warriors are clad in scarlet.S Eze 23:14-15

The metal on the chariots flashes

on the day they are made ready;

the spears of juniper are brandished.Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac ready; / the horsemen rush to and fro.

The chariotsS Jer 4:13; S Eze 23:24 storm through the streets,

rushing back and forth through the squares.

They look like flaming torches;

they dart about like lightning.

Nineveh summons her picked troops,

yet they stumbleJer 46:12 on their way.

They dash to the city wall;

the protective shield is put in place.

The river gatesIsa 45:1; Na 3:13 are thrown open

and the palace collapses.

It is decreedThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. that Nineveh

be exiled and carried away.

Her female slaves moanS Ge 8:8; S Isa 59:11 like doves

and beat on their breasts.Isa 32:12

Nineveh is like a pool

whose water is draining away.

“Stop! Stop!” they cry,

but no one turns back.

Plunder the silver!

Plunder the gold!

The supply is endless,

the wealth from all its treasures!

10 She is pillaged, plundered, stripped!

Hearts melt,S Jos 2:11; S 7:5 knees give way,

bodies tremble, every face grows pale.S Isa 29:22

11 Where now is the lions’ den,Isa 5:29

the place where they fed their young,

where the lion and lioness went,

and the cubs, with nothing to fear?

12 The lion killedS Jer 51:34 enough for his cubs

and strangled the prey for his mate,

filling his lairsS Jer 4:7 with the kill

and his dens with the prey.S Isa 37:18

13 “I am againstIsa 10:5-13; S Jer 21:13; Na 3:5 you,”

declares the Lord Almighty.

“I will burn up your chariots in smoke,Ps 46:9

and the swordS 2Sa 2:26 will devour your young lions.

I will leave you no prey on the earth.

The voices of your messengers

will no longer be heard.”S Mic 5:6

Woe to Nineveh

Woe to the city of blood,S Eze 22:2; S Mic 3:10

full of lies,Ps 12:2

full of plunder,

never without victims!

The crack of whips,

the clatter of wheels,

galloping horses

and jolting chariots!

Charging cavalry,

flashing swords

and glittering spears!

Many casualties,

piles of dead,

bodies without number,

people stumbling over the corpses2Ki 19:35; Isa 34:3; Jer 47:3

all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,

alluring, the mistress of sorceries,S Isa 47:9

who enslaved nations by her prostitutionS Isa 23:17; Eze 16:25-29

and peoples by her witchcraft.

“I am againstS Na 2:13 you,” declares the Lord Almighty.

“I will lift your skirtsS Isa 20:4; Jer 13:22 over your face.

I will show the nations your nakednessS Isa 47:3

and the kingdoms your shame.

I will pelt you with filth,S Ex 29:14; S Job 9:31

I will treat you with contemptS 1Sa 2:30; S Jer 51:37

and make you a spectacle.Isa 14:16

All who see you will fleeS Isa 13:14; S 31:9 from you and say,

‘NinevehS Na 1:1 is in ruinsS Job 3:14—who will mourn for her?’S Jer 15:5

Where can I find anyone to comfortS Isa 51:19 you?”

Are you better thanAm 6:2 Thebes,S Jer 46:25

situated on the Nile,Isa 19:6-9

with water around her?

The river was her defense,

the waters her wall.

CushThat is, the upper Nile regionS Ge 10:6; S 2Ch 12:3 and Egypt were her boundless strength;

PutS Eze 27:10 and LibyaEze 30:5 were among her allies.

10 Yet she was taken captiveS Isa 20:4

and went into exile.

Her infants were dashedS 2Ki 8:12; S Isa 13:16; Hos 13:16 to pieces

at every street corner.

LotsS Job 6:27; S Eze 24:6 were cast for her nobles,

and all her great men were put in chains.S Jer 40:1

11 You too will become drunk;S Isa 49:26

you will go into hidingS Isa 2:10

and seek refuge from the enemy.

12 All your fortresses are like fig trees

with their first ripe fruit;S SS 2:13

when they are shaken,

the figsS Isa 28:4 fall into the mouth of the eater.

13 Look at your troops—

they are all weaklings.S Isa 19:16

The gatesS Na 2:6 of your land

are wide open to your enemies;

fire has consumed the bars of your gates.S Isa 45:2

14 Draw water for the siege,S 2Ch 32:4

strengthen your defenses!Na 2:1

Work the clay,

tread the mortar,

repair the brickwork!

15 There the fireS Isa 27:1 will consume you;

the swordS 2Sa 2:26 will cut you down—

they will devour you like a swarm of locusts.

Multiply like grasshoppers,

multiply like locusts!S Jer 51:14; S Joel 1:4

16 You have increased the number of your merchants

till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky,

but like locustsS Ex 10:13 they strip the land

and then fly away.

17 Your guards are like locusts,Jer 51:27

your officials like swarms of locusts

that settle in the walls on a cold day—

but when the sun appears they fly away,

and no one knows where.

18 King of Assyria, your shepherdsThat is, rulers slumber;Ps 76:5-6; S Jer 25:27

your nobles lie down to rest.Isa 56:10

Your people are scatteredS 1Ki 22:17 on the mountains

with no one to gather them.

19 Nothing can heal you;S Jer 30:13; S Mic 1:9

your wound is fatal.

All who hear the news about you

clap their handsS Job 27:23; S La 2:15; Zep 2:15 at your fall,

for who has not felt

your endless cruelty?Isa 37:18

This message concerning Nineveh came as a vision to Nahum, who lived in Elkosh.

The Lord’s Anger against Nineveh

The Lord is a jealous God,

filled with vengeance and rage.

He takes revenge on all who oppose him

and continues to rage against his enemies!

The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great,

and he never lets the guilty go unpunished.

He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm.

The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.

At his command the oceans dry up,

and the rivers disappear.

The lush pastures of Bashan and Carmel fade,

and the green forests of Lebanon wither.

In his presence the mountains quake,

and the hills melt away;

the earth trembles,

and its people are destroyed.

Who can stand before his fierce anger?

Who can survive his burning fury?

His rage blazes forth like fire,

and the mountains crumble to dust in his presence.

The Lord is good,

a strong refuge when trouble comes.

He is close to those who trust in him.

But he will sweep away his enemiesAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads sweep away her place.

in an overwhelming flood.

He will pursue his foes

into the darkness of night.

Why are you scheming against the Lord?

He will destroy you with one blow;

he won’t need to strike twice!

10 His enemies, tangled like thornbushes

and staggering like drunks,

will be burned up like dry stubble in a field.

11 Who is this wicked counselor of yours

who plots evil against the Lord?

12 This is what the Lord says:

“Though the Assyrians have many allies,

they will be destroyed and disappear.

O my people, I have punished you before,

but I will not punish you again.

13 Now I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck

and tear off the chains of Assyrian oppression.”

14 And this is what the Lord says concerning the Assyrians in Nineveh:

“You will have no more children to carry on your name.

I will destroy all the idols in the temples of your gods.

I am preparing a grave for you

because you are despicable!”

15 Verse 1:15 is numbered 2:1 in Hebrew text.Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news!

He is bringing a message of peace.

Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah,

and fulfill all your vows,

for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again.

They will be completely destroyed!

The Fall of Nineveh

Verses 2:1-13 are numbered 2:2-14 in Hebrew text.Your enemy is coming to crush you, Nineveh.

Man the ramparts! Watch the roads!

Prepare your defenses! Call out your forces!

Even though the destroyer has destroyed Judah,

the Lord will restore its honor.

Israel’s vine has been stripped of branches,

but he will restore its splendor.

Shields flash red in the sunlight!

See the scarlet uniforms of the valiant troops!

Watch as their glittering chariots move into position,

with a forest of spears waving above them.Greek and Syriac versions read into position, / the horses whipped into a frenzy.

The chariots race recklessly along the streets

and rush wildly through the squares.

They flash like firelight

and move as swiftly as lightning.

The king shouts to his officers;

they stumble in their haste,

rushing to the walls to set up their defenses.

The river gates have been torn open!

The palace is about to collapse!

Nineveh’s exile has been decreed,

and all the servant girls mourn its capture.

They moan like doves

and beat their breasts in sorrow.

Nineveh is like a leaking water reservoir!

The people are slipping away.

“Stop, stop!” someone shouts,

but no one even looks back.

Loot the silver!

Plunder the gold!

There’s no end to Nineveh’s treasures—

its vast, uncounted wealth.

10 Soon the city is plundered, empty, and ruined.

Hearts melt and knees shake.

The people stand aghast,

their faces pale and trembling.

11 Where now is that great Nineveh,

that den filled with young lions?

It was a place where people—like lions and their cubs—

walked freely and without fear.

12 The lion tore up meat for his cubs

and strangled prey for his mate.

He filled his den with prey,

his caverns with his plunder.

13 “I am your enemy!”

says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Your chariots will soon go up in smoke.

Your young menHebrew young lions. will be killed in battle.

Never again will you plunder conquered nations.

The voices of your proud messengers will be heard no more.”

The Lord’s Judgment against Nineveh

What sorrow awaits Nineveh,

the city of murder and lies!

She is crammed with wealth

and is never without victims.

Hear the crack of whips,

the rumble of wheels!

Horses’ hooves pound,

and chariots clatter wildly.

See the flashing swords and glittering spears

as the charioteers charge past!

There are countless casualties,

heaps of bodies—

so many bodies that

people stumble over them.

All this because Nineveh,

the beautiful and faithless city,

mistress of deadly charms,

enticed the nations with her beauty.

She taught them all her magic,

enchanting people everywhere.

“I am your enemy!”

says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“And now I will lift your skirts

and show all the earth your nakedness and shame.

I will cover you with filth

and show the world how vile you really are.

All who see you will shrink back and say,

‘Nineveh lies in ruins.

Where are the mourners?’

Does anyone regret your destruction?”

Are you any better than the city of Thebes,Hebrew No-amon; also in 3:10.

situated on the Nile River, surrounded by water?

She was protected by the river on all sides,

walled in by water.

EthiopiaHebrew Cush. and the land of Egypt

gave unlimited assistance.

The nations of Put and Libya

were among her allies.

10 Yet Thebes fell,

and her people were led away as captives.

Her babies were dashed to death

against the stones of the streets.

Soldiers threw diceHebrew They cast lots. to get Egyptian officers as servants.

All their leaders were bound in chains.

11 And you, Nineveh, will also stagger like a drunkard.

You will hide for fear of the attacking enemy.

12 All your fortresses will fall.

They will be devoured like the ripe figs

that fall into the mouths

of those who shake the trees.

13 Your troops will be as weak

and helpless as women.

The gates of your land will be opened wide to the enemy

and set on fire and burned.

14 Get ready for the siege!

Store up water!

Strengthen the defenses!

Go into the pits to trample clay,

and pack it into molds,

making bricks to repair the walls.

15 But the fire will devour you;

the sword will cut you down.

The enemy will consume you like locusts,

devouring everything they see.

There will be no escape,

even if you multiply like swarming locusts.

16 Your merchants have multiplied

until they outnumber the stars.

But like a swarm of locusts,

they strip the land and fly away.

17 Your guardsOr princes. and officials are also like swarming locusts

that crowd together in the hedges on a cold day.

But like locusts that fly away when the sun comes up,

all of them will fly away and disappear.

18 Your shepherds are asleep, O Assyrian king;

your princes lie dead in the dust.

Your people are scattered across the mountains

with no one to gather them together.

19 There is no healing for your wound;

your injury is fatal.

All who hear of your destruction

will clap their hands for joy.

Where can anyone be found

who has not suffered from your continual cruelty?

The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the Lord, a wicked counsellor.

12 Thus saith the Lord; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

14 And the Lord hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.

For the Lord hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.

The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.

He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;

The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and fleeth away.

17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Revelation 8:1-13

The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

When he opened the seventh seal,Rev 6:1 there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

And I saw the seven angelsver 6-13; Rev 9:1, 13; 11:15 who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.S Mt 24:31

Another angel,Rev 7:2 who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people,Rev 5:8 on the golden altarver 5; Ex 30:1-6; Heb 9:4; Rev 9:13 in front of the throne.The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before GodPs 141:2 from the angel’s hand.Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar,Lev 16:12, 13 and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder,S Rev 4:5 rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.S Rev 6:12

The Trumpets

Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpetsS ver 2 prepared to sound them.

The first angelS ver 2 sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fireEze 38:22 mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A thirdver 7-12; Rev 9:15, 18; 12:4 of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.Rev 9:4

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain,Jer 51:25 all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A thirdS ver 7 of the sea turned into blood,Rev 16:3a thirdS ver 7 of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the skyIsa 14:12; Rev 6:13; 9:1 on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waterRev 14:7; 16:411 the name of the star is Wormwood.Wormwood is a bitter substance. A thirdS ver 7 of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.Jer 9:15; 23:15

12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a thirdS ver 7 of them turned dark.Ex 10:21-23; Rev 6:12, 13 A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.Eze 32:7

13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midairRev 14:6; 19:17 call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! WoeRev 9:12; 11:14; 12:12 to the inhabitants of the earth,S Rev 3:10 because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

The Lamb Breaks the Seventh Seal

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll,Or book. there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour.I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.

Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne.The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out.Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake.

The First Four Trumpets

Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their mighty blasts.

The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on the earth. One-third of the earth was set on fire, one-third of the trees were burned, and all the green grass was burned.

Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and a great mountain of fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the water in the sea became blood,one-third of all things living in the sea died, and one-third of all the ships on the sea were destroyed.

10 Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs of water.11 The name of the star was Bitterness.Greek Wormwood. It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter water.

12 Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night.

13 Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly as it flew through the air, “Terror, terror, terror to all who belong to this world because of what will happen when the last three angels blow their trumpets.”

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Psalm 136:1-26

Psalm 136

Give thanksPs 105:1 to the Lord, for he is good.Ps 100:5; 106:1; 145:9; Jer 33:11; Na 1:7

His love endures forever.ver 2-26; S 2Ch 5:13; S Ezr 3:11; Ps 118:1-4

Give thanksPs 105:1 to the God of gods.S Dt 10:17

His love endures forever.

Give thanksPs 105:1 to the Lord of lords:S Dt 10:17; S 1Ti 6:15

His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,S Ex 3:20; S Job 9:10

His love endures forever.

who by his understandingPr 3:19; Jer 51:15 made the heavens,S Ge 1:1

His love endures forever.

who spread out the earthS Ge 1:1; Isa 42:5; Jer 10:12; 33:2 upon the waters,S Ge 1:6

His love endures forever.

who made the great lightsGe 1:14, 16; Ps 74:16; Jas 1:17

His love endures forever.

the sun to governS Ge 1:16 the day,

His love endures forever.

the moon and stars to govern the night;

His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstbornS Ex 4:23; S 12:12 of Egypt

His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel outS Ex 6:6; 13:3; Ps 105:43 from among them

His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty handS Ex 3:20; S Dt 5:15 and outstretched arm;S Dt 9:29

His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red SeaOr the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 15S Ps 78:13 asunder

His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel throughEx 14:22; Ps 106:9 the midst of it,

His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;S Ex 14:27

His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;S Ex 13:18; Ps 78:52

His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,Nu 21:23-25; Jos 24:8-11; Ps 78:55; 135:9-12

His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kingsDt 29:7; S Jos 12:7-24

His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the AmoritesNu 21:21-25

His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of BashanNu 21:33-35

His love endures forever.

21 and gave their landJos 12:1 as an inheritance,S Dt 1:38; S Jos 14:1

His love endures forever.

22 an inheritanceS Dt 29:8; Ps 78:55 to his servant Israel.Isa 20:3; 41:8; 42:19; 43:10; 44:1, 21; 45:4; 49:5-7

His love endures forever.

23 He remembered usPs 78:39; 103:14; 115:12 in our low estate

His love endures forever.

24 and freed usS Jos 10:14; S Ne 9:28 from our enemies.S Dt 6:19

His love endures forever.

25 He gives foodS Ge 1:30; S Mt 6:26 to every creature.

His love endures forever.

26 Give thanksPs 105:1 to the God of heaven.S Ps 115:3

His love endures forever.S Ezr 3:11

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—

His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,

His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.

His faithful love endures forever.

10 Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

11 He brought Israel out of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

12 He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.

His faithful love endures forever.

13 Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.Hebrew sea of reeds; also in 136:15.

His faithful love endures forever.

14 He led Israel safely through,

His faithful love endures forever.

15 but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

16 Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness.

His faithful love endures forever.

17 Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings.

His faithful love endures forever.

18 He killed powerful kings—

His faithful love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites,

His faithful love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan.

His faithful love endures forever.

21 God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance—

His faithful love endures forever.

22 a special possession to his servant Israel.

His faithful love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our weakness.

His faithful love endures forever.

24 He saved us from our enemies.

His faithful love endures forever.

25 He gives food to every living thing.

His faithful love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His faithful love endures forever.

136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Proverbs 30:7-9

“Two things I ask of you, Lord;

do not refuse me before I die:

Keep falsehood and lies far from me;

give me neither poverty nor riches,

but give me only my daily bread.Mt 6:11

Otherwise, I may have too much and disownJos 24:27; Isa 1:4; 59:13 you

and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’Dt 6:12; 8:10-14; Hos 13:6

Or I may become poor and steal,

and so dishonor the name of my God.S Dt 8:12

O God, I beg two favors from you;

let me have them before I die.

First, help me never to tell a lie.

Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!

Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.

For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”

And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

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