Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Joy is the biggest prize Satan could ever steal from a Christian. Someone once said, "If he can steal your joy, he can spoil your goods." The prophet Habakkuk knew how important it was to keep his joy, and he was determined to hold on to it tightly, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Joy is the one precious commodity Satan cannot take from you unless you give it to him. When you have your joy, you will say with Habakkuk, "The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as sure-footed as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains" (Habakkuk 3:19). The little deer's feet are so nimble that even when he is knocked from a towering precipice, he still lands on his feet. With joy in your heart, you will always land on your feet, no matter the trial.

Perhaps you can rejoice when everything is going perfectly, but what about when the bank balance is zero and all your efforts seem to be unfruitful? Purpose today to "always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16).

Rejoice!

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19

The prophecyS Na 1:1 that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long,S Ps 6:3 Lord, must I call for help,

but you do not listen?Ps 13:1-2; 22:1-2

Or cry out to you, “Violence!”

but you do not save?Jer 14:9; Zec 1:12

Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you toleratever 13 wrongdoing?S Job 9:23

Destruction and violenceJer 20:8 are before me;

there is strife,S Ps 55:9 and conflict abounds.

Therefore the lawPs 119:126 is paralyzed,

and justice never prevails.

The wicked hem in the righteous,

so that justiceS Isa 29:21 is perverted.S Job 19:7; S Isa 1:23; 5:20; S Eze 9:9

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch—

and be utterly amazed.S Isa 29:9

For I am going to do something in your days

that you would not believe,

even if you were told.Ac 13:41*

I am raising up the Babylonians,Or ChaldeansS Dt 28:49; S 2Ki 24:2

that ruthless and impetuous people,

who sweep across the whole earthRev 20:9

to seize dwellings not their own.S Jer 13:20; S 21:7

They are a feared and dreaded people;Isa 18:7; Jer 39:5-9

they are a law to themselves

and promote their own honor.

Their horses are swifterS Jer 4:13 than leopards,

fiercer than wolvesS Ge 49:27 at dusk.

Their cavalry gallops headlong;

their horsemen come from afar.

They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

they all come intent on violence.

Their hordesThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. advance like a desert wind

and gather prisonersHab 2:5 like sand.

10 They mock kings

and scoff at rulers.S 2Ch 36:6

They laugh at all fortified cities;

by building earthen rampsS Jer 33:4 they capture them.

11 Then they sweep past like the windJer 4:11-12 and go on—

guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”S Da 4:30

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?S Ge 21:33

My God, my Holy One,Isa 31:1; 37:23 youAn ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text we will never die.Ps 118:17

You, Lord, have appointedIsa 10:6 them to execute judgment;

you, my Rock,S Ge 49:24; S Ex 33:22 have ordained them to punish.

13 Your eyes are too purePs 18:26 to look on evil;

you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.S La 3:34-36

Why then do you toleratever 3 the treacherous?S Ps 25:3

Why are you silent while the wicked

swallow up those more righteous than themselves?S Job 21:7

14 You have made people like the fish in the sea,

like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

15 The wickedJer 5:26 foe pulls all of them up with hooks,S Isa 19:8

he catches them in his net,S Job 18:8; Jer 16:16

he gathers them up in his dragnet;

and so he rejoices and is glad.

16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net

and burns incenseJer 44:8 to his dragnet,

for by his net he lives in luxury

and enjoys the choicest food.

17 Is he to keep on emptying his net,

destroying nations without mercy?S Isa 14:6; 19:8

I will stand at my watchS Isa 21:8

and station myself on the ramparts;S Ps 48:13

I will look to see what he will sayPs 85:8 to me,

and what answer I am to give to this complaint.Or and what to answer when I am rebukedS Ps 5:3; S Eze 3:17

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“WriteS Isa 30:8; S Jer 36:2; S Eze 24:2; S Ro 4:24; Rev 1:19 down the revelation

and make it plain on tablets

so that a heraldOr so that whoever reads it may run with it.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;Da 11:27

it speaks of the endDa 8:17

and will not prove false.

Though it linger, waitS Ps 27:14 for it;

itOr Though he linger, wait for him; / he will certainly come

and will not delay.S Eze 12:25

“See, the enemy is puffed up;

his desires are not upright—

but the righteous personS Eze 18:9 will live by his faithfulnessOr faithRo 1:17*; Gal 3:11*; Heb 10:37-38*

indeed, wineS Pr 20:1 betrays him;

he is arrogantS Isa 2:11 and never at rest.

Because he is as greedy as the grave

and like death is never satisfied,S Pr 27:20; S 30:15-16

he gathers to himself all the nations

and takes captiveHab 1:9 all the peoples.

“Will not all of them tauntS Isa 14:4 him with ridicule and scorn, saying,

“‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods

and makes himself wealthy by extortion!Am 2:8

How long must this go on?’

Will not your creditors suddenly arise?

Will they not wake up and make you tremble?

Then you will become their prey.S Pr 29:1

Because you have plundered many nations,

the peoples who are left will plunder you.Isa 33:1; Jer 50:17-18; S Ob 1:15; Zec 2:8-9

For you have shed human blood;ver 17

you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.S Eze 39:10

“Woe to him who buildsS Jer 22:13 his house by unjust gain,S Jer 51:13

setting his nestS Job 39:27; S Isa 10:14 on high

to escape the clutches of ruin!

10 You have plotted the ruinJer 26:19 of many peoples,

shamingver 16; S Na 3:6 your own house and forfeiting your life.

11 The stonesS Jos 24:27; Zec 5:4; Lk 19:40 of the wall will cry out,

and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

12 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshedS Eze 22:2; S Mic 3:10

and establishes a town by injustice!

13 Has not the Lord Almighty determined

that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire,Isa 50:11

that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?S Isa 47:13

14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the gloryS Ex 16:7; S Nu 14:21 of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.S Isa 11:9

15 “Woe to him who gives drinkS Pr 23:20 to his neighbors,

pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,

so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!

16 You will be filled with shameS ver 10 instead of glory.S Eze 23:32-34; Hos 4:7

Now it is your turn! DrinkS Lev 10:9 and let your nakedness be exposedMasoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint) and stagger!S La 4:21

The cupS Ps 16:5; S Isa 51:22 from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you,

and disgrace will cover your glory.

17 The violenceS Jer 51:35 you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,

and your destruction of animals will terrify you.S Jer 50:15

For you have shed human blood;ver 8

you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

18 “Of what valueS 1Sa 12:21 is an idolS Jdg 10:14; S Isa 40:19; S Jer 5:21; S 14:22 carved by a craftsman?

Or an imageS Lev 26:1 that teaches lies?

For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;

he makes idols that cannot speak.Ps 115:4-5; Jer 10:14; 1Co 12:2

19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’

Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’1Ki 18:27

Can it give guidance?

It is covered with gold and silver;S Jer 10:4

there is no breath in it.”S Da 5:4, 23; S Hos 4:12

20 The Lord is in his holy temple;S Ps 11:4

let all the earth be silentS Isa 41:1 before him.

Habakkuk’s Prayer

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.Probably a literary or musical termPs 7 Title

Lord, I have heardS Job 26:14; Ps 44:1 of your fame;

I stand in aweS Ps 119:120 of your deeds, Lord.S Ps 90:16

RepeatPs 85:6 them in our day,

in our time make them known;

in wrath remember mercy.Isa 54:8

God came from Teman,S Ge 36:11, 15

the Holy OneIsa 31:1 from Mount Paran.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the middle of verse 9 and at the end of verse 13.S Nu 10:12

His glory covered the heavensS Ps 8:1

and his praise filled the earth.Ps 48:10

His splendor was like the sunrise;S Isa 18:4

rays flashed from his hand,

where his powerS Job 9:6 was hidden.

PlagueS Lev 26:25 went before him;

pestilence followed his steps.

He stood, and shook the earth;

he looked, and made the nations tremble.

The ancient mountains crumbledS Ps 46:2

and the age-old hillsGe 49:26 collapsedS Ex 19:18; Ps 18:7; 114:1-6

but he marches on forever.S Ge 21:33

I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,

the dwellings of MidianS Ge 25:2; S Nu 25:15; Jdg 7:24-25 in anguish.Ex 15:14

Were you angry with the rivers,S Ex 7:20 Lord?

Was your wrath against the streams?

Did you rage against the seaS Ps 77:16

when you rode your horses

and your chariots to victory?S 2Ki 2:11; S Ps 68:17

You uncovered your bow,

you called for many arrows.S Dt 32:23; Ps 7:12-13

You split the earth with rivers;

10 the mountains saw you and writhed.S Ps 77:16

Torrents of water swept by;

the deep roaredPs 98:7

and lifted its wavesS Ps 93:3 on high.

11 Sun and moon stood stillJos 10:13 in the heavens

at the glint of your flying arrows,Ps 18:14

at the lightningS Ps 144:6; Zec 9:14 of your flashing spear.

12 In wrath you strode through the earth

and in anger you threshedS Isa 41:15 the nations.

13 You came outS Ex 13:21 to deliverS Ps 20:6; S 28:8 your people,

to save your anointedS 2Sa 23:1 one.

You crushedPs 68:21; 110:6 the leader of the land of wickedness,

you stripped him from head to foot.

14 With his own spear you pierced his head

when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,Jdg 7:22

gloating as though about to devour

the wretchedPs 64:2-5 who were in hiding.

15 You trampled the seaS Job 9:8 with your horses,

churning the great waters.Ex 15:8

16 I heard and my heart pounded,

my lips quivered at the sound;

decay crept into my bones,

and my legs trembled.S Job 4:14

Yet I will wait patientlyS Ps 37:7 for the day of calamity

to come on the nation invading us.

17 Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,Joel 1:10-12, 18

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,Jer 5:17

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,Ps 97:12; S Isa 61:10; Php 4:4

I will be joyful in God my Savior.S Ex 15:2; S Lk 1:47

19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;S Dt 33:29; Ps 46:1-5

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

he enables me to tread on the heights.S Dt 32:13; Ps 18:33

For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

This is the message that the prophet Habakkuk received in a vision.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, O Lord, must I call for help?

But you do not listen!

“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,

but you do not come to save.

Must I forever see these evil deeds?

Why must I watch all this misery?

Wherever I look,

I see destruction and violence.

I am surrounded by people

who love to argue and fight.

The law has become paralyzed,

and there is no justice in the courts.

The wicked far outnumber the righteous,

so that justice has become perverted.

The Lord’s Reply

The Lord replied,

“Look around at the nations;

look and be amazed!Greek version reads Look, you mockers; / look and be amazed and die. Compare Acts 13:41.

For I am doing something in your own day,

something you wouldn’t believe

even if someone told you about it.

I am raising up the Babylonians,Or Chaldeans.

a cruel and violent people.

They will march across the world

and conquer other lands.

They are notorious for their cruelty

and do whatever they like.

Their horses are swifter than cheetahsOr leopards.

and fiercer than wolves at dusk.

Their charioteers charge from far away.

Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.

“On they come, all bent on violence.

Their hordes advance like a desert wind,

sweeping captives ahead of them like sand.

10 They scoff at kings and princes

and scorn all their fortresses.

They simply pile ramps of earth

against their walls and capture them!

11 They sweep past like the wind

and are gone.

But they are deeply guilty,

for their own strength is their god.”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

12 O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—

surely you do not plan to wipe us out?

O Lord, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us,

to punish us for our many sins.

13 But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.

Will you wink at their treachery?

Should you be silent while the wicked

swallow up people more righteous than they?

14 Are we only fish to be caught and killed?

Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?

15 Must we be strung up on their hooks

and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate?

16 Then they will worship their nets

and burn incense in front of them.

“These nets are the gods who have made us rich!”

they will claim.

17 Will you let them get away with this forever?

Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?

I will climb up to my watchtower

and stand at my guardpost.

There I will wait to see what the Lord says

and how heAs in Syriac version; Hebrew reads I. will answer my complaint.

The Lord’s Second Reply

Then the Lord said to me,

“Write my answer plainly on tablets,

so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

This vision is for a future time.

It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.

If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,

for it will surely take place.

It will not be delayed.

“Look at the proud!

They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.

But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.Greek version reads If the vision is delayed, wait patiently, / for it will surely come and not delay. / I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away. / But the righteous person will live by my faith. Compare Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:37-38.

WealthAs in Dead Sea Scroll 1QpHab; other Hebrew manuscripts read Wine. is treacherous,

and the arrogant are never at rest.

They open their mouths as wide as the grave,Hebrew as Sheol.

and like death, they are never satisfied.

In their greed they have gathered up many nations

and swallowed many peoples.

“But soon their captives will taunt them.

They will mock them, saying,

‘What sorrow awaits you thieves!

Now you will get what you deserve!

You’ve become rich by extortion,

but how much longer can this go on?’

Suddenly, your debtors will take action.

They will turn on you and take all you have,

while you stand trembling and helpless.

Because you have plundered many nations,

now all the survivors will plunder you.

You committed murder throughout the countryside

and filled the towns with violence.

“What sorrow awaits you who build big houses

with money gained dishonestly!

You believe your wealth will buy security,

putting your family’s nest beyond the reach of danger.

10 But by the murders you committed,

you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives.

11 The very stones in the walls cry out against you,

and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint.

12 “What sorrow awaits you who build cities

with money gained through murder and corruption!

13 Has not the Lord of Heaven’s Armies promised

that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes?

They work so hard,

but all in vain!

14 For as the waters fill the sea,

the earth will be filled with an awareness

of the glory of the Lord.

15 “What sorrow awaits you who make your neighbors drunk!

You force your cup on them

so you can gloat over their shameful nakedness.

16 But soon it will be your turn to be disgraced.

Come, drink and be exposed!Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek and Syriac versions read and stagger!

Drink from the cup of the Lord’s judgment,

and all your glory will be turned to shame.

17 You cut down the forests of Lebanon.

Now you will be cut down.

You destroyed the wild animals,

so now their terror will be yours.

You committed murder throughout the countryside

and filled the towns with violence.

18 “What good is an idol carved by man,

or a cast image that deceives you?

How foolish to trust in your own creation—

a god that can’t even talk!

19 What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols,

‘Wake up and save us!’

To speechless stone images you say,

‘Rise up and teach us!’

Can an idol tell you what to do?

They may be overlaid with gold and silver,

but they are lifeless inside.

20 But the Lord is in his holy Temple.

Let all the earth be silent before him.”

Habakkuk’s Prayer

This prayer was sung by the prophet HabakkukHebrew adds according to shigionoth, probably indicating the musical setting for the prayer.:

I have heard all about you, Lord.

I am filled with awe by your amazing works.

In this time of our deep need,

help us again as you did in years gone by.

And in your anger,

remember your mercy.

I see God moving across the deserts from Edom,Hebrew Teman.

the Holy One coming from Mount Paran.Hebrew adds selah; also in 3:9, 13. The meaning of this Hebrew term is uncertain; it is probably a musical or literary term.

His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,

and the earth is filled with his praise.

His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.

Rays of light flash from his hands,

where his awesome power is hidden.

Pestilence marches before him;

plague follows close behind.

When he stops, the earth shakes.

When he looks, the nations tremble.

He shatters the everlasting mountains

and levels the eternal hills.

He is the Eternal One!Or The ancient paths belong to him.

I see the people of Cushan in distress,

and the nation of Midian trembling in terror.

Was it in anger, Lord, that you struck the rivers

and parted the sea?

Were you displeased with them?

No, you were sending your chariots of salvation!

You brandished your bow

and your quiver of arrows.

You split open the earth with flowing rivers.

10 The mountains watched and trembled.

Onward swept the raging waters.

The mighty deep cried out,

lifting its hands in submission.

11 The sun and moon stood still in the sky

as your brilliant arrows flew

and your glittering spear flashed.

12 You marched across the land in anger

and trampled the nations in your fury.

13 You went out to rescue your chosen people,

to save your anointed ones.

You crushed the heads of the wicked

and stripped their bones from head to toe.

14 With his own weapons,

you destroyed the chief of those

who rushed out like a whirlwind,

thinking Israel would be easy prey.

15 You trampled the sea with your horses,

and the mighty waters piled high.

16 I trembled inside when I heard this;

my lips quivered with fear.

My legs gave way beneath me,Hebrew Decay entered my bones.

and I shook in terror.

I will wait quietly for the coming day

when disaster will strike the people who invade us.

17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,

and there are no grapes on the vines;

even though the olive crop fails,

and the fields lie empty and barren;

even though the flocks die in the fields,

and the cattle barns are empty,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!

I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!

He makes me as surefooted as a deer,Or He gives me the speed of a deer.

able to tread upon the heights.

(For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)

The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their's.

They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.

11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

12 Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.

13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.

11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!

13 Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the Lord's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.

17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?

19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.

O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.

He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?

Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.

11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.

13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Revelation 9:1-21

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.Rev 8:10 The star was given the keyRev 1:18 to the shaft of the Abyss.ver 2, 11; S Lk 8:31When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.Ge 19:28; Ex 19:18 The sun and sky were darkenedJoel 2:2, 10 by the smoke from the Abyss.ver 1, 11; S Lk 8:31And out of the smoke locustsEx 10:12-15 came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpionsver 5, 10 of the earth.They were told not to harmS Rev 6:6 the grass of the earth or any plant or tree,Rev 8:7 but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.S Rev 7:2, 3They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months.ver 10 And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpionver 3 when it strikes.During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.Job 3:21; 7:15; Jer 8:3; Rev 6:16

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle.Joel 2:4 On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.Da 7:8Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.Joel 1:6They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.Joel 2:510 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.ver 3, 5, 1911 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss,ver 1, 2; S Lk 8:31 whose name in HebrewRev 16:16 is AbaddonJob 26:6; 28:22; 31:12; Ps 88:11 and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.S Rev 8:13

13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four hornsEx 30:1-3 of the golden altar that is before God.Rev 8:314 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angelsRev 7:1 who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”Ge 15:18; Dt 1:7; Jos 1:4; Isa 11:15; Rev 16:1215 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were releasedRev 20:7 to kill a thirdS Rev 8:7 of mankind.ver 1816 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.Rev 5:11; 7:4

17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouthsRev 11:5 came fire, smoke and sulfur.ver 18; Ps 11:6; Isa 30:33; Eze 38:22; Rev 14:10; 19:20; 20:10; 21:818 A thirdS Rev 8:7 of mankind was killedver 15 by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfurS ver 17 that came out of their mouths.19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repentS Rev 2:21 of the work of their hands;Dt 4:28; 31:29; Jer 1:16; Mic 5:13; Ac 7:41 they did not stop worshiping demons,S 1Co 10:20 and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.Ps 115:4-7; 135:15-17; Da 5:2321 Nor did they repentS Rev 2:21 of their murders, their magic arts,Isa 47:9, 12; Rev 18:23 their sexual immoralityRev 17:2, 5 or their thefts.

The Fifth Trumpet Brings the First Terror

Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.Or the abyss, or the underworld; also in 9:11.When he opened it, smoke poured out as though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air turned dark from the smoke.

Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions.They were told not to harm the grass or plants or trees, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.They were told not to kill them but to torture them for five months with pain like the pain of a scorpion sting.In those days people will seek death but will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them!

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. They had what looked like gold crowns on their heads, and their faces looked like human faces.They had hair like women’s hair and teeth like the teeth of a lion.They wore armor made of iron, and their wings roared like an army of chariots rushing into battle.10 They had tails that stung like scorpions, and for five months they had the power to torment people.11 Their king is the angel from the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon—the Destroyer.

12 The first terror is past, but look, two more terrors are coming!

The Sixth Trumpet Brings the Second Terror

13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence of God.14 And the voice said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River.”15 Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth.16 I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops.

17 And in my vision, I saw the horses and the riders sitting on them. The riders wore armor that was fiery red and dark blue and yellow. The horses had heads like lions, and fire and smoke and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths.18 One-third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues—by the fire and smoke and burning sulfur that came from the mouths of the horses.19 Their power was in their mouths and in their tails. For their tails had heads like snakes, with the power to injure people.

20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk!21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Psalm 137:1-9

Psalm 137

By the rivers of BabylonEze 1:1, 3; 3:15; 10:15 we sat and weptNe 1:4

when we remembered Zion.Isa 3:26; La 1:4

There on the poplarsS Lev 23:40

we hung our harps,Job 30:31; Isa 24:8; Eze 26:13; Am 6:5

for there our captorsPs 79:1-4; La 1:5 asked us for songs,

our tormentors demandedS Job 30:9; Ps 80:6 songs of joy;

they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”Eze 16:57; 22:4; 34:29

How can we sing the songs of the LordS Ne 12:46

while in a foreign land?

If I forget you,Isa 2:3; 56:7; 65:11; 66:20 Jerusalem,

may my right hand forget its skill.

May my tongue cling to the roofS Ps 22:15 of my mouth

if I do not rememberNe 2:3 you,

if I do not consider JerusalemS Dt 4:29; Jer 51:50; Eze 6:9

my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the EdomitesS Ge 25:30; S 2Ch 28:17; S Ps 83:6; La 4:21-22 did

on the day Jerusalem fell.2Ki 25:1-10; Ob 1:11

“Tear it down,” they cried,

“tear it down to its foundations!”Ps 74:8

Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,Isa 13:1, 19; 47:1-15; Jer 25:12, 26; 50:1; 50:2-51:58

happy is the one who repays you

according to what you have done to us.

Happy is the one who seizes your infants

and dashes themS 2Ki 8:12; S Isa 13:16; Lk 19:44 against the rocks.

Psalm 137

Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept

as we thought of Jerusalem.Hebrew Zion; also in 137:3.

We put away our harps,

hanging them on the branches of poplar trees.

For our captors demanded a song from us.

Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn:

“Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!”

But how can we sing the songs of the Lord

while in a pagan land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget how to play the harp.

May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth

if I fail to remember you,

if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.

O Lord, remember what the Edomites did

on the day the armies of Babylon captured Jerusalem.

“Destroy it!” they yelled.

“Level it to the ground!”

O Babylon, you will be destroyed.

Happy is the one who pays you back

for what you have done to us.

Happy is the one who takes your babies

and smashes them against the rocks!

137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

Proverbs 30:10

10 “Do not slander a servant to their master,

or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.

10 Never slander a worker to the employer,

or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.

10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

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