Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Another amazing prophecy of Zechariah had to do with Christ's betrayal. Judas fulfilled this prophecy immediately after his betrayal of Jesus. "Then Judas threw the money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself. . . . After some discussion [the priests] finally decided to buy the potter's field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood" (Matthew 27:5, 7-8).

Money is so tempting, yet so unfulfilling. Those thirty pieces of silver seemed worth the entire world to Judas until they were actually in his hand. Then they became like garbage to him. How Satan had twisted Judas's mind to value something that would cost him his life!

The great city of Babylon is the symbol of the materialistic god of this world, and it will be smashed to pieces in just one moment of time (Revelation 18:10). Christ is the "pearl of great value" (Matthew 13:46), and nothing else in this world really matters.

Let us hold Him dear and exchange nothing for His love.

Zechariah 10:1-11:17

The Lord Will Care for Judah

10 Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;

it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.

He gives showers of rainS Lev 26:4; S 1Ki 8:36; S Ps 104:13; S 135:7 to all people,

and plants of the fieldS Job 14:9 to everyone.

The idolsEze 21:21 speak deceitfully,

divinersS Isa 44:25 see visions that lie;

they tell dreamsJer 23:16 that are false,

they give comfort in vain.S Isa 40:19

Therefore the people wander like sheep

oppressed for lack of a shepherd.S Nu 27:17; S Jer 23:1; S Hos 3:4; S Mt 9:36

“My anger burns against the shepherds,

and I will punish the leaders;Isa 14:9; S Jer 25:34

for the Lord Almighty will care

for his flock, the people of Judah,

and make them like a proud horse in battle.S Eze 34:8-10

From Judah will come the cornerstone,S Ps 118:22; S Ac 4:11

from him the tent peg,S Isa 22:23

from him the battle bow,S Zec 9:10

from him every ruler.

Together theyOr ruler, all of them together. / They will be like warriors in battle

trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.S 2Sa 22:43; S Mic 7:10

They will fight because the Lord is with them,

and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.S Am 2:15; S Mic 5:8; Hag 2:22; Zec 12:4

“I will strengthenS Eze 30:24 Judah

and save the tribes of Joseph.

I will restore them

because I have compassionS Ps 102:13; S Isa 14:1 on them.S Eze 36:37; 37:19; S Zec 8:7-8

They will be as though

I had not rejected them,

for I am the Lord their God

and I will answerPs 34:17; Isa 58:9; 65:24; Zec 13:9 them.

The Ephraimites will become like warriors,

and their hearts will be glad as with wine.Zec 9:15

Their children will see it and be joyful;

their hearts will rejoiceS 1Sa 2:1; S Isa 60:5; S Joel 2:23 in the Lord.

I will signalIsa 5:26 for them

and gather them in.

Surely I will redeem them;

they will be as numerousS Jer 33:22; S Eze 36:11 as before.

Though I scatter them among the peoples,

yet in distant lands they will remember me.S Isa 44:21; S Eze 6:9

They and their children will survive,

and they will return.

10 I will bring them back from Egypt

and gather them from Assyria.S Isa 11:11; S Zec 8:8

I will bring them to GileadS Jer 50:19 and Lebanon,

and there will not be roomS Isa 49:19 enough for them.

11 They will pass through the sea of trouble;

the surging sea will be subdued

and all the depths of the Nile will dry up.Isa 19:5-7; S 51:10

Assyria’s prideZep 2:13 will be brought down

and Egypt’s scepterEze 30:13 will pass away.Eze 29:15

12 I will strengthenS Eze 30:24 them in the Lord

and in his name they will live securely,S Mic 4:5

declares the Lord.

11 Open your doors, Lebanon,S Eze 31:3

so that fireS 2Ch 36:19; Zec 12:6 may devour your cedars!

Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen;

the stately trees are ruined!

Wail, oaksS Isa 2:13 of Bashan;

the dense forestIsa 32:19 has been cut down!S Isa 10:34

Listen to the wail of the shepherds;

their rich pastures are destroyed!

Listen to the roar of the lions;S Isa 5:29

the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!Jer 2:15; 50:44; Eze 19:9

Two Shepherds

This is what the Lord my God says: “Shepherd the flock marked for slaughter.S Jer 25:34Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, ‘Praise the Lord, I am rich!’ Their own shepherds do not spare them.Jer 50:7; S Eze 34:2-3For I will no longer have pity on the people of the land,” declares the Lord. “I will give everyone into the hands of their neighborsZec 14:13 and their king. They will devastate the land, and I will not rescue anyone from their hands.”Isa 9:19-21; S Jer 13:14; S La 2:21; 5:8; S Mic 5:8; 7:2-6

So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter,S Jer 25:34 particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock.In one month I got rid of the three shepherds.

The flock detestedS Eze 14:5 me, and I grew weary of themand said, “I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish.S Jer 43:11 Let those who are left eatS Isa 9:20 one another’s flesh.”

10 Then I took my staff called Favorver 7 and broke it, revokingS Ps 89:39; Jer 14:21 the covenant I had made with all the nations.11 It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the Lord.

12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.S Ge 23:16; Mt 26:15

13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silverS Ex 21:32 and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.Mt 27:9-10*; Ac 1:18-19

14 Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the family bond between Judah and Israel.

15 Then the Lord said to me, “Take again the equipment of a foolish shepherd.16 For I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land who will not care for the lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will eat the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hooves.

17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd,Jer 23:1

who deserts the flock!

May the sword strike his armS Eze 30:21-22 and his right eye!

May his arm be completely withered,

his right eye totally blinded!”S Jer 23:1

The Lord Will Restore His People

10 Ask the Lord for rain in the spring,

for he makes the storm clouds.

And he will send showers of rain

so every field becomes a lush pasture.

Household gods give worthless advice,

fortune-tellers predict only lies,

and interpreters of dreams pronounce

falsehoods that give no comfort.

So my people are wandering like lost sheep;

they are attacked because they have no shepherd.

“My anger burns against your shepherds,

and I will punish these leaders.Or these male goats.

For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has arrived

to look after Judah, his flock.

He will make them strong and glorious,

like a proud warhorse in battle.

From Judah will come the cornerstone,

the tent peg,

the bow for battle,

and all the rulers.

They will be like mighty warriors in battle,

trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet.

Since the Lord is with them as they fight,

they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen.

“I will strengthen Judah and save IsraelHebrew save the house of Joseph.;

I will restore them because of my compassion.

It will be as though I had never rejected them,

for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries.

The people of IsraelHebrew of Ephraim. will become like mighty warriors,

and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine.

Their children, too, will see it and be glad;

their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.

When I whistle to them, they will come running,

for I have redeemed them.

From the few who are left,

they will grow as numerous as they were before.

Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations,

they will still remember me in distant lands.

They and their children will survive

and return again to Israel.

10 I will bring them back from Egypt

and gather them from Assyria.

I will resettle them in Gilead and Lebanon

until there is no more room for them all.

11 They will pass safely through the sea of distress,Or the sea of Egypt, referring to the Red Sea.

for the waves of the sea will be held back,

and the waters of the Nile will dry up.

The pride of Assyria will be crushed,

and the rule of Egypt will end.

12 By my powerHebrew In the Lord. I will make my people strong,

and by my authority they will go wherever they wish.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

11 Open your doors, Lebanon,

so that fire may devour your cedar forests.

Weep, you cypress trees, for all the ruined cedars;

the most majestic ones have fallen.

Weep, you oaks of Bashan,

for the thick forests have been cut down.

Listen to the wailing of the shepherds,

for their rich pastures are destroyed.

Hear the young lions roaring,

for their thickets in the Jordan Valley are ruined.

The Good and Evil Shepherds

This is what the Lord my God says: “Go and care for the flock that is intended for slaughter.The buyers slaughter their sheep without remorse. The sellers say, ‘Praise the Lord! Now I’m rich!’ Even the shepherds have no compassion for them.Likewise, I will no longer have pity on the people of the land,” says the Lord. “I will let them fall into each other’s hands and into the hands of their king. They will turn the land into a wilderness, and I will not rescue them.”

So I cared for the flock intended for slaughter—the flock that was oppressed. Then I took two shepherd’s staffs and named one Favor and the other Union.I got rid of their three evil shepherds in a single month.

But I became impatient with these sheep, and they hated me, too.So I told them, “I won’t be your shepherd any longer. If you die, you die. If you are killed, you are killed. And let those who remain devour each other!”

10 Then I took my staff called Favor and cut it in two, showing that I had revoked the covenant I had made with all the nations.11 That was the end of my covenant with them. The suffering flock was watching me, and they knew that the Lord was speaking through my actions.

12 And I said to them, “If you like, give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to.” So they counted out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.

13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potterSyriac version reads into the treasury; also in 11:13b. Compare Matt 27:6-10.”—this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the thirty coins and threw them to the potter in the Temple of the Lord.

14 Then I took my other staff, Union, and cut it in two, showing that the bond of unity between Judah and Israel was broken.

15 Then the Lord said to me, “Go again and play the part of a worthless shepherd.16 This illustrates how I will give this nation a shepherd who will not care for those who are dying, nor look after the young, nor heal the injured, nor feed the healthy. Instead, this shepherd will eat the meat of the fattest sheep and tear off their hooves.

17 “What sorrow awaits this worthless shepherd

who abandons the flock!

The sword will cut his arm

and pierce his right eye.

His arm will become useless,

and his right eye completely blind.”

10 Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.

Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.

Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.

And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.

And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.

I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.

And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.

10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them.

11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.

12 And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.

11 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.

And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.

11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the Lord.

12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

15 And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

Revelation 18:1-24

Lament Over Fallen Babylon

18 After this I saw another angelRev 17:1 coming down from heaven.Rev 10:1; 20:1 He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.Eze 43:2With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’Isaiah 21:9S Rev 14:8

She has become a dwelling for demons

and a haunt for every impure spirit,Rev 16:13

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.Isa 13:21, 22; 34:11, 13-15; Jer 50:39; 51:37; Zep 2:14, 15

For all the nations have drunk

the maddening wine of her adulteries.S Rev 14:8

The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,Rev 17:2

and the merchants of the earth grew richver 11, 15, 23; Eze 27:9-25 from her excessive luxuries.”ver 7, 9

Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment

Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

“‘Come out of her, my people,’Jer. 51:45Isa 48:20; Jer 50:8; 51:6, 9, 45; 2Co 6:17

so that you will not share in her sins,

so that you will not receive any of her plagues;Ge 19:15

for her sins are piled up to heaven,2Ch 28:9; Ezr 9:6; Jer 51:9

and God has rememberedRev 16:19 her crimes.

Give back to her as she has given;

pay her backPs 137:8; Jer 50:15, 29 doubleIsa 40:2 for what she has done.

Pour her a double portion from her own cup.Rev 14:10; 16:19; 17:4

Give her as much torment and grief

as the glory and luxury she gave herself.Eze 28:2-8

In her heart she boasts,

‘I sit enthroned as queen.

I am not a widow;See Isaiah 47:7,8.

I will never mourn.’Ps 10:6; Isa 47:7, 8; Zep 2:15

Therefore in one dayver 10; Isa 9:14; 47:9; Jer 50:31, 32 her plagues will overtake her:

death, mourning and famine.

She will be consumed by fire,Rev 17:16

for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with herver 3; Rev 14:8; 17:2, 4 and shared her luxuryver 3, 7 see the smoke of her burning,ver 18; Rev 14:11; 19:3 they will weep and mourn over her.Jer 51:8; Eze 26:17, 1810 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far offver 15, 17 and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,ver 16, 19

you mighty city of Babylon!

In one hourver 17; Rev 17:12 your doom has come!’

11 “The merchantsEze 27:27 of the earth will weep and mournver 15, 19; Eze 27:31 over her because no one buys their cargoes anymoreS ver 312 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;Eze 27:12-22; Rev 17:413 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.Eze 27:13; 1Ti 1:10

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from herS ver 3 will stand far off,ver 10, 17 terrified at her torment. They will weep and mournver 11, 19; Eze 27:3116 and cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,ver 10, 19

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,

and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!Rev 17:4

17 In one hourver 10; Rev 17:12 such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’Rev 17:16

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,Eze 27:28-30 will stand far off.ver 10, 1518 When they see the smoke of her burning,ver 9; Rev 19:3 they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great cityS Rev 17:18?’Eze 27:32; Rev 13:419 They will throw dust on their heads,Jos 7:6; La 2:10; Eze 27:30 and with weeping and mourningver 11, 15; Eze 27:31 cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,ver 10, 16; Rev 17:18

where all who had ships on the sea

became rich through her wealth!

In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’Rev 17:16

20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!Jer 51:48; S Rev 12:12

Rejoice, you people of God!

Rejoice, apostles and prophets!

For God has judged her

with the judgment she imposed on you.”Rev 19:2

The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angelRev 5:2; 10:1 picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea,Jer 51:63 and said:

“With such violence

the great cityS Rev 17:18 of Babylon will be thrown down,

never to be found again.

22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,

will never be heard in you again.Isa 24:8; Eze 26:13

No worker of any trade

will ever be found in you again.

The sound of a millstone

will never be heard in you again.Jer 25:10

23 The light of a lamp

will never shine in you again.

The voice of bridegroom and bride

will never be heard in you again.Jer 7:34; 16:9; 25:10

Your merchants were the world’s important people.ver 3; Isa 23:8

By your magic spellNa 3:4 all the nations were led astray.

24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,Rev 16:6; 17:6

of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”Jer 51:49; Mt 23:35

The Fall of Babylon

18 After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor.He gave a mighty shout:

“Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen!

She has become a home for demons.

She is a hideout for every foulGreek unclean; also in each of the two following phrases. spirit,

a hideout for every foul vulture

and every foul and dreadful animal.Some manuscripts condense the last two lines to read a hideout for every foul [unclean] and dreadful vulture.

For all the nations have fallenSome manuscripts read have drunk.

because of the wine of her passionate immorality.

The kings of the world

have committed adultery with her.

Because of her desires for extravagant luxury,

the merchants of the world have grown rich.”

Then I heard another voice calling from heaven,

“Come away from her, my people.

Do not take part in her sins,

or you will be punished with her.

For her sins are piled as high as heaven,

and God remembers her evil deeds.

Do to her as she has done to others.

Double her penaltyOr Give her an equal penalty. for all her evil deeds.

She brewed a cup of terror for others,

so brew twice as muchOr brew just as much. for her.

She glorified herself and lived in luxury,

so match it now with torment and sorrow.

She boasted in her heart,

‘I am queen on my throne.

I am no helpless widow,

and I have no reason to mourn.’

Therefore, these plagues will overtake her in a single day—

death and mourning and famine.

She will be completely consumed by fire,

for the Lord God who judges her is mighty.”

And the kings of the world who committed adultery with her and enjoyed her great luxury will mourn for her as they see the smoke rising from her charred remains.10 They will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will cry out,

“How terrible, how terrible for you,

O Babylon, you great city!

In a single moment

God’s judgment came on you.”

11 The merchants of the world will weep and mourn for her, for there is no one left to buy their goods.12 She bought great quantities of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet cloth; things made of fragrant thyine wood, ivory goods, and objects made of expensive wood; and bronze, iron, and marble.13 She also bought cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, wagons, and bodies—that is, human slaves.

14 “The fancy things you loved so much

are gone,” they cry.

“All your luxuries and splendor

are gone forever,

never to be yours again.”

15 The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will weep and cry out,

16 “How terrible, how terrible for that great city!

She was clothed in finest purple and scarlet linens,

decked out with gold and precious stones and pearls!

17 In a single moment

all the wealth of the city is gone!”

And all the captains of the merchant ships and their passengers and sailors and crews will stand at a distance.18 They will cry out as they watch the smoke ascend, and they will say, “Where is there another city as great as this?”19 And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out,

“How terrible, how terrible for that great city!

The shipowners became wealthy

by transporting her great wealth on the seas.

In a single moment it is all gone.”

20 Rejoice over her fate, O heaven

and people of God and apostles and prophets!

For at last God has judged her

for your sakes.

21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a huge millstone. He threw it into the ocean and shouted,

“Just like this, the great city Babylon

will be thrown down with violence

and will never be found again.

22 The sound of harps, singers, flutes, and trumpets

will never be heard in you again.

No craftsmen and no trades

will ever be found in you again.

The sound of the mill

will never be heard in you again.

23 The light of a lamp

will never shine in you again.

The happy voices of brides and grooms

will never be heard in you again.

For your merchants were the greatest in the world,

and you deceived the nations with your sorceries.

24 In yourGreek her. streets flowed the blood of the prophets and of God’s holy people

and the blood of people slaughtered all over the world.”

18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Psalm 146:1-10

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 10

Praise the Lord,Ps 103:1; 104:1 my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;Ps 104:33

I will sing praiseS Ps 105:2 to my God as long as I live.S Ps 63:4

Do not put your trust in princes,Ps 118:9

in human beings,Ps 60:11; S 108:12; Isa 2:22 who cannot save.

When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;S Ge 3:19; S Job 7:21; Ps 103:14; Ecc 12:7

on that very day their plans come to nothing.Ps 33:10; 1Co 2:6

Blessed are thosePs 33:18; 37:9; 119:43; 144:15; Jer 17:7 whose helpPs 70:5; 71:5; 121:2 is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heavenS 2Ch 2:12; Ps 115:15; Ac 14:15; S Rev 10:6 and earth,

the sea, and everything in them—

he remains faithfulS Dt 7:9; S Ps 18:25; 108:4; 117:2 forever.

He upholdsS Ps 37:17 the cause of the oppressedPs 103:6

and gives food to the hungry.Ps 107:9; 145:15

The Lord sets prisoners free,S Ps 66:11; S 68:6

the Lord gives sightPr 20:12; Isa 29:18; 32:3; 35:5; 42:7, 18-19; 43:8; Mt 11:5 to the blind,S Ex 4:11

the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,S Ps 38:6

the Lord loves the righteous.S Dt 7:13; S Job 23:10

The Lord watches over the foreignerS Lev 19:34

and sustains the fatherlessS Ps 10:18 and the widow,S Ex 22:22; Jas 1:27

but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reignsS Ge 21:33; S 1Ch 16:31; Ps 93:1; 99:1; Rev 11:15 forever,

your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

I will praise the Lord as long as I live.

I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;

there is no help for you there.

When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,

and all their plans die with them.

But joyful are those who have the God of IsraelHebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4. as their helper,

whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He made heaven and earth,

the sea, and everything in them.

He keeps every promise forever.

He gives justice to the oppressed

and food to the hungry.

The Lord frees the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.

The Lord loves the godly.

The Lord protects the foreigners among us.

He cares for the orphans and widows,

but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

10 The Lord will reign forever.

He will be your God, O Jerusalem,Hebrew Zion. throughout the generations.

Praise the Lord!

146 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.

While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:

Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:

The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:

The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 30:33

33 For as churning cream produces butter,

and as twisting the nose produces blood,

so stirring up anger produces strife.”

33 As the beating of cream yields butter

and striking the nose causes bleeding,

so stirring up anger causes quarrels.

33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

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