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Daily Scripture : Gospel - Lk 1: 26-38
« Reply #450 on: December 10, 2014, 12:00:07 AM »
Gospel - Lk 1: 26-38

MONDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2014
Liturgical Year C
Gospel - Lk 1: 26-38
26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin' s name was Mary.28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

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Daily Scripture : Psalm - Ps 98: 1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
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Psalm - Ps 98: 1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

MONDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2014
Liturgical Year C
Psalm - Ps 98: 1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
1 Sing ye to the Lord anew canticle: because he hath done wonderful things. His right hand hath wrought for him salvation, and his arm is holy.2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles.3 He hath remembered his mercy his truth toward the house of Israel.All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.4 Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and sing. 

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Daily Scripture : First Reading - Is 40: 1-11
« Reply #452 on: December 12, 2014, 12:00:14 AM »
First Reading - Is 40: 1-11

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2014
Liturgical Year C
First Reading - Is 40: 1-11
1 Be comforted, be comforted, my people, saith your God.2 Speak ye to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her: for her evil is come to an end, her iniquity is forgiven: she hath received of the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.3 The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God.4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways plain.5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh together shall see, that the mouth of the Lord hath spoken.6 The voice of one, saying: Cry. And I said: What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of the held.7 The grass is withered, and the dower is fallen, because the spirit of the Lord hath blown upon it. Indeed the people is grass:8 The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the word of our Lord endureth for ever.9 Get thee up upon a high mountain, thou that bringest good tidings to Sion: lift up thy voice with strength, thou that bringest good tidings to Jerusalem: lift it up, fear not. Say to the cities of Juda: Behold your God:10 Behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and his arm shall rule: Behold his reward is with him and his work is before him.11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom, and he himself shall carry them that are with young.

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Daily Scripture : December 10:
« Reply #453 on: December 13, 2014, 12:00:09 AM »
December 10:

Morning: Hosea 5-8
           
       
           
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Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah

5   Hear this, O priests!    Pay attention, O house of Israel!  Give ear, O house of the king!    For the judgment is for you;  for you have been a snare at Mizpah    and a net spread upon Tabor.  And the revolters have gone deep into slaughter,    but I will discipline all of them.

  I know Ephraim,    and Israel is not hidden from me;  for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;    Israel is defiled.  Their deeds do not permit them    to return to their God.  For the spirit of whoredom is within them,    and they know not the LORD.

  The pride of Israel testifies to his face;1    Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;    Judah also shall stumble with them.  With their flocks and herds they shall go    to seek the LORD,  but they will not find him;    he has withdrawn from them.  They have dealt faithlessly with the LORD;    for they have borne alien children.    Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.

  Blow the horn in Gibeah,    the trumpet in Ramah.  Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;    we follow you,2 O Benjamin!  Ephraim shall become a desolation    in the day of punishment;  among the tribes of Israel    I make known what is sure.  The princes of Judah have become    like those who move the landmark;  upon them I will pour out    my wrath like water.  Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,    because he was determined to go after filth.3  But I am like a moth to Ephraim,    and like dry rot to the house of Judah.

  When Ephraim saw his sickness,    and Judah his wound,  then Ephraim went to Assyria,    and sent to the great king.4  But he is not able to cure you    or heal your wound.  For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,    and like a young lion to the house of Judah.  I, even I, will tear and go away;    I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.

  I will return again to my place,    until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,    and in their distress earnestly seek me.
Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant

6   “Come, let us return to the LORD;    for he has torn us, that he may heal us;    he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.  After two days he will revive us;    on the third day he will raise us up,    that we may live before him.  Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;    his going out is sure as the dawn;  he will come to us as the showers,    as the spring rains that water the earth.”

  What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?    What shall I do with you, O Judah?  Your love is like a morning cloud,    like the dew that goes early away.  Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;    I have slain them by the words of my mouth,    and my judgment goes forth as the light.  For I desire steadfast love5 and not sacrifice,    the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

  But like Adam they transgressed the covenant;    there they dealt faithlessly with me.  Gilead is a city of evildoers,    tracked with blood.  As robbers lie in wait for a man,    so the priests band together;  they murder on the way to Shechem;    they commit villainy.  In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;    Ephraim's whoredom is there; Israel is defiled.

  For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed,    when I restore the fortunes of my people.7   When I would heal Israel,    the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,    and the evil deeds of Samaria;  for they deal falsely;    the thief breaks in,    and the bandits raid outside.  But they do not consider    that I remember all their evil.  Now their deeds surround them;    they are before my face.  By their evil they make the king glad,    and the princes by their treachery.  They are all adulterers;    they are like a heated oven  whose baker ceases to stir the fire,    from the kneading of the dough    until it is leavened.  On the day of our king, the princes    became sick with the heat of wine;    he stretched out his hand with mockers.  For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue;    all night their anger smolders;    in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.  All of them are hot as an oven,    and they devour their rulers.  All their kings have fallen,    and none of them calls upon me.

  Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples;    Ephraim is a cake not turned.  Strangers devour his strength,    and he knows it not;  gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,    and he knows it not.  The pride of Israel testifies to his face;6    yet they do not return to the LORD their God,    nor seek him, for all this.

  Ephraim is like a dove,    silly and without sense,    calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.  As they go, I will spread over them my net;    I will bring them down like birds of the heavens;    I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation.  Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!    Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!  I would redeem them,    but they speak lies against me.

  They do not cry to me from the heart,    but they wail upon their beds;  for grain and wine they gash themselves;    they rebel against me.  Although I trained and strengthened their arms,    yet they devise evil against me.  They return, but not upward;7    they are like a treacherous bow;  their princes shall fall by the sword    because of the insolence of their tongue.  This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind

8   Set the trumpet to your lips!    One like a vulture is over the house of the LORD,  because they have transgressed my covenant    and rebelled against my law.  To me they cry,    “My God, we—Israel—know you.”  Israel has spurned the good;    the enemy shall pursue him.

  They made kings, but not through me.    They set up princes, but I knew it not.  With their silver and gold they made idols    for their own destruction.  I have8 spurned your calf, O Samaria.    My anger burns against them.  How long will they be incapable of innocence?  For it is from Israel;  a craftsman made it;    it is not God.  The calf of Samaria    shall be broken to pieces.9

  For they sow the wind,    and they shall reap the whirlwind.  The standing grain has no heads;    it shall yield no flour;  if it were to yield,    strangers would devour it.  Israel is swallowed up;    already they are among the nations    as a useless vessel.  For they have gone up to Assyria,    a wild donkey wandering alone;    Ephraim has hired lovers.  Though they hire allies among the nations,    I will soon gather them up.  And the king and princes shall soon writhe    because of the tribute.

  Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning,    they have become to him altars for sinning.  Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands,    they would be regarded as a strange thing.  As for my sacrificial offerings,    they sacrifice meat and eat it,    but the LORD does not accept them.  Now he will remember their iniquity    and punish their sins;    they shall return to Egypt.  For Israel has forgotten his Maker    and built palaces,  and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;    so I will send a fire upon his cities,    and it shall devour her strongholds.
Footnotes
[1] 5:5 Or in his presence[2] 5:8 Or after you[3] 5:11 Or to follow human precepts[4] 5:13 Or to King Jareb[5] 6:6 Septuagint mercy[6] 7:10 Or in his presence[7] 7:16 Or to the Most High[8] 8:5 Hebrew He has[9] 8:6 Or shall go up in flames

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Prologue
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants1 the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant2 John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
Greeting to the Seven Churches
John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail3 on account of him. Even so. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Vision of the Son of Man
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Footnotes
[1] 1:1 Greek bondservants[2] 1:1 Greek bondservant[3] 1:7 Or mourn

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Daily Scripture : December 11:
« Reply #454 on: December 14, 2014, 12:00:14 AM »
December 11:

Morning: Hosea 9-11
           
       
           
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The Lord Will Punish Israel

9   Rejoice not, O Israel!    Exult not like the peoples;  for you have played the whore, forsaking your God.    You have loved a prostitute's wages    on all threshing floors.  Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,    and the new wine shall fail them.  They shall not remain in the land of the LORD,    but Ephraim shall return to Egypt,    and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

  They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the LORD,    and their sacrifices shall not please him.  It shall be like mourners' bread to them;    all who eat of it shall be defiled;  for their bread shall be for their hunger only;    it shall not come to the house of the LORD.

  What will you do on the day of the appointed festival,    and on the day of the feast of the LORD?  For behold, they are going away from destruction;    but Egypt shall gather them;    Memphis shall bury them.  Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver;    thorns shall be in their tents.

  The days of punishment have come;    the days of recompense have come;    Israel shall know it.  The prophet is a fool;    the man of the spirit is mad,  because of your great iniquity    and great hatred.  The prophet is the watchman of Ephraim with my God;  yet a fowler's snare is on all his ways,    and hatred in the house of his God.  They have deeply corrupted themselves    as in the days of Gibeah:  he will remember their iniquity;    he will punish their sins.

  Like grapes in the wilderness,    I found Israel.  Like the first fruit on the fig tree    in its first season,    I saw your fathers.  But they came to Baal-peor    and consecrated themselves to the thing of shame,    and became detestable like the thing they loved.  Ephraim's glory shall fly away like a bird—    no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!  Even if they bring up children,    I will bereave them till none is left.  Woe to them    when I depart from them!  Ephraim, as I have seen, was like a young palm1 planted in a meadow;    but Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter.2  Give them, O LORD—    what will you give?  Give them a miscarrying womb    and dry breasts.

  Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal;    there I began to hate them.  Because of the wickedness of their deeds    I will drive them out of my house.  I will love them no more;    all their princes are rebels.

  Ephraim is stricken;    their root is dried up;    they shall bear no fruit.  Even though they give birth,    I will put their beloved children to death.  My God will reject them    because they have not listened to him;    they shall be wanderers among the nations.

10   Israel is a luxuriant vine    that yields its fruit.  The more his fruit increased,    the more altars he built;  as his country improved,    he improved his pillars.  Their heart is false;    now they must bear their guilt.  The LORD3 will break down their altars    and destroy their pillars.

  For now they will say:    “We have no king,  for we do not fear the LORD;    and a king—what could he do for us?”  They utter mere words;    with empty oaths they make covenants;  so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds    in the furrows of the field.  The inhabitants of Samaria tremble    for the calf4 of Beth-aven.  Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests—    those who rejoiced over it and over its glory—    for it has departed5 from them.  The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria    as tribute to the great king.6  Ephraim shall be put to shame,    and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.7

  Samaria's king shall perish    like a twig on the face of the waters.  The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,    shall be destroyed.  Thorn and thistle shall grow up    on their altars,  and they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”    and to the hills, “Fall on us.”

  From the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;    there they have continued.    Shall not the war against the unjust8 overtake them in Gibeah?  When I please, I will discipline them,    and nations shall be gathered against them    when they are bound up for their double iniquity.

  Ephraim was a trained calf    that loved to thresh,    and I spared her fair neck;  but I will put Ephraim to the yoke;    Judah must plow;    Jacob must harrow for himself.  Sow for yourselves righteousness;    reap steadfast love;    break up your fallow ground,  for it is the time to seek the LORD,    that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

  You have plowed iniquity;    you have reaped injustice;    you have eaten the fruit of lies.  Because you have trusted in your own way    and in the multitude of your warriors,  therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people,    and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,  as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;    mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.  Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,    because of your great evil.  At dawn the king of Israel    shall be utterly cut off.
The Lord's Love for Israel

11   When Israel was a child, I loved him,    and out of Egypt I called my son.  The more they were called,    the more they went away;  they kept sacrificing to the Baals    and burning offerings to idols.

  Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;    I took them up by their arms,    but they did not know that I healed them.  I led them with cords of kindness,9    with the bands of love,  and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,    and I bent down to them and fed them.

  They shall not10 return to the land of Egypt,    but Assyria shall be their king,    because they have refused to return to me.  The sword shall rage against their cities,    consume the bars of their gates,    and devour them because of their own counsels.  My people are bent on turning away from me,    and though they call out to the Most High,    he shall not raise them up at all.

  How can I give you up, O Ephraim?    How can I hand you over, O Israel?  How can I make you like Admah?    How can I treat you like Zeboiim?  My heart recoils within me;    my compassion grows warm and tender.  I will not execute my burning anger;    I will not again destroy Ephraim;  for I am God and not a man,    the Holy One in your midst,    and I will not come in wrath.11

  They shall go after the LORD;    he will roar like a lion;  when he roars,    his children shall come trembling from the west;  they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,    and like doves from the land of Assyria,    and I will return them to their homes, declares the LORD.  12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,    and the house of Israel with deceit,  but Judah still walks with God    and is faithful to the Holy One.
Footnotes
[1] 9:13 Or like Tyre[2] 9:13 Hebrew to him who slaughters[3] 10:2 Hebrew He[4] 10:5 Or calves[5] 10:5 Or has gone into exile[6] 10:6 Or to King Jareb[7] 10:6 Or counsel[8] 10:9 Hebrew the children of injustice[9] 11:4 Or humaneness; Hebrew man[10] 11:5 Or surely[11] 11:9 Or into the city[12] 11:12 Ch 12:1 in Hebrew

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To the Church in Ephesus
2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
To the Church in Smyrna
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander1 of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
To the Church in Pergamum
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
“‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith2 even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
To the Church in Thyatira
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
“‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants3 to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. Only hold fast what you have until I come. The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Footnotes
[1] 2:9 Greek blasphemy[2] 2:13 Or your faith in me[3] 2:20 Greek bondservants

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December 13:

Morning: Joel 1-3
           
       
           
                Evening: Revelation 4
           
       
       
                Morning: Joel 1-3
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                    Joel 1-3

1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:
An Invasion of Locusts

  Hear this, you elders;    give ear, all inhabitants of the land!  Has such a thing happened in your days,    or in the days of your fathers?  Tell your children of it,    and let your children tell their children,    and their children to another generation.

  What the cutting locust left,    the swarming locust has eaten.  What the swarming locust left,    the hopping locust has eaten,  and what the hopping locust left,    the destroying locust has eaten.

  Awake, you drunkards, and weep,    and wail, all you drinkers of wine,  because of the sweet wine,    for it is cut off from your mouth.  For a nation has come up against my land,    powerful and beyond number;  its teeth are lions' teeth,    and it has the fangs of a lioness.  It has laid waste my vine    and splintered my fig tree;  it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;    their branches are made white.

  Lament like a virgin1 wearing sackcloth    for the bridegroom of her youth.  The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off    from the house of the LORD.  The priests mourn,    the ministers of the LORD.  The fields are destroyed,    the ground mourns,  because the grain is destroyed,    the wine dries up,    the oil languishes.

  Be ashamed,2 O tillers of the soil;    wail, O vinedressers,  for the wheat and the barley,    because the harvest of the field has perished.  The vine dries up;    the fig tree languishes.  Pomegranate, palm, and apple,    all the trees of the field are dried up,  and gladness dries up    from the children of man.
A Call to Repentance

  Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;    wail, O ministers of the altar.  Go in, pass the night in sackcloth,    O ministers of my God!  Because grain offering and drink offering    are withheld from the house of your God.

  Consecrate a fast;    call a solemn assembly.  Gather the elders    and all the inhabitants of the land  to the house of the LORD your God,    and cry out to the LORD.

  Alas for the day!  For the day of the LORD is near,    and as destruction from the Almighty3 it comes.  Is not the food cut off    before our eyes,  joy and gladness    from the house of our God?

  The seed shrivels under the clods;4    the storehouses are desolate;  the granaries are torn down    because the grain has dried up.  How the beasts groan!    The herds of cattle are perplexed  because there is no pasture for them;    even the flocks of sheep suffer.5

  To you, O LORD, I call.  For fire has devoured    the pastures of the wilderness,  and flame has burned    all the trees of the field.  Even the beasts of the field pant for you    because the water brooks are dried up,  and fire has devoured    the pastures of the wilderness.
The Day of the Lord

2   Blow a trumpet in Zion;    sound an alarm on my holy mountain!  Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,    for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near,  a day of darkness and gloom,    a day of clouds and thick darkness!  Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains    a great and powerful people;  their like has never been before,    nor will be again after them    through the years of all generations.

  Fire devours before them,    and behind them a flame burns.  The land is like the garden of Eden before them,    but behind them a desolate wilderness,    and nothing escapes them.

  Their appearance is like the appearance of horses,    and like war horses they run.  As with the rumbling of chariots,    they leap on the tops of the mountains,  like the crackling of a flame of fire    devouring the stubble,  like a powerful army    drawn up for battle.

  Before them peoples are in anguish;    all faces grow pale.  Like warriors they charge;    like soldiers they scale the wall.  They march each on his way;    they do not swerve from their paths.  They do not jostle one another;    each marches in his path;  they burst through the weapons    and are not halted.  They leap upon the city,    they run upon the walls,  they climb up into the houses,    they enter through the windows like a thief.

  The earth quakes before them;    the heavens tremble.  The sun and the moon are darkened,    and the stars withdraw their shining.  The LORD utters his voice    before his army,  for his camp is exceedingly great;    he who executes his word is powerful.  For the day of the LORD is great and very awesome;    who can endure it?
Return to the Lord

  “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,    “return to me with all your heart,  with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;    and rend your hearts and not your garments.”  Return to the LORD your God,    for he is gracious and merciful,  slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;    and he relents over disaster.  Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,    and leave a blessing behind him,  a grain offering and a drink offering    for the LORD your God?

  Blow the trumpet in Zion;    consecrate a fast;  call a solemn assembly;    gather the people.  Consecrate the congregation;    assemble the elders;  gather the children,    even nursing infants.  Let the bridegroom leave his room,    and the bride her chamber.

  Between the vestibule and the altar    let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep  and say, “Spare your people, O LORD,    and make not your heritage a reproach,    a byword among the nations.6  Why should they say among the peoples,    ‘Where is their God?’”
The Lord Had Pity

  Then the LORD became jealous for his land    and had pity on his people.  The LORD answered and said to his people,  “Behold, I am sending to you    grain, wine, and oil,    and you will be satisfied;  and I will no more make you    a reproach among the nations.

  “I will remove the northerner far from you,    and drive him into a parched and desolate land,  his vanguard7 into the eastern sea,    and his rear guard8 into the western sea;  the stench and foul smell of him will rise,    for he has done great things.

  “Fear not, O land;    be glad and rejoice,    for the LORD has done great things!  Fear not, you beasts of the field,    for the pastures of the wilderness are green;  the tree bears its fruit;    the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

  “Be glad, O children of Zion,    and rejoice in the LORD your God,  for he has given the early rain for your vindication;    he has poured down for you abundant rain,    the early and the latter rain, as before.

  “The threshing floors shall be full of grain;    the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.  I will restore9 to you the years    that the swarming locust has eaten,  the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,    my great army, which I sent among you.

  “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,    and praise the name of the LORD your God,    who has dealt wondrously with you.  And my people shall never again be put to shame.  You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,    and that I am the LORD your God and there is none else.  And my people shall never again be put to shame.
The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit

  10 “And it shall come to pass afterward,    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;  your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,    your old men shall dream dreams,    and your young men shall see visions.  Even on the male and female servants    in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.
The Lord Judges the Nations
3 “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.
“What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.11You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border. Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head. I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the LORD has spoken.”

  Proclaim this among the nations:  Consecrate for war;12    stir up the mighty men.  Let all the men of war draw near;    let them come up.  Beat your plowshares into swords,    and your pruning hooks into spears;    let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”

  Hasten and come,    all you surrounding nations,    and gather yourselves there.  Bring down your warriors, O LORD.  Let the nations stir themselves up    and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;  for there I will sit to judge    all the surrounding nations.

  Put in the sickle,    for the harvest is ripe.  Go in, tread,    for the winepress is full.  The vats overflow,    for their evil is great.

  Multitudes, multitudes,    in the valley of decision!  For the day of the LORD is near    in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon are darkened,    and the stars withdraw their shining.

  The LORD roars from Zion,    and utters his voice from Jerusalem,    and the heavens and the earth quake.  But the LORD is a refuge to his people,    a stronghold to the people of Israel.
The Glorious Future of Judah

  “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God,    who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.  And Jerusalem shall be holy,    and strangers shall never again pass through it.

  “And in that day  the mountains shall drip sweet wine,    and the hills shall flow with milk,  and all the streambeds of Judah    shall flow with water;  and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD    and water the Valley of Shittim.

  “Egypt shall become a desolation    and Edom a desolate wilderness,  for the violence done to the people of Judah,    because they have shed innocent blood in their land.  But Judah shall be inhabited forever,    and Jerusalem to all generations.  I will avenge their blood,    blood I have not avenged,13    for the LORD dwells in Zion.”
Footnotes
[1] 1:8 Or young woman[2] 1:11 The Hebrew words for dry up and be ashamed in verses 10–12, 17 sound alike[3] 1:15 Destruction sounds like the Hebrew for Almighty[4] 1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain[5] 1:18 Or are made desolate[6] 2:17 Or reproach, that the nations should rule over them[7] 2:20 Hebrew face[8] 2:20 Hebrew his end[9] 2:25 Or pay back[10] 2:28 Ch 3:1 in Hebrew[11] 3:5 Or palaces[12] 3:9 Or Consecrate a war[13] 3:21 Or I will acquit their bloodguilt that I have not acquitted

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                    Revelation 4
The Throne in Heaven
4 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings1 and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

  “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,    who was and is and is to come!”
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,    to receive glory and honor and power,  for you created all things,    and by your will they existed and were created.”
Footnotes
[1] 4:5 Or voices, or sounds

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