2 I will stand at my watch post;
I will remain stationed on the city wall. 1
I will keep watching, so I can see what he says to me
and can know 2 how I should answer
when he counters my argument. 3
2 The Lord responded: 4
“Write down this message! 5 Record it legibly on tablets,
so the one who announces 6 it may read it easily. 7
3 For the message is a witness to what is decreed; 8
it gives reliable testimony about how matters will turn out. 9
Even if the message 10 is not fulfilled right away, wait patiently; 11
for it will certainly come to pass – it will not arrive late.
4 Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, 12
but the person of integrity 13 will live 14 because of his faithfulness. 15
5 Indeed, wine will betray the proud, restless man! 16
His appetite 17 is as big as Sheol’s; 18
like death, he is never satisfied.
He gathers 19 all the nations;
he seizes 20 all peoples.
6 “But all these nations will someday taunt him 21
and ridicule him with proverbial sayings: 22
‘The one who accumulates what does not belong to him is as good as dead 23
(How long will this go on?) 24 –
he who gets rich by extortion!’ 25
7 Your creditors will suddenly attack; 26
those who terrify you will spring into action, 27
and they will rob you. 28
8 Because you robbed many countries, 29
all who are left among the nations 30 will rob you.
You have shed human blood
and committed violent acts against lands, cities, 31 and those who live in them.
9 The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead. 32
He does this so he can build his nest way up high
and escape the clutches of disaster. 33
10 Your schemes will bring shame to your house.
Because you destroyed many nations, you will self-destruct. 34
11 For the stones in the walls will cry out,
and the wooden rafters will answer back. 35
12 The one who builds a city by bloodshed is as good as dead 36 –
he who starts 37 a town by unjust deeds.
13 Be sure of this! The Lord who commands armies has decreed:
The nations’ efforts will go up in smoke;
their exhausting work will be for nothing. 38
14 For recognition of the Lord’s sovereign majesty will fill the earth
just as the waters fill up the sea. 39
15 “You who force your neighbor to drink wine 40 are as good as dead 41 –
you who make others intoxicated by forcing them to drink from the bowl of your furious anger, 42
so you can look at their genitals. 43
16 But you will become drunk 44 with shame, not majesty. 45
Now it is your turn to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! 46
The cup of wine in the Lord’s right hand 47 is coming to you,
and disgrace will replace your majestic glory!
17 For you will pay in full for your violent acts against Lebanon; 48
terrifying judgment will come upon you because of the way you destroyed the wild animals living there. 49
You have shed human blood
and committed violent acts against lands, cities, and those who live in them.
18 What good 50 is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? 51
What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? 52
Why would its creator place his trust in it 53
and make 54 such mute, worthless things?
19 The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead 55 –
he who says 56 to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’
Can it give reliable guidance? 57
It is overlaid with gold and silver;
it has no life’s breath inside it.
20 But the Lord is in his majestic palace. 58
The whole earth is speechless in his presence!” 59
3 This is a prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: 1
2 Lord, I have heard the report of what you did; 2
I am awed, 3 Lord, by what you accomplished. 4
In our time 5 repeat those deeds; 6
in our time reveal them again. 7
But when you cause turmoil, remember to show us mercy! 8
3 God comes 9 from Teman, 10
the sovereign 11 one from Mount Paran. 12 Selah. 13
His splendor covers the skies, 14
his glory 15 fills the earth.
4 He is as bright as lightning; 16
a two-pronged lightning bolt flashes from his hand. 17
This is the outward display of his power. 18
5 Plague goes before him;
pestilence 19 marches right behind him. 20
6 He takes his battle position 21 and shakes 22 the earth;
with a mere look he frightens 23 the nations.
The ancient mountains disintegrate; 24
the primeval hills are flattened.
He travels on the ancient roads. 25
7 I see the tents of Cushan overwhelmed by trouble; 26
the tent curtains of the land of Midian are shaking. 27
8 Is the Lord mad at the rivers?
Are you angry with the rivers?
Are you enraged at the sea? 28
Is this why 29 you climb into your horse-drawn chariots, 30
your victorious chariots? 31
9 Your bow is ready for action; 32
you commission your arrows. 33 Selah.
You cause flash floods on the earth’s surface. 34
10 When the mountains see you, they shake.
The torrential downpour sweeps through. 35
The great deep 36 shouts out;
it lifts its hands high. 37
11 The sun and moon stand still in their courses; 38
the flash of your arrows drives them away, 39
the bright light of your lightning-quick spear. 40
12 You furiously stomp on the earth,
you angrily trample down the nations.
13 You march out to deliver your people,
to deliver your special servant. 41
You strike the leader of the wicked nation, 42
laying him open from the lower body to the neck. 43 Selah.
14 You pierce the heads of his warriors 44 with a spear. 45
They storm forward to scatter us; 46
they shout with joy as if they were plundering the poor with no opposition. 47
15 But you trample on the sea with your horses,
on the surging, raging waters. 48
16 I listened and my stomach churned; 49
the sound made my lips quiver.
My frame went limp, as if my bones were decaying, 50
and I shook as I tried to walk. 51
I long 52 for the day of distress
to come upon 53 the people who attack us.
17 When 54 the fig tree does not bud,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
when the olive trees do not produce, 55
and the fields yield no crops; 56
when the sheep disappear 57 from the pen,
and there are no cattle in the stalls,
18 I will rejoice because of 58 the Lord;
I will be happy because of the God who delivers me!
19 The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. 59
He gives me the agility of a deer; 60
he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 61
(This prayer is for the song leader. It is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.) 62
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.