6 Listen to what the Lord says:
“Get up! Defend yourself 1 before the mountains! 2
Present your case before the hills!” 3
2 Hear the Lord’s accusation, you mountains,
you enduring foundations of the earth!
For the Lord has a case against his people;
he has a dispute with Israel! 4
3 “My people, how have I wronged you? 5
How have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 In fact, I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
I delivered you from that place of slavery.
I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to lead you. 6
5 My people, recall how King Balak of Moab planned to harm you, 7
how Balaam son of Beor responded to him.
Recall how you journeyed from Shittim to Gilgal,
so you might acknowledge that the Lord has treated you fairly.” 8
6 With what should I 9 enter the Lord’s presence?
With what 10 should I bow before the sovereign God? 11
Should I enter his presence with burnt offerings,
with year-old calves?
7 Will the Lord accept a thousand rams,
or ten thousand streams of olive oil?
Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion,
my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? 12
8 He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the Lord really wants from you: 13
He wants you to 14 promote 15 justice, to be faithful, 16
and to live obediently before 17 your God.
9 Listen! The Lord is calling 18 to the city!
It is wise to respect your authority, O Lord! 19
Listen, O nation, and those assembled in the city! 20
10 “I will not overlook, 21 O sinful house, the dishonest gain you have hoarded away, 22
or the smaller-than-standard measure I hate so much. 23
11 I do not condone the use of rigged scales,
or a bag of deceptive weights. 24
12 The city’s rich men think nothing of resorting to violence; 25
her inhabitants lie, 26
their tongues speak deceptive words. 27
13 I will strike you brutally 28
and destroy you because of your sin.
14 You will eat, but not be satisfied.
Even if you have the strength 29 to overtake some prey, 30
you will not be able to carry it away; 31
if you do happen to carry away something,
I will deliver it over to the sword.
15 You will plant crops, but will not harvest them;
you will squeeze oil from the olives, 32 but you will have no oil to rub on your bodies; 33
you will squeeze juice from the grapes, but you will have no wine to drink. 34
16 You implement the regulations of Omri,
and all the practices of Ahab’s dynasty; 35
you follow their policies. 36
Therefore I will make you an appalling sight, 37
the city’s 38 inhabitants will be taunted derisively, 39
and nations will mock all of you.” 40
7 I am depressed! 1
Indeed, 2 it is as if the summer fruit has been gathered,
and the grapes have been harvested. 3
There is no grape cluster to eat,
no fresh figs that I crave so much. 4
2 Faithful men have disappeared 5 from the land;
there are no godly men left. 6
They all wait in ambush so they can shed blood; 7
they hunt their own brother with a net. 8
3 They are determined to be experts at doing evil; 9
government officials and judges take bribes, 10
prominent men make demands,
and they all do what is necessary to satisfy them. 11
4 The best of them is like a thorn;
the most godly among them are more dangerous than a row of thorn bushes. 12
The day you try to avoid by posting watchmen –
your appointed time of punishment – is on the way, 13
and then you will experience confusion. 14
5 Do not rely on a friend;
do not trust a companion!
Don’t even share secrets with the one who lies in your arms! 15
6 For a son thinks his father is a fool,
a daughter challenges 16 her mother,
and a daughter-in-law her mother-in-law;
a man’s enemies are his own servants. 17
7 But I will keep watching for the Lord;
I will wait for the God who delivers me.
My God will hear my lament. 18
8 My enemies, 19 do not gloat 20 over me!
Though I have fallen, I will get up.
Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. 21
9 I must endure 22 the Lord’s anger,
for I have sinned against him.
But then 23 he will defend my cause, 24
and accomplish justice on my behalf.
He will lead me out into the light;
I will experience firsthand 25 his deliverance. 26
10 When my enemies see this, they will be covered with shame.
They say 27 to me, “Where is the Lord your God?”
I will gloat over them. 28
Then they will be trampled down 29
like mud in the streets.
11 It will be a day for rebuilding your walls;
in that day your boundary will be extended. 30
12 In that day people 31 will come to you 32
from Assyria as far as 33 Egypt,
from Egypt as far as the Euphrates River, 34
from the seacoasts 35 and the mountains. 36
13 The earth will become desolate 37
because of what its inhabitants have done. 38
14 Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, 39
the flock that belongs to you, 40
the one that lives alone in a thicket,
in the midst of a pastureland. 41
Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, 42
as they did in the old days. 43
15 “As in the days when you departed from the land of Egypt,
I will show you 44 miraculous deeds.” 45
16 Nations will see this and be disappointed by 46 all their strength,
they will put their hands over their mouths,
and act as if they were deaf. 47
17 They will lick the dust like a snake,
like serpents crawling on the ground. 48
They will come trembling from their strongholds
to the Lord our God; 49
they will be terrified 50 of you. 51
18 There is no other God like you! 52
You 53 forgive sin
and pardon 54 the rebellion
of those who remain among your people. 55
You do not remain angry forever, 56
but delight in showing loyal love.
19 You will once again 57 have mercy on us;
you will conquer 58 our evil deeds;
you will hurl our 59 sins into the depths of the sea. 60
20 You will be loyal to Jacob
and extend your loyal love to Abraham, 61
which you promised on oath to our ancestors 62
in ancient times. 63
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.