2 Bunch yourselves together like straw, 1 you undesirable 2 nation,
2 before God’s decree becomes reality 3 and the day of opportunity disappears like windblown chaff, 4
before the Lord’s raging anger 5 overtakes 6 you –
before the day of the Lord’s angry judgment overtakes you!
3 Seek the Lord’s favor, 7 all you humble people 8 of the land who have obeyed his commands! 9
Strive to do what is right! 10 Strive to be humble! 11
Maybe you will be protected 12 on the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.
4 Indeed, 13 Gaza will be deserted 14
and Ashkelon will become a heap of ruins. 15
Invaders will drive away the people of Ashdod by noon, 16
and Ekron will be overthrown. 17
5 Those who live by the sea, the people who came from Crete, 18 are as good as dead. 19
The Lord has decreed your downfall, 20 Canaan, land of the Philistines:
“I will destroy everyone who lives there!” 21
6 The seacoast 22 will be used as pasture lands 23 by the shepherds
and as pens for their flocks.
7 Those who are left from the kingdom of Judah 24 will take possession of it. 25
By the sea 26 they 27 will graze,
in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening,
for the Lord their God will intervene for them 28 and restore their prosperity. 29
8 “I have heard Moab’s taunts
and the Ammonites’ insults.
They 30 taunted my people
and verbally harassed those living in Judah. 31
9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” says the Lord who commands armies, the God of Israel,
“be certain that Moab will become like Sodom
and the Ammonites like Gomorrah.
They will be overrun by weeds, 32
filled with salt pits, 33
and permanently desolate.
Those of my people who are left 34 will plunder their belongings; 35
those who are left in Judah 36 will take possession of their land.”
10 This is how they will be repaid for their arrogance, 37
for they taunted and verbally harassed 38 the people of the Lord who commands armies.
11 The Lord will terrify them, 39
for 40 he will weaken 41 all the gods of the earth.
All the distant nations will worship the Lord in their own lands. 42
12 “You 43 Ethiopians 44 will also die by my sword!” 45
13 The Lord 46 will attack the north 47
and destroy Assyria.
He will make Nineveh a heap of ruins;
it will be as barren 48 as the desert.
14 Flocks and herds 49 will lie down in the middle of it,
as well as every kind of wild animal. 50
Owls 51 will sleep in the tops of its support pillars;
they will hoot through the windows. 52
Rubble will cover the thresholds; 53
even the cedar work 54 will be exposed to the elements. 55
15 This is how the once-proud city will end up 56 –
the city that was so secure. 57
She thought to herself, 58 “I am unique! No one can compare to me!” 59
What a heap of ruins she has become, a place where wild animals live!
Everyone who passes by her taunts her 60 and shakes his fist. 61
3 The filthy, 1 stained city is as good as dead;
the city filled with oppressors is finished! 2
2 She is disobedient; 3
she refuses correction. 4
She does not trust the Lord;
she does not seek the advice of 5 her God.
3 Her princes 6 are as fierce as roaring lions; 7
her rulers 8 are as hungry as wolves in the desert, 9
who completely devour their prey by morning. 10
4 Her prophets are proud; 11
they are deceitful men.
Her priests defile what is holy; 12
they break God’s laws. 13
5 The just Lord resides 14 within her;
he commits no unjust acts. 15
Every morning he reveals 16 his justice.
At dawn he appears without fail. 17
Yet the unjust know no shame.
6 “I destroyed 18 nations;
their walled cities 19 are in ruins.
I turned their streets into ruins;
no one passes through them.
Their cities are desolate; 20
no one lives there. 21
7 I thought, 22 ‘Certainly you will respect 23 me!
Now you will accept correction!’
If she had done so, her home 24 would not be destroyed 25
by all the punishments I have threatened. 26
But they eagerly sinned
in everything they did. 27
8 Therefore you must wait patiently 28 for me,” says the Lord,
“for the day when I attack and take plunder. 29
I have decided 30 to gather nations together
and assemble kingdoms,
so I can pour out my fury on them –
all my raging anger.
For 31 the whole earth will be consumed
by my fiery anger.
9 Know for sure that I will then enable
the nations to give me acceptable praise. 32
All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, 33
and will worship him in unison. 34
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, 35
those who pray to me 36 will bring me tribute.
11 In that day you 37 will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me, 38
for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, 39
and you will never again be arrogant on my holy hill.
12 I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, 40
and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. 41
13 The Israelites who remain 42 will not act deceitfully.
They will not lie,
and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth.
Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep 43 and lie down;
no one will terrify them.”
14 Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! 44
Shout out, Israel!
Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has removed the judgment against you; 45
he has turned back your enemy.
Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst!
You no longer need to fear disaster.
16 On that day they will say 46 to Jerusalem,
“Don’t be afraid, Zion!
Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! 47
17 The Lord your God is in your midst;
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you; 48
he renews you by his love; 49
he shouts for joy over you.” 50
18 “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals –
I took them away from you;
they became tribute and were a source of shame to you. 51
19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you.
I will rescue the lame sheep 52
and gather together the scattered sheep.
I will take away their humiliation
and make the whole earth admire and respect them. 53
20 At that time I will lead you –
at the time I gather you together. 54
Be sure of this! 55 I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you 56
when you see me restore you,” 57 says the Lord.
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.