1Then I was given a measuring reed like a rod, with these words: "Go and measure God's sanctuary and the altar, and [count] those who worship there.2But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. Don't measure it, because it is given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for 42 months.3I will empower my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth."4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.5If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies; if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.6These men have the power to close the sky so that it does not rain during the days of their prophecy. They also have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with any plague whenever they want.
7When they finish their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, conquer them, and kill them.8Their dead bodies will lie in the public square of the great city, which is called, prophetically, Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.9And representatives from the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will view their bodies for three and a half days and not permit their bodies to be put into a tomb.10Those who live on the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who live on the earth.
11But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them.12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." They went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them.13At that moment a violent earthquake took place, a tenth of the city fell, and 7,000 people were killed in the earthquake. The survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.14The second woe has passed. Take note: the third woe is coming quickly!
15The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the [kingdom] of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever! 16The 24 elders, who were seated before God on their thrones, fell on their faces and worshiped God,17saying: We thank You, Lord God, the Almighty, who is and who was, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18The nations were angry, but Your wrath has come. The time has come for the dead to be judged, and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets, to the saints, and to those who fear Your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth. 19God's sanctuary in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant appeared in His sanctuary. There were lightnings, rumblings, thunders, an earthquake, and severe hail.
1These events took place during the days of Ahasuerus,who ruled 127 provinces from India to Cush.2In those days King Ahasuerus reigned from his royal throne in the fortress at Susa.3He held a feast in the third year of his reign for all his officials and staff, the army of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the officials from the provinces.4He displayed the glorious wealth of his kingdom and the magnificent splendor of his greatness for a total of 180 days. 5At the end of this time, the king held a week-long banquet in the garden courtyard of the royal palace for all the people, from the greatest to the least, who were present in the fortress of Susa.6White and violet linen hangings were fastened with fine white and purple linen cords to silver rods on marble columns. Gold and silver couches [were arranged] on a mosaic pavement of red feldspar, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones. 7Beverages were served in an array of gold goblets, each with a different design. Royal wine flowed freely, according to the king's bounty8and no restraint was placed on the drinking. The king had ordered every wine steward in his household to serve as much as each person wanted.9Queen Vashti also gave a feast for the women of King Ahasuerus' palace. 10On the seventh day, when the king was feeling good from the wine, Ahasuerus commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who personally served him,11to bring Queen Vashti before him with her royal crown. [He wanted] to show off her beauty to the people and the officials, because she was very beautiful.12But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command that was delivered by his eunuchs. The king became furious and his anger burned within him.
13The king consulted the wise men who understood the times,for it was his normal procedure to confer with experts in law and justice.14The most trusted ones were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan. They were the seven officials of Persia and Media who had personal access to the king and occupied the highest positions in the kingdom.15[The king asked,] "According to the law, what should be done with Queen Vashti, since she refused to obey King Ahasuerus' command that was delivered by the eunuchs?" 16Memucan said in the presence of the king and his officials, "Queen Vashti has defied not only the king, but all the officials and the peoples who are in every one of King Ahasuerus' provinces.17For the queen's action will become public knowledge to all the women and cause them to despise their husbands and say, 'King Ahasuerus ordered Queen Vashti brought before him, but she did not come.'18[Before] this day [is over], the noble women of Persia and Media who hear about the queen's act will say [the same thing] to all the king's officials, resulting in more contempt and fury. 19"If it meets the king's approval, he should personally issue a royal decree. Let it be recorded in the laws of Persia and Media, so that it cannot be revoked: Vashti is not to enter King Ahasuerus' presence, and her royal position is to be given to another woman who is more worthy than she.20The decree the king issues will be heard throughout his vast kingdom, so all women will honor their husbands, from the least to the greatest." 21The king and his counselors approved the proposal, and he followed Memucan's advice.22He sent letters to all the royal provinces, to each province in its own script and to each ethnic group in its own language, that every man should be master of his own house and speak in the language of his own people.
1Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples. 2Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell about all His wonderful works! 3Honor His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always. 5Remember the wonderful works He has done, His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced, 6you offspring of Abraham His servant, Jacob's descendants -His chosen ones. 7He is the Lord our God; His judgments [govern] the whole earth. 8He forever remembers His covenant, the promise He ordained for a thousand generations- 9[the covenant] He made with Abraham, swore to Isaac, 10and confirmed to Jacob as a decree and to Israel as an everlasting covenant: 11"I will give the land of Canaan to you as your inherited portion." 12When they were few in number, very few indeed, and temporary residents in Canaan, 13wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another, 14He allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf: 15"Do not touch My anointed ones, or harm My prophets." 16He called down famine against the land and destroyed the entire food supply. 17He had sent a man ahead of them- Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18They hurt his feet with shackles; his neck was put in an iron collar. 19Until the time his prediction came true, the word of the Lord tested him. 20The king sent [for him] and released him; the ruler of peoples set him free. 21He made him master of his household, ruler over all his possessions- 22binding his officials at will and instructing his elders. 23Then Israel went to Egypt; Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham. 24The Lord made His people very fruitful; He made them more numerous than their foes, 25whose hearts He turned to hate His people and to deal deceptively with His servants.