1Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads.2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.3They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.4These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.5And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. 6Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--7saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."8And another angel followed, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."9Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,10he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.11And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."12Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."14Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe."16So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.17Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.18And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe."19So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.20And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses' bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
1Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.2So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.3And the king said to her, "What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you--up to half the kingdom!"4So Esther answered, "If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him."5Then the king said, "Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said." So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.6At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, "What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"7Then Esther answered and said, "My petition and request is this:8If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said."9So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.10Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for his friends and his wife Zeresh.11Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king.12Moreover Haman said, "Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king.13Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."14Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet." And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.
1That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.2And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.3Then the king said, "What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?" And the king's servants who attended him said, "Nothing has been done for him."4So the king said, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.5The king's servants said to him, "Haman is there, standing in the court." And the king said, "Let him come in."6So Haman came in, and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?"7And Haman answered the king, "For the man whom the king delights to honor,8let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head.9Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: 'Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!' "10Then the king said to Haman, "Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king's gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken."11So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!"12Afterward Mordecai went back to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.13When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him."
24Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word,25But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the Lord.26Therefore He raised up His hand in an oath against them, To overthrow them in the wilderness,27To overthrow their descendants among the nations, And to scatter them in the lands.28They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, And ate sacrifices made to the dead.29Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them.30Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, And the plague was stopped.31And that was accounted to him for righteousness To all generations forevermore.32They angered Him also at the waters of strife, So that it went ill with Moses on account of them;33Because they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips.34They did not destroy the peoples, Concerning whom the Lord had commanded them,35But they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works;36They served their idols, Which became a snare to them.37They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons,38And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood.39Thus they were defiled by their own works, And played the harlot by their own deeds.40Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, So that He abhorred His own inheritance.41And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, And those who hated them ruled over them.42Their enemies also oppressed them, And they were brought into subjection under their hand.43Many times He delivered them; But they rebelled in their counsel, And were brought low for their iniquity.44Nevertheless He regarded their affliction, When He heard their cry;45And for their sake He remembered His covenant, And relented according to the multitude of His mercies.46He also made them to be pitied By all those who carried them away captive.47Save us, O Lord our God, And gather us from among the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.48Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord!