1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me: "Come, I will show you the judgment of the notorious prostitute who sits on many waters.2The kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and those who live on the earth became drunk on the wine of her sexual immorality."3So he carried me away in the Spirit to a desert. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, having seven heads and 10 horns.4The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She had a gold cup in her hand filled with everything vile and with the impurities of her prostitution.5On her forehead a cryptic name was written: BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE VILE THINGS OF THE EARTH 6Then I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the saints and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. When I saw her, I was utterly astounded.
7Then the angel said to me, "Why are you astounded? I will tell you the secret meaning of the woman and of the beast, with the seven heads and the 10 horns, that carries her.8The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss and go to destruction. Those who live on the earth whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astounded when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will be present [again]. 9"Here is the mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated.10They are also seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain for a little while.11The beast that was and is not, is himself the eighth, yet is of the seven and goes to destruction.12The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.13These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.14These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called and elect and faithful." 15He also said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.16The 10 horns you saw, and the beast, will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, devour her flesh, and burn her up with fire.17For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His plan by having one purpose, and to give their kingdom to the beast until God's words are accomplished.18And the woman you saw is the great city that has an empire over the kings of the earth."
2Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth, for the Lord has spoken: "I have raised children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me. 3The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's feeding-trough, [but] Israel does not know; My people do not understand." 4Oh-sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the Lord; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs [on Him]. 5Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling? The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick. 6From the sole of the foot even to the head, no spot is uninjured- wounds, welts, and festering sores not cleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil. 7Your land is desolate, your cities burned with fire; before your very eyes foreigners devour your fields- a desolation overthrown by foreigners. 8Daughter Zion is abandoned like a shelter in a vineyard, like a shack in a cucumber field, like a besieged city. 9If the Lord of Hosts had not left us a few survivors, we would be like Sodom, we would resemble Gomorrah. 10Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah! 11"What are all your sacrifices to Me?" asks the Lord. "I have had enough of burnt offerings and rams and the fat of well-fed cattle; I have no desire for the blood of bulls, lambs, or male goats. 12When you come to appear before Me, who requires this from you- [this] trampling of My courts? 13Stop bringing useless offerings. I despise [your] incense. New Moons and Sabbaths, and the calling of solemn assemblies- I cannot stand iniquity with a festival. 14I hate your New Moons and prescribed festivals. They have become a burden to Me; I am tired of putting up with [them]. 15When you lift up your hands [in prayer], I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
16"Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil. 17Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause. 18"Come, let us discuss this," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool. 19If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land. 20But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. 21The faithful city- what an adulteress she has become! She was once full of justice. Righteousness once dwelt in her- but now, murderers! 22Your silver has become dross, your beer is diluted with water. 23Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love graft and chase after bribes. They do not defend the rights of the fatherless, and the widow's case never comes before them." 24Therefore the Lord God of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will gain satisfaction against My foes; I will take revenge against My enemies. 25I will turn My hand against you and will burn away your dross completely; I will remove all your impurities. 26I will restore your judges to what they once were, and your advisers to their former state. Afterwards you will be called the Righteous City, a Faithful City." 27Zion will be redeemed by justice, her repentant ones by righteousness. 28But both rebels and sinners will be destroyed, and those who abandon the Lord will perish. 29Indeed, they will be ashamed of the sacred trees you desired, and you will be embarrassed because of the gardens you have chosen. 30For you will become like an oak whose leaves are withered, and like a garden without water. 31The strong one will become tinder, and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench [the flames].
1The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2In the last days the mountain of the Lord's house will be established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills. All nations will stream to it, 3and many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths." For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4He will settle disputes among the nations and provide arbitration for many peoples. They will turn their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will not take up the sword against [other] nations, and they will never again train for war.
5House of Jacob, come and let us walk in the Lord's light. 6For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of [divination] from the East and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines. They are in league with foreigners. 7Their land is full of silver and gold, and there is no limit to their treasures; their land is full of horses, and there is no limit to their chariots. 8Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. 9So humanity is brought low, and man is humbled. Do not forgive them! 10Go into the rocks and hide in the dust from the terror of the Lord and from His majestic splendor. 11Human pride will be humbled, and the loftiness of men will be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. 12For a day belonging to the Lord of Hosts is [coming] against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up-it will be humbled- 13against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan, 14against all the high mountains, against all the lofty hills, 15against every high tower, against every fortified wall, 16against every ship of Tarshish, and against every splendid sea vessel. 17So human pride will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. 18The idols will vanish completely. 19People will go into caves in the rocks and holes in the ground, away from the terror of the Lord and from His majestic splendor, when He rises to terrify the earth. 20On that day people will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made to worship, to the moles and the bats. 21They will go into the caves of the rocks and the crevices in the cliffs, away from the terror of the Lord and from His majestic splendor, when He rises to terrify the earth. 22Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. What is he really worth?
1My heart is confident, God; I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being. 2Wake up, harp and lyre! I will wake up the dawn. 3I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. 4For Your faithful love is higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches the clouds. 5God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth. 6Save with Your right hand and answer me so that those You love may be rescued. 7God has spoken in His sanctuary: "I will triumph! I will divide up Shechem. I will apportion the Valley of Succoth. 8Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine, and Ephraim is My helmet; Judah is My scepter. 9Moab is My washbasin; on Edom I throw My sandal. Over Philistia I shout in triumph." 10Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 11Have You not rejected us, God? God, You do not march out with our armies. 12Give us aid against the foe, for human help is worthless. 13With God we will perform valiantly; He will trample our foes.