1"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,'These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.4You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.5He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '7"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens": 8I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.9Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie--indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.10Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.11Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.12He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '14"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:15I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.16So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--18I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.21To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' "
1But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews.2And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish--stones that are burned?"3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, "Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall."4Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!5Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.6So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.7Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,8and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.9Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.10Then Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall."11And our adversaries said, "They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease."12So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, "From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us."13Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.14And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."15And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.16So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.17Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.18Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.19Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, "The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall.20Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."21So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared.22At the same time I also said to the people, "Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day."23So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.
1A Psalm. Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.2The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.3He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.4Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.5Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm,6With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.7Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it;8Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord,9For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.