1After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.2Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,3saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."4And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:5of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;6of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;7of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;8of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.9After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,10and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"11All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,12saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."13Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?"14And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.16They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;17for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
1Now those who placed their seal on the document were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah,2Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,3Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,4Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,5Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,6Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,7Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,8Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.9The Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, and Kadmiel.10Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,11Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,12Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,13Hodijah, Bani, and Beninu.14The leaders of the people: Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,15Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,16Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,17Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,18Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,19Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,20Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,21Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,22Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,23Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,24Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,25Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,26Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,27Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.28Now the rest of the people--the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding--29these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God's Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes:30We would not give our daughters as wives to the peoples of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons;31if the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year's produce and the exacting of every debt.32Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to exact from ourselves yearly one-third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God:33for the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.34We cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for bringing the wood offering into the house of our God, according to our fathers' houses, at the appointed times year by year, to burn on the altar of the Lord our God as it is written in the Law.35And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the Lord;36to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God;37to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities.38And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.39For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine and the oil, to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are, where the priests who minister and the gatekeepers and the singers are; and we will not neglect the house of our God.
1A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the Lord. Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You.2Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; Incline Your ear to me; In the day that I call, answer me speedily.3For my days are consumed like smoke, And my bones are burned like a hearth.4My heart is stricken and withered like grass, So that I forget to eat my bread.5Because of the sound of my groaning My bones cling to my skin.6I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.7I lie awake, And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.8My enemies reproach me all day long, Those who deride me swear an oath against me.9For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping,10Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; For You have lifted me up and cast me away.11My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass.12But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.13You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.14For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, And show favor to her dust.15So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord, And all the kings of the earth Your glory.16For the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.17He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, And shall not despise their prayer.18This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.19For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary; From heaven the Lord viewed the earth,20To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To release those appointed to death,21To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, And His praise in Jerusalem,22When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.23He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days.24I said, "O my God, Do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations.25Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.26They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed.27But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.28The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You."