1When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.3Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.6So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.7The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.8Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.9And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.10Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.12Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.13And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"
1Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine-tenths were to dwell in other cities.2And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.3These are the heads of the province who dwelt in Jerusalem. (But in the cities of Judah everyone dwelt in his own possession in their cities--Israelites, priests, Levites, Nethinim, and descendants of Solomon's servants.)4Also in Jerusalem dwelt some of the children of Judah and of the children of Benjamin.The children of Judah: Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, of the children of Perez;5and Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Col-Hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.6All the sons of Perez who dwelt at Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight valiant men.7And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah;8and after him Gabbai and Sallai, nine hundred and twenty-eight.9Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer, and Judah the son of Senuah was second over the city.10Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, and Jachin;11Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the leader of the house of God.12Their brethren who did the work of the house were eight hundred and twenty-two; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah,13and his brethren, heads of the fathers' houses, were two hundred and forty-two; and Amashai the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,14and their brethren, mighty men of valor, were one hundred and twenty-eight. Their overseer was Zabdiel the son of one of the great men. 15Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;16Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the heads of the Levites, had the oversight of the business outside of the house of God;17Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the leader who began the thanksgiving with prayer; Bakbukiah, the second among his brethren; and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.18All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred and eighty-four.19Moreover the gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren who kept the gates, were one hundred and seventy-two.20And the rest of Israel, of the priests and Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, everyone in his inheritance.21But the Nethinim dwelt in Ophel. And Ziha and Gishpa were over the Nethinim.22Also the overseer of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha, of the sons of Asaph, the singers in charge of the service of the house of God.23For it was the king's command concerning them that a certain portion should be for the singers, a quota day by day.24Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was the king's deputy in all matters concerning the people.25And as for the villages with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt in Kirjath Arba and its villages, Dibon and its villages, Jekabzeel and its villages;26in Jeshua, Moladah, Beth Pelet,27Hazar Shual, and Beersheba and its villages;28in Ziklag and Meconah and its villages;29in En Rimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth,30Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages; in Lachish and its fields; in Azekah and its villages. They dwelt from Beersheba to the Valley of Hinnom.31Also the children of Benjamin from Geba dwelt in Michmash, Aija, and Bethel, and their villages;32in Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah;33in Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim;34in Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat;35in Lod, Ono, and the Valley of Craftsmen.36Some of the Judean divisions of Levites were in Benjamin.
1A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!2Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:3Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,4Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,5Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.6The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.7He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.8The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.9He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.11For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.13As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.14For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.15As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. 17But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,18To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.19The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.20Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.21Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.22Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!