1The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.2When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.3And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.4They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.5They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.6During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.7The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.8Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.9They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.10They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.11They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).12The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.13The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God.14It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”15And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.16The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.17The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.18A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.19The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.20The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.21Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
1These were the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Joshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,2Amariah, Malluk, Hattush,3Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,4Iddo, Ginnethon, Abijah,5Mijamin, Moadiah, Bilgah,6Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua.8The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.9Bakbukiah and Unni, their associates, stood opposite them in the services.10Joshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib, Eliashib the father of Joiada,11Joiada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the father of Jaddua.12In the days of Joiakim, these were the heads of the priestly families: of Seraiah’s family, Meraiah; of Jeremiah’s, Hananiah;13of Ezra’s, Meshullam; of Amariah’s, Jehohanan;14of Malluk’s, Jonathan; of Shekaniah’s, Joseph;15of Harim’s, Adna; of Meremoth’s, Helkai;16of Iddo’s, Zechariah; of Ginnethon’s, Meshullam;17of Abijah’s, Zikri; of Miniamin’s and of Moadiah’s, Piltai;18of Bilgah’s, Shammua; of Shemaiah’s, Jehonathan;19of Joiarib’s, Mattenai; of Jedaiah’s, Uzzi;20of Sallu’s, Kallai; of Amok’s, Eber;21of Hilkiah’s, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah’s, Nethanel.22The family heads of the Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan and Jaddua, as well as those of the priests, were recorded in the reign of Darius the Persian.23The family heads among the descendants of Levi up to the time of Johanan son of Eliashib were recorded in the book of the annals.24And the leaders of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua son of Kadmiel, and their associates, who stood opposite them to give praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as prescribed by David the man of God.25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers who guarded the storerooms at the gates.26They served in the days of Joiakim son of Joshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest, the teacher of the Law.
27At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.28The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem—from the villages of the Netophathites,29from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.30When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall.31I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate.32Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah followed them,33along with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,34Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah,35as well as some priests with trumpets, and also Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zakkur, the son of Asaph,36and his associates—Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani—with musical instruments prescribed by David the man of God. Ezra the teacher of the Law led the procession.37At the Fountain Gate they continued directly up the steps of the City of David on the ascent to the wall and passed above the site of David’s palace to the Water Gate on the east.38The second choir proceeded in the opposite direction. I followed them on top of the wall, together with half the people—past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall,39over the Gate of Ephraim, the Jeshanah Gate, the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate. At the Gate of the Guard they stopped.40The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials,41as well as the priests—Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah with their trumpets—42and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah.43And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.44At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.45They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the musicians and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David and his son Solomon.46For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.47So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the musicians and the gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.
1Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.2The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent3and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.4He makes winds his messengers,flames of fire his servants.5He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.6You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.7But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;8they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.9You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.10He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.11They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.12The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.13He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.14He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:15wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.16The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.17There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers.18The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.19He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.20You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.21The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.22The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.23Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening.