1Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.2And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.3Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.4They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.5And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.6In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.7The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.8They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.9And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.10They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.11And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.12One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.13Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."15So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.16Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.17And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed--by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.19For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.20But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.21And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
1Now these are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,2Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,3Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,4Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,5Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,6Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,7Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah. These were the heads of the priests and their brethren in the days of Jeshua.8Moreover the Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who led the thanksgiving psalms, he and his brethren.9Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, stood across from them in their duties.10Jeshua begot Joiakim, Joiakim begot Eliashib, Eliashib begot Joiada,11Joiada begot Jonathan, and Jonathan begot Jaddua.12Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests, the heads of the fathers' houses were: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;13of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;14of Melichu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;15of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;16of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;17of Abijah, Zichri; the son of Minjamin; of Moadiah, Piltai;18of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;19of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;20of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;21of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; and of Jedaiah, Nethanel.22During the reign of Darius the Persian, a record was also kept of the Levites and priests who had been heads of their fathers' houses in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua.23The sons of Levi, the heads of the fathers' houses until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib, were written in the book of the chronicles.24And the heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers across from them, to praise and give thanks, group alternating with group, according to the command of David the man of God.25Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers keeping the watch at the storerooms of the gates.26These lived in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.27Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.28And the sons of the singers gathered together from the countryside around Jerusalem, from the villages of the Netophathites,29from the house of Gilgal, and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth; for the singers had built themselves villages all around Jerusalem.30Then the priests and Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, the gates, and the wall.31So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs. One went to the right hand on the wall toward the Refuse Gate.32After them went Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah,33and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,34Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah,35and some of the priests' sons with trumpets--Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,36and his brethren, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. Ezra the scribe went before them.37By the Fountain Gate, in front of them, they went up the stairs of the City of David, on the stairway of the wall, beyond the house of David, as far as the Water Gate eastward.38The other thanksgiving choir went the opposite way, and I was behind them with half of the people on the wall, going past the Tower of the Ovens as far as the Broad Wall,39and above the Gate of Ephraim, above the Old Gate, above the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel, the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate; and they stopped by the Gate of the Prison.40So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God, likewise I and the half of the rulers with me;41and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Minjamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;42also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. The singers sang loudly with Jezrahiah the director.43Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.44And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered.45Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son.46For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.47In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. They also consecrated holy things for the Levites, and the Levites consecrated them for the children of Aaron.
1Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,2Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.3He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind,4Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.5You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever,6You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters stood above the mountains.7At Your rebuke they fled; At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.8They went up over the mountains; They went down into the valleys, To the place which You founded for them.9You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.10He sends the springs into the valleys, They flow among the hills.11They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst.12By them the birds of the heavens have their home; They sing among the branches.13He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.14He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the service of man, That he may bring forth food from the earth,15And wine that makes glad the heart of man, Oil to make his face shine, And bread which strengthens man's heart.16The trees of the Lord are full of sap, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,17Where the birds make their nests; The stork has her home in the fir trees.18The high hills are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers. 19He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down.20You make darkness, and it is night, In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.21The young lions roar after their prey, And seek their food from God.22When the sun rises, they gather together And lie down in their dens.23Man goes out to his work And to his labor until the evening.