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December 22

Nahum 1:1-15
1. This book is the vision of Nahum from Elkosh. This is the sad message about the city of Nineveh.
2. The Lord is a jealous God. The Lord punishes the guilty, and he is very angry. The Lord punishes his enemies, and he stays angry with them.
3. The Lord is patient, but he is also very powerful! The Lord will punish the guilty; he will not let them go free. The Lord will use whirlwinds and storms to show his power. People walk on the dusty ground, but he walks on the clouds.
4. He will speak harshly to the sea, and it will become dry. He will dry up all the rivers. The rich lands of Bashan and Carmel become dry and dead. The flowers in Lebanon fade away.
5. The Lord will come, and the mountains will shake and the hills will melt away. He will come, and the earth will shake with fear. The earth and everyone on it will shake with fear.
6. No one can stand against his great anger. No one can endure his terrible anger. His anger will burn like fire. The rocks will shatter when he comes.
7. The Lord is good. He is a safe place to go to in times of trouble. He takes care of those who trust him.
8. But he will completely destroy his enemies. He will wash them away like a flood and chase them into the darkness.
9. Why are you making plans against the Lord? He will bring complete destruction, so you will not cause trouble again.
10. You will be destroyed completely like thornbushes burning under a pot. You will be destroyed quickly like dry weeds that burn fast.
11. Someone from Nineveh is making evil plans against the Lord. That advisor is a worthless troublemaker.
12. This is what the Lord said: "The people of Assyria are at full strength. They have many soldiers, but they will all be cut down. They will all be finished. My people, I made you suffer, but I will make you suffer no more.
13. Now I will set you free from the power of Assyria. I will take the yoke off your neck and tear away the chains holding you."
14. King of Assyria, the Lord gave this command about you: "You will not have any descendants to wear your name. I will destroy your carved idols and metal statues that are in the temple of your gods. I am preparing your grave, because your end is coming soon! "
15. Judah, look! There, coming over the mountains, is a messenger bringing good news! He says there is peace. Judah, celebrate your special festivals and do what you promised. Those worthless troublemakers will not come through and attack you again. They have all been destroyed.

Nahum 2:1-13
1. An enemy is coming to attack you, so guard the strong places of your city. Watch the road. Get ready for war. Prepare for battle!
2. Yes, the Lord changed Jacob's pride. He made it like Israel's pride. The enemy destroyed them and ruined their grapevines.
3. The shields of his soldiers are red. Their uniforms are bright red. Their chariots are shining like flames of fire and are lined up for battle. Their horses are ready to go.
4. The chariots race wildly through the streets and rush back and forth through the square. They look like burning torches, like lightning flashing from place to place!
5. The enemy calls for his best soldiers. They stumble as they rush ahead. They run to the wall and set up their shield over the battering ram.
6. But the gates by the rivers are open, and the enemy comes flooding in and destroys the king's palace.
7. The enemy takes away the queen, and her slave girls moan sadly like doves. They beat their breasts to show their sadness.
8. Nineveh is like a pool whose water is draining away. People yell, "Stop! Stop running away!" But it does not do any good.
9. Take the silver! Take the gold! There are many things to take. There are many treasures.
10. Now Nineveh is empty Everything is stolen. The city is ruined. People have lost their courage, their hearts are melting with fear, their knees are knocking together, their bodies are shaking, and their faces are pale from fear.
11. Where is the lion's cave (Nineveh) now? The male and female lions lived there. Their babies were not afraid.
12. The lion (king of Nineveh) killed people to feed his cubs and lionesses. He filled his cave with men's bodies. He filled his cave with women he had killed.
13. The Lord All-Powerful says, "I am against you, Nineveh. I will burn your chariots and kill your 'young lions' in battle. You will not hunt anyone on earth again. People will never again hear bad news from your messengers."

Nahum 3:1-19
1. It will be very bad for that city of murderers. Nineveh is a city full of lies. It is filled with things taken from other countries. It is filled with plenty of people that it hunted and killed.
2. You can hear the sounds of whips and the noise of wheels. You can hear horses galloping and chariots bouncing along!
3. Soldiers on horses are attacking, their swords are shining, their spears are gleaming! There are many dead people. Dead bodies are piled up— too many bodies to count. People are tripping over the dead bodies.
4. All this happened because of Nineveh. Nineveh is like a prostitute who could never get enough. She wanted more and more. She sold herself to many nations, and she used her magic to make them her slaves.
5. The Lord All-Powerful says, "I am against you Nineveh. I will pull your dress up over your face. I will let the nations see your naked body. The kingdoms will see your shame.
6. I will throw dirty things on you and treat you in a hateful way. People will look at you and laugh.
7. Everyone who sees you will be shocked. They will say, 'Nineveh is destroyed. Who will cry for her?' I know I cannot find anyone to comfort you, Nineveh."
8. Nineveh, are you better than Thebes on the Nile River? Thebes also had water all around her to protect herself from enemies. She used that water like a wall too.
9. Ethiopia and Egypt made Thebes strong. Libya and the Sudan supported her,
10. but Thebes was defeated. Her people were taken away as prisoners to a foreign country. Soldiers beat her small children to death at every street corner. They threw lots to see who got to keep the important people as slaves. They put chains on all the important men of Thebes.
11. So, Nineveh, you will also fall like a drunk. You will try to hide. You will look for a safe place away from the enemy.
12. But, Nineveh, all your strong places will be like fig trees. When new figs become ripe, people come and shake the tree. The figs fall into their mouths. They eat them, and the figs are gone.
13. Nineveh, your people are all like women—and the enemy soldiers are ready to take them. The gates of your land are open wide for your enemies to come in. Fire has destroyed the wooden bars across the gates.
14. Get water and store it inside your city, because the enemy soldiers will surround your city. Make your defenses strong! Get clay to make more bricks and mix the mortar. Get the molds for making bricks.
15. You can do all these things, but the fire will still destroy you completely. And the sword will kill you. Your land will look like a swarm of grasshoppers came and ate everything. Nineveh, you grew and grew. You became like a swarm of grasshoppers. You were like a swarm of locusts.
16. You have many traders who go places and buy things. They are as many as the stars in the sky. They are like locusts that come and eat until everything is gone and then leave.
17. And your government officials are also like locusts that settle on a stone wall on a cold day. But when the sun comes up, the rocks become warm, and the locusts all fly away. And no one knows where.
18. King of Assyria, your shepherds fell asleep. These powerful men are sleeping. And now your sheep have wandered away on the mountains. There is no one to bring them back.
19. Nineveh, you have been hurt badly, and nothing can heal your wound. Everyone who hears the news of your destruction claps their hands. They are all happy, because they all felt the pain you caused again and again.

Psalms 145:17-21
17. Everything the Lord does is good. Everything he does shows how loyal he is.
18. The Lord is near to everyone who sincerely calls to him for help.
19. He listens to his followers and does what they want. He answers their prayers and saves them.
20. The Lord protects everyone who loves him, but he destroys all who do evil.
21. I will praise the Lord! Let everyone praise his holy name forever and ever!

Proverbs 30:16-16
16. the place of death, a woman with no children, dry ground that needs rain, and a fire that will never stop by itself.

Revelation 12:1-17
1. And then a great wonder appeared in heaven: There was a woman who was clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet. She had a crown of twelve stars on her head.
2. She was pregnant and cried out with pain because she was about to give birth.
3. Then another wonder appeared in heaven: There was a giant red dragon there. The dragon had seven heads with a crown on each head. It also had ten horns.
4. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and threw them down to the earth. It stood in front of the woman who was ready to give birth to the baby. It wanted to eat the woman's baby as soon as it was born.
5. The woman gave birth to a son, who would rule all the nations with an iron rod. And her child was taken up to God and to his throne.
6. The woman ran away into the desert to a place that God had prepared for her. There she would be taken care of for 1260 days.
7. Then there was a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back,
8. but they were not strong enough. The dragon and its angels lost their place in heaven.
9. It was thrown down out of heaven. (This giant dragon is that old snake, the one called the devil or Satan, who leads the whole world into the wrong way.) The dragon and its angels were thrown to the earth.
10. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, "The victory and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have now come. These things have come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown out. He is the one who accused them day and night before our God.
11. They defeated him by the blood sacrifice of the Lamb and by the message of God that they told people. They did not love their lives too much. They were not afraid of death.
12. So rejoice you heavens and all who live there! But it will be terrible for the earth and sea, because the devil has gone down to you. He is filled with anger. He knows he doesn't have much time."
13. The dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth. So he chased the woman who had given birth to the child.
14. But the woman was given the two wings of a great eagle. Then she could fly to the place that was prepared for her in the desert. There she would be taken care of for three and a half years. There she would be away from the dragon.
15. Then the dragon poured water out of its mouth like a river. It poured the water toward the woman so that the flood would carry her away.
16. But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that came from the mouth of the dragon.
17. Then the dragon was very angry with the woman. It went away to make war against all her other children. (Her children are those who obey God's commands and have the truth that Jesus taught.)