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December 23

Habakkuk 1:1-17
1. The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2. O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
3. Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
4. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.
5. "Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
6. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.
7. They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
8. Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9. They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand.
10. At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it.
11. Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!"
12. Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
13. You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and are silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?
14. You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler.
15. He brings all of them up with a hook; he drags them out with his net; he gathers them in his dragnet; so he rejoices and is glad.
16. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his dragnet; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich.
17. Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?

Habakkuk 2:1-20
1. I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
2. And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
3. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
4. "Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5. "Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples."
6. Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, "Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own- for how long?- and loads himself with pledges!"
7. Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them.
8. Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
9. "Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!
10. You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life.
11. For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12. "Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity!
13. Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14. For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
15. "Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink- you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16. You will have your fill of shame instead of glory. Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision! The cup in the LORD'S right hand will come around to you, and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17. The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
18. "What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!
19. Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.
20. But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him."

Habakkuk 3:1-19
1. A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
2. O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
3. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. Selah
4. His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.
5. Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.
6. He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.
7. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8. Was your wrath against the rivers, O LORD? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?
9. You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers.
10. The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.
11. The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.
12. You marched through the earth in fury; you threshed the nations in anger.
13. You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
14. You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15. You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters.
16. I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.
17. Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
18. yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

Psalms 146:1-10
1. Praise the LORD!Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2. I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3. Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4. When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
5. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6. who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;
7. who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8. the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
9. The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10. The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 30:17-17
17. The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

Revelation 13:1-18
1. And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.
2. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
3. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.
4. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?"
5. And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.
6. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
7. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
8. and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain.
9. If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
10. If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
11. Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
12. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
13. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
14. and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
15. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.
16. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
17. so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.