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December 18


Jonah 1:1-17
1. The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai:
2. "Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because their wickedness has confronted Me."
3. However, Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish from the LORD's presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, from the LORD's presence.
4. Then the LORD hurled a violent wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart.
5. The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god. They threw the ship's cargo into the sea to lighten the load. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down to the lowest part of the vessel and had stretched out and fallen into a deep sleep.
6. The captain approached him and said, "What are you doing sound asleep? Get up! Call to your god. Maybe this god will consider us, and we won't perish."
7. "Come on!" the sailors said to each other. "Let's cast lots. Then we will know who is to blame for this trouble we're in." So they cast lots, and the lot singled out Jonah.
8. Then they said to him, "Tell us who is to blame for this trouble we're in. What is your business and where are you from? What is your country and what people are you from?"
9. He answered them, "I am a Hebrew. I worship Yahweh, the God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land."
10. Then the men were even more afraid and said to him, "What is this you've done?" For the men knew he was fleeing from the LORD's presence, because he had told them.
11. So they said to him, "What should we do to you to calm this sea that's against us?" For the sea was getting worse and worse.
12. He answered them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea so it may quiet down for you, for I know that I'm to blame for this violent storm that is against you."
13. Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not because the sea was raging against them more and more.
14. So they called out to the LORD: "Please, Yahweh, don't let us perish because of this man's life, and don't charge us with innocent blood! For You, Yahweh, have done just as You pleased."
15. Then they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.
16. The men feared the LORD even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.
17. Then the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:1-10
1. Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish:
2. I called to the LORD in my distress, and He answered me. I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol; You heard my voice.
3. You threw me into the depths, into the heart of the seas, and the current overcame me. All Your breakers and Your billows swept over me.
4. But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple.
5. The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6. I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, LORD my God!
7. As my life was fading away, I remembered the LORD. My prayer came to You, to Your holy temple.
8. Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love,
9. but as for me, I will sacrifice to You with a voice of thanksgiving. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the LORD!
10. Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah 3:1-10
1. Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
2. "Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach the message that I tell you."
3. So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the LORD's command. Now Nineveh was an extremely large city, a three-day walk.
4. Jonah set out on the first day of his walk in the city and proclaimed, "In 40 days Nineveh will be overthrown!"
5. The men of Nineveh believed in God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth-- from the greatest of them to the least.
6. When word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7. Then he issued a decree in Nineveh: By order of the king and his nobles: No man or beast, herd or flock, is to taste anything at all. They must not eat or drink water.
8. Furthermore, both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth, and everyone must call out earnestly to God. Each must turn from his evil ways and from the violence he is doing.
9. Who knows? God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish.
10. Then God saw their actions-- that they had turned from their evil ways-- so God relented from the disaster He had threatened to do to them. And He did not do it.

Jonah 4:1-11
1. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious.
2. He prayed to the LORD: "Please, LORD, isn't this what I said while I was still in my own country? That's why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place. I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from [sending] disaster.
3. And now, LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."
4. The LORD asked, "Is it right for you to be angry?"
5. Jonah left the city and sat down east of it. He made himself a shelter there and sat in its shade to see what would happen to the city.
6. Then the LORD God appointed a plant, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah's head to ease his discomfort. Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant.
7. When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered.
8. As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat down on Jonah's head so that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, "It's better for me to die than to live."
9. Then God asked Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" "[Yes,]" he replied. "It is right. I'm angry enough to die!"
10. So the LORD said, "You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night.
11. Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as well as many animals?"

Psalms 144:1-8
1. [Davidic.] May the LORD my rock be praised, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare.
2. He is my faithful love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him; He subdues my people under me.
3. LORD, what is man, that You care for him, the son of man, that You think of him?
4. Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
5. LORD, part Your heavens and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.
6. Flash [Your] lightning and scatter the foe; shoot Your arrows and rout them.
7. Reach down from on high; rescue me from deep water, and set me free from the grasp of foreigners
8. whose mouths speak lies, whose right hands are deceptive.

Proverbs 30:6-9
6. Don't add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
7. Two things I ask of You; don't deny them to me before I die:
8. Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.
9. Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, "Who is the LORD?" or I might have nothing and steal, profaning the name of my God.

Revelation 8:1-13
1. When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2. Then I saw the seven angels who stand in the presence of God; seven trumpets were given to them.
3. Another angel, with a gold incense burner, came and stood at the altar. He was given a large amount of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar in front of the throne.
4. The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God from the angel's hand.
5. The angel took the incense burner, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it to the earth; there were thunders, rumblings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
6. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
7. The first [angel] blew his trumpet, and hail and fire, mixed with blood, were hurled to the earth. So a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8. The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain ablaze with fire was hurled into the sea. So a third of the sea became blood,
9. a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10. The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from heaven. It fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water.
11. The name of the star is Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood. So, many of the people died from the waters, because they had been made bitter.
12. The fourth angel blew his trumpet, 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 was without light, and the night as well.
13. I looked, and I heard an eagle, flying in mid-heaven, saying in a loud voice, "Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!"