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December 19


Micah 1:1-16
1. The word of the LORD which came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah: that is, the vision he received concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2. Hear, O peoples, all of you, give heed, O earth, and all that fills you! Let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple!
3. For see, the LORD comes forth from his place, he descends and treads upon the heights of the earth.
4. The mountains melt under him and the valleys split open, Like wax before the fire, like water poured down a slope.
5. For the crime of Jacob all this comes to pass, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the crime of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the sin of the house of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?
6. I will make Samaria a stone heap in the field, a place to plant for vineyards; I will throw down into the valley her stones, and lay bare her foundations.
7. All her idols shall be broken to pieces, all her wages shall be burned in the fire, and all her statues I will destroy. As the wages of a harlot they were gathered, and to the wages of a harlot shall they return.
8. For this reason I lament and wail, I go barefoot and naked; I utter lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.
9. There is no remedy for the blow she has been struck; rather, it has come even to Judah, It reaches to the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
10. Publish it not in Gath, weep not at all; In Beth-leaphrah roll in the dust.
11. Pass by, you who dwell in Shaphir! The inhabitants of Zaanan come not forth from their city. The lamentation of Beth-ezel finds in you its grounds.
12. How can the inhabitants of Maroth hope for good? For evil has come down from the LORD to the gate of Jerusalem.
13. Harness steeds to the chariots, O inhabitants of Lachish; Lachish, the beginning of sin for daughter Zion, Because there were in you the crimes of Israel.
14. Therefore you shall give parting gifts to Moresheth-gath; Beth-achzib is a deception to the kings of Israel.
15. Yet must I bring to you the conqueror, O inhabitants of Mareshah; Even to Adullam shall go the glory of Israel.
16. Make yourself bald, pluck out your hair, for the children whom you cherish; Let your baldness be as the eagle's, because they are exiled from you.

Micah 2:1-13
1. Woe to those who plan iniquity, and work out evil on their couches; In the morning light they accomplish it when it lies within their power.
2. They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and they take them; They cheat an owner of his house, a man of his inheritance.
3. Therefore thus says the LORD: Behold, I am planning against this race an evil from which you shall not withdraw your necks; Nor shall you walk with head high, for it will be a time of evil.
4. On that day a satire shall be sung over you, and there shall be a plaintive chant: "Our ruin is complete, our fields are portioned out among our captors, The fields of my people are measured out, and no one can get them back!"
5. Thus you shall have no one to mark out boundaries by lot in the assembly of the LORD.
6. "Preach not," they preach, "let them not preach of these things!" The shame will not withdraw.
7. How can it be said, O house of Jacob, "Is the LORD short of patience, or are such his deeds?" Do not my words promise good to him who walks uprightly?
8. But of late my people has risen up as an enemy: you have stripped off the mantle covering the tunic Of those who go their way in confidence, as though it were spoils of war.
9. The women of my people you drive out from their pleasant houses; From their children you take away forever the honor I gave them.
10. "Up! Be off, this is no place to rest"; For any trifle you exact a crippling pledge.
11. If one, acting on impulse, should make the futile claim: "I pour you wine and strong drink as my prophecy," then he would be the prophet of this people.
12. I will gather you, O Jacob, each and every one, I will assemble all the remnant of Israel; I will group them like a flock in the fold, like a herd in the midst of its corral; they shall not be thrown into panic by men.
13. With a leader to break the path they shall burst open the gate and go out through it; Their king shall go through before them, and the LORD at their head.

Micah 3:1-12
1. And I said: Hear, you leaders of Jacob, rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not your duty to know what is right,
2. you who hate what is good, and love evil? You who tear their skin from them, and their flesh from their bones!
3. They eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from them, and break their bones. They chop them in pieces like flesh in a kettle, and like meat in a caldron.
4. When they cry to the LORD, he shall not answer them; Rather shall he hide his face from them at that time, because of the evil they have done.
5. Thus says the LORD regarding the prophets who lead my people astray; Who, when their teeth have something to bite, announce peace, But when one fails to put something in their mouth, proclaim war against him.
6. Therefore you shall have night, not vision, darkness, not divination; The sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be dark for them.
7. Then shall the seers be put to shame, and the diviners confounded; They shall cover their lips, all of them, because there is no answer from God.
8. But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the LORD, with authority and with might; To declare to Jacob his crimes and to Israel his sins.
9. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel! You who abhor what is just, and pervert all that is right;
10. Who build up Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness!
11. Her leaders render judgment for a bribe, her priests give decisions for a salary, her prophets divine for money, While they rely on the LORD, saying, "Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No evil can come upon us!"
12. Therefore, because of you, Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem reduced to rubble, And the mount of the temple to a forest ridge.

Psalms 144:9-15
9. O God, a new song I will sing to you; on a ten-stringed lyre I will play for you.
10. You give victory to kings; you delivered David your servant. From the menacing sword
11. deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreign foes. Their mouths speak untruth; their right hands are raised in lying oaths.
12. May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, Our daughters, like carved columns, shapely as those of the temple.
13. May our barns be full with every kind of store. May our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; may our oxen be well fattened.
14. May there be no breach in the walls, no exile, no outcry in our streets.
15. Happy the people so blessed; happy the people whose God is the LORD.

Proverbs 30:10-10
10. Slander not a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you have to pay the penalty.

Revelation 9:1-21
1. Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. It was given the key for the passage to the abyss.
2. It opened the passage to the abyss, and smoke came up out of the passage like smoke from a huge furnace. The sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the passage.
3. Locusts came out of the smoke onto the land, and they were given the same power as scorpions of the earth.
4. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or any tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
5. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torment them for five months; the torment they inflicted was like that of a scorpion when it stings a person.
6. During that time these people will seek death but will not find it, and they will long to die but death will escape them.
7. The appearance of the locusts was like that of horses ready for battle. On their heads they wore what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces,
8. and they had hair like women's hair. Their teeth were like lions' teeth,
9. and they had chests like iron breastplates. The sound of their wings was like the sound of many horse-drawn chariots racing into battle.
10. They had tails like scorpions, with stingers; with their tails they had power to harm people for five months.
11. They had as their king the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon.
12. The first woe has passed, but there are two more to come.
13. Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the (four) horns of the gold altar before God,
14. telling the sixth angel who held the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the banks of the great river Euphrates."
15. So the four angels were released, who were prepared for this hour, day, month, and year to kill a third of the human race.
16. The number of cavalry troops was two hundred million; I heard their number.
17. Now in my vision this is how I saw the horses and their riders. They wore red, blue, and yellow breastplates, and the horses' heads were like heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur.
18. By these three plagues of fire, smoke, and sulfur that came out of their mouths a third of the human race was killed.
19. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like snakes, with heads that inflict harm.
20. The rest of the human race, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, to give up the worship of demons and idols made from gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk.
21. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic potions, their unchastity, or their robberies.