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December 18

Jonah 1:1-17
1. A message from the Lord came to Jonah. He was the son of Amittai. The Lord said,
2. "Go to the great city of Nineveh. Preach against it. The sins of its people have come to my attention."
3. But Jonah ran away from the Lord. He headed for Tarshish. So he went down to the port of Joppa. There he found a ship that was going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board. Then he sailed for Tarshish. He was running away from the Lord.
4. But the Lord sent a strong wind over the Mediterranean Sea. A wild storm came up. It was so wild that the ship was in danger of breaking apart.
5. All of the sailors were afraid. Each one cried out to his own god for help. They threw the ship's contents into the sea. They were trying to make the ship lighter. But Jonah had gone below deck. There he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
6. The captain went down to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call out to your god for help! Maybe he'll pay attention to what's happening to us. Then we won't die."
7. The sailors said to one another, "Come. Let's cast lots to find out who is to blame for getting us into all of this trouble." So they did. And Jonah was picked.
8. They asked him, "What terrible thing have you done to bring all of this trouble on us? Tell us. What do you do for a living? Where do you come from? What is your country? What people do you belong to?"
9. He answered, "I'm a Hebrew. I worship the Lord. He is the God of heaven. He made the sea and the land."
10. They found out he was running away from the Lord. That's because he had told them. Then they became terrified. So they asked him, "How could you do a thing like that?"
11. The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down?"
12. "Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied. "Then it will become calm. I know it's my fault that this terrible storm has come on you."
13. Instead of doing what he said, the men did their best to row back to land. But they couldn't. The sea got even rougher than before.
14. Then they cried out to the Lord. They prayed, "Lord, please don't let us die for taking this man's life. After all, he might not be guilty of doing anything wrong. So don't hold us accountable for killing him. Lord, you always do what you want to."
15. Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard. And the stormy sea became calm.
16. When the men saw what had happened, they began to have great respect for the Lord. They offered a sacrifice to him. And they made promises to him.
17. But the Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:1-10
1. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.
2. He said, "When I was in trouble, I called out to you. And you answered me. When I had almost drowned, I called out for help. And you listened to my cry.
3. You threw me into the Mediterranean Sea. I was in the middle of its waters. They were all around me. All of your rolling waves were sweeping over me.
4. I said, 'I have been driven away from you. But I will look again toward your holy temple in Jerusalem.'
5. I had almost drowned in the waves. The deep waters were all around me. Seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6. I sank down to the bottom of the mountains. I thought I had died and gone down into the grave forever. But you brought my life up from the very edge of the pit. You are the Lord my God.
7. "When my life was nearly over, I remembered you, Lord. My prayer rose up to you. It reached you in your holy temple in heaven.
8. "Some people worship the worthless statues of their gods. They turn away from the grace you want to give them.
9. But I will sacrifice a thank offering to you. And I will sing a song of thanks. I will do what I have promised. Lord, you are the one who saves."
10. The Lord gave the fish a command. And it spit Jonah up onto dry land.

Jonah 3:1-10
1. A message came to Jonah from the Lord a second time. He said,
2. "Go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce to its people the message I give you."
3. Jonah obeyed the Lord. He went to Nineveh. It was a very important city. In fact, it took about three days to see all of it.
4. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He announced, "In 40 days Nineveh will be destroyed."
5. The people of Nineveh believed God's warning. They decided not to eat any food for a while. All of them put on black clothes. That's what everyone from the least important of them to the most important did.
6. The news reached the king of Nineveh. He got up from his throne. He took his royal robes off and dressed himself in black clothes. He sat down in the dust.
7. Then he sent out a message to the people of Nineveh. He said, "I and my nobles give this order. "Don't let any person or animal taste anything. That includes your herds and flocks. People and animals must not eat or drink anything.
8. Let people and animals alike be covered with black cloth. All of you must call out to God with all your hearts. Stop doing what is evil. Don't harm others.
9. Who knows? God might take pity on us. He might turn away from his burning anger. Then we won't die."
10. God saw what they did. They stopped doing what was evil. So he took pity on them. He didn't destroy them as he had said he would.

Jonah 4:1-11
1. But Jonah was very upset. He became angry.
2. He prayed to the Lord and said, "Lord, isn't this exactly what I thought would happen when I was still at home? That's why I was so quick to run away to Tarshish. I knew that you are gracious. You are tender and kind. You are slow to get angry. You are full of love. You are a God who takes pity on people. You don't want to destroy them.
3. Lord, take away my life. I'd rather die than live."
4. But the Lord replied, "Do you have any right to be angry?"
5. Jonah left the city. He sat down at a place east of it. There he put some branches over his head. He sat in their shade. He waited to see what would happen to the city.
6. Then the Lord God sent a vine and made it grow up over Jonah. It gave him more shade for his head. It made him more comfortable. Jonah was very happy he had the vine.
7. But before sunrise the next day, God sent a worm. It chewed the vine so much that it dried up.
8. When the sun rose, God sent a burning east wind. The sun beat down on Jonah's head. It made him very weak. He wanted to die. So he said, "I'd rather die than live."
9. But God said to Jonah, "Do you have any right to be angry about what happened to the vine?" "I do," he said. "In fact, I'm angry enough to die."
10. But the Lord said, "You have been concerned about this vine. But you did not take care of it. You did not make it grow. It grew up in one night and died the next.
11. Nineveh has more than 120,000 people. They can't tell right from wrong. Nineveh also has a lot of cattle. So shouldn't I show concern for that great city?"

Psalms 144:1-8
1. A psalm of David. Give praise to the Lord. He is my rock. He trains my hands for war. He trains my fingers for battle.
2. He is my loving God. He is like a fort to me. He is my place of safety and the One who saves me. He is like a shield that keeps me safe. I go to him for safety. He brings nations under my control.
3. Lord, what is a human being that you take care of him? What is a son of man that you think about him?
4. His life doesn't last any longer than a breath. His days are like a shadow that quickly disappears.
5. Lord, open up your heavens and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will pour out smoke.
6. Send flashes of lightning and scatter my enemies. Shoot your arrows and chase them away.
7. My enemies are like a mighty flood. Reach down from heaven and save me. Save me from strangers who attack me.
8. They tell all kinds of lies with their mouths. Even when they make a promise by raising their right hands, they don't mean it.

Proverbs 30:6-9
6. Don't add to his words. If you do, he will correct you. He will prove that you are a liar.
7. "Lord, I ask you for two things. Don't refuse me before I die.
8. Keep lies far away from me. Don't make me either poor or rich, but give me only the bread I need each day.
9. If you don't, I might have too much. Then I might say I don't know you. I might say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or I might become poor and steal. Then I would bring shame to the name of my God.

Revelation 8:1-13
1. The Lamb opened the seventh seal. Then there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2. I saw the seven angels who stand in front of God. Seven trumpets were given to them.
3. Another angel came and stood at the altar. He had a shallow gold cup for burning incense. He was given a lot of incense to offer on the golden altar in front of the throne. With the incense he offered the prayers of all God's people.
4. The smoke of the incense together with the prayers of God's people rose up from the angel's hand. It went up in front of God.
5. Then the angel took the cup and filled it with fire from the altar. He threw it down on the earth. There were rumblings and thunder, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
6. Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets got ready to blow them.
7. The first angel blew his trumpet. Hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up. A third of the trees were burned up. All the green grass was burned up.
8. The second angel blew his trumpet. Something that looked like a huge mountain on fire was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood.
9. A third of the living creatures in the sea died. A third of the ships were destroyed.
10. The third angel blew his trumpet. Then a great star fell from the sky. It looked like a blazing torch. It fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
11. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the water turned bitter. Many people died from it.
12. The fourth angel blew his trumpet. Then a third of the sun was struck. A third of the moon was struck. A third of the stars were struck. So a third of each of them turned dark. Then a third of the day had no light. The same thing happened to a third of the night.
13. As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying high in the air. It called out in a loud voice, "How terrible! How terrible it will be for those living on the earth! How terrible! They will suffer as soon as the next three angels blow their trumpets!"