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December 19


Micah 1:1-16
1. A message came to Micah from the Lord. He was from the town of Moresheth. The message came while Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. This is the vision Micah saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Here is what he said.
2. Listen to me, all of you nations! Earth and everyone who lives in it, pay attention! The Lord and King will be a witness against you. The Lord will speak from his holy temple in heaven.
3. The Lord is about to come down from his home in heaven. He rules over the highest places on earth.
4. The mountains will melt under him like wax near a fire. The valleys will be broken apart by water rushing down a slope.
5. All of that will happen because Jacob's people have done what is wrong. The people of Israel have committed many sins. Who is to blame for the wrong things Jacob has done? Samaria! Who is to blame for the high places where Judah's people worship other gods? Jerusalem!
6. So the Lord says, "I will turn Samaria into a pile of trash. It will become a place for planting vineyards. I will dump its stones down into the valley. And I will destroy it down to its very foundations.
7. All of the statues of Samaria's gods will be broken to pieces. All of the gifts its people gave to temple prostitutes will be burned with fire. I will destroy all of the statues of its gods. Samaria collected gifts that were paid to temple prostitutes. So the Assyrians will use the gifts to pay their own temple prostitutes."
8. I will sob and cry because Samaria will be destroyed. I'll walk around barefoot. I won't have anything on but my underwear. I'll bark like a wild dog. I'll hoot like an owl.
9. Samaria's wounds can't be healed. The Lord will also judge Judah. Enemies will march up to the very gate of my people. They will reach Jerusalem itself.
10. Don't tell the people of Gath about it. Don't let them see you sob. People in Beth Ophrah, roll in the dust.
11. You who live in the town of Shaphir, leave in shame and without your clothes. Those who live in Zaanan won't come out to help you. The people in Beth Ezel will sob. They won't be able to help keep you safe.
12. Those who live in Maroth will groan with pain as they wait for help. That's because the Lord will bring trouble on them. It will reach the very gate of Jerusalem.
13. You who live in Lachish, get your horses ready to pull their chariots. You trust in military power. That was the beginning of sin for the people of Zion. The wrong things Israel did were also done by you.
14. People of Judah, you might as well say good-by to Moresheth near Gath. The town of Aczib won't give any help to the kings of Israel.
15. An enemy will attack you who live in Mareshah. Israel's glorious leaders will have to run away and hide in the cave of Adullam.
16. The children you enjoy so much will be taken away as prisoners. So shave your heads and sob. Make them as bare as the head of a vulture.

Micah 2:1-13
1. How terrible it will be for those who plan to harm others! How terrible for those who make evil plans before they even get out of bed! As soon as daylight comes, they carry them out. That's because they have the power to do it.
2. If they want fields or houses, they take them. They cheat men out of their homes and property.
3. So the Lord says to them, "I am planning to send trouble on you. You will not be able to save yourselves from it. You will not live so proudly anymore. It will be a time of trouble.
4. At that time people will make fun of you. They will tease you by singing a song of sadness. They will pretend to be you and say, 'We are totally destroyed. Our enemies have divided up our land. The Lord has taken it away from us! He has given our fields to those who turned against us.' "
5. So you won't even have anyone left in the Lord's community who can divide up the land for you.
6. "Don't prophesy," the people's prophets say. "Don't prophesy about bad things. Nothing shameful is going to happen to us."
7. People of Jacob, should others say, "The Lord isn't angry with us. He doesn't do things like that"? The Lord replies, "What I promise brings good things to those who lead honest lives.
8. But lately my people have attacked one another as if they were enemies. You strip the rich robes off those who happen to pass by. They thought they were as safe as men returning from a battle they had won.
9. You drive the women among my people out of their pleasant homes. You take my blessing away from their children forever.
10. Get up! Leave this land! It is no longer your resting place. You have made it 'unclean.' You have completely destroyed it.
11. Suppose a prophet goes around telling lies. And he prophesies that you will have plenty of wine and beer. Then that kind of prophet would be just right for this nation!
12. "People of Jacob, I will gather all of you. I will bring together you who are still left alive in Israel. I will gather you together like sheep in a pen. You will be like a flock in its grasslands. Your country will be filled with people.
13. I will open the way for you to return. I will march in front of you. You will break through the city gates and go free. I am your King. I will pass through the gates in front of you. I will lead the way."

Micah 3:1-12
1. Then I said, "Listen, you leaders of Jacob's people! Pay attention, you rulers of Israel! You should know how to judge others fairly.
2. But you hate what is good. And you love what is evil. You are like someone who tears the skin off my people. You pull the meat off their bones.
3. You eat my people's bodies. You strip their skin off. You break their bones in pieces. You chop them up like meat. You put them in a cooking pot."
4. The time will come when Israel will cry out to the Lord. But he won't answer them. In fact, he'll turn his face away from them. They have done what is evil.
5. The Lord says, "You prophets are leading my people down the wrong path. If they feed you, you promise them peace. If they do not, you prepare to go to war against them.
6. So night will come on you. But you will not have any visions. Darkness will cover you. But you will not be able to figure out what is going to happen. The sun will set on you prophets. The day will become dark for you.
7. You who see visions will be put to shame. You who try to figure out what is going to happen will be dishonored. All of you will cover your faces. I will not answer you."
8. The Spirit of the Lord has filled me with power. He helps me do what is fair. He makes me brave. Now I'm prepared to tell Jacob's people what they've done wrong. I'm ready to tell Israel they've sinned.
9. Listen to me, you leaders of Jacob's people! Pay attention, you rulers of Israel! You hate to do what is fair. You twist everything that is right.
10. You build up Zion by spilling the blood of others. You build Jerusalem by doing what is evil.
11. Your judges take money from people who want special favors. Your priests teach only if they get paid for it. Your prophets won't tell fortunes unless they receive money. But you still claim to depend on the Lord. You say, "The Lord is with us. No trouble will come on us."
12. So because of what you have done, Zion will be plowed up like a field. Jerusalem will be turned into a pile of trash. The temple hill will be covered with bushes and weeds.

Psalms 144:9-15
9. God, I will sing a new song to you. I will make music to you on a harp that has ten strings.
10. You are the One who helps kings win battles. You save your servant David from dying by the sword.
11. Save me. Set me free from strangers who attack me. 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.
12. While our sons are young, they will be like healthy plants. Our daughters will be like pillars that have been made to decorate a palace.
13. Our storerooms will be filled with every kind of food. The sheep in our fields will increase by thousands. They will increase by tens of thousands.
14. Our oxen will pull heavy loads. None of our city walls will be broken down. No one will be carried off as a prisoner. No cries of pain will be heard in our streets.
15. Blessed are the people about whom all of those things are true. Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.

Proverbs 30:10-10
10. "Don't tell lies about a servant when you talk to his master. If you do, he will call down curses on you. And you will pay for it.

Revelation 9:1-21
1. The fifth angel blew his trumpet. Then I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the tunnel leading down into the Abyss.
2. When the star opened the Abyss, smoke rose up from it like the smoke from a huge furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.
3. Out of the smoke came locusts. They settled down on the earth. They were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth.
4. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree. They were supposed to harm only the people who didn't have God's seal on their foreheads.
5. They were not allowed to kill them. But they could hurt them over and over for five months. The pain the people suffered was like the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
6. In those days, people will look for a way to die but won't find it. They will want to die, but death will escape them.
7. The locusts looked like horses ready for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold. Their faces looked like human faces.
8. Their hair was like women's hair. Their teeth were like lions' teeth.
9. Their chests were covered with something that looked like armor made out of iron. The sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.
10. They had tails and stings like scorpions. And in their tails they had power to hurt people over and over for five months.
11. Their king was the angel of the Abyss. In the Hebrew language his name is Abaddon. In Greek it is Apollyon.
12. The first terrible judgment is past. Two others are still coming.
13. The sixth angel blew his trumpet. Then I heard a voice coming from the corners of the golden altar that stands in front of God.
14. The voice spoke to the sixth angel who had the trumpet. It said, "Set the four angels free who are held at the great river Euphrates."
15. The four angels had been ready for this very hour and day and month and year. They were set free to kill a third of all people.
16. The number of troops on horseback was 200,000,000. I heard how many there were.
17. The horses and riders I saw in my vision had armor on their chests. It was flaming red, dark blue, and yellow like sulfur. The heads of the horses looked like lions' heads. Out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.
18. A third of all people were killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of the horses' mouths.
19. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails. The tails were like snakes whose heads could bite.
20. The people who were not killed by these plagues still did not turn away from what they had been doing. They did not stop worshiping demons. They kept worshiping statues of gods made out of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which can't see or hear or walk.
21. The people also did not turn away from their murders, witchcraft, sexual sins and stealing.