Joel 1-3 New International Version (NIV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
An Invasion of Locusts
2 Hear this, you elders;
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
8 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth
11 Despair, you farmers,
A Call to Lamentation
13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn;
15 Alas for that day!
16 Has not the food been cut off
19 To you, Lord, I call,
An Army of Locusts
2 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
Let all who live in the land tremble,
3 Before them fire devours,
6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
10 Before them the earth shakes,
Rend Your Heart
12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
13 Rend your heart
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
The Lord’s Answer
18 Then the Lord was jealous for his land
19 The Lord replied[e] to them:
“I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
20 “I will drive the northern horde far from you,
Surely he has done great things!
25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
The Nations Judged
3 [h]“In those days and at that time,
4 “Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done. 5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.[j] 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.
7 “See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away.” The Lord has spoken.
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
Bring down your warriors, Lord!
12 “Let the nations be roused;
14 Multitudes, multitudes
Blessings for God’s People
17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
The Lord dwells in Zion!
Revelation 1 New International Version (NIV)
1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Greetings and Doxology
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
John’s Vision of Christ
9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[e] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Psalm 128 New International Version (NIV)
A song of ascents.
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;
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