Psalm 123

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you who sit enthroned(A) in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord(B) our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,
    for we have endured no end of contempt.
We have endured no end
    of ridicule from the arrogant,
    of contempt from the proud.

16 Then the Lord raised up judges,[a](A) who saved(B) them out of the hands of these raiders. 17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted(C) themselves to other gods(D) and worshiped them.(E) They quickly turned(F) from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands.(G) 18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved(H) them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented(I) because of their groaning(J) under those who oppressed and afflicted(K) them. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt(L) than those of their ancestors,(M) following other gods and serving and worshiping them.(N) They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn(O) ways.

20 Therefore the Lord was very angry(P) with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant(Q) I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, 21 I will no longer drive out(R) before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. 22 I will use them to test(S) Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did.” 23 The Lord had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.(T)

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 2:16 Or leaders; similarly in verses 17-19

The fourth angel(A) poured out his bowl on the sun,(B) and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.(C) They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God,(D) who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent(E) and glorify him.(F)

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast,(G) and its kingdom was plunged into darkness.(H) People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed(I) the God of heaven(J) because of their pains and their sores,(K) but they refused to repent of what they had done.(L)

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,(M) and its water was dried up to prepare the way(N) for the kings from the East.(O) 13 Then I saw three impure spirits(P) that looked like frogs;(Q) they came out of the mouth of the dragon,(R) out of the mouth of the beast(S) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(T) 14 They are demonic spirits(U) that perform signs,(V) and they go out to the kings of the whole world,(W) to gather them for the battle(X) on the great day(Y) of God Almighty.

15 “Look, I come like a thief!(Z) Blessed is the one who stays awake(AA) and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”(AB)

16 Then they gathered the kings together(AC) to the place that in Hebrew(AD) is called Armageddon.(AE)

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air,(AF) and out of the temple(AG) came a loud voice(AH) from the throne, saying, “It is done!”(AI) 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder(AJ) and a severe earthquake.(AK) No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth,(AL) so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city(AM) split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered(AN) Babylon the Great(AO) and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.(AP) 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.(AQ) 21 From the sky huge hailstones,(AR) each weighing about a hundred pounds,[a] fell on people. And they cursed God(AS) on account of the plague of hail,(AT) because the plague was so terrible.

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 16:21 Or about 45 kilograms