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Revelation 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Scene in Heaven

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was [a]in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a [b]rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

The Throne and Worship of the Creator

Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the [c]center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night [d]they do not cease to say,

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who [e]is to come.”

And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they [f]existed, and were created.”

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 4:2 Or in spirit
  2. Revelation 4:3 Or halo
  3. Revelation 4:6 Lit middle of the throne and around
  4. Revelation 4:8 Lit they have no rest, saying,
  5. Revelation 4:8 Or is coming
  6. Revelation 4:11 Lit were
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Hosea 13-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Ephraim’s Idolatry

13 When Ephraim [a]spoke, there was trembling.
He exalted himself in Israel,
But through Baal he [b]did wrong and died.
And now they sin more and more,
And make for themselves molten images,
Idols [c]skillfully made from their silver,
All of them the work of craftsmen.
They say of them, “Let the [d]men who sacrifice kiss the calves!”
Therefore they will be like the morning cloud
And like dew which [e]soon disappears,
Like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor
And like smoke from a [f]chimney.

Yet I have been the Lord your God
Since the land of Egypt;
And you were not to know any god except Me,
For there is no savior besides Me.
I [g]cared for you in the wilderness,
In the land of drought.
As they had their pasture, they became satisfied,
And being satisfied, their heart became proud;
Therefore they forgot Me.
So I will be like a lion to them;
Like a leopard I will [h]lie in wait by the wayside.
I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs,
And I will tear open [i]their chests;
There I will also devour them like a lioness,
As a wild beast would tear them.

It is your destruction, O Israel,
[j]That you are against Me, against your help.
10 Where now is your king
That he may save you in all your cities,
And your judges of whom you [k]requested,
“Give me a king and princes”?
11 I gave you a king in My anger
And took him away in My wrath.

12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
His sin is stored up.
13 The pains of childbirth come upon him;
He is not a wise son,
For [l]it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.
14 Shall I ransom them from the [m]power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
O Death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

15 Though he flourishes among the [n]reeds,
An east wind will come,
The wind of the Lord coming up from the wilderness;
And his fountain will become dry
And his spring will be dried up;
It will plunder his treasury of every precious article.
16 [o]Samaria will be held guilty,
For she has rebelled against her God.
They will fall by the sword,
Their little ones will be dashed in pieces,
And their pregnant women will be ripped open.

Israel’s Future Blessing

14 [p]Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
For you have stumbled [q]because of your iniquity.
Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity
And [r]receive us graciously,
That we may present [s]the fruit of our lips.
“Assyria will not save us,
We will not ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, ‘Our god,’
To the work of our hands;
For in You the [t]orphan finds mercy.”

I will heal their apostasy,
I will love them freely,
For My anger has turned away from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
He will blossom like the lily,
And he will [u]take root like the cedars of Lebanon.
His shoots will [v]sprout,
And his [w]beauty will be like the olive tree
And his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.
Those who live in his shadow
Will [x]again raise grain,
And they will blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.

O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after [y]you.
I am like a luxuriant cypress;
From Me comes your fruit.

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
But transgressors will stumble in them.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 13:1 Or spoke with trembling
  2. Hosea 13:1 Or became guilty
  3. Hosea 13:2 Or according to their own understanding
  4. Hosea 13:2 Lit sacrificers of or, (among) mankind
  5. Hosea 13:3 Lit goes away early
  6. Hosea 13:3 Lit window
  7. Hosea 13:5 Or knew
  8. Hosea 13:7 Or watch
  9. Hosea 13:8 Lit the enclosure of their heart
  10. Hosea 13:9 Or But in Me is your help
  11. Hosea 13:10 Lit said
  12. Hosea 13:13 Lit it is the time that he should not tarry at the breaking forth of children
  13. Hosea 13:14 Lit hand
  14. Hosea 13:15 Or brothers
  15. Hosea 13:16 Ch 14:1 in Heb
  16. Hosea 14:1 Ch 14:2 in Heb
  17. Hosea 14:1 Or in
  18. Hosea 14:2 Or accept that which is good
  19. Hosea 14:2 So with ancient versions; M.T. our lips as bulls
  20. Hosea 14:3 Or fatherless
  21. Hosea 14:5 Lit strike his roots
  22. Hosea 14:6 Lit go
  23. Hosea 14:6 Or splendor
  24. Hosea 14:7 Or return, they will raise grain
  25. Hosea 14:8 Lit him
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Joel 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Devastation of Locusts

The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:

Hear this, O elders,
And listen, all inhabitants of the land.
Has anything like this happened in your days
Or in your fathers’ days?
Tell your sons about it,
And let your sons tell their sons,
And their sons the next generation.

What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten.
Awake, drunkards, and weep;
And wail, all you wine drinkers,
On account of the sweet wine
That is cut off from your mouth.
For a nation has [a]invaded my land,
Mighty and without number;
Its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
And it has the fangs of a lioness.
It has made my vine a waste
And my fig tree [b]splinters.
It has stripped them bare and cast them away;
Their branches have become white.

Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth.
The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the Lord.
The priests mourn,
The ministers of the Lord.
10 The field is ruined,
The land mourns;
For the grain is ruined,
The new wine dries up,
Fresh oil [c]fails.
11 [d]Be ashamed, O farmers,
Wail, O vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley;
Because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The vine dries up
And the fig tree [e]fails;
The pomegranate, the palm also, and the [f]apple tree,
All the trees of the field dry up.
Indeed, rejoicing dries up
From the sons of men.

13 Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.

Starvation and Drought

14 Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a solemn assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
15 Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is near,
And it will come as destruction from the [g]Almighty.
16 Has not food been cut off before our eyes,
Gladness and joy from the house of our God?
17 The [h]seeds shrivel under their [i]clods;
The storehouses are desolate,
The barns are torn down,
For the grain is dried up.
18 How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle wander aimlessly
Because there is no pasture for them;
Even the flocks of sheep [j]suffer.
19 To You, O Lord, I cry;
For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness
And the flame has burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Even the beasts of the field [k]pant for You;
For the water brooks are dried up
And fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Footnotes:

  1. Joel 1:6 Lit come up against
  2. Joel 1:7 Or a stump
  3. Joel 1:10 Lit wastes away
  4. Joel 1:11 Or The farmers are ashamed, The vinedressers wail
  5. Joel 1:12 Lit wastes away
  6. Joel 1:12 Or apricot
  7. Joel 1:15 Heb Shaddai
  8. Joel 1:17 Or dried figs
  9. Joel 1:17 Or shovels
  10. Joel 1:18 Lit bear punishment
  11. Joel 1:20 Lit long for
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