Joel 1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 The Lord gave this message to Joel son of Pethuel.
Mourning over the Locust Plague
2 Hear this, you leaders of the people.
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
8 Weep like a bride dressed in black,
11 Despair, all you farmers!
13 Dress yourselves in burlap and weep, you priests!
16 Our food disappears before our very eyes.
19 Lord, help us!
Locusts Invade like an Army
2 Sound the trumpet in Jerusalem[c]!
3 Fire burns in front of them,
6 Fear grips all the people;
11 The Lord is at the head of the column.
A Call to Repentance
12 That is why the Lord says,
15 Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem!
The Lord’s Promise of Restoration
18 Then the Lord will pity his people
Surely the Lord has done great things!
25 The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost
The Lord’s Promise of His Spirit
28 [g]“Then, after doing all those things,
Judgment against Enemy Nations
3 [i]“At the time of those events,” says the Lord,
4 “What do you have against me, Tyre and Sidon and you cities of Philistia? Are you trying to take revenge on me? If you are, then watch out! I will strike swiftly and pay you back for everything you have done. 5 You have taken my silver and gold and all my precious treasures, and have carried them off to your pagan temples. 6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,[l] so they could take them far from their homeland.
7 “But I will bring them back from all the places to which you sold them, and I will pay you back for everything you have done. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the people of Arabia,[m] a nation far away. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
9 Say to the nations far and wide:
And now, O Lord, call out your warriors!
12 “Let the nations be called to arms.
14 Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision.
Blessings for God’s People
17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
20 “But Judah will be filled with people forever,
Revelation 1 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 This is a revelation from[a] Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon[b] take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, 2 who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.
John’s Greeting to the Seven Churches
4 This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia.[c]
Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit[d] before his throne; 5 and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world.
All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. 6 He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,”[e] says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
Vision of the Son of Man
9 I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit.[f] Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. 11 It said, “Write in a book[g] everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man.[h] He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.[i]
19 “Write down what you have seen—both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.[j] 20 This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels[k] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Psalm 128 New Living Translation (NLT)
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
1 How joyful are those who fear the Lord—
5 May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.
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