Zephaniah 1-3New Living Translation (NLT)
1 The Lord gave this message to Zephaniah when Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah. Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah.
Coming Judgment against Judah
2 “I will sweep away everything
7 Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord,
10 “On that day,” says the Lord,
12 “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners
14 “That terrible day of the Lord is near.
17 “Because you have sinned against the Lord,
18 Your silver and gold will not save you
A Call to Repentance
2 Gather together—yes, gather together,
Judgment against Philistia
4 Gaza and Ashkelon will be abandoned,
Judgment against Moab and Ammon
8 “I have heard the taunts of the Moabites
10 They will receive the wages of their pride,
Judgment against Ethiopia and Assyria
12 “You Ethiopians[h] will also be slaughtered
13 And the Lord will strike the lands of the north with his fist,
Jerusalem’s Rebellion and Redemption
3 What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem,
6 “I have wiped out many nations,
9 “Then I will purify the speech of all people,
14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;
18 “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
Revelation 10New Living Translation (NLT)
The Angel and the Small Scroll
10 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face shone like the sun, and his feet were like pillars of fire. 2 And in his hand was a small scroll[a] that had been opened. He stood with his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land. 3 And he gave a great shout like the roar of a lion. And when he shouted, the seven thunders answered.
4 When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. But I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Keep secret[b] what the seven thunders said, and do not write it down.”
5 Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand toward heaven. 6 He swore an oath in the name of the one who lives forever and ever, who created the heavens and everything in them, the earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it. He said, “There will be no more delay. 7 When the seventh angel blows his trumpet, God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled. It will happen just as he announced it to his servants the prophets.”
8 Then the voice from heaven spoke to me again: “Go and take the open scroll from the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. “Yes, take it and eat it,” he said. “It will be sweet as honey in your mouth, but it will turn sour in your stomach!” 10 So I took the small scroll from the hand of the angel, and I ate it! It was sweet in my mouth, but when I swallowed it, it turned sour in my stomach.
11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”
Psalm 138New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David.
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;
4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord,
7 Though I am surrounded by troubles,
Proverbs 30:11-14New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Some people curse their father
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