ZECHARIAH 5A Vision of a Flying Scroll 5:1 Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying scroll! 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits.” 3 Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land. For everyone who steals shall be cleaned out according to what is on one side, and everyone who swears falsely shall be cleaned out according to what is on the other side. 4 I will send it out, declares the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of him who swears falsely by my name. And it shall remain in his house and consume it, both timber and stones.” A Vision of a Woman in a Basket5 Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, “Lift your eyes and see what this is that is going out.” 6 And I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is the basket that is going out.” And he said, “This is their iniquity in all the land.” 7 And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket! 8 And he said, “This is Wickedness.” And he thrust her back into the basket, and thrust down the leaden weight on its opening.
ZECHARIAH 6A Vision of Four Chariots 6:1 Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains. And the mountains were mountains of bronze. 2 The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses, 3 the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses—all of them strong. 4 Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” 5 And the angel answered and said to me, “These are going out to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go after them, and the dappled ones go toward the south country.” 7 When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth. And he said, “Go, patrol the earth.” So they patrolled the earth. 8 Then he cried to me, “Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country.” The Crown and the Temple9 And the word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go the same day to the house of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah. 11 Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. 12 And say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord. 13 It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.’ 14 And the crown shall be in the temple of the Lord as a reminder to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah.
PROVERBS 2323:1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,observe carefully what is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throatif you are given to appetite. 3 Do not desire his delicacies,for they are deceptive food. 4 Do not toil to acquire wealth;be discerning enough to desist. 5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone,for suddenly it sprouts wings,flying like an eagle toward heaven. 6 Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;do not desire his delicacies, 7 for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.“Eat and drink!” he says to you,but his heart is not with you. 8 You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,and waste your pleasant words. 9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,for he will despise the good sense of your words. 10 Do not move an ancient landmarkor enter the fields of the fatherless, 11 for their Redeemer is strong;he will plead their cause against you. 12 Apply your heart to instructionand your ear to words of knowledge. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. 14 If you strike him with the rod,you will save his soul from Sheol. 15 My son, if your heart is wise,my heart too will be glad. 16 My inmost being will exultwhen your lips speak what is right. 17 Let not your heart envy sinners,but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. 18 Surely there is a future,and your hope will not be cut off.
REVELATION 18The Fall of Babylon 18:1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2 And he called out with a mighty voice,“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!She has become a dwelling place for demons,a haunt for every unclean spirit,a haunt for every unclean bird,a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. 3 For all nations have drunkthe wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.” 4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,“Come out of her, my people,lest you take part in her sins,lest you share in her plagues; 5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven,and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,and repay her double for her deeds;mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed. 7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,since in her heart she says,‘I sit as a queen,I am no widow,and mourning I shall never see.’ 8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,death and mourning and famine,and she will be burned up with fire;for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
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