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Judgment on Israel’s Enemies9:1 The oracle of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrachand Damascus is its resting place.For the Lord has an eye on mankindand on all the tribes of Israel,
2 and on Hamath also, which borders on it,Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
3 Tyre has built herself a rampartand heaped up silver like dust,and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
4 But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessionsand strike down her power on the sea,and she shall be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.The king shall perish from Gaza;Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
6 a mixed people shall dwell in Ashdod,and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
7 I will take away its blood from its mouth,and its abominations from between its teeth;it too shall be a remnant for our God;it shall be like a clan in Judah,and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
8 Then I will encamp at my house as a guard,so that none shall march to and fro;no oppressor shall again march over them,for now I see with my own eyes.
The Coming King of Zion9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you;righteous and having salvation is he,humble and mounted on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraimand the war horse from Jerusalem;and the battle bow shall be cut off,and he shall speak peace to the nations;his rule shall be from sea to sea,and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;today I declare that I will restore to you double.
13 For I have bent Judah as my bow;I have made Ephraim its arrow.I will stir up your sons, O Zion,against your sons, O Greece,and wield you like a warrior’s sword.
The Lord Will Save His People14 Then the Lord will appear over them,and his arrow will go forth like lightning;the Lord God will sound the trumpetand will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
15 The Lord of hosts will protect them,and they shall devour, and tread down the sling stones,and they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine,and be full like a bowl,drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 On that day the Lord their God will save them,as the flock of his people;for like the jewels of a crownthey shall shine on his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!Grain shall make the young men flourish,and new wine the young women.
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The Restoration for Judah and Israel10:1 Ask rain from the Lordin the season of the spring rain,from the Lord who makes the storm clouds,and he will give them showers of rain,to everyone the vegetation in the field.
2 For the household gods utter nonsense,and the diviners see lies;they tell false dreamsand give empty consolation.Therefore the people wander like sheep;they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
3 “My anger is hot against the shepherds,and I will punish the leaders;for the Lord of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.
4 From him shall come the cornerstone,from him the tent peg,from him the battle bow,from him every ruler—all of them together.
5 They shall be like mighty men in battle,trampling the foe in the mud of the streets;they shall fight because the Lord is with them,and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
6 “I will strengthen the house of Judah,and I will save the house of Joseph.I will bring them back because I have compassion on them,and they shall be as though I had not rejected them,for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
7 Then Ephraim shall become like a mighty warrior,and their hearts shall be glad as with wine.Their children shall see it and be glad;their hearts shall rejoice in the Lord.
8 “I will whistle for them and gather them in,for I have redeemed them,and they shall be as many as they were before.
9 Though I scattered them among the nations,yet in far countries they shall remember me,and with their children they shall live and return.
10 I will bring them home from the land of Egypt,and gather them from Assyria,and I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon,till there is no room for them.
11 He shall pass through the sea of troublesand strike down the waves of the sea,and all the depths of the Nile shall be dried up.The pride of Assyria shall be laid low,and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
12 I will make them strong in the Lord,and they shall walk in his name,”declares the Lord.
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More Proverbs of Solomon 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out.
3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver,and the smith has material for a vessel;
5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king,and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presenceor stand in the place of the great,
7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen
8 do not hastily bring into court,for what will you do in the end,when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself,and do not reveal another’s secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,and your ill repute have no end.
11 A word fitly spokenis like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of goldis a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvestis a faithful messenger to those who send him;he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rainis a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighboris like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of troubleis like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heartis like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,and like vinegar on soda.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap burning coals on his head,and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetopthan in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountainis a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
28 A man without self-controlis like a city broken into and left without walls.
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The Thousand Years 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.
2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
The Defeat of Satan7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison
8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.
9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them,
10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Judgment Before the Great White Throne11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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