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Revelation 8

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.   I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.    Another angel came and stood over the altar, having a golden censer. Much incense was given to him, that he should add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.  The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.  The angel took the censer, and he filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it on the earth. Thunders, sounds, lightnings, and an earthquake followed.  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 
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The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 
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And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;  And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 
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And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;  And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. 
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And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Open your doors, Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars.  Wail, cypress tree, for the cedar has fallen, because the stately ones are destroyed. Wail, you oaks of Bashan, for the strong forest has come down.  Zecheriah 11:1,2

Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.  Jeremiah 51:25

You who turn justice to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth: Amos 5:7

…. wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.  Jude 1:13

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The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in Yahweh’s house. They will flourish in our God’s courts.  They will still produce fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and green, to show that Yahweh is upright. He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.  Psalms 92:12-15

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God’s house. I trust in God’s loving kindness forever and ever.   Psalms 52:8

to provide for those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified….But you will be called Yahweh’s priests. Men will call you the servants of our God. You will eat the wealth of the nations, and you will boast in their glory.  Isaiah 61:3,6

They were told that they should not hurt [treat unrighteously] the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those people who don’t have God’s seal on their foreheads.  Revelation 9:4

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You shall bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, the place, Yahweh, which you have made for yourself to dwell in; the Sanctuary, Lord, which your hands have established.  Yahweh shall reign forever and ever.”  Exodus 15:17

It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.  Isaiah 2:2

I will bring these to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”   Isaiah 56:7

He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,  Revelation 21:10

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“So you will know that I am Yahweh, your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain. Then Jerusalem will be holy, and no strangers will pass through her any more. It will happen in that day, that the mountains will drop down sweet wine, the hills will flow with milk, all the brooks of Judah will flow with waters, and a fountain will flow out from Yahweh’s house, and will water the valley of Shittim. Joel 3:17,18

He brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, waters flowed out from under the threshold of the house eastward, for the front of the house faced toward the east. The waters came down from underneath, from the right side of the house, on the south of the altar.    Ezekiel 47:1

Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them. …for the Lamb who is in the middle of the throne shepherds them, and leads them to springs of life-giving waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:15,17

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For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him. Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.  Psalms 96:5,6

The Mighty One, God, Yahweh, speaks, and calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines out.  Our God comes, and does not keep silent. A fire devours before him. It is very stormy around him.  He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people:  “Gather my saints together to me, those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”  The heavens shall declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah.  Psalms 50:1-6

There will be no night, and they need no lamp light; for the Lord God will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever.  Revelation 22:5

Those who are wise will shine as the brightness of the expanse. Those who turn many to righteousness will shine as the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3

Sing to Yahweh a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand, and his holy arm, have worked salvation for him.   Yahweh has made known his salvation. He has openly shown his righteousness in the sight of the nations.  He has remembered his loving kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Burst out and sing for joy, yes, sing praises!  Sing praises to Yahweh with the harp, with the harp and the voice of melody.  With trumpets and sound of the ram’s horn, make a joyful noise before the King, Yahweh.  Let the sea roar with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell therein.  Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing for joy together.  Let them sing before Yahweh, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.  Psalm 98

Judge the World in Righteousness

  • “You shall make an altar to burn incense on. You shall make it of acacia wood.  Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit. It shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits. Its horns shall be of one piece with it.  You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top, its sides around it, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding around it.  You shall make two golden rings for it under its molding; on its two ribs, on its two sides you shall make them; and they shall be for places for poles with which to bear it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.  You shall put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with you.  Aaron shall burn incense of sweet spices on it every morning. When he tends the lamps, he shall burn it.  When Aaron lights the lamps at evening, he shall burn it, a perpetual incense before Yahweh throughout your generations. You shall offer no strange incense on it, nor burnt offering, nor meal offering; and you shall pour no drink offering on it.  Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once in the year; with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once in the year he shall make atonement for it throughout your generations. It is most holy to Yahweh.”  Exodus 30:1-10

    Yahweh said to Moses, “Take to yourself sweet spices, gum resin, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices with pure frankincense: there shall be an equal weight of each; and you shall make incense of it, a perfume after the art of the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy: and you shall beat some of it very small, and put some of it before the testimony in the Tent of Meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be to you most holy.  The incense which you shall make, according to its composition you shall not make for yourselves: it shall be to you holy for Yahweh.  Whoever shall make any like that, to smell of it, he shall be cut off from his people.” Exodus 30:34-38

    Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people. Their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy habitation, even to heaven.  2 Chronicles 30:27

    Yahweh, I have called on you. Come to me quickly! Listen to my voice when I call to you.  Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.  Psalms 141:1,2

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  • Yahweh said to Moses, “Take to yourself sweet spices, gum resin, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices with pure frankincense: there shall be an equal weight of each; and you shall make incense of it, a perfume after the art of the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy: and you shall beat some of it very small, and put some of it before the testimony in the Tent of Meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be to you most holy.  The incense which you shall make, according to its composition you shall not make for yourselves: it shall be to you holy for Yahweh.  Whoever shall make any like that, to smell of it, he shall be cut off from his people.”  Exodus 30:34-38

After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree.  I saw another angel ascend from the sunrise, having the seal of the living God. He cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Don’t harm the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the bondservants of our God on their foreheads!”  Revelation 7:1-3

The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to the sky, and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there will no longer be delay,  Revelation 10:5,6

He said with a loud voice, “Fear the Lord, and give him glory; for the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and the springs of waters!”  Revelation 14:7

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Matthew 24:15

Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if there may be a lengthening of your tranquility [an healing of thine error].”  Daniel 4:27

The rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues, didn’t repent of the works of their hands, that they wouldn’t worship demons, and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood; which can’t see, hear, or walk.  They didn’t repent of their murders, their sorceries, their sexual immorality, or their thefts.  Revelation 9:20,21

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Moses stretched out his rod toward the heavens, and Yahweh sent thunder, hail, and lightning flashed down to the earth. Yahweh rained hail on the land of Egypt.  So there was very severe hail, and lightning mixed with the hail, such as had not been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.  The hail struck throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and animal; and the hail struck every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field.  Exodus 9:23-25

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He destroyed their vines with hail, their sycamore fig trees with frost.  He gave over their livestock also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.  He threw on them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, and a band of angels of evil.  Psalms 78:47-49

He gave them hail for rain, with lightning in their land.  He struck their vines and also their fig trees, and shattered the trees of their country.  Psalms 105:32,33

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The seventh poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”  There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty.   The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.  Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  Great hailstones, about the weight of a talent, came down out of the sky on people. People blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for this plague is exceedingly severe.  Revelation 16:17-21

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But he answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted.  Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”  Matthew 15:13,14

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Yes, the cypress trees rejoice with you, with the cedars of Lebanon, saying, “Since you are humbled, no lumberjack has come up against us.”  Isaiah 14:8

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I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to Sheol with those who descend into the pit. All the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the lower parts of the earth.  Ezekiel 31:6

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He said, “God’s Kingdom is as if a man should cast seed on the earth, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, though he doesn’t know how.  For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”  Mark 4:26-29

“Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘I will also take some of the lofty top of the cedar, and will plant it. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  I will plant it in the mountain of the height of Israel; and it will produce boughs, and bear fruit, and be a good cedar. Birds of every kind will dwell in the shade of its branches.  All the trees of the field will know that I, Yahweh, have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree flourish. “‘I, Yahweh, have spoken and have done it.’” Ezekiel 17:22-24

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Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to kindness. Break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek Yahweh, until he comes and rains righteousness on you.  Hosea 10:12

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The grass [vegetation] is greenishyellow, the color of chlorophyll that never sees the sun.  This is the same color as the 4th Horse in Revelation 6.  This is vegetation that never saw the Sun of Righteousness.

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By the river on its bank, on this side and on that side, will grow every tree for food, whose leaf won’t wither, neither will its fruit fail. It will produce new fruit every month, because its waters issue out of the sanctuary. Its fruit will be for food, and its leaf for healing.”  Ezekiel 47:12

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.  Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;  Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.  Job 14:7-9

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And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire [burning itself] was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 
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You said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I will sit on the mountain of assembly, in the far north!  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will make myself like the Most High!”  Isaiah 14:13,14

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Yahweh says, “In this you shall know that I am Yahweh. Behold, I will strike with the rod that is in my hand on the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.  The fish that are in the river shall die, and the river shall become foul; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink water from the river.”’”  Exodus 7:17,18

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The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man. Every living thing in the sea died.  The third poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. I heard the angel of the waters saying, “You are righteous, who are and who were, O Holy One, because you have judged these things.  For they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. They deserve this.”  I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.”  Revelation 16:3-7

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He will plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.   Daniel 11:45

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Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.    2 Thessalonians 2:3,4

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“Son of man, tell the prince of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of God, in the middle of the seas;’ yet you are man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God—  Ezekiel 28:2

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“I know your works, oppression, and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Revelation 2:9

“I know your works and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. You hold firmly to my name, and didn’t deny my faith in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  Revelation 2:13

  • The king sent, and they gathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.  The king went up to Yahweh’s house, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, with the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in Yahweh’s house.  The king stood by the pillar, and made a covenant before Yahweh, to walk after Yahweh, and to keep his commandments, his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and all his soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book; and all the people agreed to the covenant.  The king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring out of Yahweh’s temple all the vessels that were made for Baal, for the Asherah, and for all the army of the sky, and he burned them outside of Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.  He got rid of the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places around Jerusalem; those also who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the army of the sky.  He brought out the Asherah from Yahweh’s house, outside of Jerusalem, to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and beat it to dust, and cast its dust on the graves of the common people.  He broke down the houses of the male shrine prostitutes that were in Yahweh’s house, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.  He brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba; and he broke down the high places of the gates that were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city.  Nevertheless the priests of the high places didn’t come up to Yahweh’s altar in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.  He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.   He took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entrance of Yahweh’s house, by the room of Nathan Melech the officer, who was in the court; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.  The king broke down the altars that were on the roof of the upper room of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of Yahweh’s house, and beat them down from there, and cast their dust into the brook Kidron.  The king defiled the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mountain of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon.  He broke in pieces the pillars, cut down the Asherah poles, and filled their places with men’s bones.  Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and beat it to dust, and burned the Asherah.  As Josiah turned himself, he spied the tombs that were there in the mountain; and he sent, and took the bones out of the tombs, and burned them on the altar, and defiled it, according to Yahweh’s word which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things.  Then he said, “What monument is that which I see?” The men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God, who came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that you have done against the altar of Bethel.”   He said, “Let him be! Let no one move his bones.” So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came out of Samaria.  All the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke Yahweh to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.  He killed all the priests of the high places that were there, on the altars, and burned men’s bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.  The king commanded all the people, saying, “Keep the Passover to Yahweh your God, as it is written in this book of the covenant.”  Surely there was not kept such a Passover from the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; but in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, this Passover was kept to Yahweh in Jerusalem.  Moreover Josiah removed those who had familiar spirits, the wizards, and the teraphim, and the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in Yahweh’s house.  There was no king like him before him, who turned to Yahweh with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; and there was none like him who arose after him.   Notwithstanding, Yahweh didn’t turn from the fierceness of his great wrath, with which his anger burned against Judah, because of all the provocation with which Manasseh had provoked him.  Yahweh said, “I will also remove Judah out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city which I have chosen, even Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.’”  2 Kings 23:1-27

  • God spoke all these words, saying,  “I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Exodus 20:1,2

    Moses said to the people, “Remember this day, in which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.  Exodus 13:3

    For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God. Yahweh your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth.  Yahweh didn’t set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples: but because Yahweh loves you, and because he desires to keep the oath which he swore to your fathers, Yahweh has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Know therefore that Yahweh your God himself is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,  and repays those who hate him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack to him who hates him. He will repay him to his face.  You shall therefore keep the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command you today, to do them.   Deutronomy 7:6-11

    If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let’s go after other gods” (which you have not known) “and let’s serve them;” you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams; for Yahweh your God is testing you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  You shall walk after Yahweh your God, fear him, keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and you shall serve him, and cling to him.  That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Yahweh your God commanded you to walk in. So you shall remove the evil from among you.  If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, who is as your own soul, entices you secretly, saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods,” which you have not known, you, nor your fathers; of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near to you, or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; you shall not consent to him, nor listen to him; neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him; but you shall surely kill him. Your hand shall be first on him to put him to death, and afterwards the hands of all the people. You shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  All Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall not do any more wickedness like this among you.  If you shall hear about one of your cities, which Yahweh your God gives you to dwell there, that certain wicked fellows have gone out from among you, and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods,” which you have not known; then you shall inquire, and make search, and ask diligently. Behold, if it is true, and the thing certain, that such abomination was done among you, you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, with all that is therein and its livestock, with the edge of the sword.  You shall gather all its plunder into the middle of its street, and shall burn with fire the city, and all of its plunder, to Yahweh your God. It shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again.  Nothing of the devoted thing shall cling to your hand, that Yahweh may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and show you mercy, and have compassion on you, and multiply you, as he has sworn to your fathers; when you listen to Yahweh your God’s voice, to keep all his commandments which I command you today, to do that which is right in Yahweh your God’s eyes. Deuteronomy 13

  • Yahweh says: “Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against those who dwell in Lebkamai, a destroying wind.  I will send to Babylon strangers, who will winnow her. They will empty her land; for in the day of trouble they will be against her all around.  Against him who bends, let the archer bend his bow, also against him who lifts himself up in his coat of mail. Don’t spare her young men! Utterly destroy all her army!  They will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans, and thrust through in her streets.  For Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, by his God, by Yahweh of Armies; though their land is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.  “Flee out of the middle of Babylon! Everyone save his own life! Don’t be cut off in her iniquity; for it is the time of Yahweh’s vengeance. He will render to her a recompense.  Babylon has been a golden cup in Yahweh’s hand, who made all the earth drunk. The nations have drunk of her wine; therefore the nations have gone mad.  Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed! Wail for her! Take balm for her pain. Perhaps she may be healed.   “We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let’s each go into his own country; for her judgment reaches to heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.  ‘Yahweh has produced our righteousness: come, and let’s declare in Zion the work of Yahweh our God.’  “Make the arrows sharp! Hold the shields firmly! Yahweh has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is against Babylon, to destroy it; for it is the vengeance of Yahweh, the vengeance of his temple.  Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon! Make the watch strong! Set the watchmen, and prepare the ambushes; for Yahweh has both purposed and done that which he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.  You who dwell on many waters, abundant in treasures, your end has come, the measure of your covetousness.  Yahweh of Armies has sworn by himself, saying, ‘Surely I will fill you with men, as with the canker worm; and they will lift up a shout against you.’  “He has made the earth by his power. He has established the world by his wisdom. By his understanding he has stretched out the heavens.  When he utters his voice, there is a roar of waters in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and brings the wind out of his treasuries.  “Every man has become brutish without knowledge. Every goldsmith is disappointed by his image; for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  They are vanity, a work of delusion. In the time of their visitation, they will perish.  The portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the former of all things; including the tribe of his inheritance: Yahweh of Armies is his name.  “You are my battle ax and weapons of war. With you I will break the nations into pieces. With you I will destroy kingdoms.  With you I will break in pieces the horse and his rider.  With you I will break in pieces the chariot and him who rides therein. With you I will break in pieces man and woman. With you I will break in pieces the old man and the youth. With you I will break in pieces the young man and the virgin.  With you I will break in pieces the shepherd and his flock. With you I will break in pieces the farmer and his yoke. With you I will break in pieces governors and deputies.  “I will render to Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight,” says Yahweh.  “Behold, I am against you, destroying mountain,” says Yahweh, “which destroys all the earth. I will stretch out my hand on you, roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burned mountain.  They won’t take a cornerstone from you, nor a stone for foundations; but you will be desolate forever,” says Yahweh.   “Set up a standard in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations against her! Call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz! Appoint a marshal against her! Cause the horses to come up as the rough canker worm!  Prepare against her the nations, the kings of the Medes, its governors, and all its deputies, and all the land of their dominion!  The land trembles and is in pain; for the purposes of Yahweh against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant.  The mighty men of Babylon have stopped fighting, they remain in their strongholds. Their might has failed. They have become as women. Her dwelling places are set on fire. Her bars are broken.  One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter.  So the passages are seized. They have burned the reeds with fire. The men of war are frightened.”  For Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel says: “The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time when it is trodden. Yet a little while, and the time of harvest comes for her.”  “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me. He has crushed me. He has made me an empty vessel. He has, like a monster, swallowed me up. He has filled his mouth with my delicacies. He has cast me out.   May the violence done to me and to my flesh be on Babylon!” the inhabitant of Zion will say; and, “May my blood be on the inhabitants of Chaldea!” will Jerusalem say.  Therefore Yahweh says: “Behold, I will plead your cause, and take vengeance for you. I will dry up her sea, and make her fountain dry.   Babylon will become heaps, a dwelling place for jackals, an astonishment, and a hissing, without inhabitant.  They will roar together like young lions. They will growl as lions’ cubs.  When they are heated, I will make their feast, and I will make them drunk, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake up,” says Yahweh.  “I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats.  “How Sheshach is taken! How the praise of the whole earth seized! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations!   The sea has come up on Babylon. She is covered with the multitude of its waves.  Her cities have become a desolation, a dry land, and a desert, a land in which no man dwells. No son of man passes by it.  I will execute judgment on Bel in Babylon, and I will bring out of his mouth that which he has swallowed up. The nations will not flow any more to him. Yes, the wall of Babylon will fall.   “My people, go away from the middle of her, and each of you save yourselves from Yahweh’s fierce anger.  Don’t let your heart faint. Don’t fear for the news that will be heard in the land. For news will come one year, and after that in another year news will come, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.   Therefore behold, the days come that I will execute judgment on the engraved images of Babylon; and her whole land will be confounded. All her slain will fall in the middle of her.  Then the heavens and the earth, and all that is therein, will sing for joy over Babylon; for the destroyers will come to her from the north,” says Yahweh.  “As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so the slain of all the land will fall at Babylon.  You who have escaped the sword, go! Don’t stand still! Remember Yahweh from afar, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.”  “We are confounded, because we have heard reproach. Confusion has covered our faces, for strangers have come into the sanctuaries of Yahweh’s house.”  “Therefore behold, the days come,” says Yahweh, “that I will execute judgment on her engraved images; and through all her land the wounded will groan.  Though Babylon should mount up to the sky, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet destroyers will come to her from me,” says Yahweh.  “The sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!  For Yahweh lays Babylon waste, and destroys out of her the great voice! Their waves roar like many waters. The noise of their voice is uttered.  For the destroyer has come on her, even on Babylon. Her mighty men are taken. Their bows are broken in pieces, for Yahweh is a God of retribution. He will surely repay.  I will make her princes, her wise men, her governors, her deputies, and her mighty men drunk. They will sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake up,” says the King, whose name is Yahweh of Armies.  Yahweh of Armies says: “The wide walls of Babylon will be utterly overthrown. Her high gates will be burned with fire. The peoples will labor for vanity, and the nations for the fire; and they will be weary.”  The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. Now Seraiah was chief quartermaster.  Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come on Babylon, even all these words that are written concerning Babylon.  Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “When you come to Babylon, then see that you read all these words,  and say, ‘Yahweh, you have spoken concerning this place, to cut it off, that no one will dwell in it, neither man nor animal, but that it will be desolate forever.’  It will be, when you have finished reading this book, that you shall bind a stone to it, and cast it into the middle of the Euphrates.  Then you shall say, ‘Thus will Babylon sink, and will not rise again because of the evil that I will bring on her; and they will be weary.’” Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.  Jeremiah 51

    The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.  Set up a banner on the bare mountain! Lift up your voice to them! Wave your hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.  I have commanded my consecrated ones; yes, I have called my mighty men for my anger, even my proudly exulting ones.   The noise of a multitude is in the mountains, as of a great people; the noise of an uproar of the kingdoms of the nations gathered together! Yahweh of Armies is mustering the army for the battle.  They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven, even Yahweh, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.  Wail; for the day of Yahweh is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.   Therefore all hands will be feeble, and everyone’s heart will melt.  They will be dismayed. Pangs and sorrows will seize them. They will be in pain like a woman in labor. They will look in amazement one at another. Their faces will be faces of flame.  Behold, the day of Yahweh comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy its sinners out of it.  For the stars of the sky and its constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened in its going out, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.   I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will humble the arrogance of the terrible.   I will make people more rare than fine gold, even a person than the pure gold of Ophir.   Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place in Yahweh of Armies’ wrath, and in the day of his fierce anger.  It will happen that like a hunted gazelle, and like sheep that no one gathers, they will each turn to their own people, and will each flee to their own land.  Everyone who is found will be thrust through. Everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.  Their infants also will be dashed in pieces before their eyes. Their houses will be ransacked, and their wives raped.   Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not value silver, and as for gold, they will not delight in it.  Their bows will dash the young men in pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb. Their eyes will not spare children.  Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be like when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.  It will never be inhabited, neither will it be lived in from generation to generation. The Arabian will not pitch a tent there, neither will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.  But wild animals of the desert will lie there, and their houses will be full of jackals. Ostriches will dwell there, and wild goats will frolic there.  Wolves will cry in their fortresses, and jackals in the pleasant palaces. Her time is near to come, and her days will not be prolonged. Isaiah 13

  • A mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down, and will be found no more at all.  Revelation 18:21

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Then the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold were broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them. The stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.  Daniel 2:35

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I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him a number, one hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads.  Revelation 14:1

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It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.  Many peoples shall go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go out, and Yahweh’s word from Jerusalem.  He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  House of Jacob, come, and let’s walk in the light of Yahweh.  Isaiah 2:2-5

  • Sing to Yahweh a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand, and his holy arm, have worked salvation for him.   Yahweh has made known his salvation. He has openly shown his righteousness in the sight of the nations.  He has remembered his loving kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Burst out and sing for joy, yes, sing praises!  Sing praises to Yahweh with the harp, with the harp and the voice of melody.  With trumpets and sound of the ram’s horn, make a joyful noise before the King, Yahweh.  Let the sea roar with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell therein.  Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing for joy together.  Let them sing before Yahweh, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.  Psalm 98

  • Yahweh says, “Maintain justice, and do what is right; for my salvation is near, and my righteousness will soon be revealed.  Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath without profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”  Let no foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, “Yahweh will surely separate me from his people.” Do not let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”  For Yahweh says, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast to my covenant:  I will give them in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters. I will give them an everlasting name, that will not be cut off.  Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to serve him, and to love Yahweh’s name, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant;  I will bring these to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”  The Lord Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, “I will yet gather others to him, in addition to his own who are gathered.” Isaiah 56:1-8

He had in his hand a little open book. He set his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land.  Revelation 10:2

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  • Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: “I am Yahweh your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go.  Oh that you had listened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.  Your offspring also would have been as the sand, and the descendants of your body like its grains. His name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.”  Isaiah 48:17-19

    Sing to Yahweh a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand, and his holy arm, have worked salvation for him.  Yahweh has made known his salvation. He has openly shown his righteousness in the sight of the nations.  He has remembered his loving kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Burst out and sing for joy, yes, sing praises!  Sing praises to Yahweh with the harp, with the harp and the voice of melody.  With trumpets and sound of the ram’s horn, make a joyful noise before the King, Yahweh.  Let the sea roar with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell therein.  Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing for joy together.  Let them sing before Yahweh, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.  Psalm 98

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God said, “Let the waters abound with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the sky.”  God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.  God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  Genesis 1:20-22

I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.  They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God, the Almighty! Righteous and true are your ways, you King of the nations.  Who wouldn’t fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you only are holy. For all the nations will come and worship before you. For your righteous acts have been revealed.”  Revelation 15:2-4

I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.  Psalms 89:25

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  • But these speak evil of whatever things they don’t know. They are destroyed in these things that they understand naturally, like the creatures without reason.  Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in Korah’s rebellion.  These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;  wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.  Jude 1:10-13

  • He said to them, “I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven. Luke 10:18

    How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.   I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will make myself like the Most High!” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the pit.  Those who see you will stare at you. They will ponder you, saying, “Is this the man who made the earth to tremble, who shook kingdoms; who made the world like a wilderness, and overthrew its cities; who didn’t release his prisoners to their home?”  All the kings of the nations, sleep in glory, everyone in his own house.  But you are cast away from your tomb like an abominable branch, clothed with the slain, who are thrust through with the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit; like a dead body trodden under foot.  You will not join them in burial, because you have destroyed your land. You have killed your people. The offspring of evildoers will not be named forever.  Prepare for slaughter of his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, that they not rise up and possess the earth, and fill the surface of the world with cities.  “I will rise up against them,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and son’s son,” says Yahweh.  “I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water. I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says Yahweh of Armies. Isaiah 14:12-23

  • My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding: that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.  For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil, but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.  She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn’t know it.  Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don’t depart from the words of my mouth.  Remove your way far from her. Don’t come near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one; lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich another man’s house.  You will groan at your latter end, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and say, “How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor turned my ear to those who instructed me! I have come to the brink of utter ruin, among the gathered assembly.”  Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own well.  Should your springs overflow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?  Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.  Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe and a graceful deer— let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.  For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?  For the ways of man are before Yahweh’s eyes. He examines all his paths.  The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.  He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray. Proverbs 5

    For Yahweh says to the house of Israel: “Seek me, and you will live; but don’t seek Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and don’t pass to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nothing.   Seek Yahweh, and you will live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel.   You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth: seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night; who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is his name, who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress. Amos 5:4-9

    Yahweh says, “Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein, but have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart, and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them.” Therefore Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.”  Jeremiah 9:13-16

  • So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!  And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna.  For every kind of animal, bird, creeping thing, and sea creature, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind; but nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.  Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.  Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water.  Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth.  This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:5-18

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But let justice roll on like rivers, and righteousness like a mighty stream.  Amos 5:24

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  • But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall. You shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,” says Yahweh of Armies.   Malachi 4:2,3

    I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the assemblies. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.”  Revelation 22:16

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  • “Isn’t this the fast that I have chosen: to release the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?   Isn’t it to distribute your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you not hide yourself from your own flesh?   Then your light will break out as the morning, and your healing will appear quickly; then your righteousness shall go before you; and Yahweh’s glory will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away from among you the yoke, finger pointing, and speaking wickedly; and if you pour out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then your light will rise in darkness, and your obscurity will be as the noonday; and Yahweh will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters don’t fail.  Those who shall be of you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Paths with Dwellings.  “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy of Yahweh honorable; and shall honor it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: then you shall delight yourself in Yahweh; and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father:” for Yahweh’s mouth has spoken it.  Isaiah 58:6-14

  • It will happen in that day, that living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter will it be.  Yahweh will be King over all the earth. In that day Yahweh will be one, and his name one.  Zecheriah 14:8,9

    Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  John4:10

  • My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding:  that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.  For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil, but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.  She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn’t know it.  Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don’t depart from the words of my mouth.  Remove your way far from her. Don’t come near the door of her house,  lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;  lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich another man’s house.  You will groan at your latter end, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and say, “How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!  I have come to the brink of utter ruin, among the gathered assembly.”  Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own well.  Should your springs overflow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares? Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.  Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe and a graceful deer— let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.  For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?  For the ways of man are before Yahweh’s eyes. He examines all his paths.  The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.  He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.  Proverbs 5

    Now concerning the things about which you wrote to me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman.  But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.  Let the husband give his wife the affection owed her, and likewise also the wife her husband.  The wife doesn’t have authority over her own body, but the husband. Likewise also the husband doesn’t have authority over his own body, but the wife.  Don’t deprive one another, unless it is by consent for a season, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and may be together again, that Satan doesn’t tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  I Corinthians 7:1-5

    Let brotherly love continue.  Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.  Remember those who are in bonds, as bound with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you are also in the body.  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.  Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, “I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.”   So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?”   Remember your leaders, men who spoke to you the word of God, and considering the results of their conduct, imitate their faith.   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:1-8

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And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 

And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. Revelation 9:2

Let that day be darkness. Don’t let God from above seek for it, neither let the light shine on it. Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own. Let a cloud dwell on it. Let all that makes black the day terrify it.  As for that night, let thick darkness seize on it. Let it not rejoice among the days of the year. Let it not come into the number of the months.  Behold, let that night be barren. Let no joyful voice come therein.  Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up leviathan.  Let the stars of its twilight be dark. Let it look for light, but have none, neither let it see the eyelids of the morning, because it didn’t shut up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor did it hide trouble from my eyes.  Job 3:4-10

  • The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel.  I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.  Matthew 8:8-13

    Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:30

    For if God didn’t spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness to be reserved for judgment;  2 Peter 2:4

Behold, the day of Yahweh comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy its sinners out of it.  For the stars of the sky and its constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened in its going out, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.  I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will humble the arrogance of the terrible.   Isaiah 13:9-11

You said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I will sit on the mountain of assembly, in the far north!  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will make myself like the Most High!”  Isaiah 14:13,14

Out of one of them came out a little horn, which grew exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the glorious land.  It grew great, even to the army of the sky; and it cast down some of the army and of the stars to the ground, and trampled on them.   Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army; and it took away from him the continual burnt offering, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.  The army was given over to it together with the continual burnt offering through disobedience. It cast down truth to the ground, and it did its pleasure and prospered.  Daniel 8:9-12

  • My anguish, my anguish! I am pained at my very heart! My heart trembles within me. I can’t hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.   Destruction on destruction is decreed, for the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, and my curtains gone in a moment.   How long will I see the standard and hear the sound of the trumpet?  “For my people are foolish. They don’t know me. They are foolish children, and they have no understanding. They are skillful in doing evil, but they don’t know how to do good.”   I saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.   I saw the mountains, and behold, they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth.   I saw, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the sky had fled.   I saw, and behold, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of Yahweh, before his fierce anger.   For Yahweh says, “The whole land will be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.   For this the earth will mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it. I have planned it, and I have not repented, neither will I turn back from it.”  Every city flees for the noise of the horsemen and archers. They go into the thickets, and climb up on the rocks. Every city is forsaken, and not a man dwells therein.  You, when you are made desolate, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself with scarlet, though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, though you enlarge your eyes with makeup, you make yourself beautiful in vain. Your lovers despise you. They seek your life.  For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of her who gives birth to her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, “Woe is me now! For my soul faints before the murderers.”  Jeremiah 4:19-31

    In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, “Yahweh’s word came to me, saying,  ‘Son of man, take up a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt, and tell him, “You were likened to a young lion of the nations; yet you are as a monster in the seas. You broke out with your rivers, and troubled the waters with your feet, and fouled their rivers.”  Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “I will spread out my net on you with a company of many peoples; and they will bring you up in my net.  I will leave you on the land. I will cast you out on the open field, and will cause all the birds of the sky to settle on you. I will satisfy the animals of the whole earth with you.  I will lay your flesh on the mountains, and fill the valleys with your height.  I will also water the land in which you swim with your blood, even to the mountains. The watercourses will be full of you.   When I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and make its stars dark. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon won’t give its light.  I will make all the bright lights of the sky dark over you, and set darkness on your land,” says the Lord Yahweh.  Ezekiel 32:1-8

For if God didn’t spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness to be reserved for judgment; 2 Peter 2:4  These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever. 2 Peter 2:17

Angels who didn’t keep their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.  Jude 1:6  These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;  wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.  Jude 1:12,13

  • Yahweh reigns! Let the earth rejoice! Let the multitude of islands be glad! Clouds and darkness are around him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.   A fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries on every side.  His lightning lights up the world. The earth sees, and trembles.  The mountains melt like wax at the presence of Yahweh, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.  The heavens declare his righteousness. All the peoples have seen his glory.  Let all them be shamed who serve engraved images, who boast in their idols. Worship him, all you gods!  Zion heard and was glad. The daughters of Judah rejoiced, because of your judgments, Yahweh.  For you, Yahweh, are most high above all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods.  You who love Yahweh, hate evil. He preserves the souls of his saints. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.  Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.  Be glad in Yahweh, you righteous people! Give thanks to his holy Name.  Psalm 97

  • But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall. You shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,” says Yahweh of Armies.   Malachi 4:2,3

    I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the assemblies. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.”  Revelation 22:16

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  • He dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.”  He told it to his father and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?” His brothers envied him, but his father kept this saying in mind. Genesis 37:9-11

    They prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they heard that they should eat bread there.  When Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves down to the earth before him.  He asked them of their welfare, and said, “Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he yet alive?”  They said, “Your servant, our father, is well. He is still alive.” They bowed down humbly.  Genesis 43:25-28

    When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully pay us back for all the evil which we did to him.”  They sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father commanded before he died, saying, ‘You shall tell Joseph, “Now please forgive the disobedience of your brothers, and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ Now, please forgive the disobedience of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.  His brothers also went and fell down before his face; and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”  Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to save many people alive, as is happening today.  Now therefore don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your little ones.” He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.  Genesis 50:15-21

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  Revelation 12:1

Seek Yahweh, and you will live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel.  You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth: seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night; who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is his name, who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.  Amos 5:6-9

The earth quakes before them. The heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.  Yahweh thunders his voice before his army; for his forces are very great; for he is strong who obeys his command; for the day of Yahweh is great and very awesome, and who can endure it?  “Yet even now,” says Yahweh, “turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.”  Tear your heart, and not your garments, and turn to Yahweh, your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and relents from sending calamity.   Who knows? He may turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, even a meal offering and a drink offering to Yahweh, your God.  Joel 2:10-14

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.”  Hebrews 8:12

  • Sing to Yahweh a new song! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth.  Sing to Yahweh! Bless his name! Proclaim his salvation from day to day!  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.  For great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! He is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens.  Honor and majesty are before him. Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.  Ascribe to Yahweh, you families of nations, ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength.  Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due to his name. Bring an offering, and come into his courts.  Worship Yahweh in holy array. Tremble before him, all the earth.  Say among the nations, “Yahweh reigns.” The world is also established. It can’t be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.   Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and its fullness!  Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy before Yahweh; for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, the peoples with His truth.  Psalm 96

    May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause his face to shine on us. Selah.  That your way may be known on earth, and your salvation among all nations, let the peoples praise you, God. Let all the peoples praise you.  Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you will judge the peoples with equity, and govern the nations on earth. Selah.  Let the peoples praise you, God. Let all the peoples praise you.  The earth has yielded its increase. God, even our own God, will bless us.  God will bless us. All the ends of the earth shall fear him.  Psalm 67

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And I beheld, and heard an angel [eagle/vulture] flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

In righteousness he judges and makes war.  Revelation 19:11