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October 14 - Old & New Testament


Nahum 1,2,3

1 A prophecy(a) concerning Nineveh.(b) The book of the vision(c) of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The Lord's Anger Against Nineveh

2 The Lord is a jealous(d) and avenging God;
     the Lord takes vengeance(e) and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
     and vents his wrath against his enemies.(f)
3 The Lord is slow to anger(g) but great in power;
     the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.(h)
His way is in the whirlwind(i) and the storm,(j)
     and clouds(k) are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes(l) the sea and dries it up;(m)
     he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel(n) wither
     and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.
5 The mountains quake(o) before him
     and the hills melt away.(p)
The earth trembles(q) at his presence,
     the world and all who live in it.(r)
6 Who can withstand(s) his indignation?
     Who can endure(t) his fierce anger?(u)
His wrath is poured out like fire;(v)
     the rocks are shattered(w) before him.

7 The Lord is good,(x)
     a refuge in times of trouble.(y)
He cares for(z) those who trust in him,(aa)
8       but with an overwhelming flood(ab)
he will make an end of Nineveh;
     he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

9 Whatever they plot(ac) against the Lord
     he will bring[a] to an end;
     trouble will not come a second time.
10 They will be entangled among thorns(ad)
     and drunk(ae) from their wine;
     they will be consumed like dry stubble.[b](af)
11 From you, Nineveh, has one come forth
     who plots evil against the Lord
     and devises wicked plans.

12 This is what the Lord says:

"Although they have allies and are numerous,
     they will be destroyed(ag) and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
     I will afflict you no more.(ah)
13 Now I will break their yoke(ai) from your neck
     and tear your shackles away."(aj)

14 The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:
     "You will have no descendants to bear your name.(ak)
I will destroy the images(al) and idols
     that are in the temple of your gods.
I will prepare your grave,(am)
     for you are vile."

15 Look, there on the mountains,
     the feet of one who brings good news,(an)
     who proclaims peace!(ao)
Celebrate your festivals,(ap) Judah,
     and fulfill your vows.
No more will the wicked invade you;(aq)
     they will be completely destroyed.[c]

Nineveh to Fall

1 [a]An attacker(a) advances against you, Nineveh.
     Guard the fortress,
     watch the road,
     brace yourselves,
     marshal all your strength!

2 The Lord will restore(b) the splendor(c) of Jacob
     like the splendor of Israel,
though destroyers have laid them waste
     and have ruined their vines.

3 The shields of the soldiers are red;
     the warriors are clad in scarlet.(d)
The metal on the chariots flashes
     on the day they are made ready;
     the spears of juniper are brandished.[b]
4 The chariots(e) storm through the streets,
     rushing back and forth through the squares.
They look like flaming torches;
     they dart about like lightning.

5 Nineveh summons her picked troops,
     yet they stumble(f) on their way.
They dash to the city wall;
     the protective shield is put in place.
6 The river gates(g) are thrown open
     and the palace collapses.
7 It is decreed[c] that Nineveh
     be exiled and carried away.
Her female slaves moan(h) like doves
     and beat on their breasts.(i)
8 Nineveh is like a pool
     whose water is draining away.
"Stop! Stop!" they cry,
     but no one turns back.
9 Plunder the silver!
     Plunder the gold!
The supply is endless,
     the wealth from all its treasures!
10 She is pillaged, plundered, stripped!
     Hearts melt,(j) knees give way,
     bodies tremble, every face grows pale.(k)

11 Where now is the lions' den,(l)
     the place where they fed their young,
where the lion and lioness went,
     and the cubs, with nothing to fear?
12 The lion killed(m) enough for his cubs
     and strangled the prey for his mate,
filling his lairs(n) with the kill
     and his dens with the prey.(o)

13 "I am against(p) you,"
     declares the Lord Almighty.
"I will burn up your chariots in smoke,(q)
     and the sword(r) will devour your young lions.
     I will leave you no prey on the earth.
The voices of your messengers
     will no longer be heard."(s)

Woe to Nineveh

1 Woe to the city of blood,(a)
     full of lies,(b)
full of plunder,
     never without victims!
2 The crack of whips,
     the clatter of wheels,
galloping horses
     and jolting chariots!
3 Charging cavalry,
     flashing swords
     and glittering spears!
Many casualties,
     piles of dead,
bodies without number,
     people stumbling over the corpses(c)
4 all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,
     alluring, the mistress of sorceries,(d)
who enslaved nations by her prostitution(e)
     and peoples by her witchcraft.

5 "I am against(f) you," declares the Lord Almighty.
     "I will lift your skirts(g) over your face.
I will show the nations your nakedness(h)
     and the kingdoms your shame.
6 I will pelt you with filth,(i)
     I will treat you with contempt(j)
     and make you a spectacle.(k)
7 All who see you will flee(l) from you and say,
     ‘Nineveh(m) is in ruins(n)—who will mourn for her?'(o)
     Where can I find anyone to comfort(p) you?"

8 Are you better than(q) Thebes,(r)
     situated on the Nile,(s)
     with water around her?
The river was her defense,
     the waters her wall.
9 Cush[a](t) and Egypt were her boundless strength;
     Put(u) and Libya(v) were among her allies.
10 Yet she was taken captive(w)
     and went into exile.
Her infants were dashed(x) to pieces
     at every street corner.
Lots(y) were cast for her nobles,
     and all her great men were put in chains.(z)
11 You too will become drunk;(aa)
     you will go into hiding(ab)
     and seek refuge from the enemy.

12 All your fortresses are like fig trees
     with their first ripe fruit;(ac)
when they are shaken,
     the figs(ad) fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Look at your troops—
     they are all weaklings.(ae)
The gates(af) of your land
     are wide open to your enemies;
     fire has consumed the bars of your gates.(ag)

14 Draw water for the siege,(ah)
     strengthen your defenses!(ai)
Work the clay,
     tread the mortar,
     repair the brickwork!
15 There the fire(aj) will consume you;
     the sword(ak) will cut you down—
     they will devour you like a swarm of locusts.
Multiply like grasshoppers,
     multiply like locusts!(al)
16 You have increased the number of your merchants
     till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky,
but like locusts(am) they strip the land
     and then fly away.
17 Your guards are like locusts,(an)
     your officials like swarms of locusts
     that settle in the walls on a cold day—
but when the sun appears they fly away,
     and no one knows where.

18 King of Assyria, your shepherds[b] slumber;(ao)
     your nobles lie down to rest.(ap)
Your people are scattered(aq) on the mountains
     with no one to gather them.
19 Nothing can heal you;(ar)
     your wound is fatal.
All who hear the news about you
     clap their hands(as) at your fall,
for who has not felt
     your endless cruelty?(at)

Acts 23:1-15

Chapter 23

1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin(a) and said, "My brothers,(b) I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience(c) to this day." 2 At this the high priest Ananias(d) ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.(e) 3 Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!(f) You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!"(g)

4 Those who were standing near Paul said, "How dare you insult God's high priest!"

5 Paul replied, "Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.'[a]"(h)

6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees(i) and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers,(j) I am a Pharisee,(k) descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead."(l) 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,(m) and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)

9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees(n) stood up and argued vigorously. "We find nothing wrong with this man,"(o) they said. "What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"(p) 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.(q)

11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage!(r) As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."(s)

The Plot to Kill Paul

12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy(t) and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.(u) 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.(v) 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin(w) petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here."

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