Day 353

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Micah 1-3 (Listen)

1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Coming Destruction

Hear, you peoples, all of you; [1]
  pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and let the Lord God be a witness against you,
  the Lord from his holy temple.
For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place,
  and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
And the mountains will melt under him,
  and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
  like waters poured down a steep place.
All this is for the transgression of Jacob
  and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
  Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place of Judah?
  Is it not Jerusalem?
Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,
  a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones into the valley
  and uncover her foundations.
All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
  all her wages shall be burned with fire,
  and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
  and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.

For this I will lament and wail;
  I will go stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation like the jackals,
  and mourning like the ostriches.
For her wound is incurable,
  and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
  to Jerusalem.

Tell it not in Gath;
  weep not at all;
in Beth-le-aphrah
  roll yourselves in the dust.
Pass on your way,
  inhabitants of Shaphir,
  in nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
  do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
  shall take away from you its standing place.
For the inhabitants of Maroth
  wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down from the Lord
  to the gate of Jerusalem.
Harness the steeds to the chariots,
  inhabitants of Lachish;
it was the beginning of sin
  to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
  the transgressions of Israel.
Therefore you shall give parting gifts [2]
  to Moresheth-gath;
the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing
  to the kings of Israel.
I will again bring a conqueror to you,
  inhabitants of Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
  shall come to Adullam.
Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
  for the children of your delight;
make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
  for they shall go from you into exile.

Woe to the Oppressors

2:1 Woe to those who devise wickedness
  and work evil on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
  because it is in the power of their hand.
They covet fields and seize them,
  and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
  a man and his inheritance.
Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against this family I am devising disaster, [3]
  from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you shall not walk haughtily,
  for it will be a time of disaster.
In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you
  and moan bitterly,
and say, “We are utterly ruined;
  he changes the portion of my people;
how he removes it from me!
  To an apostate he allots our fields.”
Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot
  in the assembly of the Lord.

“Do not preach”—thus they preach—
  “one should not preach of such things;
  disgrace will not overtake us.”
Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
  Has the Lord grown impatient? [4]
  Are these his deeds?
Do not my words do good
  to him who walks uprightly?
But lately my people have risen up as an enemy;
you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly
  with no thought of war. [5]
The women of my people you drive out
  from their delightful houses;
from their young children you take away
  my splendor forever.
Arise and go,
  for this is no place to rest,
because of uncleanness that destroys
  with a grievous destruction.
If a man should go about and utter wind and lies,
  saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,”
  he would be the preacher for this people!
I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
  I will gather the remnant of Israel;
I will set them together
  like sheep in a fold,
like a flock in its pasture,
  a noisy multitude of men.
He who opens the breach goes up before them;
  they break through and pass the gate,
  going out by it.
Their king passes on before them,
  the Lord at their head.

Rulers and Prophets Denounced

3:1 And I said:
Hear, you heads of Jacob
  and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?—
  you who hate the good and love the evil,
who tear the skin from off my people [6]
  and their flesh from off their bones,
who eat the flesh of my people,
  and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
  and chop them up like meat in a pot,
  like flesh in a cauldron.

Then they will cry to the Lord,
  but he will not answer them;
he will hide his face from them at that time,
  because they have made their deeds evil.

Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
  who lead my people astray,
who cry “Peace”
  when they have something to eat,
but declare war against him
  who puts nothing into their mouths.
Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
  and darkness to you, without divination.
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
  and the day shall be black over them;
the seers shall be disgraced,
  and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
  for there is no answer from God.
But as for me, I am filled with power,
  with the Spirit of the Lord,
  and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
  and to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
  and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
  and make crooked all that is straight,
who build Zion with blood
  and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
  its priests teach for a price;
  its prophets practice divination for money;
yet they lean on the Lord and say,
  “Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
  No disaster shall come upon us.”
Therefore because of you
  Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
  and the mountain of the house a wooded height.

Revelation 10 (Listen)

The Angel and the Little Scroll

10:1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants [7] the prophets.

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”


[1] 1:2 Hebrew all of them
[2] 1:14 Or give dowry
[3] 2:3 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context
[4] 2:7 Hebrew Has the spirit of the Lord grown short?
[5] 2:8 Or returning from war
[6] 3:2 Hebrew from off them
[7] 10:7 Greek bondservants





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