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Scripture for Monday, December 9
Zechariah 9:1-11:17, Revelation 1:1-20, Psalm 140:1-5

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Zechariah 9-11:17

Zechariah 9

    An Oracle

 1 The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach
   and will rest upon Damascus—
for the eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel
   are on the LORD—
2 and upon Hamath too, which borders on it,
   and upon Tyre and Sidon, though they are very skillful.
3 Tyre has built herself a stronghold;
   she has heaped up silver like dust,
   and gold like the dirt of the streets.
4 But the Lord will take away her possessions
   and destroy her power on the sea,
   and she will be consumed by fire.
5 Ashkelon will see it and fear;
   Gaza will writhe in agony,
   and Ekron too, for her hope will wither.
Gaza will lose her king
   and Ashkelon will be deserted.
6 Foreigners will occupy Ashdod,
   and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7 I will take the blood from their mouths,
   the forbidden food from between their teeth.
Those who are left will belong to our God
   and become leaders in Judah,
   and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.
8 But I will defend my house
   against marauding forces.
Never again will an oppressor overrun my people,
   for now I am keeping watch.  9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
   Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
   righteous and having salvation,
   gentle and riding on a donkey,
   on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
   and the war-horses from Jerusalem,
   and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
   His rule will extend from sea to sea
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
   I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope;
   even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow
   and fill it with Ephraim.
I will rouse your sons, O Zion,
   against your sons, O Greece,
   and make you like a warrior's sword.  14 Then the LORD will appear over them;
   his arrow will flash like lightning.
The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet;
   he will march in the storms of the south,
 15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them.
They will destroy
   and overcome with slingstones.
They will drink and roar as with wine;
   they will be full like a bowl
   used for sprinkling the corners of the altar.
16 The LORD their God will save them on that day
   as the flock of his people.
They will sparkle in his land
   like jewels in a crown.
17 How attractive and beautiful they will be!
   Grain will make the young men thrive,
   and new wine the young women.

Zechariah 10

 1 Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime;
   it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds.
He gives showers of rain to men,
   and plants of the field to everyone.
2 The idols speak deceit,
   diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
   they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
   oppressed for lack of a shepherd.

 3 "My anger burns against the shepherds,
   and I will punish the leaders;
for the LORD Almighty will care
   for his flock, the house of Judah,
   and make them like a proud horse in battle.
4 From Judah will come the cornerstone,
   from him the tent peg,
   from him the battle bow,
   from him every ruler.
5 Together they will be like mighty men
   trampling the muddy streets in battle.
Because the LORD is with them,
   they will fight and overthrow the horsemen.

 6 "I will strengthen the house of Judah
   and save the house of Joseph.
I will restore them
   because I have compassion on them.
They will be as though
   I had not rejected them,
for I am the LORD their God
   and I will answer them.
7 The Ephraimites will become like mighty men,
   and their hearts will be glad as with wine.
Their children will see it and be joyful;
   their hearts will rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will signal for them
   and gather them in.
Surely I will redeem them;
   they will be as numerous as before.
9 Though I scatter them among the peoples,
   yet in distant lands they will remember me.
They and their children will survive,
   and they will return.
10 I will bring them back from Egypt
   and gather them from Assyria.
I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon,
   and there will not be room enough for them.
11 They will pass through the sea of trouble;
   the surging sea will be subdued
   and all the depths of the Nile will dry up.
Assyria's pride will be brought down
   and Egypt's scepter will pass away.
12 I will strengthen them in the LORD
   and in his name they will walk,"
            declares the LORD.

Zechariah 11

 1 Open your doors, O Lebanon,
   so that fire may devour your cedars!
2 Wail, O pine tree, for the cedar has fallen;
   the stately trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan;
   the dense forest has been cut down!
3 Listen to the wail of the shepherds;
   their rich pastures are destroyed!
Listen to the roar of the lions;
   the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!  4 This is what the LORD my God says: "Pasture the flock marked for slaughter. 5 Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, "˜Praise the LORD, I am rich!' Their own shepherds do not spare them. 6 For I will no longer have pity on the people of the land," declares the LORD. "I will hand everyone over to his neighbor and his king. They will oppress the land, and I will not rescue them from their hands."

 7 So I pastured the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I pastured the flock. 8 In one month I got rid of the three shepherds.

   The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them 9 and said, "I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another's flesh."

 10 Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations. 11 It was revoked on that day, and so the afflicted of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD.

 12 I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

 13 And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"—the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter.

 14 Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

 15 Then the LORD said to me, "Take again the equipment of a foolish shepherd. 16 For I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land who will not care for the lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will eat the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hoofs.

 17 "Woe to the worthless shepherd,
   who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm and his right eye!
   May his arm be completely withered,
   his right eye totally blinded!"

Revelation 1:1-20

Revelation 1

 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.  4 John,

   To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

   Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

   To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

 7 Look, he is coming with the clouds,
   and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
   and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
            So shall it be! Amen.

   8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."  9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

   19 "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Psalm 140:1-5

Psalm 140


 1 Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men;
   protect me from men of violence,
2 who devise evil plans in their hearts
   and stir up war every day.
3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's;
   the poison of vipers is on their lips.

 4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
   protect me from men of violence
   who plan to trip my feet.
5 Proud men have hidden a snare for me;
   they have spread out the cords of their net
   and have set traps for me along my path.