Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle, they are coming against you, fair Babylon! 1
The 1 first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 2 a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
Then 1 the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. And there was no light for a third of the day 2 and for a third of the night likewise.
Then 1 the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, 2 and he will reign for ever and ever.”
“But if they blow with one trumpet, then the leaders, the heads of the thousands of Israel, must come to you. 1
Listen to the cries of anguish of the leaders. Listen to the wails of the shepherds of the flocks. They are wailing because the Lord is about to destroy their lands. 1
The nations heard about him; he was trapped in their pit. They brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt. 1
“And you, son of man, groan with an aching heart 1 and bitterness; groan before their eyes.
There are probably many kinds of languages in the world, and none is without meaning.
For God did not give us a Spirit 1 of fear but of power and love and self-control.
For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. 1
Hear 1 the sound of those who divide the sheep 2 among the watering places; there they tell of 3 the Lord’s victorious deeds, the victorious deeds of his warriors 4 in Israel. Then the Lord’s people went down to the city gates –
So they went and called out to the gatekeepers 1 of the city. They told them, “We entered the Syrian camp and there was no one there. We didn’t even hear a man’s voice. 2 But the horses and donkeys are still tied up, and the tents remain up.” 3
You will sing as you do in the evening when you are celebrating a festival. You will be happy like one who plays a flute as he goes to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock who shelters Israel. 1