Psalm 11; Psalm 12; Isaiah 2:1–5; Revelation 4

The Lord Is in His Holy Temple

To the choirmaster. Of David.

11  In the Lord I take refuge;

how can you say to my soul,

zFlee like a bird to your mountain,

for behold, the wicked abend the bow;

bthey have fitted their arrow to the string

to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

if cthe foundations are destroyed,

what can the righteous do?1

dThe Lord is in his holy temple;

the Lord's ethrone is in heaven;

his eyes see, his eyelids ftest the children of man.

The Lord gtests the righteous,

but hhis soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

Let him rain coals on the wicked;

ifire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be jthe portion of their cup.

For the Lord is righteous;

he kloves righteous deeds;

lthe upright shall behold his face.


The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.1 A Psalm of David.

12  Save, O Lord, for mthe godly one is gone;

for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

Everyone nutters lies to his neighbor;

with oflattering lips and pa double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all oflattering lips,

the tongue that makes qgreat boasts,

those who say, With our tongue we will prevail,

our lips are with us; who is master over us?

Because rthe poor are plundered, because the needy groan,

sI will now arise, says the Lord;

I will place him in the tsafety for which he longs.

uThe words of the Lord are pure words,

like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,

purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will keep them;

you will guard us2 from this generation forever.

On every side the wicked prowl,

as vileness is exalted among the children of man.


The Mountain of the Lord

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

lIt shall come to pass in the latter days

that mthe mountain of the house of the Lord

shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

and shall be lifted up above the hills;

and nall the nations shall flow to it,

and omany peoples shall come, and say:

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob,

that he may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths.

For pout of Zion shall go forth the law,1

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations,

and shall decide disputes for many peoples;

qand they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks;

rnation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war anymore.

O house of Jacob,

come, let us walk

in sthe light of the Lord.


The Throne in Heaven

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me flike a trumpet, said, gCome up here, and hI will show you what must take place after this. At once iI was in the Spirit, and behold, ja throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of kjasper and carnelian, and around the throne was la rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were mtwenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, nclothed in white garments, with ogolden crowns on their heads. From the throne came pflashes of lightning, and rumblings1 and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning qseven torches of fire, rwhich are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was sas it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are tfour living creatures, ufull of eyes in front and behind: vthe first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, weach of them with six wings, are xfull of eyes all around and within, and yday and night they never cease to say,

zHoly, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

awho was and is and is to come!

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, bwho lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders cfall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast dtheir crowns before the throne, saying,

11  eWorthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for fyou created all things,

and gby your will they existed and were created.