1 For the music director, according to the al-tashcheth style; a psalm of Asaph, a song.We give thanks to you, O God. We give thanks.You reveal your presence; people tell about your amazing deeds. 2 God says, “At the appointed times, I judge fairly. 3 When the earth and all its inhabitants dissolve in fear, I make its pillars secure.” (Selah) 4 I say to the proud, “Do not be proud,”and to the wicked, “Do not be so confident of victory. 5 Do not be so certain you have won. Do not speak with your head held so high. 6 For victory does not come from the east or west,or from the wilderness. 7 For God is the judge. He brings one down and exalts another. 8 For the Lord holds in his hand a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices, and pours it out. Surely all the wicked of the earth will slurp it up and drink it to its very last drop.” 9 As for me, I will continually tell what you have done; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 10 God says, “I will bring down all the power of the wicked; the godly will be victorious.”
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, and he had an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 He declared in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!” 8 A second angel followed the first, declaring: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! She made all the nations drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 9 A third angel followed the first two, declaring in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes the mark on his forehead or his hand, 10 that person will also drink of the wine of God’s anger that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke from their torture will go up forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have no rest day or night, along with anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 12 This requires the steadfast endurance of the saints—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to their faith in Jesus.