Amos 5-9New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
A Lament for Israel’s Sin
5 Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:
2 Fallen, no more to rise,
3 For thus says the Lord God:
4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
6 Seek the Lord and live,
8 The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,
10 They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
14 Seek good and not evil,
16 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord:
The Day of the Lord a Dark Day
18 Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
21 I hate, I despise your festivals,
25 Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 26 You shall take up Sakkuth your king, and Kaiwan your star-god, your images,[b] which you made for yourselves; 27 therefore I will take you into exile beyond Damascus, says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.
Complacent Self-Indulgence Will Be Punished
6 Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,
4 Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
8 The Lord God has sworn by himself
9 If ten people remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And if a relative, one who burns the dead,[f] shall take up the body to bring it out of the house, and shall say to someone in the innermost parts of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” the answer will come, “No.” Then the relative[g] shall say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 See, the Lord commands,
Locusts, Fire, and a Plumb Line
7 This is what the Lord God showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings). 2 When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said,
“O Lord God, forgive, I beg you!
4 This is what the Lord God showed me: the Lord God was calling for a shower of fire,[k] and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. 5 Then I said,
“O Lord God, cease, I beg you!
7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“See, I am setting a plumb line
Amaziah Complains to the King
10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said,
‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am[l] no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am[m] a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, 15 and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
16 “Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
The Basket of Fruit
“The end[p] has come upon my people Israel;
4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
9 On that day, says the Lord God,
11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,
13 In that day the beautiful young women and the young men
The Destruction of Israel
9 I saw the Lord standing beside[r] the altar, and he said:
2 Though they dig into Sheol,
5 The Lord, God of hosts,
7 Are you not like the Ethiopians[t] to me,
9 For lo, I will command,
The Restoration of David’s Kingdom
11 On that day I will raise up
13 The time is surely coming, says the Lord,
Sirach 45:1-14New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
45 1 and was beloved by God and people,
6 He exalted Aaron, a holy man like Moses[c]
Revelation 22New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The River of Life
22 Then the angel[a] showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life[b] with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants[c] will worship him; 4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants[d] what must soon take place.”
7 “See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Epilogue and Benediction
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me; 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant[e] with you and your comrades[f] the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
12 “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,[g] so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book; 19 if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.[h]