Amos 4-6New International Version (NIV)
Israel Has Not Returned to God
4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
6 “I gave you empty stomachs in every city
7 “I also withheld rain from you
9 “Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
10 “I sent plagues among you
11 “I overthrew some of you
12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
13 He who forms the mountains,
A Lament and Call to Repentance
5 Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
2 “Fallen is Virgin Israel,
3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:
“Your city that marches out a thousand strong
4 This is what the Lord says to Israel:
“Seek me and live;
7 There are those who turn justice into bitterness
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
14 Seek good, not evil,
16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:
“There will be wailing in all the streets
The Day of the Lord
18 Woe to you who long
21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
Woe to the Complacent
6 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob
9 If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them[f] asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For the Lord has given the command,
12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
Psalm 86New International Version (NIV)
A prayer of David.
1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
11 Teach me your way, Lord,
14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
Titus 1New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint[a] elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[b] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[c] 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
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