Amos 6-9New King James Version (NKJV)
Warnings to Zion and Samaria
6 Woe to you who are at ease in Zion,
3 Woe to you who put far off the day of doom,
8 The Lord God has sworn by Himself,
9 Then it shall come to pass, that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And when a relative of the dead, with one who will burn the bodies, picks up the bodies[a] to take them out of the house, he will say to one inside the house, “Are there any more with you?”
Then someone will say, “None.”
And he will say, “Hold your tongue! For we dare not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For behold, the Lord gives a command:
12 Do horses run on rocks?
14 “But, behold, I will raise up a nation against you,
Vision of the Locusts
7 Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, He formed locust swarms at the beginning of the late crop; indeed it was the late crop after the king’s mowings. 2 And so it was, when they had finished eating the grass of the land, that I said:
“O Lord God, forgive, I pray!
Vision of the Fire
4 Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, the Lord God called for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the territory. 5 Then I said:
“O Lord God, cease, I pray!
Vision of the Plumb Line
7 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made 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:
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst 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 Then Amaziah said to Amos:
“Go, you seer!
14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah:
“I was no prophet,
17 “Therefore thus says the Lord:
‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city;
Vision of the Summer Fruit
8 Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit. 2 And He said, “Amos, what do you see?”
So I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”
Then the Lord said to me:
“The end has come upon My people Israel;
4 Hear this, you who swallow up[e] the needy,
“When will the New Moon be past,
7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord God,
11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,
13 “In that day the fair virgins
The Destruction of Israel
9 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:
“Strike the doorposts, that the thresholds may shake,
2 “Though they dig into hell,[h]
5 The Lord God of hosts,
7 “Are you not like the people of Ethiopia to Me,
8 “Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
9 “For surely I will command,
Israel Will Be Restored
11 “On that day I will raise up
13 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
ObadiahNew King James Version (NKJV)
The Coming Judgment on Edom
1 The vision of Obadiah.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom
2 “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
5 “If thieves had come to you,
6 “Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!
8 “Will I not in that day,” says the Lord,
Edom Mistreated His Brother
10 “For violence against your brother Jacob,
15 “For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near;
Israel’s Final Triumph
17 “But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,
19 The South[c] shall possess the mountains of Esau,
Jonah 1-4New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
The Storm at Sea
4 But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.
5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load.[a] But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.
6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”
7 And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”
9 So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
Jonah Thrown into the Sea
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”—for the sea was growing more tempestuous.
12 And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.
Jonah’s Prayer and Deliverance
17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. 2 And he said:
“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction,
“Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
7 “When my soul fainted within me,
8 “Those who regard worthless idols
10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah Preaches at Nineveh
3 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey[b] in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
The People of Nineveh Believe
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying,
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
Jonah’s Anger and God’s Kindness
4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!”
4 Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
5 So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the Lord God prepared a plant[c] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. 7 But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. 8 And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!”
10 But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”
Micah 1-7New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
The Coming Judgment on Israel
2 Hear, all you peoples!
3 For behold, the Lord is coming out of His place;
6 “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of ruins in the field,
Mourning for Israel and Judah
8 Therefore I will wail and howl,
10 Tell it not in Gath,
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth pined[c] for good,
14 Therefore you shall give presents to Moresheth Gath;[d]
Woe to Evildoers
2 Woe to those who devise iniquity,
3 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“Behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
5 Therefore you will have no one to determine boundaries[g] by lot
6 “Do not prattle,” you say to those who prophesy.
8 “Lately My people have risen up as an enemy—
10 “Arise and depart,
12 “I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob,
Wicked Rulers and Prophets
3 And I said:
“Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
4 Then they will cry to the Lord,
5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
8 But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
The Lord’s Reign in Zion
4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
Zion’s Future Triumph
6 “In that day,” says the Lord,
9 Now why do you cry aloud?
11 Now also many nations have gathered against you,
13 “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion;
5 Now gather yourself in troops,
The Coming Messiah
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
3 Therefore He shall give them up,
Judgment on Israel’s Enemies
When the Assyrian comes into our land,
7 Then the remnant of Jacob
10 “And it shall be in that day,” says the Lord,
God Pleads with Israel
6 Hear now what the Lord says:
“Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
3 “O My people, what have I done to you?
6 With what shall I come before the Lord,
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
Punishment of Israel’s Injustice
9 The Lord’s voice cries to the city—
“Hear the rod!
15 “You shall sow, but not reap;
Sorrow for Israel’s Sins
7 Woe is me!
3 That they may successfully do evil with both hands—
5 Do not trust in a friend;
Israel’s Confession and Comfort
8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;
11 In the day when your walls are to be built,
God Will Forgive Israel
14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff,
15 “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
18 Who is a God like You,
He does not retain His anger forever,
You will cast all our[z] sins
Nahum 1-3New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The burden[a] against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
God’s Wrath on His Enemies
2 God is jealous, and the Lord avenges;
The Lord has His way
6 Who can stand before His indignation?
7 The Lord is good,
9 What do you conspire against the Lord?
12 Thus says the Lord:
“Though they are safe, and likewise many,
14 The Lord has given a command concerning you:
15 Behold, on the mountains
The Destruction of Nineveh
2 He who scatters[c] has come up before your face.
2 For the Lord will restore the excellence of Jacob
3 The shields of his mighty men are made red,
5 He remembers his nobles;
8 Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
11 Where is the dwelling of the lions,
13 “Behold, I am against you,” says the Lord of hosts, “I will burn your[g] chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.”
The Woe of Nineveh
3 Woe to the bloody city!
5 “Behold, I am against you,” says the Lord of hosts;
8 Are you better than No Amon[h]
12 All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs:
14 Draw your water for the siege!
Make yourself many—like the locust!
18 Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria;
Habakkuk 1-3New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The burden[a] which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
The Prophet’s Question
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry,
The Lord’s Reply
5 “Look among the nations and watch—
9 “They all come for violence;
The Prophet’s Second Question
12 Are You not from everlasting,
15 They take up all of them with a hook,
2 I will stand my watch
The Just Live by Faith
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
4 “Behold the proud,
Woe to the Wicked
5 “Indeed, because he transgresses by wine,
6 “Will not all these take up a proverb against him,
9 “Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house,
12 “Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed,
15 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor,
18 “What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it,
20 “But the Lord is in His holy temple.
The Prophet’s Prayer
3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.[i]
2 O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
3 God came from Teman,
His glory covered the heavens,
6 He stood and measured the earth;
8 O Lord, were You displeased with the rivers,
You divided the earth with rivers.
14 You thrust through with his own arrows
16 When I heard, my body trembled;
A Hymn of Faith
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
19 The Lord God[k] is my strength;
To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.
Zephaniah 1New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
The Great Day of the Lord
2 “I will utterly consume everything
4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah,
7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord God;
8 “And it shall be,
10 “And there shall be on that day,” says the Lord,
12 “And it shall come to pass at that time
14 The great day of the Lord is near;
17 “I will bring distress upon men,
18 Neither their silver nor their gold
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