Amos 7:7-15 New International Version (NIV)
“A plumb line,” I replied.
Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
9 “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed
Amos and Amaziah
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words. 11 For this is what Amos is saying:
“‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. 13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”
14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
Psalm 85 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
4 Restore us again, God our Savior,
8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
Psalm 1-7 New International Version (NIV)
1 Blessed is the one
4 Not so the wicked!
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 Lord, how many are my foes!
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
5 I lie down and sleep;
7 Arise, Lord!
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call to you,
2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
4 Tremble and[h] do not sin;
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.
1 Listen to my words, Lord,
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.[k] A psalm of David.
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
8 Away from me, all you who do evil,
A shiggaion[m] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
10 My shield[o] is God Most High,
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
Psalm 8-13 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.
1 Lord, our Lord,
You have set your glory
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
9 Lord, our Lord,
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
3 My enemies turn back;
7 The Lord reigns forever;
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats;
12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
For the director of music. Of David.
1 In the Lord I take refuge.
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
7 For the Lord is righteous,
For the director of music. According to sheminith.[n] A psalm of David.
1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
5 “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
Ephesians 1:3-14 New International Version (NIV)
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[c] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen,[d] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Mark 6:14-29 New International Version (NIV)
John the Baptist Beheaded
14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying,[a] “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
15 Others said, “He is Elijah.”
And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”
16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”
17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled[b]; yet he liked to listen to him.
21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of[c] Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.
The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”
“The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.
25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
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