Amos 9:11 - Nahum 3:19 New International Version (NIV)
11 “In that day
“I will restore David’s fallen shelter—
13 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
says the Lord your God.
1 The vision of Obadiah.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom—
We have heard a message from the Lord:
2 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
8 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
15 “The day of the Lord is near
19 People from the Negev will occupy
Jonah Flees From the Lord
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”
7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”
9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. 2 1 [f]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion
4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[h] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you,
Judgment Against Samaria and Jerusalem
3 Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place;
6 “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble,
Weeping and Mourning
8 Because of this I will weep and wail;
Human Plans and God’s Plans
2 Woe to those who plan iniquity,
3 Therefore, the Lord says:
“I am planning disaster against this people,
5 Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
6 “Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
“Do not my words do good
12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
Leaders and Prophets Rebuked
3 Then I said,
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
4 Then they will cry out to the Lord,
5 This is what the Lord says:
“As for the prophets
9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
The Mountain of the Lord
4 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
2 Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
The Lord’s Plan
6 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
“I will gather the lame;
9 Why do you now cry aloud—
11 But now many nations
A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem
5 [t]Marshal your troops now, city of troops,
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
5 And he will be our peace
7 The remnant of Jacob will be
10 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
“I will destroy your horses from among you
The Lord’s Case Against Israel
6 Listen to what the Lord says:
“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;
2 “Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;
3 “My people, what have I done to you?
6 With what shall I come before the Lord
Israel’s Guilt and Punishment
9 Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
7 What misery is mine!
7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
Israel Will Rise
8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
11 The day for building your walls will come,
Prayer and Praise
14 Shepherd your people with your staff,
15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt,
16 Nations will see and be ashamed,
1 A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
7 The Lord is good,
9 Whatever they plot against the Lord
12 This is what the Lord says:
“Although they have allies and are numerous,
14 The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:
15 Look, there on the mountains,
Nineveh to Fall
2 [aj]An attacker advances against you, Nineveh.
2 The Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob
3 The shields of the soldiers are red;
5 Nineveh summons her picked troops,
11 Where now is the lions’ den,
13 “I am against you,”
Woe to Nineveh
3 Woe to the city of blood,
5 “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty.
8 Are you better than Thebes,
12 All your fortresses are like fig trees
14 Draw water for the siege,
18 King of Assyria, your shepherds[an] slumber;
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