Hosea 10-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Israel’s Sin and Captivity
10 Israel empties his vine;
3 For now they say,
5 The inhabitants of Samaria fear
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off
9 “O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah;
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness;
13 You have plowed wickedness;
God’s Continuing Love for Israel
3 “I taught Ephraim to walk,
5 “He shall not return to the land of Egypt;
8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
10 “They shall walk after the Lord.
God’s Charge Against Ephraim
12 “Ephraim has encircled Me with lies,
Ephraim’s Sins Rebuked by God
2 “The Lord also brings a [v]charge against Judah,
7 “A cunning [w]Canaanite!
9 “But I am the Lord your God,
11 Though Gilead has idols—
12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria;
Relentless Judgment on Israel
13 When Ephraim spoke, trembling,
4 “Yet I am the Lord your God
7 “So I will be to them like a lion;
9 “O Israel, [af]you are destroyed,
12 “The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
15 Though he is fruitful among his brethren,
Israel Restored at Last
14 O Israel, return to the Lord your God,
4 “I will heal their backsliding,
8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’
9 Who is wise?
Jude New King James Version (NKJV)
Greeting to the Called
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
To those who are called, [a]sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:
2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Contend for the Faith
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord [b]God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Old and New Apostates
5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their [c]proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the [d]vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of [e]dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in [f]contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Apostates Depraved and Doomed
12 These are [g]spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried [h]about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are [i]sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
Maintain Your Life with God
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Glory to God
24 Now to Him who is able to keep [m]you from stumbling,
Psalm 127 New King James Version (NKJV)
Laboring and Prospering with the Lord
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
Proverbs 29:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
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