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Hosea 4-5 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

God Accuses Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
    for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or kindness,
    and no knowledge of God in the land;
there is swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery;
    they break all bounds and murder follows murder.
Therefore the land mourns,
    and all who dwell in it languish,
and also the beasts of the field,
    and the birds of the air;
    and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

Yet let no one contend,
    and let none accuse,
    for with you is my contention, O priest.[a]
You shall stumble by day,
    the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
    and I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.

The more they increased,
    the more they sinned against me;
    I will change their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people;
    they are greedy for their iniquity.
And it shall be like people, like priest;
    I will punish them for their ways,
    and requite them for their deeds.
10 They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
    they shall play the harlot, but not multiply;
because they have forsaken the Lord
    to cherish harlotry.

The Idolatry of Israel

11 Wine and new wine
    take away the understanding.
12 My people inquire of a thing of wood,
    and their staff gives them oracles.
For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray,
    and they have left their God to play the harlot.
13 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains,
    and make offerings upon the hills,
under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
    because their shade is good.

Therefore your daughters play the harlot,
    and your brides commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot,
    nor your brides when they commit adultery;
for the men themselves go aside with harlots,
    and sacrifice with cult prostitutes,
and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.

15 Though you play the harlot, O Israel,
    let not Judah become guilty.
Enter not into Gilgal,
    nor go up to Beth-a′ven,
    and swear not, “As the Lord lives.”
16 Like a stubborn heifer,
    Israel is stubborn;
can the Lord now feed them
    like a lamb in a broad pasture?

17 E′phraim is joined to idols,
    let him alone.
18 A band[b] of drunkards, they give themselves to harlotry;
    they love shame more than their glory.[c]
19 A wind has wrapped them[d] in its wings,
    and they shall be ashamed because of their altars.[e]

Impending Judgment on Israel and Judah

Hear this, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Hearken, O house of the king!
    For the judgment pertains to you;
for you have been a snare at Mizpah,
    and a net spread upon Tabor.
And they have made deep the pit of Shittim;[f]
    but I will chastise all of them.

I know E′phraim,
    and Israel is not hid from me;
for now, O E′phraim, you have played the harlot,
    Israel is defiled.
Their deeds do not permit them
    to return to their God.
For the spirit of harlotry is within them,
    and they know not the Lord.

The pride of Israel testifies to his face;
    E′phraim [g] shall stumble in his guilt;
    Judah also shall stumble with them.
With their flocks and herds they shall go
    to seek the Lord,
but they will not find him;
    he has withdrawn from them.
They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
    for they have borne alien children.
    Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.

Blow the horn in Gib′e-ah,
    the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Beth-a′ven;
    tremble,[h] O Benjamin!
E′phraim shall become a desolation
    in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
    I declare what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become
    like those who remove the landmark;
upon them I will pour out
    my wrath like water.
11 E′phraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,
    because he was determined to go after vanity.[i]
12 Therefore I am like a moth to E′phraim,
    and like dry rot to the house of Judah.

13 When E′phraim saw his sickness,
    and Judah his wound,
then E′phraim went to Assyria,
    and sent to the great king.[j]
But he is not able to cure you
    or heal your wound.
14 For I will be like a lion to E′phraim,
    and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I, even I, will rend and go away,
    I will carry off, and none shall rescue.

15 I will return again to my place,
    until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
    and in their distress they seek me, saying,

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 4:4 Cn: Heb uncertain
  2. Hosea 4:18 Cn: Heb uncertain
  3. Hosea 4:18 Cn Compare Gk: Heb of this line uncertain
  4. Hosea 4:19 Heb her
  5. Hosea 4:19 Gk Syr: Heb sacrifices
  6. Hosea 5:2 Cn: Heb uncertain
  7. Hosea 5:5 Heb Israel and Ephraim
  8. Hosea 5:8 Cn Compare Gk: Heb after you
  9. Hosea 5:11 Gk: Heb a command
  10. Hosea 5:13 Cn: Heb a king that will contend
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2 John Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Salutation

The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us for ever:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

Truth and Love

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you[a] have worked for, but may win a full reward. Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son. 10 If any one comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting; 11 for he who greets him shares his wicked work.

Final Greetings

12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink, but I hope to come to see you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect sister greet you.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 John 1:8 Other ancient authorities read we
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Psalm 125 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Security of God’s People

A Song of Ascents.

125 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but abides for ever.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
    so the Lord is round about his people,
    from this time forth and for evermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
    upon the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous put forth
    their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
    and to those who are upright in their hearts!
But those who turn aside upon their crooked ways
    the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
    Peace be in Israel!

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Proverbs 29:9-11 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
    the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless,
    and the wicked[a] seek his life.
11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,
    but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 29:10 Cn: Heb upright
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