Hosea 6-9New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Israel Refuses to Turn Away From Their Sins
6 The people say, “Come.
4 The Lord says, “Ephraim, what can I do with you?
11 “People of Judah, I have also appointed a time
“I would like to bless my people
3 “Their evil conduct even makes the king glad.
5 On special days to honor our king,
8 The people of Ephraim mix with the nations.
11 The Lord says,
“The people of Ephraim are like a dove.
Israel Will Harvest a Windstorm
8 The Lord said to me,
“Put a trumpet to your lips!
7 The Lord says,
“Worshiping other gods is like worshiping the wind.
11 “Ephraim built many altars where they sacrificed
Israel Will Be Punished
9 Israel, don’t be joyful.
5 What will you do when your appointed feasts come?
10 The Lord says,
“When I first found Israel,
15 The Lord says,
“My people did many evil things in Gilgal.
17 My God will turn his back on his people.
3 JohnNew International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 I, the elder, am writing this letter.
I am sending it to you, my dear friend Gaius. I love you because of the truth.
2 Dear friend, I know that your spiritual life is going well. I pray that you also may enjoy good health. And I pray that everything else may go well with you. 3 Some believers came to me and told me that you are faithful to the truth. They told me that you continue to live by it. This news gave me great joy. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living by the truth.
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters. You are faithful even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please help them by sending them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 They started on their journey to serve Jesus Christ. They didn’t receive any help from those who aren’t believers. 8 So we should welcome people like them. We should work together with them for the truth.
9 I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes will not welcome us. He loves to be the first in everything. 10 So when I come, I will point out what he is doing. He is saying evil things that aren’t true about us. Even this doesn’t satisfy him. So he refuses to welcome other believers. He also keeps others from welcoming them. In fact, he throws them out of the church.
11 Dear friend, don’t be like those who do evil. Be like those who do good. Anyone who does what is good belongs to God. Anyone who does what is evil hasn’t really seen or known God. 12 Everyone says good things about Demetrius. He lives in keeping with the truth. We also say good things about him. And you know that what we say is true.
13 I have a lot to write to you. But I don’t want to write with pen and ink. 14 I hope I can see you soon. Then we can talk face to face.
May you have peace.
The friends here send their greetings. Greet each one of the friends there.
Psalm 126New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.
1 Our enemies took us away from Zion.
4 Lord, bless us with great success again,
Proverbs 29:12-14New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
12 If rulers listen to lies,
13 The Lord gives sight to the eyes of poor people and those who treat others badly.
14 If a king judges poor people fairly,
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