Hosea 6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
A Call to Repentance
6 Come, and let us return to the Lord;
Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
7 “But like [d]men they transgressed the covenant;
Israel Has Rebelled Against God
7 “When I would have healed Israel,
4 “They are all adulterers.
8 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples;
Futile Reliance on the Nations
11 “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without [k]sense—
13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
“They [l]assemble together for grain and new wine,
The Apostasy of Israel
8 “Set the [o]trumpet to your mouth!
4 “They set up kings, but not by Me;
7 “They sow the wind,
11 “Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin,
Judgment of Israel’s Sin
9 Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples,
3 They shall not dwell in the Lord’s land,
5 What will you do in the appointed day,
7 The days of punishment have come;
10 “I found Israel
14 Give them, O Lord—
15 “All their wickedness is in Gilgal,
17 My God will cast them away,
3 John New King James Version (NKJV)
Greeting to Gaius
1 The Elder,
To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in [a]truth.
Gaius Commended for Generosity
5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren [b]and for strangers, 6 who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, 7 because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receive[c] such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.
Diotrephes and Demetrius
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating[d] against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, [e]but he who does evil has not seen God.
12 Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also [f]bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.
Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.
Psalm 126 New King James Version (NKJV)
A Joyful Return to Zion
A Song of Ascents.
126 When the Lord brought back [a]the captivity of Zion,
4 Bring back our captivity, O Lord,
Proverbs 29:12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 If a ruler pays attention to lies,
13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
14 The king who judges the poor with truth,
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