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Hosea 6-9 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

A Call to Repentance

“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn, that he may heal us;
    he has stricken, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will raise us up,
    that we may live before him.
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
    his going forth is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
    as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Impenitence of Israel and Judah

What shall I do with you, O E′phraim?
    What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
    like the dew that goes early away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
    I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
    and my judgment goes forth as the light.[a]
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
    the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.

But at[b] Adam they transgressed the covenant;
    there they dealt faithlessly with me.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
    tracked with blood.
As robbers lie in wait[c] for a man,
    so the priests are banded together;[d]
they murder on the way to Shechem,
    yea, they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
    E′phraim’s harlotry is there, Israel is defiled.

11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.

When I would restore the fortunes of my people,
when I would heal Israel,
the corruption of E′phraim is revealed,
    and the wicked deeds of Samar′ia;
for they deal falsely,
    the thief breaks in,
    and the bandits raid without.
But they do not consider
    that I remember all their evil works.
Now their deeds encompass them,
    they are before my face.
By their wickedness they make the king glad,
    and the princes by their treachery.
They are all adulterers;
    they are like a heated oven,
whose baker ceases to stir the fire,
    from the kneading of the dough
        until it is leavened.
On the day of our king the princes
    became sick with the heat of wine;
    he stretched out his hand with mockers.
For like an oven their hearts burn[e] with intrigue;
    all night their anger smolders;
    in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
All of them are hot as an oven,
    and they devour their rulers.
All their kings have fallen;
    and none of them calls upon me.

E′phraim mixes himself with the peoples;
    E′phraim is a cake not turned.
Aliens devour his strength,
    and he knows it not;
gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,
    and he knows it not.
10 The pride of Israel witnesses against him;
    yet they do not return to the Lord their God,
    nor seek him, for all this.

Futile Reliance on the Nations

11 E′phraim is like a dove,
    silly and without sense,
    calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.
12 As they go, I will spread over them my net;
    I will bring them down like birds of the air;
    I will chastise them for their wicked deeds.[f]
13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!
    Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!
I would redeem them,
    but they speak lies against me.

14 They do not cry to me from the heart,
    but they wail upon their beds;
for grain and wine they gash themselves,
    they rebel against me.
15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms,
    yet they devise evil against me.
16 They turn to Ba′al;[g]
    they are like a treacherous bow,
their princes shall fall by the sword
    because of the insolence of their tongue.
This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

Israel’s Apostasy

Set the trumpet to your lips,
for[h] a vulture is over the house of the Lord,
because they have broken my covenant,
    and transgressed my law.
To me they cry,
    My God, we Israel know thee.
Israel has spurned the good;
    the enemy shall pursue him.

They made kings, but not through me.
    They set up princes, but without my knowledge.
With their silver and gold they made idols
    for their own destruction.
I have[i] spurned your calf, O Samar′ia.
    My anger burns against them.
How long will it be
    till they are pure in Israel?[j]

A workman made it;
    it is not God.
The calf of Samar′ia
    shall be broken to pieces.[k]

For they sow the wind,
    and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads,
    it shall yield no meal;
if it were to yield,
    aliens would devour it.
Israel is swallowed up;
    already they are among the nations
    as a useless vessel.
For they have gone up to Assyria,
    a wild ass wandering alone;
    E′phraim has hired lovers.
10 Though they hire allies among the nations,
    I will soon gather them up.
And they shall cease[l] for a little while
    from anointing[m] king and princes.

11 Because E′phraim has multiplied altars for sinning,
    they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 Were I to write for him my laws by ten thousands,
    they would be regarded as a strange thing.
13 They love sacrifice;[n]
    they sacrifice flesh and eat it;
    but the Lord has no delight in them.
Now he will remember their iniquity,
    and punish their sins;
    they shall return to Egypt.
14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker,
    and built palaces;
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
    but I will send a fire upon his cities,
    and it shall devour his strongholds.

Punishment for Israel’s Sin

Rejoice not, O Israel!
Exult not[o] like the peoples;
for you have played the harlot, forsaking your God.
    You have loved a harlot’s hire
    upon all threshing floors.
Threshing floor and winevat shall not feed them,
    and the new wine shall fail them.
They shall not remain in the land of the Lord;
    but E′phraim shall return to Egypt,
    and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

They shall not pour libations of wine to the Lord;
    and they shall not please him with their sacrifices.
Their bread[p] shall be like mourners’ bread;
    all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
    it shall not come to the house of the Lord.

What will you do on the day of appointed festival,
    and on the day of the feast of the Lord?
For behold, they are going to Assyria;[q]
    Egypt shall gather them,
    Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver;
    thorns shall be in their tents.

The days of punishment have come,
    the days of recompense have come;
    Israel shall know it.
The prophet is a fool,
    the man of the spirit is mad,
because of your great iniquity
    and great hatred.
The prophet is the watchman of E′phraim,
    the people of my God,
yet a fowler’s snare is on all his ways,
    and hatred in the house of his God.
They have deeply corrupted themselves
    as in the days of Gib′e-ah:
he will remember their iniquity,
    he will punish their sins.

10 Like grapes in the wilderness,
    I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree,
    in its first season,
    I saw your fathers.
But they came to Ba′al-pe′or,
    and consecrated themselves to Ba′al,[r]
    and became detestable like the thing they loved.
11 E′phraim’s glory shall fly away like a bird—
    no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
12 Even if they bring up children,
    I will bereave them till none is left.
Woe to them
    when I depart from them!
13 E′phraim’s sons, as I have seen, are destined for a prey;[s]
    E′phraim must lead forth his sons to slaughter.
14 Give them, O Lord
    what wilt thou give?
Give them a miscarrying womb
    and dry breasts.

15 Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal;
    there I began to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
    I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
    all their princes are rebels.

16 E′phraim is stricken,
    their root is dried up,
    they shall bear no fruit.
Even though they bring forth,
    I will slay their beloved children.
17 My God will cast them off,
    because they have not hearkened to him;
    they shall be wanderers among the nations.


  1. Hosea 6:5 Gk Syr: Heb thy judgment goes forth
  2. Hosea 6:7 Cn: Heb like
  3. Hosea 6:9 Cn: Heb uncertain
  4. Hosea 6:9 Syr: Heb a company
  5. Hosea 7:6 Gk Syr: Heb brought near
  6. Hosea 7:12 Cn: Heb according to the report to their congregation
  7. Hosea 7:16 Cn: Heb uncertain
  8. Hosea 8:1 Cn: Heb as
  9. Hosea 8:5 Heb He has
  10. Hosea 8:6 Gk: Heb for from Israel
  11. Hosea 8:6 Or shall go up in flames
  12. Hosea 8:10 Gk: Heb begin
  13. Hosea 8:10 Gk: Heb burden
  14. Hosea 8:13 Cn: Heb uncertain
  15. Hosea 9:1 Gk: Heb to exultation
  16. Hosea 9:4 Cn: Heb to them
  17. Hosea 9:6 Cn: Heb from destruction
  18. Hosea 9:10 Heb shame
  19. Hosea 9:13 Cn Compare Gk: Heb uncertain
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3 John Revised Standard Version (RSV)


The elder to the beloved Ga′ius, whom I love in the truth.

Gaius Commended for His Hospitality

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health; I know that it is well with your soul. For I greatly rejoiced when some of the brethren arrived and testified to the truth of your life, as indeed you do follow the truth. No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth.

Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers, who have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey as befits God’s service. For they have set out for his sake and have accepted nothing from the heathen. So we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers in the truth.

Diotrephes and Demetrius

I have written something to the church; but Diot′rephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, prating against me with evil words. And not content with that, he refuses himself to welcome the brethren, and also stops those who want to welcome them and puts them out of the church.

11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God. 12 Deme′trius has testimony from every one, and from the truth itself; I testify to him too, and you know my testimony is true.

Final Greetings

13 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink; 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, every one of them.

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Psalm 126 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

A Harvest of Joy

A Song of Ascents.

126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,[a]
    we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
    we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like the watercourses in the Negeb!
May those who sow in tears
    reap with shouts of joy!
He that goes forth weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.


  1. Psalm 126:1 Or brought back those who returned to Zion
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Proverbs 29:12-14 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,
    all his officials will be wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
    the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with equity
    his throne will be established for ever.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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