Hosea 1-14New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
The Family of Hosea
2 When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea:
“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 Then the Lord said to him:
“Call his name Jezreel,
6 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
“Call her name Lo-Ruhamah,[a]
8 Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9 Then God said:
“Call his name Lo-Ammi,[c]
The Restoration of Israel
10 “Yet the number of the children of Israel
God’s Unfaithful People
2 “Bring charges against your mother, bring charges;
4 “I will not have mercy on her children,
6 “Therefore, behold,
9 “Therefore I will return and take away
12 “And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees,
God’s Mercy on His People
14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
19 “I will betroth you to Me forever;
21 “It shall come to pass in that day
Israel Will Return to God
3 Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover[l] and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.”
2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man—so, too, will I be toward you.”
4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.
God’s Charge Against Israel
4 Hear the word of the Lord,
“There is no truth or mercy
4 “Now let no man contend, or rebuke another;
7 “The more they increased,
The Idolatry of Israel
11 “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.
14 “I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry,
15 “Though you, Israel, play the harlot,
16 “For Israel is stubborn
17 “Ephraim is joined to idols,
Impending Judgment on Israel and Judah
5 “Hear this, O priests!
4 “They do not direct their deeds
6 “With their flocks and herds
8 “Blow the ram’s horn in Gibeah,
10 “The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark;
13 “When Ephraim saw his sickness,
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 men[q] they transgressed the covenant;
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 sense—
13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
“They assemble together for[s] grain and new wine,
The Apostasy of Israel
8 “Set the trumpet[v] 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,
14 “For Israel has forgotten his Maker,
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,
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,
12 “Ephraim feeds on the wind,
2 “The Lord also brings a charge against Judah,
7 “A cunning 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, you are destroyed,[an]
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?
Joel 1-3New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
The Land Laid Waste
2 Hear this, you elders,
5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep;
8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth
11 Be ashamed, you farmers,
Mourning for the Land
13 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests;
15 Alas for the day!
19 O Lord, to You I cry out;
The Day of the Lord
2 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
3 A fire devours before them,
6 Before them the people writhe in pain;
10 The earth quakes before them,
A Call to Repentance
12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
The Land Refreshed
18 Then the Lord will be zealous for His land,
20 “But I will remove far from you the northern army,
21 Fear not, O land;
25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
God’s Spirit Poured Out
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
God Judges the Nations
3 “For behold, in those days and at that time,
4 “Indeed, what have you to do with Me,
7 “Behold, I will raise them
9 Proclaim this among the nations:
12 “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
17 “So you shall know that I am the Lord your God,
God Blesses His People
18 And it will come to pass in that day
19 “Egypt shall be a desolation,
Amos 1-5New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders[a] of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 And he said:
“The Lord roars from Zion,
Judgment on the Nations
3 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four,
6 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four,
9 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four,
11 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Edom, and for four,
13 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of the people of Ammon, and for four,
2 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
Judgment on Judah
4 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Judah, and for four,
Judgment on Israel
6 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Israel, and for four,
9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
13 “Behold, I am weighed down by you,
Authority of the Prophet’s Message
3 Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:
2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth;
3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
7 Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Punishment of Israel’s Sins
9 “Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod,[c]
11 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“An adversary shall be all around the land;
12 Thus says the Lord:
“As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion
4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria,
4 “Come to Bethel and transgress,
Israel Did Not Accept Correction
6 “Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
7 “I also withheld rain from you,
9 “I blasted you with blight and mildew.
10 “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt;
11 “I overthrew some of you,
12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel;
13 For behold,
A Lament for Israel
5 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:
2 The virgin of Israel has fallen;
3 For thus says the Lord God:
“The city that goes out by a thousand
A Call to Repentance
4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
“Seek Me and live;
8 He made the Pleiades and Orion;
10 They hate the one who rebukes in the gate,
14 Seek good and not evil,
The Day of the Lord
16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord, says this:
“There shall be wailing in all streets,
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
21 “I hate, I despise your feast days,
25 “Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings
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