Joel 2New International Version (NIV)
An Army of Locusts
2 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
Let all who live in the land tremble,
3 Before them fire devours,
6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
10 Before them the earth shakes,
Rend Your Heart
12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
13 Rend your heart
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
The Lord’s Answer
18 Then the Lord was jealous for his land
19 The Lord replied[a] to them:
“I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
20 “I will drive the northern horde far from you,
Surely he has done great things!
25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
Jonah 1New International Version (NIV)
Jonah Flees From the Lord
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”
7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”
9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Amos 3New International Version (NIV)
Witnesses Summoned Against Israel
3 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
2 “You only have I chosen
3 Do two walk together
7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
8 The lion has roared—
9 Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod
10 “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“An enemy will overrun your land,
12 This is what the Lord says:
“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s mouth
13 “Hear this and testify against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.
14 “On the day I punish Israel for her sins,
Micah 1-2New International Version (NIV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you,
Judgment Against Samaria and Jerusalem
3 Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place;
6 “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble,
Weeping and Mourning
8 Because of this I will weep and wail;
Human Plans and God’s Plans
2 Woe to those who plan iniquity,
3 Therefore, the Lord says:
“I am planning disaster against this people,
5 Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
6 “Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
“Do not my words do good
12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
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