John 15New International Version (NIV)
The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
The World Hates the Disciples
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’[c]
The Work of the Holy Spirit
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Psalm 146New International Version (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
10 The Lord reigns forever,
Praise the Lord.
Amos 4-6New International Version (NIV)
Israel Has Not Returned to God
4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
6 “I gave you empty stomachs in every city
7 “I also withheld rain from you
9 “Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
10 “I sent plagues among you
11 “I overthrew some of you
12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
13 He who forms the mountains,
A Lament and Call to Repentance
5 Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
2 “Fallen is Virgin Israel,
3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:
“Your city that marches out a thousand strong
4 This is what the Lord says to Israel:
“Seek me and live;
7 There are those who turn justice into bitterness
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
14 Seek good, not evil,
16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:
“There will be wailing in all the streets
The Day of the Lord
18 Woe to you who long
21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
Woe to the Complacent
6 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob
9 If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them[f] asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For the Lord has given the command,
12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
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