Micah 1-4 New 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;
Leaders and Prophets Rebuked
3 Then I said,
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
4 Then they will cry out to the Lord,
5 This is what the Lord says:
“As for the prophets
9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
The Mountain of the Lord
4 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
2 Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
The Lord’s Plan
6 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
“I will gather the lame;
9 Why do you now cry aloud—
11 But now many nations
2 Corinthians 4 New International Version (NIV)
Present Weakness and Resurrection Life
4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b] Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Psalm 104:31-35 New International Version (NIV)
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Praise the Lord.[a]
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