Proverbs 17:15-24 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent –
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
17 A friend loves at all times,
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
Romans 5:12-21 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
Death through Adam, life through Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned –
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: the judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amos 8-9 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
A basket of ripe fruit
8 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. 2 ‘What do you see, Amos?’ he asked.
‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I answered.
Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
3 ‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.[a] Many, many bodies – flung everywhere! Silence!’
4 Hear this, you who trample the needy
‘When will the New Moon be over
7 The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: ‘I will never forget anything they have done.
8 ‘Will not the land tremble for this,
9 ‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord,
‘I will make the sun go down at noon
11 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord,
13 ‘In that day
‘the lovely young women and strong young men
Israel to be destroyed
9 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:
‘Strike the tops of the pillars
‘I will keep my eye on them
5 The Lord, the Lord Almighty –
8 ‘Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord
11 ‘In that day
‘I will restore David’s fallen shelter –
13 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord,
‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman
‘They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
says the Lord your God.