ג Gimel

17 Be good to your servant(A) while I live,
    that I may obey your word.(B)
18 Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;(C)
    do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed(D) with longing
    for your laws(E) at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant,(F) who are accursed,(G)
    those who stray(H) from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn(I) and contempt,
    for I keep your statutes.(J)
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
    your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
    they are my counselors.

ד Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;(K)
    preserve my life(L) according to your word.(M)
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
    teach me your decrees.(N)
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
    that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.(O)
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;(P)
    strengthen me(Q) according to your word.(R)
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;(S)
    be gracious to me(T) and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen(U) the way of faithfulness;(V)
    I have set my heart(W) on your laws.
31 I hold fast(X) to your statutes, Lord;
    do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
    for you have broadened my understanding.

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13 “In that day

“the lovely young women and strong young men(A)
    will faint because of thirst.(B)
14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria(C)
    who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’(D)
    or, ‘As surely as the god[a] of Beersheba(E) lives’—
    they will fall,(F) never to rise again.(G)

Israel to Be Destroyed

I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

“Strike the tops of the pillars
    so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads(H) of all the people;
    those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
    none will escape.(I)
Though they dig down to the depths below,(J)
    from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens above,(K)
    from there I will bring them down.(L)
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,(M)
    there I will hunt them down and seize them.(N)
Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,(O)
    there I will command the serpent(P) to bite them.(Q)
Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
    there I will command the sword(R) to slay them.

“I will keep my eye on them
    for harm(S) and not for good.(T)(U)

Footnotes

  1. Amos 8:14 Hebrew the way

My dear children,(A) I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate(B) with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,(C) and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.(D)

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

We know(E) that we have come to know him(F) if we keep his commands.(G) Whoever says, “I know him,”(H) but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.(I) But if anyone obeys his word,(J) love for God[a] is truly made complete in them.(K) This is how we know(L) we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.(M)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:5 Or word, God’s love