Psalm 85:8-13 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
Romans 3:9-31 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
No one is righteous
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
‘There is no one righteous, not even one;
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Righteousness through faith
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[g] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[h] through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished 26 – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the ‘law’ that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Amos 3-4 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
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,
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,
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