Amos 4-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
Israel’s Failure to Learn
4 Listen to me, you fat cows[a]
4 “Go ahead and offer sacrifices to the idols at Bethel.
6 “I brought hunger to every city
7 “I kept the rain from falling
9 “I struck your farms and vineyards with blight and mildew.
10 “I sent plagues on you
11 “I destroyed some of your cities,
12 “Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced.
13 For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains,
A Call to Repentance
5 Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing:
2 “The virgin Israel has fallen,
3 The Sovereign Lord says:
“When a city sends a thousand men to battle,
4 Now this is what the Lord says to the family of Israel:
“Come back to me and live!
8 It is the Lord who created the stars,
10 How you hate honest judges!
14 Do what is good and run from evil
16 Therefore, this is what the Lord, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, says:
“There will be crying in all the public squares
Warning of Coming Judgment
18 What sorrow awaits you who say,
21 “I hate all your show and pretense—
25 “Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel? 26 No, you served your pagan gods—Sakkuth your king god and Kaiwan your star god—the images you made for yourselves. 27 So I will send you into exile, to a land east of Damascus,[g]” says the Lord, whose name is the God of Heaven’s Armies.
6 What sorrow awaits you who lounge in luxury in Jerusalem,[h]
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his own name, and this is what he, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, says:
“I despise the arrogance of Israel,[j]
9 (If there are ten men left in one house, they will all die. 10 And when a relative who is responsible to dispose of the dead[k] goes into the house to carry out the bodies, he will ask the last survivor, “Is anyone else with you?” When the person begins to swear, “No, by . . . ,” he will interrupt and say, “Stop! Don’t even mention the name of the Lord.”)
11 When the Lord gives the command,
12 Can horses gallop over boulders?
14 “O people of Israel, I am about to bring an enemy nation against you,”
Revelation 2:18-3:6 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Message to the Church in Thyatira
18 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze:
19 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.
20 “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.
22 “Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering,[a] and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.
24 “But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you 25 except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. 26 To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end,
To them I will give authority over all the nations.
28 They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!
29 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
The Message to the Church in Sardis
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
4 “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.
6 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
Psalm 130 New Living Translation (NLT)
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
1 From the depths of despair, O Lord,
3 Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
5 I am counting on the Lord;
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord;
Proverbs 29:21-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
21 A servant pampered from childhood
22 An angry person starts fights;
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