Hosea 4-5New Living Translation (NLT)
The Lord’s Case against Israel
4 Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel!
4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else
8 “When the people bring their sin offerings, the priests get fed.
“Wine has robbed my people
“That is why your daughters turn to prostitution,
15 “Though you, Israel, are a prostitute,
The Failure of Israel’s Leaders
5 “Hear this, you priests.
5 “The arrogance of Israel testifies against her;
8 “Sound the alarm in Gibeah!
10 “The leaders of Judah have become like thieves.[j]
13 “When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were,
2 JohnNew Living Translation (NLT)
1 This letter is from John, the elder.[a]
I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children,[b] whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.
3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.
Live in the Truth
4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.
5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends,[c] that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came[d] in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[e] have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.
12 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.
13 Greetings from the children of your sister,[f] chosen by God.
Psalm 125New Living Translation (NLT)
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
1 Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion;
May Israel have peace!
Proverbs 29:9-11New Living Translation (NLT)
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court,
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people,
11 Fools vent their anger,
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