Hosea 6-9New Living Translation (NLT)
A Call to Repentance
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
4 “O Israel[a] and Judah,
8 “Gilead is a city of sinners,
11 “O Judah, a harvest of punishment is also waiting for you,
Israel’s Love for Wickedness
7 “I want to heal Israel, but its[e] sins are too great.
3 “The people entertain the king with their wickedness,
8 “The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners,
11 “The people of Israel have become like silly, witless doves,
13 “What sorrow awaits those who have deserted me!
Israel Harvests the Whirlwind
8 “Sound the alarm!
5 “O Samaria, I reject this calf—
7 “They have planted the wind
11 “Israel has built many altars to take away sin,
Hosea Announces Israel’s Punishment
9 O people of Israel,
7 The time of Israel’s punishment has come;
10 The Lord says, “O Israel, when I first found you,
14 O Lord, what should I request for your people?
15 The Lord says, “All their wickedness began at Gilgal;
17 My God will reject the people of Israel
3 JohnNew Living Translation (NLT)
1 This letter is from John, the elder.[a]
I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.
2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 Some of the traveling teachers[b] recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. 4 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
Caring for the Lord’s Workers
5 Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. 7 For they are traveling for the Lord,[c] and they accept nothing from people who are not believers.[d] 8 So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.
9 I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. 10 When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.
11 Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.[e]
12 Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.
13 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink. 14 For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.
15 [f]Peace be with you.
Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.
Psalm 126New Living Translation (NLT)
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,[a]
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,
Proverbs 29:12-14New Living Translation (NLT)
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars,
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common—
14 If a king judges the poor fairly,
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