I wait for the Lord. My soul waits. I hope in his word. Psalm 130:5

Amos 4-6

Amos 4

Punishment Brings No Repentance

1 Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, “Bring us drinks!”

2 The Lord God has sworn by his holiness,

“The days shall come upon you
when they will take you away with hooks,
and the last of you with fish hooks.
3 You will go out through the broken walls,
each women in front of the other;
and you will be cast into Harmon,”

says the Lord.

4 “Go to Bethel and rebel;
to Gilgal, and rebel more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithes every three days,
5 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them:
for this pleases you, you Israelites,”

says the Lord God.

6 “I have given you nothing at all to eat in all your cities,
and lack of bread in every town;
yet you have not returned to me,”

says the Lord.

7 “I also have withheld the rain from you,
when there were yet three months to the harvest;
and I caused it to rain on one city,
and caused it not to rain on another city.
One place was rained on,
and the field where it did not rain withered.
8 So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water,
and were not satisfied:
yet you have not returned to me,”

says the Lord.

9 “I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards;
and the swarming locusts have devoured your fig trees and your olive trees;
yet you have not returned to me,”

says the Lord.

10 “I sent plagues among you like I did in Egypt.
I have slain your young men with the sword,
and have taken your horses;
and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp,
yet you have not returned to me,”

says the Lord.

11 “I have overthrown some of you,
as when the Lord overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire;
yet you have not returned to me,”

says the Lord.

12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, Israel.
Because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, Israel.
13 For he who forms the mountains,
and creates the wind,
and declares to man what he is thinking;
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the high places of the earth:
the Lord, the God of Hosts, is his name.”

Amos 5

A Lament for Israel

1 Listen to this word that I am taking up
as a lamentation over you, O house of Israel;

2 “The virgin of Israel has fallen;
She shall rise no more.
She is cast down on her land;
there is no one to raise her up.”

3 For the Lord God says:

“The city that went out a thousand shall have a hundred left,
and that which went out one hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”

A Call to Repentance

4 For the Lord says to the house of Israel:

“Seek me, and you will live;
5 but do not seek Bethel,
nor enter into Gilgal,
and do not pass to Beersheba:
for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
and Bethel shall come to nothing.

6 Seek the Lord, and you will live;
lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel.

7 You who turn justice to wormwood,
and cast righteousness down to the ground:
8 seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns the shadow of death into the morning,
and makes the day dark with night;
who calls for the waters of the sea,
and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name,
9 who brings sudden destruction on the strong,
so that destruction comes on the fortress.

10 They hate him who reproves at the city gate,
and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.
11 Therefore, because you trample on the poor,
and take taxes on wheat from him:
You have built houses of cut stone,
but you will not dwell in them.
You have planted lovely vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses,
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the just,
who take a bribe,
and who turn away the needy in the courts.

13 Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time,
for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you say.
15 Hate evil, love good,
and establish justice in the courts.
It may be that the Lord, the God of Hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

The Coming Judgement

16 Therefore the Lord, the God of Hosts, the Lord, says:

“Wailing will be in all the public squares;
and they will say in all the streets, ‘Alas! Alas!’
and they will call the farmer to mourning,
and those who are skillful in lamentation, to wailing.
17 In all vineyards there will be wailing;
for I will pass through the midst of you,”

says the Lord.

18 “Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
It is darkness,
and not light.
19 As if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him;
Or he went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a snake bit him.
20 Will the day of the Lord not be darkness, and not light?
Pitch darkness, with no brightness in it?
21 I hate–I despise–your feasts,
and I cannot stand your solemn assemblies.
22 Yes, though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fattened animals.
23 Remove the noise of your songs from me!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like rivers,
and righteousness like a mighty stream.
25 “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness 40 years, house of Israel?
26 You also carried the tent of your king and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,”

says the Lord, whose name is the God of Hosts.

Amos 6

Woe to the Complacent in Zion

1 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion,
and to those who are secure on the mountain of Samaria,
the notable men of the chief of the nations,
to whom the house of Israel come!
2 Go to Calneh, and see;
and from there go to Hamath the great;
then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are they better than these kingdoms?
Is their border greater than your border?

3 Those who put thoughts of disaster far away,
and bring the reign of violence near;
4 They lie on beds of ivory,
and stretch themselves on their couches,
and eat the lambs out of the flock,
and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
5 who strum on the strings of a harp;
who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;
6 who drink wine in bowls,
and anoint themselves with the best oils;
but they are not grieved at the demise of the family of Joseph.

7 Therefore they will now go captive with the first who go captive;
and the feasting and lounging will end.

The Pride of Israel

8 “The Lord God has sworn by himself,” says the Lord, the God of Hosts:

“I abhor the pride of Jacob,
and detest his fortresses.
Therefore I will deliver up the city with all that is in it.

9 It will happen, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. 10 “When a man’s relative carries his corpse away, he who burns him in burial, bringing bodies out of the house, will ask him who is in the innermost parts of the house, ‘Are there any more with you?’ And he says, ‘No;’ then he will say, ‘Hush! Indeed we must not mention the name of the Lord.’

11 “For, the Lord commands it, and the great house is smashed to pieces,
and the little house into bits.
12 Do horses run on rocky crags?
Does one plow there with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison,
and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness.

13 You who rejoice over Lo-debar, and say,
‘Have we not captured Karnaim for ourselves, by our own strength?’
14 For I will raise up against you a nation, house of Israel,”

says the Lord, the God of Hosts;

“and they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of the Arabah.”

Revelation 2:18-29

Message to the Church in Thyatira

18 “To the angel of the assembly in Thyatira write:

“The Son of God, whose eyes are like a flame of fire, and his feet are like burnished brass, says these things:

19 “I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first.

20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

22 I will throw her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great oppression, unless they repent of her works. 23 I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

24 But to you I say, to the rest who are in Thyatira, as many as do not have this teaching, who do not know what some call ‘the deep things of Satan,’ to you I say, I am not putting any other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless, hold that which you have firmly until I come. 26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. 27 He will rule them with a rod of iron, shattering them like clay pots; as I also have received of my Father: 28 and I will give him the morning star.

29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

Psalm 130

A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I have cried to you, Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to the sound of my petitions.

3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you,
therefore you are feared.

5 I wait for the Lord.
My soul waits.
And in his word, I hope.
6 My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 Israel, hope in the Lord,
for there is loving kindness with the Lord.
Abundant redemption is with him.
8 He will redeem Israel from all their sins.

Proverbs 29:21-22

21 He who pampers his servant from youth
will have him become a son in the end.
22 An angry man stirs up strife,
and a wrathful man abounds in sin.

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