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The Indictment of the Lord6:1 Hear what the Lord says:Arise, plead your case before the mountains,and let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord,and you enduring foundations of the earth,for the Lord has an indictment against his people,and he will contend with Israel.
3 “O my people, what have I done to you?How have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egyptand redeemed you from the house of slavery,and I sent before you Moses,Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised,and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
What Does the Lord Require?6 “With what shall I come before the Lord,and bow myself before God on high?Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,with ten thousands of rivers of oil?Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
8 He has told you, O man, what is good;and what does the Lord require of youbut to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God?
Destruction of the Wicked9 The voice of the Lord cries to the city—and it is sound wisdom to fear your name:“Hear of the rod and of him who appointed it!
10 Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,and the scant measure that is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit the man with wicked scalesand with a bag of deceitful weights?
12 Your rich men are full of violence;your inhabitants speak lies,and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,making you desolate because of your sins.
14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied,and there shall be hunger within you;you shall put away, but not preserve,and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
15 You shall sow, but not reap;you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
16 For you have kept the statutes of Omri,and all the works of the house of Ahab;and you have walked in their counsels,that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing;so you shall bear the scorn of my people.”
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Wait for the God of Salvation7:1 Woe is me! For I have becomeas when the summer fruit has been gathered,as when the grapes have been gleaned:there is no cluster to eat,no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.
2 The godly has perished from the earth,and there is no one upright among mankind;they all lie in wait for blood,and each hunts the other with a net.
3 Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well;the prince and the judge ask for a bribe,and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;thus they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a brier,the most upright of them a thorn hedge.The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come;now their confusion is at hand.
5 Put no trust in a neighbor;have no confidence in a friend;guard the doors of your mouthfrom her who lies in your arms;
6 for the son treats the father with contempt,the daughter rises up against her mother,the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord;I will wait for the God of my salvation;my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;when I fall, I shall rise;when I sit in darkness,the Lord will be a light to me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lordbecause I have sinned against him,until he pleads my causeand executes judgment for me.He will bring me out to the light;I shall look upon his vindication.
10 Then my enemy will see,and shame will cover her who said to me,“Where is the Lord your God?”My eyes will look upon her;now she will be trampled downlike the mire of the streets.
11 A day for the building of your walls!In that day the boundary shall be far extended.
12 In that day they will come to you,from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,and from Egypt to the River,from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
13 But the earth will be desolatebecause of its inhabitants,for the fruit of their deeds.
14 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,who dwell alone in a forestin the midst of a garden land;let them graze in Bashan and Gileadas in the days of old.
15 As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,I will show them marvelous things.
16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;they shall lay their hands on their mouths;their ears shall be deaf;
17 they shall lick the dust like a serpent,like the crawling things of the earth;they shall come trembling out of their strongholds;they shall turn in dread to the Lord our God,and they shall be in fear of you.
God’s Steadfast Love and Compassion18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquityand passing over transgressionfor the remnant of his inheritance?He does not retain his anger forever,because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;he will tread our iniquities underfoot.You will cast all our sinsinto the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacoband steadfast love to Abraham,as you have sworn to our fathersfrom the days of old.
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17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietthan a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefullyand will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and the Lord tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,and the glory of children is their fathers.
7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;still less is false speech to a prince.
8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;wherever he turns he prospers.
9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understandingthan a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubsrather than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone returns evil for good,evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteousare both alike an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity.
18 One who lacks sense gives a pledgeand puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife;he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 A man of crooked heart does not discover good,and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.
21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secretto pervert the ways of justice.
24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his fatherand bitterness to her who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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The First Beast 13:1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.
2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.
4 And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”
5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.
6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
10 If anyone is to be taken captive,to captivity he goes;if anyone is to be slain with the sword,with the sword must he be slain.
Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
The Second Beast11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.
16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
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