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HOSEA 10

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10:1
Israel is a luxuriant vine
that yields its fruit.
The more his fruit increased,
the more altars he built;
as his country improved,
he improved his pillars.
2
Their heart is false;
now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord will break down their altars
and destroy their pillars.

3
For now they will say:
“We have no king,
for we do not fear the Lord;
and a king—what could he do for us?”
4
They utter mere words;
with empty oaths they make covenants;
so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds
in the furrows of the field.
5
The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
for the calf of Beth-aven.
Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests—
those who rejoiced over it and over its glory—
for it has departed from them.
6
The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria
as tribute to the great king.
Ephraim shall be put to shame,
and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.

7
Samaria’s king shall perish
like a twig on the face of the waters.
8
The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,
shall be destroyed.
Thorn and thistle shall grow up
on their altars,
and they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”
and to the hills, “Fall on us.”

9
From the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;
there they have continued.
Shall not the war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah?
10
When I please, I will discipline them,
and nations shall be gathered against them
when they are bound up for their double iniquity.

11
Ephraim was a trained calf
that loved to thresh,
and I spared her fair neck;
but I will put Ephraim to the yoke;
Judah must plow;
Jacob must harrow for himself.
12
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

13
You have plowed iniquity;
you have reaped injustice;
you have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your own way
and in the multitude of your warriors,
14
therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people,
and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,
as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;
mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
15
Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
because of your great evil.
At dawn the king of Israel
shall be utterly cut off.



HOSEA 11

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The Lord’s Love for Israel
11:1
When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
2
The more they were called,
the more they went away;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
and burning offerings to idols.

3
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
I took them up by their arms,
but they did not know that I healed them.
4
I led them with cords of kindness,
with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,
and I bent down to them and fed them.

5
They shall not return to the land of Egypt,
but Assyria shall be their king,
because they have refused to return to me.
6
The sword shall rage against their cities,
consume the bars of their gates,
and devour them because of their own counsels.
7
My people are bent on turning away from me,
and though they call out to the Most High,
he shall not raise them up at all.

8
How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
9
I will not execute my burning anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and not a man,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.

10
They shall go after the Lord;
he will roar like a lion;
when he roars,
his children shall come trembling from the west;
11
they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
and like doves from the land of Assyria,
and I will return them to their homes, declares the Lord.
12
Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
and the house of Israel with deceit,
but Judah still walks with God
and is faithful to the Holy One.



PROVERBS 5

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Warning Against Adultery
5:1
My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,
2
that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
3
For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil,
4
but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
5
Her feet go down to death;
her steps follow the path to Sheol;
6
she does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.

7
And now, O sons, listen to me,
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8
Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
9
lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
10
lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11
and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12
and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
13
I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
14
I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”

15
Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16
Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17
Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18
Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
20
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21
For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
and he ponders all his paths.
22
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23
He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray.



REVELATION 5

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The Scroll and the Lamb
  5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
    
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

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