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Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant6:1 “Come, let us return to the Lord;for he has torn us, that he may heal us;he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us;on the third day he will raise us up,that we may live before him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;his going out is sure as the dawn;he will come to us as the showers,as the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?What shall I do with you, O Judah?Your love is like a morning cloud,like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;I have slain them by the words of my mouth,and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But like Adam they transgressed the covenant;there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 Gilead is a city of evildoers,tracked with blood.
9 As robbers lie in wait for a man,so the priests band together;they murder on the way to Shechem;they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;Ephraim’s whoredom is there; Israel is defiled.
11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed.When I restore the fortunes of my people,
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7:1 when I would heal Israel,the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,and the evil deeds of Samaria,for they deal falsely;the thief breaks in,and the bandits raid outside.
2 But they do not considerthat I remember all their evil.Now their deeds surround them;they are before my face.
3 By their evil they make the king glad,and the princes by their treachery.
4 They are all adulterers;they are like a heated ovenwhose baker ceases to stir the fire,from the kneading of the doughuntil it is leavened.
5 On the day of our king, the princesbecame sick with the heat of wine;he stretched out his hand with mockers.
6 For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue;all night their anger smolders;in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 All of them are hot as an oven,and they devour their rulers.All their kings have fallen,and none of them calls upon me.
8 Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples;Ephraim is a cake not turned.
9 Strangers devour his strength,and he knows it not;gray hairs are sprinkled upon him,and he knows it not.
10 The pride of Israel testifies to his face;yet they do not return to the Lord their God,nor seek him, for all this.
11 Ephraim is like a dove,silly and without sense,calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.
12 As they go, I will spread over them my net;I will bring them down like birds of the heavens;I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation.
13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me!Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me!I would redeem them,but they speak lies against me.
14 They do not cry to me from the heart,but they wail upon their beds;for grain and wine they gash themselves;they rebel against me.
15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms,yet they devise evil against me.
16 They return, but not upward;they are like a treacherous bow;their princes shall fall by the swordbecause of the insolence of their tongue.This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your fleshand refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealthand with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s disciplineor be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silverand her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your souland adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely,and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terroror of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidenceand will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violenceand do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,but fools get disgrace.
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To the Church in Sardis 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
To the Church in Philadelphia7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.
10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
To the Church in Laodicea14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!
16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
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