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December 15


Amos 6:1-14
1. Woe to those who are at ease in Zion and to those who feel secure on the hill of Samaria-- the notable people in this first of the nations, those the house of Israel comes to.
2. Cross over to Calneh and see; go from there to great Hamath; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Is their territory larger than yours?
3. You dismiss any thought of the evil day and bring in a reign of violence.
4. They lie on beds [inlaid with] ivory, sprawled out on their couches, and dine on lambs from the flock and calves from the stall.
5. They improvise songs to the sound of the harp and invent their own musical instruments like David.
6. They drink wine by the bowlful and anoint themselves with the finest oils but do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
7. Therefore, they will now go into exile as the first of the captives, and the feasting of those who sprawl out will come to an end.
8. The Lord God has sworn by Himself-- the declaration of Yahweh, the God of Hosts: I loathe Jacob's pride and hate his citadels, so I will hand over the city and everything in it.
9. And if there are 10 men left in one house, they will die.
10. A close relative and a burner,will remove his corpse from the house. He will call to someone in the inner recesses of the house, "Any more with you?" That person will reply, "None." Then he will say, "Silence, because Yahweh's name must not be invoked."
11. For the LORD commands: The large house will be smashed to pieces, and the small house to rubble.
12. Do horses run on rock, or does someone plow [it] with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood--
13. you who rejoice over Lo-debar and say, "Didn't we capture Karnaim for ourselves by our own strength?"
14. But look, I am raising up a nation against you, house of Israel-- [this is] the declaration of the Lord, the God of Hosts-- and they will oppress you from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.

Amos 7:1-17
1. The Lord God showed me this: He was forming a swarm of locusts at the time the spring crop first began to sprout-- after the cutting of the king's hay.
2. When the locusts finished eating the vegetation of the land, I said, "Lord God, please forgive! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?"
3. The LORD relented concerning this. "It will not happen," He said.
4. The Lord God showed me this: The Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire. It consumed the great deep and devoured the land.
5. Then I said, "Lord God, please stop! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?"
6. The LORD relented concerning this. "This will not happen either," said the Lord God.
7. He showed me this: The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.
8. The LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?" I replied, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "I am setting a plumb line among My people Israel; I will no longer spare them:
9. Isaac's high places will be deserted, and Israel's sanctuaries will be in ruins; I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with a sword."
10. Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent [word] to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you [right here] in the house of Israel. The land cannot endure all his words,
11. for Amos has said this: 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.'"
12. Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Go away, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. Earn your living and give [your] prophecies there,
13. but don't ever prophesy at Bethel again, for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."
14. So Amos answered Amaziah, "I was not a prophet or the son of a prophet; rather, I was a herdsman, and I took care of sycamore figs.
15. But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'"
16. Now hear the word of the LORD. You say: Do not prophesy against Israel; do not preach against the house of Isaac.
17. Therefore, this is what the LORD says: Your wife will be a prostitute in the city, your sons and daughters will fall by the sword, and your land will be divided up with a measuring line. You yourself will die on pagan soil, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.

Psalms 142:1-7
1. [A Davidic Maskil. When he was in the cave. A prayer.] I cry aloud to the LORD; I plead aloud to the LORD for mercy.
2. I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him.
3. Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me.
4. Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me.
5. I cry to You, LORD; I say, "You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living."
6. Listen to my cry, for I am very weak. Rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
7. Free me from prison so that I can praise Your name. The righteous will gather around me because You deal generously with me.

Proverbs 29:27-27
27. An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.

Revelation 5:1-14
1. Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
2. I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"
3. But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it.
4. And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it.
5. Then one of the elders said to me, "Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals."
6. Then I saw one like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth.
7. He came and took [the scroll] out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne.
8. When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9. And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed [people] for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10. You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.
11. Then I looked, and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures, and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands.
12. They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!
13. I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!
14. The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.