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December 9


Hosea 9:1-17
1. Israel, do not rejoice jubilantly as the nations do, for you have acted promiscuously, leaving your God. You have loved the wages of a prostitute on every grain-threshing floor.
2. Threshing floor and wine vat will not sustain them, and the new wine will fail them.
3. They will not stay in the land of the LORD. Instead, Ephraim will return to Egypt, and they will eat unclean food in Assyria.
4. They will not pour out their wine offerings to the LORD, and their sacrifices will not please Him. Their [food] will be like the bread of mourners; all who eat it become defiled. For their bread will be for their appetites [alone]; it will not enter the house of the LORD.
5. What will you do on a festival day, on the day of the LORD's feast?
6. For even if they flee from devastation, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Thistles will take possession of their precious silver; thorns will invade their tents.
7. The days of punishment have come; the days of retribution have come. Let Israel recognize it! The prophet is a fool, and the inspired man is insane, because of the magnitude of your guilt and hostility.
8. Ephraim's watchman is with my God. The prophet [encounters] a fowler's snare on all his ways. Hostility is in the house of his God!
9. They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their guilt; He will punish their sins.
10. I discovered Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers like the first fruit of the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal-peor, consecrated themselves to Shame, and became detestable, like the thing they loved.
11. Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird: no birth, no gestation, no conception.
12. Even if they raise children, I will bereave them of each one. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
13. I have seen Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a meadow, so Ephraim will bring out his children to the executioner.
14. Give them, LORD-- What should You give? Give them a womb that miscarries and breasts that are dry!
15. All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I came to hate them. I will drive them from My house because of their evil, wicked actions. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.
16. Ephraim is blighted; their roots are withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs.
17. My God will reject them because they have not listened to Him; they will become wanderers among the nations.

Hosea 10:1-15
1. Israel is a lush vine; it yields fruit for itself. The more his fruit increased, the more he increased the altars. The better his land produced, the better they made the sacred pillars.
2. Their hearts are devious; now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars and demolish their sacred pillars.
3. In fact, they are now saying: "We have no king! For we do not fear the LORD. What can a king do for us?"
4. They speak [mere] words, taking false oaths while making covenants. So lawsuits break out like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.
5. The residents of Samaria will have anxiety over the calf of Beth-aven. Indeed, its idolatrous priests rejoiced over it; the people will mourn over it, over its glory. It will certainly depart from them.
6. The calf itself will be taken to Assyria as an offering to the great king. Ephraim will experience shame; Israel will be ashamed of its counsel.
7. Samaria's king will disappear like foam on the surface of the water.
8. The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; thorns and thistles will grow over their altars. They will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!"
9. Israel, you have sinned since the days of Gibeah; they have taken their stand there. Will not war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah?
10. I will discipline them at my discretion; nations will be gathered against them to put them in bondage for their two crimes.
11. Ephraim is a well-trained young cow that loves to thresh, but I will place a yoke on her fine neck. I will harness Ephraim; Judah will plow; Jacob will do the final plowing.
12. Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your untilled ground. It is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.
13. You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in your large number of soldiers,
14. the roar of battle will rise against your people, and all your fortifications will be demolished in a day of war, like Shalman's destruction of Beth-arbel. Mothers will be dashed to pieces along with [their] children.
15. So it will be done to you, Bethel, because of your extreme evil. At dawn the king of Israel will be totally destroyed.

Psalms 139:13-16
13. For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother's womb.
14. I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know [this] very well.
15. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all [my] days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.

Proverbs 29:21-21
21. A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogant later on.

3 John 1:1-14
1. The Elder: To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2. Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
3. For I was very glad when some brothers came and testified to your [faithfulness] to the truth-- how you are walking in the truth.
4. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5. Dear friend, you are showing your faith by whatever you do for the brothers, and this [you are doing] for strangers;
6. they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God,
7. since they set out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from pagans.
8. Therefore, we ought to support such men, so that we can be co-workers with the truth.
9. I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us.
10. This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
11. Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
12. Demetrius has a [good] testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. And we also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13. I have many things to write you, but I don't want to write to you with pen and ink.
14. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace be with you. The friends send you greetings. Greet the friends by name.