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December 13


Amos 1:1-15
1. These are the words of Amos. He was a shepherd from the town of Tekoa. Here is the vision he saw concerning Israel. It came to him two years before the earthquake. At that time Uzziah was king of Judah. Jeroboam was king of Israel. He was the son of Jehoash. Here are the words of Amos.
2. I said, "The Lord roars like a lion from Jerusalem. His voice sounds like thunder from Zion. The grasslands of the shepherds turn brown. The top of Mount Carmel dries up."
3. The Lord says, "The people of Damascus have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They used threshing sleds with iron teeth to crush Gilead's people.
4. So I will send fire to destroy the palace of King Hazael. It will burn up the forts of his son Ben-Hadad.
5. I will break down the city gate of Damascus. I will cut off the king who lives in the Valley of Aven. He holds the ruler's rod in Beth Eden. The people of Aram will be taken away to Kir as prisoners," says the Lord.
6. The Lord says, "The people of Gaza have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They captured whole communities. They sold them to Edom.
7. So I will send fire to destroy the walls of Gaza. It will burn up its forts.
8. I will cut off the king of Ashdod. He holds the ruler's rod in Ashkelon. I will use my powerful hand against Ekron. Every single Philistine will die," says the Lord and King.
9. The Lord says, "The people of Tyre have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They captured whole communities. They sold them to Edom. They did not honor the treaty of friendship they had made.
10. So I will send fire to destroy the walls of Tyre. It will burn up its forts."
11. The Lord says, "The people of Edom have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They chased Israel with swords that were ready to strike them down. They did not show them any pity. They were angry all the time. Their anger blazed out. It could not be stopped.
12. So I will send fire to destroy the city of Teman. It will burn up Bozrah's forts."
13. The Lord says, "The people of Ammon have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They ripped open the pregnant women in Gilead. They wanted to add land to their territory.
14. So I will set fire to destroy the walls of Rabbah. It will burn up its forts. War cries will be heard on that day of battle. Strong winds will blow on that stormy day.
15. Ammon's god Molech will be carried away. So will its officials," says the Lord.

Amos 2:1-16
1. The Lord says, "The people of Moab have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They burned the bones of Edom's king to ashes.
2. So I will send fire to destroy Moab. It will burn up Kerioth's forts. Moab will come crashing down with a loud noise. War cries will be heard. So will the blast of trumpets.
3. I will cut off Moab's ruler. I will also kill all of its officials," says the Lord.
4. The Lord says, "The people of Judah have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They have refused to obey my law. They have not kept my rules. Other gods have led them down the wrong path. Their people before them worshiped those gods.
5. So I will send fire to destroy Judah. It will burn up Jerusalem's forts."
6. The Lord says, "The people of Israel have sinned again and again. So I will punish them. They sell into slavery those who do what is right. They trade needy people for a mere pair of sandals.
7. They grind the heads of the poor into the dust of the ground. They refuse to be fair to those who are crushed. A father and his son have sex with the same girl. They treat my name as if it were not holy.
8. They lie down beside every altar on clothes they had taken until the owner paid back what was owed. In the house of their God they drink wine that was taken as fines.
9. "I destroyed the Amorites to make room for my people in the land. The Amorites were as tall as cedar trees. They were as strong as oak trees. But I cut off their fruit above the ground and their roots below it.
10. "People of Israel, I brought you up out of Egypt. I led you in the desert for 40 years. I gave you the land of the Amorites.
11. I raised up prophets from among your children. I also set some of your young people apart to me as Nazirites. Isn't that true, people of Israel?" announces the Lord.
12. "But you made the Nazirites drink wine. You commanded the prophets not to prophesy.
13. "A cart that is loaded with grain crushes anything it runs over. In the same way, I will crush you.
14. Your fastest runners will not escape. The strongest people will not get away. Even soldiers will not be able to save their own lives.
15. Men who are armed with bows will lose the battle. Soldiers who are quick on their feet will not escape. Horsemen will not be able to save their own lives.
16. Even your bravest soldiers will run away naked on that day," announces the Lord.

Amos 3:1-15
1. People of Israel, listen to the Lord's message. It is against you. It is against the whole family he brought up out of Egypt. He says,
2. "Out of all of the families on earth I have chosen only you. So I will punish you because you have committed so many sins."
3. Do two people walk together unless they've agreed to do so?
4. Does a lion roar in the bushes when it doesn't have any food? Does it growl in its den when it hasn't caught anything?
5. Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no one has set a trap for it? Does a net spring up from the earth when there isn't anything for it to catch?
6. When someone blows a trumpet in a city, don't the people tremble with fear? When trouble comes to a city, hasn't the Lord caused it?
7. The Lord and King never does anything without telling his servants the prophets about it.
8. A lion has roared. Who isn't afraid? The Lord and King has spoken. Who can do anything but prophesy?
9. Speak to the people in the forts of Ashdod and Egypt. Tell them, "Gather together on the mountains of Samaria. Look at the great trouble in that city. Its people are committing many crimes."
10. "They do not know how to do what is right," announces the Lord. "They pile up stolen goods in their forts."
11. So the Lord and King says, "Enemies will take over your land. They will pull down your places of safety. They will rob your forts."
12. The Lord says, "Suppose a shepherd saves only two leg bones from a lion's mouth. Or he might save only a piece of an ear. That is how the Israelites will be saved. They sit in Samaria on the edge of their beds. They lie down in Damascus on their couches."
13. "Listen to me," announces the Lord. "Witness against the people of Jacob," says the Lord God who rules over all.
14. "I will punish Israel for their sins. When I do, I will destroy their altars at Bethel. The horns that stick out from the upper corners of their main altar will be cut off. They will fall to the ground.
15. I will tear their winter houses down. I will also pull down their summer houses. The houses they have decorated with ivory will be destroyed. And their princely houses will be torn down," announces the Lord.

Psalms 141:1-4
1. A psalm of David. Lord, I call out to you. Come quickly to help me. Listen to me when I call out to you.
2. May my prayer come to you like the sweet smell of incense. When I lift up my hands in prayer, may it be like the evening sacrifice.
3. Lord, guard my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4. Don't let my heart be drawn to what is evil. Don't let me join men who do evil. They don't do what is right. Don't let me join them and eat their fancy food.

Proverbs 29:25-25
25. If you are afraid of people, it will trap you. But if you trust in the Lord, he will keep you safe.

Revelation 3:1-22
1. "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Sardis. Here are the words of the One who holds the seven spirits of God. He has the seven stars in his hand. He says, 'I know what you are doing. People think you are alive, but you are dead.
2. Wake up! Strengthen what is left, or it will die. You have not done all that my God wants you to do.
3. 'So remember what you have been taught and have heard. Obey it. Turn away from your sins. If you don't wake up, I will come like a thief. You won't know when I will come to you.
4. 'But you have a few people in Sardis who have kept their clothes clean. They will walk with me, dressed in white, because they are worthy.
5. Those who overcome will also be dressed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life. I will speak of them by name to my Father and his angels.
6. 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.'
7. "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Philadelphia. Here are the words of the One who is holy and true. He holds the key of David. No one can shut what he opens. And no one can open what he shuts. He says,
8. 'I know what you are doing. Look! I have put an open door in front of you. No one can shut it. I know that you don't have much strength. But you have obeyed my word. You have not said no to me.
9. 'Some people claim they are Jews but are not. They are liars. Their worship is from Satan. I will make them come and fall down at your feet. I will make them say in public that I love you.
10. 'You have kept my command to put up with anything that happens. So I will keep you from the time of suffering that is going to come to the whole world. It will test those who live on the earth.
11. 'I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have. Then no one will take away your crown.
12. 'I'll see to it that those who overcome will be pillars in the temple of my God. They will never leave it again. I will write the name of my God on them. I will write the name of the city of my God on them. This is the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God. I will also write my new name on them.
13. 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.'
14. "Here is what I command you to write to the church in Laodicea. Here are the words of the One who is the Amen. What he gives witness to is faithful and true. He rules over what God has created. He says,
15. 'I know what you are doing. I know you aren't cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16. But you are lukewarm. You aren't hot or cold. So I am going to spit you out of my mouth.
17. 'You say, "I am rich. I've become wealthy and don't need anything." But you don't realize how pitiful and miserable you have become. You are poor, blind and naked.
18. 'So here's my advice. Buy from me gold made pure by fire. Then you will become rich. Buy from me white clothes to wear. Then you will be able to cover your shameful nakedness. And buy from me healing lotion to put on your eyes. Then you will be able to see.
19. 'I correct and train those I love. So be sincere, and turn away from your sins.
20. 'Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If any of you hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me.
21. 'I'll give those who overcome the right to sit with me on my throne. In the same way, I overcame. Then I sat down with my Father on his throne.
22. 'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.' "