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12th December

Daily devotional by Larry Stockstill

Pride is undoubtedly the deadliest of sins. It caused the downfall of Satan, and for centuries he has deceived countless men and women.

David, the greatest king of Israel, would not allow pride in his life. He declared, "Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don't concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me" (Psalm 131:1). Associating with the wealthy, the intellectual, or political "movers and shakers" causes some to consider themselves exalted, as did Haman in the book of Esther.

David, however, was willing to associate with anyone and still remained secure in who he was. He reminded himself that his soul was as quiet as a "weaned child with its mother" (v. 2, NIV). Weaned children do not struggle for position and nourishment, but rather are relaxed and content to lie on their mothers' laps. Prideful people, on the other hand, are always fidgety. They push for position and notoriety and work all the angles.

As though we were babies on God's lap, let us relax and allow Him to exalt us. We will live longer and go further as well!

Amos 7:1-9:15

Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me:ver 7; Am 8:1 He was preparing swarms of locustsPs 78:46; S Jer 51:14; S Joel 1:4 after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up.When they had stripped the land clean,S Ex 10:15 I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive?S Isa 37:4 He is so small!S Eze 11:13; S Am 4:9

So the Lord relented.S Ex 32:14; Dt 32:36; S Jer 18:8; 26:19

“This will not happen,” the Lord said.S Hos 11:8

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: The Sovereign Lord was calling for judgment by fire;S Isa 66:16; S Joel 1:19 it dried up the great deep and devouredDt 32:22 the land.Then I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!S ver 1-2; Joel 2:17

So the Lord relented.S Ex 32:14; S Jer 18:8; Jnh 3:10

“This will not happen either,” the Sovereign Lord said.Jer 42:10; S Eze 9:8

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. with a plumb lineThe meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain; also in verse 8. in his hand.And the Lord asked me, “What do you see,Jer 1:11, 13 Amos?Am 8:2

“A plumb line,S 2Ki 21:13” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.S Jer 15:6; Eze 7:2-9

“The high placesS Lev 26:30 of Isaac will be destroyed

and the sanctuariesS Lev 26:31 of Israel will be ruined;

with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.S 1Ki 13:34; 2Ki 15:9; Isa 63:18; S Hos 10:8

Amos and Amaziah

10 Then Amaziah the priest of BethelS Jos 7:2 sent a message to JeroboamS 2Ki 14:23 king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracyJer 38:4 against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.2Ki 14:24; Jer 26:8-1111 For this is what Amos is saying:

“‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,

and Israel will surely go into exile,S Am 5:27

away from their native land.’”Jer 36:16

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer!S 1Sa 9:9 Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.Mt 8:3413 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel,S Jos 7:2; S 1Ki 12:29 because this is the king’s sanctuary and the templeJer 36:5 of the kingdom.S Jer 20:2; S Am 2:12; Ac 4:18

14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophetS 1Sa 10:5; 2Ki 2:5; 4:38; Zec 13:5 nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.S 1Ki 10:27; S Isa 9:1015 But the Lord took me from tending the flockS Ge 37:2; S 2Sa 7:8 and said to me, ‘Go,S Isa 6:9 prophesyS Jer 26:12 to my people Israel.’Jer 7:1-2; S Eze 2:3-416 Now then, hearJer 22:2 the word of the Lord. You say,

“‘Do not prophesy againstS Eze 20:46; Mic 2:6 Israel,

and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’

17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“‘Your wife will become a prostituteS Hos 4:13 in the city,

and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.

Your land will be measured and divided up,

and you yourself will die in a paganHebrew an unclean country.

And Israel will surely go into exile,S Am 5:27

away from their native land.S 2Ki 17:6; S Eze 4:13; S Hos 9:3; Am 2:12-13’”

A Basket of Ripe Fruit

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me:S Am 7:1 a basket of ripe fruit.“What do you see,Jer 1:13; 24:3 Amos?Am 7:8” he asked.

“A basketS Ge 40:16 of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.S La 4:18; Eze 7:2-9

“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.Or “the temple singers will wailS Am 5:16 Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!Am 6:10

Hear this, you who trample the needy

and do away with the poorS Pr 30:14 of the land,S Job 20:19; S Ps 14:4; S Am 2:7

saying,

“When will the New MoonS Nu 10:10 be over

that we may sell grain,

and the Sabbath be ended

that we may marketIsa 58:13 wheat?”S Ne 10:31

skimping on the measure,

boosting the price

and cheatingS Ge 31:7 with dishonest scales,Dt 25:15; 2Ki 4:23; Ne 13:15-16; Eze 45:10-12; S Hos 12:7; Mic 6:10-11; Zec 5:6

buying the poorAm 5:11 with silver

and the needy for a pair of sandals,

selling even the sweepings with the wheat.S Am 2:6; S 4:1

The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob:S Ps 47:4 “I will never forgetS Hos 8:13 anything they have done.S Job 35:15

“Will not the land trembleS Job 9:6; Jer 51:29 for this,

and all who live in it mourn?

The whole land will rise like the Nile;

it will be stirred up and then sink

like the river of Egypt.Ps 18:7; S Jer 46:8; Am 9:5

“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,

“I will make the sun go down at noon

and darken the earth in broad daylight.S Job 5:14; Isa 59:9-10; Jer 13:16; 15:9; S Eze 32:7; S Am 5:8; Mic 3:6; Mt 27:45; Mk 15:33; Lk 23:44-45

10 I will turn your religious festivalsS Lev 26:31 into mourning

and all your singing into weeping.S La 5:15; S Hos 2:11

I will make all of you wear sackclothS Joel 1:8

and shaveS Lev 13:40; S Isa 3:17 your heads.

I will make that time like mourning for an only sonS Ge 21:16

and the end of it like a bitter day.S Jer 2:19; S Eze 7:18

11 “The days are coming,”Jer 30:3; 31:27 declares the Sovereign Lord,

“when I will send a famine through the land—

not a famine of food or a thirst for water,

but a famineS Isa 30:20 of hearing the words of the Lord.S 1Sa 3:1; S 28:6; S 2Ch 15:3

12 People will stagger from sea to sea

and wander from north to east,

searching for the word of the Lord,

but they will not find it.S Eze 20:3, 31

13 “In that day

“the lovely young women and strong young menS Isa 9:17

will faint because of thirst.Isa 41:17; Hos 2:3

14 Those who swear by the sin of SamariaMic 1:5

who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’S 1Ki 12:29

or, ‘As surely as the godHebrew the way of BeershebaS Am 5:5 lives’—

they will fall,S Ps 46:2 never to rise again.S Am 5:2

Israel to Be Destroyed

I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

“Strike the tops of the pillars

so that the thresholds shake.

Bring them down on the headsPs 68:21 of all the people;

those who are left I will kill with the sword.

Not one will get away,

none will escape.Jer 11:11

Though they dig down to the depths below,S Job 7:9; S Eze 26:20

from there my hand will take them.

Though they climb up to the heavens above,Jer 51:53

from there I will bring them down.Ob 1:4

Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,Am 1:2

there I will hunt them down and seize them.Ps 139:8-10

Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,Ps 68:22

there I will command the serpentIsa 27:1 to bite them.S Ge 49:17; S Job 11:20; Jer 16:16-17

Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,

there I will command the swordS Lev 26:33; S Eze 5:12 to slay them.

“I will keep my eye on them

for harmS Jer 21:10 and not for good.Jer 39:16; S Eze 15:7S Jer 44:11

The Lord, the Lord Almighty—

he touches the earth and it melts,S Ps 46:2

and all who live in it mourn;

the whole land rises like the Nile,

then sinks like the river of Egypt;S Am 8:8

he builds his lofty palaceThe meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.Jer 43:9 in the heavens

and sets its foundationThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. on the earth;

he calls for the waters of the sea

and pours them out over the face of the land—

the Lord is his name.Ps 104:1-3, 5-6, 13; S Am 5:8

“Are not you Israelites

the same to me as the CushitesThat is, people from the upper Nile region?”S 2Ch 12:3; Isa 20:4; 43:3

declares the Lord.

“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,

the PhilistinesS Ge 10:14 from CaphtorThat is, CreteS Dt 2:23

and the Arameans from Kir?S 2Ki 16:9; S Isa 22:6; S Am 2:10

“Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord

are on the sinful kingdom.

I will destroyS Jer 4:27 it

from the face of the earth.

Yet I will not totally destroy

the descendants of Jacob,”

declares the Lord.S Jer 44:27

“For I will give the command,

and I will shake the people of Israel

among all the nations

as grainLk 22:31 is shaken in a sieve,Isa 30:28

and not a pebble will reach the ground.S Jer 31:36; S Da 9:7

10 All the sinners among my people

will die by the sword,Jer 49:37

all those who say,

‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’Jer 5:12; S 23:17; S Eze 20:38; S Am 6:3

Israel’s Restoration

11 “In that day

“I will restore David’sS Isa 7:2 fallen shelterS Ge 26:22

I will repair its broken walls

and restore its ruinsPs 53:6; S Isa 49:8

and will rebuild it as it used to be,Ps 80:12; S Eze 17:24; Mic 7:8, 11; Zec 12:7; 14:10

12 so that they may possess the remnant of EdomS Nu 24:18

and all the nations that bear my name,Hebrew; Septuagint so that the remnant of people / and all the nations that bear my name may seek meIsa 43:7; Jer 25:29

declares the Lord, who will do these things.Ac 15:16-17*

13 “The days are coming,”Jer 31:38; 33:14 declares the Lord,

“when the reaperS Ru 2:3 will be overtaken by the plowmanLev 26:5

and the planter by the one treadingS Jdg 9:27 grapes.

New wineS Joel 2:24 will drip from the mountains

and flow from all the hills,S Joel 3:18

14 and I will bringS Jer 29:14 my people Israel back from exile.Or will restore the fortunes of my people IsraelS Jer 33:7

“They will rebuild the ruined citiesS Isa 32:18; S 49:8; S 61:4 and live in them.

They will plant vineyardsS 2Ki 19:29 and drink their wine;

they will make gardens and eat their fruit.S Isa 62:9; S Jer 30:18; S 31:28; Eze 28:25-26; S 34:13-14; S Am 5:11

15 I will plantS Ex 15:17; S Isa 60:21 Israel in their own land,S Jer 23:8

never again to be uprootedS Joel 3:20

from the land I have given them,”S Isa 65:9; S Jer 3:18; Ob 1:17

says the Lord your God.S Jer 18:9; S 24:6; S 32:15; S Eze 28:26; S 34:25-28; S 37:12, 25

A Vision of Locusts

The Sovereign Lord showed me a vision. I saw him preparing to send a vast swarm of locusts over the land. This was after the king’s share had been harvested from the fields and as the main crop was coming up.In my vision the locusts ate every green plant in sight. Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, please forgive us or we will not survive, for IsraelHebrew Jacob; also in 7:5. See note on 3:13. is so small.”

So the Lord relented from this plan. “I will not do it,” he said.

A Vision of Fire

Then the Sovereign Lord showed me another vision. I saw him preparing to punish his people with a great fire. The fire had burned up the depths of the sea and was devouring the entire land.Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, please stop or we will not survive, for Israel is so small.”

Then the Lord relented from this plan, too. “I will not do that either,” said the Sovereign Lord.

A Vision of a Plumb Line

Then he showed me another vision. I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was using a plumb line to see if it was still straight.And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

I answered, “A plumb line.”

And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins.The pagan shrines of your ancestorsHebrew of Isaac. will be ruined, and the temples of Israel will be destroyed; I will bring the dynasty of King Jeroboam to a sudden end.”

Amos and Amaziah

10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent a message to Jeroboam, king of Israel: “Amos is hatching a plot against you right here on your very doorstep! What he is saying is intolerable.11 He is saying, ‘Jeroboam will soon be killed, and the people of Israel will be sent away into exile.’”

12 Then Amaziah sent orders to Amos: “Get out of here, you prophet! Go on back to the land of Judah, and earn your living by prophesying there!13 Don’t bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king’s sanctuary and the national place of worship!”

14 But Amos replied, “I’m not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one.Or I’m not a prophet nor the son of a prophet. I’m just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees.15 But the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.’16 Now then, listen to this message from the Lord:

“You say,

‘Don’t prophesy against Israel.

Stop preaching against my people.Hebrew against the house of Isaac.

17 But this is what the Lord says:

‘Your wife will become a prostitute in this city,

and your sons and daughters will be killed.

Your land will be divided up,

and you yourself will die in a foreign land.

And the people of Israel will certainly become captives in exile,

far from their homeland.’”

A Vision of Ripe Fruit

Then the Sovereign Lord showed me another vision. In it I saw a basket filled with ripe fruit.“What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

I replied, “A basket full of ripe fruit.”

Then the Lord said, “Like this fruit, Israel is ripe for punishment! I will not delay their punishment again.In that day the singing in the Temple will turn to wailing. Dead bodies will be scattered everywhere. They will be carried out of the city in silence. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Listen to this, you who rob the poor

and trample down the needy!

You can’t wait for the Sabbath day to be over

and the religious festivals to end

so you can get back to cheating the helpless.

You measure out grain with dishonest measures

and cheat the buyer with dishonest scales.Hebrew You make the ephah [a unit for measuring grain] small and the shekel [a unit of weight] great, and you deal falsely by using deceitful balances.

And you mix the grain you sell

with chaff swept from the floor.

Then you enslave poor people

for one piece of silver or a pair of sandals.

Now the Lord has sworn this oath

by his own name, the Pride of IsraelHebrew the pride of Jacob. See note on 3:13.:

“I will never forget

the wicked things you have done!

The earth will tremble for your deeds,

and everyone will mourn.

The ground will rise like the Nile River at floodtime;

it will heave up, then sink again.

“In that day,” says the Sovereign Lord,

“I will make the sun go down at noon

and darken the earth while it is still day.

10 I will turn your celebrations into times of mourning

and your singing into weeping.

You will wear funeral clothes

and shave your heads to show your sorrow—

as if your only son had died.

How very bitter that day will be!

11 “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,

“when I will send a famine on the land—

not a famine of bread or water

but of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 People will stagger from sea to sea

and wander from border to borderHebrew from north to east.

searching for the word of the Lord,

but they will not find it.

13 Beautiful girls and strong young men

will grow faint in that day,

thirsting for the Lord’s word.

14 And those who swear by the shameful idols of Samaria—

who take oaths in the name of the god of Dan

and make vows in the name of the god of BeershebaHebrew the way of Beersheba.

they will all fall down,

never to rise again.”

A Vision of God at the Altar

Then I saw a vision of the Lord standing beside the altar. He said,

“Strike the tops of the Temple columns,

so that the foundation will shake.

Bring down the roof

on the heads of the people below.

I will kill with the sword those who survive.

No one will escape!

“Even if they dig down to the place of the dead,Hebrew to Sheol.

I will reach down and pull them up.

Even if they climb up into the heavens,

I will bring them down.

Even if they hide at the very top of Mount Carmel,

I will search them out and capture them.

Even if they hide at the bottom of the ocean,

I will send the sea serpent after them to bite them.

Even if their enemies drive them into exile,

I will command the sword to kill them there.

I am determined to bring disaster upon them

and not to help them.”

The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

touches the land and it melts,

and all its people mourn.

The ground rises like the Nile River at floodtime,

and then it sinks again.

The Lord’s home reaches up to the heavens,

while its foundation is on the earth.

He draws up water from the oceans

and pours it down as rain on the land.

The Lord is his name!

“Are you Israelites more important to me

than the Ethiopians?Hebrew the Cushites?” asks the Lord.

“I brought Israel out of Egypt,

but I also brought the Philistines from CreteHebrew Caphtor.

and led the Arameans out of Kir.

“I, the Sovereign Lord,

am watching this sinful nation of Israel.

I will destroy it

from the face of the earth.

But I will never completely destroy the family of Israel,Hebrew the house of Jacob. See note on 3:13.

says the Lord.

“For I will give the command

and will shake Israel along with the other nations

as grain is shaken in a sieve,

yet not one true kernel will be lost.

10 But all the sinners will die by the sword—

all those who say, ‘Nothing bad will happen to us.’

A Promise of Restoration

11 “In that day I will restore the fallen houseOr kingdom; Hebrew reads tent. of David.

I will repair its damaged walls.

From the ruins I will rebuild it

and restore its former glory.

12 And Israel will possess what is left of Edom

and all the nations I have called to be mine.Greek version reads and restore its former glory, / so that the rest of humanity, including the Gentiles— / all those I have called to be mine—might seek me. Compare Acts 15:16-17.

The Lord has spoken,

and he will do these things.

13 “The time will come,” says the Lord,

“when the grain and grapes will grow faster

than they can be harvested.

Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel

will drip with sweet wine!

14 I will bring my exiled people of Israel

back from distant lands,

and they will rebuild their ruined cities

and live in them again.

They will plant vineyards and gardens;

they will eat their crops and drink their wine.

15 I will firmly plant them there

in their own land.

They will never again be uprooted

from the land I have given them,”

says the Lord your God.

Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.

And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord God, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord.

Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

The Lord repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord God.

Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

15 And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.

And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.

And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.

Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.

Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:

12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.

Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.

And the Lord God of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.

It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name.

Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?

Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.

For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.

13 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

Revelation 3:7-22

To the Church in Philadelphia

“To the angel of the church in PhiladelphiaRev 1:11 write:

These are the words of him who is holyS Mk 1:24 and true,1Jn 5:20; Rev 6:10; 19:11 who holds the key of David.Isa 22:22; Mt 16:19 What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.I know your deeds.S Rev 2:2 See, I have placed before you an open doorS Ac 14:27 that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.Rev 2:13I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan,Rev 2:9 who claim to be Jews though they are not,Rev 2:9 but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feetIsa 49:23 and acknowledge that I have loved you.Isa 43:4; S Ro 8:3710 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you2Pe 2:9 from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole worldS Mt 24:14 to testRev 2:10 the inhabitants of the earth.Rev 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:8

11 I am coming soon.S Mt 16:27 Hold on to what you have,Rev 2:25 so that no one will take your crown.S 1Co 9:2512 The one who is victoriousS Jn 16:33 I will make a pillarGal 2:9 in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my GodRev 14:1; 22:4 and the name of the city of my God,Eze 48:35 the new Jerusalem,Gal 4:26; Rev 21:2, 10 which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.13 Whoever has ears, let them hearS Rev 2:7 what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in LaodiceaS Col 2:1; Rev 1:11 write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness,Jn 18:37; Rev 1:5 the ruler of God’s creation.Pr 8:22; Jn 1:3; Col 1:16, 1815 I know your deeds,S Rev 2:2 that you are neither cold nor hot.Ro 12:11 I wish you were either one or the other!16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’Hos 12:8; 1Co 4:8 But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.Pr 13:718 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire,S 1Pe 1:7 so you can become rich; and white clothesS ver 4 to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness;Rev 16:15 and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.Dt 8:5; Pr 3:12; 1Co 11:32; Heb 12:5, 6 So be earnest and repent.S Rev 2:520 Here I am! I stand at the doorMt 24:33; Jas 5:9 and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,Lk 12:36 I will come inS Ro 8:10 and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious,S Jn 16:33 I will give the right to sit with me on my throne,S Mt 19:28 just as I was victoriousRev 5:5 and sat down with my Father on his throne.22 Whoever has ears, let them hearS Rev 2:7 what the Spirit says to the churches.”

The Message to the Church in Philadelphia

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

This is the message from the one who is holy and true,

the one who has the key of David.

What he opens, no one can close;

and what he closes, no one can open:Isa 22:22.

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love.

10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.11 I am coming soon.Or suddenly, or quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.

13 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

The Message to the Church in Laodicea

14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginningOr the ruler, or the source. of God’s new creation:

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Psalm 131:1-3

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud,Ps 101:5; Isa 2:12; Ro 12:16 Lord,

my eyes are not haughty;S 2Sa 22:28; S Job 41:34

I do not concern myself with great mattersJer 45:5

or things too wonderful for me.S Job 5:9; Ps 139:6

But I have calmed and quieted myself,S Ps 116:7

I am like a weaned child with its mother;

like a weaned child I am content.Mt 18:3; 1Co 13:11; 14:20

Israel, put your hopeS Ps 25:5; 119:43; 130:7 in the Lord

both now and forevermore.S Ps 113:2

Psalm 131

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

Lord, my heart is not proud;

my eyes are not haughty.

I don’t concern myself with matters too great

or too awesome for me to grasp.

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,

like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.

Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, put your hope in the Lord

now and always.

131 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.

Proverbs 29:23

23 Pride brings a person low,S Est 5:12

but the lowly in spirit gain honor.S Pr 11:2; S 15:33; S 16:18

23 Pride ends in humiliation,

while humility brings honor.

23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

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