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Psalm chapter 80

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To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony of Asaph. A Psalm.
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Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest Joseph like a flock! Thou who art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
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before E'phraim and Benjamin and Manas'seh! Stir up thy might, and come to save us!
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Restore us, O God; let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
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O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry with thy people's prayers?
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Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.
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Thou dost make us the scorn of our neighbors; and our enemies laugh among themselves.
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Restore us, O God of hosts; let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
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Thou didst bring a vine out of Egypt; thou didst drive out the nations and plant it.
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Thou didst clear the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
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The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;
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it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.
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Why then hast thou broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
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The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
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Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
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the stock which thy right hand planted.
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They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance!
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But let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, the son of man whom thou hast made strong for thyself!
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Then we will never turn back from thee; give us life, and we will call on thy name! [ (Psalms 80:20) Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! let thy face shine, that we may be saved! ]

Amos chapter 1

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The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Teko'a, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzzi'ah king of Judah and in the days of Jerobo'am the son of Jo'ash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
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And he said: "The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers."
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing sledges of iron.
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So I will send a fire upon the house of Haz'ael, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-ha'dad.
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I will break the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven, and him that holds the scepter from Beth-eden; and the people of Syria shall go into exile to Kir," says the LORD.
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom.
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So I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza, and it shall devour her strongholds.
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I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod, and him that holds the scepter from Ash'kelon; I will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish," says the Lord GOD.
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they delivered up a whole people to Edom, and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.
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So I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour her strongholds."
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger tore perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever.
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So I will send a fire upon Teman, and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah."
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of the Ammonites, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they have ripped up women with child in Gilead, that they might enlarge their border.
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So I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour her strongholds, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind;
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and their king shall go into exile, he and his princes together," says the LORD.

Amos chapter 2

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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom.
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So I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ker'ioth, and Moab shall die amid uproar, amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;
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I will cut off the ruler from its midst, and will slay all its princes with him," says the LORD.
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they have rejected the law of the LORD, and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them astray, after which their fathers walked.
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So I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem."
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Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes--
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they that trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same maiden, so that my holy name is profaned;
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they lay themselves down beside every altar upon garments taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
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"Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and who was as strong as the oaks; I destroyed his fruit above, and his roots beneath.
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Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
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And I raised up some of your sons for prophets, and some of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?" says the LORD.
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"But you made the Nazirites drink wine, and commanded the prophets, saying, `You shall not prophesy.'
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"Behold, I will press you down in your place, as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
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Flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not retain his strength, nor shall the mighty save his life;
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he who handles the bow shall not stand, and he who is swift of foot shall not save himself, nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
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and he who is stout of heart among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day," says the LORD.

Amos chapter 3

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Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
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"You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
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"Do two walk together, unless they have made an appointment?
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Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?
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Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when it has taken nothing?
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Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does evil befall a city, unless the LORD has done it?
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Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
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The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy?"
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Proclaim to the strongholds in Assyria, and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt, and say, "Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Sama'ria, and see the great tumults within her, and the oppressions in her midst."
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"They do not know how to do right," says the LORD, "those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds."
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Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "An adversary shall surround the land, and bring down your defenses from you, and your strongholds shall be plundered."
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Thus says the LORD: "As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Sama'ria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed."
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"Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob," says the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
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"that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions, I will punish the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground.
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I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end," says the LORD.

2 Timothy chapter 4

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I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
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preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
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For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,
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and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.
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As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
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For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.
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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
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Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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Do your best to come to me soon.
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For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessaloni'ca; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
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Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.
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Tych'icus I have sent to Ephesus.
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When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Tro'as, also the books, and above all the parchments.
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Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will requite him for his deeds.
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Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.
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At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
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But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
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The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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Greet Prisca and Aq'uila, and the household of Onesiph'orus.
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Eras'tus remained at Corinth; Troph'imus I left ill at Mile'tus.
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Do your best to come before winter. Eubu'lus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
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The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.