November 26
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3John 1

Chapter 1

1:1The Elder:
To my dear friend Gaius: I love you in the truth.
2Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually. 3For I was very glad when some brothers came and testified to your faithfulness to the truth-how you are walking in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5Dear friend, you are showing faithfulness by whatever you do for the brothers, especially when they are strangers. 6They have testified to your love in front of the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God, 7since they set out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from pagans. 8Therefore, we ought to support such men so that we can be coworkers with the truth.
9I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us. 10This 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.
11Dear 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. 12Demetrius 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.
13I have many things to write you, but I don't want to write to you with pen and ink. 14I 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.

Hosea 8-10

Chapter 8

8:1Put the horn to your mouth!
One like an eagle comes
against the house of the Lord,
because they transgress My covenant
and rebel against My law.
2Israel cries out to Me,
"My God, we know You!"
3Israel has rejected what is good;
an enemy will pursue him.
4They have installed kings,
but not through Me.
They have appointed leaders,
but without My approval.
They make their silver and gold
into idols for themselves
for their own destruction.
5Your calf-idol is rejected, Samaria.
My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?
6For this thing is from Israel-
a craftsman made it, and it is not God.
The calf of Samaria will be smashed to bits!
7Indeed, they sow the wind
and reap the whirlwind.
There is no standing grain;
what sprouts fails to yield flour.
Even if they did,
foreigners would swallow it up.
8Israel is swallowed up!
Now they are among the nations
like discarded pottery.
9For they have gone up to Assyria
like a wild donkey going off on its own.
Ephraim has paid for love.
10Even though they hire lovers among the nations,
I will now round them up,
and they will begin to decrease in number
under the burden of the king and leaders.
11When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin,
they became his altars for sinning.
12Though I were to write out for him
ten thousand points of My instruction,
they would be regarded as something strange.
13Though they offer sacrificial gifts
and eat the flesh,
the Lord does not accept them.
Now He will remember their guilt
and punish their sins;
they will return to Egypt.
14Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces;
Judah has also multiplied fortified cities.
I will send fire on their cities,
and it will consume their citadels.

Chapter 9

9:1Israel, 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.
2Threshing floor and wine vat will not sustain them,
and the new wine will fail them.
3They will not stay in the land of the Lord.
Instead, Ephraim will return to Egypt,
and they will eat unclean food in Assyria.
4They 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.
5What will you do on a festival day,
on the day of the Lord's feast?
6For 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.
7The 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.
8Ephraim'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!
9They have deeply corrupted themselves
as in the days of Gibeah.
He will remember their guilt;
He will punish their sins.
10I 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.
11Ephraim's glory will fly away like a bird:
no birth, no gestation, no conception.
12Even if they raise children,
I will bereave them of each one.
Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
13I have seen Ephraim like Tyre,
planted in a meadow,
so Ephraim will bring out his children
to the executioner.
14Give them, Lord-
What should You give?
Give them a womb that miscarries
and breasts that are dry!
15All 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.
16Ephraim is struck down;
their roots are withered;
they cannot bear fruit.
Even if they bear children,
I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs.
17My God will reject them
because they have not listened to Him;
they will become wanderers among the nations.

Chapter 10

10:1Israel 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.
2Their hearts are devious;
now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord will break down their altars
and demolish their sacred pillars.
3In fact, they are now saying,
"We have no king!
For we do not fear the Lord.
What can a king do for us?"
4They speak mere words,
taking false oaths while making covenants.
So lawsuits break out
like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.
5The 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.
6The 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.
7Samaria's king will disappear
like foam on the surface of the water.
8The 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!"
9Israel, you have sinned
since the days of Gibeah;
they have taken their stand there.
Will not war against the unjust
overtake them in Gibeah?
10I will discipline them at My discretion;
nations will be gathered against them
to put them in bondage
for their two crimes.
11Ephraim is a well-trained calf
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.
12Sow righteousness for yourselves
and reap faithful love;
break up your unplowed ground.
It is time to seek the Lord
until He comes and sends righteousness
on you like the rain.
13You 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,
14the 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.
15So it will be done to you, Bethel,
because of your extreme evil.
At dawn the king of Israel will be totally destroyed.

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