7This is what the Lord God showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter growth after the kings mowings).
2When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said,
O Lord God, forgive, I beg you!
How can Jacob stand?
He is so small!
3 The Lord relented concerning this;
It shall not be, said the Lord.
4 This is what the Lord God showed me: the Lord God was calling for a shower of fire,* and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land.
5Then I said,
O Lord God, cease, I beg you!
How can Jacob stand?
He is so small!
6 The Lord relented concerning this;
This also shall not be, said the Lord God.
7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand.
8And the Lord said to me, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A plumb-line. Then the Lord said,
See, I am setting a plumb-line
in the midst of my people Israel;
I will never again pass them by;
9 the high places of Isaac shall be made 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 King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words.
11For thus Amos has said,
Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.
12And Amaziah said to Amos, O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; 13but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the kings sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.
14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, I am* no prophet, nor a prophets son; but I am* a herdsman, and a dresser of sycomore trees,
15and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.
16 Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
You say, Do not prophesy against Israel,
and do not preach against the house of Isaac.
17 Therefore, thus says the Lord:
Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
and your land shall be parcelled out by line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord;
praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time on and for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!
15Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
2Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.
3He answered them, And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
4For God said,* Honour your father and your mother, and, Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.
5But you say that whoever tells father or mother, Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,* then that person need not honour the father.*
6So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word* of God.
7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said:
8 This people honours me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
9 in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.
10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles. 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said? 13He answered, Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.* And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit. 15But Peter said to him, Explain this parable to us. 16Then he said, Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.
21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon. 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us. 24He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, Lord, help me. 26He answered, It is not fair to take the childrens food and throw it to the dogs. 27She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters table. 28Then Jesus answered her, Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish. And her daughter was healed instantly.
29 After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. 30Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, 31so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way. 33The disciples said to him, Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd? 34Jesus asked them, How many loaves have you? They said, Seven, and a few small fish. 35Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 38Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.*
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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