Tuesday, July 16 - Scripture Reading

Amos 5:1-27, Romans 4:1-15, Psalm 86:1-10

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Amos 5:1-27

Amos 5

 1 Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:

 2 "Fallen is Virgin Israel,
   never to rise again,
deserted in her own land,
   with no one to lift her up."

 3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

   "The city that marches out a thousand strong for Israel
   will have only a hundred left;
the town that marches out a hundred strong
   will have only ten left."

 4 This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel:

   "Seek me and live;
 5 do not seek Bethel,
do not go to Gilgal,
   do not journey to Beersheba.
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
   and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.
6 Seek the LORD and live,
   or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire;
it will devour,
   and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

 7 You who turn justice into bitterness
   and cast righteousness to the ground
8 (he who made the Pleiades and Orion,
   who turns blackness into dawn
   and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
   and pours them out over the face of the land—
   the LORD is his name—
9 he flashes destruction on the stronghold
   and brings the fortified city to ruin),
10 you hate the one who reproves in court
   and despise him who tells the truth.

 11 You trample on the poor
   and force him to give you grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
   you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
   you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
   and how great your sins.

   You oppress the righteous and take bribes
   and you deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13 Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times,
   for the times are evil.

 14 Seek good, not evil,
   that you may live.
Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,
   just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil, love good;
   maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy
   on the remnant of Joseph.

 16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the LORD God Almighty, says:

   "There will be wailing in all the streets
   and cries of anguish in every public square.
The farmers will be summoned to weep
   and the mourners to wail.
17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards,
   for I will pass through your midst,"
            says the LORD.  18 Woe to you who long
   for the day of the LORD!
Why do you long for the day of the LORD?
   That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
   only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house
   and rested his hand on the wall
   only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light—
   pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

 21 "I hate, I despise your religious feasts;
   I cannot stand your assemblies.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
   I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
   I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
   I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
   righteousness like a never-failing stream!

 25 "Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
   forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king,
   the pedestal of your idols,
   the star of your god
   which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,"
   says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.

Romans 4:1-15

Romans 4

 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."

 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

 7 "Blessed are they
   whose transgressions are forgiven,
   whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man
   whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

 9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

 13 It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Psalm 86:1-10

Psalm 86


 1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me,
   for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
   You are my God; save your servant
   who trusts in you.
3 Have mercy on me, O Lord,
   for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant,
   for to you, O Lord,
   I lift up my soul.

 5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
   abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, O LORD;
   listen to my cry for mercy.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you,
   for you will answer me.

 8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
   no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
   will come and worship before you, O Lord;
   they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
   you alone are God.