Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the
families of the house of Israel.
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Thus says the LORD: What wrong did your ancestors find in me
that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and
became worthless themselves?
They did not say, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from
the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of
deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a
land that no one passes through, where no one lives?"
I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its
good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made
my heritage an abomination.
The priests did not say, "Where is the LORD?" Those
who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed
against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after
things that do not profit.
Therefore once more I accuse you, says the LORD, and I accuse
your children's children.
Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and
examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing.
Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But
my people have changed their glory for something that does not
Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly
desolate, says the LORD,
for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for
themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of
Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
"But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not
submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their
O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand
against their foes.
Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their doom
would last forever.
I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey
from the rock I would satisfy you."
Let mutual love continue.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing
that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison
with them; those who are being tortured, as though you
yourselves were being tortured.
Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed
be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with
what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or
So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I
will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you;
consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of
praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such
sacrifices are pleasing to God.
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of
the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he
told them a parable.
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do
not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more
distinguished than you has been invited by your host;
and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you,
'Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would
start to take the lowest place.
But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place,
so that when your host comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move
up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who
sit at the table with you.
For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who
humble themselves will be exalted."
He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give
a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your
brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may
invite you in return, and you would be repaid.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the
lame, and the blind.
And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you
will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."