11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of
Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them, the more they went from me; they
kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up
in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of
love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their
cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.
They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria
shall be their king, because they have refused to return
The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their
oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes.
My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most
High they call, but he does not raise them up at all.
How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over,
O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat
you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my
compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again
destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy
One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.
They shall go after the LORD, who roars like a lion;
when he roars, his children shall come trembling from
They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and
like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return
them to their homes, says the LORD.
107:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his
steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from
the west, from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he
delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way, until they reached an
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his
wonderful works to humankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills
with good things.
Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and
consider the steadfast love of the LORD.
3:1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the
things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the
right hand of God.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things
that are on earth,
for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ
When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also
will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly:
fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed
(which is idolatry).
On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those
who are disobedient.
These are the ways you also once followed, when you were
living that life.
But now you must get rid of all such things--anger,
wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped
off the old self with its practices
and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is
being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its
In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew,
circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian,
slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
12:13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher,
tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with
But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a
judge or arbitrator over you?"
And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard
against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not
consist in the abundance of possessions."
Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich
man produced abundantly.
And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have
no place to store my crops?'
Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns
and build larger ones, and there I will store all my
grain and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods
laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your
life is being demanded of you. And the things you have
prepared, whose will they be?'
So it is with those who store up treasures for
themselves but are not rich toward God."