This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside
a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his
And 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
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."
Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King
Jeroboam of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired
against you in the very center of the house of Israel;
the land is not able to bear all his words.
For thus Amos has said, 'Jeroboam shall die by the
sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his
And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to
the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy
but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's
sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom."
Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a
prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of
and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the
LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'
"Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. You say,
'Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach
against the house of Isaac."
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 parceled
out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its
God has taken his place in the divine council; in the
midst of the gods he holds judgment:
"How long will you judge unjustly and show
partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the
right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the
hand of the wicked."
They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk
around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are
I say, "You are gods, children of the Most High,
all of you;
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like
Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations
belong to you!
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and
Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in
Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of
the love that you have for all the saints,
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have
heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the
that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and
growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit
among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly
comprehended the grace of God.
This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow
servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your
and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not
ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled
with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom
so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully
pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work
and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes
from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to
endure everything with patience, while joyfully
giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to
share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
He has rescued us from the power of darkness and
transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.
"Teacher," he said, "what must I do to
inherit eternal life?"
He said to him, "What is written in the law? What
do you read there?"
He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor
And he said to him, "You have given the right
answer; do this, and you will live."
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem
to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who
stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half
Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and
when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw
him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when
he saw him, he was moved with pity.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured
oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal,
brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the
innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come
back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.'
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to
the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus
said to him, "Go and do likewise."