This is what the Lord GOD showed me--a basket of summer
He said, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said,
"A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said
to me, The end has come upon my people Israel; I will
never again pass them by.
The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that
day," says the Lord GOD; "the dead bodies
shall be many, cast out in every place. Be silent!"
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to
ruin the poor of the land,
saying, "When will the new moon be over so that we
may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer
wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the
shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances,
buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of
sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat."
The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will
never forget any of their deeds.
Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone
mourn who lives in it, and all of it rise like the Nile,
and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of
On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go
down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight.
I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your
songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on all
loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like
the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a
The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I
will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread,
or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the
They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to
east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the
LORD, but they shall not find it.
Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against
the godly? All day long
you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a
sharp razor, you worker of treachery.
You love evil more than good, and lying more than
speaking the truth. Selah
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.
But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and
tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the
land of the living. Selah
The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the
"See the one who would not take refuge in God, but
trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I
trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.
I will thank you forever, because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your
name, for it is good.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of
for in him all things in heaven and on earth were
created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones
or dominions or rulers or powers--all things have been
created through him and for him.
He himself is before all things, and in him all things
He is the head of the body, the church; he is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might
come to have first place in everything.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself
all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making
peace through the blood of his cross.
And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind,
doing evil deeds,
he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death,
so as to present you holy and blameless and
irreproachable before him--
provided that you continue securely established and
steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope
promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been
proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul,
became a servant of this gospel.
I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and
in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's
afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the
I became its servant according to God's commission that
was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully
the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and
generations but has now been revealed to his saints.
To them God chose to make known how great among the
Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery,
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching
everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone
mature in Christ.
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain
village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet
and listened to what he was saying.
But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came
to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my
sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell
her then to help me."
But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are
worried and distracted by many things;
there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the
better part, which will not be taken away from