Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Thirty

~Good Morning~
Okay I am really hurt. I really would love to tell my mother in law this but I know I am in no place and it is NOT the time. I have also mentioned this to her before with a strange response of mothers and their daughters kids are closer than mothers of their son's kids. (I don't believe that though coz my Aunt is extremely close to my cousin Kevin's kids. Do I have any right to be angry and hurt about this: Last night my sil called me because they did not have any photo's of S and my fil.This breaks my heart in pieces. I said I will check and send them over. I stayed up super late and checked through thousands of photos from her 2006 – 2010. Not one of just them. I had a couple of all four of them with him last year's Easter. I get soooo jealous. She went to the beach house with them for one weekend last year. That is the only time they have really spent time with her. She is 4. They took R twice last year. They took my sil's girls almost every other weekend and they were living with them. I am jealous because I feel they don't care to get to know them.
I am an evil coveting person.
(p.s. please tell me if I should not be posting this on the internet)
Full day today, the library and kid's museum.

  • Why?
 18 The attacking armies will shoot down the young men with arrows.
      They will have no mercy on helpless babies
      and will show no compassion for children."

  • To dance?
 21 Desert animals will move into the ruined city,
      and the houses will be haunted by howling creatures.
   Owls will live among the ruins,
      and wild goats will go there to dance

  • God did punish children for their parents sin?
 21 Kill this man's children!
      Let them die because of their father's sins!
   They must not rise and conquer the earth,
      filling the world with their cities."

Today's Scripture:
2 Kings 16:19-20
19 The rest of the events in Ahaz's reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. 20 When Ahaz died, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Hezekiah became the next king.
2 Chronicles 28:26-27
26 The rest of the events of Ahaz's reign and everything he did, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 27 When Ahaz died, he was buried in Jerusalem but not in the royal cemetery of the kings of Judah. Then his son Hezekiah became the next king.
Isaiah 13-16:14
Isaiah 13
A Message about Babylon
Isaiah son of Amoz received this message concerning the destruction of Babylon:
2 "Raise a signal flag on a bare hilltop.
      Call up an army against Babylon.
   Wave your hand to encourage them
      as they march into the palaces of the high and mighty.
 3 I, the Lord, have dedicated these soldiers for this task.
      Yes, I have called mighty warriors to express my anger,
      and they will rejoice when I am exalted."
4 Hear the noise on the mountains!
      Listen, as the vast armies march!
   It is the noise and shouting of many nations.
      The Lord of Heaven's Armies has called this army together.
 5 They come from distant countries,
      from beyond the farthest horizons.
   They are the Lord's weapons to carry out his anger.
      With them he will destroy the whole land.
6 Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord has arrived—
      the time for the Almighty to destroy.
 7 Every arm is paralyzed with fear.
      Every heart melts,
    8 and people are terrified.
   Pangs of anguish grip them,
      like those of a woman in labor.
   They look helplessly at one another,
      their faces aflame with fear.
9 For see, the day of the Lord is coming—
      the terrible day of his fury and fierce anger.
   The land will be made desolate,
      and all the sinners destroyed with it.
 10 The heavens will be black above them;
      the stars will give no light.
   The sun will be dark when it rises,
      and the moon will provide no light.
11 "I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil
      and the wicked for their sin.
   I will crush the arrogance of the proud
      and humble the pride of the mighty.
 12 I will make people scarcer than gold—
      more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.
 13 For I will shake the heavens.
      The earth will move from its place
   when the Lord of Heaven's Armies displays his wrath
      in the day of his fierce anger."
14 Everyone in Babylon will run about like a hunted gazelle,
      like sheep without a shepherd.
   They will try to find their own people
      and flee to their own land.
 15 Anyone who is captured will be cut down—
      run through with a sword.
 16 Their little children will be dashed to death before their eyes.
      Their homes will be sacked, and their wives will be raped.
17 "Look, I will stir up the Medes against Babylon.
      They cannot be tempted by silver
      or bribed with gold.
 18 The attacking armies will shoot down the young men with arrows.
      They will have no mercy on helpless babies
      and will show no compassion for children."

19 Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms,
      the flower of Chaldean pride,
   will be devastated like Sodom and Gomorrah
      when God destroyed them.
 20 Babylon will never be inhabited again.
      It will remain empty for generation after generation.
   Nomads will refuse to camp there,
      and shepherds will not bed down their sheep.
 21 Desert animals will move into the ruined city,
      and the houses will be haunted by howling creatures.
   Owls will live among the ruins,
      and wild goats will go there to dance.

 22 Hyenas will howl in its fortresses,
      and jackals will make dens in its luxurious palaces.
   Babylon's days are numbered;
      its time of destruction will soon arrive.
Isaiah 14
A Taunt for Babylon's King
1 But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel. 2 The nations of the world will help the Lord's people to return, and those who come to live in their land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.
3 In that wonderful day when the Lord gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains, 4 you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say,
"The mighty man has been destroyed.
      Yes, your insolence is ended.
 5 For the Lord has crushed your wicked power
      and broken your evil rule.
 6 You struck the people with endless blows of rage
      and held the nations in your angry grip
      with unrelenting tyranny.
 7 But finally the earth is at rest and quiet.
      Now it can sing again!
 8 Even the trees of the forest—
      the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon—
      sing out this joyous song:
   'Since you have been cut down,
      no one will come now to cut us down!'
9 "In the place of the dead there is excitement
      over your arrival.
   The spirits of world leaders and mighty kings long dead
      stand up to see you.
 10 With one voice they all cry out,
      'Now you are as weak as we are!
 11 Your might and power were buried with you.
      The sound of the harp in your palace has ceased.
   Now maggots are your sheet,
      and worms your blanket.'
12 "How you are fallen from heaven,
      O shining star, son of the morning!
   You have been thrown down to the earth,
      you who destroyed the nations of the world.
 13 For you said to yourself,
      'I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars.
   I will preside on the mountain of the gods
      far away in the north.
 14 I will climb to the highest heavens
      and be like the Most High.'
 15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead,
      down to its lowest depths.
 16 Everyone there will stare at you and ask,
   'Can this be the one who shook the earth
      and made the kingdoms of the world tremble?
 17 Is this the one who destroyed the world
      and made it into a wasteland?
   Is this the king who demolished the world's greatest cities
      and had no mercy on his prisoners?'
18 "The kings of the nations lie in stately glory,
      each in his own tomb,
 19 but you will be thrown out of your grave
      like a worthless branch.
   Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
      you will be dumped into a mass grave
      with those killed in battle.
   You will descend to the pit.
    20 You will not be given a proper burial,
   for you have destroyed your nation
      and slaughtered your people.
   The descendants of such an evil person
      will never again receive honor.
 21 Kill this man's children!
      Let them die because of their father's sins!
   They must not rise and conquer the earth,
      filling the world with their cities."

22 This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says:
      "I, myself, have risen against Babylon!
   I will destroy its children and its children's children,"
      says the Lord.
 23 "I will make Babylon a desolate place of owls,
      filled with swamps and marshes.
   I will sweep the land with the broom of destruction.
      I, the Lord of Heaven's Armies, have spoken!"
A Message about Assyria
24 The Lord of Heaven's Armies has sworn this oath:
"It will all happen as I have planned.
      It will be as I have decided.
 25 I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel;
      I will trample them on my mountains.
   My people will no longer be their slaves
      nor bow down under their heavy loads.
 26 I have a plan for the whole earth,
      a hand of judgment upon all the nations.
 27 The Lord of Heaven's Armies has spoken—
      who can change his plans?
   When his hand is raised,
      who can stop him?"
A Message about Philistia
28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died:
29 Do not rejoice, you Philistines,
      that the rod that struck you is broken—
      that the king who attacked you is dead.
   For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born,
      a fiery serpent to destroy you!
 30 I will feed the poor in my pasture;
      the needy will lie down in peace.
   But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine
      and destroy the few who remain.
 31 Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities!
      Melt with fear, you Philistines!
   A powerful army comes like smoke from the north.
      Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight.
32 What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them,
"The Lord has built Jerusalem;
      its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people."
Isaiah 15
A Message about Moab
1 This message came to me concerning Moab:
In one night the town of Ar will be leveled,
      and the city of Kir will be destroyed.
 2 Your people will go to their temple in Dibon to mourn.
      They will go to their sacred shrines to weep.
   They will wail for the fate of Nebo and Medeba,
      shaving their heads in sorrow and cutting off their beards.
 3 They will wear burlap as they wander the streets.
      From every home and public square will come the sound of wailing.
 4 The people of Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out;
      their voices will be heard as far away as Jahaz!
   The bravest warriors of Moab will cry out in utter terror.
      They will be helpless with fear.
5 My heart weeps for Moab.
      Its people flee to Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah.
   Weeping, they climb the road to Luhith.
      Their cries of distress can be heard all along the road to Horonaim.
 6 Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up!
      The grassy banks are scorched.
   The tender plants are gone;
      nothing green remains.
 7 The people grab their possessions
      and carry them across the Ravine of Willows.
 8 A cry of distress echoes through the land of Moab
      from one end to the other—
      from Eglaim to Beer-elim.
 9 The stream near Dibon runs red with blood,
      but I am still not finished with Dibon!
   Lions will hunt down the survivors—
      both those who try to escape
      and those who remain behind.
Isaiah 16
1 Send lambs from Sela as tribute
      to the ruler of the land.
   Send them through the desert
      to the mountain of beautiful Zion.
 2 The women of Moab are left like homeless birds
      at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.
 3 "Help us," they cry.
      "Defend us against our enemies.
   Protect us from their relentless attack.
      Do not betray us now that we have escaped.
 4 Let our refugees stay among you.
      Hide them from our enemies until the terror is past."
When oppression and destruction have ended
      and enemy raiders have disappeared,
 5 then God will establish one of David's descendants as king.
      He will rule with mercy and truth.
   He will always do what is just
      and be eager to do what is right.
6 We have heard about proud Moab—
      about its pride and arrogance and rage.
      But all that boasting has disappeared.
 7 The entire land of Moab weeps.
      Yes, everyone in Moab mourns
   for the cakes of raisins from Kir-hareseth.
      They are all gone now.
 8 The farms of Heshbon are abandoned;
      the vineyards at Sibmah are deserted.
   The rulers of the nations have broken down Moab—
      that beautiful grapevine.
   Its tendrils spread north as far as the town of Jazer
      and trailed eastward into the wilderness.
   Its shoots reached so far west
      that they crossed over the Dead Sea.
9 So now I weep for Jazer and the vineyards of Sibmah;
      my tears will flow for Heshbon and Elealeh.
   There are no more shouts of joy
      over your summer fruits and harvest.
 10 Gone now is the gladness,
      gone the joy of harvest.
   There will be no singing in the vineyards,
      no more happy shouts,
   no treading of grapes in the winepresses.
      I have ended all their harvest joys.
 11 My heart's cry for Moab is like a lament on a harp.
      I am filled with anguish for Kir-hareseth.
 12 The people of Moab will worship at their pagan shrines,
      but it will do them no good.
   They will cry to the gods in their temples,
      but no one will be able to save them.
13 The Lord has already said these things about Moab in the past. 14 But now the Lord says, "Within three years, counting each day, the glory of Moab will be ended. From its great population, only a few of its people will be left alive."

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June Twenty Nine

~Good Morning~
So I have been without a printer for a long time. It really is a necessary now a days. I have a dog kennel on craigslist that has not sold yet. I need to sell it to I can get a printer. Our all in one scans awesome but it doesn't print correctly (like pinkish) and goes through ink in a couple days. Ugh
We would like to take advantage of the $2 sale. I called and you have to print the GC.



Today's Scripture:
Isaiah 1:21-5:30 (New Living Translation)
Unfaithful Jerusalem
21 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful,
      has become a prostitute.
   Once the home of justice and righteousness,
      she is now filled with murderers.
 22 Once like pure silver,
      you have become like worthless slag.
   Once so pure,
      you are now like watered-down wine.
 23 Your leaders are rebels,
      the companions of thieves.
   All of them love bribes
      and demand payoffs,
   but they refuse to defend the cause of orphans
      or fight for the rights of widows.
24 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven's Armies,
      the Mighty One of Israel, says,
   "I will take revenge on my enemies
      and pay back my foes!
 25 I will raise my fist against you.
      I will melt you down and skim off your slag.
      I will remove all your impurities.
 26 Then I will give you good judges again
      and wise counselors like you used to have.
   Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice
      and the Faithful City."
27 Zion will be restored by justice;
      those who repent will be revived by righteousness.
 28 But rebels and sinners will be completely destroyed,
      and those who desert the Lord will be consumed.
29 You will be ashamed of your idol worship
      in groves of sacred oaks.
   You will blush because you worshiped
      in gardens dedicated to idols.
 30 You will be like a great tree with withered leaves,
      like a garden without water.
 31 The strongest among you will disappear like straw;
      their evil deeds will be the spark that sets it on fire.
   They and their evil works will burn up together,
      and no one will be able to put out the fire.
Isaiah 2
The Lord's Future Reign
1 This is a vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days, the mountain of the Lord's house
      will be the highest of all—
      the most important place on earth.
   It will be raised above the other hills,
      and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
 3 People from many nations will come and say,
   "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
      to the house of Jacob's God.
   There he will teach us his ways,
      and we will walk in his paths."
   For the Lord's teaching will go out from Zion;
      his word will go out from Jerusalem.
 4 The Lord will mediate between nations
      and will settle international disputes.
   They will hammer their swords into plowshares
      and their spears into pruning hooks.
   Nation will no longer fight against nation,
      nor train for war anymore.
A Warning of Judgment
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
      let us walk in the light of the Lord!
 6 For the Lord has rejected his people,
      the descendants of Jacob,
   because they have filled their land with practices from the East
      and with sorcerers, as the Philistines do.
      They have made alliances with pagans.
 7 Israel is full of silver and gold;
      there is no end to its treasures.
   Their land is full of warhorses;
      there is no end to its chariots.
 8 Their land is full of idols;
      the people worship things they have made
      with their own hands.
 9 So now they will be humbled,
      and all will be brought low—
      do not forgive them.
 10 Crawl into caves in the rocks.
      Hide in the dust
   from the terror of the Lord
      and the glory of his majesty.
 11 Human pride will be brought down,
      and human arrogance will be humbled.
   Only the Lord will be exalted
      on that day of judgment.
12 For the Lord of Heaven's Armies
      has a day of reckoning.
   He will punish the proud and mighty
      and bring down everything that is exalted.
 13 He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon
      and all the mighty oaks of Bashan.
 14 He will level all the high mountains
      and all the lofty hills.
 15 He will break down every high tower
      and every fortified wall.
 16 He will destroy all the great trading ships
      and every magnificent vessel.
 17 Human pride will be humbled,
      and human arrogance will be brought down.
   Only the Lord will be exalted
      on that day of judgment.
18 Idols will completely disappear.
 19 When the Lord rises to shake the earth,
      his enemies will crawl into holes in the ground.
   They will hide in caves in the rocks
      from the terror of the Lord
      and the glory of his majesty.
 20 On that day of judgment they will abandon the gold and silver idols
      they made for themselves to worship.
   They will leave their gods to the rodents and bats,
    21 while they crawl away into caverns
      and hide among the jagged rocks in the cliffs.
   They will try to escape the terror of the Lord
      and the glory of his majesty
      as he rises to shake the earth.
 22 Don't put your trust in mere humans.
      They are as frail as breath.
      What good are they?
Isaiah 3
Judgment against Judah
1 The Lord, the Lord of Heaven's Armies,
      will take away from Jerusalem and Judah
   everything they depend on:
      every bit of bread
      and every drop of water,
 2 all their heroes and soldiers,
      judges and prophets,
      fortune-tellers and elders,
 3 army officers and high officials,
      advisers, skilled craftsmen, and astrologers.
4 I will make boys their leaders,
      and toddlers their rulers.
 5 People will oppress each other—
      man against man,
      neighbor against neighbor.
   Young people will insult their elders,
      and vulgar people will sneer at the honorable.
6 In those days a man will say to his brother,
   "Since you have a coat, you be our leader!
      Take charge of this heap of ruins!"
 7 But he will reply,
      "No! I can't help.
   I don't have any extra food or clothes.
      Don't put me in charge!"
8 For Jerusalem will stumble,
      and Judah will fall,
   because they speak out against the Lord and refuse to obey him.
      They provoke him to his face.
 9 The very look on their faces gives them away.
      They display their sin like the people of Sodom
      and don't even try to hide it.
   They are doomed!
      They have brought destruction upon themselves.
10 Tell the godly that all will be well for them.
      They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned!
 11 But the wicked are doomed,
      for they will get exactly what they deserve.
12 Childish leaders oppress my people,
      and women rule over them.
   O my people, your leaders mislead you;
      they send you down the wrong road.
13 The Lord takes his place in court
      and presents his case against his people!
 14 The Lord comes forward to pronounce judgment
      on the elders and rulers of his people:
   "You have ruined Israel, my vineyard.
      Your houses are filled with things stolen from the poor.
 15 How dare you crush my people,
      grinding the faces of the poor into the dust?"
      demands the Lord, the Lord of Heaven's Armies.
A Warning to Jerusalem
16 The Lord says, "Beautiful Zion is haughty:
   craning her elegant neck,
      flirting with her eyes,
   walking with dainty steps,
      tinkling her ankle bracelets.
 17 So the Lord will send scabs on her head;
      the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald."
18 On that day of judgment
      the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful:
   ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces,
    19 earrings, bracelets, and veils;
 20 scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes,
      perfumes, and charms;
 21 rings, jewels,
    22 party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses;
 23 mirrors, fine linen garments,
      head ornaments, and shawls.
24 Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink.
      She will wear a rope for a sash,
      and her elegant hair will fall out.
   She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes.
      Shame will replace her beauty.
 25 The men of the city will be killed with the sword,
      and her warriors will die in battle.
 26 The gates of Zion will weep and mourn.
      The city will be like a ravaged woman,
      huddled on the ground.
Isaiah 4
1 In that day so few men will be left that seven women will fight for each man, saying, "Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us take your name so we won't be mocked as old maids."
A Promise of Restoration
2 But in that day, the branch of the Lord
      will be beautiful and glorious;
   the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory
      of all who survive in Israel.
 3 All who remain in Zion
      will be a holy people—
   those who survive the destruction of Jerusalem
      and are recorded among the living.
 4 The Lord will wash the filth from beautiful Zion
      and cleanse Jerusalem of its bloodstains
      with the hot breath of fiery judgment.
 5 Then the Lord will provide shade for Mount Zion
      and all who assemble there.
   He will provide a canopy of cloud during the day
      and smoke and flaming fire at night,
      covering the glorious land.
 6 It will be a shelter from daytime heat
      and a hiding place from storms and rain.
Isaiah 5
A Song about the Lord's Vineyard
1 Now I will sing for the one I love
      a song about his vineyard:
   My beloved had a vineyard
      on a rich and fertile hill.
 2 He plowed the land, cleared its stones,
      and planted it with the best vines.
   In the middle he built a watchtower
      and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks.
   Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes,
      but the grapes that grew were bitter.
3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah,
      you judge between me and my vineyard.
 4 What more could I have done for my vineyard
      that I have not already done?
   When I expected sweet grapes,
      why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?
5 Now let me tell you
      what I will do to my vineyard:
   I will tear down its hedges
      and let it be destroyed.
   I will break down its walls
      and let the animals trample it.
 6 I will make it a wild place
      where the vines are not pruned and the ground is not hoed,
      a place overgrown with briers and thorns.
   I will command the clouds
      to drop no rain on it.
7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven's Armies.
      The people of Judah are his pleasant garden.
   He expected a crop of justice,
      but instead he found oppression.
   He expected to find righteousness,
      but instead he heard cries of violence.
Judah's Guilt and Judgment
8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field,
      until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land.
 9 But I have heard the Lord of Heaven's Armies
      swear a solemn oath:
   "Many houses will stand deserted;
      even beautiful mansions will be empty.
 10 Ten acres of vineyard will not produce even six gallons of wine.
      Ten baskets of seed will yield only one basket of grain."
11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning
      looking for a drink of alcohol
   and spend long evenings drinking wine
      to make themselves flaming drunk.
 12 They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties—
      lyre and harp, tambourine and flute—
   but they never think about the Lord
      or notice what he is doing.
13 So my people will go into exile far away
      because they do not know me.
   Those who are great and honored will starve,
      and the common people will die of thirst.
 14 The grave is licking its lips in anticipation,
      opening its mouth wide.
   The great and the lowly
      and all the drunken mob will be swallowed up.
 15 Humanity will be destroyed, and people brought down;
      even the arrogant will lower their eyes in humiliation.
 16 But the Lord of Heaven's Armies will be exalted by his justice.
      The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness.
 17 In that day lambs will find good pastures,
      and fattened sheep and young goats will feed among the ruins.
18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
      with ropes made of lies,
      who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
 19 They even mock God and say,
      "Hurry up and do something!
      We want to see what you can do.
   Let the Holy One of Israel carry out his plan,
      for we want to know what it is."
20 What sorrow for those who say
      that evil is good and good is evil,
   that dark is light and light is dark,
      that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
 21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes
      and think themselves so clever.
 22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine
      and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.
 23 They take bribes to let the wicked go free,
      and they punish the innocent.
24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble
      and dry grass shrivels in the flame,
   so their roots will rot
      and their flowers wither.
   For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven's Armies;
      they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
 25 That is why the Lord's anger burns against his people,
      and why he has raised his fist to crush them.
   The mountains tremble,
      and the corpses of his people litter the streets like garbage.
   But even then the Lord's anger is not satisfied.
      His fist is still poised to strike!
26 He will send a signal to distant nations far away
      and whistle to those at the ends of the earth.
      They will come racing toward Jerusalem.
 27 They will not get tired or stumble.
      They will not stop for rest or sleep.
   Not a belt will be loose,
      not a sandal strap broken.
 28 Their arrows will be sharp
      and their bows ready for battle.
   Sparks will fly from their horses' hooves,
      and the wheels of their chariots will spin like a whirlwind.
 29 They will roar like lions,
      like the strongest of lions.
   Growling, they will pounce on their victims and carry them off,
      and no one will be there to rescue them.
 30 They will roar over their victims on that day of destruction
      like the roaring of the sea.
   If someone looks across the land,
      only darkness and distress will be seen;
      even the light will be darkened by clouds.





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Monday, June 28, 2010

June Twenty Eight

~Good Morning~
My lil girlies have been fighting the sniffles. I have been blessed with pretty non-sick kids. They have not really ever been too sick. Maybe a couple fevers and a couple times throwing up and that is it. They will get (like they have) a few coughs in the morning and stuffy noses. So after a bizzy weekend, we are staying in all day.


  • Did they really make human sacrifices? Why would they think this is okay? Did God ever require this?
    Also what exactly is a fortune teller and a sorcerer?
16 They rejected all the commands of the Lord their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. 17 They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the Lord's anger.




Today's Scripture:
Isaiah 28:1-29
Isaiah 28
A Message about Samaria
1 What sorrow awaits the proud city of Samaria—
      the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel.
   It sits at the head of a fertile valley,
      but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower.
   It is the pride of a people
      brought down by wine.
 2 For the Lord will send a mighty army against it.
      Like a mighty hailstorm and a torrential rain,
   they will burst upon it like a surging flood
      and smash it to the ground.
 3 The proud city of Samaria—
      the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel—
      will be trampled beneath its enemies' feet.
 4 It sits at the head of a fertile valley,
      but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower.
   Whoever sees it will snatch it up,
      as an early fig is quickly picked and eaten.
5 Then at last the Lord of Heaven's Armies
      will himself be Israel's glorious crown.
   He will be the pride and joy
      of the remnant of his people.
 6 He will give a longing for justice
      to their judges.
   He will give great courage
      to their warriors who stand at the gates.
7 Now, however, Israel is led by drunks
      who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol.
   The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol
      and lose themselves in wine.
   They reel when they see visions
      and stagger as they render decisions.
 8 Their tables are covered with vomit;
      filth is everywhere.
 9 "Who does the Lord think we are?" they ask.
      "Why does he speak to us like this?
   Are we little children,
      just recently weaned?
 10 He tells us everything over and over—
   one line at a time,
      one line at a time,
   a little here,
      and a little there!"
11 So now God will have to speak to his people
      through foreign oppressors who speak a strange language!
 12 God has told his people,
   "Here is a place of rest;
      let the weary rest here.
   This is a place of quiet rest."
      But they would not listen.
 13 So the Lord will spell out his message for them again,
   one line at a time,
      one line at a time,
   a little here,
      and a little there,
   so that they will stumble and fall.
      They will be injured, trapped, and captured.
14 Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord,
      you scoffing rulers in Jerusalem.
 15 You boast, "We have struck a bargain to cheat death
      and have made a deal to dodge the grave.
   The coming destruction can never touch us,
      for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception."
16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
   "Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
      a firm and tested stone.
   It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
      Whoever believes need never be shaken.
 17 I will test you with the measuring line of justice
      and the plumb line of righteousness.
   Since your refuge is made of lies,
      a hailstorm will knock it down.
   Since it is made of deception,
      a flood will sweep it away.
 18 I will cancel the bargain you made to cheat death,
      and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave.
   When the terrible enemy sweeps through,
      you will be trampled into the ground.
 19 Again and again that flood will come,
      morning after morning,
   day and night,
      until you are carried away."
This message will bring terror to your people.
 20 The bed you have made is too short to lie on.
      The blankets are too narrow to cover you.
 21 The Lord will come as he did against the Philistines at Mount Perazim
      and against the Amorites at Gibeon.
   He will come to do a strange thing;
      he will come to do an unusual deed:
 22 For the Lord, the Lord of Heaven's Armies,
      has plainly said that he is determined to crush the whole land.
   So scoff no more,
      or your punishment will be even greater.
23 Listen to me;
      listen, and pay close attention.
 24 Does a farmer always plow and never sow?
      Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?
 25 Does he not finally plant his seeds—
      black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat—
   each in its proper way,
      and each in its proper place?
 26 The farmer knows just what to do,
      for God has given him understanding.
 27 A heavy sledge is never used to thresh black cumin;
      rather, it is beaten with a light stick.
   A threshing wheel is never rolled on cumin;
      instead, it is beaten lightly with a flail.
 28 Grain for bread is easily crushed,
      so he doesn't keep on pounding it.
   He threshes it under the wheels of a cart,
      but he doesn't pulverize it.
 29 The Lord of Heaven's Armies is a wonderful teacher,
      and he gives the farmer great wisdom.
2 Kings 17:5
Samaria Falls to Assyria
5 Then the king of Assyria invaded the entire land, and for three years he besieged the city of Samaria.
2 Kings 18:9-12
9 During the fourth year of Hezekiah's reign, which was the seventh year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel, King Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked the city of Samaria and began a siege against it. 10 Three years later, during the sixth year of King Hezekiah's reign and the ninth year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel, Samaria fell. 11 At that time the king of Assyria exiled the Israelites to Assyria and placed them in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. 12 For they refused to listen to the Lord their God and obey him. Instead, they violated his covenant—all the laws that Moses the Lord's servant had commanded them to obey.
2 Kings 17:6-41
6 Finally, in the ninth year of King Hoshea's reign, Samaria fell, and the people of Israel were exiled to Assyria. They were settled in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
7 This disaster came upon the people of Israel because they worshiped other gods. They sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them safely out of Egypt and had rescued them from the power of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. 8 They had followed the practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of them, as well as the practices the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The people of Israel had also secretly done many things that were not pleasing to the Lord their God. They built pagan shrines for themselves in all their towns, from the smallest outpost to the largest walled city. 10 They set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles at the top of every hill and under every green tree. 11 They offered sacrifices on all the hilltops, just like the nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of them. So the people of Israel had done many evil things, arousing the Lord's anger. 12 Yes, they worshiped idols,despite the Lord's specific and repeated warnings.
13 Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: "Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets."
14 But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God. 15They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord's command not to imitate them.
16 They rejected all the commands of the Lord their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. 17 They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the Lord's anger.
18 Because the Lord was very angry with Israel, he swept them away from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land. 19But even the people of Judah refused to obey the commands of the Lord their God, for they followed the evil practices that Israel had introduced. 20 The Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel. He punished them by handing them over to their attackers until he had banished Israel from his presence.
21 For when the Lord tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. But Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the Lord and made them commit a great sin. 22 And the people of Israel persisted in all the evil ways of Jeroboam. They did not turn from these sins 23 until the Lord finally swept them away from his presence, just as all his prophets had warned. So Israel was exiled from their land to Assyria, where they remain to this day.
Foreigners Settle in Israel
24 The king of Assyria transported groups of people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and resettled them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the people of Israel. They took possession of Samaria and lived in its towns. 25 But since these foreign settlers did not worship the Lord when they first arrived, the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.
26 So a message was sent to the king of Assyria: "The people you have sent to live in the towns of Samaria do not know the religious customs of the God of the land. He has sent lions among them to destroy them because they have not worshiped him correctly."
27 The king of Assyria then commanded, "Send one of the exiled priests back to Samaria. Let him live there and teach the new residents the religious customs of the God of the land." 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria returned to Bethel and taught the new residents how to worship the Lord.
29 But these various groups of foreigners also continued to worship their own gods. In town after town where they lived, they placed their idols at the pagan shrines that the people of Samaria had built. 30 Those from Babylon worshiped idols of their god Succoth-benoth. Those from Cuthah worshiped their god Nergal. And those from Hamath worshiped Ashima. 31 The Avvites worshiped their gods Nibhaz and Tartak. And the people from Sepharvaim even burned their own children as sacrifices to their gods Adrammelech and Anammelech.
32 These new residents worshiped the Lord, but they also appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests to offer sacrifices at their places of worship. 33 And though they worshiped the Lord, they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came. 34 And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the Lord and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.
35 For the Lord had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: "Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them. 36 But worship only the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt with great strength and a powerful arm. Bow down to him alone, and offer sacrifices only to him. 37 Be careful at all times to obey the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands that he wrote for you. You must not worship other gods. 38 Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39 You must worship only the Lord your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies."
40 But the people would not listen and continued to follow their former practices. 41 So while these new residents worshiped the Lord, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.
Isaiah 1:1-20
Isaiah 1
1 These are the visions that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. He saw these visions during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah.
A Message for Rebellious Judah
2 Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth!
      This is what the Lord says:
   "The children I raised and cared for
      have rebelled against me.
 3 Even an ox knows its owner,
      and a donkey recognizes its master's care—
   but Israel doesn't know its master.
      My people don't recognize my care for them."
 4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are—
      loaded down with a burden of guilt.
   They are evil people,
      corrupt children who have rejected the Lord.
   They have despised the Holy One of Israel
      and turned their backs on him.
5 Why do you continue to invite punishment?
      Must you rebel forever?
   Your head is injured,
      and your heart is sick.
 6 You are battered from head to foot—
      covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—
      without any soothing ointments or bandages.
 7 Your country lies in ruins,
      and your towns are burned.
   Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes
      and destroy everything they see.
 8 Beautiful Jerusalem stands abandoned
      like a watchman's shelter in a vineyard,
   like a lean-to in a cucumber field after the harvest,
      like a helpless city under siege.
 9 If the Lord of Heaven's Armies
      had not spared a few of us,
   we would have been wiped out like Sodom,
      destroyed like Gomorrah.
10 Listen to the Lord, you leaders of "Sodom."
      Listen to the law of our God, people of "Gomorrah."
 11 "What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?"
      says the Lord.
   "I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams
      and the fat of fattened cattle.
   I get no pleasure from the blood
      of bulls and lambs and goats.
 12 When you come to worship me,
      who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
 13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;
      the incense of your offerings disgusts me!
   As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath
      and your special days for fasting—
   they are all sinful and false.
      I want no more of your pious meetings.
 14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.
      They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
 15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.
      Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,
      for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
 16 Wash yourselves and be clean!
      Get your sins out of my sight.
      Give up your evil ways.
 17 Learn to do good.
      Seek justice.
   Help the oppressed.
      Defend the cause of orphans.
      Fight for the rights of widows.
18 "Come now, let's settle this,"
      says the Lord.
   "Though your sins are like scarlet,
      I will make them as white as snow.
   Though they are red like crimson,
      I will make them as white as wool.
 19 If you will only obey me,
      you will have plenty to eat.
 20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen,
      you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
      I, the Lord, have spoken!"






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Sunday, June 27, 2010

June Twenty Seven

~Good Morning~
So excited for today. R and I are having a mother daughter morning. We are going to see JJ Heller at The Packing House.
Then we are heading over to spend the afternoon at Grandmama's house.

  • I thought that after we ask for forgiveness' our sins are forgotten?
9 The things my people do are as depraved
      as what they did in Gibeah long ago.
   God will not forget.
      He will surely punish them for their sins.
10 The Lord says, "O Israel, when I first found you,
      it was like finding fresh grapes in the desert.
   When I saw your ancestors,
      it was like seeing the first ripe figs of the season.
   But then they deserted me for Baal-peor,
      giving themselves to that shameful idol.
   Soon they became vile,
      as vile as the god they worshiped

Today's Scripture:
Hosea 9-14:9 (New Living Translation)
Hosea 9
Hosea Announces Israel's Punishment
1 O people of Israel,
      do not rejoice as other nations do.
   For you have been unfaithful to your God,
      hiring yourselves out like prostitutes,
      worshiping other gods on every threshing floor.
 2 So now your harvests will be too small to feed you.
      There will be no grapes for making new wine.
 3 You may no longer stay here in the Lord's land.
      Instead, you will return to Egypt,
   and in Assyria you will eat food
      that is ceremonially unclean.
 4 There you will make no offerings of wine to the Lord.
      None of your sacrifices there will please him.
   They will be unclean, like food touched by a person in mourning.
      All who present such sacrifices will be defiled.
   They may eat this food themselves,
      but they may not offer it to the Lord.
 5 What then will you do on festival days?
      How will you observe the Lord's festivals?
 6 Even if you escape destruction from Assyria,
      Egypt will conquer you, and Memphis will bury you.
   Nettles will take over your treasures of silver;
      thistles will invade your ruined homes.
7 The time of Israel's punishment has come;
      the day of payment is here.
      Soon Israel will know this all too well.
   Because of your great sin and hostility,
      you say, "The prophets are crazy
      and the inspired men are fools!"
 8 The prophet is a watchman over Israel for my God,
      yet traps are laid for him wherever he goes.
      He faces hostility even in the house of God.
 9 The things my people do are as depraved
      as what they did in Gibeah long ago.
   God will not forget.
      He will surely punish them for their sins.
10 The Lord says, "O Israel, when I first found you,
      it was like finding fresh grapes in the desert.
   When I saw your ancestors,
      it was like seeing the first ripe figs of the season.
   But then they deserted me for Baal-peor,
      giving themselves to that shameful idol.
   Soon they became vile,
      as vile as the god they worshiped.
 11 The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird,
      for your children will not be born
   or grow in the womb
      or even be conceived.
 12 Even if you do have children who grow up,
      I will take them from you.
   It will be a terrible day when I turn away
      and leave you alone.
 13 I have watched Israel become as beautiful as Tyre.
      But now Israel will bring out her children for slaughter."
14 O Lord, what should I request for your people?
      I will ask for wombs that don't give birth
      and breasts that give no milk.
15 The Lord says, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal;
      there I began to hate them.
   I will drive them from my land
      because of their evil actions.
   I will love them no more
      because all their leaders are rebels.
 16 The people of Israel are struck down.
      Their roots are dried up,
      and they will bear no more fruit.
   And if they give birth,
      I will slaughter their beloved children."
17 My God will reject the people of Israel
      because they will not listen or obey.
   They will be wanderers,
      homeless among the nations.
Hosea 10
The Lord's Judgment against Israel
1 How prosperous Israel is—
      a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit.
   But the richer the people get,
      the more pagan altars they build.
   The more bountiful their harvests,
      the more beautiful their sacred pillars.
 2 The hearts of the people are fickle;
      they are guilty and must be punished.
   The Lord will break down their altars
      and smash their sacred pillars.
 3 Then they will say, "We have no king
      because we didn't fear the Lord.
   But even if we had a king,
      what could he do for us anyway?"
 4 They spout empty words
      and make covenants they don't intend to keep.
   So injustice springs up among them
      like poisonous weeds in a farmer's field.
5 The people of Samaria tremble in fear
      for what might happen to their calf idol at Beth-aven.
   The people mourn and the priests wail,
      because its glory will be stripped away.
 6 This idol will be carted away to Assyria,
      a gift to the great king there.
   Ephraim will be ridiculed and Israel will be shamed,
      because its people have trusted in this idol.
 7 Samaria and its king will be cut off;
      they will float away like driftwood on an ocean wave.
 8 And the pagan shrines of Aven, the place of Israel's sin, will crumble.
      Thorns and thistles will grow up around their altars.
   They will beg the mountains, "Bury us!"
      and plead with the hills, "Fall on us!"
9 The Lord says, "O Israel, ever since Gibeah,
      there has been only sin and more sin!
   You have made no progress whatsoever.
      Was it not right that the wicked men of Gibeah were attacked?
 10 Now whenever it fits my plan,
      I will attack you, too.
   I will call out the armies of the nations
      to punish you for your multiplied sins.
11 "Israel is like a trained heifer treading out the grain—
      an easy job she loves.
      But I will put a heavy yoke on her tender neck.
   I will force Judah to pull the plow
      and Israel to break up the hard ground.
 12 I said, 'Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
      and you will harvest a crop of love.
   Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
      for now is the time to seek the Lord,
   that he may come
      and shower righteousness upon you.'
13 "But you have cultivated wickedness
      and harvested a thriving crop of sins.
   You have eaten the fruit of lies—
      trusting in your military might,
   believing that great armies
      could make your nation safe.
 14 Now the terrors of war
      will rise among your people.
   All your fortifications will fall,
      just as when Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel.
   Even mothers and children
      were dashed to death there.
 15 You will share that fate, Bethel,
      because of your great wickedness.
   When the day of judgment dawns,
      the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.
Hosea 11
The Lord's Love for Israel
1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him,
      and I called my son out of Egypt.
 2 But the more I called to him,
      the farther he moved from me,
   offering sacrifices to the images of Baal
      and burning incense to idols.
 3 I myself taught Israel how to walk,
      leading him along by the hand.
   But he doesn't know or even care
      that it was I who took care of him.
 4 I led Israel along
      with my ropes of kindness and love.
   I lifted the yoke from his neck,
      and I myself stooped to feed him.
5 "But since my people refuse to return to me,
      they will return to Egypt
      and will be forced to serve Assyria.
 6 War will swirl through their cities;
      their enemies will crash through their gates.
   They will destroy them,
      trapping them in their own evil plans.
 7 For my people are determined to desert me.
   They call me the Most High,
      but they don't truly honor me.
8 "Oh, how can I give you up, Israel?
      How can I let you go?
   How can I destroy you like Admah
      or demolish you like Zeboiim?
   My heart is torn within me,
      and my compassion overflows.
 9 No, I will not unleash my fierce anger.
      I will not completely destroy Israel,
   for I am God and not a mere mortal.
      I am the Holy One living among you,
      and I will not come to destroy.
 10 For someday the people will follow me.
      I, the Lord, will roar like a lion.
   And when I roar,
      my people will return trembling from the west.
 11 Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt.
      Trembling like doves, they will return from Assyria.
   And I will bring them home again,"
      says the Lord.
Charges against Israel and Judah
12 Israel surrounds me with lies and deceit,
      but Judah still obeys God
      and is faithful to the Holy One.
Hosea 12
1 The people of Israel feed on the wind;
      they chase after the east wind all day long.
   They pile up lies and violence;
      they are making an alliance with Assyria
      while sending olive oil to buy support from Egypt.
2 Now the Lord is bringing charges against Judah.
      He is about to punish Jacob for all his deceitful ways,
      and pay him back for all he has done.
 3 Even in the womb,
      Jacob struggled with his brother;
   when he became a man,
      he even fought with God.
 4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won.
      He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him.
   There at Bethel he met God face to face,
      and God spoke to him—
 5 the Lord God of Heaven's Armies,
      the Lord is his name!
 6 So now, come back to your God.
      Act with love and justice,
      and always depend on him.
7 But no, the people are like crafty merchants
      selling from dishonest scales—
      they love to cheat.
 8 Israel boasts, "I am rich!
      I've made a fortune all by myself!
   No one has caught me cheating!
      My record is spotless!"
9 "But I am the Lord your God,
      who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
   And I will make you live in tents again,
      as you do each year at the Festival of Shelters.
 10 I sent my prophets to warn you
      with many visions and parables."
11 But the people of Gilead are worthless
      because of their idol worship.
   And in Gilgal, too, they sacrifice bulls;
      their altars are lined up like the heaps of stone
      along the edges of a plowed field.
 12 Jacob fled to the land of Aram,
      and there he earned a wife by tending sheep.
 13 Then by a prophet
      the Lord brought Jacob's descendants out of Egypt;
   and by that prophet
      they were protected.
 14 But the people of Israel
      have bitterly provoked the Lord,
   so their Lord will now sentence them to death
      in payment for their sins.
Hosea 13
The Lord's Anger against Israel
1 When the tribe of Ephraim spoke,
      the people shook with fear,
      for that tribe was important in Israel.
   But the people of Ephraim sinned by worshiping Baal
      and thus sealed their destruction.
 2 Now they continue to sin by making silver idols,
      images shaped skillfully with human hands.
   "Sacrifice to these," they cry,
      "and kiss the calf idols!"
 3 Therefore, they will disappear like the morning mist,
      like dew in the morning sun,
   like chaff blown by the wind,
      like smoke from a chimney.
4 "I have been the Lord your God
      ever since I brought you out of Egypt.
   You must acknowledge no God but me,
      for there is no other savior.
 5 I took care of you in the wilderness,
      in that dry and thirsty land.
 6 But when you had eaten and were satisfied,
      you became proud and forgot me.
 7 So now I will attack you like a lion,
      like a leopard that lurks along the road.
 8 Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away,
      I will tear out your heart.
   I will devour you like a hungry lioness
      and mangle you like a wild animal.
9 "You are about to be destroyed, O Israel—
      yes, by me, your only helper.
 10 Now where is your king?
      Let him save you!
   Where are all the leaders of the land,
      the king and the officials you demanded of me?
 11 In my anger I gave you kings,
      and in my fury I took them away.
12 "Ephraim's guilt has been collected,
      and his sin has been stored up for punishment.
 13 Pain has come to the people
      like the pain of childbirth,
   but they are like a child
      who resists being born.
   The moment of birth has arrived,
      but they stay in the womb!
14 "Should I ransom them from the grave?
      Should I redeem them from death?
   O death, bring on your terrors!
      O grave, bring on your plagues!
      For I will not take pity on them.
 15 Ephraim was the most fruitful of all his brothers,
      but the east wind—a blast from the Lord—
      will arise in the desert.
   All their flowing springs will run dry,
      and all their wells will disappear.
   Every precious thing they own
      will be plundered and carried away.
 16 The people of Samaria
      must bear the consequences of their guilt
      because they rebelled against their God.
   They will be killed by an invading army,
      their little ones dashed to death against the ground,
      their pregnant women ripped open by swords."
Hosea 14
Healing for the Repentant
1 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
      for your sins have brought you down.
 2 Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.
      Say to him,
   "Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us,
      so that we may offer you our praises.
 3 Assyria cannot save us,
      nor can our warhorses.
   Never again will we say to the idols we have made,
      'You are our gods.'
   No, in you alone
      do the orphans find mercy."
4 The Lord says,
   "Then I will heal you of your faithlessness;
      my love will know no bounds,
      for my anger will be gone forever.
 5 I will be to Israel
      like a refreshing dew from heaven.
   Israel will blossom like the lily;
      it will send roots deep into the soil
      like the cedars in Lebanon.
 6 Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees,
      as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon.
 7 My people will again live under my shade.
      They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines.
      They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.
8 "O Israel, stay away from idols!
      I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you.
   I am like a tree that is always green;
      all your fruit comes from me."
9 Let those who are wise understand these things.
      Let those with discernment listen carefully.
   The paths of the Lord are true and right,
      and righteous people live by walking in them.
      But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.

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