Sunday October 14th, 2012
Seek the Lord and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel, O you who turn justice to
wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!
They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who
speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact
taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you
shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall
not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions and
how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and turn aside the needy in the gate. Therefore he who is prudent will keep
silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God
of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and
establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will
be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.