1 Corinthians 10 Friends,
I want to remind you that all of our ancestors walked
under the cloud and went through the sea. 2This
was like being baptized and becoming followers of Moses. 3All
of them also ate the same spiritual food 4and
drank the same spiritual drink, which flowed from the
spiritual rock that followed them. That rock was Christ. 5But
most of them did not please God. So they died, and their
bodies were scattered all over the desert.
happened to them is a warning to keep us from wanting to
do the same evil things. 7They worshiped
idols, just as the Scriptures say, "The people sat
down to eat and drink. Then they got up to dance
around." So don't worship idols. 8Some of
those people did shameful things, and in a single day
about twenty-three thousand of them died. Don't do
shameful things as they did. 9And don't try to
test Christ, as some of them did and were later bitten by
poisonous snakes. 10Don't even grumble, as
some of them did and were killed by the destroying angel.
11These things happened to them as a warning
to us. All this was written in the Scriptures to teach us
who live in these last days.
if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful
not to fall. 13You are tempted in the same way
that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not
to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how
to escape from your temptations.
friends, you must keep away from idols. 15I am
speaking to you as people who have enough sense to know
what I am talking about. 16When we drink from
the cup that we ask God to bless, isn't that sharing in
the blood of Christ? When we eat the bread that we break,
isn't that sharing in the body of Christ? 17By
sharing in the same loaf of bread, we become one body,
even though there are many of us.
the people of Israel sharing in the worship when they
gather around the altar and eat the sacrifices offered
there? 19Am I saying that either the idols or
the food sacrificed to them is anything at all? 20No,
I am not! That food is really sacrificed to demons and
not to God. I don't want you to have anything to do with
demons. 21You cannot drink from the cup of
demons and still drink from the Lord's cup. You cannot
eat at the table of demons and still eat at the Lord's
table. 22We would make the Lord jealous if we
did that. And we are not stronger than the Lord.
Always Honor God
of you say, "We can do whatever we want to!"
But I tell you that not everything may be good or
helpful. 24We should think about others and
not about ourselves. 25However, when you buy
meat in the market, go ahead and eat it. Keep your
conscience clear by not asking where the meat came from. 26The
Scriptures say, "The earth and everything in it
belong to the Lord."
an unbeliever invites you to dinner, and you want to go,
then go. Eat whatever you are served. Don't cause a
problem for someone's conscience by asking where the food
came from. 28-29But if you are told that it
has been sacrificed to idols, don't cause a problem by
eating it. I don't mean a problem for yourself, but for
the one who told you. Why should my freedom be limited by
someone else's conscience? 30If I give thanks
for what I eat, why should anyone accuse me of doing
you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to
honor God. 32Don't cause problems for Jews or
Greeks or anyone else who belongs to God's church. 33I
always try to please others instead of myself, in the
hope that many of them will be saved.
King Joram of Israel
2 Kings 3 Joram
son of Ahab became king of Israel in Jehoshaphat's
eighteenth year as king of Judah. Joram ruled twelve
years from Samaria 2and disobeyed the LORD by doing wrong. He tore down the
stone image his father had made to honor Baal, and so he
wasn't as sinful as his parents. 3But he kept
doing the sinful things that Jeroboam son of Nebat had
led Israel to do.
The Country of Moab Rebels
many years the country of Moab had been controlled by
Israel and was forced to pay taxes to the kings of
Israel. King Mesha of Moab raised sheep, so he paid the
king of Israel one hundred thousand lambs and the wool
from one hundred thousand rams. 5But soon
after the death of Ahab, Mesha rebelled against Israel.
day, Joram left Samaria and called together Israel's
army. 7He sent this message to King
Jehoshaphat of Judah, "The king of Moab has
rebelled. Will you go with me to attack him?"
I will," Jehoshaphat answered. "I'm on your
side, and my soldiers and horses are at your command. 8But
which way should we go?"
will march through Edom Desert," Joram replied.
Joram, Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom led their troops
out. But seven days later, there was no drinking water
left for them or their animals. 10Joram cried
out, "This is terrible! The LORD
must have led us out here to be captured by Moab's
said, "Which of the LORD's
prophets is with us? We can find out from him what the LORD wants us to do."
of Joram's officers answered, "Elisha son of Shaphat
is here. He was one of Elijah's closest followers."
replied, "He can give us the LORD's
three kings went over to Elisha, 13and he
asked Joram, "Why did you come to me? Go talk to the
prophets of the foreign gods your parents
Joram answered. "It was the LORD
who led us out here, so that Moab's army could capture
said to him, "I serve the LORD
All-Powerful, and as surely as he lives, I swear I
wouldn't even look at you if I didn't respect King
Jehoshaphat." 15Then Elisha said,
"Send for someone who can play the harp."
harpist began playing, and the LORD
gave Elisha this message for Joram:
says that this dry riverbed will be filled with
water. 17You won't feel any wind or see
any rain, but there will be plenty of water for you
and your animals.
18That simple thing
isn't all the LORD is going to
do. He will also help you defeat Moab's army. 19You
will capture all their walled cities and important
towns. You will chop down every good tree and stop up
every spring of water, then ruin their fertile fields
by covering them with rocks.
next morning, while the sacrifice was being offered,
water suddenly started flowing from the direction of
Edom, and it flooded the land.
the people of Moab had heard that the three kings were
coming to attack them. They had called together all of
their fighting men, from the youngest to the oldest, and
these troops were now standing at their border, ready for
battle. 22When they got up that morning, the
sun was shining across the water, making it look red. The
Moabite troops took one look 23and shouted,
"Look at that blood! The armies of those kings must
have fought and killed each other. Come on, let's go take
what's left in their camp."
when they arrived at Israel's camp, the Israelite
soldiers came out and attacked them, until they turned
and ran away. Israel's army chased them all the way back
to Moab, and even there they kept up the attack. 25The
Israelites destroyed the Moabite towns. They chopped down
the good trees and stopped up the springs of water, then
covered the fertile fields with rocks.
the only city left standing was Kir-Hareseth, but
soldiers armed with slings surrounded and attacked it. 26King
Mesha of Moab saw that he was about to be defeated. So he
took along seven hundred soldiers with swords and tried
to break through the front line where the Edomite troops
were positioned. But he failed. 27He then
grabbed his oldest son who was to be the next king and
sacrificed him as an offering on the city wall. The
Israelite troops were so horrified that they left the
city and went back home.
A Basket of Fruit
Amos 8 The LORD God showed me a basket of ripe fruit 2and
asked, "Amos, what do you see?"
basket of ripe fruit," I replied.
"This is the end for my people Israel.
won't forgive them again.
of singing in the temple,
they will cry and weep.
Dead bodies will be everywhere. So keep silent!
I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Israel Is Doomed
The LORD said:
people crush those in need and wipe out the poor.
say to yourselves, "How much longer before the end
of the New Moon Festival?
When will the Sabbath be over?
Our wheat is ready, and we want to sell it now.
We can't wait to cheat
and charge high prices for the grain we sell.
We will use dishonest scales 6and mix dust in
Those who are needy and poor don't have any money.
We will make them our slaves
for the price of a pair of sandals."
the LORD, won't forget any of this,
though you take great pride in your ancestor Jacob.
country will tremble, and you will mourn.
It will be like the Nile River that rises and overflows,
then sinks back down.
that day, I, the LORD God,
will make the sun go down at noon,
and I will turn daylight into darkness.
festivals and joyful singing will turn into sorrow.
You will wear sackcloth and shave your heads,
as you would at the death of your only son.
It will be a horrible day.
the LORD, also promise you a
but not of food and water.
You will hunger and thirst to hear my message.
will search everywhere--
from north to south, from east to west.
You will go all over the earth,
seeking a message from me, the LORD.
But you won't find one.
beautiful young women and your young men
will faint from thirst.
made promises in the name of Ashimah,
the goddess of Samaria.
And you made vows in my name
at the shrines of Dan and Beersheba.
But you will fall and never get up.