This Week’s Scripture Passage:
Doom to those who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion and was met by a bear; or sought refuge in a house, rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake. Isn’t the day of the Lord darkness, not light; all dark with no brightness in it? I hate, I reject your festivals; I don’t enjoy your joyous assemblies. If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food— I won’t be pleased; I won’t even look at your offerings of well-fed animals. Take away the noise of your songs; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, house of Israel? You will take up Sakkuth your king, and Kaiwan your star-god, your images, which you made for yourselves. Therefore, I will take you away beyond Damascus, says the Lord, whose name is the God of heavenly forces.
Amos 5:18-27 (Common English Bible)
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