Old Testament Reading for November 5, 2000
6 Seek the LORD and live, or he will sweep
through the house of Joseph like a fire; it will devour, and Bethel will have no
one to quench it. 7 You who turn justice into bitterness and cast
righteousness to the ground 10 you hate the one who reproves in court
and despise him who tells the truth. 11 You trample on the poor and
force him to give you grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not
drink their wine. 12 For I know how many are your offenses and how
great your sins. You oppress the righteous and take bribes and you deprive the
poor of justice in the courts. 13 Therefore the prudent man keeps
quiet in such times, for the times are evil. 14 Seek good, not evil,
that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say
he is. 15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.