Week 32, Day 2 in the LEB

Aug 8, 2023

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The reading for today is Hosea 4-6; Psalm 58; Matthew 17.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Hosea 4

Hear the word of Yahweh, O children of Israel,
for Yahweh has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or loyalty,
    there is no knowledge of God in the land.
Swearing and lying,
    murdering and stealing,
        and adultery break out,
    and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore the land mourns,
    and all those living in it languish
with the animals of the field,
    and the birds of the heaven,
    and even the fish of the sea
        are being swept away.
Yet, let no one contend,
    and let no one accuse,
for with you, O priest, is my contention.
You will stumble by day,
    and the priest also will stumble
        with you at night.
And I will destroy your mother;
    My people are destroyed
        for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from acting as a priest for me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I will also forget your children.
When they became many, their sin increased against me;
    they changed their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people,
    they are greedy for their iniquity.
And it will be like people, like priest;
I will punish them for their ways,
    and I will requite them for their deeds.
They will eat and not be satisfied;
    they will play the whore and not multiply,
because they have forsaken Yahweh to devote themselves to
Wine and new wine take away the understanding.
    My people,
consult their wooden idols,
    and their divining rod gives them oracles;
because a spirit of whoredom led them astray,
    and they played the whore from under their God.
On the tops of the mountains they sacrifice,
    and on the hills they make offerings,
under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
    because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the whore,
    and all your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,
    or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery;
because they go aside with whores,
    and they sacrifice with temple prostitutes,
        a people that does not understand comes to ruin.
Even though you, O Israel, are playing the whore,
    do not let Judah become guilty;
do not enter Gilgal,
    or go up to Beth-aven;
and do not swear,
    "As Yahweh lives!"
Indeed, like a stubborn heifer,
    Israel is stubborn;
Now Yahweh will feed them,
    like a lamb in broad pasture.
Ephraim is joined to idols;
    let him alone.
When their drinking has ended,
    they surely indulge in sexual orgies.
    They love lewdness more than their glory.
A wind has wrapped them in its wings,
    and they will be ashamed because of their altars.

Hosea 5

Hear this, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Listen, O house of the king!
    Because the judgment applies to you;
because you have been a snare for Mizpah,
    and a net spread out on Tabor;
they dug a deep pit in Shittim,
    but I am a punishment for all of them.
I myself know Ephraim,
    and Israel is not hidden from me;
because now you have played the whore, O Ephraim—
    Israel is defiled.
Their deeds do not permit them
    to return them to God.
Because a spirit of whoredom is in their midst,
    they do not know Yahweh.
The pride of Israel testifies against him,
    and Israel and Ephraim stumble in their guilt,
        and Judah stumbles with them.
With their flocks and herds they will go
    to seek Yahweh, but they will not find him;
        he has withdrawn from them.
They have dealt faithlessly with Yahweh
    because they have borne illegitimate children.
Now the new moon will devour them with their fields.
Blow the horn in Gibeah,
    the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm in Beth-aven;
    look behind you, Benjamin.
Ephraim will be a desolation
    in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
    I will reveal what is true.
The princes of Judah have become
    like those who remove a landmark;
on them I will pour out
    my wrath like water.
Ephraim is oppressed,
    crushed in judgment,
because he was determined
    to go after filth.
But I am like a maggot to Ephraim
    and like rottenness to the house of Judah.
And when Ephraim saw his illness,
    and Judah his wound,
Ephraim went to Assyria,
    he sent to the great king.
But he was unable to cure you
    and heal your wound.
Because I will be like a lion to Ephraim
    and like a fierce strong lion to the house of Judah.
I myself will tear and I will go;
    I will carry off, and there is no one who delivers.
I will return again to my place
    until they acknowledge their guilt
        and seek my face;
    in their distress they will search me.

Hosea 6

Come, let us return to Yahweh;
because it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck us down and will bind us up.
    He will revive us after two days;
on the third day he will raise us up,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us know, let us press on to know Yahweh;
    his rising is sure like the dawn.
He will come like the showers to us,
    like the spring rain that waters the earth.
What will I do with you, O Ephraim?
    What will I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
    like the dew that goes away early in the morning.
Therefore, I have hewn them by the prophets;
    I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
    and my judgment goes forth like the light.
Because I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
    and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
But like Adam, they transgressed the covenant;
    there they dealt faithlessly with me.
Gilead is a city of evil,
    a cunning city because of blood.
Like bandits lying in wait,
    so is a band of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem;
    indeed, they commit a monstrous crime.
In the house of Israel I have seen something horrible;
    Ephraim’s unfaithfulness is there.
        Israel is defiled.

For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed,
    when I restore the fortunes of my people,

Psalm 58

For the music director, according to Do not Destroy.

Of David. A miktam.

Do you really speak what is right when silent?
Do you judge fairly the children of humankind?
No, in your heart you plan injustices;
in the land you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb.
They go astray from the belly, speaking lies.
Their venom is like snake venom;
They are like a deaf viper that closes its ear
so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or the skilled caster of spells.
O God, break their teeth in their mouth.
Break off the fangs of the young lions, O Yahweh.
Let them run away like water that runs off.
When he bends the bow, let his arrows be as though they were cut off.
Let them be like a snail that melts away as it goes;
like the stillborn of woman that do not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the heat of a thornbush,
whether green or dry, he will sweep it away.
The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
And people will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous.
Surely there is a God who judges in the land."

Matthew 17

And after six days Jesus took along Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became bright as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. So Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here! If you want, I will make here three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!" And when the disciples heard this, they fell down on their faces and were extremely frightened. And Jesus came and touched them and said, "Get up and do not be afraid." And when they lifted up their eyes they saw no one except him—Jesus alone.

And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, "Tell no one the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead." And the disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" And he answered and said, "Elijah indeed is coming, and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did with him whatever they wanted. In the same way also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

And when they came to the crowd, a man approached him, kneeling down before him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely, for often he falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they were not able to heal him." And Jesus answered and said, "O unbelieving and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him and the boy was healed from that hour.

Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, Why were we not able to expel it?" And he said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

Now as they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised." And they were extremely distressed.

Now when they arrived in Capernaum, the ones who collected the double drachma tax came up to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the double drachma tax?" He said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect tolls or taxes—from their own sons, or from foreigners?" And when he said, "From foreigners," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. But so that we do not give offense to them, go out to the sea, cast a line with a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. And when you open its mouth, you will find a four-drachma coin. Take that and give it to them for me and you."