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2:4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. 2:5 Thus says the LORD: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? 2:6 They did not say, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?" 2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. 2:8 The priests did not say, "Where is the LORD?" Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit. 2:9 Therefore once more I accuse you, says the LORD, and I accuse your children's children. 2:10 Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. 2:11 Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. 2:12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the LORD, 2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.
81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. 81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 81:11 "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 81:12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. 81:13 O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! 81:14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes. 81:15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever. 81:16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
13:1 Let mutual love continue. 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." 13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" 13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 13:15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.