Day 253

The 300 Day Bible – Day 253
The Preaching
Hosea Chapter 5

1 Hear this, O ye priests, and attend, ye house of Israel, and give ear, O house of the king, for unto you pertaineth the judgment; for ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

2 And they that fall away are gone deep in making slaughter; and I am rejected of them all.

3 I, even I, know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from Me; for now, O Ephraim, thou hast committed harlotry, Israel is defiled.

4 Their doings will not suffer them to return unto their God; for the spirit of harlotry is within them, and they know not the LORD.

5 But the pride of Israel shall testify to his face; and Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in their iniquity, Judah also shall stumble with them.

6 With their flocks and with their herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they shall not find Him; He hath withdrawn Himself from them.

7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, for they have begotten strange children; now shall the new moon devour them with their portions. {S}

8 Blow ye the horn in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah; sound an alarm at Beth-aven:
‘Behind thee, O Benjamin!’

9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; among the tribes of Israel do I make known that which shall surely be.

10 The princes of Judah are like them that remove the landmark; I will pour out My wrath upon them like water.

11 Oppressed is Ephraim, crushed in his right; because he willingly walked after filth.

12 Therefore am I unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

13 And when Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to King Contentious; but he is not able to heal you, neither shall he cure you of your wound.

14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah; I, even I, will tear and go away, I will take away, and there shall be none to deliver.

15 I will go and return to My place, till they acknowledge their guilt, and seek My face; in their trouble they will seek Me earnestly:

Hosea Chapter 6

1 ‘Come, and let us return unto the LORD; for He hath torn, and He will heal us, He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.

2 After two days will He revive us, on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His presence.

3 And let us know, eagerly strive to know the LORD, His going forth is sure as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth.’

4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that early passeth away.

5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; and thy judgment goeth forth as the light.

6 For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.

7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant; there have they dealt treacherously against Me.

8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, it is covered with footprints of blood.

9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so doth the company of priests; they murder in the way toward Shechem; yea, they commit enormity.

10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; there harlotry is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for thee! When I would turn the captivity of My people, {P}

The Writing
Esther Chapter 2

1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was assuaged, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.

2 Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him:
‘Let there be sought for the king young virgins fair to look on;

3 and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the castle, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hegai the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their ointments be given them;

4 and let the maiden that pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti.’
And the thing pleased the king; and he did so. {S}

5 There was a certain Jew in Shushan the castle, whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair the son of Shimei the son of Kish, a Benjamite,

6 who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives that had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter; for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was of beautiful form and fair to look on; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.

8 So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was published, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the castle, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken into the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her ointments, with her portions, and the seven maidens, who were meet to be given her out of the king’s house; and he advanced her and her maidens to the best place in the house of the women.

10 Esther had not made known her people nor her kindred; for Mordecai had charged her that she should not tell it.

11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what would become of her.

12 Now when the turn of every maiden was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that it had been done to her according to the law for the women, twelve months–
for so were the days of their anointing accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six month with sweet odours, and with other ointments of the women–

13 when then the maiden came unto the king, whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king’s house.

14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s chamberlain, who kept the concubines; she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and she were called by name.

15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the bounty of the king.

19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, and Mordecai sat in the king’s gate–

20 Esther had not yet made known her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her; for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him– {S}

21 in those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those that kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king Ahasuerus.

22 And the thing became known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther told the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.

23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, and it was found to be so, they were both hanged on a tree; and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king. {S}

The Witness
The Epistle to the Hebrews – Chapter 6
܀ ܕܠܘܬ ܥܒܪ̈ܝܐ ܀

1 Therefore let us leave the commencement of the word of the Messiah, and let us proceed to the completion. Or will ye again lay another foundation for the repentance which is from dead works, and for the faith in God,

2 and for the doctrine of baptism, and for the laying on of a hand, and for the resurrection from the dead, and for the eternal judgment ?

3 We will do this, if the Lord permit.

4 But they who have once descended to baptism, and have tasted the gift from heaven, and have received the holy spirit,

5 and have tasted the good word of God, and the power of the world to come,

6 * cannot again sin, and a second time be renewed to repentance; or a second time crucify and insult the son of God.

7 For the earth that drinketh the rain which cometh often upon it, and produceth the herb that is of use to those for whom it is cultivated, receiveth a blessing from God.

8 But if it should put forth thorns and briers, it would have reprobation, and be not far from a curse, and its end would be a burning.

9 But, in regard to you, my brethren, we are persuaded better things, and things pertaining to life, although we thus speak.

10 For God is not unrighteous, to forget your works, and your charity which ye have shown in his name, in that ye have ministered and do minister to the saints.
11 And we desire, that each one of you may show this same activity, for the completion of your hope, even to the end:

12 and that ye faint not; but that ye be emulators of them who by faith and patience have become heirs of the promise.

13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, because there was none greater than himself by whom he could swear, he swore by himself;

14 and said:
Blessing, I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so he was patient, and obtained the promise.

16 For men swear by one greater than themselves: and in every controversy that occurs among them, the sure termination of it is by an oath.

17 Therefore, God, being abundantly willing to show to the heirs of the promise, that his promising was irreversible, bound it up in an oath;

18 so that, by two things which change not, and in which God cannot lie, we, who have sought refuge in him, might have great consolation, and might hold fast the hope promised to us;

19 which is to us as an anchor, that retaineth our soul, so that it swerveth not; and it entereth into that within the veil,

20 whither Jesus hath previously entered for us, and hath become a priest for ever, after the likeness of Melchisedec.

* The Syriac translation supposes the Greek in this verse to be, . . . . . . . . . . . . . ., &c.; instead of the received rending, . . . . . . . . . . . . . ., &c.

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to give us His spirit to follow His Commandments in love


Seek ye Me, and live; JESUSbible II


5,1 Hear ye this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel:

5,2 The virgin of Israel is fallen, she shall no more rise; she is cast down upon her land, there is none to raise her up.

5,3 For thus saith the Lord GOD:
The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went forth a hundred shall have ten left, of the house of Israel.

5,4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel:
Seek ye Me, and live;

5,5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought.

5,6 Seek the LORD, and live–
lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be none to quench it in Bethel–

5,7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and cast righteousness to the ground;

5,8 Him that maketh the Pleiades and Orion, and bringeth on the shadow of death in the morning, and darkeneth the day into night; that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth; the LORD is His name;

5,9 That causeth destruction to flash upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

5,10 They hate him that reproveth in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

5,11 Therefore, because ye trample upon the poor, and take from him exactions of wheat; ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them, ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine thereof.

5,12 For I know how manifold are your transgressions, and how mighty are your sins; ye that afflict the just, that take a ransom, and that turn aside the needy in the gate.

5,13 Therefore the prudent doth keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.

5,14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.

5,15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. {S}

5,16 Therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord:
Lamentation shall be in all the broad places, and they shall say in all the streets:
‘Alas! alas!’
and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and proclaim lamentation to such as are skilful of wailing.

5,17 And in all vineyards shall be lamentation; for I will pass through the midst of thee, saith the LORD. {P}

5,18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! Wherefore would ye have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light.

5,19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; and went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

5,20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

5,21 I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

5,22 Yea, though ye offer me burnt-offerings and your meal-offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts.

5,23 Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; and let Me not hear the melody of thy psalteries.

5,24 But let justice well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

5,25 Did ye bring unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

5,26 So shall ye take up Siccuth your king and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

5,27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith He, whose name is the LORD God of hosts. {P}

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