Then I thought: They are just the poor; they have played the fool. For they don't understand the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.
I will go to the powerful and speak to them. Surely they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God. However, these also had broken the yoke and torn off the fetters.
Who is he trying to teach? Who is he trying to instruct? Infants [just] weaned from milk? Babies removed from the breast?
For [he says]: "Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there."
So He will speak to this people with stammering speech and in a foreign language.
He had said to them: "This is the place of rest, let the weary rest; this is the place of repose." But they would not listen.
Then the word of the LORD came to them: "Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there," so they go stumbling backwards, to be broken, trapped, and captured.
Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the LORD been revealed to?
If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him-- you don't speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life-- that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
But if you warn the righteous person that he should not sin, and he does not sin, he will indeed live because he listened to [your] warning, and you will have saved your life."
and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows his trumpet to warn the people.
But if you warn a wicked person to turn from his way and he doesn't turn from it, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Circumcise yourselves to the LORD; remove the foreskin of your hearts, men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem. Otherwise, My wrath will break out like fire and burn with no one to extinguish [it] because of your evil deeds.
However, they wouldn't listen to Me or pay attention but became obstinate;they did more evil than their ancestors.
But Moses said in the LORD's presence: "If the Israelites will not listen to me, then how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I am such a poor speaker?"
Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a mind to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear.
And He replied: Go! Say to these people: Keep listening, but do not understand; keep looking, but do not perceive.
Dull the minds of these people; deafen their ears and blind their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their minds, turn back, and be healed.
Who among you will pay attention to this? Let him listen and obey in the future.
Who gave Jacob to the robber, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD? Have we not sinned against Him? They were not willing to walk in His ways, and they would not listen to His instruction.
So He poured out on Jacob His furious anger and the power of war. It surrounded him with fire, but he did not know [it]; it burned him, but he paid no attention.
"You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit; as your forefathers did, so do you.
Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin!" And saying this, he fell asleep.
For whenever I speak, I cry out-- I proclaim: Violence and destruction! because the word of the LORD has become for me constant disgrace and derision.
If I say: I won't mention Him or speak any longer in His name, His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.
But the LORD God of their ancestors sent word against them by the hand of his messengers, sending them time and time again, for He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.
But they kept ridiculing God's messengers, despising His words, and scoffing at His prophets, until the LORD's wrath was so stirred up against His people that there was no remedy.
Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent [word] to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you [right here] in the house of Israel. The land cannot endure all his words,
One of the experts in the law answered Him, "Teacher, when You say these things You insult us too."
Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.
The world cannot hate you, but it does hate Me because I testify about it-- that its deeds are evil.
Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him, "We aren't blind too, are we?"
For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.
Instead, his delight is in the LORD's instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
I delight to do Your will, my God; Your instruction resides within me."
I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
Your decrees are my delight and my counselors.
Help me stay on the path of Your commands, for I take pleasure in it.
Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in Your instruction.
May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight.
I long for Your salvation, LORD, and Your instruction is my delight.
For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God's law.