—On the Other Hand….


Amos 8 (NIV)
4
Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,
5
saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?
— skimping the measure, boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
6 buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.”
7
The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob:
“I will never forget anything they have done.”

Psalm 73 (NIV)
2
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from the burdens common to man;
they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
in their arrogance they threaten oppression.
9
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How can God know?
 Does the Most High have knowledge?”
12
This is what the wicked are like—
 always carefree, they increase in wealth.
13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure;
 in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been plagued;
I have been punished every morning.
15
If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
 it was oppressive to me
17
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
 then I understood their final destiny.
18
Surely you place them on slippery ground;
 you cast them down to ruin.
19
How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
20
As a dream when one awakes,
so when you arise, O Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.
21
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
 I was a brute beast before you.
23
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

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