Scripture Readings for July 21, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)

Amos 8:1-12 • Psalm 52  • Colossians 1:15-28  •  Luke 10:38-42

Amos 8:1-12
8:1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me--a basket of summer fruit.

8:2 He said, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then
the LORD said to me, The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again
pass them by.

8:3 The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day," says the Lord GOD;
"the dead bodies shall be many, cast out in every place. Be silent!"

8:4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land,

8:5 saying, "When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the
sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and
the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances,

8:6 buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the
sweepings of the wheat."

8:7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of
their deeds.

8:8 Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who lives in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the
Nile of Egypt?

8:9 On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go down at noon, and
darken the earth in broad daylight.

8:10 I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will
bring sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the
mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.

8:11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the
land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the

8:12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run
to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.

Psalm 52
52:1 Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly?
All day long

52:2 you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of

52:3 You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah

52:4 You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

52:5 But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your
tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

52:6 The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,

52:7 "See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches,
and sought refuge in wealth!"

52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast
love of God forever and ever.

52:9 I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of
the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Colossians 1:15-28
1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;

1:16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers--all things have been
created through him and for him.

1:17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from
the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.

1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

1:20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on
earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

1:21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,

1:22 he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you
holy and blameless and irreproachable before him--

1:23 provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith,
without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has
been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this

1:24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am
completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body,
that is, the church.

1:25 I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for
you, to make the word of God fully known,

1:26 the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has
now been revealed to his saints.

1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches
of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1:28 It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all
wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Luke 10:38-42
10:38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman
named Martha welcomed him into her home.

10:39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what
he was saying.

10:40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked,
"Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell
her then to help me."

10:41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted
by many things;

10:42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which
will not be taken away from her."