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Amos Chapter 9 עָמוֹס

Amos Chapter 9 עָמוֹס

א  רָאִיתִי אֶת-אֲדֹנָי נִצָּב עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, וַיֹּאמֶר הַךְ הַכַּפְתּוֹר וְיִרְעֲשׁוּ הַסִּפִּים וּבְצַעַם בְּרֹאשׁ כֻּלָּם, וְאַחֲרִיתָם, בַּחֶרֶב אֶהֱרֹג:  לֹא-יָנוּס לָהֶם נָס, וְלֹא-יִמָּלֵט לָהֶם פָּלִיט. 1 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar; and He said: Smite the capitals, that the posts may shake; and break them in pieces on the head of all of them; and I will slay the residue of them with the sword; there shall not one of them flee away, and there shall not one of them escape.
ב  אִם-יַחְתְּרוּ בִשְׁאוֹל, מִשָּׁם יָדִי תִקָּחֵם; וְאִם-יַעֲלוּ, הַשָּׁמַיִם–מִשָּׁם, אוֹרִידֵם. 2 Though they dig into the nether-world, thence shall My hand take them; and though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down.
ג  וְאִם-יֵחָבְאוּ בְּרֹאשׁ הַכַּרְמֶל, מִשָּׁם אֲחַפֵּשׂ וּלְקַחְתִּים; וְאִם-יִסָּתְרוּ מִנֶּגֶד עֵינַי, בְּקַרְקַע הַיָּם–מִשָּׁם אֲצַוֶּה אֶת-הַנָּחָשׁ, וּנְשָׁכָם. 3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from My sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them.
ד  וְאִם-יֵלְכוּ בַשְּׁבִי לִפְנֵי אֹיְבֵיהֶם, מִשָּׁם אֲצַוֶּה אֶת-הַחֶרֶב וַהֲרָגָתַם; וְשַׂמְתִּי עֵינִי עֲלֵיהֶם לְרָעָה, וְלֹא לְטוֹבָה. 4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them; and I will set Mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
ה  וַאדֹנָי יְהוִה הַצְּבָאוֹת, הַנּוֹגֵעַ בָּאָרֶץ וַתָּמוֹג, וְאָבְלוּ, כָּל-יוֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ; וְעָלְתָה כַיְאֹר כֻּלָּהּ, וְשָׁקְעָה כִּיאֹר מִצְרָיִם. 5 For the Lord, the GOD of hosts, is He that toucheth the land and it melteth, and all that dwell therein mourn; and it riseth up wholly like the River, and sinketh again, like the River of Egypt;
ו  הַבּוֹנֶה בַשָּׁמַיִם מַעֲלוֹתָו, וַאֲגֻדָּתוֹ עַל-אֶרֶץ יְסָדָהּ; הַקֹּרֵא לְמֵי-הַיָּם, וַיִּשְׁפְּכֵם עַל-פְּנֵי הָאָרֶץ–יְהוָה שְׁמוֹ. 6 It is He that buildeth His upper chambers in the heaven, and hath founded His vault upon the earth; He that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.
ז  הֲלוֹא כִבְנֵי כֻשִׁיִּים אַתֶּם לִי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  הֲלוֹא אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל, הֶעֱלֵיתִי מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, וּפְלִשְׁתִּיִּים מִכַּפְתּוֹר, וַאֲרָם מִקִּיר. 7 Are ye not as the children of the Ethiopians unto Me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and Aram from Kir?
ח  הִנֵּה עֵינֵי אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, בַּמַּמְלָכָה הַחַטָּאָה, וְהִשְׁמַדְתִּי אֹתָהּ, מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה:  אֶפֶס, כִּי לֹא הַשְׁמֵיד אַשְׁמִיד אֶת-בֵּית יַעֲקֹב–נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
ט  כִּי-הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה, וַהֲנִעוֹתִי בְכָל-הַגּוֹיִם אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִנּוֹעַ בַּכְּבָרָה, וְלֹא-יִפּוֹל צְרוֹר אָרֶץ. 9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
י  בַּחֶרֶב יָמוּתוּ, כֹּל חַטָּאֵי עַמִּי:  הָאֹמְרִים, לֹא-תַגִּישׁ וְתַקְדִּים בַּעֲדֵינוּ–הָרָעָה. 10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, that say: ‘The evil shall not overtake nor confront us.’
יא  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, אָקִים אֶת-סֻכַּת דָּוִיד הַנֹּפֶלֶת; וְגָדַרְתִּי אֶת-פִּרְצֵיהֶן, וַהֲרִסֹתָיו אָקִים, וּבְנִיתִיהָ, כִּימֵי עוֹלָם. 11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old;
יב  לְמַעַן יִירְשׁוּ אֶת-שְׁאֵרִית אֱדוֹם, וְכָל-הַגּוֹיִם, אֲשֶׁר-נִקְרָא שְׁמִי, עֲלֵיהֶם:  נְאֻם-יְהוָה, עֹשֶׂה זֹּאת.  {פ} 12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the nations, upon whom My name is called, saith the LORD that doeth this. {P}
יג  הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְנִגַּשׁ חוֹרֵשׁ בַּקֹּצֵר, וְדֹרֵךְ עֲנָבִים בְּמֹשֵׁךְ הַזָּרַע; וְהִטִּיפוּ הֶהָרִים עָסִיס, וְכָל-הַגְּבָעוֹת תִּתְמוֹגַגְנָה. 13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
יד  וְשַׁבְתִּי, אֶת-שְׁבוּת עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וּבָנוּ עָרִים נְשַׁמּוֹת וְיָשָׁבוּ, וְנָטְעוּ כְרָמִים וְשָׁתוּ אֶת-יֵינָם; וְעָשׂוּ גַנּוֹת, וְאָכְלוּ אֶת-פְּרִיהֶם. 14 And I will turn the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
טו  וּנְטַעְתִּים, עַל-אַדְמָתָם; וְלֹא יִנָּתְשׁוּ עוֹד, מֵעַל אַדְמָתָם אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לָהֶם–אָמַר, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ.  {ש} 15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. {P}

Bible – Amos –
Chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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DAILY SCRIPTURES

Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11

In those days,
like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens
and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
and who falls asleep in your friendship.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Gospel Mt 17:9a, 10-13

As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

RED TIDE UPDATE IN FLORIDA

Red tide has reached high levels inside Naples Bay as a bloom of the microscopic algae continues to plague the Collier County coast. Water samples taken Thursday show red tide at high levels near Windstar Country Club, medium levels at South Marco Beach, Vanderbilt Beach, Seagate and the Naples Pier and at low levels at Barefoot Beach and Caxambas Pass marina. The algae that causes red tide releases a toxin that can cause breathing difficulty in people and kill marine life, littering beaching with dead fish. Collier County pollution monitors say they haven’t gotten reports of respiratory irrigation or dead fish since Dec. 1 but are warning people with conditions like asthma to avoid the beach. People living near the water can reduce red tide’s effects by keeping windows closed and the air conditioner running to filter the toxin, monitors said. The most recent satellite images show the bloom extending from Lee County to Monroe County up to 30 miles offshore, the county reported Friday.

HOSEA CH 4

FLASH FLOODS & MUDSLIDES IN VENEZUALA

Floods and mudslides unleashed by torrential rains have caused at least eight deaths in Venezuela, a government official said Friday. Thousands of families have left their homes to take refuge in government disaster shelters, Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said. Five people died in western Zulia state, while three others died in Caracas and adjacent Miranda state, El Aissami said. President Hugo Chavez’s government has ordered the military and rescue teams to be on alert in several regions of the country that have seen heavy rains this week. El Aissami said at a news conference that Chavez has been closely monitoring the government’s efforts to help flood victims. Heavy rains at the end of 2010 also forced tens of thousands of Venezuelans into shelters. Some are still in shelters nearly a year later, while others were moved into new public housing. El Aissami said about 29,000 families are being housed in hundreds of shelters due to this week’s rains and more than 1,000 homes have been seriously damaged. He said the government is providing about $350 in cash assistance to each family. The government ordered schools closed due to the deluges.

Epidemic in Fiji

The Ministry of Health has declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) on Bukuya area in Ba due to the typhoid outbreak. Health spokesperson Peni Namotu told FBC News the PHE will be in place for 30 days and will commence from Monday. Namotu says movement of people from one place to another will be restricted and mass gatherings will be bannned . “We have advised villagers that under the Bukuya Medical Area to be mindful of the fact that declaring a public health emergency is to prevent the spread of typhoid and also to prevent the fatalities from the disease.” 39 cases of typhoid have recorded so far at Nanoko in Ba.

Epidemic Hazard in China

More than 40 pupils at an elementary school in a suburban area are suspected of having contracted scarlet fever, parents claimed yesterday. At least 39 children in a Grade Two class at the Mingqiang Elementary School are feared to have the disease, they said. One parent, who gave his name as “Eric,” said the school gathered parents on Wednesday to inform them that an initial test indicated 39 out of 48 children had the disease. Parents also said six pupils in a Grade Three class are suspected of having the disease. Some parents claim the first case emerged a fortnight ago and accused the school – which has hundreds of pupils – of not acting quickly enough. They say it should have isolated sick children and canceled all classes to sterilize classrooms. According to a 2005 directive by Shanghai’s education department, a school where an unidentified contagious disease case is discovered should report to authorities and cancel classes involved. “The school has put all the children at the risk of catching the disease,” claimed Eric.

The Mingqiang Elementary School has only canceled lessons for the Grade Two class but other parents are taking their children to hospital for tests, said Eric, whose child tested negative. A 45-year-old father, surnamed Ruan, told Shanghai Daily that six children – including his son – in a Grade Three class were also diagnosed to be suffering scarlet fever. Eric claimed school outings had continued this week. “I don’t understand how the school could organize for a class to visit a city attraction as group activity on Monday, when it didn’t know how many children may have this contagious disease,” said Eric. School staff declined to comment yesterday, saying top officials were at an emergency meeting. Earlier, a teacher at the school, surnamed Wang, told China Network Television that parents’ accusations were untrue as only one or two students were confirmed to have scarlet fever and had been isolated. The city’s health authority said it is normal to see an increase of scarlet fever at this time of year, but didn’t have a figure. An official, surnamed Liu, with Fudan University’s Children’s Hospital confirmed they have received children with scarlet fever over the past two weeks, but said their condition was not serious. Liu did not give a figure. Scarlet fever symptoms include a sore throat, fever and a rash, doctors say. It is treated with antibiotics.

Nuclear Event in Japan

Radioactive water leaked inside a nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan but did not escape into the environment, the government said Saturday. The leak Friday at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai plant occurred as Japan attempts to stabilize a tsunami-hit nuclear plant on its northeastern coast where three reactor cores melted and large amounts of radiation were released into the air and ocean. Tetsuya Saito, spokesman for Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pump in Genkai’s No. 3 reactor, and the cause was still under investigation. The water was funneled into a storage area and posed no safety risk, he said. Kyushu Electric issued a statement Friday about a pump problem but did not mention the leak. Officials at the utility were not immediately available for comment Saturday. “There have been various problems at Genkai,” Saito said. “But there is no safety problem as a result of what happened this time.” He said it was up to Kyushu Electric to determine whether to announce the leak. Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto complained that the utility has not been fully open with information. “The local government needs to know,” Kyodo News agency quoted him as saying. “I have repeatedly demanded the utility change its ways.”