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Isaiah 1:1-31

1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. 2 Hear, heavens, and listen, earth, for Yahweh has spoken: "I reared children and I brought them up, but they rebelled against me. 3 An ox knows its owner and a donkey the manger of its master. Israel does not know; my people do not understand. 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people heavy with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly. They have forsaken Yahweh; they have despised the holy one of Israel. They are estranged and gone backward. 5 Why do you want to be beaten again? You continue in rebellion. The whole of the head is sick, and the whole of the heart is faint. 6 From the sole of the foot and up to the head there is no health in it; bruise and sore and bleeding wound have not been cleansed, and they have not been bound up and not softened with the oil. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; As for your land, aliens are devouring it in your presence, and it is desolate, like devastation by foreigners. 8 And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a shelter in a cucumber field, like a city that is besieged.* 9 If Yahweh of hosts had not left us survivors,* we would have been as few as Sodom, we would have become like Gomorrah. 10 Hear the word of Yahweh, rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, people of Gomorrah! 11 What is the abundance of your sacrifices to me? says Yahweh. I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened animals and I do not delight in the blood of bulls and ram-lambs and goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who asked for this from your hand: you trampling my courts? 13 You must not continue* to bring offerings* of futility, incense—it is an abomination to me; new moon and Sabbath, the calling of a convocation— I cannot endure iniquity with solemn assembly. 14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become to me like a burden, I am not able to bear them. 15 And when you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers,* I will not be listening. Your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash! Make yourselves clean! Remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes! Cease to do evil! 17 Learn to do good! Seek justice! Rescue the oppressed! Defend the orphan! Plead for the widow! 18 "Come now, and let us argue," says Yahweh. "Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. 19 If you are willing and you are obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. 20 But if you refuse and you rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.
For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken." 21 How has a faithful city become like a whore? Full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. 22 Your silver has become as dross; Your wine is diluted with waters. 23 Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Every one loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not defend the orphan and the legal dispute of the widow does not come before them. 24 Therefore, the declaration of the Lord Yahweh of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: "Ah, I will be relieved of my enemies, and I will avenge myself on my foes. 25 And I will turn my hand against you; I will purify your dross like lye, and I will remove all of your tin. 26 And I will restore your judges, as at the first, and your counselors, as at the beginning. After this you will be called* the city of righteousness, faithful city. 27 Zion will be redeemed by justice, and those of her who repent, by righteousness. 28 But the destruction of rebels and sinners shall be together, and those who forsake Yahweh will perish. 29 For you* will be ashamed of the oaks in which you delighted, and you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen. 30 For you shall be like an oak withering its leaves, and like a garden where there is no water for her. 31 And the strong man shall become like tinder, and his work like a spark. And both of them shall burn together, and there is not one to quench them."

Matthew 7:12

12 Therefore in all things, whatever you want that people should do to you, thus also you do to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

John 3:12-20

12 If I tell you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 And no one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,* thus it is necessary that the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life."* 16 For in this way God loved the world, so that he gave his one and only Son, in order that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world in order that he should judge* the world, but in order that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not judged,* but the one who does not believe has already been judged,* because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: that the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who practices evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed.

Hebrews 12:5-11

5 And have you completely forgotten the exhortation which instructs you as sons?
"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, or give up when you are corrected by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one whom he loves, and punishes every son whom he accepts."* 7 Endure it for discipline. God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, in which all legitimate sons* have become participants, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had our earthly fathers* who disciplined us, and we respected them. Will we not much rather subject ourselves to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a few days according to what seemed appropriate to them, but he does so for our benefit, in order that we can have a share in his holiness. 11 Now all discipline seems for the moment not to be joyful but painful, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who are trained by it.

Psalms 1:1-6

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the advice of the wicked; nor does he stand in the way of sinners; nor does he sit in the assembly of mockers. 2 Instead, in the law of Yahweh is his delight, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 And so, he is like a tree planted by streams of water that gives its fruit in its season; its leaf also does not wither. Therefore all that he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked. Instead, they are like the chaff that the wind scatters. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for Yahweh knows the way of the righteous,* but the way of the wicked will perish.

Philippians 2:4

4 each of you* not looking out for your own interests*, but also each of you for the interests* of others.

Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother" (which is the first* commandment with a promise), 3 "in order that it may be well with you, and you may live a long time* on the earth."* 4 And fathers, do not make your children angry, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5 And you shall love Yahweh your God with all of your heart* and with all of your soul* and with all of your might. 6 And these words that I am commanding you today* shall be on* your heart.* 7 And you shall recite them to your children, and you shall talk about them at the time of your living in your house and at the time of your going on the road and at the time of your lying down and at the time of your rising up.

Colossians 3:21

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, so that they will not become discouraged.

Psalms 127:3-5

3 Look, children* are the heritage* of Yahweh; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children* of one's youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.* They shall not be put to shame when they speak with enemies at the gate.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Train the child concerning his way;* even when he is old, he will not stray from it.

Ephesians 6:4

4 And fathers, do not make your children angry, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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