Minor Prophets

The Pouting Prophet

Jonah’s Anger and the Lord‘s Compassion 4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious […]

A Light Shines in the Darkness

Jonah 1:17-2:10English Standard Version (ESV) A Great Fish Swallows Jonah 17 And the Lord appointeda great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah’s Prayer 2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, “I called out to […]

The Wrong-Way Prophet

Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord 1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He […]

Let the Wise Understand

A Plea to Return to the Lord 14 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,     for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2 Take with you words     and return to the Lord; say to him,     “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good,     and we will pay with bulls     the vows of our lips. 3 Assyria […]

My Heart Recoils Within Me

The Lord‘s Love for Israel 11 When Israel was a child, I loved him,     and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 The more they were called,     the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals     and burning offerings to idols. 3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;     I took them up […]

I Would Redeem Them, But They Tell Lies Against Me

Hosea 7-10English Standard Version (ESV) 7 When I would heal Israel,     the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed,     and the evil deeds of Samaria; for they deal falsely;     the thief breaks in,     and the bandits raid outside. 2 But they do not consider     that I remember all their evil. Now their deeds surround them;     they are before my […]

He Has Torn Us, That He May Heal Us

Hosea 4-6English Standard Version (ESV) The Lord Accuses Israel 4 Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,  and no knowledge of God in the land; 2 there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all […]