Micah 6:1-4, 6-8
Psalm 50: 5-6,8-9,16-17,21,23
Matthew 12:38-42

Micah 6:1-4, 6-8
1 Hear, then, what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice! 2 Hear, O mountains, the LORD’s case, pay attention, O foundations of the earth! For the LORD has a case against his people; he enters into trial with Israel. 3 My people, what have I done to you? how have I wearied you? Answer me! 4 I brought you up from the land of Egypt, from the place of slavery I ransomed you; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

6 With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow before God most high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with myriad streams of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my crime, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Psalm 50: 5-6,8-9,16-17,21,23
5 “Gather my loyal ones to me, those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is the judge.
8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you, your burnt offerings are always before me.
9 I will not take a bullock from your house, or he-goats from your folds.
16 But to the wicked God says: Why do you recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your mouth?
17 You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you!
21 When you do these things should I be silent? Do you think that I am like you? I accuse you, I lay out the matter before your eyes.
23 Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me; I will let him whose way is steadfast look upon the salvation of God.”

Matthew 12:38-42
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40 Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. 42 At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

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