The Responsive Reading of this week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Everlasting Punishment,” is taken from the book of Hosea, written after the calamitous fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 bc —where Hosea lived. In the first 13 chapters of this book Hosea describes how Israel has fallen away from worshipping the one true God—bemoaning the fact that “they [Israel] sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen” ( Hosea 13:2 , Responsive Reading).
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