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Proverbs 1, 2, 3

Proverbs

1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

Prologue


2 For learning about wisdom and instruction,
   for understanding words of insight,
3 for gaining instruction in wise dealing,
   righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to teach shrewdness to the simple,
   knowledge and prudence to the young—
5 let the wise also hear and gain in learning,
   and the discerning acquire skill,
6 to understand a proverb and a figure,
   the words of the wise and their riddles.


7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
   fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Warnings against Evil Companions


8 Hear, my child, your father’s instruction,
   and do not reject your mother’s teaching;
9 for they are a fair garland for your head,
   and pendants for your neck.
10 My child, if sinners entice you,
   do not consent.
11 If they say, ‘Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
   let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive
   and whole, like those who go down to the Pit.
13 We shall find all kinds of costly things;
   we shall fill our houses with booty.
14 Throw in your lot among us;
   we will all have one purse’—
15 my child, do not walk in their way,
   keep your foot from their paths;
16 for their feet run to evil,
   and they hurry to shed blood.
17 For in vain is the net baited
   while the bird is looking on;
18 yet they lie in wait—to kill themselves!
   and set an ambush—for their own lives!
19 Such is the end* of all who are greedy for gain;
   it takes away the life of its possessors.

The Call of Wisdom


20 Wisdom cries out in the street;
   in the squares she raises her voice.
21 At the busiest corner she cries out;
   at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
   and fools hate knowledge?
23 Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
   I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
   have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25 and because you have ignored all my counsel
   and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
   I will mock when panic strikes you,
27 when panic strikes you like a storm,
   and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
   when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
   they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
   and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel,
   and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
   and be sated with their own devices.
32 For waywardness kills the simple,
   and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but those who listen to me will be secure
   and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.’

The Value of Wisdom

2My child, if you accept my words
   and treasure up my commandments within you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
   and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 if you indeed cry out for insight,
   and raise your voice for understanding;
4 if you seek it like silver,
   and search for it as for hidden treasures—
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
   and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
   from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
   he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
8 guarding the paths of justice
   and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
   and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
   and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 prudence will watch over you;
   and understanding will guard you.
12 It will save you from the way of evil,
   from those who speak perversely,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
   to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
   and delight in the perverseness of evil;
15 those whose paths are crooked,
   and who are devious in their ways.


16 You will be saved from the loose* woman,
   from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the partner of her youth
   and forgets her sacred covenant;
18 for her way* leads down to death,
   and her paths to the shades;
19 those who go to her never come back,
   nor do they regain the paths of life.


20 Therefore walk in the way of the good,
   and keep to the paths of the just.
21 For the upright will abide in the land,
   and the innocent will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
   and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Admonition to Trust and Honour God

3My child, do not forget my teaching,
   but let your heart keep my commandments;
2 for length of days and years of life
   and abundant welfare they will give you.


3 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
   bind them round your neck,
   write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favour and good repute
   in the sight of God and of people.


5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
   and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
   fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh
   and a refreshment for your body.


9 Honour the Lord with your substance
   and with the first fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
   and your vats will be bursting with wine.


11 My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
   or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
   as a father the son in whom he delights.

The True Wealth


13 Happy are those who find wisdom,
   and those who get understanding,
14 for her income is better than silver,
   and her revenue better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
   and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
   in her left hand are riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
   and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
   those who hold her fast are called happy.

God’s Wisdom in Creation


19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
   by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
   and the clouds drop down the dew.

The True Security


21 My child, do not let these escape from your sight:
   keep sound wisdom and prudence,
22 and they will be life for your soul
   and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely
   and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you sit down,* you will not be afraid;
   when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
   or of the storm that strikes the wicked;
26 for the Lord will be your confidence
   and will keep your foot from being caught.


27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,*
   when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go, and come again;
   tomorrow I will give it’—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan harm against your neighbour
   who lives trustingly beside you.
30 Do not quarrel with anyone without cause,
   when no harm has been done to you.
31 Do not envy the violent
   and do not choose any of their ways;
32 for the perverse are an abomination to the Lord,
   but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
   but he blesses the abode of the righteous.
34 Towards the scorners he is scornful,
   but to the humble he shows favour.
35 The wise will inherit honour,
   but stubborn fools, disgrace.

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Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies


1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
   Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.


3 For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
   those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4 In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, ‘God will not seek it out’;
   all their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’


5 Their ways prosper at all times;
   your judgements are on high, out of their sight;
   as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6 They think in their heart, ‘We shall not be moved;
   throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.’


7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
   under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8 They sit in ambush in the villages;
   in hiding-places they murder the innocent.


Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9   they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
   they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.


10 They stoop, they crouch,
   and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, ‘God has forgotten,
   he has hidden his face, he will never see it.’


12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
   do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
   and say in their hearts, ‘You will not call us to account’?


14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
   that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
   you have been the helper of the orphan.


15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
   seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king for ever and ever;
   the nations shall perish from his land.


17Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
   you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
   so that those from earth may strike terror no more.*

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Galatians 6

Bear One Another’s Burdens

6My friends,* if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil* the law of Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads.

6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.

7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Final Admonitions and Benediction

11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which* the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For* neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.

18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.* Amen.

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