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Proverbs 13, 14, 15

13A wise child loves discipline,*
   but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of their words good people eat good things,
   but the desire of the treacherous is for wrongdoing.
3 Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives;
   those who open wide their lips come to ruin.
4 The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing,
   while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.
5 The righteous hate falsehood,
   but the wicked act shamefully and disgracefully.
6 Righteousness guards one whose way is upright,
   but sin overthrows the wicked.
7 Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing;
   others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.
8 Wealth is a ransom for a person’s life,
   but the poor get no threats.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices,
   but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 By insolence the heedless make strife,
   but wisdom is with those who take advice.
11 Wealth hastily gained* will dwindle,
   but those who gather little by little will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
   but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Those who despise the word bring destruction on themselves,
   but those who respect the commandment will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
   so that one may avoid the snares of death.
15 Good sense wins favour,
   but the way of the faithless is their ruin.*
16 The clever do all things intelligently,
   but the fool displays folly.
17 A bad messenger brings trouble,
   but a faithful envoy, healing.
18 Poverty and disgrace are for the one who ignores instruction,
   but one who heeds reproof is honoured.
19 A desire realized is sweet to the soul,
   but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
   but the companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Misfortune pursues sinners,
   but prosperity rewards the righteous.
22 The good leave an inheritance to their children’s children,
   but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23 The field of the poor may yield much food,
   but it is swept away through injustice.
24 Those who spare the rod hate their children,
   but those who love them are diligent to discipline them.
25 The righteous have enough to satisfy their appetite,
   but the belly of the wicked is empty.

14The wise woman* builds her house,
   but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
2 Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,
   but one who is devious in conduct despises him.
3 The talk of fools is a rod for their backs,*
   but the lips of the wise preserve them.
4 Where there are no oxen, there is no grain;
   abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness does not lie,
   but a false witness breathes out lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
   but knowledge is easy for one who understands.
7 Leave the presence of a fool,
   for there you do not find words of knowledge.
8 It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go,
   but the folly of fools misleads.
9 Fools mock at the guilt-offering,*
   but the upright enjoy God’s favour.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
   and no stranger shares its joy.
11 The house of the wicked is destroyed,
   but the tent of the upright flourishes.
12 There is a way that seems right to a person,
   but its end is the way to death.*
13 Even in laughter the heart is sad,
   and the end of joy is grief.
14 The perverse get what their ways deserve,
   and the good, what their deeds deserve.*
15 The simple believe everything,
   but the clever consider their steps.
16 The wise are cautious and turn away from evil,
   but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.
17 One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly,
   and the schemer is hated.
18 The simple are adorned with* folly,
   but the clever are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good,
   the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor are disliked even by their neighbours,
   but the rich have many friends.
21 Those who despise their neighbours are sinners,
   but happy are those who are kind to the poor.
22 Do they not err that plan evil?
   Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
23 In all toil there is profit,
   but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wisdom,*
   but folly is the garland* of fools.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
   but one who utters lies is a betrayer.
26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
   and one’s children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
   so that one may avoid the snares of death.
28 The glory of a king is a multitude of people;
   without people a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
   but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30 A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,
   but passion makes the bones rot.
31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
   but those who are kind to the needy honour him.
32 The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing,
   but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.*
33 Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding,
   but it is not* known in the heart of fools.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
   but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favour,
   but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

15A soft answer turns away wrath,
   but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,*
   but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
   keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
   but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises a parent’s instruction,
   but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
   but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
   not so the minds of fools.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
   but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
   but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.
10 There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,
   but one who hates a rebuke will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
   how much more human hearts!
12 Scoffers do not like to be rebuked;
   they will not go to the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,
   but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14 The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,
   but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the poor are hard,
   but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
   than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
   than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
18 Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife,
   but those who are slow to anger calm contention.
19 The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns,
   but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20 A wise child makes a glad father,
   but the foolish despise their mothers.
21 Folly is a joy to one who has no sense,
   but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.
22 Without counsel, plans go wrong,
   but with many advisers they succeed.
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone,
   and a word in season, how good it is!
24 For the wise the path of life leads upwards,
   in order to avoid Sheol below.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
   but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
26 Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
   but gracious words are pure.
27 Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,
   but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,
   but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
   but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
   and good news refreshes the body.
31 The ear that heeds wholesome admonition
   will lodge among the wise.
32 Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,
   but those who heed admonition gain understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
   and humility goes before honour.

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Psalm 14

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader. Of David.
1 Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
   They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
   there is no one who does good.


2 The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
   to see if there are any who are wise,
   who seek after God.


3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
   there is no one who does good,
   no, not one.


4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon the Lord?


5 There they shall be in great terror,
   for God is with the company of the righteous.
6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
   but the Lord is their refuge.


7 O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

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Ephesians 4

Unity in the Body of Christ

4I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it is said,
‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
   he gave gifts to his people.’
9(When it says, ‘He ascended’, what does it mean but that he had also descended* into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

The Old Life and the New

17 Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. 18They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. 19They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practise every kind of impurity. 20That is not the way you learned Christ! 21For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. 22You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Rules for the New Life

25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up,* as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.*

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