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16:1 Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,from Sela, by way of the desert,to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 Like fleeing birds,like a scattered nest,so are the daughters of Moabat the fords of the Arnon.
3 “Give counsel;grant justice;make your shade like nightat the height of noon;shelter the outcasts;do not reveal the fugitive;
4 let the outcasts of Moabsojourn among you;be a shelter to themfrom the destroyer.When the oppressor is no more,and destruction has ceased,and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
5 then a throne will be established in steadfast love,and on it will sit in faithfulnessin the tent of Davidone who judges and seeks justiceand is swift to do righteousness.”
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab—how proud he is!—of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;in his idle boasting he is not right.
7 Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,let everyone wail.Mourn, utterly stricken,for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish,and the vine of Sibmah;the lords of the nationshave struck down its branches,which reached to Jazerand strayed to the desert;its shoots spread abroadand passed over the sea.
9 Therefore I weep with the weeping of Jazerfor the vine of Sibmah;I drench you with my tears,O Heshbon and Elealeh;for over your summer fruit and your harvestthe shout has ceased.
10 And joy and gladness are taken away from the fruitful field,and in the vineyards no songs are sung,no cheers are raised;no treader treads out wine in the presses;I have put an end to the shouting.
11 Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.
12 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.
13 This is the word that the Lord spoke concerning Moab in the past.
14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”
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An Oracle Concerning Damascus 17:1 An oracle concerning Damascus.Behold, Damascus will cease to be a cityand will become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer are deserted;they will be for flocks,which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.
3 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim,and the kingdom from Damascus;and the remnant of Syria will belike the glory of the children of Israel,declares the Lord of hosts.
4 And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.
5 And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grainand his arm harvests the ears,and as when one gleans the ears of grainin the Valley of Rephaim.
6 Gleanings will be left in it,as when an olive tree is beaten—two or three berriesin the top of the highest bough,four or fiveon the branches of a fruit tree,declares the Lord God of Israel.
7 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.
9 In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.
10 For you have forgotten the God of your salvationand have not remembered the Rock of your refuge;therefore, though you plant pleasant plantsand sow the vine-branch of a stranger,
11 though you make them grow on the day that you plant them,and make them blossom in the morning that you sow,yet the harvest will flee awayin a day of grief and incurable pain.
12 Ah, the thunder of many peoples;they thunder like the thundering of the sea!Ah, the roar of nations;they roar like the roaring of mighty waters!
13 The nations roar like the roaring of many waters,but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away,chased like chaff on the mountains before the windand whirling dust before the storm.
14 At evening time, behold, terror!Before morning, they are no more!This is the portion of those who loot us,and the lot of those who plunder us.
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The Proverbs of Solomon 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.A wise son makes a glad father,but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 A slack hand causes poverty,but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing,but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise of heart will receive commandments,but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,but love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
14 The wise lay up knowledge,but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads to life,the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,but fools die for lack of sense.
22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich,and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him,but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,but the righteous is established forever.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs life,but the years of the wicked will be short.
28 The hope of the righteous brings joy,but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,but destruction to evildoers.
30 The righteous will never be removed,but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
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The Supremacy of God’s Son 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,“You are my Son,today I have begotten you”?
Or again,“I will be to him a father,and he shall be to me a son”?
6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 Of the angels he says,“He makes his angels winds,and his ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But of the Son he says,“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has anointed youwith the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
10 And,“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;they will all wear out like a garment,
12 like a robe you will roll them up,like a garment they will be changed.But you are the same,and your years will have no end.”
13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,“Sit at my right handuntil I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
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