JEREMIAH 14-16Famine, Sword, and Pestilence 14:1 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
PROVERBS 1212:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised. 9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread. 10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice. 16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult. 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy. 21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth. 28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
PSALM 119Your Word Is a Lamp to My FeetAleph119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong,but walk in his ways! 4 You have commanded your preceptsto be kept diligently. 5 Oh that my ways may be steadfastin keeping your statutes! 6 Then I shall not be put to shame,having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 7 I will praise you with an upright heart,when I learn your righteous rules. 8 I will keep your statutes;do not utterly forsake me! Beth9 How can a young man keep his way pure?By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you;let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O Lord;teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declareall the rules of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delightas much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your preceptsand fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes;I will not forget your word. Gimel17 Deal bountifully with your servant,that I may live and keep your word. 18 Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things out of your law. 19 I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me! 20 My soul is consumed with longingfor your rules at all times. 21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,who wander from your commandments. 22 Take away from me scorn and contempt,for I have kept your testimonies. 23 Even though princes sit plotting against me,your servant will meditate on your statutes. 24 Your testimonies are my delight;they are my counselors. Daleth25 My soul clings to the dust;give me life according to your word! 26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;teach me your statutes! 27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. 28 My soul melts away for sorrow;strengthen me according to your word! 29 Put false ways far from meand graciously teach me your law! 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;I set your rules before me. 31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;let me not be put to shame! 32 I will run in the way of your commandmentswhen you enlarge my heart! He33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your lawand observe it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to your testimonies,and not to selfish gain! 37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;and give me life in your ways. 38 Confirm to your servant your promise,that you may be feared. 39 Turn away the reproach that I dread,for your rules are good. 40 Behold, I long for your precepts;in your righteousness give me life! Waw41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,your salvation according to your promise; 42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,for I trust in your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,for my hope is in your rules. 44 I will keep your law continually,forever and ever, 45 and I shall walk in a wide place,for I have sought your precepts. 46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kingsand shall not be put to shame, 47 for I find my delight in your commandments,which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,and I will meditate on your statutes. Zayin49 Remember your word to your servant,in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction,that your promise gives me life. 51 The insolent utterly deride me,but I do not turn away from your law. 52 When I think of your rules from of old,I take comfort, O Lord. 53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,who forsake your law. 54 Your statutes have been my songsin the house of my sojourning. 55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord,and keep your law. 56 This blessing has fallen to me,that I have kept your precepts. Heth57 The Lord is my portion;I promise to keep your words. 58 I entreat your favor with all my heart;be gracious to me according to your promise. 59 When I think on my ways,I turn my feet to your testimonies; 60 I hasten and do not delayto keep your commandments. 61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,I do not forget your law. 62 At midnight I rise to praise you,because of your righteous rules. 63 I am a companion of all who fear you,of those who keep your precepts. 64 The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;teach me your statutes! Teth65 You have dealt well with your servant,O Lord, according to your word. 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,for I believe in your commandments. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,but now I keep your word. 68 You are good and do good;teach me your statutes. 69 The insolent smear me with lies,but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; 70 their heart is unfeeling like fat,but I delight in your law. 71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,that I might learn your statutes. 72 The law of your mouth is better to methan thousands of gold and silver pieces. Yodh73 Your hands have made and fashioned me;give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,because I have hoped in your word. 75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous,and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 76 Let your steadfast love comfort meaccording to your promise to your servant. 77 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;for your law is my delight. 78 Let the insolent be put to shame,because they have wronged me with falsehood;as for me, I will meditate on your precepts. 79 Let those who fear you turn to me,that they may know your testimonies. 80 May my heart be blameless in your statutes,that I may not be put to shame! Kaph81 My soul longs for your salvation;I hope in your word. 82 My eyes long for your promise;I ask, “When will you comfort me?” 83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,yet I have not forgotten your statutes. 84 How long must your servant endure?When will you judge those who persecute me? 85 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;they do not live according to your law. 86 All your commandments are sure;they persecute me with falsehood; help me! 87 They have almost made an end of me on earth,but I have not forsaken your precepts. 88 In your steadfast love give me life,that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth. Lamedh89 Forever, O Lord, your wordis firmly fixed in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By your appointment they stand this day,for all things are your servants. 92 If your law had not been my delight,I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget your precepts,for by them you have given me life. 94 I am yours; save me,for I have sought your precepts. 95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,but I consider your testimonies. 96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,but your commandment is exceedingly broad. Mem97 Oh how I love your law!It is my meditation all the day. 98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,for it is ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,for your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the aged,for I keep your precepts. 101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,in order to keep your word. 102 I do not turn aside from your rules,for you have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste,sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through your precepts I get understanding;therefore I hate every false way. Nun105 Your word is a lamp to my feetand a light to my path. 106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,to keep your righteous rules. 107 I am severely afflicted;give me life, O Lord, according to your word! 108 Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,and teach me your rules. 109 I hold my life in my hand continually,but I do not forget your law. 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,but I do not stray from your precepts. 111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever,for they are the joy of my heart. 112 I incline my heart to perform your statutesforever, to the end. Samekh113 I hate the double-minded,but I love your law. 114 You are my hiding place and my shield;I hope in your word. 115 Depart from me, you evildoers,that I may keep the commandments of my God. 116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,and let me not be put to shame in my hope! 117 Hold me up, that I may be safeand have regard for your statutes continually! 118 You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,for their cunning is in vain. 119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,therefore I love your testimonies. 120 My flesh trembles for fear of you,and I am afraid of your judgments. Ayin121 I have done what is just and right;do not leave me to my oppressors. 122 Give your servant a pledge of good;let not the insolent oppress me. 123 My eyes long for your salvationand for the fulfillment of your righteous promise. 124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,and teach me your statutes. 125 I am your servant; give me understanding,that I may know your testimonies! 126 It is time for the Lord to act,for your law has been broken. 127 Therefore I love your commandmentsabove gold, above fine gold. 128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;I hate every false way. Pe129 Your testimonies are wonderful;therefore my soul keeps them. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light;it imparts understanding to the simple. 131 I open my mouth and pant,because I long for your commandments. 132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,as is your way with those who love your name. 133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise,and let no iniquity get dominion over me. 134 Redeem me from man’s oppression,that I may keep your precepts. 135 Make your face shine upon your servant,and teach me your statutes. 136 My eyes shed streams of tears,because people do not keep your law. Tsadhe137 Righteous are you, O Lord,and right are your rules. 138 You have appointed your testimonies in righteousnessand in all faithfulness. 139 My zeal consumes me,because my foes forget your words. 140 Your promise is well tried,and your servant loves it. 141 I am small and despised,yet I do not forget your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is righteous forever,and your law is true. 143 Trouble and anguish have found me out,but your commandments are my delight. 144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;give me understanding that I may live. Qoph145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!I will keep your statutes. 146 I call to you; save me,that I may observe your testimonies. 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;I hope in your words. 148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,that I may meditate on your promise. 149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;O Lord, according to your justice give me life. 150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;they are far from your law. 151 But you are near, O Lord,and all your commandments are true. 152 Long have I known from your testimoniesthat you have founded them forever. Resh153 Look on my affliction and deliver me,for I do not forget your law. 154 Plead my cause and redeem me;give me life according to your promise! 155 Salvation is far from the wicked,for they do not seek your statutes. 156 Great is your mercy, O Lord;give me life according to your rules. 157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,but I do not swerve from your testimonies. 158 I look at the faithless with disgust,because they do not keep your commands. 159 Consider how I love your precepts!Give me life according to your steadfast love. 160 The sum of your word is truth,and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. Sin and Shin161 Princes persecute me without cause,but my heart stands in awe of your words. 162 I rejoice at your wordlike one who finds great spoil. 163 I hate and abhor falsehood,but I love your law. 164 Seven times a day I praise youfor your righteous rules. 165 Great peace have those who love your law;nothing can make them stumble. 166 I hope for your salvation, O Lord,and I do your commandments. 167 My soul keeps your testimonies;I love them exceedingly. 168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,for all my ways are before you. Taw169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord;give me understanding according to your word! 170 Let my plea come before you;deliver me according to your word. 171 My lips will pour forth praise,for you teach me your statutes. 172 My tongue will sing of your word,for all your commandments are right. 173 Let your hand be ready to help me,for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, O Lord,and your law is my delight. 175 Let my soul live and praise you,and let your rules help me. 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,for I do not forget your commandments.
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