ECCLESIASTES 11Cast Your Bread upon the Waters11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters,for you will find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight,for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. 3 If the clouds are full of rain,they empty themselves on the earth,and if a tree falls to the south or to the north,in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. 4 He who observes the wind will not sow,and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
ECCLESIASTES 12Remember Your Creator in Your Youth 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3 in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, 4 and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— 5 they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— 6 before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity. Fear God and Keep His Commandments9 Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 10 The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.
PROVERBS 2929:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,will suddenly be broken beyond healing. 2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,but when the wicked rule, the people groan. 3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. 4 By justice a king builds up the land,but he who exacts gifts tears it down. 5 A man who flatters his neighborspreads a net for his feet. 6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,but a righteous man sings and rejoices. 7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. 8 Scoffers set a city aflame,but the wise turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool,the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. 10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blamelessand seek the life of the upright. 11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit,but a wise man quietly holds it back. 12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,all his officials will be wicked. 13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together;the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. 14 If a king faithfully judges the poor,his throne will be established forever. 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases,but the righteous will look upon their downfall. 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;he will give delight to your heart. 18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,but blessed is he who keeps the law. 19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined,for though he understands, he will not respond. 20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?There is more hope for a fool than for him. 21 Whoever pampers his servant from childhoodwill in the end find him his heir. 22 A man of wrath stirs up strife,and one given to anger causes much transgression. 23 One’s pride will bring him low,but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. 24 The partner of a thief hates his own life;he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. 25 The fear of man lays a snare,but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. 26 Many seek the face of a ruler,but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice. 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
PSALM 100His Steadfast Love Endures ForeverA Psalm for giving thanks.
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