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Fear God 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.
2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.
4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.
5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
6 Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?
7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.
The Vanity of Wealth and Honor8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.
9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.
10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes?
12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.
13 There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt,
14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand.
15 As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand.
16 This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?
17 Moreover, all his days he eats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger.
18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.
20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.
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6:1 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind:
2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil.
3 If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4 For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered.
5 Moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest rather than he.
6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy no good—do not all go to the one place?
7 All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.
8 For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he.
11 The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man?
12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?
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More Proverbs of Solomon 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out.
3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver,and the smith has material for a vessel;
5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king,and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presenceor stand in the place of the great,
7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen
8 do not hastily bring into court,for what will you do in the end,when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself,and do not reveal another’s secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,and your ill repute have no end.
11 A word fitly spokenis like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of goldis a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvestis a faithful messenger to those who send him;he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rainis a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighboris like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of troubleis like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heartis like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,and like vinegar on soda.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap burning coals on his head,and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetopthan in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountainis a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
28 A man without self-controlis like a city broken into and left without walls.
1 TIMOTHY 4
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Some Will Depart from the Faith 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
11 Command and teach these things.
12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
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