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The Lord Accuses Israel4:1 Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel,for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,and no knowledge of God in the land;
2 there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land mourns,and all who dwell in it languish,and also the beasts of the fieldand the birds of the heavens,and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
4 Yet let no one contend,and let none accuse,for with you is my contention, O priest.
5 You shall stumble by day;the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;and I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;because you have rejected knowledge,I reject you from being a priest to me.And since you have forgotten the law of your God,I also will forget your children.
7 The more they increased,the more they sinned against me;I will change their glory into shame.
8 They feed on the sin of my people;they are greedy for their iniquity.
9 And it shall be like people, like priest;I will punish them for their waysand repay them for their deeds.
10 They shall eat, but not be satisfied;they shall play the whore, but not multiply,because they have forsaken the Lordto cherish
11 whoredom, wine, and new wine,which take away the understanding.
12 My people inquire of a piece of wood,and their walking staff gives them oracles.For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray,and they have left their God to play the whore.
13 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountainsand burn offerings on the hills,under oak, poplar, and terebinth,because their shade is good.Therefore your daughters play the whore,and your brides commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,nor your brides when they commit adultery;for the men themselves go aside with prostitutesand sacrifice with cult prostitutes,and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.
15 Though you play the whore, O Israel,let not Judah become guilty.Enter not into Gilgal,nor go up to Beth-aven,and swear not, “As the Lord lives.”
16 Like a stubborn heifer,Israel is stubborn;can the Lord now feed themlike a lamb in a broad pasture?
17 Ephraim is joined to idols;leave him alone.
18 When their drink is gone, they give themselves to whoring;their rulers dearly love shame.
19 A wind has wrapped them in its wings,and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
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Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah5:1 Hear this, O priests!Pay attention, O house of Israel!Give ear, O house of the king!For the judgment is for you;for you have been a snare at Mizpahand a net spread upon Tabor.
2 And the revolters have gone deep into slaughter,but I will discipline all of them.
3 I know Ephraim,and Israel is not hidden from me;for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;Israel is defiled.
4 Their deeds do not permit themto return to their God.For the spirit of whoredom is within them,and they know not the Lord.
5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face;Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;Judah also shall stumble with them.
6 With their flocks and herds they shall goto seek the Lord,but they will not find him;he has withdrawn from them.
7 They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;for they have borne alien children.Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.
8 Blow the horn in Gibeah,the trumpet in Ramah.Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;we follow you, O Benjamin!
9 Ephraim shall become a desolationin the day of punishment;among the tribes of IsraelI make known what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have becomelike those who move the landmark;upon them I will pour outmy wrath like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,because he was determined to go after filth.
12 But I am like a moth to Ephraim,and like dry rot to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness,and Judah his wound,then Ephraim went to Assyria,and sent to the great king.But he is not able to cure youor heal your wound.
14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,and like a young lion to the house of Judah.I, even I, will tear and go away;I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
15 I will return again to my place,until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,and in their distress earnestly seek me.
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The Beginning of Knowledge 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Enticement of Sinners8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
9 for they are a graceful garland for your headand pendants for your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;let us ambush the innocent without reason;
12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we shall find all precious goods,we shall fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot among us;we will all have one purse”—
15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;hold back your foot from their paths,
16 for their feet run to evil,and they make haste to shed blood.
17 For in vain is a net spreadin the sight of any bird,
18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;they set an ambush for their own lives.
19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;it takes away the life of its possessors.
The Call of Wisdom20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,in the markets she raises her voice;
21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?How long will scoffers delight in their scoffingand fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof,behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen,have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counseland would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a stormand your calamity comes like a whirlwind,when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledgeand did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counseland despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,and have their fill of their own devices.
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away,and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secureand will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
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Give Ear to My VoiceA Psalm of David.141:1 O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;keep watch over the door of my lips!
4 Do not let my heart incline to any evil,to busy myself with wicked deedsin company with men who work iniquity,and let me not eat of their delicacies!
5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;let my head not refuse it.Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
6 When their judges are thrown over the cliff,then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the earth,so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8 But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
9 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for meand from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,while I pass by safely.
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You Are My RefugeA Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.142:1 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;I tell my trouble before him.
3 When my spirit faints within me,you know my way!In the path where I walkthey have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see:there is none who takes notice of me;no refuge remains to me;no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry to you, O Lord;I say, “You are my refuge,my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry,for I am brought very low!Deliver me from my persecutors,for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison,that I may give thanks to your name!The righteous will surround me,for you will deal bountifully with me.
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