ISAIAH 31Woe to Those Who Go Down to Egypt31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for helpand rely on horses,who trust in chariots because they are manyand in horsemen because they are very strong,but do not look to the Holy One of Israelor consult the Lord! 2 And yet he is wise and brings disaster;he does not call back his words,but will arise against the house of the evildoersand against the helpers of those who work iniquity. 3 The Egyptians are man, and not God,and their horses are flesh, and not spirit.When the Lord stretches out his hand,the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,and they will all perish together.
ISAIAH 32A King Will Reign in Righteousness32:1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,and princes will rule in justice. 2 Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,a shelter from the storm,like streams of water in a dry place,like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. 3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,and the ears of those who hear will give attention. 4 The heart of the hasty will understand and know,and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly. 5 The fool will no more be called noble,nor the scoundrel said to be honorable. 6 For the fool speaks folly,and his heart is busy with iniquity,to practice ungodliness,to utter error concerning the Lord,to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,and to deprive the thirsty of drink. 7 As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil;he plans wicked schemesto ruin the poor with lying words,even when the plea of the needy is right. 8 But he who is noble plans noble things,and on noble things he stands. Complacent Women Warned of Disaster9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice;you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. 10 In little more than a yearyou will shudder, you complacent women;for the grape harvest fails,the fruit harvest will not come. 11 Tremble, you women who are at ease,shudder, you complacent ones;strip, and make yourselves bare,and tie sackcloth around your waist. 12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,for the fruitful vine, 13 for the soil of my peoplegrowing up in thorns and briers,yes, for all the joyous housesin the exultant city. 14 For the palace is forsaken,the populous city deserted;the hill and the watchtowerwill become dens forever,a joy of wild donkeys,a pasture of flocks; 15 until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. 16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. 17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. 18 My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. 19 And it will hail when the forest falls down,and the city will be utterly laid low. 20 Happy are you who sow beside all waters,who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.
PROVERBS 1717:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietthan a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefullyand will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and the Lord tests hearts. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,and the glory of children is their fathers. 7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;still less is false speech to a prince. 8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;wherever he turns he prospers. 9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understandingthan a hundred blows into a fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubsrather than a fool in his folly. 13 If anyone returns evil for good,evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteousare both alike an abomination to the Lord. 16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense? 17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity. 18 One who lacks sense gives a pledgeand puts up security in the presence of his neighbor. 19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife;he who makes his door high seeks destruction. 20 A man of crooked heart does not discover good,and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity. 21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,and the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secretto pervert the ways of justice. 24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his fatherand bitterness to her who bore him. 26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
HEBREWS 66:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
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