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 2020:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life. 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,but every fool will be quarreling. 4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;he will seek at harvest and have nothing. 5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,but a faithful man who can find? 7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgmentwinnows all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;I am clean from my sin”? 10 Unequal weights and unequal measuresare both alike an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,by whether his conduct is pure and upright. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,the Lord has made them both. 13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. 14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,but when he goes away, then he boasts. 15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners. 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. 18 Plans are established by counsel;by wise guidance wage war. 19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. 20 If one curses his father or his mother,his lamp will be put out in utter darkness. 21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginningwill not be blessed in the end. 22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. 23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,and false scales are not good. 24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;how then can man understand his way? 25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”and to reflect only after making vows. 26 A wise king winnows the wickedand drives the wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,searching all his innermost parts. 28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,and by steadfast love his throne is upheld. 29 The glory of young men is their strength,but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. 30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;strokes make clean the innermost parts.
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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