SONG OF SOLOMON 5
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He5:1 I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,I gathered my myrrh with my spice,I ate my honeycomb with my honey,I drank my wine with my milk.OthersEat, friends, drink,and be drunk with love!
The Bride Searches for Her BelovedShe2 I slept, but my heart was awake.A sound! My beloved is knocking.“Open to me, my sister, my love,my dove, my perfect one,for my head is wet with dew,my locks with the drops of the night.”
3 I had put off my garment;how could I put it on?I had bathed my feet;how could I soil them?
4 My beloved put his hand to the latch,and my heart was thrilled within me.
5 I arose to open to my beloved,and my hands dripped with myrrh,my fingers with liquid myrrh,on the handles of the bolt.
6 I opened to my beloved,but my beloved had turned and gone.My soul failed me when he spoke.I sought him, but found him not;I called him, but he gave no answer.
7 The watchmen found meas they went about in the city;they beat me, they bruised me,they took away my veil,those watchmen of the walls.
8 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,if you find my beloved,that you tell himI am sick with love.
Others9 What is your beloved more than another beloved,O most beautiful among women?What is your beloved more than another beloved,that you thus adjure us?
The Bride Praises Her BelovedShe10 My beloved is radiant and ruddy,distinguished among ten thousand.
11 His head is the finest gold;his locks are wavy,black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like dovesbeside streams of water,bathed in milk,sitting beside a full pool.
13 His cheeks are like beds of spices,mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.His lips are lilies,dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His arms are rods of gold,set with jewels.His body is polished ivory,bedecked with sapphires.
15 His legs are alabaster columns,set on bases of gold.His appearance is like Lebanon,choice as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet,and he is altogether desirable.This is my beloved and this is my friend,O daughters of Jerusalem.
SONG OF SOLOMON 6
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Others6:1 Where has your beloved gone,O most beautiful among women?Where has your beloved turned,that we may seek him with you?
Together in the Garden of LoveShe2 My beloved has gone down to his gardento the beds of spices,to graze in the gardensand to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;he grazes among the lilies.
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each OtherHe4 You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,lovely as Jerusalem,awesome as an army with banners.
5 Turn away your eyes from me,for they overwhelm me—Your hair is like a flock of goatsleaping down the slopes of Gilead.
6 Your teeth are like a flock of ewesthat have come up from the washing;all of them bear twins;not one among them has lost its young.
7 Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranatebehind your veil.
8 There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,and virgins without number.
9 My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,the only one of her mother,pure to her who bore her.The young women saw her and called her blessed;the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.
10 “Who is this who looks down like the dawn,beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,awesome as an army with banners?”
She11 I went down to the nut orchardto look at the blossoms of the valley,to see whether the vines had budded,whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
12 Before I was aware, my desire set meamong the chariots of my kinsman, a prince.
Others13 Return, return, O Shulammite,return, return, that we may look upon you.HeWhy should you look upon the Shulammite,as upon a dance before two armies?
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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your fleshand refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealthand with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s disciplineor be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silverand her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your souland adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely,and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terroror of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidenceand will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violenceand do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,but fools get disgrace.
2 TIMOTHY 2
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A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus 2:1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,
9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!
10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 The saying is trustworthy, for:If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
A Worker Approved by God14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.
19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.
21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,
26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
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