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Jump to: Proverbs 8,9John 21

Proverbs 8,9

Wisdom's Call

1 Does not wisdom call out?(a)
     Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
     where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
     at the entrance, she cries aloud:(b)
4 "To you, O people, I call out;(c)
     I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple,(d) gain prudence;(e)
     you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
     I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,(f)
     for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
     none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
     they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
     knowledge rather than choice gold,(g)
11 for wisdom is more precious(h) than rubies,
     and nothing you desire can compare with her.(i)

12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
     I possess knowledge and discretion.(j)
13 To fear the Lord (k) is to hate evil;(l)
     I hate(m) pride and arrogance,
     evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
     I have insight, I have power.(n)
15 By me kings reign
     and rulers(o) issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,(p)
     and nobles—all who rule on earth.[b]
17 I love those who love me,(q)
     and those who seek me find me.(r)
18 With me are riches and honor,(s)
     enduring wealth and prosperity.(t)
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;(u)
     what I yield surpasses choice silver.(v)
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,(w)
     along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
     and making their treasuries full.(x)

22 "The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
     before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
     at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
     when there were no springs overflowing with water;(y)
25 before the mountains were settled in place,(z)
     before the hills, I was given birth,(aa)
26 before he made the world or its fields
     or any of the dust of the earth.(ab)
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,(ac)
     when he marked out the horizon(ad) on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above(ae)
     and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,(af)
29 when he gave the sea its boundary(ag)
     so the waters would not overstep his command,(ah)
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.(ai)
30       Then I was constantly[e] at his side.(aj)
I was filled with delight day after day,
     rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
     and delighting in mankind.(ak)

32 "Now then, my children, listen(al) to me;
     blessed are(am) those who keep my ways.(an)
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
     do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen(ao) to me,
     watching daily at my doors,
     waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me(ap) find life(aq)
     and receive favor from the Lord .(ar)
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;(as)
     all who hate me love death."(at)

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

1 Wisdom has built(a) her house;
     she has set up[a] its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;(b)
     she has also set her table.(c)
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls(d)
     from the highest point of the city,(e)
4       "Let all who are simple(f) come to my house!"
To those who have no sense(g) she says,
5       "Come,(h) eat my food
     and drink the wine I have mixed.(i)
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;(j)
     walk in the way of insight."(k)

7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
     whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.(l)
8 Do not rebuke mockers(m) or they will hate you;
     rebuke the wise and they will love you.(n)
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
     teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.(o)

10 The fear of the Lord (p) is the beginning of wisdom,
     and knowledge of the Holy One(q) is understanding.(r)
11 For through wisdom[b] your days will be many,
     and years will be added to your life.(s)
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
     if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

13 Folly is an unruly woman;(t)
     she is simple and knows nothing.(u)
14 She sits at the door of her house,
     on a seat at the highest point of the city,(v)
15 calling out(w) to those who pass by,
     who go straight on their way,
16       "Let all who are simple come to my house!"
To those who have no sense(x) she says,
17       "Stolen water is sweet;
     food eaten in secret is delicious!(y)"
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
     that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.(z)

John 21

Chapter 21

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples,(a) by the Sea of Galilee.[a](b) It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas(c) (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael(d) from Cana in Galilee,(e) the sons of Zebedee,(f) and two other disciples were together. 3 "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.(g)

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.(h)

5 He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"

"No," they answered.

6 He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.(i)

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved(j) said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire(k) of burning coals there with fish on it,(l) and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.(m) 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples(n) after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"

"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."(o)

Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."(p)

16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."(q)

17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?"(r) He said, "Lord, you know all things;(s) you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.(t) 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death(u) by which Peter would glorify God.(v) Then he said to him, "Follow me!"(w)

20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved(x) was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?")(y) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?"

22 Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return,(z) what is that to you? You must follow me."(aa) 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers(ab) that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?"

24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things(ac) and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.(ad)

25 Jesus did many other things as well.(ae) If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

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