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June 14 - Old & New Testament


Proverbs 10,11,12

Proverbs of Solomon

1 The proverbs(a) of Solomon:(b)

A wise son brings joy to his father,(c)
     but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,(d)
     but righteousness delivers from death.(e)

3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,(f)
     but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.(g)

4 Lazy hands make for poverty,(h)
     but diligent hands bring wealth.(i)

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
     but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.(j)

6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
     but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.[a](k)

7 The name of the righteous(l) is used in blessings,[b]
     but the name of the wicked(m) will rot.(n)

8 The wise in heart accept commands,
     but a chattering fool comes to ruin.(o)

9 Whoever walks in integrity(p) walks securely,(q)
     but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.(r)

10 Whoever winks maliciously(s) causes grief,
     and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,(t)
     but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.(u)

12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
     but love covers over all wrongs.(v)

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,(w)
     but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.(x)

14 The wise store up knowledge,(y)
     but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.(z)

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,(aa)
     but poverty is the ruin of the poor.(ab)

16 The wages of the righteous is life,(ac)
     but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.(ad)

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,(ae)
     but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips(af)
     and spreads slander is a fool.

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
     but the prudent hold their tongues.(ag)

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
     but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
     but fools die for lack of sense.(ah)

22 The blessing of the Lord (ai) brings wealth,(aj)
     without painful toil for it.(ak)

23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,(al)
     but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

24 What the wicked dread(am) will overtake them;(an)
     what the righteous desire will be granted.(ao)

25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
     but the righteous stand firm(ap) forever.(aq)

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke(ar) to the eyes,
     so are sluggards to those who send them.(as)

27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,(at)
     but the years of the wicked are cut short.(au)

28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
     but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.(av)

29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
     but it is the ruin of those who do evil.(aw)

30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
     but the wicked will not remain in the land.(ax)

31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,(ay)
     but a perverse tongue(az) will be silenced.

32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,(ba)
     but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.(bb)

1 The Lord detests dishonest scales,(a)
     but accurate weights find favor with him.(b)

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,(c)
     but with humility comes wisdom.(d)

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
     but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.(e)

4 Wealth(f) is worthless in the day of wrath,(g)
     but righteousness delivers from death.(h)

5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,(i)
     but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.(j)

6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
     but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.(k)

7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them;(l)
     all the promise of[a] their power comes to nothing.(m)

8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
     and it falls on the wicked instead.(n)

9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
     but through knowledge the righteous escape.(o)

10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;(p)
     when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.(q)

11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,(r)
     but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.(s)

12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,(t)
     but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.(u)

13 A gossip betrays a confidence,(v)
     but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.(w)

14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,(x)
     but victory is won through many advisers.(y)

15 Whoever puts up security(z) for a stranger will surely suffer,
     but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.(aa)

16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,(ab)
     but ruthless men gain only wealth.

17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
     but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
     but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.(ac)

19 Truly the righteous attain life,(ad)
     but whoever pursues evil finds death.(ae)

20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,(af)
     but he delights(ag) in those whose ways are blameless.(ah)

21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
     but those who are righteous will go free.(ai)

22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
     is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
     but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
     another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous(aj) person will prosper;
     whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.(ak)

26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
     but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,
     but evil comes to one who searches for it.(al)

28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,(am)
     but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.(an)

29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
     and the fool will be servant to the wise.(ao)

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,(ap)
     and the one who is wise saves lives.

31 If the righteous receive their due(aq) on earth,
     how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
     but whoever hates correction is stupid.(a)

2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord ,(b)
     but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.(c)

3 No one can be established through wickedness,
     but the righteous cannot be uprooted.(d)

4 A wife of noble character(e) is her husband's crown,
     but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.(f)

5 The plans of the righteous are just,
     but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
     but the speech of the upright rescues them.(g)

7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,(h)
     but the house of the righteous stands firm.(i)

8 A person is praised according to their prudence,
     and one with a warped(j) mind is despised.

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
     than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,(k)
     but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
     but those who chase fantasies have no sense.(l)

12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,
     but the root of the righteous endures.

13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,(m)
     and so the innocent escape trouble.(n)

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,(o)
     and the work of their hands brings them reward.(p)

15 The way of fools seems right to them,(q)
     but the wise listen to advice.(r)

16 Fools(s) show their annoyance at once,(t)
     but the prudent overlook an insult.(u)

17 An honest witness tells the truth,
     but a false witness tells lies.(v)

18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,(w)
     but the tongue of the wise brings healing.(x)

19 Truthful lips endure forever,
     but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
     but those who promote peace have joy.(y)

21 No harm overtakes the righteous,(z)
     but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The Lord detests lying lips,(aa)
     but he delights(ab) in people who are trustworthy.(ac)

23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,(ad)
     but a fool's heart blurts out folly.(ae)

24 Diligent hands will rule,
     but laziness ends in forced labor.(af)

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,(ag)
     but a kind word cheers it up.

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,
     but the way of the wicked leads them astray.(ah)

27 The lazy do not roast[a] any game,
     but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

28 In the way of righteousness there is life;(ai)
     along that path is immortality.

Acts 1

Chapter 1

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

1 In my former book,(a) Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach(b) 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven,(c) after giving instructions(d) through the Holy Spirit to the apostles(e) he had chosen.(f) 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them(g) over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.(h) 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait(i) for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.(j) 5 For John baptized with[a] water,(k) but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit."(l)

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore(m) the kingdom to Israel?"

7 He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.(n) 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;(o) and you will be my witnesses(p) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,(q) and to the ends of the earth."(r)

9 After he said this, he was taken up(s) before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white(t) stood beside them. 11 "Men of Galilee,"(u) they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back(v) in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem(w) from the hill called the Mount of Olives,(x) a Sabbath day's walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room(y) where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.(z) 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer,(aa) along with the women(ab) and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.(ac)

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, "Brothers and sisters,[d](ad) the Scripture had to be fulfilled(ae) in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas,(af) who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number(ag) and shared in our ministry."(ah)

18 (With the payment(ai) he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field;(aj) there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language(ak) Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

20 "For," said Peter, "it is written in the Book of Psalms:

"‘May his place be deserted;
     let there be no one to dwell in it,'[e](al)


"‘May another take his place of leadership.'[f](am)

21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John's baptism(an) to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness(ao) with us of his resurrection."

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed,(ap) "Lord, you know everyone's heart.(aq) Show us(ar) which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.(as)

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