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June 18 - Old & New Testament


Proverbs 22,23,24

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
     to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.(a)

2 Rich and poor have this in common:
     The Lord is the Maker of them all.(b)

3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,(c)
     but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.(d)

4 Humility is the fear of the Lord ;
     its wages are riches and honor(e) and life.(f)

5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,(g)
     but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

6 Start(h) children off on the way they should go,(i)
     and even when they are old they will not turn from it.(j)

7 The rich rule over the poor,
     and the borrower is slave to the lender.

8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,(k)
     and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.(l)

9 The generous will themselves be blessed,(m)
     for they share their food with the poor.(n)

10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
     quarrels and insults are ended.(o)

11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
     will have the king for a friend.(p)

12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
     but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

13 The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside!(q)
     I'll be killed in the public square!"

14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;(r)
     a man who is under the Lord 's wrath falls into it.(s)

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
     but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.(t)

16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
     and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Thirty Sayings of the Wise

Saying 1

17 Pay attention(u) and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;(v)
     apply your heart to what I teach,(w)
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
     and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord ,
     I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
     sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,(x)
     so that you bring back truthful reports
     to those you serve?

Saying 2

22 Do not exploit the poor(y) because they are poor
     and do not crush the needy in court,(z)
23 for the Lord will take up their case(aa)
     and will exact life for life.(ab)

Saying 3

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
     do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
     and get yourself ensnared.(ac)

Saying 4

26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge(ad)
     or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay,
     your very bed will be snatched from under you.(ae)

Saying 5

28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone(af)
     set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6

29 Do you see someone skilled(ag) in their work?
     They will serve(ah) before kings;(ai)
     they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Saying 7

1 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
     note well what[a] is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
     if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,(a)
     for that food is deceptive.

Saying 8

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
     do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,(b)
     for they will surely sprout wings
     and fly off to the sky like an eagle.(c)

Saying 9

6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
     do not crave his delicacies;(d)
7 for he is the kind of person
     who is always thinking about the cost.[b]
"Eat and drink," he says to you,
     but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
     and will have wasted your compliments.

Saying 10

9 Do not speak to fools,
     for they will scorn your prudent words.(e)

Saying 11

10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone(f)
     or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender(g) is strong;(h)
     he will take up their case against you.(i)

Saying 12

12 Apply your heart to instruction(j)
     and your ears to words of knowledge.

Saying 13

13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
     if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
     and save them from death.(k)

Saying 14

15 My son, if your heart is wise,
     then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
     when your lips speak what is right.(l)

Saying 15

17 Do not let your heart envy(m) sinners,
     but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord .
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
     and your hope will not be cut off.(n)

Saying 16

19 Listen, my son,(o) and be wise,
     and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine(p)
     or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,(q)
     and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
     and do not despise your mother when she is old.(r)
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
     wisdom, instruction and insight as well.(s)
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
     a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.(t)
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
     may she who gave you birth be joyful!(u)

Saying 18

26 My son,(v) give me your heart
     and let your eyes delight in my ways,(w)
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,(x)
     and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait(y)
     and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

Saying 19

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
     Who has strife? Who has complaints?
     Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,(z)
     who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
     when it sparkles in the cup,
     when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
     and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
     and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
     lying on top of the rigging.
35 "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt!
     They beat me, but I don't feel it!
When will I wake up
     so I can find another drink?"(aa)

Saying 20

1 Do not envy(a) the wicked,
     do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,(b)
     and their lips talk about making trouble.(c)

Saying 21

3 By wisdom a house is built,(d)
     and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
     with rare and beautiful treasures.(e)

Saying 22

5 The wise prevail through great power,
     and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
     and victory is won through many advisers.(f)

Saying 23

7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
     in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Saying 24

8 Whoever plots evil
     will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
     and people detest a mocker.

Saying 25

10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
     how small is your strength!(g)
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
     hold back those staggering toward slaughter.(h)
12 If you say, "But we knew nothing about this,"
     does not he who weighs(i) the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
     Will he not repay(j) everyone according to what they have done?(k)

Saying 26

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
     honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
     If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
     and your hope will not be cut off.(l)

Saying 27

15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
     do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
     but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.(m)

Saying 28

17 Do not gloat(n) when your enemy falls;
     when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,(o)
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
     and turn his wrath away from them.(p)

Saying 29

19 Do not fret(q) because of evildoers
     or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
     and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.(r)

Saying 30

21 Fear the Lord and the king,(s) my son,
     and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction(t) on them,
     and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:(u)

To show partiality(v) in judging is not good:(w)
24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent,"(x)
     will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
     and rich blessing will come on them.

26 An honest answer
     is like a kiss on the lips.

27 Put your outdoor work in order
     and get your fields ready;
     after that, build your house.

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause(y)
     would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me;
     I'll pay them back for what they did."(z)

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,(aa)
     past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
     the ground was covered with weeds,
     and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
     and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
     a little folding of the hands to rest(ab)
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
     and scarcity like an armed man.(ac)

Acts 4:1-22

Chapter 4

Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard(a) and the Sadducees(b) came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.(c) 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail(d) until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew(e) to about five thousand.

5 The next day the rulers,(f) the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas,(g) John, Alexander and others of the high priest's family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you do this?"

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit,(h) said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!(i) 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame(j) and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,(k) whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead,(l) that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

"‘the stone you builders rejected,
     which has become the cornerstone.'[a](m)

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."(n)

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John(o) and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men,(p) they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.(q) 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin(r) and then conferred together. 16 "What are we going to do with these men?"(s) they asked. "Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign,(t) and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name."

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.(u) 19 But Peter and John replied, "Which is right in God's eyes: to listen to you, or to him?(v) You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking(w) about what we have seen and heard."(x)

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people(y) were praising God(z) for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

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