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June 21 - Old & New Testament


Proverbs 30,31

Sayings of Agur

1 The sayings(a) of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.

This man's utterance to Ithiel:

"I am weary, God,
     but I can prevail.[a]
2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
     I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
     nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.(b)
4 Who has gone up(c) to heaven and come down?
     Whose hands(d) have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters(e) in a cloak?(f)
     Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name,(g) and what is the name of his son?
     Surely you know!

5 "Every word of God is flawless;(h)
     he is a shield(i) to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add(j) to his words,
     or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord ;
     do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
     give me neither poverty nor riches,
     but give me only my daily bread.(k)
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown(l) you
     and say, ‘Who is the Lord ?'(m)
Or I may become poor and steal,
     and so dishonor the name of my God.(n)

10 "Do not slander a servant to their master,
     or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.

11 "There are those who curse their fathers
     and do not bless their mothers;(o)
12 those who are pure in their own eyes(p)
     and yet are not cleansed of their filth;(q)
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,(r)
     whose glances are so disdainful;
14 those whose teeth(s) are swords
     and whose jaws are set with knives(t)
to devour(u) the poor(v) from the earth
     and the needy from among mankind.(w)

15 "The leech has two daughters.
     ‘Give! Give!' they cry.

"There are three things that are never satisfied,(x)
     four that never say, ‘Enough!':
16 the grave,(y) the barren womb,
     land, which is never satisfied with water,
     and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!'

17 "The eye that mocks(z) a father,
     that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
     will be eaten by the vultures.(aa)

18 "There are three things that are too amazing for me,
     four that I do not understand:
19 the way of an eagle in the sky,
     the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
     and the way of a man with a young woman.

20 "This is the way of an adulterous woman:
     She eats and wipes her mouth
     and says, ‘I've done nothing wrong.'(ab)

21 "Under three things the earth trembles,
     under four it cannot bear up:
22 a servant who becomes king,(ac)
     a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
23 a contemptible woman who gets married,
     and a servant who displaces her mistress.

24 "Four things on earth are small,
     yet they are extremely wise:
25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
     yet they store up their food in the summer;(ad)
26 hyraxes(ae) are creatures of little power,
     yet they make their home in the crags;
27 locusts(af) have no king,
     yet they advance together in ranks;
28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,
     yet it is found in kings' palaces.

29 "There are three things that are stately in their stride,
     four that move with stately bearing:
30 a lion, mighty among beasts,
     who retreats before nothing;
31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
     and a king secure against revolt.[b]

32 "If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
     or if you plan evil,
     clap your hand over your mouth!(ag)
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
     and as twisting the nose produces blood,
     so stirring up anger produces strife."

Sayings of King Lemuel

1 The sayings(a) of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
     Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!(b)
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
     your vigor on those who ruin kings.(c)

4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
     it is not for kings to drink wine,(d)
     not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink(e) and forget what has been decreed,(f)
     and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
     wine(g) for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink(h) and forget their poverty
     and remember their misery no more.

8 Speak(i) up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
     for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
     defend the rights of the poor and needy.(j)

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [b]A wife of noble character(k) who can find?(l)
     She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband(m) has full confidence in her
     and lacks nothing of value.(n)
12 She brings him good, not harm,
     all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
     and works with eager hands.(o)
14 She is like the merchant ships,
     bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
     she provides food for her family
     and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
     out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
     her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
     and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
     and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
     and extends her hands to the needy.(p)
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
     for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
     she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
     where he takes his seat among the elders(q) of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
     and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
     she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
     and faithful instruction is on her tongue.(r)
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
     and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
     her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things,
     but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
     but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
     and let her works bring her praise(s) at the city gate.

Acts 5:22-42

Chapter 5

22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there.(ag) So they went back and reported, 23 "We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside." 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests(ah) were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to.

25 Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people." 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people(ai) would stone them.

27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin(aj) to be questioned by the high priest. 28 "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,"(ak) he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."(al)

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than human beings!(am) 30 The God of our ancestors(an) raised Jesus from the dead(ao)—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.(ap) 31 God exalted him to his own right hand(aq) as Prince and Savior(ar) that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.(as) 32 We are witnesses of these things,(at) and so is the Holy Spirit,(au) whom God has given to those who obey him."

33 When they heard this, they were furious(av) and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel,(aw) a teacher of the law,(ax) who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census(ay) and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.(az) 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."(ba)

40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged.(bb) Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing(bc) because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.(bd) 42 Day after day, in the temple courts(be) and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news(bf) that Jesus is the Messiah.(bg)

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