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Words of Wisdom


   Get wisdom! Get understanding! 
    Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 
   Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; 
    Love her, and she will keep you. 
   Wisdom is the principal thing; 
    Therefore get wisdom. 
    And in all your getting, get understanding. 
   Exalt her, and she will promote you; 
    She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 
   She will place on your head an ornament of grace; 
    A crown of glory she will deliver to you. 

   Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,     
    And the years of your life will be many. 
   I have taught you in the way of wisdom;     
    I have led you in right paths. 
   When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,     
    And when you run, you will not stumble. 
   Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; 
    Keep her, for she is your life. 
   Do not enter the path of the wicked,     
    And do not walk in the way of evil. 
   Avoid it, do not travel on it;     
    Turn away from it and pass on. 
   For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;     
    And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. 
   For they eat the bread of wickedness,     
    And drink the wine of violence. 
   But the path of the just is like the shining sun,     
    That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. 
   The way of the wicked is like darkness;    
    They do not know what makes them stumble. 
 
  My son, give attention to my words;     
    Incline your ear to my sayings. 
   Do not let them depart from your eyes;     
    Keep them in the midst of your heart; 
   For they are life to those who find them,     
    And health to all their flesh. 
   Keep your heart with all diligence,     
    For out of it spring the issues of life. 
   Put away from you a deceitful mouth,     
    And put perverse lips far from you. 
   Let your eyes look straight ahead,     
    And your eyelids look right before you. 
   Ponder the path of your feet,     
    And let all your ways be established. 
   Do not turn to the right or the left;     
    Remove your foot from evil.
                                            
                          Prov. 4:5-27







   My son, if you receive my words, 
    And treasure my commands within you, 
   So that you incline your ear to wisdom, 
    And apply your heart to understanding; 
   Yes, if you cry out for discernment, 
    And lift up your voice for understanding, 
   If you seek her as silver, 
    And search for her as for hidden treasures; 
   Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, 
    And find the knowledge of God. 
   For the LORD gives wisdom; 
    From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 
   He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; 
    He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 
   He guards the paths of justice, 
    And preserves the way of His saints. 
   Then you will understand righteousness and justice, 
    Equity and every good path. 

   When wisdom enters your heart, 
    And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 
   Discretion will preserve you; 
    Understanding will keep you, 
   To deliver you from the way of evil, 
    From the man who speaks perverse things, 
   From those who leave the paths of uprightness 
    To walk in the ways of darkness; 
   Who rejoice in doing evil, 
    And delight in the perversity of the wicked; 
   Whose ways are crooked,
     And who are devious in their paths; 
   To deliver you from the immoral woman, 
    From the seductress who flatters with her words, 
   Who forsakes the companion of her youth, 
    And forgets the covenant of her God. 
   For her house leads down to death, 
    And her paths to the dead; 
   None who go to her return, 
    Nor do they regain the paths of life; 
   So you may walk in the way of goodness, 
    And keep to the paths of righteousness. 
   For the upright will dwell in the land, 
    And the blameless will remain in it; 
   But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, 
    And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. 

                                        Prov. 2






   Does not wisdom cry out, 
    And understanding lift up her voice? 
   She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, 
    Beside the way, where the paths meet. 
   She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, 
    At the entrance of the doors: 
   "To you, O men, I call, 
    And my voice is to the sons of men. 
   O you simple ones, understand prudence, 
    And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 
   Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, 
    And from the opening of my lips will come right things; 
   For my mouth will speak truth; 
    Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 
   All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; 
    Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. 
   They are all plain to him who understands, 
    And right to those who find knowledge. 
   Receive my instruction, and not silver, 
    And knowledge rather than choice gold; 
   For wisdom is better than rubies, 
    And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. 

   I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, 
    And find out knowledge and discretion. 
   The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; 
    Pride and arrogance and the evil way 
    And the perverse mouth I hate. 
   Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; 
   I am understanding, I have strength. 
   By me kings reign, 
    And rulers decree justice. 
   By me princes rule, and nobles,
    All the judges of the earth. 
   I love those who love me, 
    And those who seek me diligently will find me. 
   Riches and honor are with me, 
    Enduring riches and righteousness. 
   My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, 
    And my revenue than choice silver. 
   I traverse the way of righteousness, 
    In the midst of the paths of justice, 
   That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, 
    That I may fill their treasuries. 

   The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, 
    Before His works of old. 
   I have been established from everlasting, 
    From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. 
   When there were no depths I was brought forth, 
    When there were no fountains abounding with water. 
   Before the mountains were settled, 
    Before the hills, I was brought forth; 
   While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, 
    Or the primeval dust of the world. 
   When He prepared the heavens, I was there, 
    When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 
    When He established the clouds above,
    When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, 
    When He assigned to the sea its limit, 
    So that the waters would not transgress His command, 
    When He marked out the foundations of the earth, 
   Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; 
    And I was daily His delight, 
    Rejoicing always before Him, 
   Rejoicing in His inhabited world, 
    And my delight was with the sons of men. 

   Now therefore, listen to me, my children, 
    For blessed are those who keep my ways. 
   Hear instruction and be wise, 
    And do not disdain it. 
   Blessed is the man who listens to me, 
    Watching daily at my gates, 
   Waiting at the posts of my doors. 
   For whoever finds me finds life, 
    And obtains favor from the LORD; 
   But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; 
    All those who hate me love death." 

                                           Prov. 8





   Wisdom calls aloud outside; 
    She raises her voice in the open squares. 
   She cries out in the chief concourses, 
    At the openings of the gates in the city 
    She speaks her words: 
   "How long, you simple ones, 
    will you love simplicity? 
   For scorners delight in their scorning, 
    And fools hate knowledge. 
   Turn at my rebuke; 
   Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; 
    I will make my words known to you. 
   Because I have called and you refused, 
    I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 
   Because you disdained all my counsel, 
    And would have none of my rebuke, 
   I also will laugh at your calamity; 
    I will mock when your terror comes, 
   When your terror comes like a storm, 
    And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, 
   When distress and anguish come upon you. 

   "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; 
    They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 
   Because they hated knowledge 
    And did not choose the fear of the LORD, 
   They would have none of my counsel 
    And despised my every rebuke. 
   Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, 
    And be filled to the full with their own fancies. 
   For the turning away of the simple will slay them, 
    And the complacency of fools will destroy them; 
   But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, 
    And will be secure, without fear of evil." 

                                        Prov. 1:20-33





   My son, do not forget my law, 
    But let your heart keep my commands; 
   For length of days and long life 
    And peace they will add to you. 

   Let not mercy and truth forsake you; 
    Bind them around your neck, 
   Write them on the tablet of your heart, 
    And so find favor and high esteem 
    In the sight of God and man. 
   Trust in the LORD with all your heart, 
    And lean not on your own understanding; 
   In all your ways acknowledge Him, 
    And He shall direct your paths. 

   Do not be wise in your own eyes; 
    Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 
   It will be health to your flesh, 
    And strength to your bones. 
   Honor the Lord with your possessions,     
    And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 
   So your barns will be filled with plenty,     
    And your vats will overflow with new wine. 
   My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,     
    Nor detest His correction; 
   For whom the Lord loves He corrects,     
    Just as a father the son in whom he delights. 

   Happy is the man who finds wisdom,     
    And the man who gains understanding; 
   For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,     
    And her gain than fine gold. 
   She is more precious than rubies,     
    And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 
   Length of days is in her right hand,     
    In her left hand riches and honor. 
   Her ways are ways of pleasantness,    
    And all her paths are peace. 
   She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,     
    And happy are all who retain her. 
   The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;     
    By understanding He established the heavens; 
   By His knowledge the depths were broken up,     
    And clouds drop down the dew. 
   My son, let them not depart from your eyes—     
    Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 
   So they will be life to your soul     
    And grace to your neck. 
   Then you will walk safely in your way,     
    And your foot will not stumble. 
   When you lie down, you will not be afraid;     
    Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 
   Do not be afraid of sudden terror,     
    Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 
   For the Lord will be your confidence,     
    And will keep your foot from being caught. 
 
  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,     
    When it is in the power of your hand to do so. 
   Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,”     
    When you have it with you. 
   Do not devise evil against your neighbor,     
    For he dwells by you for safety’s sake. 
   Do not strive with a man without cause,     
    If he has done you no harm. 
 
  Do not envy the oppressor,     
    And choose none of his ways; 
   For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,     
    But His secret counsel is with the upright. 
   The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,     
    But He blesses the home of the just. 
   Surely He scorns the scornful,     
    But gives grace to the humble. 
   The wise shall inherit glory,     
    But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

                                     Prov. 3





   My son, pay attention to my wisdom; 
    Lend your ear to my understanding, 
   That you may preserve discretion, 
    And your lips may keep knowledge. 
   For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, 
    And her mouth is smoother than oil; 
   But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, 
    Sharp as a two-edged sword. 
   Her feet go down to death, 
    Her steps lay hold of hell. 
   Lest you ponder her path of life; 
    Her ways are unstable; 
    You do not know them. 

   Therefore hear me now, my children, 
    And do not depart from the words of my mouth. 
   Remove your way far from her, 
    And do not go near the door of her house, 
   Lest you give your honor to others, 
    And your years to the cruel one; 
   Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, 
    And your labors go to the house of a foreigner; 
   And you mourn at last, 
    When your flesh and your body are consumed.
   And say: “How I have hated instruction,     
    And my heart despised correction! 
   I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,     
    Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
                                             
                                     Prov. 5:1-13
    
    



     

   My son, keep your father's command, 
    And do not forsake the law of your mother. 
   Bind them continually upon your heart; 
    Tie them around your neck. 
   When you roam, they will lead you; 
    When you sleep, they will keep you; 
    And when you awake, they will speak with you. 
   For the commandment is a lamp, 
    And the law a light; 
   Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 
    To keep you from the evil woman, 
    From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 
   Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, 
    Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 
   For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; 
    And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. 

                                          Prov. 6:20-26






   Wisdom has built her house,     
    She has hewn out her seven pillars; 
   She has slaughtered her meat, 
    She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table. 
   She has sent out her maidens,     
    She cries out from the highest places of the city, 
   “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”     
    As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 
   “Come, eat of my bread     
    And drink of the wine I have mixed. 
   Forsake foolishness and live,     
    And go in the way of understanding.
 
   He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,     
    And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 
   Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;     
    Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 
   Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;     
    Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 

   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,     
    And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 
   For by me your days will be multiplied,     
    And years of life will be added to you. 
   If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,     
    And if you scoff, you will bear it alone. 
 
   A foolish woman is clamorous;     
    She is simple, and knows nothing. 
   For she sits at the door of her house,     
    On a seat by the highest places of the city, 
   To call to those who pass by,     
    Who go straight on their way: 
   “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”;     
    And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 
   “Stolen water is sweet,     
    And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” 
   But he does not know that the dead are there,     
    That her guests are in the depths of hell.

                                       Prov. 9






   My son, keep my words, 
    And treasure my commands within you.
   Keep my commands and live, 
    And my law as the apple of your eye.
   Bind them on your fingers; 
    Write them on the tablet of your heart.
   Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," 
    And call understanding your nearest kin,
   That they may keep you from the immoral woman, 
    From the seductress who flatters with her words.
   For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,
    And saw among the simple, 
   I perceived among the youths, 
    A young man devoid of understanding,
    Passing along the street near her corner; 
   And he took the path to her house
    In the twilight, in the evening, 
    In the black and dark night.
   And there a woman met him, 
    With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
   She was loud and rebellious, 
    Her feet would not stay at home.
   At times she was outside, at times in the open square, 
    Lurking at every corner.
   So she caught him and kissed him; 
   With an impudent face she said to him:
    "I have peace offerings with me; 
    Today I have paid my vows. 
   So I came out to meet you, 
    Diligently to seek your face, 
    And I have found you.
   I have spread my bed with tapestry, 
    Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
   I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
   Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; 
    Let us delight ourselves with love.
   For my husband is not at home; 
    He has gone on a long journey; 
   He has taken a bag of money with him, 
    And will come home on the appointed day."
   With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, 
    With her flattering lips she seduced him.
   Immediately he went after her, 
    as an ox goes to the slaughter, 
   Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
    Till an arrow struck his liver. 
   As a bird hastens to the snare, 
    He did not know it would cost his life.

   Now therefore, listen to me, my children; 
    Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
   Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, 
    Do not stray into her paths;
   For she has cast down many wounded, 
    And all who were slain by her were strong men.
   Her house is the way to hell, 
    Descending to the chambers of death. 

                                        Prov. 7





   I have made a covenant with my eyes; 
    Why then should I look upon a young woman? 
   For what is the allotment of God from above, 
    And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 
   Is it not destruction for the wicked, 
    And disaster for the workers of iniquity? 
   Does He not see my ways, 
    And count all my steps? 
   If I have walked with falsehood, 
    Or if my foot has hastened to deceit, 
   Let me be weighed on honest scales, 
    That God may know my integrity. 
   If my step has turned from the way, 
    Or my heart walked after my eyes, 
    Or if any spot adheres to my hands,
   Then let me sow, and another eat; 
    Yes, let my harvest be rooted out. 
   If my heart has been enticed by a woman, 
    Or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door, 
   Then let my wife grind for another, 
    And let others bow down over her. 
   For that would be wickedness; 
    Yes, it would be iniquity deserving of judgment.
   For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction, 
    And would root out all my increase. 
   If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant 
    When they complained against me, 
   What then shall I do when God rises up? 
    When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? 
   Did not He who made me in the womb make them? 
    Did not the same One fashion us in the womb? 
   If I have kept the poor from their desire, 
    Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 
   Or eaten my morsel by myself, 
    So that the fatherless could not eat of it 
   (But from my youth I reared him as a father, 
    And from my mother's womb I guided the widow); 
   If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, 
    Or any poor man without covering; 
   If his heart has not blessed me, 
    And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 
   If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, 
    When I saw I had help in the gate; 
   Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, 
    Let my arm be torn from the socket. 
   For destruction from God is a terror to me, 
    And because of His magnificence I cannot endure. 
   If I have made gold my hope, 
    Or said to fine gold, 'You are my confidence'; 
   If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, 
    And because my hand had gained much; 
   If I have observed the sun when it shines, 
    Or the moon moving in brightness, 
   So that my heart has been secretly enticed, 
    And my mouth has kissed my hand; 
   This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment, 
    For I would have denied God who is above. 
   If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, 
    Or lifted myself up when evil found him 
   (Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin 
    By asking for a curse on his soul); 
   If the men of my tent have not said, 
    'Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?' 
   (But no sojourner had to lodge in the street, 
    For I have opened my doors to the traveler); 
   If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, 
    By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 
   Because I feared the great multitude, 
    And dreaded the contempt of families, 
   So that I kept silence 
   .............

   If my land cries out against me, 
    And its furrows weep together; 
   If I have eaten its fruit without money, 
    Or caused its owners to lose their lives; 
   Then let thistles grow instead of wheat, 
    And weeds instead of barley.

                                                   Job 31





    “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,     
     Come to the waters;     
    And you who have no money,     
     Come, buy and eat.     
    Yes, come, buy wine and milk     
     Without money and without price. 
    Why do you spend money for what is not bread,     
     And your wages for what does not satisfy?     
    Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,     
     And let your soul delight itself in abundance. 
    Incline your ear, and come to Me.     
     Hear, and your soul shall live;

    Seek the Lord while He may be found,     
     Call upon Him while He is near. 
    Let the wicked forsake his way,     
     And the unrighteous man his thoughts;     
    Let him return to the Lord,     
     And He will have mercy on him;     
    And to our God,     
     For He will abundantly pardon. 
    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,     
     Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,     
     So are My ways higher than your ways,     
     And My thoughts than your thoughts. 
    “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,     
     And do not return there, 
    But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud,     
     That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 
    So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;     
     It shall not return to Me void, 
    But it shall accomplish what I please,     
     And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

						Isaiah 55:1-3,6-11






    Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,     
     On those who hope in His mercy, 
    To deliver their soul from death,     
     And to keep them alive in famine.
					
					Psalms 33:18-19



    The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,     
     And delivers them. 
    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;     
     Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 
    Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!     
     There is no want to those who fear Him. 
    The young lions lack and suffer hunger;     
     But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. 
    Come, you children, listen to me;     
     I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
    Who is the man who desires life,     
     And loves many days, that he may see good? 
    Keep your tongue from evil,     
     And your lips from speaking deceit. 
    Depart from evil and do good;     
     Seek peace and pursue it. 
    The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,     
     And His ears are open to their cry. 
    The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,     
     To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 
    The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,     
     And delivers them out of all their troubles. 
    The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,     
     And saves such as have a contrite spirit. 
    Many are the afflictions of the righteous,     
     But the Lord delivers him out of them all. 
    He guards all his bones;     
     Not one of them is broken. 
    Evil shall slay the wicked,     
     And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. 
    The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,     
     And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

						Psalms 34:7-22





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