Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
Warning Against Adultery
son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,
that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
For the lips of a forbidden
woman drip honey,
and her speech
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 follow the path to
she does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
And now, O sons, listen to
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Keep 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 merciless,
lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”
Drink water from your own
flowing water from your own well.
Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
always in her love.
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
For a man's ways are before the eyes of the
and he ponders
all his paths.
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray.
son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
have given your pledge for a stranger,
if you are snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
and plead urgently with your neighbor.
Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
A worthless person, a
goes about with crooked speech,
winks with his eyes, signals
with his feet,
points with his finger,
with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;
therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
There are six things that
the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
Warnings Against Adultery
My son, keep your father's
and forsake not your mother's teaching.
Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
When you walk, they
will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,
but a married woman
hunts down a precious life.
Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
1 Corinthians 14:1-20
Prophecy and Tongues
love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially
that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue
speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him,
but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand,
the one who prophesies speaks to people for their
upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who
speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who
prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to
speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who
prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,
unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built
if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit
you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or
prophecy or teaching? If even lifeless instruments, such
as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how
will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an
indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with
yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is
not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For
you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless
many different languages in the world, and none is without
meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language,
I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a
foreigner to me. So with yourselves, since you are eager
for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in
building up the church.
Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the
power to interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit
prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will
pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I
will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my
mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit,
how can anyone in the position of an outsider
say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what
you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough,
but the other person is not being built up. I thank God
that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words
with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten
thousand words in a tongue.
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants
in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001 by
a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by
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