Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
Warning Against the Adulteress
son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching 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 insight your intimate friend,
to keep you from the forbidden
from the adulteress
with her smooth words.
For at the window of my
I have looked out through my lattice,
and I have seen among the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man lacking sense,
passing along the street near her corner,
taking the road to her house
in the twilight, in the evening,
at the time of night and darkness.
And behold, the woman
dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
She is loud and wayward;
her feet do not stay at home;
now in the street, now in the market,
and at every corner she lies in wait.
She seizes him and kisses him,
and with bold face she says to him,
“I had to offer sacrifices,
and today I have paid my vows;
so now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
I have spread my couch with coverings,
colored linens from Egyptian linen;
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
For my husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey;
he took a bag of money with him;
at full moon he will come home.”
With much seductive
speech she persuades him;
with her smooth talk she compels him.
All at once he follows her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
or as a stag is caught fast
till an arrow pierces its liver;
as a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
And now, O sons, listen
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths,
for many a victim has she laid low,
and all her slain are a mighty throng.
Her house is the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.
Blessings of Wisdom
not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
“I, wisdom, dwell with
and I find knowledge and discretion.
The fear of the Lord
is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
I have counsel and sound wisdom;
I have insight; I have strength.
By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.
I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established
the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his
rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
“And now, O sons, listen
blessed are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the
but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”
1 Corinthians 14:21-40
the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and
by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people,
and even then they will not listen to me, says the
Lord.” Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for
unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign
not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore,
the whole church comes together and all speak in
tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they
not say that you are out of your minds? But if all
prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is
convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the
secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on
his face, he will worship God and declare that God is
really among you.
then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a
hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an
interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at
most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.
But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them
keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others
weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another
sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all
prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be
encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to
prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of
in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep
silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to
speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also
says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let
them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for
a woman to speak in church.
was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you
the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he
is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that
the things I am writing to you are a command of the
Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not
recognized. So, my brothers, earnestly desire to
prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all
things should be done decently and in order.
Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001 by
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