Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
19:1 Better is a poor person who
walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is
without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet
misses his way.
When a man's folly brings his way to ruin,
his heart rages against the
Wealth brings many new friends,
but a poor man is deserted by his
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will not
Many seek the favor of a generous man,
and everyone is a friend to a man who
All a poor man's brothers hate him;
how much more do his friends go far from
He pursues them with words, but does not
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will
It is not fitting for a fool to live in
much less for a slave to rule over
Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an
A king's wrath is like the growling of a
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
A foolish son is ruin to his father,
and a wife's quarreling is a continual
dripping of rain.
House and wealth are inherited from
but a prudent wife is from the
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his
he who despises his ways will die.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to
and he will repay him for his deed.
Discipline your son, for there is hope;
do not set your heart on putting him to
A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
for if you deliver him, you will only
have to do it again.
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the
What is desired in a man is steadfast
and a poor man is better than a liar.
The fear of the
Lord leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
and will not even bring it back to his
Strike a scoffer, and the simple will
reprove a man of understanding, and he
will gain knowledge.
He who does violence to his father and
chases away his mother
is a son who brings shame and reproach.
Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of
A worthless witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours
Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
and beating for the backs of fools.
20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink
and whoever is led astray by it is not
The terror of a king is like the growling
of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof
but every fool will be quarreling.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have
The purpose in a man's heart is like deep
but a man of understanding will draw it
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast
but a faithful man who can find?
The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the
Even a child makes himself known by his
by whether his conduct is pure and
The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
has made them both.
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty
“Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
There is gold and abundance of costly
but the lips of knowledge are a precious
Take a man's garment when he has put up
security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up
security for foreigners.
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of
Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
Whoever goes about slandering reveals
therefore do not associate with a simple
If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter
An inheritance gained hastily in the
will not be blessed in the end.
Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the
Lord, and he will deliver you.
Unequal weights are an abomination to the
and false scales are not good.
A man's steps are from the
how then can man understand his way?
It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only after making vows.
A wise king winnows the wicked
and drives the wheel over them.
of man is the lamp of the
searching all his innermost parts.
Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve
and by steadfast love his throne is
The glory of young men is their strength,
but the splendor of old men is their
Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean the innermost parts.
the New Covenant
3:1 Are we beginning to commend
ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do,
letters of recommendation to you, or from
you? You yourselves are our letter of
recommendation, written on our
hearts, to be known and read by all. And you
show that you are a letter from Christ
delivered by us, written not with ink but
with the Spirit of the living God, not on
tablets of stone but on tablets of human
Such is the
confidence that we have through Christ
toward God. Not that we are sufficient in
ourselves to claim anything as coming from
us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has
made us competent
to be ministers of a new covenant, not of
the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter
kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Now if the
ministry of death, carved in letters on
stone, came with such glory that the
Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face
because of its glory, which was being
brought to an end, will not the ministry of
the Spirit have even more glory? For if
there was glory in the ministry of
condemnation, the ministry of righteousness
must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this
case, what once had glory has come to have
no glory at all, because of the glory that
surpasses it. For if what was being brought
to an end came with glory, much more will
what is permanent have glory.
Since we have
such a hope, we are very bold, not like
Moses, who would put a veil over his face so
that the Israelites might not gaze at the
outcome of what was being brought to an end.
But their minds were hardened. For to this
day, when they read the old covenant, that
same veil remains unlifted, because only
through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to
this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies
over their hearts. But when one
turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now
is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with
unveiled face, beholding the glory of the
are being transformed into the same image
from one degree of glory to another. For
this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
The Holy Bible,
English Standard Version copyright © 2001 by
Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of
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