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A reputation is to be chosen rather than great riches;
favor is better than silver and gold.
Rich and poor have much in common;
Yahweh is the maker of all of them.
The clever sees danger and hides,
but the simple go on and suffer.
The reward of humility is the fear of Yahweh—
wealth and honor and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
he who guards himself will keep away from them.
Train the child concerning his way;
even when he is old, he will not stray from it.
The rich will rule over the poor,
and the borrower is a slave of the lender.
He who sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his anger will fail.
He who is generous will be blessed,
for he gives to the poor from his own bread.
Drive out a scoffer and strife will go out;
quarrel and abuse will cease.
He who loves purity of heart
and hasgracious speech, his friend is the king.
The eyes of Yahweh keep watch over knowledge,
but he will overthrow the words of the faithless.
A lazy person says "A lion in the street!
In the middle of the highway, I shall be killed!"
A deep pit is the mouth of an adulteress,
he with whom Yahweh is angry will fall there.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy;
the rod of discipline will drive it from him.
He who oppresses the poor in order to enrich himself,
or gives to the rich, will come to poverty.
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise;
you shall apply your heart to my teaching.
For it is pleasant if you guard them within you;
together they will be ready upon your lips.
In order for your trust to be in Yahweh,
I have made them known to you today—even you.
Have I not written for you thirty sayings
with admonitions and knowledge?
In order to show you what is right—sayings of truth—
in order to return a true saying to him who sent you.
Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
and do not crush the afflicted at the gate;
For Yahweh will plead their case
and despoil those who despoil them of life.
Do not befriend an owner of anger,
and with a man of wrath you shall not associate;
lest you learn his way
and become entangled in a snare to yourself.
Do not be with those who give a pledge
by becoming surety.
If there is nothing for you to pay,
why will he take your bed from under you?
Do not remove an ancient boundary marker
which your ancestors made.
A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see:
before kings, he will serve;
he will not serve before the commoners.
When you sit to eat with a ruler,
you shall surely observe what is before you,
and you shall put a knife to your throat
if you have a big appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies,
for it is food of deception.
Do not tire in order to become rich;
out of your understanding, may you desist.
Your eyes will alight on it, but there is nothing to it,
for suddenly it will make for itself wings
like an eagle and it will be exhausted in the heavens.
Do not eat the bread of the stingy,
and do not desire his delicacies.
For, like hair in his throat, so it is.
"Eat and drink!" he will say to you,
but his heart will not be with you.
Your morsel you have eaten, you will vomit it up,
and you will waste your pleasant words.
In the ears of a fool do not speak,
for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Do not remove an ancient boundary marker,
and on the fields of orphans do not encroach;
For their redeemer is strong,
he himself will plead their cause against you.
Apply your heart to instruction,
and your ear to sayings of knowledge.
Do not withhold discipline from a child,
if you will beat him with the rod, he will not die.
As for you, with the rod you shall beat him,
and his life you will save from Sheol.
My child, if your heart is wise,
my heart will be glad—even me!
And my insides will rejoice
when your lips speak what is upright.
May your heart not envy the sinners,
but live in fear of Yahweh all day.
Surely there is a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
You, my child, hear and be wise,
and direct your heart on the road.
Do not be among drinkers of wine,
among gluttonous eaters of their meat.
For the drunkard and gluttonous, they will become poor,
and with rags, drowsiness will clothe them.
Listen to your father—he who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy truth and do not sell it,
wisdom and instruction and understanding.
The father of the righteous will surely rejoice;
he who bears a wise person will be happy with him.
May your father and your mother be glad,
and may she who bore you rejoice.
My child, may you give your heart to me,
and may your eyes delight in my ways.
For a deep pit is a prostitute,
and a narrow well is an adulteress.
She is also like a robber lying in wait,
and the faithless among mankind she increases.
To whom is woe? To whom is sorrow? To whom are quarrels? To whom is complaint?
To whom are wounds without cause? To whom is redness of the eyes?
To those who linger over wine,
to those who come to try mixed wine.
Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles on the cup,
going down smoothly.
In the end, it will bite like a serpent,
and it will sting like an adder.
Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart will speak perverse things.
And you will be like him who lies down in the heart of the sea,
and like him who lies down on top of a mast.
"They struck me; I was not hurt. They beat me; I did not know it.
When I will awake, I will continue; I will seek it again."
Praise Yahweh, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For his loyal love is mighty on our behalf,
and the faithfulness of Yahweh is forever.
1 Thessalonians 1
Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace.
We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention constantly in our prayers, because we remember your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brothers dearly loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel did not come to you with word only, but also with power and with the Holy Spirit and with much certainty, just as you know what sort of people we became among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all those who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia, for from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God has gone out, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves report about us, what sort of welcome we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, the one who delivers us from the coming wrath.