Through the Bible – Day 233

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Introduction: how proverbs can be used

1These are the proverbs

of King Solomon of Israel,

the son of David.

2Proverbs will teach you

wisdom and self-control

and how to understand

sayings with deep meanings.

3You will learn what is right

and honest and fair.

4From these, an ordinary person

can learn to be clever,

and young people can gain

knowledge and good sense.

5If you are already wise,

you will become even wiser.

And if you are clever,

you will learn to understand

6proverbs and sayings,

as well as words of wisdom

and all kinds of riddles.

7Respect and obey the LORD!

This is the beginning

of knowledge.

Only a fool rejects wisdom

and good advice.

Parental advice on the importance of seeking wisdom and not being foolish

Warnings against bad friends

8My child, obey the teachings

of your parents,

9and wear their teachings

as you would a lovely hat

or a pretty necklace.

10Don't be tempted by sinners

or listen 11when they say,

“Come on! Let's gang up

and kill somebody,

just for the fun of it!

12They're well and healthy now,

but we'll finish them off

once and for all.

13We'll take their valuables

and fill our homes

with stolen goods.

14If you join our gang,

you'll get your share.”

15Don't follow anyone like that

or do what they do.

16They are in a big hurry

to commit some crime,

perhaps even murder.

17They are like a bird

that sees the bait,

but ignores the trap.

18They gang up to murder someone,

but they are the victims.

19The wealth you get from crime

robs you of your life.

Wisdom speaks

20Wisdom shouts in the streets

wherever crowds gather.

21She shouts in the market places

and near the city gates

as she says to the people,

22“How much longer

will you enjoy

being stupid fools?

Won't you ever stop sneering

and laughing at knowledge?

23Listen as I correct you

and tell you what I think.

24You completely ignored me

and refused to listen;

25you rejected my advice

and paid no attention

when I warned you.

26“So when you are struck

by some terrible disaster,

27or when trouble and distress

surround you like a whirlwind,

I will laugh and make fun of you.

28You will ask for my help,

but I won't listen;

you will search,

but you won't find me.

29No, you would not learn,

and you refused

to respect the LORD.

30You rejected my advice

and paid no attention

when I warned you.

31“Now you will eat the fruit

of what you have done,

until you are stuffed full

with your own schemes.

32Sin and self-satisfaction

bring destruction and death

to stupid fools.

33But if you listen to me,

you will be safe and secure

without fear of disaster.”

Proverbs 1:1-33CEVOpen in Bible reader

The work of the apostles

1Think of us as servants of Christ who have been given the work of explaining God's mysterious ways. 2And since our first duty is to be faithful to the one we work for, 3it doesn't matter to me if I am judged by you or even by a court of law. In fact, I don't judge myself. 4I don't know of anything against me, but that doesn't prove that I am right. The Lord is my judge. 5So don't judge anyone until the Lord returns. He will show what is hidden in the dark and what is in everyone's heart. Then God will be the one who praises each of us.

6Friends, I have used Apollos and myself as examples to teach you the meaning of the saying, “Follow the rules.” I want you to stop saying that one of us is better than the other. 7What is so special about you? What do you have that you were not given? And if it was given to you, how can you boast? 8Are you already satisfied? Are you now rich? Have you become kings while we are still nobodies? I wish you were kings. Then we could have a share in your kingdom.

9It seems to me that God has put us apostles in the worst possible place. We are like prisoners on their way to death. Angels and the people of this world just laugh at us. 10Because of Christ we are thought of as fools, but Christ has made you wise. We are weak and hated, but you are powerful and respected. 11Even today we go hungry and thirsty and don't have anything to wear except rags. We are ill-treated and don't have a place to live. 12We work hard with our own hands, and when people abuse us, we wish them well. When we suffer, we are patient. 13When someone curses us, we answer with kind words. Until now we are thought of as nothing more than the trash and rubbish of this world.

14I am not writing to embarrass you. I want to help you, just as parents help their own dear children. 15Ten thousand people may teach you about Christ, but I am your only father. You became my children when I told you about Christ Jesus, 16and I want you to be like me. 17That's why I sent Timothy to you. I love him like a son, and he is a faithful servant of the Lord. Timothy will tell you what I do to follow Christ and how it agrees with what I always teach about Christ in every church.

18Some of you think I am not coming for a visit, and so you are boasting. 19But if the Lord lets me come, I will soon be there. Then I will find out if the ones who are doing all this boasting really have any power. 20God's kingdom isn't just a lot of words. It is power. 21What do you want me to do when I arrive? Do you want me to be hard on you or to be kind and gentle?

1 Corinthians 4:1-21CEVOpen in Bible reader
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