Through the Bible – Day 239

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The foolishness of unfaithfulness

1My son, pay close attention

and don't forget

what I tell you to do.

2Obey me, and you will live!

Let my instructions be

your greatest treasure.

3Keep them at your fingertips

and write them

in your mind.

4Let wisdom be your sister

and make common sense

your closest friend.

5They will protect you

from the flattering words

of someone else's wife.

6From the window of my house,

I once happened to see

7some foolish young men.

8It was late in the evening,

some time after dark.

9One of these young men

turned the corner

and was walking by the house

of an unfaithful wife.

10She was dressed up

like a woman of the street

with only one thing in mind.

11She was one of those women

who are loud and restless

and never stay at home,

12who walk street after street,

waiting to trap a man.

13She grabbed him and kissed him,

and with no sense of shame,

she said:

14“I had to offer a sacrifice,

and there is enough meat

left over for a feast.

15So I came looking for you,

and here you are!

16The sheets on my bed

are bright-coloured cloth

from Egypt.

17And I have covered it

with perfume made of myrrh,

aloes, and cinnamon.

18“Let's go there

and make love all night.

19My husband is travelling,

and he's far away.

20He took a lot of money along,

and he won't be back home

before the middle

of the month.”

21And so, she tricked him

with all her sweet talk

and her flattery.

22Straight away he followed her

like an ox on the way

to be slaughtered,

or like a fool on the way

to be punished

23and killed with arrows.

He was no more than a bird

rushing into a trap,

without knowing

it would cost him his life.

24My son, pay close attention

to what I have said.

25Don't even think about

that kind of woman

or let yourself be misled

by someone like her.

26Such a woman has caused

the downfall and destruction

of a lot of men.

27Her house is a one-way street

leading straight down

to the world of the dead.

Proverbs 7:1-27CEVOpen in Bible reader

The rights of an apostle

1I am free. I am an apostle. I have seen the Lord Jesus and have led you to have faith in him. 2Others may think that I am not an apostle, but you are proof that I am an apostle to you.

3When people question me, I tell them 4that Barnabas and I have the right to our food and drink. 5We each have the right to marry one of the Lord's followers and to take her along with us, just as the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Peter do. 6Are we the only ones who have to support ourselves by working at another job? 7Do soldiers pay their own salaries? Don't people who raise grapes eat some of what they grow? Don't shepherds get milk from their own goats?

8-9I am not saying this on my own authority. The Law of Moses tells us not to muzzle an ox when it is grinding grain. But was God concerned only about an ox? 10No, he wasn't! He was talking about us. This was written in the Scriptures so that all who plough and all who grind the grain will look forward to sharing in the harvest.

11When we told the message to you, it was like planting spiritual seed. So we have the right to accept material things as our harvest from you. 12If others have the right to do this, we have an even greater right. But we haven't used this right of ours. We are willing to put up with anything to keep from causing trouble for the message about Christ.

13Don't you know that people who work in the temple make their living from what is brought to the temple? Don't you know that a person who serves at the altar is given part of what is offered? 14In the same way, the Lord wants everyone who preaches the good news to make a living from preaching this message.

15But I have never used these privileges of mine, and I am not writing this because I want to start now. I would rather die than let someone rob me of the right to take pride in this. 16I don't have any reason to boast about preaching the good news. Preaching is something God told me to do, and if I don't do it, I am doomed. 17If I preach because I want to, I will be paid. But even if I don't want to, it is still something God has sent me to do. 18What pay am I given? It is the chance to preach the good news free of charge and not to use the privileges that are mine because I am a preacher.

19I am not anyone's slave. But I have become a slave to everyone, so that I can win as many people as possible. 20When I am with the Jews, I live like a Jew to win Jews. They are ruled by the Law of Moses, and I am not. But I live by the Law to win them. 21And when I am with people who are not ruled by the Law, I forget about the Law to win them. Of course, I never really forget about the law of God. In fact, I am ruled by the law of Christ. 22When I am with people whose faith is weak, I live as they do to win them. I do everything I can to win everyone I possibly can. 23I do all this for the good news, because I want to share in its blessings.

1 Corinthians 9:1-23CEVOpen in Bible reader
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