Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Proverbs 1

1. The proverbs of Solomon ben-David, King of Israel.

2. To know wisdom and correction; to understand words of understanding;

3.to receive correction; to gain insight in righteousness, and judgment, and equity;

4.to give prudence to the simple-minded, to the young man, knowledge and discretion;

5.— a wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will acquire good counsels —

6.to understand a proverb and a riddle, sayings of wise men and their enigmas.

7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and correction.

8. Hear, my son, the correction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother,

9.for they will be a wreath of grace for your head and pendants for your neck.

10. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11. If they say, “Come with us! Let us lie in wait for blood. Let us wait in secret for the innocent man without cause.

12.Let us swallow them up alive like sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the pit.

13.All precious substance will we find; we will fill our houses with spoil.

14.Cast in your lot among us! We will have one purse together.”

15. My son, do not walk in the way with them; withhold your foot from their pathway,

16.for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17. (Surely, in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.)

18. But they lie in wait for their own blood. They wait in secret for their own souls.

19. Thus are the paths of all who get gain by violence; it takes the soul of its owners.

20. True Wisdom cries aloud outside, she gives forth her voice in the marketplaces.

21. She calls out at the head of bustling streets, at the openings of gates. In the city, she declares her words:

22.“How long, O you simple-minded, will you love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

23.Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

24.Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one regarded it,

25.you disdained all my counsel, and did not want my reproof,

26.I will also laugh at your calamity. I will mock when your terror comes,

27.when your terror comes like a devastating storm and your calamity strikes like a tornado, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me early, but they will not find me,

29.forasmuch as they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.

30. They would not receive my counsel; they spurned all my reproof.

31. Therefore, they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and they will be sated with their own devices,

32.for the apostasy of the simple-minded will kill them, and the prosperity of fools will destroy them.

33. But he who hears me will dwell safely and be at peace, without dread of evil.

Proverbs 2

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1. My son, if you will receive my words, and treasure up my commandments with you,

2.inclining your ear to wisdom, and applying your heart to understanding —

3.yes, if you cry out for discernment and lift your voice for understanding,

4.if you look for her as for silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures,

5.then you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and find the knowledge of God.

6. For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7. He treasures up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a buckler to those who walk blamelessly,

8.guarding the paths of judgment, and keeping the way of His saints.

9. Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity — every good pathway!

10. For wisdom will enter into your heart, and knowledge will be a delight to your soul.

11. Discretion will keep you, understanding will guard you,

12.delivering you from the evil way, from men who speak perverse things,

13.who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

14.who are glad to do evil — they rejoice in perverse deeds of an evil man —

15.whose paths are twisted, and they are devious in their ways,

16.to deliver you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses smooth words,

17. she who forsakes the husband of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

18. Surely, her house goes down to death, and her ways, to the shades.

19. None who go in to her will return, and they will not attain to the paths of life.

20. So that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

21. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22. But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

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1. My son, do not forget my law, and let your heart keep my commandments,

2.for they will add to you length of days, and years of life, and peace.

3. Do not let mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them upon your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

4.and find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

7. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8. It will be a healing for your flesh, and a refreshing for your bones.

9. Honor the Lord with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase,

10.and your storehouses will be filled with plenty, and your winepresses will burst forth with new wine.

11. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction,

12.for whom the Lord loves, He corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights.

13. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who obtains understanding.

14. Indeed, its merchandise is better than merchandise bought with silver, and its fruit is better than gold’s.

15. It is more precious than rubies, and anything you desire cannot be compared to her.

16. Length of days is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her pathways are peace.

18. It is a tree of life for those who lay hold on it, and those who hold it tight will be happy.

19. The Lord, by wisdom, laid the foundation of the earth; he has set up the heavens by understanding;

20. By His knowledge, depths were broken open, and clouds drip dew.

21. My son, do not let them leave your sight - keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22.and it will be life unto your soul and grace to your neck.

23. Then you will walk securely in your way, and your foot will not be injured.

24. When you lie down, you will not be in dread; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25. Do not be afraid of sudden dread or the destruction of the wicked when it comes,

26.for Jehovah will be with your confidence (against your stupidity), and He will keep your foot from captivity.

27. Do not withhold good from its owners when it is in your hands’ power to do so.

28. Do not say to your friends, “Leave and come back, and tomorrow I will give it”, but it is there with you.

29. Do not devise evil against your friend or he who dwells securely beside you.

30. Do not strive with man without cause, when he has done you no harm.

31. Do not be envious of the violent man, and do not choose any of his ways.

32. For he who is devious is an abomination to Jehovah, but His fellowship is with the upright.

33. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He will bless the habitation of the righteous.

34. Though He will scorn the scorners, He will grant grace to the lowly.

35. The wise will inherit glory, but rebellious fools, dishonor.

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1. Yield, children, to a father’s discipline, and incline your ear that you may become acquainted with understanding,

2.for I give you good instruction. Do not forsake my law!

3. When I was a tender son to my father, and an only son before my mother,

4.he instructed me, and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast to my words; keep my commandments and live.

5. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

6. Do not forsake it and it will protect you. Love it and it will watch over you.

7. Wisdom is the principal thing; get wisdom! Yea, in all your getting, get understanding!

8. Esteem it, and it will exalt you. It will bring you honor when you embrace it.

9. It will put a wreath of grace on your head; it will bestow on you a glorious crown.

10. Listen, my son, and receive my words and the years of your life will be many.

11. Along the road of wisdom, I have guided you. I have led you along the pathways of righteousness.

12. When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

13. Seize upon instruction! Do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.

14. On the path of the wicked, do not start, and do not go in the way of evil men.

15. Leave it alone. Do not pass over it. Turn aside from it and pass it by.

16. Indeed, they cannot sleep unless they have done evil. Sleep is taken from them unless they cause (someone) to stumble,

17.for they eat bread of wickedness, and wine of violent men, they drink.

18. But the pathway of the righteous is like a bright light, it goes and it shines, leading toward the established day.

19. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know by what they are made to stumble.

20. My son, attend to my words. To my sayings, incline your ears.

21. Do not let them depart from your sight. Guard them in the midst of your heart,

22.for they are life to those who find them, and to all its flesh, healing.

23. Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it are the issues of life.

24. Put a froward mouth away from you , and perverse lips put far away from you.

25. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids keep straight before you.

26. Smooth out the pathway for your foot, and let all your ways be established.

27. Do not turn to the right or left. Remove your foot from evil.

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1.Does not wisdom call? And understanding give his[1] voice?

2.At the top of high places, along the road, at the crossroads, he stands.

3.Beside the gates, at the entrance of the cities, at the doors, he cries out,

4.“Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the children of Adam.

5.Understand subtlety, you simpletons! And you fools, be of an understanding heart!

6.Listen! For I speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips come right things.

7.My mouth will speak truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8.All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

9.All of them are right to the one who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge.

10.Receive my reproof and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

11.for wisdom is better than rubies, and all that is desirable cannot compare with her.

12.I, wisdom, dwell with prudence; I uncover knowledge of cunning ways.

13.The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride, haughtiness, an evil manner, and a perverse mouth.

14.Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom. I am understanding. I have strength.

15.By me, kings rule, and rulers make righteous decrees.

16.By me, princes and nobles reign, and all who judge rightly.

17.I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.

18.Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.

19.My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my revenue better than choice silver.

20.I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,

21.to cause those who love me to inherit substance; I will fill their storehouses.

22.The Lord created me the beginning of His way, the first of His works.

23.I was anointed from eternity, before the beginning, before earth existed.

24.I was brought forth when there were no depths of the sea, when there were no springs abounding with water.

25.Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth.

26.When He had not made the earth, and the open fields, and the first elements of the world,

27.when He prepared the heavens, I was there. When He decreed a circle on the face of the deep,

28.when He established the thin clouds above, when He made strong the fountains of the sea,

29.when He made His decree for the sea, that the waters should not disobey His word, when He decreed the foundations of the earth,

30.I was at His side, like a master workman, daily His great delight, always laughing in His presence,

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36. He who fails to come to me damages his own soul; all they that hate me love death.

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1. Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars.

2. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; and she has set her table.

3. She has sent forth her maidens; she cries out from the highest places of the city,

4.“Whoever is unwise, let him turn in here.” To him lacking understanding, she says,

5.“Come! Eat of my bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed.

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1. He who loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is brutish.

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Footnotes

[1] The Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine, and so, it is referred to as “she”. But since the Wisdom of God has now been revealed to be His pre-existent Son (1Cor. 1:24; see also in this chapter, vv. 22—36), it seems more appropriate to use a masculine pronoun.

[2] Or, weak.

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