Scripture for July 13, 2014

Psalm 1 (NRSV)     The Two Ways Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 12, 2014

Proverbs 31:10-31 (NRSV)   Ode to a Capable Wife A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 11, 2014

Proverbs 31:1-9 (NRSV)   The Teaching of King Lemuel’s Mother The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: No, my son! No, son of my womb! No, son of my vows! Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink; or else they will … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 10, 2014

Proverbs 30 (NRSV)   Sayings of Agur The words of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle. Thus says the man: I am weary, O God, I am weary, O God. How can I prevail? Surely I am too stupid to be human; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the holy ones. Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in the hollow … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 9, 2014

Proverbs 29 (NRSV)   One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad, but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one’s substance. By justice a king gives stability to the land, but … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 8, 2014

Proverbs 28 (NRSV)   The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. When a land rebels it has many rulers; but with an intelligent ruler there is lasting order. A ruler who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food. Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law struggle against them. The evil do not … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 7, 2014

Proverbs 27 (NRSV)   Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth— a stranger, and not your own lips. A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who is able to stand before jealousy? Better is open rebuke than hidden … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 6, 2014

Proverbs 26 (NRSV)   Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, an undeserved curse goes nowhere. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself. Answer fools according to … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 5, 2014

Proverbs 25 (NRSV)   Further Wise Sayings of Solomon These are other proverbs of Solomon that the officials of King Hezekiah of Judah copied. It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Like the heavens for height, like the earth for depth, so the mind of kings is unsearchable. Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 4, 2014

Proverbs 24:23-34 (NRSV)   Further Sayings of the Wise     These also are sayings of the wise: Partiality in judging is not good. Whoever says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations; but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. One who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on … [Read more...]