52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
- That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.
- For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
- But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
- Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.
- She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
- Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
- Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,
- Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;
- And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
- And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
- And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
- "I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
- "I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation.'
- Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.
- Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
- Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
- Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
- As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
- For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
- For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.
- His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
- He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray. 6
Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.
- My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
- If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
- Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
- Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;
- Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
- Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
- Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,
- Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
- How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
- " A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest'
- Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.
- A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
- Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;
- Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.
- Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
- There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
- Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
- A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
- A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
- My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
- Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.
- When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.
- For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
- To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
- Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.
- For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.
- Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?
- Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?
- So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.
- Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;
- But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.
- The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.
- Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out.
- For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
- He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts. 7
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