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Number 6

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  1. "A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished (with suffering)."

  2. "Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps."

  3. "And you are to take to heart these words which I am enjoining upon you today, and inculcate them on your children, and talk of them when you are sitting in your house and when you are walking on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up."

  4. "And how from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, that are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."

  5. "Train a boy in the way he should go;
        even when he is old, he will not swerve from it."

  6. "And fathers, do not irritate your children, but bring them up in the Discipline and Instruction of the Lord."

  7. "Better a young man poor and wise than a king old and foolish who will listen to advice no longer."

  8. "I am young in years,
        and you are old;
    that is why I was fearful,
        not daring to tell you what I know.
    I thought, 'Age should speak;
        advanced years should teach wisdom.'
    But it is the spirit in a man,
        the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
    It is not only the old who are wise,
       not only the aged who understand what is right."

  9. "Burning lips [uttering insincere words of love] and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver [making it appear to be solid silver]. He who hates, pretends with his lips, but stores up deceit within him. When he speaks kindly, do not trust him, for seven abominations are in his heart. Though his hatred cover itself with guile, his wickedness shall be shown openly before the assembly."

  10. "Every one utters lies to his neighbor;
        with flattering lips and double heart they speak."

  11. "But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, who was about to betray him, said: 'Why was it this perfumed oil was not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor people?' He said this, though, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief and had the money box and used to carry off the monies put in it."

  12. "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

  13. "He who hides hatred has lying lips."

  14. "Why do you boast, great one, of your evil? God's faithfulness is eternal. You make plans to ruin others; your tongue is like a sharp razor. You are always inventing lies. You love evil more than good and falsehood more than truth. You love to hurt people with your words, you liar! So God will ruin you forever; he will take hold of you and snatch you from your home; he will remove you from the world of the living."

  15. "Some people get caught in their sins right away, even before the time of judgment. But other people's sins don't show up until later."

  16. "See now, when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, 'Strike down Amnon,' then kill him. Fear not; have I not given you your orders? Be courageous and show yourselves valiant."

  17. "So Sanballat and Geshem sent me a message, suggesting that I meet with them in one of the villages in the Plain of Ono. This was a trick of theirs to try to harm me."

  18. "I said, 'Yahweh, have mercy on me! Heal me, for I have sinned against you.' My enemies speak evil against me: 'When will he die, and his name perish?' If he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it. All who hate me whisper together against me. They imagine the worst for me. 'An evil disease,' they say, 'has afflicted him. Now that he lies he shall rise up no more.'"

  19. "A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue breaks the spirit."

  20. "Nowadays you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish while your own hearts are full of greed and wickedness. Foolish people, did not He that made the outside make the heart as well?"

  21. "You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself."

  22. "The wicked man conceives an evil plot, labors with its dark details, and brings to birth his treachery and lies; let him fall into his own trap. May the violence he plans for others boomerang upon himself; let him die."

  23. "He that misguideth the upright into a hurtful way
        Into his own pit he himself shall fall,
    But men of integrity shall inherit good."

  24. "Snatch me not away with the wicked,
        and with those who do wrong,
    Who offer friendly greetings to their neighbors,
        while evil is in their hearts.
    Render to them according to their work,
        and according to their evil deeds.
    According to the work of their hands render to them;
        pay back to them what they have done."

  25. "For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; even they have cried aloud after you: don't believe them, though they speak beautiful words to you."

  26. "Better to have a dish of vegetables where there is love than juicy steaks where there is hate."

  27. "When a sentence against a crime isn't carried out quickly, people are encouraged to commit crimes. A sinner may commit a hundred crimes and yet live a long life. Still, I know with certainty that it will go well for those who fear God, because they fear him. But it will not go well for the wicked. They will not live any longer. Their lives are like shadows, because they don't fear God."

  28. "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."

  29. "He who sows iniquity will reap calamity and futility, and the rod of his wrath [with which he smites others] will fail."

  30. "For the one sowing to his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh. But the one sowing to the Spirit will reap everlasting life from the Spirit."

  31. "As I have seen, they that plough iniquity,
        And sow trouble, reap it."

  32. "To exercise justice and judgment is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice."

  33. "My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent] such, O God, You will not despise."

  34. "And to be loving Him with the whole heart [fig., one's entire inner self] and with the whole understanding and with the whole soul and with the whole strength and to be loving one's neighbor as oneself is more [than] all the whole burnt-offerings and the sacrifices."

  35. "If like an earthling man I covered over my transgressions
        By hiding my error in my shirt pocket—
    Because I would suffer a shock at a large crowd,
        Or the contempt itself of families would terrorize me
        And I would keep silent, I would not go out of the entrance.
    O that I had someone listening to me,
        That according to my signature the Almighty himself would answer me!
        Or that the individual in the case at law with me had written a document itself!
    Surely upon my shoulder I would carry it;
        I would bind it around me like a grand crown."

  36. He who hides his transgression shall not prosper; but he who confesses his sins and forsakes them, God will have mercy upon him."

  37. "Happy is the one whose revolt is pardoned, whose sin is covered.
    Happy is the man to whose account Jehovah does not put error,
        And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
    When I kept silent my bones wore out through my groaning all day long.
        For day and night your hand was heavy upon me.
        My life's moisture has been changed as in the dry heat of summer.
    My sin I finally confessed to you, and my error I did not cover.
        I said: 'I shall make confession over my transgressions to Jehovah.'
        And you yourself pardoned the error of my sins."

  38. "If they sin against you—for there is no man who does not sin—and you are angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and their conquerors lead them captive to a country far or near, if in the land of their exile they come to themselves and repent, and in the country of their conquerors they entreat you saying, 'We have sinned, we have acted perversely and wickedly', and if they turn again to you with all their heart and soul in the country of the enemies who have deported them, and pray to you, turning towards the land you gave to their ancestors, towards the city you have chosen, and towards the Temple I have built for your name, hear from heaven where your home is, forgive your people the sins they have committed against you and all the crimes they have been guilty of, grant them to win favour with their conquerors so that they may have pity on them; for they are your people and your heritage whom you brought out of Egypt, that iron furnace."

  39. "I may warn someone evil that he is going to die, but if he stops sinning and does what is right and good—for example, if he returns the security he took for a loan or gives back what he stole—if he stops sinning and follows the laws that give life, he will not die, but live. I will forgive the sins he has committed, and he will live because he has done what is right and good."

  40. "And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be sure for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you; break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your tranquillity."

  41. "But, first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, then throughout the district of Judaea and then to the Gentiles, I proclaimed that they should repent and turn to God, and act in a manner befitting repentance."

  42. "In the same way, I tell you, there will be greater joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent."

  43. "If we say that we have no sins, we are deceiving ourselves. We are not telling the truth, for we all have sins. If we confess our sins, God is good and faithful, and He will forgive us. He will clean out all the sin that is in us. God says that all have sinned. So if we say that we have not sinned, we really say that God is not telling the truth. Then God's World does not rule our lives."

  44. "Cursed is the ground for your sake;
        in toil will you eat of it all the days of your life;
    And thorns and thistles will it produce for you,
        while you eat the herb of the field;
    By the sweat of your brow will you eat bread,
       until you return to the ground,
        for from it you were taken;
    For dust you are,
        and to dust you will return."

  45. "All go to the same place: all came from the dust, and to the dust all return."

  46. "If he sets his heart upon anyone,
        [If] that one's spirit and breath he gathers to himself,
    All flesh will expire together,
        And earthling man himself will return to the very dust."

  47. "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."

  48. "Your own hands have shaped me so that they made me
        In entirety round about, and yet you would swallow me up.
    Remember, please, that out of clay you have made me
        And to dust you will make me return."

  49. "As tenderly as a father treats his children,
    so Yahweh treats those who fear him;
    he knows what we are made of,
    he remembers we are dust."

  50. "The object of their fear YOU men must not fear, nor must YOU tremble at it. Jehovah of armies—he is the One whom YOU should treat as holy, and he should be the object of YOUR fear, and he should be the One causing YOU to tremble."

  51. "And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna."

  52. "For all the peoples walk, each one in the name of his god; but we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God forever and ever."

  53. "For who is a great nation whose God is coming near to them, as Jehovah your God is, in all our calling on Him? And who is a great nation whose statutes and judgments are as righteous as all this Law which I set before you today?"

  54. "For the man who has will have more given to him, even till it overflows, but from the man who has nothing even what he has will be taken away."

  55. "Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?"

  56. "For no good tree gives bad fruit, and no bad tree gives good fruit."

  57. "The ax is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that fails to yield good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

  58. "So by their fruits at any rate, you will easily recognize them."

  59. "And upon the wing of disgusting things there will be the one causing desolation; and until an extermination, the very thing decided upon will go pouring out also upon the one lying desolate."

  60. "Therefore, when YOU catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place, (let the reader use discernment,) then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains."

  61. "Do not let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good."

  62. "But I say to YOU who are listening, Continue to love YOUR enemies, to do good to those hating YOU, to bless those cursing YOU, to pray for those who are insulting YOU."

  63. "Do not pay others back evil for evil or insult for insult. Instead, bless them, because you were called to inherit a blessing."

  64. "He who is slow to be angry is better than a man of war, and he who has control over his spirit than he who takes a town."

  65. "May the gods strike me dead if there will be enough dust left from Samaria to give a handful to each soldier who follows me."

  66. "Tell King Benhadad that a real soldier does his bragging after a battle, not before it."

  67. "Doom to the crime capital! Nineveh, city of murder and treachery, here is your fate—cracking whips, churning wheels; galloping horses, roaring chariots; cavalry attacking, swords and spears flashing; soldiers stumbling over piles of dead bodies."

  68. "And he will stretch out his hand toward the north, and he will destroy Assyria. And he will make Nineveh a desolate waste, a waterless region like the wilderness. And in the midst of her, droves will certainly lie stretched out, all the wild animals of a nation. Both pelican and porcupine will spend the night right among her pillar capitals. A voice will keep singing in the window. There will be devastation at the threshold; for he will certainly lay bare the very wainscoting. This is the exultant city that was sitting in security, that was saying in her heart, 'I am, and there is nobody else.' O how she has become an object of astonishment, a place for the wild animals to lie stretched out! Everyone passing along by her will whistle; he will wag his hand."

  69. "Repent for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."

  70. "The Kingdom of God comes not with outward show, nor shall they say 'Behold here! or there!' for, behold, God's royal majesty is among you."

  71. "Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, to be building him up."

  72. "Don't be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others."

  73. "You shall not do so, my brothers, with that which Jehovah has given to us. And He has protected us, and has given the troop which came against us into our hand. And who will listen to you in this thing? For as the portion of him who goes down to battle, so shall be his share who remains by the baggage. They shall share together."

  74. "The LORD gives a command;
       the women who bring the news are a great host:
       'The kings and their armies are in headlong flight;
       housewives are sharing in the spoils.'"

  75. "You know better than most that a Jew is strictly forbidden to associate with a Gentile or visit him; but God has taught me to call no one unholy or unclean."

  76. "So when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him publicly, because he deserved censure. Before certain persons came from James he had eaten with Gentiles. But after their arrival he drew back and separated himself out of fear of those of the Circumcision. The other Jews played up to him, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. So when I saw that they were not acting in conformity with the true character of the News I said to Peter in front of them all, 'If you, a born Jew, live like a Gentile, why do you force the Gentiles to keep Jewish ways?'"

  77. "And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands."

  78. "Therefore, hear the Word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of Heaven were standing by Him, on His right and on His left. And Jehovah said, Who shall entice Ahab, and he shall go up and fall in Ramoth-gilead? And this one said this, and this one said that. And a spirit came forth and stood before Jehovah, and said, I surely will entice him. And Jehovah said to him, By what means? And he said, I will go out and shall be a spirit of falsehood in the mouth of all his prophets. And He said, You shall entice him, and also you are able. Go out and do so."

  79. "And an angel of Jehovah went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty-five thousand. And when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead bodies."

  80. "Let those who are after my life
        be disappointed and humiliated;
    Let those who plan harm to me
        fall back and be abashed;
    Let them be like chaff before a wind,
       with Jehovah's angel pushing them,
    Let their road be darkness and slippery rock,
       with Jehovah's angel chasing them,
    Because without motive they laid their net for me,
        sunk a pitfall for my life."

  81. "But now, I wrote to you not to be associating with anyone being named a brother if he is...covetous or an idolater..., not even to eat with such a person."

  82. "So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members—those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry [the deifying of self and other created things instead of God]."

  83. "In covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words: whose sentence now from of old doesn't linger, and their destruction will not slumber."

  84. "You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God."

  85. "Notice that, and be on your guard against covetousness in any shape or form. For a man's real life in no way depends upon the number of his possessions."

  86. "For the commandments, 'You must not commit adultery; you must not murder; you must not steal; you must not covet,' and every other commandment are summed up in this statement: 'You must love your neighbor as yourself.'"

  87. "You who are full of every kind of craftiness and unscrupulous cunning—you son of the Devil and foe to all that is right—will you never cease to misrepresent the straight paths of the Lord? The Lord's hand is now upon you, and you will be blind for a time and unable to see the light of day."

  88. "May your silver perish with you, because you thought through money to get possession of the free gift of God. You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not straight in the sight of God. Repent, therefore, of this badness of yours, and supplicate Jehovah that, if possible, the device of your heart may be forgiven you; for I see you are a poisonous gall and a bond of unrighteousness."

  89. "Because you have done this, and have not kept my agreement and my laws, which I gave you, I will take the kingdom away from you by force and will give it to your servant. I will not do it in your life-time, because of your father David, but I will take it from your son."

  90. "Take ten pieces for yourself. For so says Jehovah, God of Israel, Behold, I am tearing the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and giving to you the ten tribes."

  91. "My father made you work hard, but I'll make you work even harder. He punished you with whips, but I'll use whips with pieces of sharp metal!"

  92. "Get out, you silly dreamer! Run away to Judah,
    Earn your bread and make your prophecies there.
    You shall no longer prophesy at Bethel—
    Here is the king's holy place, and here his royal palace!"

  93. "I was not a prophet, neither was I the son of a prophet; but I was a herdsman and a nipper of figs of sycamore trees. And Jehovah proceeded to take me from following the flock, and Jehovah went on to say to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' And now hear the word of Jehovah, 'Are you saying: "You must not prophesy against Israel, and you must let no [word] drop against the house of Isaac"? Therefore this is what Jehovah has said: "As regards your wife, in the city she will become a prostitute. And as regards your sons and your daughters, by the sword they will fall. And as regards your ground, by the measuring rope it will be apportioned out. And as regards you yourself, on unclean ground you will die; and as regards Israel, it will without fail go into exile from its own ground."'"

  94. "Lord, it's good that we're here! If you want, I will set up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

  95. "Don't tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead."

  96. "We were not following a cleverly written-up story when we told you about the power and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ—we actually saw his majesty with our own eyes. He received honor and glory from God the Father himself when that voice said to him, out of the sublime glory of Heaven, 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' We actually heard that voice speaking from Heaven while we were with him on the sacred mountain. The word of prophecy was fulfilled in our hearing!"

  97. "So the Word became flesh and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father; and he was full of undeserved kindness and truth."

  98. "And none who lives there shall say, 'I am sick';
    It shall be inhabited by folk whose sin has been forgiven."

  99. "And on this side of the river and on that side [there were] trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees [were] for the curing of the nations."

  100. "Even the created world is waiting with eager desire for the sons of God to appear. Every created thing has been put under the power of death and decay. Nothing wants to die or decay, but God has willed it so. Yet He gave us hope that the created world itself will be set free from decay and death. Then everything in the world will obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God."

  101. "Expectation postponed is making the heart sick, but the thing desired is a tree of life when it does come."

Picture credit: CARAVAN, from Hand-Book of Bible Manners and Customs, by Rev. James M. Freeman, D. D., Published by Nelson & Phillips, New York, 1877.

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