Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
Beginning of Knowledge
proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Enticement of Sinners
Hear, my son, your father's
and forsake not your mother's teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.
Wisdom cries aloud in the
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the
would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.
For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech,
who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways.
So you will be delivered from
from the adulteress
with her smooth words,
who forsakes the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the departed;
none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life.
So you will walk in the way of
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it,
but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
1 Corinthians 12
I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you
were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you
were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one
speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!”
and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are
varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are
varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers
them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of
the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through
the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the
utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to
another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing
by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to
another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish
between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to
another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered
by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one
individually as he wills.
with Many Members
as the body is one and has many members, and all the members
of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or
or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot
should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the
body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And
if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not
belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of
the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the
sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would
be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members
in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a
single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are
yet one body.
cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the
head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary,
the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are
indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think
less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our
unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which
our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so
composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that
lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that
the members may have the same care for one another. If one
member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored,
all rejoice together.
are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God
has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets,
third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping,
administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all
apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work
miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with
tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher
And I will
show you a still more excellent way.
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