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A Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

My Righteous Servant Will Justify Many

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[] and be satisfied[];
by his knowledge[] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Servant of the Lord

3 See, my servant will act wisely[];
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him[]
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,[]
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

We Do Not Lose Heart

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[] Since we have that same spirit of[] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

An Anchor in a Panic-Ridden World

“Be silent before me, you islands!
Let the nations renew their strength!
Let them come forward and speak;
let us meet together at the place of judgment.

2 “Who has stirred up one from the east,
calling him in righteousness to his service[]?
He hands nations over to him
and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dust with his sword,
to windblown chaff with his bow.
3 He pursues them and moves on unscathed,
by a path his feet have not traveled before.
4 Who has done this and carried it through,
calling forth the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord—with the first of them
and with the last—I am he.”

5 The islands have seen it and fear;
the ends of the earth tremble.
They approach and come forward;
6 they help each other
and say to their companions, “Be strong!”
7 The metalworker encourages the goldsmith,
and the one who smooths with the hammer
spurs on the one who strikes the anvil.
One says of the welding, “It is good.”
The other nails down the idol so it will not topple.

8 “But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God-honoring Sexuality

Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

(NIV)

Guard Your Steps

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

6 At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
her feet never stay at 天天乐棋牌;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:

14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
and I have food from my fellowship offering at 天天乐棋牌.
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at 天天乐棋牌;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be 天天乐棋牌 till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[] stepping into a noose[]
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.

Reckless Words Pierce Like A Sword

Selected Proverbs on Speech

 

17:20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

15:04 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

12:22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

 

26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

29:05 Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.

28:23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.

 

10:18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

30:10 Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.

11:12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

 

11:13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

20:19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks to much.

26:22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

16:28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.

17:09 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

 

17:14 Starting a quarrel is like beaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

17:19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

20:03 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

29:08 Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.

26:21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

30:33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.

15:01 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.

 

13:03 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

 

Out of the Overflow of the Heart

16:23 A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.

10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

15:07 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

 

22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.

16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

12:25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

15:01 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

25:15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

 

24:26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

13:05 The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

16:13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.

12:22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

 

10:31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

15:02 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

10:14 Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

20:15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

25:11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

 

17:28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

10:19 When the worlds are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

12:23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.

21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

 

The Power of the Tongue

Selected Proverbs on Speech

18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

15:04 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

10:21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.

18:20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

12:14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

13:02 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.

28:13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

 

12:06 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

11:09 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

16:27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

26:18 Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows, is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”

18:06 A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.

18:07 A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

12:13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.

 

17:27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

11:12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

13:03 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

15:23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-and how good is a timely word!

31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

29:20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

 

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