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September 5, 2007

Proverbs 7-8; 1 Corinthians 14

From today's Bible reading:

Proverbs 7:

My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to wisdom, "You are my sister"

Proverbs 8:

Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud

I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.

The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.

Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.

By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.

I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.

My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.

The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.

Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.

Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.

When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,

when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,

when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master workman,

and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.

And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.

Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.

For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the LORD,

but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.

1 Corinthians 14:

tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers,

prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.

if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.

If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

But all things should be done decently and in order.

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