September 6, 2007

Proverbs 9-10; 1 Corinthians 15

From today's Bible reading:

Proverbs 9:

Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.

Proverbs 10:

The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.

The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.

The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.

A rich man's wealth is his strong city;
the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.

What the wicked dreads will come upon him,
but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
but the righteous is established forever.

The hope of the righteous brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.

The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.

1 Corinthians 15:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."

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