Scripture Readings

Monday, March 18, 2013

Proverbs 1:1-20 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

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The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
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To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,
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To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity;
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To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion –
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A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
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To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.
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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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My son, hear the instruction of your father,
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For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.
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My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
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If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
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Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
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We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;
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Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse” –
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My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;
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For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
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Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird;
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But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives.
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So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
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Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.