Scripture Readings

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Proverbs 6:3-20 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

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So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; for you have come into the hand of your friend: go and humble yourself; plead with your friend.
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Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
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Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
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Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
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which, having no captain, overseer or ruler,
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provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
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How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
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A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep –
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so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.
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A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth;
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he winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers;
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perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.
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Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
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These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
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A proud look, a lying tongue,
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a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,
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a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
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My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.