Scripture Readings

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Proverbs 8:32-9:11 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

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“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways.
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Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.
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Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.
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For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord;
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But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”
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Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2
She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.
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She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city,
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“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
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“Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed.
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Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.
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“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
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Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
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Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
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For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.