Scripture Readings

Friday, April 19, 2013

Proverbs 17:17-18:5 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

17
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
18
A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.
19
He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20
He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
21
He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
22
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23
A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice.
24
Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25
A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.
26
Also, to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
27
He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28
Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
1
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.
2
A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.
3
When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach.
4
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
5
It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.