Read the Bible | September 2nd
Sing to the LORD a New Song
 Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
 Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
 Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
 Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
 Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
 to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
 to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
 to execute on them the judgment written!
This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the LORD! (ESV)
Let Everything Praise the LORD
 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD! (ESV)
The Beginning of Knowledge
 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Enticement of Sinners
 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
 for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
 we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
 throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
 my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
 for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
 For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.
The Call of Wisdom
 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
 If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.
 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
 because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
 Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
 would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.
 For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” (ESV)
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (ESV)