Read the Bible | September 3rd
The Value of Wisdom
 My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
 making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
 yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
 if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
 guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
 for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
 delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech,
 who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
 who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
 men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways.
 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words,
 who forsakes the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
 for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the departed;
 none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life.
 So you will walk in the way of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
 For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it,
 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous will be rooted out of it. (ESV)
Trust in the LORD with All Your Heart
 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
 So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
 Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom
 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
 She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
 My son, do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
 and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
 Then you will walk on your way securely,
and your foot will not stumble.
 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
 Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
 for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
who dwells trustingly beside you.
 Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
 Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
 for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD,
but the upright are in his confidence.
 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
 Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.
 The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get disgrace. (ESV)
A Father’s Wise Instruction
 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
 for I give you good precepts;
do not forsake my teaching.
 When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
 he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
 Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
 She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
 Hear, my son, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
and if you run, you will not stumble.
 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of the evil.
 Avoid it; do not go on it;
turn away from it and pass on.
 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
 For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know over what they stumble.
 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 14
Prophecy and Tongues
 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.  For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.  On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.  The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.  Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?  If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?  And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?  So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.  There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,  but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.  So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.  What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.  Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?  For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.  I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.  Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.  In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”  Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.  If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?  But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,  the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.  If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.  But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.  Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.  If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.  For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged,  and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.  For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints,  the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.  If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
 Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached?  If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.  If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.  So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.  But all things should be done decently and in order. (ESV)