Read the Bible | September 4th
Warning Against Adultery
 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,
 that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil,
 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
 Her feet go down to death;
her steps follow the path to Sheol;
 she does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
 And now, O sons, listen to me,
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
 lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
 and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
 and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
 I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”
 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
and he ponders all his paths.
 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
 He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray. (ESV)
 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
have given your pledge for a stranger,
 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
 then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
 Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
 A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,
points with his finger,
 with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;
 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
 There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
Warnings Against Adultery
 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
 Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
 When you walk, they will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
 to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,
but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
 Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
 Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
 He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
 For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
 He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 15:1–34
The Resurrection of Christ
 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,  and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,  and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.  For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Resurrection of the Dead
 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.  But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.  Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.  When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?  Why are we in danger every hour?  I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!  What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”  Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”  Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. (ESV)