Read the Bible | September 5th
Warning Against the Adulteress
 My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
 keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
 bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
 to keep you from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words.
 For at the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
 and I have seen among the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man lacking sense,
 passing along the street near her corner,
taking the road to her house
 in the twilight, in the evening,
at the time of night and darkness.
 And behold, the woman meets him,
dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
 She is loud and wayward;
her feet do not stay at home;
 now in the street, now in the market,
and at every corner she lies in wait.
 She seizes him and kisses him,
and with bold face she says to him,
 “I had to offer sacrifices,
and today I have paid my vows;
 so now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
 I have spread my couch with coverings,
colored linens from Egyptian linen;
 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
 For my husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey;
 he took a bag of money with him;
at full moon he will come home.”
 With much seductive speech she persuades him;
with her smooth talk she compels him.
 All at once he follows her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
or as a stag is caught fast
 till an arrow pierces its liver;
as a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
 And now, O sons, listen to me,
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths,
 for many a victim has she laid low,
and all her slain are a mighty throng.
 Her house is the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death. (ESV)
The Blessings of Wisdom
 Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
 On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
 beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
 “To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
 O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
 Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
 for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
 They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
 I have counsel and sound wisdom;
I have insight; I have strength.
 By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
 by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.
 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
 Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.
 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
 I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
 granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
 “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
 “And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.
 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the LORD,
 but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.” (ESV)
The Way of Wisdom
 Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
 She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
 She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
 Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
 For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
The Way of Folly
 The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
 She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
 calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
 But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. (ESV)
The Proverbs of Solomon
 The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
 A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
 The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
 The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
 Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
 The wise lay up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
 The wage of the righteous leads to life,
the gain of the wicked to sin.
 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever utters slander is a fool.
 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
 The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
 The blessing of the LORD makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,
but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
 What the wicked dreads will come upon him,
but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
but the righteous is established forever.
 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
 The fear of the LORD prolongs life,
but the years of the wicked will be short.
 The hope of the righteous brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
 The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 15:35–58
The Resurrection Body
 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?”  You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.  And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.  But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.  For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.  There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.  The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
Mystery and Victory
 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.  For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.  When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 16
The Collection for the Saints
 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.  On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.  And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.  If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.
Plans for Travel
 I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia,  and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go.  For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.  But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,  for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
 When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.  So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.
 Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.
 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.
 Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.  I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence,  for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.
 The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.  All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.  If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.  My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. (ESV)