52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- My son! to my wisdom give attention, To mine understanding incline thine ear,
- To observe thoughtfulness, And knowledge do thy lips keep.
- For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And smoother than oil [is] her mouth,
- And her latter end [is] bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a sword [with] mouths.
- Her feet are going down to death, Sheol do her steps take hold of.
- The path of life -- lest thou ponder, Moved have her paths -- thou knowest not.
- And now, ye sons, hearken to me, And turn not from sayings of my mouth.
- Keep far from off her thy way, And come not near unto the opening of her house,
- Lest thou give to others thy honour, And thy years to the fierce,
- Lest strangers be filled [with] thy power, And thy labours in the house of a stranger,
- And thou hast howled in thy latter end, In the consumption of thy flesh and thy food,
- And hast said, `How have I hated instruction, And reproof hath my heart despised,
- And I have not hearkened to the voice of my directors, And to my teachers have not inclined mine ear.
- As a little thing I have been all evil, In the midst of an assembly and a company.
- Drink waters out of thine own cistern, Even flowing ones out of thine own well.
- Let thy fountains be scattered abroad, In broad places rivulets of waters.
- Let them be to thee for thyself, And not to strangers with thee.
- Let thy fountain be blessed, And rejoice because of the wife of thy youth,
- A hind of loves, and a roe of grace! Let her loves satisfy thee at all times, In her love magnify thyself continually.
- And why dost thou magnify thyself, My son, with a stranger? And embrace the bosom of a strange woman?
- For over-against the eyes of Jehovah are the ways of each, And all his paths He is pondering.
- His own iniquities do capture the wicked, And with the ropes of his sin he is holden.
- He dieth without instruction, And in the abundance of his folly magnifieth himself!
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- My son! if thou hast been surety for thy friend, Hast stricken for a stranger thy hand,
- Hast been snared with sayings of thy mouth, Hast been captured with sayings of thy mouth,
- Do this now, my son, and be delivered, For thou hast come into the hand of thy friend. Go, trample on thyself, and strengthen thy friend,
- Give not sleep to thine eyes, And slumber to thine eyelids,
- Be delivered as a roe from the hand, And as a bird from the hand of a fowler.
- Go unto the ant, O slothful one, See her ways and be wise;
- Which hath not captain, overseer, and ruler,
- She doth prepare in summer her bread, She hath gathered in harvest her food.
- Till when, O slothful one, dost thou lie? When dost thou arise from thy sleep?
- A little sleep, a little slumber, A little clasping of the hands to rest,
- And thy poverty hath come as a traveller, And thy want as an armed man.
- A man of worthlessness, a man of iniquity, Walking [with] perverseness of mouth,
- Winking with his eyes, speaking with his feet, Directing with his fingers,
- Frowardness [is] in his heart, devising evil at all times, Contentions he sendeth forth.
- Therefore suddenly cometh his calamity, Instantly he is broken -- and no healing.
- These six hath Jehovah hated, Yea, seven [are] abominations to His soul.
- Eyes high -- tongues false -- And hands shedding innocent blood --
- A heart devising thoughts of vanity -- Feet hasting to run to evil --
- A false witness [who] doth breathe out lies -- And one sending forth contentions between brethren.
- Keep, my son, the command of thy father, And leave not the law of thy mother.
- Bind them on thy heart continually, Tie them on thy neck.
- In thy going up and down, it leadeth thee, In thy lying down, it watcheth over thee, And thou hast awaked -- it talketh [with] thee.
- For a lamp [is] the command, And the law a light, And a way of life [are] reproofs of instruction,
- To preserve thee from an evil woman, From the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
- Desire not her beauty in thy heart, And let her not take thee with her eyelids.
- For a harlot consumeth unto a cake of bread, And an adulteress the precious soul hunteth.
- Doth a man take fire into his bosom, And are his garments not burnt?
- Doth a man walk on the hot coals, And are his feet not scorched?
- So [is] he who hath gone in unto the wife of his neighbour, None who doth touch her is innocent.
- They do not despise the thief, When he stealeth to fill his soul when he is hungry,
- And being found he repayeth sevenfold, All the substance of his house he giveth.
- He who committeth adultery [with] a woman lacketh heart, He is destroying his soul who doth it.
- A stroke and shame he doth find, And his reproach is not wiped away,
- For jealousy [is] the fury of a man, And he doth not spare in a day of vengeance.
- He accepteth not the appearance of any atonement, Yea, he doth not consent, Though thou dost multiply bribes!
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