A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
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not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring
from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
2The floor and the
winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
3They shall not dwell
in the LORD’s land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall
eat unclean things in Assyria.
shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be
pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of
mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for
their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
5What will ye do in
the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up,
Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles
shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel
shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the
multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a
fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore
he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the
firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor,
and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were
according as they loved.
11As for Ephraim,
their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the
womb, and from the conception.
they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall
not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
13Ephraim, as I saw
Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth
his children to the murderer.
14Give them, O LORD:
what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the
wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will
love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea,
though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of
17My God will cast
them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be
wanderers among the nations.
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the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house
of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed
against my law.
2Israel shall cry
unto me, My God, we know thee.
3Israel hath cast off
the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.
have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it
not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that
they may be cut off.
5Thy calf, O Samaria,
hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will
it be ere they attain to innocency?
6For from Israel was
it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of
Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no
stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers
shall swallow it up.
8Israel is swallowed
up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no
9For they are gone up
to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.
though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and
they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.
hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
12I have written to
him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange
sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but
the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and
visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.
Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath
multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and
it shall devour the palaces thereof.
^1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was
discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood;
and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
^2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their
wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before
^3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with
^4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth
from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
^5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles
of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
^6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie
in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth
as a flaming fire.
^7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all
their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.
^8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake
^9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea,
gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
^10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not
return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
^11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to
Egypt, they go to Assyria.
^12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring
them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their
congregation hath heard.
^13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them!
because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them,
yet they have spoken lies against me.
^14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled
upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they
rebel against me.
^15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they
imagine mischief against me.
^16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful
bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue:
this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
Was there anything that stood out as a caution or warning to you in
todays reading? What are some things we should strive to avoid based on
this chapter? And the flip side to that, how about some things we ought
to be doing?
1Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
4O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
5Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
6For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
8Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
9And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
10I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
11Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.
^1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give
ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have
been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
^2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been
a rebuker of them all.
^3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim,
thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
^4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the
spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the
^5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall
Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also shall fall with them.
^6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the
LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
^7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have
begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their
^8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at
Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.
^9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of
Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
^10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound:
therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
^11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly
walked after the commandment.
^12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of
Judah as rottenness.
^13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went
Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal
you, nor cure you of your wound.
^14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the
house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and
none shall rescue him.
^15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their
offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
^1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her
friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the
children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
^2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer
of barley, and an half homer of barley:
^3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt
not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I
also be for thee.
^4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and
without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and
without an ephod, and without teraphim:
^5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD
their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his
goodness in the latter days.
Long before December 25th was associated with the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord, winter celebrations have been observed in various ways around the world. From the Norse celebrating Yule to the ancient romans celebrating saturnalia in honor of their pagan god Saturn. The question that I am going to propose is this: Should Bible believing christians celebrate christmas? Before you answer, lets begin by looking at the history of this day and also how ancient pagan practices have been left behind for centuries. Continue reading Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
^1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and
every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of
^2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God,
and keep his commandments.
^3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous.
^4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
^5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that
Jesus is the Son of God?
^6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by
water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth
witness, because the Spirit is truth.
^7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
^8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the
water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
^9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for
this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
^10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he
that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not
the record that God gave of his Son.
^11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son.
^12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.
^13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of
the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye
may believe on the name of the Son of God.
^14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any
thing according to his will, he heareth us:
^15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we
have the petitions that we desired of him.
^16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he
shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death.
There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
^17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
^18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is
begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
^19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in
^20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that
is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal