Monday, January 5, 2009

Lectio

"A good name is to be chosen
rather than great riches,,
and favor is better than silver
or gold.
The rich and poor have this in
common:
the LORD is the maker of
them all.
The clever see danger and hide;
but the simple go on, and suffer
for it.
The reward for humility and fear of
the LORD
is riches and honor and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way
of the perverse;
the cautious will keep far from
them.
Train children in the right way,
and when old, they will not
stray.
The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of
the lender.
Whoever sows injustice will reap
calamity,
and the rod of anger will fail.
Those who are generous are
blessed,
for they share their bread with
the poor.
Drive out a scoffer, and strife
goes out;
quarreling and abuse will cease.
Those who love a pure heart and
are gracious in speech
will have the king as a friend.
The eyes of the LORD keep watch
over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of
the faithless.
The lazy person says, "There is a
lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!"
The mouth of a loose woman is a
deep pit;

he with whom the LORD is angry
falls into it.
Folly is bound up in the heart of
a boy,
but the rod of discipline drives it
faraway.
Oppressing the poor in order to
enrich oneself,
and giving to the rich, will lead
only to loss.

Do not be one of those who give
pledges.

Apply your mind to instruction
and your ear to words of
knowledge.
Do no withhold discipline from
your children;
if you beat them with a rod, they
will not die.
If you beat them with the rod,
you will save their lives from
Sheol.

--Prov (22:1-16, 26; 23:12-14)

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