Blessed Is He Whom God Has Reproved
1 “But call out, if there is anyone who will obey you, Or if you shall see any of the holy angels.†
2 For wrath destroys a foolish man, And envy slays one who is deceived.
3 I have seen foolish people taking root, But suddenly their mode of life consumed them.
4 May their children be far from salvation, May they be derided at the gates of worse people, And may there be no one to deliver them.
5 For the righteous will eat what they have gathered, But they themselves will not be delivered from calamities. Their strength will be exhausted.
6 For trouble does not come from the earth, Nor does suffering spring from the mountains;
7 Yet man is born for trouble As the young bird is born to fly to high places.
8 But surely as for me, I will beseech the Lord, And call upon the Lord and Master of all,
9 Who does great, incomprehensible, And marvelous things without number.
10 He causes rain on the earth And sends water on all the places under the heaven.
11 He sets the lowly on high And raises up the lost.
12 He frustrates the counsels of the crafty So their hands cannot carry out their plans.
13 He catches the wise in their craftiness And subverts the counsel of the cunning.
14 Let them encounter darkness in the daytime, And may they grope at noontime as though it were night.
15 May they perish in war, But may the weak escape from the hand of the mighty.
16 May the weak have hope, And may the mouth of the unrighteous be stopped.
17 “But blessed is the man whom God corrects; Therefore, do not reject the chastening of the Almighty.
18 For He causes a man to be in pain, But He restores him again. He smites, but His hands heal.
19 Six times He shall deliver you out of troubles, And in seven no harm shall touch you.
20 In famine He shall deliver you from death, And in war He shall free you from the power of the sword.
21 He shall hide you from the scourge of the tongue, And you shall not be afraid of evils when they come.
22 You shall laugh at the unrighteous and the lawless, And you shall not be afraid of the wild animals of the earth.
23 For the wild animals of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 Then you shall know your house will be at peace with you; And in your dwelling place there shall be nothing amiss.
25 You shall also know your seed shall be many, And your children shall be like the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to the grave as grain reaped in its season, Or as a heap of threshed wheat harvested at the proper time.
27 Behold, we have searched this out; This is what we have heard. Know for yourself if you have done anything wrong.”
1 By David; when His earth is restored. †The Lord reigns; let the earth greatly rejoice; Let the many islands be glad.
2 Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and judgment are the right ordering of His throne.
3 Fire shall go out before Him And burn up His enemies on every side.
4 His lightning gave light to the world; The earth saw and was shaken.
5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaimed His righteousness; All the peoples saw His glory.
7 Let all who worship the carved images be shamed, All who boast in their idols; Worship Him, all you His angels.
8 Zion heard and was glad, And the daughters of Judah greatly rejoiced Because of Your judgments, O Lord;
9 For You are the Lord Most High over all the earth, Exalted exceedingly over all the gods.
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil; The Lord keeps the souls of His saints; He shall deliver them from the hand of sinners.
11 Light dawned for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the Lord, O righteous ones, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
Proverbs of Solomon 21
Godliness: Willing to Do God’s Will
1 As a flow of water, so is the heart of the king in the hand of God; Wherever He wills to incline it, there he turns it.†
2 Every man appears righteous to himself, But the Lord makes hearts right.
3 To do righteous things and to speak the truth Are more pleasing before God than the blood of sacrifices.†
4 A high-minded man is bold-hearted in his arrogance, And the lamp of the ungodly is sin.
5 He who produces treasures with a lying tongue Pursues worthless things upon the snares of death.
The Rich Young Man
18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”†
19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”†
23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”†
26 And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”
27 But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
The Reward of Renunciation
28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
The Third Prophecy of the Passion
31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.
32 For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.
33 They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.†
The Blind Man of Jericho Healed
35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.†
36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.
37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,
41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.