Wisdom of Sirach 48
1Then Elijah the prophet rose up like fire, And his word burned like a lamp. 2He brought a famine upon them, And in his zeal he reduced them in number. 3By the word of the Lord he shut up heaven, And also three times he brought down fire. 4So by your wonders you were honored, O Elijah, And who can boast like you? 5You raised the dead from death And from Hades by the word of the Most High. 6You brought down kings to destruction, And from their bed, those who had been honored. 7You heard rebuke at Sinai, And at Horeb the judgments of punishment. 8You anointed kings for retribution And prophets to serve after you. 9You were taken up in a fiery whirlwind, In a chariot of flaming horses. 10It is written that you will come at the proper time with rebukes To calm the wrath of God before it breaks forth in fury, To turn the heart of the father to the son, And to restore the tribes of Jacob. 11Blessed are those who saw you And who fell asleep with love, For indeed we will surely live.
12Elijah was covered by the whirlwind, And Elisha was filled with his spirit. And in his days he trembled before no ruler, And no one oppressed him. 13No word could overcome him, And after death his body prophesied. 14As in his life he did wonders, So even in death his works were amazing. 15For all these things the people did not repent, Nor did they turn away from their sins Until their land was plundered; Then they were scattered over all the earth. 16But a people few in number were left And a ruler in the house of David. Some of them did what was virtuous, But some multiplied sins.
Hezekiah and Isaiah
17Hezekiah fortified his city And brought water into its midst. He dug through the hard rock with iron And constructed cisterns for the water. 18In his days, Sennacherib came up And sent out the Rabshakeh, and he retreated. Then he lifted up his hand against Zion And boasted in his arrogance. 19So their hearts and hands were shaken, And they suffered pain like women giving birth. 20Then they called upon the merciful Lord, Stretching out their hands toward Him. Thus the Holy One quickly heard them from heaven And rescued them by the hand of Isaiah. 21He struck the camp of the Assyrians, And his angel destroyed them. 22For Hezekiah did what was pleasing to the Lord And grew strong in the ways of David his father, Which Isaiah the prophet commanded, The one great and faithful in his vision. 23In his days the sun moved backward And lengthened the life of the king. 24With a great spirit he saw the last things And encouraged those who mourned in Zion. 25He showed what was to come to the end of time, And the hidden things before they came to pass.
1 For the End; a psalm for the sons of Korah. †
2 Hear this, all you nations; Give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,
3 Both earthborn and the sons of men, Rich and poor together.
4 My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart, understanding;
5 I will incline my ear to a parable; I will open my riddle on the harp.
6 What should I fear in an evil day? The lawlessness at my heel surrounds me.
7 Those who trusted in their power And those who boast in the abundance of their wealth,
8 A brother does not redeem; shall a man redeem? He will not give his ransom to God
9 And the price of his soul’s redemption.
10 And he rested forever, and shall live to the end, Because he will not see decay when he sees wise men die.
Proverbs of Solomon 10
The Wisdom of Solomon
1 A wise son makes his father glad, But a son without discernment is a grief to his mother.†
2 Treasures do not benefit lawless men, But righteousness delivers from death.†
3 The Lord will not let the soul of the righteous man starve, But He overthrows the life of the ungodly.†
4 Poverty humbles a man, But the hands of courageous men enrich others.†
5 A son who is instructed will be wise, And he will use a man without discernment as a servant.
6 A son with understanding is kept safe from the heat, But a lawless son is blasted by the wind at harvest time.†
1 Corinthians 5
Incest: The Church Must Be Pure
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!†
2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.†
3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,†
5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.†
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?†
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.†
10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?†
13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”