Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wisdom Principles—God Loves and Calls Us to Him, In Spite of our Sin

Genesis 3:8-9
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
Genesis 17:1 (New Jerusalem Bible)
'I am El Shaddai. Live in my presence, be perfect
Proverbs 1:20-25 (New Jerusalem Bible)
Wisdom calls aloud in the streets, she raises her voice in the public squares;21 she calls out at the street corners, she delivers her message at the city gates. 22 'You simple people, how much longer will you cling to your simple ways? How much longer will mockers revel in their mocking and fools go on hating knowledge?23 Pay attention to my warning. To you I will pour out my heart and tell you what I have to say.24 …I have called and … I have beckoned …
Proverbs 8:1-8 (New Jerusalem Bible)
Is not Wisdom calling? Is not Understanding raising her voice?2 On the heights overlooking the road, at the crossways, she takes her stand;3 by the gates, at the entrance to the city, on the access-roads, she cries out,4 'I am calling to you, all people, my words are addressed to all humanity.5 Simpletons, learn how to behave, fools, come to your senses.
6 Listen, I have something important to tell you, when I speak, my words are right.7 My mouth proclaims the truth, for evil is abhorrent to my lips.
8 All the words from my mouth are upright, nothing false there, nothing crooked,
Proverbs 9:1-5
Wisdom has built herself a house, she has hewn her seven pillars, 2 she has slaughtered her beasts, drawn her wine, she has laid her table. 3 She has dispatched her maidservants and proclaimed from the heights above the city, 4 'Who is simple? Let him come this way.' To the fool she says,
5 'Come and eat my bread, drink the wine which I have drawn!
Sirach 14:20-15:6 (New Jerusalem Bible)
Blessed is anyone who meditates on wisdom, and reasons with intelligence, 21 who studies her ways in his heart, and ponders her secrets.
22 He pursues her like a hunter, and lies in wait by her path; 23 he peeps in at her windows, and listens at her doors; 24 he lodges close to her house, and fixes his peg in her walls; 25 he pitches his tent at her side, and lodges in an excellent lodging; 26 he sets his children in her shade, and camps beneath her branches; 27 he is sheltered by her from the heat, and in her glory he makes his home.15 1 Whoever fears the Lord will act like this, and whoever grasps the Law will obtain wisdom. 2 She Will come to meet him like a mother, and receive him like a virgin bride. 3 She will give him the bread of understanding to eat, and the water of wisdom  to drink. 4 He will lean on her and will not fall, he will rely on her and not be put to shame.
5 She will raise him high above his neighbors, and in full assembly she will will open his mouth. 6 He will find happiness and a crown of joy, he will inherit an everlasting name.
Sirach 24:19
Come to me, you who desire me, and eat your fill of my produce
Sirach 51:23-26
Draw near to me, you who are untaught, and lodge in my school.24 
Why do you say you are lacking in these things, and why are your souls very thirsty? 25 I opened my mouth and said, Get these things for yourselves without money. 26 Put your neck under the yoke, and let your souls receive instruction; it is to be found close by.
Isaiah 55:1-3
The Lord says, “Come, everyone who is thirsty—here is water! Come, you that have no money— buy grain and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk—it will cost you nothing! Why spend money on what does not satisfy? Why spend your wages and still be hungry? Listen to me and do what I say,
and you will enjoy the best food of all. “Listen now, my people, and come to me; come to me, and you will have life! I will make a lasting covenant with you
Isaiah 56:3-8
Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name
which shall not be cut off. “And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”
Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Luke 11:9-13
And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for[a] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 15:1-10
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:11-24
And he said, “There was a man who had two sons; 12 and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. 15 So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have fed on[a] the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[b] 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; 23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.
John 4:10
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
John 7:37-38
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. 38 He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.”
Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
1 John 4:10 (New Jerusalem Bible)
Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins.
Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.



Monday, August 29, 2016

Wisdom Principles—There Are Those Who Love Evil

Proverbs 1:16
For their feet run to evil, they hasten to shed blood.
Proverbs 2:12-15
men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, 14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil; 15 men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.
Proverbs 4:16-17
They cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made some one stumble. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
Proverbs 7:10-21
And lo, a woman meets him, dressed as a harlot, wily of heart. 11 She is loud and wayward, her feet do not stay at home; 12  now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. 13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with impudent face she says to him: 14 “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; 15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.16 I have decked my couch with coverings, colored spreads of Egyptian linen;17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. 19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey;20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.”21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.
Proverbs 9:16-17
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who is without sense she says, 17 “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
Proverbs 10:23
It is like sport to a fool to do wrong
Isaiah 59:6-8
Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands.Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, desolation and destruction are in their highways.The way of peace they know not, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked, no one who goes in them knows peace.
Romans 1:31-32
They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wisdom Principles—No Lying

Exodus 20:16
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 23:1-3
You shall not utter a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man, to be a malicious witness. You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; nor shall you bear witness in a suit, turning aside after a multitude, so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his suit.
Deuteronomy 5:20
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Deuteronomy  19:15-21
A single witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed; only on the evidence of two witnesses, or of three witnesses, shall a charge be sustained. 16 If a malicious witness rises against any man to accuse him of wrongdoing, 17 then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days; 18 the judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, 19 then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother; so you shall purge the evil from the midst of you. 20 And the rest shall hear, and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you. 21 Your eye shall not pity; it shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Proverbs 6:16 & 19
… things which the Lord hates … which are an abomination to him:
a false witness who breathes out lies
Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Proverbs 12:17
He who speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.
Proverbs 12:19
Sincere lips endure for ever, the lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are abhorrent to Yahweh; dear to him those who make truth their way of life.
Proverbs 13:5
The upright hates a lying word, but the wicked slanders and defames.
Proverbs 14:25
A truthful witness saves lives, but one who utters lies is a betrayer.
Proverbs 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will not escape.
Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will perish.
A perjured witness holds the law in scorn; the mouth of the wicked feasts on evil-doing.
Proverbs 21:28
The false witness will perish, but no one who knows how to listen will ever be silenced.
Proverbs 24:28
Don't give evidence against others without good reason, or say misleading things about them.
Proverbs 25:18
A false accusation is as deadly as a sword, a club, or a sharp arrow.
Proverbs 29:5
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
Colossians 3:9
Do not lie to one another, for you have put off the old self with its habits

Monday, August 22, 2016

Wisdom Principles: The Power of Speech

Proverbs 6:2
If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, have been caught with the words of your mouth…
Proverbs 10:1
Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. 
Proverbs 12:13
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will escape from trouble.
Proverbs 12:14
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.
Proverbs 13:2
From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good,
Proverbs 15:23
A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word!
Proverbs 16:23
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 18:20
With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; but the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
Proverbs 25:13
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Sirach 5:13
Honor and dishonor come from speaking, and the tongue of mortals may be their downfall.
Sirach 14:1
Happy are those who do not blunder with their lips, and need not suffer remorse for sin.
Sirach 20:18
A slip on the pavement is better than a slip of the tongue; the downfall of the wicked will occur just as speedily.
Sirach 20:27
The wise person advances himself by his words, and one who is sensible pleases the great.
Sirach 21:7
The mighty in speech are widely known; when they slip, the sensible person knows it.
Sirach 21:17
The utterance of a sensible person is sought in the assembly, and they ponder his words in their minds.
Sirach 24:4-7
When a sieve is shaken, the refuse appears; so do a person’s faults when he speaks. 5The kiln tests the potter’s vessels; so the test of a person is in his conversation. 6Its fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree; so a person’s speech discloses the cultivation of his mind.
Sirach 28:17-18
The blow of a whip raises a welt, but a blow of the tongue crushes the bones. 18Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not as many as have fallen because of the tongue.
Sirach 28:19
Happy is one who is protected from it, who has not been exposed to its anger,
who has not borne its yoke, and has not been bound with its fetters.
Sirach 28:26
Take care not to err with your tongue, and fall victim to one lying in wait.
Matthew 12:36
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
Matthew 12:37
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 15:11
…what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.
James 3:2-12
For we all stumble in many ways If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.  3Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.  4Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.   5So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!  6And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.  7For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.

 8But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.  9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.   11Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.