17 (A)Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

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Seek God in Early Life

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
(A)Walk in the [a]ways of your heart,
And [b]in the sight of your eyes;
But know that for all these
(B)God will bring you into judgment.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 11:9 Impulses
  2. Ecclesiastes 11:9 As you see to be best

17 “Stolen(A) water is sweet,
And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that (B)the dead are there,
That her guests are in the depths of [a]hell.

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  1. Proverbs 9:18 Or Sheol

25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the [a]passing pleasures of sin,

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  1. Hebrews 11:25 temporary

15 (A)He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drink wormwood.

16 He has also broken my teeth (B)with gravel,
And [a]covered me with ashes.

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  1. Lamentations 3:16 Lit. bent me down in

12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it,
But still keeps it in his [a]mouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour;
It becomes cobra venom within him.
15 He swallows down riches
And vomits them up again;
God casts them out of his belly.
16 He will suck the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue will slay him.
17 He will not see (A)the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 He will restore that for which he labored,
And will not swallow it down;
From the proceeds of business
He will get no enjoyment.
19 For he has [b]oppressed and forsaken the poor,
He has violently seized a house which he did not build.

20 “Because(B) he knows no quietness in his [c]heart,
He will not save anything he desires.

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  1. Job 20:13 Lit. palate
  2. Job 20:19 crushed
  3. Job 20:20 Lit. belly

So when the woman (A)saw that the tree was good for food, that it was [a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit (B)and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, (C)and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [b]coverings.

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  1. Genesis 3:6 Lit. a desirable thing
  2. Genesis 3:7 girding coverings

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.

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