Proverbs 13-15 New International Version (NIV)
13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
5 The righteous hate what is false,
6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
8 A person’s riches may ransom their life,
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
15 Good judgment wins favor,
16 All who are prudent act with[b] knowledge,
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
18 Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,
19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
21 Trouble pursues the sinner,
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,
23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor,
24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
14 The wise woman builds her house,
2 Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
5 An honest witness does not deceive,
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
7 Stay away from a fool,
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
12 There is a way that appears to be right,
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,
15 The simple believe anything,
16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,
17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
18 The simple inherit folly,
19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?
23 All hard work brings a profit,
24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
28 A large population is a king’s glory,
29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,
33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
35 A king delights in a wise servant,
15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
11 Death and Destruction[e] lie open before the Lord—
12 Mockers resent correction,
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
Romans 11 New International Version (NIV)
The Remnant of Israel
11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8 as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
9 And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
All Israel Will Be Saved
25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God!
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