Proverbs 12New International Version (NIV)
12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord,
3 No one can be established through wickedness,
4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
5 The plans of the righteous are just,
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
8 A person is praised according to their prudence,
9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,
13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
15 The way of fools seems right to them,
16 Fools show their annoyance at once,
17 An honest witness tells the truth,
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
21 No harm overtakes the righteous,
22 The Lord detests lying lips,
23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,
24 Diligent hands will rule,
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,
27 The lazy do not roast[a] any game,
28 In the way of righteousness there is life;
Isaiah 28-29New International Version (NIV)
Woe to the Leaders of Ephraim and Judah
28 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,
5 In that day the Lord Almighty
7 And these also stagger from wine
9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?
11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
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23 Listen and hear my voice;
27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
Woe to David’s City
29 Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel,
5 But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
9 Be stunned and amazed,
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
22 Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
Hebrews 8New International Version (NIV)
The High Priest of a New Covenant
8 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a] 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said[b]:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
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