(A)The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
    but the simple go on and suffer for it.

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(A)A scoffer seeks wisdom (B)in vain,
    but (C)knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

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12 (A)The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
    but (B)the simple go on and suffer for it.

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Surely I am too (A)stupid to be a man.
    I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom,
    nor have I knowledge of (B)the Holy One.
Who has (C)ascended to heaven and come down?
    Who has (D)gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has (E)wrapped up the waters in a garment?
    Who has established all (F)the ends of the earth?
(G)What is his name, and what is his son's name?
    Surely you know!

(H)Every word of God proves true;
    he is (I)a shield to those who take refuge in him.
(J)Do not add to his words,
    lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

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The words of the wicked (A)lie in wait for blood,
    but (B)the mouth of the upright delivers them.

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(A)Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.
Faithful are (B)the wounds of a friend;
    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

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17 (A)Sanctify them[a] in the truth; (B)your word is truth.

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  1. John 17:17 Greek Set them apart (for holy service to God)

(A)The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.

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(A)The wicked are (B)overthrown and are no more,
    (C)but the house of the righteous will stand.

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21 (A)Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
    but (B)it is the purpose of the Lord (C)that will stand.

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When the wicked dies, his (A)hope will perish,
    and (B)the expectation of wealth[a] perishes too.

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  1. Proverbs 11:7 Or of his strength, or of iniquity

26 In the fear of the Lord one has (A)strong confidence,
    and (B)his children will have (C)a refuge.

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10 (A)The name of the Lord is (B)a strong tower;
    the righteous man runs into it and (C)is safe.

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29 A wicked man puts on a bold face,
    but the upright (A)gives thought to[a] his ways.

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  1. Proverbs 21:29 Or establishes

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

For behold, the (A)Lord God of hosts
    is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and supply,[a]
    all (B)support of bread,
    and all support of water;
(C)the mighty man and the soldier,
    the judge and the prophet,
    the diviner and the elder,
the captain of fifty
    and the man of rank,
the counselor and the skillful magician
    and the expert in charms.
(D)And I will make boys their princes,
    and infants[b] shall rule over them.
(E)And the people will oppress one another,
    every one his fellow
    and every one his neighbor;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
    and the despised to the honorable.

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  1. Isaiah 3:1 Hebrew staff
  2. Isaiah 3:4 Or caprice

The Ministry of Apostles

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and (A)stewards of the mysteries of God.

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17 But you, (A)dress yourself for work;[a] arise, and (B)say to them everything that I command you. (C)Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. 18 And I, behold, I make you this day (D)a fortified city, (E)an iron pillar, and (F)bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 (G)They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for (H)I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”

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  1. Jeremiah 1:17 Hebrew gird up your loins

12 When (A)the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
    but when (B)the wicked rise, people hide themselves.

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When (A)the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
    but when (B)the wicked rule, the people groan.

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29 A wicked man puts on a bold face,
    but the upright (A)gives thought to[a] his ways.

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  1. Proverbs 21:29 Or establishes

28 (A)The wicked flee when no one pursues,
    but (B)the righteous are bold as a lion.

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