Psalm 142-150New King James Version (NKJV)
A Plea for Relief from Persecutors
A Contemplation[a] of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave.
142 I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
5 I cried out to You, O Lord:
An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance
A Psalm of David.
143 Hear my prayer, O Lord,
3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
5 I remember the days of old;
7 Answer me speedily, O Lord;
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
11 Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!
A Song to the Lord Who Preserves and Prospers His People
A Psalm of David.
144 Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
3 Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
5 Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
9 I will sing a new song to You, O God;
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
A Song of God’s Majesty and Love
A Praise of David.
145 I will extol You, my God, O King;
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
14 The Lord upholds all who fall,
17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
The Happiness of Those Whose Help Is the Lord
146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
10 The Lord shall reign forever—
Praise the Lord!
Praise to God for His Word and Providence
147 Praise the Lord!
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
15 He sends out His command to the earth;
19 He declares His word to Jacob,
Praise the Lord!
Praise to the Lord from Creation
148 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
Praise the Lord!
Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment
149 Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Praise the Lord!
Let All Things Praise the Lord
150 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Proverbs 1-13New King James Version (NKJV)
The Beginning of Knowledge
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
Shun Evil Counsel
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
The Call of Wisdom
20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
The Value of Wisdom
2 My son, if you receive my words,
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
Guidance for the Young
3 My son, do not forget my law,
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
31 Do not envy the oppressor,
Security in Wisdom
4 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[f]
20 My son, give attention to my words;
The Peril of Adultery
5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
7 Therefore hear me now, my children,
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
6 My son, if you become surety for your friend,
The Folly of Indolence
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
The Wicked Man
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Beware of Adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command,
30 People do not despise a thief
7 My son, keep my words,
The Crafty Harlot
6 For at the window of my house
10 And there a woman met him,
21 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
The Excellence of Wisdom
8 Does not wisdom cry out,
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
The Way of Wisdom
9 Wisdom has built her house,
7 “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
The Way of Folly
13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
Wise Sayings of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son makes a glad father,
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
8 The wise in heart will receive commands,
10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble,
11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
14 Wise people store up knowledge,
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
16 The labor of the righteous leads to life,
17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
23 To do evil is like sport to a fool,
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days,
30 The righteous will never be removed,
11 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer,
16 A gracious woman retains honor,
22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
27 He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
12 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
3 A man is not established by wickedness,
4 An excellent[s] wife is the crown of her husband,
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,
9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant,
10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
28 In the way of righteousness is life,
13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
2 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
5 A righteous man hates lying,
7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches,
9 The light of the righteous rejoices,
10 By pride comes nothing but strife,
11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
13 He who despises the word will be destroyed,
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life,
15 Good understanding gains favor,
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction,
19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
20 He who walks with wise men will be wise,
21 Evil pursues sinners,
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
24 He who spares his rod hates his son,
25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul,
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