Sleepy Scriptures Episode Five

Against soothing background music we continue our relaxing and meditative journey through the Bible with more readings from the book of Genesis, the Gospel of Matthew, the Psalms and the book of Proverbs.

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Matthew Chapter Six

1: Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
 
2: Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 
3: But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
 
4: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
 
5: And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 
6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
 
7: :But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
 
8: Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
 
9: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
 
10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
 
11: Give us this day our daily bread.
 
12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
 
13: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
 
14: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
 
15: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
 
16: Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 
17: But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
 
18: That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
 
19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
 
20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
 
21: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
22: The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
 
23: But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
 
24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
 
25: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
 
26: Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
 
27: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
 
28: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
 
29: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 
30: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 
31: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 
32: (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 
33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 
34: Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew Chapter Seven

1: Judge not, that ye be not judged.
 
2: For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
 
3: And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
 
4: Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
 
5: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
 
6: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
 
7: :Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
 
8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
 
9: Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
 
10: Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
 
11: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
 
12: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
 
13: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
 
14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
 
15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
 
17: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 
18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 
19: Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 
20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
 
21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
 
22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 
23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
 
24: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 
25: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 
26: And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 
27: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
 
28: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
 
29: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Genesis Chapter Sixteen

1: Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
 
2: And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
 
3: And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
 
4: And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
 
5: And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
 
6: But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
 
7: :And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
 
8: And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
 
9: And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
 
10: And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
 
11: And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
 
12: And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
 
13: And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
 
14: Wherefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
 
15: And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
 
16: And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

Genesis Chapter Seventeen

1: And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
 
2: And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
 
3: And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
 
4: As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
 
5: Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
 
6: And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
 
7: :And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
 
8: And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
 
9: And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
 
10: This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
 
11: And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
 
12: And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
 
13: He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
 
14: And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
 
15: And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
 
16: And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
 
17: Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
 
18: And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
 
19: And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
 
20: And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
 
21: But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
 
22: And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
 
23: And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.
 
24: And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
 
25: And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
 
26: In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.
 
27: And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

Genesis Chapter Eighteen

1: And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
 
2: And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
 
3: And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
 
4: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
 
5: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
 
6: And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
 
7: :And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
 
8: And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
 
9: And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
 
10: And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
 
11: Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
 
12: Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
 
13: And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
 
14: Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
 
15: Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
 
16: And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
 
17: And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
 
18: Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
 
19: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
 
20: And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
 
21: I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
 
22: And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
 
23: And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
 
24: Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
 
25: That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
 
26: And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
 
27: And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
 
28: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
 
29: And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
 
30: And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
 
31: And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
 
32: And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
 
33: And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

Genesis Chapter Nineteen

1: And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
 
2: And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
 
3: And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
 
4: But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
 
5: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
 
6: And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
 
7: :And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
 
8: Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
 
9: And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
 
10: But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
 
11: And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
 
12: And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
 
13: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
 
14: And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
 
15: And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
 
16: And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
 
17: And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
 
18: And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
 
19: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
 
20: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
 
21: And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
 
22: Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
 
23: The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
 
24: Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
 
25: And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
 
26: But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
 
27: And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
 
28: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
 
29: And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
 
30: And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
 
31: And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
 
32: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
 
33: And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
 
34: And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our Father.
 
35: And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
 
36: Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
 
37: And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
 
38: And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Psalm Seven

1: O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
 
2: Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
 
3: O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
 
4: If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
 
5: Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
 
6: Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
 
7: :So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
 
8: The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
 
9: Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
 
10: My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
 
11: God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
 
12: If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
 
13: He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
 
14: Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
 
15: He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
 
16: His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
 
17: I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

Psalm Eight

1: O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
 
2: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
 
3: When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
 
4: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
 
5: For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
 
6: Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
 
7: :All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
 
8: The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
 
9: O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Proverbs Chapter Two

1: My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
 
2: So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
 
3: Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
 
4: If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
 
5: Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
 
6: For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
 
7: :He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
 
8: He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
 
9: Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
 
10: When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
 
11: Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
 
12: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
 
13: Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
 
14: Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
 
15: Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
 
16: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
 
17: Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
 
18: For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
 
19: None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
 
20: That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
 
21: For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
 
22: But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

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