Morning Reading: Wed, 13 Jun – Proverbs 5-6 ~ Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.

Morning Reading

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Proverbs 5-6 (NLT)

Avoid Immoral Women

Proverbs 5 (NLT) – My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned.

For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.

  • Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
  • For she cares nothing about the path to life.
  • She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.

So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house!

  • If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
  • Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
  • In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body.
  • You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
  • Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
  • I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”

Drink water from your own well—share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.

Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.

  • Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
  • For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
  • An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.
  • He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.

Lessons for Daily Life

Proverbs 6 (NLT) – My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said—follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy.

  • Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased.
  • Don’t put it off; do it now!
  • Don’t rest until you do.
  • Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

  • Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work,
  • they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
  • But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?
  • A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
  • then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

What are worthless and wicked people like?

  • They are constant liars, signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
  • Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.
  • But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.

There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:

  1. haughty eyes,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that kill the innocent,
  4. a heart that plots evil,
  5. feet that race to do wrong,
  6. a false witness who pours out lies,
  7. a person who sows discord in a family.

My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

  • Keep their words always in your heart.
  • Tie them around your neck.
  • When you walk, their counsel will lead you.
  • When you sleep, they will protect you.
  • When you wake up, they will advise you.

For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life. It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.

  • Don’t lust for her beauty.
  • Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.

For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.

  • Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?
  • Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?
  • So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.
  • He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house. But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself.

  • He will be wounded and disgraced.
  • His shame will never be erased.
  • For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious,
  • and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
  • He will accept no compensation,
  • nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.

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“Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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