In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God. He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us—
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
That when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. ...
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
“It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. ...
When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
If you are snared in the words of you mouth, caught in the words of your mouth,
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
And wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man's heart.