In yesterday’s reading, Hosea bought back his wife from prostitution. And the Lord drew analogies in his speech to Israel.
Pro. 24:5 GNT Being wise is better than being strong; yes, knowledge is more important than strength.
6 After all, you must make careful plans before you fight a battle, and the more good advice you get, the more likely you are to win.
Yesterday we read the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, including the famous and memorizable Beatitudes. We also heard the first instance of “You have heard it said… but I say …”
NLT Translation note
Pro. 24:30 I walked by the field of a lazy [man/person],
the vineyard of one with no common sense.
Mat. 5:15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed [up] on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not [swear/say], ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne.
35 And do not [swear/say], ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not [swear/say], ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King.
36 Do not even [swear/say], ‘By my [own] head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black.
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and [people have added, “]hate your enemy.[”] 44 But I say, love your enemies!
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