23By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.28By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.31By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.36Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.37They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,40since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.2“The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.3The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.4Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.5The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.6Your right hand, LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, LORD, shattered the enemy.7“In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.8By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.9The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’10But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters.11Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?12“You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies.13In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.14The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia.15The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away;16terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, LORD, until the people you bought pass by.17You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.18“The LORD reigns for ever and ever.”19When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.20Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.21Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.”
22Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.23When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah. )24So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”25Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.26He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”27Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,2you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.3So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion—and give your neighbor no rest!4Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.5Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.6Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!7It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,8yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.9How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—11and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.12A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,13who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,14who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict.15Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.16There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,18a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,19a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
20My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.21Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.22When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.23For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,24keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.25Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.26For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man’s wife preys on your very life.27Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?28Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?29So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.30People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.31Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.32But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.33Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.34For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.35He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.
1My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.2Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.3Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”5They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.