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For on the first day of the first month was the commencement of the expedition from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.
For Ezra had directed his heart to inquire in the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and thou shalt speak of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thy eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the doorposts of thy house, and upon thy gates.
NUN. A lamp unto my feet is thy word, and a light unto my path.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, in order that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then shalt thou make thy way prosperous, and then shalt thou have good success.
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, the king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to comprehend the sayings of understanding;
3 To accept the instruction of intelligence, righteousness, and justice, and equity;
4 To give to the simple prudence, to the youth knowledge and discretion.
5 The wise will hear, and will increase his information; and the man of understanding will obtain wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and a sage sentence; the words of the wise, and their riddles.
I will thank thee with uprightness of heart, when I learn thy righteous ordinances.
My son, forget not my teaching, and let thy heart keep my commandments;
For length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they increase unto thee.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, so will I also reject thee, that thou shalt not be a priest to me; and as thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, so will I myself also forget thy children.
97 MEM. Oh how do I love thy law! all the day is it my meditation.
98 Wiser than my enemy doth thy commandment make me; for it is perpetually with me.
99 Above all my teachers have I obtained intelligence; for thy testimonies are my meditation.
9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a youth keep his way pure? by guarding it according to thy word.
10 With all my heart have I sought thee: oh let me not wander astray from thy commandments.
11 In my heart have I treasured up thy saying, in order that I may not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I related all the ordinances of thy mouth.
14 On the way of thy testimonies have I been glad, as over all wealth.
15 On thy precepts will I meditate, and direct my look unto thy paths.
16 In thy statutes will I seek my delight: I will not forget thy word.
Hold to the law and to the testimony: if they are not to speak according to this word, in which there is no light.
18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests, the Levites;
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: in order that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them.
20 So that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and so that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right, or to the left: in order that he may live many days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; and the way of life are the admonitions of correction:
Lay fast hold of correction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.