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Happy are those who find wisdom,

and thos who get understanding,

for her income is better than silvere,

and her revenue better than gold.

Proverbs (3:13-14)

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Today’s passage for the bibliomancers out there comes from Job 7:1-2:

Human life is like forced army service,

like a life of hard manual labor,

like a slave longing for cool shade;

like a worker waiting for his pay.

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Someone calls to me from Edom, “Sentry, how soon will the night be over? Tell me how soon it will end.”

I answer, “Morning is coming, but night will come again. If you want to as again, come back and ask.”

Isaiah 22:11-12

Case closed. If God says morning comes after night, what’s the point of teaching anything else in public school astronomy class?

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Today’s Bible passage is not random. It is one of my favorite passages:

Where you go, I will go; where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die — there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you. Ruth 1:16-17

That is one woman speaking to another (Ruth to Naomi to be exact). The religious right tries as hard as it can to demonize the love between two individuals of the same sex, but this passage shows that it was alive and celebrated in the Bible, as I wish it only could be today.

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But my people stubbornly refused to listen. They closed their minds and made their hearts as hard as rock. Because they would not listen to the teachings which I sent though the prophets who lived long ago, I became very angry. Because they did not listen when I spoke, I did not answer when they prayed. Like a storm I swept them away to live in foreign countries. This good land was left a desolate place, with no one living in it.

Zechariah 8:11-14

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Today’s installation for those who practice bibliomancy, comes from Corinthians 1:21:

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

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Since it is the Lord’s Day, another random sample from the Bible:

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs 26:5

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