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II Kings 11-15
Thursday, June 18, 2020
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The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
The righteous man is rescued from trouble, and it comes on the wicked instead.
With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.
He who puts up security for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.
A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.
The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death.
The LORD detests men of perverse heart but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.
He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man.
A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised.
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.
The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.
From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
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