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II Kings 16-20
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Books of Poetry
I Thessalonians 1-3
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.
A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.
A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.
He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more the hearts of men!
A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
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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