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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.11-16

Proverbs 18:11-16 A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination. 12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor. 13He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him. 14The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it? 15The mind of the prudent a...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.10

Proverbs 18.10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. A strong tower was considered, under the ancient system of warfare, to be a place of complete security from harm. This text is a figurative way of expressing the extreme importance of putting our whole trust in God. 'The name of the Lord' includes all the things that are true a...

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Bible Reading: Provebrs 18.6-9

Proverbs 18.6-9 A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. 7A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 9He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys. You can tell a lot today by one's words and work ethic. Our...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.1-5

Proverbs 18.1-5 He who separates himself seekshis owndesire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, and with dishonorcomesscorn. The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. To show partiality to the wicked is...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.25-28

Proverbs 17.25-28 A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him. 26It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is co...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.19-24

Proverbs 17.19-24 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who raises his door seeks destruction. He who has a crooked mind finds no good, and he who is perverted in his language falls into evil. He who sires a fooldoes soto his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. A wicked man receives a b...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.13-18

Proverbs 17.13-18He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. 16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no se...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.7-12

Proverbs 17.7-12 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.11 A reb...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.1-6

Proverbs 17.1-6 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. 3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts. 4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a des...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.26-33

Proverbs 16:26-33 A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on. 27A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire. 28A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends. 29A man of violence entices his neighbor And leads him in a way that is not good. 30He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.18-25

Proverbs 16:18-25Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19 It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. 21 The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasivene...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.10-17

Proverbs 16:10-17A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment. 11 A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the weights of the bag are His concern. 12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved. ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.5-9

Proverbs 16:5-9Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil. 7When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8Better is a little with righteousness Than great income ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.1-4

Proverbs 16:1-4To humans belong the plans of the heart,but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.2 All a person's ways seem pure to them,but motives are weighed by the Lord.3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,and he will establish your plans.4 The Lord works out everything to its proper endeven the wicked for a day of disaster. Have you ever found yourself ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 15.23-33

Proverbs 15.23-33To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! 24The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath. 25The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow's boundaries. 26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. 27Whoever is gr...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 15.12-22

Proverbs 15.12-22A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. 13A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. 14The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. 15All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast. 16Better is a litt...

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Bible Reading: Provebrs 15.3-11

Proverbs 15.3-11 The eyes of theLordare in every place,Watching the evil and the good.A soothing tongue is a tree of life,But perversion in it crushes the spirit.A fool rejects his father's discipline,But he who regards reproof is sensible.Great wealth isinthe house of the righteous,But trouble is in the income of the wicked.The lips of the wise spread knowledge,But the he...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 15.1-2

Proverbs 15.1-2A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. We all have been in that position where we said something that we wished we could take back. What we say and how we say things can get us in trouble. Solomon encourages us to watch our mouths when it comes to o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.26-35

Proverbs 14:26-35In the fear of theLordthere is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. 27The fear of theLordis a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death. 28In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin. 29He who isslow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. 30...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.15-25

Proverbs 14.15-25 The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps. A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow down before the good, and the w...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.1-14

Proverbs 14.1-14The wise woman builds her house,But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,But the lips of the wise will protect them.Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.A t...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 13.12-25

Proverbs 13.12-25: Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.15 Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard....

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 13.1-11

Proverb 13:1-11: A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. 2From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. 3Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. 4A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the dilige...

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