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Read the Bible | September 14th

Proverbs 27

[1] Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
[2] Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
[3] A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
[4] Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
[5] Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
[6] Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
[7] One who is full loathes honey,
but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
[8] Like a bird that strays from its nest
is a man who strays from his home.
[9] Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
[10] Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,
and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.
Better is a neighbor who is near
than a brother who is far away.
[11] Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
that I may answer him who reproaches me.
[12] The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
[13] Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
[14] Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.
[15] A continual dripping on a rainy day
and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
[16] to restrain her is to restrain the wind
or to grasp oil in one’s right hand.
[17] Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
[18] Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who guards his master will be honored.
[19] As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
[20] Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
[21] The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and a man is tested by his praise.
[22] Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
along with crushed grain,
yet his folly will not depart from him.

[23] Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds,
[24] for riches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?
[25] When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
[26] the lambs will provide your clothing,
and the goats the price of a field.
[27] There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
for the food of your household
and maintenance for your girls. (ESV)

Proverbs 28

[1] The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.
[2] When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue.
[3] A poor man who oppresses the poor
is a beating rain that leaves no food.
[4] Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law strive against them.
[5] Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
[6] Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
[7] The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
[8] Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit
gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
[9] If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
[10] Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
[11] A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
[12] When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
[13] Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
[14] Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
[15] Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
[16] A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
[17] If one is burdened with the blood of another,
he will be a fugitive until death;
let no one help him.
[18] Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
[19] Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
[20] A faithful man will abound with blessings,
but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
[21] To show partiality is not good,
but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
[22] A stingy man hastens after wealth
and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
[23] Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than he who flatters with his tongue.
[24] Whoever robs his father or his mother
and says, “That is no transgression,”
is a companion to a man who destroys.
[25] A greedy man stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.
[26] Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
[27] Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
[28] When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 8:16–24

Commendation of Titus

[16] But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. [17] For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. [18] With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. [19] And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. [20] We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, [21] for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. [22] And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. [23] As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. [24] So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men. (ESV)

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