Read the Bible | September 11th
 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
 Desire without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
 When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
his heart rages against the LORD.
 Wealth brings many new friends,
but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
 Many seek the favor of a generous man,
and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
 All a poor man’s brothers hate him;
how much more do his friends go far from him!
He pursues them with words, but does not have them.
 Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.
 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will perish.
 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
much less for a slave to rule over princes.
 Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
 A king’s wrath is like the growling of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
 A foolish son is ruin to his father,
and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
 House and wealth are inherited from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
 Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
he who despises his ways will die.
 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will repay him for his deed.
 Discipline your son, for there is hope;
do not set your heart on putting him to death.
 A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
 Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
 Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
 What is desired in a man is steadfast love,
and a poor man is better than a liar.
 The fear of the LORD leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother
is a son who brings shame and reproach.
 Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
 A worthless witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
 Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
and beating for the backs of fools. (ESV)
 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
 The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
 Unequal weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the LORD has made them both.
 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
 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 foreigners.
 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
 Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
 If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
 Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD,
and false scales are not good.
 A man’s steps are from the LORD;
how then can man understand his way?
 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only after making vows.
 A wise king winnows the wicked
and drives the wheel over them.
 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
searching all his innermost parts.
 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
 The glory of young men is their strength,
but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean the innermost parts. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 5
Our Heavenly Dwelling
 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,  if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.  For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.  We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart.  For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;  and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 6:1–13
 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says,
“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,  but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,  beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;  by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;  by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;  through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;  as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed;  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open.  You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. (ESV)