Read the Bible | September 7th
 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
but a just weight is his delight.
 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked walks into it instead.
 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
 A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
 A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
 The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
 If the righteous is repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner! (ESV)
 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
but a man of evil devices he condemns.
 No one is established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
 The thoughts of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous will stand.
 A man is commended according to his good sense,
but one of twisted mind is despised.
 Better to be lowly and have a servant
than to play the great man and lack bread.
 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
but the righteous escapes from trouble.
 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
 The vexation of a fool is known at once,
but the prudent ignores an insult.
 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
but a false witness utters deceit.
 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
 Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan peace have joy.
 No ill befalls the righteous,
but the wicked are filled with trouble.
 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.
 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
 The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
 In the path of righteousness is life,
and in its pathway there is no death. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 1
 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
God of All Comfort
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.  If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.  Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
Paul’s Change of Plans
 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.  For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.
 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace.  I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea.  Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?  As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No.  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.  And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,  and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
 But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.  Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. (ESV)