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Read the Bible | September 8th

Proverbs 13

[1] A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
[2] From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
[3] Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
[4] The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
[5] The righteous hates falsehood,
but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
[6] Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked.
[7] One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
[8] The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
but a poor man hears no threat.
[9] The light of the righteous rejoices,
but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
[10] By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
[11] Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
[12] Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
[13] Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
[14] The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
[15] Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
[16] Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
but a fool flaunts his folly.
[17] A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a faithful envoy brings healing.
[18] Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
[19] A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
[20] Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
[21] Disaster pursues sinners,
but the righteous are rewarded with good.
[22] A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
[23] The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
but it is swept away through injustice.
[24] Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
[25] The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want. (ESV)

Proverbs 14

[1] The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
[2] Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD,
but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
[3] By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,
but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
[4] Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
[5] A faithful witness does not lie,
but a false witness breathes out lies.
[6] A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
[7] Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
[8] The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,
but the folly of fools is deceiving.
[9] Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
[10] The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
[11] The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
[12] There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
[13] Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.
[14] The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
[15] The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
[16] One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
[17] A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
[18] The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
[19] The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
[20] The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
but the rich has many friends.
[21] Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
[22] Do they not go astray who devise evil?
Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
[23] In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
[24] The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the folly of fools brings folly.
[25] A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
[26] In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
[27] The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
[28] In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
[29] Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
[30] A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
[31] Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
[32] The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
[33] Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.
[34] Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
[35] A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 2

[1] For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. [2] For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? [3] And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. [4] For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

Forgive the Sinner

[5] Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. [6] For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, [7] so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. [8] So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. [9] For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. [10] Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, [11] so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Triumph in Christ

[12] When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, [13] my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.

[14] But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. [15] For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, [16] to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? [17] For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)

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