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    • Zechariah 11
    • Luke 12
    • Psalms 61
    • Proverbs 24

    Zechariah 11

    1 Open your doors, O Lebanon, That fire may devour your cedars.
    2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the thick forest has come down.
    3 There is the sound of wailing shepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.
    4 Thus says the LORD my God, "Feed the flock for slaughter,
    5 whose owners slaughter them and feel no guilt; those who sell them say, "Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich'; and their shepherds do not pity them.
    6 For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land," says the LORD. "But indeed I will give everyone into his neighbor's hand and into the hand of his king. They shall attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand."
    7 So I fed the flock for slaughter, in particular the poor of the flock. I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bonds; and I fed the flock.
    8 I dismissed the three shepherds in one month. My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
    9 Then I said, "I will not feed you. Let what is dying die, and what is perishing perish. Let those that are left eat each other's flesh."
    10 And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it in two, that I might break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
    11 So it was broken on that day. Thus the poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
    12 Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
    13 And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.
    14 Then I cut in two my other staff, Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
    15 And the LORD said to me, "Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd.
    16 For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces.
    17 "Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded."

    Luke 12

    1 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
    2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.
    3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.
    4 "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
    5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
    6 "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
    7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
    8 "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
    9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
    10 "And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
    11 "Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.
    12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
    13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
    14 But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"
    15 And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."
    16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
    17 And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'
    18 So he said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
    19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'
    20 But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
    21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
    22 Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
    23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
    24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
    25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
    26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
    27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
    28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
    29 "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
    30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
    31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
    32 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
    33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
    34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    35 "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
    36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.
    37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.
    38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
    39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
    40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
    41 Then Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?"
    42 And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?
    43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
    44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
    45 But if that servant says in his heart, "My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,
    46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
    47 And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
    48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
    49 "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
    50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
    51 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
    52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
    53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
    54 Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, "A shower is coming'; and so it is.
    55 And when you see the south wind blow, you say, "There will be hot weather'; and there is.
    56 Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?
    57 "Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?
    58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
    59 I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite."

    Psalms 61

    1 Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
    2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
    3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.
    4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.Selah
    5 For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
    6 You will prolong the king's life, His years as many generations.
    7 He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!
    8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.

    Proverbs 24

    1 Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;
    2 For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking.
    3 Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;
    4 By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.
    5 A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
    6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
    7 Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.
    8 He who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer.
    9 The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
    10 If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.
    11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
    12 If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
    13 My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
    14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.
    15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place;
    16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
    17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
    18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.
    19 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked;
    20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
    21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change;
    22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
    23 These things also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
    24 He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him.
    25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.
    26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
    27 Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.
    28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?
    29 Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."
    30 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
    31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.
    32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:
    33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest;
    34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.

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