• Job 29
    • Matthew 18
    • Psalms 85
    • Proverbs 23

    Job 29

    1 Job further continued his discourse, and said:
    2 "Oh, that I were as in months past, As in the days when God watched over me;
    3 When His lamp shone upon my head, And when by His light I walked through darkness;
    4 Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent;
    5 When the Almighty was yet with me, When my children were around me;
    6 When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
    7 "When I went out to the gate by the city, When I took my seat in the open square,
    8 The young men saw me and hid, And the aged arose and stood;
    9 The princes refrained from talking, And put their hand on their mouth;
    10 The voice of nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
    11 When the ear heard, then it blessed me, And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
    12 Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
    13 The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
    14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
    15 I was eyes to the blind, And I was feet to the lame.
    16 I was a father to the poor, And I searched out the case that I did not know.
    17 I broke the fangs of the wicked, And plucked the victim from his teeth.
    18 "Then I said, "I shall die in my nest, And multiply my days as the sand.
    19 My root is spread out to the waters, And the dew lies all night on my branch.
    20 My glory is fresh within me, And my bow is renewed in my hand.'
    21 "Men listened to me and waited, And kept silence for my counsel.
    22 After my words they did not speak again, And my speech settled on them as dew.
    23 They waited for me as for the rain, And they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.
    24 If I mocked at them, they did not believe it, And the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
    25 I chose the way for them, and sat as chief; So I dwelt as a king in the army, As one who comforts mourners.

    Matthew 18

    1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
    2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
    3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
    6 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
    8 "If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.
    9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
    10 "Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
    11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
    12 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
    13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.
    14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
    15 "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
    16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that "by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'
    17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
    18 "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
    19 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
    20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
    21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"
    22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
    23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
    24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
    25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
    26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, "Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
    27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
    28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me what you owe!'
    29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
    30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
    31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
    32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, "You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
    33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'
    34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
    35 "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."

    Psalms 85

    1 LORD, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
    2 You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.Selah
    3 You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.
    4 Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
    5 Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
    6 Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?
    7 Show us Your mercy, LORD, And grant us Your salvation.
    8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak, For He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.
    9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.
    10 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.
    11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
    12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.
    13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

    Proverbs 23

    1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you;
    2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite.
    3 Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food.
    4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
    5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
    6 Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies;
    7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
    8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, And waste your pleasant words.
    9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
    10 Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
    11 For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.
    12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge.
    13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
    14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
    15 My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice--indeed, I myself;
    16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.
    17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
    18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
    19 Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.
    20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
    21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
    22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
    23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
    24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.
    25 Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.
    26 My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.
    27 For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well.
    28 She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men.
    29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
    30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.
    31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;
    32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.
    33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things.
    34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
    35 "They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?

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