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For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, ...
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
Because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. ...
For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ...
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
“Judge not, that you be not judged.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. ...
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof,
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you,
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, ...
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,
They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
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