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September 7, 2007

Proverbs 11-12; 1 Corinthians 15

From today's Bible reading:

Proverbs 11:

A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
but a just weight is his delight.

(God cares about trade, business.)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.

When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth perishes too.

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.

(Advice is a good thing.)

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.

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 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.

Proverbs 12:

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.

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the path of righteousness is life,
and in its pathway there is no death.

1 Corinthians 15:

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning.

What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.

And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.

God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

So is it with the resurrection of the dead.

What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.
It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

Thus it is written,
“The first man Adam became a living being”;
the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.

The first man was from the earth, a man of dust;
the second man is from heaven.

As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and
as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust,
we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

I tell you this, brothers:
flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,
nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Behold! I tell you a mystery.

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

For this perishable body must put on the imperishable,
and this mortal body must put on immortality.

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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