Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Proverbs 19

"1  Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”

“2  Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.”

“3  The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.”

“4  Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.”

“5  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall not escape.”

“6  Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts."

"7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth [them with] words, [yet] they [are] wanting [to him].”

“8  He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.”

“9  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.”

“10  Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.”

“11  The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.”

“12  The king’s wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass.”

“13  A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.”

“14  House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife [is] from the LORD.”

“15  Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”

“16  He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; [but] he that despiseth his ways shall die.”

“17  He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

“18  Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”

“19  A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again.”

“20  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”

“21  [There are] many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”

“22  The desire of a man [is] his kindness: and a poor man [is] better than a liar.”

“23  The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”

“24 A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.”

“25  Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge.”

“26  He that wasteth [his] father, [and] chaseth away [his] mother, [is] a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.”

“27  Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causeth] to err from the words of knowledge.”

“28  An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity."

"29  Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Proverbs 18

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.

“2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
Characteristics of a fool.
“3  When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

“4  The words of a man’s mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.”

“5  [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.”

“6  A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.”

“8  The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

“9  He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

“10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”

“11 The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.”

“12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.”

“13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it], it [is] folly and shame unto him.”

“14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”

“15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”

“16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”

“17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.”

“18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.”

“19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle.”

“20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.”

“21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

“22 [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”

“23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

24  A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.”

Monday, February 27, 2012

Proverbs 17

"1  Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.

“2  A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

“3  The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.”

“4  A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.”

“5  Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.”

“6  Children’s children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.”

“7  Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.”

“8  A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”

“9  He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.”

“10  A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”

“11  An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”

“12  Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.”

“13  Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.”

“14  The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.”

“15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.”

“16  Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?”

“17  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

“18  A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.”

“19  He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.”

“20  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.”

“21 He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.”

“22  A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

“23  A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.”

“24  Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.”

“25  A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.”

“26  Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.”

“27  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.  (Matthew Henry's concise commentary)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Proverbs 16

"1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [is] from the LORD.”

“2  All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.”

“3  Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

“4  The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”

“5  Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

“6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.”

“7  When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

“8 Better [is] a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.”

“9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

“10  A divine sentence [is] in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.”

“11  A just weight and balance [are] the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work.”

“12  [It is] an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.”

“13  Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.”

“14  The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. 15 In the light of the king’s countenance [is] life; and his favour [is] as a cloud of the latter rain.”

“16  How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”

“17  The highway of the upright [is] to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.”

“18  Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

“19 Better [it is to be] of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

“20  He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.”

“21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.”

“22  Understanding [is] a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools [is] folly.”

“23  The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”

“24  Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

“25  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.”

“26  He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.”

“27  An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire. 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”

“29  A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way [that is] not good. 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.”

“31 The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness.”

“32 [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 16:32

He that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city - It is much easier to subdue an enemy without than one within. There have been many kings who had conquered nations, and yet were slaves to their own passions. Alexander, who conquered the world, was a slave to intemperate anger, and in a fit of it slew Clytus, the best and most intimate of all his friends, and one whom he loved beyond all others.
33  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Proverbs 15

"1  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

“2  The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”

“3  The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

“4  A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.”

“5  A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.”

“6  In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.”

“7  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.”

“8  The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.”

“9  The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.”

“10  Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die.”

“11  Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?”

“12  A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.”

“13  A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

“14  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.”

“15 All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast.”

“16 Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. 17 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.”

“18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.”

“19 The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.”

“20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.”

“21 Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.”

“22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”

“23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!”

“24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.”

“25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.”

“26 The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.”

“27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.”

“28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”

“29 The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

“30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.”

“31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.”

“32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33  The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.”

Friday, February 24, 2012

Proverbs 14

"1  Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

“2  He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but [he that is] perverse in his ways despiseth him.”

“3  In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”

“4  Where no oxen [are], the crib [is] clean: but much increase [is] by the strength of the ox.”

“5  A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.”

“6  A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.”

“7  Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not [in him] the lips of knowledge.”

“8  The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.”

“9  Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.”

“10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.”

“11  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.”

“12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.”

“13  Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth [is] heaviness.”

“14  The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.”

“15  The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.”

“16  A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”

“17  [He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”

“18  The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”

“19  The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.”

“20  The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends.”

“21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy [is] he.”

“22  Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.”

“23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury.”

“24  The crown of the wise [is] their riches: [but] the foolishness of fools [is] folly.”

“25  A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies.”

“26  In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”

“28  In the multitude of people [is] the king’s honour: but in the want of people [is] the destruction of the prince.”

“29  [He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”

“30  A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

“31  He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.”

“32  The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.”

“33  Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but [that which is] in the midst of fools is made known.”

“34  Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people. 35  The king’s favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.”

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Proverbs 13

"1  A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.”

“2  A man shall eat good by the fruit of [his] mouth: but the soul of the transgressors [shall eat] violence.”

“3  He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”

“4  The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”

“5  A righteous [man] hateth lying: but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and cometh to shame.”

“6  Righteousness keepeth [him that is] upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.”

“7  There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches.”

“8  The ransom of a man’s life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.”

“9  The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.”

“10  Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.”

“11  Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”

“12  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.”

“13  Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”

“14  The law of the wise [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”

“15  Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors [is] hard.”

“16 Every prudent [man] dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open [his] folly.”

“17  A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.”

“18  Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.”

“19  The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil.”

“20  He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

“21  Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.”

“22  A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.”

“23  Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor: but there is [that is] destroyed for want of judgment.”

“24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

25  The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Proverbs 12

"1  Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.”

“2  A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.”

“3  A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.”

“4  A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.”

“5  The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.”

“6  The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.”

“7  The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.”

“8  A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.”

“9  [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.”

“10  A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.”

“11  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.”

“12  The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].”

“13  The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.”

“14  A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.”

“15  The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.”

“16  A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.”

“17  [He that] speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.”

“18  There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.”

“19  The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.”

“20  Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.”

“21  There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.”

“22  Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.”

“23  A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.”

“24  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”

“25  Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”

“26  The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”

“27  The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious. 28  In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Proverbs 11

"1  A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.”

“2  [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.”

“3  The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”

“4  Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.”

“5  The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in [their own] naughtiness.”

“7  When a wicked man dieth, [his] expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust [men] perisheth.”

“8  The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.”

“9  An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”

“10  When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, [there is] shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”

“12  He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.”

“14  Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.”

“15  He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.”

“16  A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches.”

“17  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but [he that is] cruel troubleth his own flesh.”

“18  The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.”

“19  As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death.”

“20  They that are of a froward heart [are] abomination to the LORD: but [such as are] upright in [their] way [are] his delight.”

“21  [Though] hand [join] in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”

“22  [As] a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, [so is] a fair woman which is without discretion.”

“23  The desire of the righteous [is] only good: [but] the expectation of the wicked [is] wrath.”

“24  There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.”

“25  The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”

“26  He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing [shall be] upon the head of him that selleth [it].”

“27  He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.”

“28  He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”

“29  He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.”

“30  The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise. 31  Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.”

Monday, February 20, 2012

Proverbs 10

“1  The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.”

“2  Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. 3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.”

“4  He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”

“5  He that gathereth in summer [is] a wise son: [but] he that sleepeth in harvest [is] a son that causeth shame.”

“6  Blessings [are] upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

“7  The memory of the just [is] blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.”

“8  The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.”

“9  He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.”

“10  He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.”

“11  The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

“12  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”

“13  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding.”

“14  Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.”

“15  The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.”

“16  The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.”

“17  He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.”

“18  He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.”

“19 ¶ In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.”

“20  The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver: the heart of the wicked [is] little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.”

“22  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

“23  [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.”

“24  The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but the righteous [is] an everlasting foundation.”

“26  As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.”

“27  The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 28 The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.”

“29  The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity. 30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.”

“31  The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked [speaketh] frowardness.”

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Proverbs 9

“1  Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 4 Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine [which] I have mingled. 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked [man getteth] himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding. 11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but [if] thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear [it].”

“13  A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing. 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15 To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16 Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: and [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.”

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Proverbs 8

“1  Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man. 5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things. 7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them. 9 They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

“12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 14 Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 18 Riches and honour [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness. 19 My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.”

22  The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.”

“32  Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 34 Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”

Friday, February 17, 2012

Proverbs 7

“1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman: 5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.”

“6  For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: 10 And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. 11 (She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: 12 Now [is she] without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said unto him, 14 [I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved [works], with fine linen of Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. 19 For the goodman [is] not at home, he is gone a long journey: 20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, [and] will come home at the day appointed. 21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.”

“24  Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her. 27 Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Proverbs 6

“1  My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

“6  Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

“12  A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 14 Frowardness [is] in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. 16 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

“20  My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life: 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. 30 [Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31 But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. 32 [But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Proverbs 5

“1 ¶ My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my understanding: 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge. 3 For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them]. 7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours [be] in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.”

“15  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 [Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? 21 For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. 22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Proverbs 4

“1  Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only [beloved] in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.”

“14  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men]. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”

“20  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”

Monday, February 13, 2012

Proverbs 3

“1  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

“7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.”

13  Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace. 18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her. 19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.”

“21  My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”

“27  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it]. 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. 29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous. 33 The curse of the LORD [is] in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.”

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Proverbs 2

“1  My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.”

“10  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh froward things; 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 15 Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths: 16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words; 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. 18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Proverbs 1

“1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”

“7  The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

“10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives. 19 So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”

“20  Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, [saying], 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

Friday, February 10, 2012

Revelation 22

1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

“6  And he said unto me, These sayings [are] faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8 And I John saw these things, and heard [them]. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.”

“20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.”

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Revelation 21

“1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

“9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18 And the building of the wall of it was [of] jasper: and the city [was] pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19 And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Revelation 20

1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

“11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Revelation 19

1  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 2 For true and righteous [are] his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. 3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. 4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.”

“5  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

“11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Monday, February 6, 2012

Revelation 18

“1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her.”

“9  And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What [city is] like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft [he be], shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Revelation 17

1  And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”

“7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”

“14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Revelation 16

“1  And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image. 3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead [man]: and every living soul died in the sea. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous [are] thy judgments.”

“8  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

“12  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

“17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, [and] so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, [every stone] about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”