September 4 - Proverbs 3.19-35

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19The LORD created the earth by his wisdom;
by his knowledge he set the sky in place.
20His wisdom caused the rivers to flow
and the clouds to give rain to the earth.
21My child, hold on to your wisdom and insight. Never let them get away from you. 22They will provide you with life--a pleasant and happy life. 23You can go safely on your way and never even stumble. 24You will not be afraid when you go to bed, and you will sleep soundly through the night. 25You will not have to worry about sudden disasters, such as come on the wicked like a storm. 26The LORD will keep you safe. He will not let you fall into a trap.
27Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. 28Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now. 29Don't plan anything that will hurt your neighbors; they live beside you, trusting you. 30Don't argue with others for no reason when they have never done you any harm. 31Don't be jealous of violent people or decide to act as they do, 32because the LORD hates people who do evil, but he takes righteous people into his confidence. 33The LORD puts a curse on the homes of the wicked, but blesses the homes of the righteous. 34He has no use for conceited people, but shows favor to those who are humble. 35Wise people will gain an honorable reputation, but stupid people will only add to their own disgrace.

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This reading is from The Holy Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.

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