Dec 8: Proverbs 10; Zechariah 1–2

Song for today: Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) and Sing We Now of Christmas

Today’s country: People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
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On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
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Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
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When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
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The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
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The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
from Proverbs 10

Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of from Zechariah 1

he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: “Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.
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And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.”
from Zechariah 2

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