Dec 12: Proverbs 14; Zechariah 12-14

Song for today: O Holy Night and
I Wonder as I Wander

Today’s country: Belize

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
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There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
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Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.
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In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
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The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
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Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
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Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
from Proverbs 14

Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. On that day, declares the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the Lord of hosts, their God.’
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I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
from Zechariah 12

Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land, declares the Lord,
two thirds shall be cut off and perish,
and one third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
and refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call upon my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
from Zechariah 13

Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
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And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.
from Zechariah 14

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