June 28: Proverbs 29; 2Chronicles 29-31

Song for today: Eternal Father, Strong To Save and I Will Rise

Today’s country: Belize

Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.
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If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.
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A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.
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The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
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The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
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Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
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Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
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A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
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The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
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The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
from Proverbs 29

Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.
In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.
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“Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us. My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.”
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King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped.
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the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.
from 2Chronicles 29

“Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see. Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.”
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they laughed at them and mocked them.
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many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month.
from 2Chronicles 30

when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images, and threw down the high places and the altars—from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh—until they had utterly destroyed them all.
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he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of the Lord.
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Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
from 2Chronicles 31

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