December 30: Proverbs 31

Songs for today: How great is our God / Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Today’s Country: Republic of Zimbabwe

It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
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Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
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Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
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She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
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Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
from Proverbs 31

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December 29: Proverbs 30

Songs for today: Mighty to save / Come We That Love the Lord (Marching to Zion)

Today’s Country: Republic of Zambia

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know?
Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
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exalting yourself,
Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.
For as the churning of milk produces butter,
And wringing the nose produces blood,
So the forcing of wrath produces strife.
from Proverbs 30

December 28: Proverbs 29

Songs for today: Sweetly Broken / We Believe

Today’s Country: Republic of Yemen

He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
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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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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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The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
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Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.
from Proverbs 29

December 27: Proverbs 28

Songs for today: My Lighthouse / He Reigns / He Reigns

Today’s Country: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
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One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
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He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
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He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
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To show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
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He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
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He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
from Proverbs 28

December 26: Proverbs 27

Songs for today: God With Us / God Is In Control

Today’s Country: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
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Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
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A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.
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Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
And attend to your herds;
For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
from Proverbs 27

December 24: Proverbs 26; Revelation 20:11-22

Songs for today: How many Kings / My Heart Would Be Your Bethlehem / Christmas in the Country / A Baby Changes Everything

Today’s Country: Vatican City State

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.
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The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.
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Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.
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For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
from Proverbs 26

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
from Revelation 20

I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
from Revelation 21

he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 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. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
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he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
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“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
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“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
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He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
from Revelation 22