December 8: Proverbs 10; Zechariah 1-2

Songs for today: Hallowed Manger Ground / Sing We Now of Christmas

Today’s Country: Kingdom of Thailand

… righteousness delivers from death.
… The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
… the hand of the diligent makes rich.
… He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
… Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
… The memory of the righteous is blessed,
… The wise in heart will receive commands,
…He who walks with integrity walks securely,
… The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
… love covers all sins.
… Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
… Wise people store up knowledge,
… The labor of the righteous leads to life,
… He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
… he who restrains his lips is wise.
… The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
… The lips of the righteous feed many,
… The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.
… a man of understanding has wisdom.
… the desire of the righteous will be granted
… the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
… The fear of the Lord prolongs days,
… The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
… The way of the Lord is strength for the upright,
… The righteous will never be removed,
… The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
… The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
from Proverbs 10

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.
•••
Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘I am zealous for Jerusalem
And for Zion with great zeal.
I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease;
For I was a little angry,
And they helped—but with evil intent.”
‘Therefore thus says the Lord:
“I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy;
My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts,
“And a surveyor’s line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.” ’
“Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“My cities shall again spread out through prosperity;
The Lord will again comfort Zion,
And will again choose Jerusalem.” ’ ”
from Zechariah 1

thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me.
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”
from Zechariah 2

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