Dec 13: Proverbs 15; Jude

Songs for today: 
O Little Town of Bethlehem
How Great Our Joy
Do You Have Room?

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
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The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
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The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
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A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
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A scoffer does not love one who reproves him,
He will not go to the wise.
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A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
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Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
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The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
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He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
from Proverbs 15

while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
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you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
from Jude

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