Dec 18: Proverbs 20; Revelation 8:7-9

Songs for today: 
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Jesus, Light of the World
When Love Was Born

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.
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Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?
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A righteous man who walks in his integrity—
How blessed are his sons after him.
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Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?
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Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
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Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
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The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
from Proverbs 20

And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
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I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”
from Revelation 8

out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.
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The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.
from Revelation 9

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