June 12: Proverbs 13; 1Chronicles 4-6

Song for Today: 
Near the Cross
Blessings

The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
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Through insolence comes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
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Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
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The one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
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The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn aside from the snares of death.
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He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
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He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
from Proverbs 13

The sons of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Shobal.
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Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.” Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.
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The sons of Simeon were Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul;
from 1Chronicles 4

the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright. Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph), the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.
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the sons of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land; from Bashan to Baal-hermon and Senir and Mount Hermon they were numerous. These were the heads of their fathers’ households, even Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers’ households.
But they acted treacherously against the God of their fathers and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul, king of Assyria, even the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away into exile, namely the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.
from 1Chronicles 5

The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
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Aaron and his sons offered on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense, for all the work of the most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
from 1Chronicles 6

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