December 18: Proverbs 20; Revelation 8-9

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

Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
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It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.
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The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
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Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin”?
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Do not say, “I will recompense evil”;
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
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Mercy and truth preserve the king,
And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.
from Proverbs 20

So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
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And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of 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 locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
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Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
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they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
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Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
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the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
from Revelation 9
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