2 CHRONICLES 21Jehoram Reigns in Judah 21:1 Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son reigned in his place. 2 He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 3 Their father gave them great gifts of silver, gold, and valuable possessions, together with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn. 4 When Jehoram had ascended the throne of his father and was established, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the princes of Israel. 5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 7 Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
2 CHRONICLES 22Ahaziah Reigns in Judah 22:1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, his youngest son, king in his place, for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. 2 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. 3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. 4 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing. 5 He even followed their counsel and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead. And the Syrians wounded Joram, 6 and he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was wounded.
PROVERBS 1212:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised. 9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread. 10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice. 16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult. 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy. 21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth. 28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
1 THESSALONIANS 33:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, 2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 4 For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. 5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain. Timothy’s Encouraging Report6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
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