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 10The Proverbs of Solomon 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.A wise son makes a glad father,but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. 2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,but righteousness delivers from death. 3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. 4 A slack hand causes poverty,but the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing,but the name of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise of heart will receive commandments,but a babbling fool will come to ruin. 9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. 10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,and a babbling fool will come to ruin. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12 Hatred stirs up strife,but love covers all offenses. 13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense. 14 The wise lay up knowledge,but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. 15 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;the poverty of the poor is their ruin. 16 The wage of the righteous leads to life,the gain of the wicked to sin. 17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. 18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,and whoever utters slander is a fool. 19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;the heart of the wicked is of little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many,but fools die for lack of sense. 22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich,and he adds no sorrow with it. 23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding. 24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him,but the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,but the righteous is established forever. 26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,so is the sluggard to those who send him. 27 The fear of the Lord prolongs life,but the years of the wicked will be short. 28 The hope of the righteous brings joy,but the expectation of the wicked will perish. 29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,but destruction to evildoers. 30 The righteous will never be removed,but the wicked will not dwell in the land. 31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,but the perverse tongue will be cut off. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
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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