JONAH 3Jonah Goes to Nineveh 3:1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The People of Nineveh Repent6 The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
JONAH 4Jonah’s Anger and the Lord’s Compassion 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
PROVERBS 1111:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,but a just weight is his delight. 2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,but with the humble is wisdom. 3 The integrity of the upright guides them,but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,but righteousness delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,but the wicked falls by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust. 7 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,and the expectation of wealth perishes too. 8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,and the wicked walks into it instead. 9 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,but by knowledge the righteous are delivered. 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness. 11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown. 12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,but a man of understanding remains silent. 13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. 14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. 15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure. 16 A gracious woman gets honor,and violent men get riches. 17 A man who is kind benefits himself,but a cruel man hurts himself. 18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. 19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,but he who pursues evil will die. 20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,but those of blameless ways are his delight. 21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. 22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snoutis a beautiful woman without discretion. 23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,the expectation of the wicked in wrath. 24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. 25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,and one who waters will himself be watered. 26 The people curse him who holds back grain,but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it. 27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,but evil comes to him who searches for it. 28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. 29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,and whoever captures souls is wise. 31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,how much more the wicked and the sinner!
REVELATION 12The Woman and the Dragon 12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days. Satan Thrown Down to Earth7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
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