2 Corinthians 9 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem
9 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending[a] the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift[b] you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.[c]
The Cheerful Giver
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[d] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[e] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they[f] will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Song of Solomon 5-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,
Eat, friends, drink,
The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
2 I slept, but my heart was awake.
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved,
The Bride Praises Her Beloved
10 My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
6 Where has your beloved gone,
Together in the Garden of Love
2 My beloved has gone down to his garden
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
4 You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
10 “Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
11 I went down to the nut orchard
13 [g] Return, return, O Shulammite,
Why should you look upon the Shulammite,
7 How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
6 How beautiful and pleasant you are,
It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
10 I am my beloved's,
The Bride Gives Her Love
11 Come, my beloved,
Longing for Her Beloved
8 Oh that you were like a brother to me
5 Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
Under the apple tree I awakened you.
6 Set me as a seal upon your heart,
8 We have a little sister,
10 I was a wall,
11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
13 O you who dwell in the gardens,
14 Make haste, my beloved,
Psalm 51 English Standard Version (ESV)
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
51 Have mercy on me,[a] O God,
3 For I know my transgressions,
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
Proverbs 22:24-25 English Standard Version (ESV)
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
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