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Proverbs 25:6-7 The Voice (VOICE)

Do not claim to be important in the presence of the king
    or vie for a position within the company of great men.
Truly, it is far sweeter to have someone of influence say to you, “Come up here and join us,
    than to be ordered to some lower rank in front of a noble.
Just because you think you have seen something

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Psalm 112 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 112[a]

Praise the Eternal!
    How blessed are those who revere the Eternal,
    who turn from evil and take great pleasure in His commandments.
Their children will be a powerful force upon the earth;
    this generation that does what is right in God’s eyes will be blessed.
His house will be stocked with wealth and riches,
    and His love for justice will endure for all time.
When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—
    those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.
Good comes to all who are gracious and share freely;
    they conduct their affairs with sound judgment.
Nothing will ever rattle them;
    the just will always be remembered.
They will not be afraid when the news is bad
    because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal.
Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless,
    for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
They give freely to the poor;
    their righteousness endures for all time;[b]
    their strength and power is established in honor.
10 The wicked will be infuriated when they see the good man honored!
    They will clench their teeth and dissolve to nothing;
    and when they go, their wicked desires will follow.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 112 A Hebrew acrostic poem
  2. 112:9 2 Corinthians 9:9
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Hebrews 13:1-8 The Voice (VOICE)

13 Let love continue among you. Don’t forget to extend your hospitality to all—even to strangers—for as you know, some have unknowingly shown kindness to heavenly messengers in this way. Remember those imprisoned for their beliefs as if you were their cellmate; and care for any who suffer harsh treatment, as you are all one body.

Hold marriage in high esteem, all of you, and keep the marriage bed pure because God will judge those who commit sexual sins.

Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have because He has said, “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.”[a] Because of this promise, we may boldly say,

The Lord is my help—
    I won’t be afraid of anything.
How can anyone harm me?[b]

Listen to your leaders, who have spoken God’s word to you. Notice the fruits of their lives and mirror their faith.

Jesus the Anointed One is always the same: yesterday, today, and forever.

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Hebrews 13:15-16 The Voice (VOICE)

15 Through Jesus, then, let us keep offering to God our own sacrifice, the praise of lips that confess His name without ceasing. 16 Let’s not neglect what is good and share what we have, for these sacrifices also please God.

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Luke 14:1 The Voice (VOICE)

14 Another Sabbath Day came and Jesus was invited to an official’s home for a meal. This fellow was a leader of the Pharisees, and Jesus was still under close surveillance by them.

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Luke 14:7-14 The Voice (VOICE)

Then He noticed how the guests were jockeying for places of honor at the dinner, so He gave them advice.

Jesus: Whenever someone invites you to a wedding dinner, don’t sit at the head table. Someone more important than you might also have been invited, and your host will have to humiliate you publicly by telling you to give your seat to the other guest and to go find an open seat in the back of the room. 10 Instead, go and sit in the back of the room. Then your host may find you and say, “My friend! Why are you sitting back here? Come up to this table near the front!” Then you will be publicly honored in front of everyone. 11 Listen, if you lift yourself up, you’ll be put down, but if you humble yourself, you’ll be honored.

12 Jesus still wasn’t finished. Now He turned to the host who had invited Him to this gathering.

Jesus: When you host a dinner or banquet, don’t invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors. If you do, they might invite you to a party of their own, and you’ll be repaid for your kindness. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the amputees, the cripples, the blind. 14 Then you’ll be blessed because they can never repay you. Your reward will come from God at the resurrection of the just and good.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

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