Proverbs 28-29New International Version (NIV)
28 The wicked flee though no one pursues,
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
3 A ruler[a] who oppresses the poor
4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,
6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
7 A discerning son heeds instruction,
8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,
10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder
18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,
21 To show partiality is not good—
22 The stingy are eager to get rich
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
24 Whoever robs their father or mother
25 The greedy stir up conflict,
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;
29 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
5 Those who flatter their neighbors
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
8 Mockers stir up a city,
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
11 Fools give full vent to their rage,
12 If a ruler listens to lies,
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
21 A servant pampered from youth
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
23 Pride brings a person low,
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
Psalm 60New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktam[b] of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim[c] and Aram Zobah,[d] and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
1 You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;
5 Save us and help us with your right hand,
9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Romans 16New International Version (NIV)
16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon[a][b] of the church in Cenchreae. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.
3 Greet Priscilla[c] and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
5 Greet also the church that meets at their house.
Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.
6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among[d] the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
8 Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord.
9 Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
10 Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test.
Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew.
Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord.
Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them.
15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the churches of Christ send greetings.
17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21 Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.
22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.
Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.  [e]
25 Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[f] faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
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