23 The fear of the Lord (A)leads to life,
    and whoever has it rests (B)satisfied;
    he will (C)not be visited by harm.

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16 (A)Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
    than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 (B)Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
    than (C)a fattened ox and hatred with it.

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(A)The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
    fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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10 (A)The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and (B)the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

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(A)Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and (B)do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways (C)acknowledge him,
    and he (D)will make straight your paths.

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13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but (A)whoever drinks of the water that I will give him (B)will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become (C)in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

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  1. John 4:14 Greek forever

Two things I ask of you;
    deny them not to me (A)before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
    give me neither poverty nor riches;
    feed me with the food that is (B)needful for me,
lest I be (C)full and (D)deny you
    and say, (E)“Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
    (F)and profane the name of my God.

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Keep your life (A)free from love of money, and (B)be content with what you have, for he has said, (C)“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,

(D)“The Lord is my helper;
    (E)I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”

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God's Provision

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length (A)you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be (B)content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and (C)hunger, abundance and (D)need. 13 I can do all things (E)through him who strengthens me.

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Put On the New Self

(A)If then you have been raised with Christ, seek (B)the things that are above, where Christ is, (C)seated at the right hand of God. (D)Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For (E)you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ (F)who is your[a] life (G)appears, then you also will appear with him (H)in glory.

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  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our

30 A tranquil[a] heart gives (A)life to the flesh,
    but (B)envy[b] makes (C)the bones rot.

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  1. Proverbs 14:30 Or healing
  2. Proverbs 14:30 Or jealousy

Book Three

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of (A)Asaph.

73 Truly God is good to (B)Israel,
    to those who are (C)pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
    my steps had nearly slipped.
(D)For I was (E)envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the (F)prosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pangs until death;
    their bodies are fat and sleek.
They are not in trouble as others are;
    they are not (G)stricken like the rest of mankind.
Therefore pride is (H)their necklace;
    violence covers them as (I)a garment.
Their (J)eyes swell out through fatness;
    their hearts overflow with follies.
They scoff and (K)speak with malice;
    loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
    and find (L)no fault in them.[a]
11 And they say, (M)“How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
    always at ease, they (N)increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I (O)kept my heart clean
    and (P)washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been (Q)stricken
    and (R)rebuked (S)every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed (T)the generation of your children.

16 But when I thought how to understand this,
    it seemed to me (U)a wearisome task,
17 until I went into (V)the sanctuary of God;
    then I discerned their (W)end.

18 Truly you set them in (X)slippery places;
    you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed (Y)in a moment,
    swept away utterly by (Z)terrors!
20 Like (AA)a dream when one awakes,
    O Lord, when (AB)you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was (AC)brutish and ignorant;
    I was like (AD)a beast toward you.

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you (AE)hold my right hand.
24 You (AF)guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will (AG)receive me to glory.
25 (AH)Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 (AI)My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is (AJ)the strength[b] of my heart and my (AK)portion (AL)forever.

27 For behold, those who are (AM)far from you shall perish;
    you put an end to everyone who is (AN)unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to (AO)be near God;
    I have made the Lord God my (AP)refuge,
    that I may (AQ)tell of all your works.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 73:10 Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them
  2. Psalm 73:26 Hebrew rock

20 But (A)our citizenship is in heaven, and (B)from it we (C)await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform (D)our lowly body (E)to be like his glorious body, (F)by the power that enables him even (G)to subject all things to himself.

Therefore, my brothers,[a] whom I love and (H)long for, (I)my joy and (J)crown, (K)stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

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  1. Philippians 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 8, 21

(A)Do not toil to acquire wealth;
    (B)be discerning enough to desist.
When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
    (C)for suddenly it sprouts wings,
    flying like an eagle toward heaven.

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28 Whoever (A)trusts in his riches will fall,
    but the righteous will (B)flourish like a green leaf.

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But (A)godliness (B)with contentment is great gain, for (C)we brought nothing into the world, and[a] we cannot take anything out of the world. But (D)if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But (E)those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, (F)into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that (G)plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of (H)all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

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  1. 1 Timothy 6:7 Greek for; some manuscripts insert [it is] certain [that]

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 (A)Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, (B)“Man, (C)who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, (D)“Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, (E)“The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, (F)‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my (G)barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up (H)for many years; relax, (I)eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, (J)‘Fool! (K)This night (L)your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, (M)whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one (N)who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

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There Is None Who Does Good

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Mahalath. A Maskil[a] of David.

53 (B)The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
    there is none who does good.

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  1. Psalm 53:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms

(A)Fools mock at the guilt offering,
    but the upright enjoy acceptance.[a]

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  1. Proverbs 14:9 Hebrew but among the upright is acceptance