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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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Proverbs 15:13-17 The Voice (VOICE)

13 A warm, smiling face reveals a joy-filled heart,
    but heartache crushes the spirit and darkens the appearance.
14 Those who have understanding hearts hunger after knowledge,
    but those with no understanding feast on foolishness.
15 The poor and oppressed suffer hardship day after day,
    but those with kind hearts continually feast.
16 It is better to live with less and honor the Eternal
    than to have riches and carry the burdens that come with them.
17 Better to eat only vegetables served lovingly
    than a fattened ox served hatefully.

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1 Peter 3:8-12 The Voice (VOICE)

Finally, all of you, be like-minded and show sympathy, love, compassion, and humility to and for each other— not paying back evil with evil or insult with insult, but repaying the bad with a blessing. It was this you were called to do, so that you might inherit a blessing. 10 It is written in the psalms,

If you love life
    and want to live a good, long time,
Then be careful what you say.
    Don’t tell lies or spread gossip or talk about improper things.
11 Walk away from the evil things in the worldjust leave them behind, and do what is right,
    and always seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the Lord watches over the righteous,
    and His ears are attuned to their prayers.
But His face is set against His enemies;
    He will punish evildoers.[a]

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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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