The Lord is gracious and compassionate,(A)
    slow to anger and rich in love.(B)

The Lord is good(C) to all;
    he has compassion(D) on all he has made.

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14 The Lord upholds(A) all who fall
    and lifts up all(B) who are bowed down.(C)
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food(D) at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires(E) of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous(F) in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.(G)
18 The Lord is near(H) to all who call on him,(I)
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires(J) of those who fear him;(K)
    he hears their cry(L) and saves them.(M)
20 The Lord watches over(N) all who love him,(O)
    but all the wicked he will destroy.(P)

21 My mouth will speak(Q) in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature(R) praise his holy name(S)
    for ever and ever.

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Proverbs of Solomon

10 The proverbs(A) of Solomon:(B)

A wise son brings joy to his father,(C)
    but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,(D)
    but righteousness delivers from death.(E)

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,(F)
    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.(G)

Lazy hands make for poverty,(H)
    but diligent hands bring wealth.(I)

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.(J)

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Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.(A) Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content(B) whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,(C) whether living in plenty or in want.(D) 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.(E)

14 Yet it was good of you to share(F) in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days(G) of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia,(H) not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;(I)

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