Psalm 32:1-7New International Version (NIV)
Of David. A maskil.[a]
1 Blessed is the one
3 When I kept silent,
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
Proverbs 15:8-11New International Version (NIV)
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
11 Death and Destruction[a] lie open before the Lord—
Proverbs 15:24-33New International Version (NIV)
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
2 Corinthians 1:1-11New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
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