Psalm 73:1-20 New International Version (NIV)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 Surely God is good to Israel,
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
4 They have no struggles;
12 This is what the wicked are like—
13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
15 If I had spoken out like that,
18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
Proverbs 11 New International Version (NIV)
11 The Lord detests dishonest scales,
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them;
8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
19 Truly the righteous attain life,
20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
25 A generous person will prosper;
26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,
29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,
Hebrews 12:3-13 New International Version (NIV)
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God Disciplines His Children
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
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