Ecclesiastes 10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Wisdom and Folly
10 Dead[a] flies [b]putrefy the perfumer’s ointment,
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
8 He who digs a pit will fall into it,
11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed;
16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
20 Do not curse the king, even in your thought;
The Value of Diligence
11 Cast your bread upon the waters,
3 If the clouds are full of rain,
5 As you do not know what is the way of the [h]wind,
7 Truly the light is sweet,
Seek God in Early Life
9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
Seek God in Early Life
12 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is [n]loosed,
8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
The Whole Duty of Man
9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set[o] in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find [p]acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of [q]scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
2 Corinthians 8:1-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Excel in Giving
8 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency [a]that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. 6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.
Christ Our Pattern
8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
10 And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”
Psalm 49 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Confidence of the Foolish
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
49 Hear this, all peoples;
5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
10 For he sees wise men die;
13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
16 Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
Proverbs 22:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
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