Proverbs, Chapter 11

(1) A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. (2) When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (3) The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. (4) Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. (5) The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. (6) The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. (7) When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. (8) The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. (9) An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. (10) When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. (11) By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. (12) He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. (13) A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. (14) Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. (15) He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. (16) A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches. (17) The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. (18) The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. (19) As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. (20) They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. (21) Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. (22) As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion. (23) The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. (24) There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. (25) The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. (26) He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. (27) He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. (28) He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. (29) He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. (30) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (31) Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

A Random Prayer...

You are Christ

You are Christ, my Holy Father, my Tender God, my Great King, my Good Shepherd, my Only Master, my Best Helper, my Most Beautiful and my Beloved, my Living Bread, my Priest Forever, my Leader to my Country, my True Light, my Holy Sweetness, my Straight Way, my Excellent Wisdom, my Pure Simplicity, my Peaceful Harmony, my Entire Protection, my Good Portion, my Everlasting Salvation. Christ Jesus, Sweet Lord, why have I ever loved, why in my whole life have I ever desired anything except You, Jesus my God? Where was I when I was not in spirit with You? Now, from this time forth, do you, all my desires, grow hot, and flow out upon the Lord Jesus: run . . . you have been tardy until now; hasten where you are going; seek Whom you are seeking. O, Jesus may he who loves You not be an anathema; may he who loves You not be filled with bitterness. O, Sweet Jesus, may every good feeling that is fitted for Your praise, love You, delight in You, adore You! God of my heart, and my Portion, Christ Jesus, may my heart faint away in spirit, and may You be my Life within me! May the live coal of Your Love grow hot within my spirit and break forth into a perfect fire; may it burn incessantly on the altar of my heart; may it glow in my innermost being; may it blaze in hidden recesses of my soul; and in the days of my consummation may I be found consummated with You! Amen. St. Augustine of Hippo

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