Proverbs, Chapter 13

(1) A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. (2) A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. (3) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (4) The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. (5) A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. (6) Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. (7) There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. (8) The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. (9) The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. (10) Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (11) Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. (12) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. (13) Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. (14) The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (15) Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. (16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. (17) A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. (18) Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. (19) The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. (20) He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (21) Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. (22) A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (23) Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. (24) He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (25) The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

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Act of Hope

For your mercies' sake, O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul: "I am your salvation." So speak that I may hear, O Lord; my heart is listening; open it that it may hear you, and say to my soul: "I am your salvation." After hearing this word, may I come in haste to take hold of you. Hide not your face from me. Let me see your face even if I die, lest I die with longing to see it. The house of my soul is too small to receive you; let it be enlarged by you. It is all in ruins; do you repair it. There are thing in it - I confess and I know - that must offend your sight. But who shall cleanse it? Or to what others besides you shall I cry out? From my secret sins cleanse me, O Lord, and from those of others spare your servant. Amen. Saint Augustine of Hippo

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