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.

A Random Prayer...

A Prayer to obtain Final Perseverance

Eternal Father, I humbly adore Thee, and thank Thee for having created me, and for having redeemed me through Jesus Christ. I thank Thee most sincerely for having made me a Christian, by giving me the true faith, and by adopting me as Thy son, in the sacrament of baptism. I thank Thee for having, after the numberless sins I had committed, waited for my repentance, and for having pardoned (as I humbly hope) all the offences which I have offered to Thee, and for which I am now sincerely sorry, because they have been displeasing to Thee, who art infinite goodness. I thank Thee for having preserved me from so many relapses, of which I would have been guilty if Thou hadst not protected me. But my enemies still continue, and will continue till death, to combat against me, and to endeavor to make me their slave. If Thou dost not constantly guard and succor me with thy aid, I, a miserable creature, shall return to sin, and shall certainly lose Thy grace. I beseech Thee, then, for the love of Jesus Christ, to grant me holy perseverance unto death. Jesus, Thy Son, has promised that Thou wilt grant whatsoever we ask in his name. Through the merits, then, of Jesus Christ, I beg, for myself and for all the just, the grace never again to be separated from Thy love, but to love Thee forever, in time and eternity. Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.

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