7 The LORD was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
8 But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9 Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Deuteronomy 7:7–9.
20 A poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but there are many who love the rich.
21 The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.
22 Don’t those who plan evil go astray? But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
23 There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Proverbs 14:20–23.
1 Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share an inheritance among brothers.
3 A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and the LORD is the tester of hearts.
4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 The one who mocks the poor insults his Maker, and one who rejoices over calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers.
7 Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler.
8 A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.
10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness.
13 If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never depart from his house.
14 To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just — both are detestable to the LORD.
16 Why does a fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.
18 One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend.
19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury.
20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.
21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice.
24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool’s eyes roam to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person or to beat a noble for his honesty.
27 The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning when he seals his lips.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Proverbs 17:1–28.
7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: So he was their Saviour.
9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: In his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: Therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Isaiah 63:7–10.
13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Isaiah 66:13.
11 For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people,
12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
14 He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Titus 2:11–14.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Hebrews 10:23–25.