8 so that He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Proverbs 2:8.
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 counsellers 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.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Proverbs 11:1–31.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
Daniel is saved
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
King James Version (WORDsearch Edition) (WORDsearch, n.d.), Daniel 6:10–23.
1 He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged:
2 “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect man.
3 And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man,
5 yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming.’ ”
6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them?
8 I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Luke 18:1–8.
26 God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Acts 3:26.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are dordained of God.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Romans 13:1.