Monday jewels

From my morning prayers. His living word could not have been more timely and more pleasing to my soul…

My child, forget not my teaching, let your heart keep my principles;  For these will give you lengthier days, longer years of life, and greater happiness.  Let kindliness and loyalty never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart;  So shall you enjoy favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.  Trust wholeheartedly in the LORD, put no faith in your own perception;  In every course you take, have him in mind, he will see that your paths are smooth.  Do not think of yourself as wise, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil;  health-giving, this, to your body, relief to your bones.  Honor the LORD with what goods you have and with the first fruits of all your returns; Then will your barns be filled with wheat, your vats overflowing with new wine. My child, do not scorn correction from the Lord, do not resent His rebuke; For the LORD reproves the man he loves, as a father checks a well-loved son. Happy the man who discovers wisdom, the man who gains discernment! For gaining her is more rewarding than silver, more profitable than gold; She is beyond the price of pearls, nothing you could covet is her equal. In her right hand is length of days; in her left hand, riches and honor.  Her ways are delightful ways, her paths all lead to contentment.  She is a tree of life to those who hold her fast, those who cling to her live happy lives. By wisdom, the LORD set the earth on its foundations, by discernment, he fixed the heavens firm.  Through his knowledge the depths were carved out. and the clouds rain down the dew.

Proverbs 3:1-20


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