December 17: Proverbs 19; Revelation 6-8:6

Song for Today:
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Born in Bethlehem
Son of God

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
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The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
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Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
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He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
And He will pay back what he has given.
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Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
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The fear of the Lord leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
from Proverbs 19

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
from Revelation 6

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.”
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Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
from Revelation 7

the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.
from Revelation 8
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