December 11: Proverbs 13; Zechariah 9-11

Song for Today:
O Come O Come Emmanuel

Emmanuel, God with Us

We Are The Reason

A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
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The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
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Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
The one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
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He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
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A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
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He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
from Proverbs 13

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from Jerusalem;
And the bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak peace to the nations;
And His dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
from Zechariah 9

I will strengthen the house of Judah,
And I will save the house of Joseph,
And I will bring them back,
Because I have had compassion on them;
And they will be as though I had not rejected them,
For I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
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And I will strengthen them in the LORD,
And in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.
from Zechariah 10

the afflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the LORD. I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
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“Woe to the worthless shepherd
Who leaves the flock!
A sword will be on his arm
And on his right eye!
His arm will be totally withered
And his right eye will be blind.”
from Zephaniah 11
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