December 18: Proverbs 20; Revelation 8:7-9

Song for Today:
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Jesus, Light of the World

When Love Was Born

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,
But any fool will quarrel.
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A righteous man who walks in his integrity—
How blessed are his sons after him.
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Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?
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Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
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Loyalty and truth preserve the king,
And he upholds his throne by righteousness.
from Proverbs 20

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
from Revelation 8

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.
from Revelation 9
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