June 20: Proverbs 21; 2Chronicles 1-5:1

Good All the Time

My Redeemer is Faithful and True

Christ We Do All Adore Thee

from Proverbs 21

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD,
Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the hearts.
To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
A haughty look, a proud heart,
And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Getting treasures by a lying tongue
Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
The violence of the wicked will destroy them,
Because they refuse to do justice.
The way of a guilty man is perverse;
But as for the pure, his work is right.
Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked,
Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
A gift in secret pacifies anger,
And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
It is a joy for the just to do justice,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
He who loves pleasure will be a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
And the unfaithful for the upright.
Better to dwell in the wilderness,
Than with a contentious and angry woman.
There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.
He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
And brings down the trusted stronghold.
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.
The desire of the lazy man kills him,
For his hands refuse to labor.
He covets greedily all day long,
But the righteous gives and does not spare.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
A false witness shall perish,
But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
A wicked man hardens his face,
But as for the upright, he establishes his way.
There is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the LORD.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the LORD.

from 2Chronicles 1

God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

from 2Chronicles 2

Then Solomon determined to build a temple for the name of the LORD, and a royal house for himself. Solomon selected seventy thousand men to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry stone in the mountains, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.

the temple which I build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?

from 2Chronicles 3

Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And he began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign. This is the foundation which Solomon laid for building the house of God:

from 2Chronicles 4

So Huram finished doing the work that he was to do for King Solomon for the house of God: the two pillars and the bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two networks covering the two bowl-shaped capitals which were on top of the pillars; four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the pillars); he also made carts and the lavers on the carts; one Sea and twelve oxen under it; also the pots, the shovels, the forks—and all their articles Huram his master craftsman made of burnished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD.
In the plain of Jordan the king had them cast in clay molds, between Succoth and Zeredah. And Solomon had all these articles made in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze was not determined.
Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of God: the altar of gold and the tables on which was the showbread; the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in the prescribed manner in front of the inner sanctuary, with the flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold, of purest gold; the trimmers, the bowls, the ladles, and the censers of pure gold. As for the entry of the sanctuary, its inner doors to the Most Holy Place, and the doors of the main hall of the temple, were gold.

from 2Chronicles 5

So all the work that Solomon had done for the house of the LORD was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and all the furnishings. And he put them in the treasuries of the house of God.

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