from Proverbs 29
He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.
A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads a net for his feet.
By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.
The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.
If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
But the upright seek his well-being.
A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.
If a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants become wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
The king who judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.
The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.
Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.
A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.
Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.
An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.
A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.
The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the LORD.
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
from 2Chronicles 29
Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.
Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us. My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.”
So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order. Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.
from 2Chronicles 30
the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: “Children of Israel, return to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see. Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. For if you return to the LORD, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.”
The whole assembly of Judah rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, all the assembly that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel, and those who dwelt in Judah. So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
from 2Chronicles 31
when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images, and threw down the high places and the altars—from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh—until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned to their own cities, every man to his possession.
Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.