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-Praying Thru Proverbs: 21: 1-15

by Dr. D ~ April 8th, 2019

21 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
the lamp[a] of the wicked, are sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.[b]
7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
8 The way of the guilty is crooked,
but the conduct of the pure is upright.
9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;
when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
he throws the wicked down to ruin.
13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered.
14 A gift in secret averts anger,
and a concealed bribe,[c] strong wrath.
15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.  –ESV

 
Footnotes:

a.  Proverbs 21:4 Or the plowing

b.  Proverbs 21:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death

c.  Proverbs 21:14 Hebrew a bribe in the bosom


Our Father,

We pray for your will to be done through the government authorities in our land. Our Father, you know our hearts and that we want to walk on your path and down the way of the righteous and not our own.

We want to be examples of your righteousness and justice in this life; it is only through the sacrifice of your Son Jesus that it is possible for us to be righteousness in your sight. It is only through the counsel of your Holy Spirit that we remember to extend your love to others.

Father, by your teaching we are more diligent than we would have been because of the hope that you have given us in this life and the life to come. Help us O Lord to avoid pride since we are nothing without you; help us also to avoid distortion and lies but stand up for the truth and mercy in all of our dealings with others.

We thank you Father for your instruction; your knowledge has given us hope and an abundant life; therefore, we want to always be agents of your justice and love in this life.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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