We are not to become proud of our kindness toward others, but our kindness is an expression of our love for God.

We are not to become proud of our kindness toward others, but our kindness is an expression of our love for God.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 11:16-31

ESV Text: Proverbs 11:16-31

Proverbs 11:16–31 (Listen)


16   A gracious woman gets honor,
    and violent men get riches.
17   A man who is kind benefits himself,
    but a cruel man hurts himself.
18   The wicked earns deceptive wages,
    but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19   Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
    but he who pursues evil will die.
20   Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD,
    but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21   Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
    but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22   Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
    is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23   The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24   One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25   Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
    and one who waters will himself be watered.
26   The people curse him who holds back grain,
    but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27   Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,1
    but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28   Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
    but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29   Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
    and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30   The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
    and whoever captures souls is wise.
31   If the righteous is repaid on earth,
    how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Footnotes

[1] 11:27 Or acceptance

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:34 and ends at about 3:39

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     16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

     17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

     18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

     19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

     20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

     21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

     22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

     23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

     24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

     25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

     26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

     27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

     28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

     29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

     30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

     31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 405 :
I Gave my Life for Thee

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1. I gave My life for thee, 
My precious blood I shed, 
That thou might’st ransomed be 
And quickened from the dead. 
I gave My life for thee; 
What hast thou given for Me? 

2. I spent long years for thee 
In weariness and woe 
That an eternity 
Of joy thou mightest know. 
I spent long years for thee; 
Hast thou spent one for Me? 

3. My Father’s home of light, 
My rainbow-circled throne, 
I left for earthly night, 
For wanderings sad and lone. 
I left it all for thee; 
Hast thou left aught for Me? 

4. I suffered much for thee, 
More than My tongue may tell, 
Of bitterest agony, 
To rescue thee from hell. 
I suffered much for thee; 
What canst thou bear for Me? 

5. And I have brought to thee 
Down from My home above 
Salvation full and free, 
My pardon and My love. 
Great gifts I brought to thee; 
What hast thou brought to Me? 

6. Oh, let thy life be given, 
Thy years for Me be spent, 
World’s fetters all be riven, 
And joy with suffering blent! 
I gave Myself for thee: 
Give thou thyself to Me. 


Hymn: LSB 844 Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
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