Reading: What God hates
Reference: Prov. 6:12-19
Proverbs 6:12: A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
Proverbs 6:13: He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Proverbs 6:14: Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Proverbs 6:15: Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Proverbs 6:16: These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Proverbs 6:17: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18: An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Proverbs 6:19: A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Reading: A proud man humbled
Reference: Dan. 4:28-37
Daniel 4:28: All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 4:29: At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
Daniel 4:30: The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
Daniel 4:31: While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
Daniel 4:32: And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Daniel 4:33: The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.
Daniel 4:34: And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Daniel 4:35: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Daniel 4:36: At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
Daniel 4:37: Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Reading: A humble beginning
Reference: 1 Kings 3:5-10
I Kings 3:5: In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
I Kings 3:6: And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
I Kings 3:7: And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
I Kings 3:8: And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
I Kings 3:9: Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
I Kings 3:10: And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
Reading: Speak the truth
Reference: Ps. 15:1-5
Psalms 15:1: Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
Psalms 15:2: He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Psalms 15:3: He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Psalms 15:4: In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
Psalms 15:5: He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Reading: A fool is full of words
Reference: Eccles. 10:11-15
Ecclesiastes 10:11: Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Ecclesiastes 10:12: The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Ecclesiastes 10:13: The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Ecclesiastes 10:14: A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
Ecclesiastes 10:15: The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
Reading: Hearing when God speaks
Reference: Psalms 85:6-13
Psalms 85:6: Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Psalms 85:7: Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
Psalms 85:8: I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
Psalms 85:9: Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Psalms 85:10: Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psalms 85:11: Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Psalms 85:12: Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
Psalms 85:13: Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
Reading: Words of wisdom
Reference: Proverbs 8:1-9
Proverbs 8:1: Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
Proverbs 8:2: She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
Proverbs 8:3: She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
Proverbs 8:4: Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
Proverbs 8:5: O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Proverbs 8:6: Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
Proverbs 8:7: For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Proverbs 8:8: All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
Proverbs 8:9: They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
Reading: Speak what you mean
Reference: James 5:7-12
James 5:7: Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
James 5:8: Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
James 5:9: Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
James 5:10: Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
James 5:11: Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James 5:12: But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Reading: The mouth of a scorner
Reference: Prov. 13:1-6
Proverbs 13:1: A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
Proverbs 13:2: A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
Proverbs 13:3: He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Proverbs 13:4: The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 13:5: A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Proverbs 13:6: Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
Reading: Jesus’s gracious words
Reference: Luke 4:16-22
Luke 4:16: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 4:17: And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:20: And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luke 4:21: And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Luke 4:22: And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
Reading: Judged by our works
Reference: Matt. 25:34-46
Matthew 25:34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matthew 25:37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matthew 25:38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matthew 25:39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matthew 25:43: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matthew 25:44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matthew 25:45: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matthew 25:46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Reading: Known by their fruits
Reference: Matt. 7:15-21
Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 7:16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matthew 7:17: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Matthew 7:18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 7:19: Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Matthew 7:20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Matthew 7:21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Reading: Maintain good works
Reference: Titus 3:1-2, 8, 14
Titus 3:1: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
Titus 3:2: To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Titus 3:8: This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Titus 3:14: And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Reading: Vain works
Reference: Gal. 4:8-11
Galatians 4:8: Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Galatians 4:9: But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Galatians 4:10: Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Galatians 4:11: I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Reading: Work of faith
Reference: 1 Thess. 1:2-7
I Thessalonians 1:2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
I Thessalonians 1:3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
I Thessalonians 1:4: Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
I Thessalonians 1:5: For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
I Thessalonians 1:6: And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
I Thessalonians 1:7: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
Reading: Religion without charity
Reference: 1 Cor. 13:1-3
I Corinthians 13:1: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
I Corinthians 13:2: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
I Corinthians 13:3: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Reading: Abraham’s faith
Reference: Gen. 12:1-4
Genesis 12:1: Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Genesis 12:2: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Genesis 12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 12:4: So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Reading: Eternal rest
Reference: Rev. 14:2-5
Revelation of John 14:2: And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Revelation of John 14:3: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Revelation of John 14:4: These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Revelation of John 14:5: And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Reading: Hold fast our profession
Reference: Heb. 10:23-25
Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; ( for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Reading: The righteous are upheld
Reference: Ps. 37:23-29
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalms 37:24: Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
Psalms 37:25: I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psalms 37:26: He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Psalms 37:27: Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
Psalms 37:28: For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalms 37:29: The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.