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2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
11 A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
20 Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.- Proverbs 15

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1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. - Proverbs 15

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2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him.  6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.  27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.  29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. - Proverbs 14

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3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 
5 The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.- Proverbs 13

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1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. 3 No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. 16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 25 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. - Proverbs 12

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1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.  2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.  3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.  4 Riches do not profit in the day of  wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.  5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness. - Proverbs 11

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28 The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.  29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.  30 The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land.  31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.  32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse. - Proverbs 10

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13 The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. 
14 She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
15 calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way,
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead[d] are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. - Proverbs 9:13-18

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1 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. . . . . 
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. - Proverbs 9:1-12

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13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.  Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. 14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;    I have insight; I have strength.  15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; 16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me   . . . . 

32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:  blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, 36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

- Proverbs 8

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1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend,
5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words . . . . . 

21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.

- Proverbs 7:1-27

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20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. 21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, 24 to preserve you from the evil woman,  from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.. - Proverbs 6:20-35

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12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, 13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, 14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken  beyond healing. 16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. - Proverbs 6:12-19

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6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,  8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?  When will you arise from your sleep?  10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,  and want like an armed man. - Proverbs 6:6-11

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1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. 3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, 4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; 6 she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

 

21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.  22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. 23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray. - Proverbs 5

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1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.  
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.  8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown. 

 

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

- Proverbs 4

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27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.  28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,     tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. 29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. 30 Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, 32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence. 33 The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he  blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. 35 The wise will inherit honor,    but fools get disgrace.  - Proverbs 3:27-35

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1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all 
your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not
wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  - Proverbs 3:1-7

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1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, - Proverbs 2:1-11

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20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;
21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:  22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.  24 Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, 25 because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof . . . . . 
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; 33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” - Proverbs 1:20-33

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8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction,  and forsake not your mother's teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; 15 my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, 16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.  17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, 18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. 19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. - Proverbs 1:8-19

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1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4  to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. - Proverbs 1:1-7

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28 One of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, asked Him, “Which command-ment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:28-31

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14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.  15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” - Mark 16:14-18

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33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” - Mark 15:33-34

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1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  And He answered him, “You have said so.”

                                                                                                                                - Mark 15:1-2

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60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make?  What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But He remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”  62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need?  64 You have heard His blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned Him as  deserving death.  - Mark 14:60-64

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43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the 12, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard." 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled.  51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. - Mark 14:43-52

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32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Mark 14:32-42

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27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. - Mark 14:27-31

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22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” - Mark 14:22-25

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32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in  charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.  35  Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” - Mark 13:32-37

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24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.  - Mark 13:24-31

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14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.  - Mark 13:14-16

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