September 18th, 2022

September 18, 2022

Today's Reading:

New Testament & Psalms Plan: 2 Corinthians 2, Psalm 106:27–36
Entire Bible Plan: 2 Corinthians 2, Psalm 106:27–36, Proverbs 28–29

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In fact, I made up my mind about this: I would not come to you on another painful visit. For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me? I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn't have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident about all of you that my joy will also be yours. For I wrote to you with many tears out of an extremely troubled and anguished heart—not to cause you pain, but that you should know the abundant love I have for you.

A Sinner Forgiven

If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree—not to exaggerate—to all of you. This punishment by the majority is sufficient for that person. As a result, you should instead forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, he may be overwhelmed by excessive grief. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. I wrote for this purpose: to test your character to see if you are obedient in everything. Anyone you forgive, I do too. For what I have forgiven—if I have forgiven anything—it is for your benefit in the presence of Christ, so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.

A Trip to Macedonia

When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord opened a door for me, I had no rest in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus. Instead, I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia.

A Ministry of Life or Death

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ's triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things? For we do not market the word of God for profit like so many. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God.

Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers,
but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.

A destitute leader who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no food.

Those who reject the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law pit themselves against them.

The evil do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand everything.

Better the poor person who lives with integrity
than the rich one who distorts right and wrong.

A discerning son keeps the law,
but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest
collects it for one who is kind to the poor.

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law—
even his prayer is detestable.

The one who leads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless will inherit what is good.

A rich person is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor one who has discernment sees through him.

When the righteous triumph,
there is great rejoicing,
but when the wicked come to power,
people hide.

The one who conceals his sins
will not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them
will find mercy.

Happy is the one who is always reverent,
but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

A wicked ruler over a helpless people
is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.

A leader who lacks understanding
is very oppressive,
but one who hates dishonest profit
prolongs his life.

Someone burdened by bloodguilt
will be a fugitive until death.
Let no one help him.

The one who lives with integrity will be helped,
but one who distorts right and wrong
will suddenly fall.

The one who works his land
will have plenty of food,
but whoever chases fantasies
will have his fill of poverty.

A faithful person will have many blessings,
but one in a hurry to get rich
will not go unpunished.

It is not good to show partiality—
yet even a courageous person may sin for a piece of bread.

A greedy one is in a hurry for wealth;
he doesn't know that poverty will come to him.

One who rebukes a person will later find more favor
than one who flatters with his tongue.

The one who robs his father or mother
and says, "That's no sin,"
is a companion to a person who destroys.

A greedy person stirs up conflict,
but whoever trusts in the Lord will prosper.

The one who trusts in himself is a fool,
but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.

The one who gives to the poor
will not be in need,
but one who turns his eyes away
will receive many curses.

When the wicked come to power,
people hide,
but when they are destroyed,
the righteous flourish.

One who becomes stiff-necked,
after many reprimands
will be shattered instantly—
beyond recovery.

When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, people groan.

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.

By justice a king brings stability to a land,
but a person who demands "contributions"
demolishes it.

A person who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.

An evil person is caught by sin,
but the righteous one sings and rejoices.

The righteous person knows the rights of the poor,
but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

Mockers inflame a city,
but the wise turn away anger.

If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.

Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person,
but the upright care about him.

A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise person holds it in check.

If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials will be wicked.

The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

A king who judges the poor with fairness—
his throne will be established forever.

A rod of correction imparts wisdom,
but a youth left to himself
is a disgrace to his mother.

When the wicked increase, rebellion increases,
but the righteous will see their downfall.

Discipline your child, and it will bring you peace of mind
and give you delight.

Without revelation people run wild,
but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.

A servant cannot be disciplined by words;
though he understands, he doesn't respond.

Do you see someone who speaks too soon?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

A servant pampered from his youth
will become arrogant later on.

An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered one increases rebellion.

A person's pride will humble him,
but a humble spirit will gain honor.

To be a thief's partner is to hate oneself;
he hears the curse but will not testify.

The fear of mankind is a snare,
but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.

Many desire a ruler's favor,
but a person receives justice from the Lord.

An unjust person is detestable to the righteous,
and one whose way is upright
is detestable to the wicked.

Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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