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September 7

Pastor’s Note

The potent sayings of Proverbs continue today. Remember to read these powerful statements prayerfully, thoughtfully, and with a view to the things that you are currently facing. We read the end of 1 Corinthians 15 today encountering some of the most triumphant statements regarding the final stage of God’s redemptive plan. Enjoy these powerful verses from the New Testament.

— Pastor Mike

Proverbs 11-12

11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
 but a just weight is his delight.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
 but with the humble is wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
 but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
 but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
 but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
 but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
 and the expectation of wealth [1] perishes too.
The righteous is delivered from trouble,
 and the wicked walks into it instead.
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
 but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
 and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
 but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
 but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
 but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
 but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
 but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
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, [2]
 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!
12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
 but he who hates reproof is stupid.
A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
 but a man of evil devices he condemns.
No one is established by wickedness,
 but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
 but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are just;
 the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
 but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
 but the house of the righteous will stand.
A man is commended according to his good sense,
 but one of twisted mind is despised.
Better to be lowly and have a servant
 than to play the great man and lack bread.
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
 but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
 but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
 but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
 but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
 and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
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.
17 Whoever speaks [3] the truth gives honest evidence,
 but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
 but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
 but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
 but those who plan peace have joy.
21 No ill befalls the righteous,
 but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
 but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
 but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
 while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
 but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, [4]
 but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
 but the diligent man will get precious wealth. [5]
28 In the path of righteousness is life,
 and in its pathway there is no death.

1 Corinthians 15:33-58

33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” [6] 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; [7] the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall [8] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
 O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Footnotes

[1] 11:7 Or of his strength, or of iniquity
[2] 11:27 Or acceptance
[3] 12:17 Hebrew breathes out
[4] 12:26 Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully
[5] 12:27 Or but diligence is precious wealth
[6] 15:33 Probably from Menander’s comedy Thais
[7] 15:45 Greek a living soul
[8] 15:49 Some manuscripts let us

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