Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wisdom Principles--Rely on God Rather than Material Wealth

Prayer with fasting and alms with uprightness are better than riches with iniquity. Better to practice almsgiving than to hoard up gold.

 Though he amass silver like dust and gather fine clothes like clay, 17 let him gather!-some good man will wear them, while his silver is shared among the upright.
18 All he has built himself is a spider's web, made himself a watchman's shack.
19 He goes to bed rich, but never again: he wakes to find it has all gone
20 Terror assails him in broad daylight, and at night a whirlwind sweeps him off.
21 An east wind picks him up and drags him away, snatching him up from his homestead.
22 Pitilessly he is turned into a target, and forced to flee from the hands that menace him.
23 His downfall is greeted with applause, he is hissed wherever he goes.

Had I put my trust in gold or called fine gold my security; 25 or had I rejoiced that my wealth was great, or that my hand had acquired abundance
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28 This too would be a crime for condemnation, for I should have denied God above.

What little the upright possesses outweighs all the wealth of the wicked; 17 for the weapons of the wicked shall be shattered, while Yahweh supports the upright.

I am not afraid in times of danger when I am surrounded by enemies, by evil people who trust in their riches and boast of their great wealth. We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives, because the payment for a human life is too great. What we could pay would never be enoughto keep us from the grave, to let us live forever. 10 Anyone can see that even the wise die, as well as the foolish and stupid. They all leave their riches to their descendants.

 Do not be overawed when someone gets rich, and lives in ever greater splendor;17 when he dies he will take nothing with him, his wealth will not go down with him.
18 Though he pampered himself while he lived -- and people praise you for looking after yourself- 19 he will go to join the ranks of his ancestors, who will never again see the light.

So God will ruin you forever; he will take hold of you and snatch you from your home; he will remove you from the world of the living. Righteous people will see this and be afraid; then they will laugh at you and say, “Look, here is someone who did not depend on God for safety, but trusted instead in great wealth and looked for security in being wicked.” But I am like an olive tree growing in the house of God; I trust in his constant love forever and ever.

Even if your riches increase, don't depend on them. 11 More than once I have heard God say that power belongs to him.

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Confidence placed in riches comes to nothing.

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

The ransom for life is a person's wealth; but the poor will not hear the reproof.

Better to have little and with it fear of Yahweh than immense wealth and with it anxiety.

17 Better a dish of herbs when love is there than a fattened ox and hatred to go with it.

Better have little and with it uprightness than great revenues with injustice.

Better be humble with the poor than share the booty with the proud.

Better a mouthful of dry bread with peace than a house filled with quarrelsome sacrifices.

Better the poor living an honest life than the adept at double-talk who is a fool.

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Better someone poor living an honest life than someone of devious ways however rich.

Keep falsehood and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches, grant me only my share of food, 9 for fear that, surrounded by plenty, I should fall away and say, 'Yahweh-who is Yahweh?' or else, in destitution, take to stealing and profane the name of my God.

For here is one who has labored wisely, skillfully and successfully and must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. This is futile too, and grossly unjust; 22 for what does he gain for all the toil and strain that he has undergone under the sun-23 since his days are full of sorrow, his work is full of stress and even at night he has no peace of mind? This is futile too.

Do not set your heart on your wealth, nor say, “I have enough.”

Do not say, “I have enough, and what calamity could happen to me in the future?”

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; 24 but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord.”

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.”

I have learnt to manage with whatever I have.12 I know how to live modestly, and I know how to live luxuriously too: in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions: full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty.13 There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.

And now, you rich people, listen to me! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches have rotted away, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. Your gold and silver are covered with rust, and this rust will be a witness against you and will eat up your flesh like fire. You have piled up riches in these last days. You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty. Your life here on earth has been full of luxury and pleasure. You have made yourselves fat for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent people, and they do not resist you.

You say to yourself: I am rich, I have made a fortune and have everything I want, never realizing that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. 18 I warn you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you truly rich, and white robes to clothe you and hide your shameful nakedness, and ointment to put on your eyes to enable you to see.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wisdom Principles—Dealing with Anger

Leviticus 19:17-18
You will not harbor hatred for your brother.
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18 You will not exact vengeance on, or bear any sort of grudge
1 Samuel 25:32-33
David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today. 33 Blessed is your good judgment and blessed are you yourself. Today you have prevented me from shedding blood...
2 Kings 5:10-14
Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.’ 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, ‘I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?’ He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’ 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
Job 5:2
Resentment kills the senseless, and anger brings death to the fool.
Proverbs 10:12
Hatred provokes disputes, but love excuses all offences.
Proverbs 12:16
Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult.
Proverbs 14:17
One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly
Proverbs 14:29
Mastery of temper is high proof of intelligence, a quick temper makes folly worse than ever.
Proverbs 14:30
A tranquil mind gives life to the body
Proverbs 15:18
The hot-headed provokes disputes, the equable allays dissension.
Better an equable person than a hero, someone with self-mastery than one who takes a city.
As well unleash a flood as start a dispute; desist before the quarrel breaks out.
Proverbs 17:27
He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
A brother offended is worse than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the locks of a keep.
Proverbs 19:11
Good sense makes for self-control, and for pride in overlooking an offence.
It is praiseworthy to stop short of a law-suit; only a fool flies into a rage.
Proverbs 22:24-25
Do not make friends with one who gives way to anger, make no one quick-tempered a companion of yours, 25 for fear you learn such behavior and in it find a snare for yourself.
Proverbs 25:28
A city breached and left defenseless are those who do not control their temper.
Proverbs 26:21
Charcoal for live embers, wood for fire, and the quarrelsome for kindling strife.
Proverbs 29:11
The fool blurts out every angry feeling, but the wise subdues and restrains them.
Proverbs 29:22
The hot-head provokes disputes, someone in a rage commits all sorts of sins.
Proverbs 30:33
For as the churning of milk produces curds, and the pressing of the nose produces blood, the churning of anger produces strife.
Ecclesiastes 7:9
Do not be too easily exasperated, for exasperation dwells in the heart of fools.
Sirach 1:22-24
The rage of the wicked cannot put him in the right, for the weight of his rage is his downfall. 23 A patient person puts up with things until the right time comes: but his joy will break out in the end. 24 Till the time comes he keeps his thoughts to himself, and many a lip will affirm how wise he is.
Sirach 8:16
Do not argue with a quick-tempered man, do not go with him where there are no other people, since blood counts for nothing in his eyes, and where no help is to be had, he will strike you down.
Sirach 27:30
Resentment and anger, these are foul things too, and a sinner is a master at them both.
Sirach 28:1-7
Whoever exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord, who keeps strict account of sin.
2 Pardon your neighbor any wrongs done to you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.
3 If anyone nurses anger against another, can one then demand compassion from the Lord?
4 Showing no pity for someone like oneself, can one then plead for one's own sins?
5 Mere creature of flesh, yet cherishing resentment!-who will forgive one for sinning?
6 Remember the last things, and stop hating, corruption and death, and be faithful to the commandments.
7 Remember the commandments, and do not bear your fellow ill-will, remember the covenant of the Most High, and ignore the offence.
8 Avoid quarrelling and you will sin less; for the hot-tempered provokes quarrels
Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:22  
But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother "Fool" will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him "Traitor" will answer for it in hell fire.
Matthew 5:25
Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
Matthew 5:44 
But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Matthew 6:12, 14-15 
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
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if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours;15 but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.
Luke 6:27-28
But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.
Romans 12:19-21  
Never try to get revenge: leave that, my dear friends, to the Retribution. As scripture says: Vengeance is mine – I will pay them back, the Lord promises. 20And more: If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. By this, you will be heaping red-hot coals on his head. 21Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good.
Galatians 5:19-21
When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious… antagonisms and rivalry, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels, disagreements… and all such things. And about these, I tell you now as I have told you in the past, that people who behave in these ways will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4:31-32
Any bitterness or bad temper or anger or shouting or abuse must be far removed from you -- as must every kind of malice. 32Be generous to one another, sympathetic, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.
Colossians 3:13
Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.
James 1:19-20
Remember this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to human anger; 20God's saving justice is never served by human anger