Guard your heart

   
Guard your heart  
   
   
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.  
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.  
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.  
   
   
73 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  
2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  
3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  
   
   
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.  
   
   
   
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David and The Egyptian

   
David and The Egyptian  
   
   
28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.  
   
23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.  
   
5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.  
   
   
   
27 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. Fear of men
2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.  
3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s wife.  
4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him.  
5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?  
6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day.  
7 And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.  
8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.  
9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.  
10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites.  
11 And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines.  
12 And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.  
28 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.  
2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.  
   
   
6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the Lord liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.  
7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.  
8 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?  
9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.  
10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master’s servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.  
11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.  
   
   
   
30 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;  
2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.  
3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.  
4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.  
5 And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.  
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.  
   
   
   
11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;  
12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.  
13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.  
14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.  
15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neitherkill me, nor deliver meinto the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.  
   
   
   
10 And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.  
11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?  
   
   
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:  
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:  
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:  
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:  
17 And the way of peace have they not known:  
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.  
   
   
   
12 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.  
3 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:  
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?  
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.  
6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  
7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.  
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.  

The Lord has made

   
The Lord has made  
   
   
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.  
   
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.  
   
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.  
   
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.  

The Love of God

   
The Love of God  
   
   
   
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  
   
   
   
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  
   
   
   
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.  
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.  
   

A cup of cold water

   
A cup of cold water  
   
   
36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.  
37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.  
38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died.  
39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the Lord, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife. Nabal blasphemed the God’s anointed

Did not receive the sent one

40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.  
41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.  
42 And Abigail hasted, and arose and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.  
   
   
   
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. for the peace with the rich and the rulers to save our own lives
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. for His name to be proclaimed
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.  
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. take heed not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.  
   
   
   
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.  
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:  
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.  
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.  
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:  
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.  
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.  
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?  
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  
   
   
7 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?  
2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.  
3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.  
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  

The Rich Fool

   
The Rich Fool  
   
   
36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal‘s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.  
37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.  
38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died.  
39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the Lord, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.  
40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.  
41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.  
42 And Abigail hasted, and arose and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.  
43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.  
44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.  
   
   
12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.  
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.  
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:  
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.  
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.  
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:  
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.  
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.  
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?  
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.  
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?  
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?  
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?  
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?  
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.  
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  

Understanding to Know

   
Understanding to Know  
   
   
   
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Understanding to know the mystery of God
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  
   
   
   
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, andin the power of his might.  
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.