Better to give up earthly treasures and pursue righteousness than to gain much dishonestly.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 28:1-10

ESV Text: Proverbs 28:1-10


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 28

     1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

     2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

     3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

     4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

     5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

     6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

     7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

     8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

     9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

     10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 430:
What Is the World to Me

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. What is the world to me 
With all its vaunted pleasure 
When Thou, and Thou alone, 
Lord Jesus, art my Treasure! 
Thou only, dearest Lord, 
My soul’s Delight shalt be; 
Thou art my Peace, my Rest,- 
What is the world to me! 

2. The would is like a cloud 
And like a vapor fleeting, 
A shadow that declines, 
Swift to its end retreating. 
My Jesus doth abide, 
Though all things fade and flee; 
My everlasting Rock,- 
What is the world to me! 

3. The world seeks to be praised 
And honored by the mighty, 
Yet never once reflects 
That they are frail and flighty. 
But what I truly prize 
Above all things is He, 
My Jesus, He alone,- 
What is the world to me! 

4. The world seeks after wealth 
And all that Mammon offers, 
Yet never is content 
Though gold should fill its coffers. 
I have a higher good, 
Content with it I’ll be: 
My Jesus is my Wealth,- 
What is the world to me! 

5. The world is sorely grieved 
Whenever it is slighted 
Or when its hollow fame 
And honor have been blighted. 
Christ, Thy reproach I bear 
Long as it pleaseth Thee; 
I’m honored by my Lord,- 
What is the world to me! 

6. The world with wanton pride 
Exalts its sinful pleasures 
And for them foolishly 
Gives up the heavenly treasures. 
Let others love the world 
With all its vanity; 
I love the Lord, my God,- 
What is the world to me! 

7. The world abideth not; 
Lo, like a flash ’twill vanish; 
With all it gorgeous pomp 
Pale death it cannot banish; 
Its riches pass away, 
And all its joys must flee; 
But Jesus doth abide,- 
What is the world to me! 

8. What is the world to me! 
My Jesus is my Treasure, 
My Life, my Health, my Wealth, 
My Friend, my Love, my Pleasure, 
My Joy, my Crown, my All, 
My Bliss eternally. 
Once more, then, I declare: 
What is the world to me! 


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