It is hard for us to accept instruction and correction because we’d like to think we already know it all.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 19:11-20

ESV Text: Proverbs 19:11-20

Proverbs 19:11–20 (Listen)


11   Good sense makes one slow to anger,
    and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
12   A king’s wrath is like the growling of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13   A foolish son is ruin to his father,
    and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
14   House and wealth are inherited from fathers,
    but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15   Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
    and an idle person will suffer hunger.
16   Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
    he who despises his ways will die.
17   Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
    and he will repay him for his deed.
18   Discipline your son, for there is hope;
    do not set your heart on putting him to death.
19   A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
    for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
20   Listen to advice and accept instruction,
    that you may gain wisdom in the future.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:5 and ends at about 2:21

     11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

     12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

     13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

     14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

     15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

     16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

     17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

     18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

     19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

     20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 402 (LSB 731):
O God, Forsake me Not

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1. O God, forsake me not! 
Thy gracious presence lend me; 
Lead Thou Thy helpless child; 
Thy Holy Spirit send me 
That I my course may run. 
Be Thou my Light, my Lot, 
My Staff, my Rock, my Shield, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

2. O God, forsake me not! 
Take not Thy Spirit from me 
And suffer not the might 
Of sin to overcome me. 
Increase my feeble faith, 
Which Thou Thyself hast wrought. 
Be Thou my Strength and Power, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

3. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, hear my supplication! 
In every evil hour 
Help me o’ercome temptation; 
And when the Prince of hell 
My conscience seeks to blot, 
Be Thou not far from me, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

4. O God, forsake me not! 
Thy mercy I’m addressing; 
O Father, God of Love, 
Grant me Thy heavenly blessing 
To do when duty calls 
What’er Thou didst allot, 
To do what pleaseth Thee, – 
O God, forsake me not! 

5. O God, forsake me not! 
Lord, I am Thine forever. 
Grant me true faith in Thee; 
Grant that I leave Thee never. 
Grant me a blessed end 
When my good fight is fought; 
Help me in life and death, – 
O God, forsake me not! 


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The Spirit led the Thessalonians to accept the Word of God as it really was: The message to them from heaven.

BibleGateway: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

ESV Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

1 Thessalonians 2:13–20 (Listen)

13 And we also thank God constantly1 for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men2 but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,3 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!4

Paul’s Longing to See Them Again

17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

Footnotes

[1] 2:13 Or without ceasing

[2] 2:13 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women

[3] 2:14 The Greek word Ioudaioi can refer to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that time

[4] 2:16 Or completely, or forever

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:37 and ends at about 3:6

     13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

     17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 293 :
O Holy Spirit, Grant us Grace

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Holy Spirit, grant us grace 
That we our Lord and Savior 
In faith and fervent love embrace 
And truly serve Him ever, 
So that when death is drawing nigh, 
We to His open wounds may fly 
And find in them salvation. 

2. Help us that we Thy saving Word 
In faithful hearts may treasure; 
Let e’er that Bread of Life afford 
New grace in richest measure. 
Yea, let us die to every sin, 
For heaven create us new within 
That fruits of faith may flourish. 

3. And when our earthly race is run, 
Death’s bitter hour impending, 
Then may Thy work in us begun 
Continue till life’s ending, 
Until we gladly may commend 
Our souls into our Savior’s hand 
To rest in peace eternal. 


Hymn: LSB 836 O God of Light
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