Monday, November 20, 2023

Proverbs 6

Translation: ESV

Practical Warnings

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
have given your pledge for a stranger,
2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten,[a] and plead urgently with your neighbor.
4 Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,[b]
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
13 winks with his eyes, signals[c] with his feet,
points with his finger,
14 with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;

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Date: May 13 2024

15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.

Warnings Against Adultery
20 My son, keep your father's commandment,
and forsake not your mother's teaching.
21 Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they[d] will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.

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Date: June 11 2024

23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,[g]
but a married woman[h] hunts down a precious life.
27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

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Date: November 21 2023

34 For jealousy makes a man furious,
     and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;
     he will refuse though you multiply gifts.

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Proverbs 4

 Translation: ESV

A Father's Wise Instruction

Patreon image donor: Stephen MacLellan
Date: November 18 2023
Inktober prompt: Trumpet

1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,
    and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
2 for I give you good precepts;
    do not forsake my teaching.

3 When I was a son with my father,
    tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever you get, get insight.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
    she will honor you if you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;
    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,
    that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
    and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
    guard her, for she is your life.

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Date: October 22 2023
Inktober prompt: Scratchy

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
    and do not walk in the way of the evil.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;
    turn away from it and pass on.

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Date: May 5 2024
"The Anglerfish" of The Magnus Archives

16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
     they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know over what they stumble.

20 My son, be attentive to my words;
    incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
    keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
    and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
    for from it flow the springs of life.

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Date: October 26 2023

24 Put away from you crooked speech,
    and put devious talk far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
    and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
    then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
    turn your foot away from evil.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Micah Pile

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Micah 6

8 I will shew thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requireth of thee: Verily, to do judgment, and to love mercy, and to walk solicitous with thy God.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Proverbs 3

Translation: ESV

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
    and peace they will add to you.

Patreon image donor: Clayton Orr
Date: October 21 2023
Inktober prompt: Chain

3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success
    in the sight of God and man.

Patreon image donor: Stephan MacLellan
Date: February 22 2024
Inktober prompt: Reflection

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Patreon image donor: Mena Farag
Date: November 25 2023
Inktober prompt: Fresh

8 It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones.

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Date: October 19 2023
Inktober prompt: Plump

9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
    and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
    and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom
13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
    and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
    and her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Patreon image donor: Ivanhoe
Date: February 24 2024
Inktober prompt: Ancient

16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
    those who hold her fast are called blessed.

19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
    by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
    and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, do not lose sight of these—
    keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your soul
    and adornment for your neck.

Patreon image donor: Stephen MacLellan
Date: October 20 2023
Inktober prompt: Frost

23 Then you will walk on your way securely,
    and your foot will not stumble.

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Date: October 28 2023
Inktober prompt: Beast

24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror
    or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught.

Patreon image donor: Yasemin Gurdal
Date: November 8 2023
Inktober prompt: Rush

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to do it.

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Date: January 8 2024
Inktober prompt: Home

28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
    tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

Patreon image donor: Christian Tran
Date: October 25 2023
Inktober prompt: Dangerous

29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
    who dwells trustingly beside you.

30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,
    when he has done you no harm.

Patreon image donor: WalkerTexasCoder
Date: October 13 2023
Inktober prompt: Dagger

31 Do not envy a man of violence
    and do not choose any of his ways,

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Date: November 18 2023

32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,
    but the upright are in his confidence.

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Date: October 9 2023
Inktober prompt: Bounce

33 The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,
    but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
    but fools get disgrace.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

John Pile

Patreon image donor: Susan Williams
Date: October 7 2023
John 5

39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Amos Pile

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Amos 7

1 These things the Lord God shewed to me: and behold the locust was formed in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter rain, and lo, it was the latter rain after the king's mowing.

2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, I said: O Lord God, be merciful, I beseech thee: who shall raise up Jacob, for he is very little?

3 The Lord had pity upon this: It shall not be, said the Lord.

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Amos 7

7 These things the Lord shewed to me: and behold the Lord was standing upon a plastered wall, and in his hand a mason's trowel.

8 And the Lord said to me: What seest thou, Amos? And I said: A mason's trowel.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Sirach Pile

Patreon image donor: Erika Brady
Date: August 26 2020
Sirach 7

40 In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.

Monday, October 2, 2023

Proverbs 2

Translation: ESV

The Value of Wisdom

Patreon image donor: Ivanhoe
Date: October 11
Inktober prompt: Fortune

1 My son, if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;

Patreon image donor: Sarah Hodges
Date: October 5 2023
Inktober prompt: Map

3 yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.

Patreon image donor: Tamara Buch
Date: November 6 2023
Inktober prompt: Sparkle

6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Patreon image donor: Tamara Buch
Date: October 11 2023
Inktober prompt: Wander

7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 guarding the paths of justice
    and watching over the way of his saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
    understanding will guard you,

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Date: October 4 2023
Inktober prompt: Dodge

12 delivering you from the way of evil,
    from men of perverted speech,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
    to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
    and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15 men whose paths are crooked,
    and who are devious in their ways.

SubscribeStar image donor: M Kurosaki
Date: October 2 2023
Inktober prompt: Spider

16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
    from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the companion of her youth
    and forgets the covenant of her God;

Patreon image donor: Angle and Michael Loveless
Date: October 3 2023
Inktober prompt: Path

18 for her house sinks down to death,
    and her paths to the departed;
19 none who go to her come back,
    nor do they regain the paths of life.

Patreon image donor: Casey Rubino
Date: October 24 2023
Inktober prompt: Celestial

20 So you will walk in the way of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will inhabit the land,
    and those with integrity will remain in it,

Patreon image donor: WalkerTexasCoder
Date: October 25 2023
Inktober prompt: Shallow

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

2 Kings Pile

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2 Kings 2

3 The sons of the prophets, that were at Bethel, came forth to Eliseus, and said to him: Dost thou know that this day the Lord will take away thy master from thee? And he answered: I also know it: hold your peace.

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2 Kings 2

5 The sons of the prophets that were at Jericho, came to Eliseus, and said to him: Dost thou know that this day the Lord will take away thy master from thee? And he said: I also know it: hold your peace.

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2 Kings 2

23 And he went up from thence to Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, little boys came out of the city and mocked him, saying: Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 24 And looking back, he saw them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord: and there came forth two bears out of the forest, and tore of them two and forty boys. 25 And from thence he went to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

PayPal image donor: Tim Andrews
Date: September 28 2023
2 Kings 18

1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah.

Patreon image donor: Rebeka Selah
2 Kings 18

3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.

Patreon image donor: Sarah Hodges
Date: November 4 2022
2 Kings 19

Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”

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Date: November 15 2022
2 Kings 19

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord.

Patreon image donor: Tamara Buch
Date: December 1 2022
2 Kings 19

15 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”

Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib's Fall

Patreon image donor: Antonio Cabrera González
Date: January 22 2023
2 Kings 19

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 21 This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:

Patreon image donor: Tim Andrews
Date: February 15 2023
2 Kings 19

“She despises you, she scorns you—
    the virgin daughter of Zion;
she wags her head behind you—
    the daughter of Jerusalem.

Patreon image donor: Sue Williams
Date: January 12 2024
2 Kings 19

32 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Song of Songs Pile

Patreon image donor: Paul Rohrbaugh
Song of Songs 6

1 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the bed of aromatical spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

2 I to my beloved, and my beloved to me, who feedeth among the lilies.

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Date: May 31 2020
Song of Songs 7

6 How beautiful art thou, and how comely, my dearest, in delights! 7 Thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes. 8 I said: I will go up into the palm tree, and will take hold of the fruit thereof:

Patreon image donor: Bonnie Johnstone
Song of Songs 7

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field, let us abide in the villages. 12 Let us get up early to the vineyards, let us see if the vineyard flourish, if the flowers be ready to bring forth fruits, if the pomegranates flourish: there will I give thee my breasts. 13 The mandrakes give a smell. In our gates are all fruits: the new and the old, my beloved, I have kept for thee.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Proverbs Pile

Patreon image donor: Paul Rohrbaugh
Date: June 10 2023
Inktober prompt: Powerful
Pictured: Saint Aglaida of Rome and St. Boniface of Tarsus
Proverbs 16

6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
   and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

SubscribeStar image donor: M. Kurosaki
Date: November 21 2022
Inktober prompt: Sleep
Pictured: St. John the Russian
Proverbs 16

7 When a man's ways please the Lord,
    he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Patreon image donor: J. D. Lindgard
Date: March 17 2023
Inktober prompt: Buddy
Proverbs 16

9 The heart of man plans his way,
   but the Lord establishes his steps.

Patreon image donor: Orion Wiebe
Pictured: St. Ephraim of Katounakia
Proverbs 16

20 Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,
     and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Patreon image donor: WalkerTexasCoder
Date: January 31 2024
Proverbs 16

23 The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
    and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Patreon image donor: Sarah Hodges
Date: March 31 2022
Proverbs 17

17 A friend loves at all times,
     and a brother is born for adversity.

Patreon image donor: Yasemin Gurdal
Date: October 12 2023
Inktober prompt: Spicy
Proverbs 23

1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
    observe carefully what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
    if you are given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,
    for they are deceptive food.

Patreon image donor: Angela and Michael Loveless
Date: September 21 2021
Proverbs 25

11 A word fitly spoken
     is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Patreon image donor: Nathan Bennett
Date: October 8 2023
Inktober prompt: Toad

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
    but its end is the way to death.

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Proverbs 26

2 As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.

Patreon image donor: Angela and Michael Loveless
Date: June 18 2023
Inktober prompt: Loss
Proverbs 27

12 The prudent man seeing evil hideth himself: little ones passing on have suffered losses.

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Proverbs 27

15 Roofs dropping through in a cold day, and a contentious woman are alike.

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Proverbs 27

18 He that keepeth the fig tree, shall eat the fruit thereof: and he that is the keeper of his master, shall be glorified.

Patreon image donor: Herman Ward
Proverbs 27

20 Hell and destruction are never filled: so the eyes of men are never satisfied.

Patreon image donor: Antonio Cabrera González
Proverbs 28

1 The wicked man fleeth, when no man pursueth: but the just, bold as a lion, shall be without dread.