Daily Reading and Prayer – Wednesday September 2

Proverbs 20 – selected proverbs (I had trouble narrowing this chapter down!)

1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;

    whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

4 Sluggards do not plow in season;

    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,

    but one who has insight draws them out.

6 Many claim to have unfailing love,

    but a faithful person who can find?

7 The righteous lead blameless lives;

    blessed are their children after them.

11 Even small children are known by their actions,

    so is their conduct really pure and upright?

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;

    stay awake and you will have food to spare.

14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—

    then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,

    but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,

    but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

19 A gossip betrays a confidence;

    so avoid anyone who talks too much.

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”

    Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,

    gray hair the splendor of the old.

Prayer

Oh God who has made me, oh God who keeps me, oh God who will be my Lord through all eternity, shine down Your blessings and wisdom upon me like the sun upon a field; and may I keep You in the forefront of my every thought and deed, throughout this day, and evermore.

Amen.