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“A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” Proverbs 14:16

One who is made wise through hearing God’s Word will see that evil ways lead to death and will turn from them. The foolish rage against the truth and are confident in their evil ways even though they lead to death.

Grant me the wisdom, O Lord, to hear Your Word and turn from my evil ways to You for mercy in Christ Jesus. In His name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:3-4

The apostle Paul desired the salvation of his fellow Israelites, but most sought to be righteous before God based on their own keeping of God’s law, and they rejected the imputed righteousness God desired to give them through faith in Christ Jesus and His holy life and innocent sufferings and death in their stead.

Grant that I not trust in my own righteousness, O God, but in the perfect righteousness of Christ and in the atonement He made for my sins and the sins of the world. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 9:33

Summarizing the witness of Isaiah 8:14-15; 28:16 and Psalm 118:22, the Apostle Paul points out that Christ Jesus is a precious stone, the very cornerstone of God’s temple since He is our high priest and the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world and there is salvation in no other. Many stumble over Him in unbelief and fall from the faith, but those who trust in Jesus as the Messiah and Savior shall never be put to shame for, in Him and His cross, they have forgiveness for all their sins and life everlasting.

O gracious God, grant that I not stumble over Jesus and His cross but trust in Him as the Son of God and my crucified and risen Savior. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.” Proverbs 12:23

Those who have wisdom and knowledge don’t show it off but remain humble, looking to God and His Word for correction and guidance. Those who are foolish openly proclaim their foolish thoughts and ideas for all to hear. Another proverb, not found in the Bible, says it like this: “People are like wheat. When the head is full, it bows down and hangs low; when the head is empty, it stands tall and waves around in the wind for all to see.”

O God of wisdom and all knowledge, grant that I humble myself before You and hear Your Word. Keep me from the way of fools. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.” Jeremiah 12:2

The prophet speaks of the wicked prospering in the land before God’s judgment fell upon them. God gave them life and blessings. Yet though they confessed God’s name with their mouths, their reins – their inward and true desires and passions – were far from the LORD. And how true this is today! People speak God’s name and call themselves Christians, but their hearts are far from the Lord and His Word.

Forgive me, O Lord, for taking Your name on my lips when my heart is far from You. Grant me true repentance and faith in Your mercy for the sake of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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