Readings for Monday, March 7th, 2016

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Oak of Mamre

Abram Dwells by the Oaks of Mamre + Proverbs

Genesis 13:12-18,
Proverbs 14:27-15:4

Genesis 13: 12-18

12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, while Lot dwelt among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.

14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;

15 for all the land which you see I will give to you and to your descendants for ever.

16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your descendants also can be counted.

17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”

18 So Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron; and there he built an altar to the Lord.

 Proverbs 14:27-15:4

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

that one may avoid the snares of death.

28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,

but without people a prince is ruined.

29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

30 A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,

but passion makes the bones rot.

31 He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,

but he who is kind to the needy honors him.

32 The wicked is overthrown through his evil-doing,

but the righteous finds refuge through his integrity.

33 Wisdom abides in the mind of a man of understanding,

but it is not known in the heart of fools.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,

but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

Chapter 15

1 A soft answer turns away wrath,

but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,

but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,

keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,

but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

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