DAY 171 Philemon 1, Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

PHILEMON
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Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
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And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
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Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
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That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
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For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
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Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
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Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
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I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
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Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
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Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
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Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
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But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
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For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
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Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
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If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
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If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
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I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
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Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
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Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
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But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
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There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
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Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

ECCLESIASTES
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A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
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It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
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Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
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The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
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It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
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For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
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Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
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Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
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Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
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Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
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Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
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For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
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Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
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In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

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