Among the Things…

Among the things that God commends:

are loyalties of truest friends;

the ears that hear, the mind that learns

the life-long partner who shares concerns;

—–

a fair device to end disputes

that shares out pow’r and conflict mutes;

a righteous tower where all can flee

for safety from all villainy.

—–

Among the things the Lord detests 

are every form of laziness, 

the loveless way of selfishness 

and judgments flouting innocence. 

—–

The human spirit can endure, 

but broken spirit none can cure. 

An ally who has been betrayed 

will not respond when you need aid.

—–

Seek wisdom while it may be found. 

Defend your friends when threats abound. 

Be generous and keep your word. 

Love selflessly and trust the Lord. 

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Photo:  by Jim Cooke on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 18  (assorted verses)

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Vexilla Regis Prodeunt, 12th Century Plainsong, Public Domain.

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/TheFlamingBanners-VexillaRegis.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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