Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

photo ofThe Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching.

“Let's Talk About Economic Opportunity”
Proverbs 16:11; 11:1; 15:27;18:9;26:14; 14:20-21, 18:11; 17:5; 11:28; 22:2

Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
  all the weights in the bag are his work. —Proverbs 16:11

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
  but an accurate weight is his delight. —Proverbs 11:1

Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,
  but those who hate bribes will live. —Proverbs 15:27

One who is slack in work is close kin to a vandal. —Proverbs 18:9

As a door turns on its hinges,
  so does a lazy person in bed. —Proverbs 26:14

The poor are disliked even by their neighbors,
  but the rich have many friends. —Proverbs 14:20

Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
  but happy are those who are kind to the poor. —Proverbs 14:21

The wealth of the rich is their strong city;
  in their imagination it is like a high wall. —Proverbs 18:11

Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
  those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished. —Proverbs 17:5

Those who trust in their riches will wither,
  but the righteous will flourish like green leaves. —Proverbs 11:28

The rich and the poor have this in common:
  the Lord is the maker of them all. —Proverbs 22:2