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BROKENNESS—THE PROCESS

Matthew 16:13-28

Everybody wants a blessed life, nobody wants the blessed life the way
God gives it—through a broken life. But before God can thoroughly
bless a person He must thoroughly break that person from his own
self-reliance.
· We saw that in Jacob, who after being broken, became Israel.
· The understanding of the necessity of brokenness before blessedness
was seen in our Savior’s purchase of redemption through brokenness,
as is personal salvation and restoration.
· The path of brokenness begins with the birth, followed by the death,
but the eventual resurrection of God’s desires and intentions.
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David…all took this path.
· The pattern of brokenness is seen through various Bible illustrations
and in real-life demonstrations. God has been in the “breaking business”
all through the Bible.

The “Purpose of Brokenness”
(1) To bring us to spiritual maturity and
(2) To allow us to engage us in maximum ministry.

Charles Stanley’s definition of brokenness:
“Brokenness is the condition whereby our will is brought into full
submission to his will so that when he speaks, we put up no argument,
 make no rationalizations, offer no excuses, and register no blame,
but instead, instantly obey the leading of the Holy Spirit as he guides us.”

Brokenness is not just a “condition,” it is also a process—a very
predictable, planned process from God’s viewpoint.  When we are
the ones being broken it is chaotic  and confusing, it is painful
and puzzling.  God is in the very center of our circumstances,
accomplishing His purpose which is …..
(1) spiritual maturity and
(2) maximum ministry.

‘Brokenness’ that only God can Heal

How does God break us from living like unbelievers live—depending
on their five senses and their corrupt minds, their warped wills and
their easily influenced emotions?  Believers, and only believers,
have an inner man that is meant to control the outer man.

The life of Simon Peter in the gospel provides a great example of
God’s breaking process.

1.  The Process of Brokenness is Planned.

To many of us, our spiritual life is a huge mystery.  We see it as
only some spontaneous, rather than something calculated, thought
out, planned out.

Think how this planned came together for Peter.

First, Christ choose His disciples, and one of them was Peter.
And the one that Jesus had the most problems with was … Peter.

But Christ saw what He could do in and through this man—a man
who had more hang-up than a telephone solicitor.  Christ knew
with His touch, the blow of the chisel here and the heavenly
sandpaper there, Peter could be used to the glory of God.

If you will cooperate with God as you walk through the breaking
process, He will shape you into a servant that resembles His Son.

Christ’s plan was to zero in on what seemed to be Peter’s strength.
· Matthew 16:16-18  Peter spoke up…this time with the right
answer.  Jesus pointed out to Peter that he didn’t come up with
that conclusion by himself—God had revealed it to Him.
· Matthew 16:21  Jesus began to prepare His men for His death.
· Matthew 16:22.  Peter buts in.  “Why, you’re not going to do
anything of the sort!  You’re not going to be the Son of God and
have a bunch of men treat you that way.  We are going to take
care of you.”  How many know it is He that takes care of us,
and not the other way around?

Peter was a man of tremendous strength, potential, determination.
But Peter was not responding from a “spirit-level,” but from a
“soulish-level.”  His will said, “No, you won’t die.”  His emotions
said, “I’m too loyal.  I love you too much to see that happen.”
His reason said, “None of this makes any sense.”

· Matthew 16:23a.  “Peter…Satan, get behind me…”  Who?
That’s, right.  Peter, this is Satan’s plan for me to avoid the cross.
Get this.  Peter had just had this tremendous spiritual revelation
in verse 18 and now he had a soulish revelation that was
diametrically opposite.  The first came from heaven, the last came
from hell.
· Matthew 16:23b  “Peter, you are an offense unto me…”
Peter was his most outspoken, loyal disciples. It must have crushed
him.
· Matthew 16:24-26  While Jesus said this to all “his disciples,”
the primary target was Peter.  Peter had the bright idea that Jesus
would raise up an army and wipe out Rome and set up an earthly
kingdom.  “No, Peter, you must be willing to die, also.”

2. The Process of Brokenness is Perpetual.

Many people have the idea that if we have one giant, whopper of
a breaking that it will last a life-time.  Brother, you better keep
the bandages handy.  Brokenness is a perpetual process…a process
to keep us broken from self-reliance, self-glorification, self-seeking.

Years ago when I was a young adult a man was trying to sell me
some health insurance.  I said to him, “Man, I don’t need health insurance.
Can’t you see?  I’m healthy.”  His reply was, “You are over-due and you will
be needing some.”   We need health insurance because…we all get sick,
sometimes seriously sick.

If you haven’t gone through the breaking process…hang on,
you’re overdue. Our strong points can be our weak points…because
we allow them to marginalize God.
Someone said “EGO” is “edging God out.”

Every step of the way, Peter was being broken.

· Matthew 14:22-27, 28-30 – Peter’s faith was broken.
– “If it is you, bid me come.”  That’s serious spirit thinking.
– “But,” vs. 30.  Peter slipped into his soulish senses and sank.
– Here is Peter—bold, courageous, loyal, fearless, determined—
and he nearly drowned. Wiped out. Buried at sea.

· Matthew 18:15-22 – Peter’s rights were broken.
– “How oft?  Seven times?”
– “NO.”  “Seventy times seven.” Not 490, but on and on and on.
– Shattered the old Peter who had his limits.

· Matthew 19:27 – Peter’s expectations were broken.
– “What shall we have?”
– Jesus: “More than you deserve and more than you can imagine.

· John 13:4-8 – Peter’s pride was broken.
– “Thou shalt never wash my feet.”

· Matthew 26:51-52 – Peter’s wisdom was broken.
– Peter drew his sword.   Great plan, Peter.
– “Put up the sword into his place; for all they that take the sword
shall perish with the sword.”

· Matthew 26:33, 69-75 – Peter’s self-confidence was broken.
– Broken, Peter goes out weeping like a little baby.

· John 21:15-17 – Peter’s self-professed love was broken.
– “Lovest thou me?”
-”He was grieved.” Broken.

At every turn, Peter was put down, embarrassed, silenced, humiliated.

Why doesn’t God let up on us?  God works to strip from our lives
that which we depend upon…so that we will depend on Him.
God loves us too much to let us be our soulish self.
He has bigger and better things for us.

3. The Process of Brokenness is Painful.

Psalm 119:67  “Before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now have
I kept thy word.”  Verse 71  “It is good for me that I have been
afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”

The process of brokenness is painful because of what brokenness
targets—the old man, the self life, our soulish dependence.
Our old man doesn’t like to be exposed as helpless, hopeless and hellish.
Most believer know what God is targeting to break in our
lives.  We know what is grieving the Holy Spirit.
We know what is quenching the Holy Spirit.

The process of brokenness is painful because brokenness takes time.

The process of brokenness is painful because of the tools God uses
to break us.

· Family.
God may use a wife to break a husband…husband to break a wife…
parent to break a child…child to break a parent…friend to break a friend.
The real laboratory of life is the home.
The home is where the real “you” is.
God may use your children to expose your flaws, your inconsistencies,
your selfishness.

· Flesh.
God can touch our “health” to get our attention.
You have heard of many medical problems that cannot be diagnosed.
All sickness is God’s hand of breaking, but all sickness is a time to
draw near to God.

· Finances.
God can hit us where it hurts—a shot at our pocketbooks.

· Friends.
There are people God will put in your life who care to be honest
with you.

· Failure.
God can wipe out our huge egos with personal failure.  God did that
for me my first semester in college.  If I had succeeded I don’t know
where I would be today.  God used my failure—He didn’t have to do
very much to get me there—to get me to surrender to Him.

God’s most powerful tool is His Word.
· Jeremiah calls God’s Word a “hammer” 23:29, and a “fire,” 5:14.
It is also a “sword” Heb 4:12 and a bright “light” Ps 119:105.
This is one reason why people consistently stay away from church
services. The Word literally tears them up.  God uses the Word to
break us.  And you will not be broken until we can discern between
what is soul and what is spirit.

Let’s make a clarification about a couple of things that may or may
not be tools used by God that peole may wonder about.
· Death.  Does God take another person’s life to get our attention?
It will often result in that, but it doesn’t seem like God to takes the
life of someone to make a point because God loves both people.
Death is the result of sin.
· Sin.  Does God cause a person to sin to bring about another’s
submission to God?  e.g. Does God get a teenager on drugs to get
a parents to fall on their faces before God.  God will take advantage
of our sins and disobedience to bring about His purpose to confront
us and change us.

4. The Process of Brokenness is Precise.

God knows everything about everyone of us and know how to
precisely measure our breaking.  And what a great God He is…
from person to person He orders our breaking.

Our breaking will last no longer than when we finally surrender.
Any resistance on our part will prolong the process.  So our
willingness to yield shortens it.

The only thing that you can determine in the process of brokenness
is how long you will postpone the inevitable.  God will have His way.

Charles Stanley warns, “Those who resist God long enough are not
destroyed — rather, they generally are ‘shelved.’  They are ignored.
They remain unused.  They stagnate at their current level of
growth and spiritual maturity.  They remain in their flawed state.”

That concept of being “shelved” is a Bible concept.  It comes out
of 1 Corinthians 9:27 where Paul expressed the dreaded thought
of becoming a “castaway,” meaning “rejected,” (A.T. Robertson)
or “disqualified,” not from salvation, but from any earthly usefulness.

The last thing Peter wanted to do was give up the control of his life.
He wanted to do it “his way.” Brokenness is God’s process of bringing
us to the place where we humbly say, “Lord, I get it now.  What do
you want me to do?  How do you want me to live?  Where do you
want me to go?  What do you want me to say?  Its all about you—
its not about me.”

Peter would later write in his first epistle, “God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace to the humble,” 1 Peter 5:5.  Peter had lived the
first part, and was now enjoying the last part.

5.  The Process of Brokenness is Profitable.

The best things for all of us is to be broken by the loving hand of God.
It is productive. It is profitable.

How can we be sure of that?  Well, did it do ‘ol Peter any good?
Did he continue to live as he had always lived?  Was he always a
spiritual yo-yo—up and down, up and down?  Was he ever changed?
What is our proof of the profitability of brokenness?

Remember God purpose for brokenness?  Maturity and ministry.
How did that work out for Peter?

· Maturity is never fully accomplished, but Peter was much more
grown up than when he first met Jesus.  Acts 4:13 “And they took
knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”  Hey, we start
looking and behaving more like Jesus than ourselves, we are headed
in the direction of spiritual maturity.  Jesus could now be seen in Peter
…what an accomplishment…a job only God could do.
· As far as ministry was concerned, he was the leader of the pack.
After all that he had been, and all that he had done (most of it not
good), God assigned Peter the ministry task of preaching on the
Day of Pentecost, Acts 2.  He was Spirit-empower, preached Christ,
and 2,000 turned to Jesus and were baptized.

And the very next day after this record event at Pentecost, Peter
and John are headed to the temple to pray, Acts 3:1.  That tells
me volumes about Peter.  He’s no longer depending on himself.
While Peter takes up the first half of the book of Acts, it’s not the
old Peter doing the work; it’s the new Peter, the broken Peter.

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God's Holy Scriptures

THE BIBLE

Adam  and Eve  they started it all
In that beautiful garden before the big fall

The Devil enticed them, and that fruit they did eat
They were thrown out of Eden, into the street

Enoch lived to the age, of three hundred sixty five
And he walked with God while he was still alive
Many years later, the earth became corrupt
God said to Noah, “My temper will erupt”

“Build yourself an ark, the dimensions I will give
Your family and earth’s creatures, are going to live”

Before the rains came and the water began to soar
God said “Noah get in the ark, and don’t open the door”

When land appeared and the waters were on the wane
Noah said to his sons, “start the thing over again”

The world spoke one tongue, and built the Tower of Babel
But God confused their speech, it was tough to play Scrabble

At age seventy-five, the Lord told Abraham
“Take Sarah and Lot, and go to Canaan”

“I will make you a great nation, and I will bless
All this land will be yours, for you to assess”

Isaac was born, to continue the line
He became very rich, God’s blessing did shine

Twins were born to Rebekah, after an ordeal
They hairy one came first, the other gripping his heel

“Two nations are they, and one shall pass the other
Esau the red, will serve Jacob his brother

The blessing went to Jacob, because Isaac was blind
He wrestled with God, to receive an anointing divine

Twelve sons he received, and it was a big deal
They became the fathers, of the tribes of Israel

To get rid of Joseph, his brothers made a plot
But in Egypt he landed, and became a big shot

Now famine hit Israel, and the family did pack
And traveled to Egypt, for the food they did lack

But Jacob and the eleven, were in for a surprise
They recognized Joseph, with tears in their eyes

The twelve tribes lived in Egypt, for many a year
They multiplied so fast, the Pharaoh did fear

He suppressed them in slavery, and it remained so
Until Moses came along, and said “Let my people go”

Ten plagues did it take, before the Pharaoh made it clear
He told Moses and Aaron, “get the heck out of here”

Moses led his people, about three million or more
For forty years in the desert and across the sea floor

God’s presence was with them, it was an awesome sight
A massive cloud by day, and raging fire by night

With Manna coming from Heaven, and water from a rock
There was enough to sustain them, and all of their stock

Moses was a true friend of God, they talked face to face
No greater man ever lived, that had God’s grace

“Curse Israel, Balaam,” said the great king Balak
But Balaam chickened out, when a donkey talked back

Joshua and Caleb, crossed the Jordan one day
And kicked the heathens out of Israel, in a multi-year fray

Now Israel was camped, in the Promised Land
But they continued to fight, to further expand

When Joshua passed on, the Judges took rule
It was their job, to keep things running cool

The heathens attacked Israel, and Othniel did slam
Cushan-rishathaim, the king of Aram

When Israel served Moab, Ehud was up to the test
He defeated king Eglon, and had an eighty year rest

The army of Canaan, could not withstand the attack
Of ten thousand Israelites, led by Deborah and Barak

When Gideon and the three hundred, blew their trumpets one night
The Midianites and Amalekites, got up and took flight

After Jephthah subdued Ammon, it was a real shame
There was nobody in Israel, who could pronounce his name

So mighty was Samson, a lion he slew by its den
Then with the jawbone of an ass, he killed one thousand men

He had a big weakness, for a Philistine maiden
He woke up one morning, and found his head shaven

But the anointing returned, when his hair grew back
And the Philistine temple, he gave a good whack

With Ruth’s self sacrifice, and moral integrity
She became David’s great grandma, and gave him a legacy

Samuel was the last of the Judges, and he anointed Saul
As the first king of Israel, he was handsome and tall

But Saul went bad, and when it was time to depart
David came on the scene, a man after God’s heart

A great king was David, in the Lord’s sight
A little shepherd boy, who liked a good fight

He made some mistakes, but to God he would go
To get his sins forgiven, and continue to grow

Solomon was next in line, and under his reign
He built the Lord’s Temple, and increased the domain

He was the wisest of all kings, but later in life
He worshipped some idols, causing his country much strife

When Solomon died, the kingdom split in two
Ten tribes became Israel, while Judah had two

There were many kings of Israel, and Judah as well
Some followed God, and some followed Baal

Now God is alive, and will be ever more
Baal is a stone, that sits on the floor

But the people bowed to the stone, and idols of wood
And that was the end, of God’s old neighborhood

Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash and Amaziah
Azariah, Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah

They were good kings, and did things to please God
But most of the others, did things that were odd

Ahab and Ahaz, were two of the worst
And Manasseh was so bad, he left Judah a curse

God sent many prophets, to turn things about
Some would dress funny, while others would shout

One of the best was Elijah, that the Lord sent
Away in a flaming chariot, to Heaven he went

He never really died, and there are rumors that say
He is coming back to earth, on a future day

Elisha had a double anointing, and it was said
He even performed a miracle, after he was dead

The destruction of the two kingdoms, Isaiah did preach
But the people did not listen, to his God-fearing speech

There were twelve minor prophets, as great as the rest
They answered His call, they all passed the test

Nahum and Habakkuk, Joel and Zechariah
Amos and Hosea, Haggai and Zephaniah

Micah and Malachi, Jonah and Obadiah
They preached the Lord’s prophecies, and did it with fire

The prophets tried to tell them, they went to every door
But the people worshipped idols, and sinned all the more

They sinned against the Lord, once too often my friend
The Assyrians attacked, and brought Israel to an end

The northern kingdom was gone, the people had fled
Judah hung in there, just by a thread

Another fierce army, was beginning to loom
Jeremiah did his best, to stop the oncoming doom

But Judah was stiff-necked, and went their own way
They turned their backs to God, His prophets they slay

And it was not too long, before their number was up
Because Judah and Israel, drank the same cup

Now God is slow to anger, but don’t push your luck
Keep on sinning my friend, and you’re a dead duck

Down came Nebuchadnezzar, and the men of Babylon
Judah was destroyed, the Temple was gone

Ezekiel became a prophet, in the Babylonian exile
He preached of restoration, that would come in a while

Daniel showed Nebuchadnezzar, the things that will come
A high post he was given, and a ruler of some

The Jews were in exile, for year after year
They begged God for mercy, their prayers He did hear

A Persian ruler was Cyrus, and a good man was he
He was a servant of God, and the Jews did he free

Back to the homeland, some of them came
They rebuilt the Temple, but it was never the same

Nehemiah and Ezra, and some other good men
Rebuilt the cities, and got things going again

Beautiful Esther talked, to the Persian king
And saved the Jewish people, from a slaughtering

But Israel was dominated, for many years more
The Persians, Greeks and Romans, all stood on their shore


The Old Testament has ended, and so has BC
But now comes the good part, the start of AD

In the days of King Herod, an angel appeared
To Zechariah and Mary, and both of them feared

To the Virgin Mary He said, “Hail favored one
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and give you a Son

You shall call His name Jesus, He is a Godsend
His reign will be forever, His Kingdom will not end”

These two events, happened six months apart
John was born first, to the desert he did depart

He baptized the people, and told them to repent
He was making things ready, for the One to be sent

Magi came from the east, guided by a star
To see the new king, they traveled afar

They found the Baby Jesus, the one who is foremost
In a Bethlehem manger, with a heavenly host

Jesus met John, at the Jordan one day
“Behold the Lamb of God,” is all John could say

John baptized Jesus, the Heavens opened above
The Holy Spirit descended, in the form of a dove

Jesus went into the desert, for a forty-day fast
Satan tried to tempt Him, but he could not outlast

Jesus quoted some scriptures, forcing Satan to leave
The Word of God is final, Satan could not deceive

Walking the shores, of the Galilee Sea
He met James and John, the sons of Zebedee

“Leave your nets my friends, and come walk with Me
And fishers of men, are what you will be”

Twelve disciples, Jesus did choose
He taught them and gave them new powers to use

Peter and Andrew, Matthew and the rest
One was a devil, the others were blessed

A miracle He performed, at a wedding one time
Six jars of water, He turned into wine

In Cana it happened, the first of His signs
And His disciples starting believing, He was divine

Jesus preached to the people, He gave an account
And no better sermon did He preach, than the one on the Mount

He taught about anger, adultery and law
And to love your enemies, as you had not before

On a boat with His Disciples, there came up a squall
The boat took on water, it became a catchall

The Disciples asked Jesus, “are we to perish?”
He rebuked the storm, the waves did diminish

There came five thousand, to hear the Lord preach
They went hours without food, to hear Jesus teach

Some bread and two fish, He held up to bless
They had plenty to eat, with food in excess

All the sick came to Him, and it’s always His aim
To heal everyone, whether deaf, blind or lame

He cannot stand, to see anyone in pain
Yesterday or today, the healing’s the same

Lepers were cleaned, and the blind could see
Even the dead were raised, and the possessed set free

The crowds had gathered, to hear His call
He healed everyone, He healed them all

A woman caught in sin, had violated a law
“Stone her” yelled the crowd, with a mighty uproar

Jesus said to the crowd, words that would atone
“Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”

When time was getting short,
He gathered His Disciples
For the Last Supper,
during which He gave out:

A piece of bread as His Body, and wine as His Blood.
To the Mount of Olives they went, the mob came like a flood

It was there He was betrayed, by Judas His friend
His Ministry on earth, had come to an end

He was sent to Golgotha, by Pilate to be
Mocked as a king, and nailed to a tree

Satan thought he had won, now that Jesus was dead
He saw Him on the cross, and all the blood that was shed

But Satan had no idea, of what was ahead
What seemed to be his victory, was Satan’s loss instead

On the third day, the stone rolled from the tomb
And when Jesus arose, it was the end of our doom

The battle was finished, at a great cost
But with Jesus alive, Satan knew he had lost

He is alive today, the right hand of God He does sit
Still doing miracles and healings, and it’s definite

To earth He will return, like a thief in the night
To clean the earth of evil, and to make things right

The Apostles took over, when Jesus ascended
The Holy Spirit came upon them, and they superintended

The spread of the Gospel, through the known world
For God they were working, and the harder they toiled

On His way to Damascus, traveled a man named Saul
He was blinded by a light, to the ground did he fall

“Why do you persecute Me.” he heard Jesus call
It was there he was converted, and became known as Paul

A great witness for Jesus, Paul then became known
He preached to the Gentiles, was righteous to the bone

He was beat with a whip, and struck by the stone
But you cannot be broke, when you’re one of Christ’s own

Other great disciples, on trips did embark
Timothy and Luke, Apollos and Mark

Silas and Titus, Barnabas and more
They preached the good news, to every known shore

Around 100 A.D., God appeared before John
“Get yourself a tablet, and write upon

Everything that I tell you, and everything you see
To let the world know, its future destiny”

Many visions of the future, did God reveal
Some were symbolic, and some of them real

He showed John everything, He did not conceal
How rough things will get, after He breaks the first seal

Earthquakes and pestilence, famine and war
These things will happen, like never before

And when the situation is bad, and the world is downcast
Christ will return, with a loud trumpet blast

He will take the false prophet, and the one known as the beast
And throw them into the fire, while the birds have a feast

Then Satan will be seized, and thrown into the pit
And after 1,000 years, the Lord will permit

Satan to be released, for a short season
But he goes back to his old tricks, of deception and treason

And now the pool of fire, is his final goal
Never again will Satan, ever harm another soul

When Judgment is over, and the earth is clean of sin
Down from the Heavens, the Holy City drops in

No more tears, pain or death, in that beautiful place
God is now dwelling, with the human race

The Word of God is completed, and it’s plain to see
The world needs a Savior, to act as referee

Our governments don’t work, they try all the more
Whenever they say peace, it always means war

The Jews prayed for a Messiah, to put up a good fight
To be free from oppression, and get out of their plight

But when He did come to earth, He was gentle and meek
Instead of a fight, He said “turn the other cheek”

Many prophecies in the Bible were fulfilled by Him
He went to the cross, to remove us from sin

He gave His Life for you, don’t let it go to waste
Turn your life over to Jesus, and do it with haste

A few words of meaning, can remove all your strife
And get your name printed, in God’s Book of Life

Don’t hesitate now, it’s later than you think
Jesus will return, in less than a blink

Say “Jesus my Lord, I turn my life over to You
I know You are the One, who is faithful and true

Forgive all my sins, and help me pursue
A better way of life, with a Spirit that’s new”

Say this with meaning, and you will be saved from the wrath
Stay off the broad highway, get on the constricted path

The broad road leads to destruction, and I can’t overstate
The way to eternal life, is through the narrow gate

Read the Bible every day, and walk in His Word
Repel from the sinning, don’t follow the herd

Some day face to face, with Christ you will be
He may ask you the question, “What have you done for Me?”



by George Konig



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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World

by David Brandt Berg

 
 

What an important job a mother has!

The mothers of the next generation are the ones who are molding the future.

Motherhood is just about the greatest calling in the world.

Of course, taking care of a baby may not always seem very important,

but don’t ever minimize it.

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Who knows what an impact that child may have on the lives of many others one day?

Motherhood takes

the strength of Samson,

the wisdom of Solomon,

the patience of Job,

the faith of Abraham,

the insight of Daniel,

and the courage and administrative ability of David.

It also takes the love of God,

that’s for sure!

What a job!

The thing that makes a mother so wonderful is her

self-sacrificial spirit that is willing to sacrifice

her time and strength and even her own health,

if necessary, for the sake of that child.

Any woman can have a baby,

but it takes a real mother to learn how to

train up a child in the way he should go”

(Proverbs 22:6)



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