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A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
"She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;
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For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.
"And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
"He said to him, 'By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
"Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
Now the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories.