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«The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who… Proverbs 23:24»
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed.My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”.Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”.
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away.The vine dries up; the fig tree languishes. Pomegranate, palm, and apple, all the trees of the field are dried up, and gladness dries up from the children of man.
The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

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