The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
Curses on those who drive a hard bargain! Blessings on all who play fair and square!
The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.
A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.
Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air; common sense tells you it's a stupid way to live.
A good life is a fruit-bearing tree; a violent life destroys souls.
If good people barely make it, what's in store for the bad!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)