A meal of bread and water in contented peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels.
A wise servant takes charge of an unruly child and is honored as one of the family.
As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God.
Evil people relish malicious conversation; the ears of liars itch for dirty gossip.
Whoever mocks poor people, insults their Creator; gloating over misfortune is a punishable crime.
Old people are distinguished by grandchildren; children take pride in their parents.
We don't expect eloquence from fools, nor do we expect lies from our leaders.
Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted.
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)