Trusting a double-crosser when you're in trouble is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.
Singing light songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds.
If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he's thirsty, bring him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness, and God will look after you.
A north wind brings stormy weather, and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.
Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.
Like a cool drink of water when you're worn out and weary is a letter from a long-lost friend.
A good person who gives in to a bad person is a muddied spring, a polluted well.
It's not smart to stuff yourself with sweets, nor is glory piled on glory good for you.
A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
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)