Proverbs 27; Proverbs 28; Proverbs 29; 2 Corinthians 10

1 Don't boast about tomorrow, for you don't know what a day might bring. 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth- a stranger, and not your own lips. 3 A stone is heavy and sand, a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both. 4 Fury is cruel, and anger is a flood, but who can withstand jealousy? 5 Better an open reprimand than concealed love. 6 The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive. 7 A person who is full tramples on a honeycomb, but to a hungry person, any bitter thing is sweet. 8 A man wandering from his home is like a bird wandering from its nest. 9 Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel. 10 Don't abandon your friend or your father's friend, and don't go to your brother's house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and bring my heart joy, so that I can answer anyone who taunts me. 12 The sensible see danger and take cover; the foolish keep going and are punished. 13 Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for foreigners. 14 If one blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse to him. 15 An endless dripping on a rainy day and a nagging wife are alike. 16 The one who controls her controls the wind and grasps oil with his right hand. 17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. 18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever looks after his master will be honored. 19 As the water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person. 20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people's eyes are never satisfied. 21 Silver is [tested] in a crucible, gold in a smelter, and a man, by the praise he receives. 22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him. 23 Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds, 24 for wealth is not forever; not even a crown lasts for all time. 25 When hay is removed and new growth appears and the grain from the hills is gathered in, 26 lambs will provide your clothing, and goats, the price of a field; 27 there will be enough goat's milk for your food- food for your household and nourishment for your servants.
1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing [them], but the righteous are as bold as a lion. 2 When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures. 3 A destitute leader who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food. 4 Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law battle against them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand everything. 6 Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong. 7 A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father. 8 Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest collects it for one who is kind to the poor. 9 Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law- even his prayer is detestable. 10 The one who leads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good. 11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him. 12 When the righteous triumph, there is great rejoicing, but when the wicked come to power, people hide themselves. 13 The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. 14 Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble. 15 A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear. 16 A leader who lacks understanding is very oppressive, but one who hates unjust gain prolongs his life. 17 A man burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death. Let no one help him. 18 The one who lives with integrity will be helped, but one who distorts right and wrong will suddenly fall. 19 The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. 20 A faithful man will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished. 21 It is not good to show partiality- yet a man may sin for a piece of bread. 22 A greedy man is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn't know that poverty will come to him. 23 One who rebukes a person will later find more favor than one who flatters with his tongue. 24 The one who robs his father or mother and says, "That's no sin," is a companion to a man who destroys. 25 A greedy person provokes conflict, but whoever trusts in the Lord will prosper. 26 The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe. 27 The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away will receive many curses. 28 When the wicked come to power, people hide, but when they are destroyed, the righteous flourish.
1 One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be broken suddenly- and without a remedy. 2 When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan. 3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth. 4 By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man [who demands] "contributions" demolishes it. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. 6 An evil man is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices. 7 The righteous person knows the rights of the poor, but the wicked one does not understand these concerns. 8 Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger. 9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool, there will be ranting and raving but no resolution. 10 Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him. 11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check. 12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants will be wicked. 13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. 14 A king who judges the poor with fairness- his throne will be established forever. 15 A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself is a disgrace to his mother. 16 When the wicked increase, rebellion increases, but the righteous will see their downfall. 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you comfort; he will also give you delight. 18 Without revelation people run wild, but one who keeps the law will be happy. 19 A servant cannot be disciplined by words; though he understands, he doesn't respond. 20 Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 21 A slave pampered from his youth will become arrogant later on. 22 An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man increases rebellion. 23 A person's pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor. 24 To be a thief's partner is to hate oneself; he hears the curse but will not testify. 25 The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected. 26 Many seek a ruler's favor, but a man receives justice from the Lord. 27 An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.
1 Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ-I who am humble among you in person, but bold toward you when absent. 2 I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are walking in a fleshly way. 3 For although we are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way, 4 since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 6 And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete. 7 Look at what is obvious. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should remind himself of this: just as he belongs to Christ, so do we. 8 For if I boast some more about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I am not ashamed. 9 I don't want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters. 10 For it is said, "His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak, and his public speaking is despicable." 11 Such a person should consider this: what we are in the words of our letters when absent, we will be in actions when present. 12 For we don't dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but according to the measure of the area [of ministry] that God has assigned to us, [which] reaches even to you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 We are not bragging beyond measure about other people's labors. But we have the hope that as your faith increases, our area [of ministry] will be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel to the regions beyond you, not boasting about what has already been done in someone else's area [of ministry]. 17 So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. 18 For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.
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