4Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.5The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.6The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.7Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.8The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.9With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.10When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.11Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.12Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.13A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
15Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken.16Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom.17If you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD’s flock will be taken captive.
1If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?2Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!4Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church?5I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?6But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!7The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?8Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.