Isaiah 26 New International Version (NIV)
A Song of Praise
26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city;
7 The path of the righteous is level;
12 Lord, you establish peace for us;
16 Lord, they came to you in their distress;
19 But your dead will live, Lord;
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
2 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
13 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”[a] 2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, 3 since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Proverbs 10 New International Version (NIV)
Proverbs of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,[b]
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
14 The wise store up knowledge,
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
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