Proverbs 16-18New International Version (NIV)
16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
8 Better a little with righteousness
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
18 Pride goes before destruction,
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
13 Evil will never leave the house
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
17 A friend loves at all times,
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
9 One who is slack in his work
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
13 To answer before listening—
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
16 A gift opens the way
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
23 The poor plead for mercy,
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
Romans 12New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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