Proverbs 10-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Proverbs of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise child[a] brings joy to a father;
2 Tainted wealth has no lasting value,
3 The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,
4 Lazy people are soon poor;
5 A wise youth harvests in the summer,
6 The godly are showered with blessings;
7 We have happy memories of the godly,
8 The wise are glad to be instructed,
9 People with integrity walk safely,
10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble,
11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
12 Hatred stirs up quarrels,
13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding,
14 Wise people treasure knowledge,
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;
16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,
17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life,
18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
19 Too much talk leads to sin.
20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;
21 The words of the godly encourage many,
22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,
23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool,
24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled;
25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away,
26 Lazy people irritate their employers,
27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life,
28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness,
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity,
30 The godly will never be disturbed,
31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice,
32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words,
11 The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales,
2 Pride leads to disgrace,
3 Honesty guides good people;
4 Riches won’t help on the day of judgment,
5 The godly are directed by honesty;
6 The godliness of good people rescues them;
7 When the wicked die, their hopes die with them,
8 The godly are rescued from trouble,
9 With their words, the godless destroy their friends,
10 The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed;
11 Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper,
12 It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor;
13 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
15 There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt;
16 A gracious woman gains respect,
17 Your kindness will reward you,
18 Evil people get rich for the moment,
19 Godly people find life;
20 The Lord detests people with crooked hearts,
21 Evil people will surely be punished,
22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion
23 The godly can look forward to a reward,
24 Give freely and become more wealthy;
25 The generous will prosper;
26 People curse those who hoard their grain,
27 If you search for good, you will find favor;
28 Trust in your money and down you go!
29 Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind.
30 The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;
31 If the righteous are rewarded here on earth,
12 To learn, you must love discipline;
2 The Lord approves of those who are good,
3 Wickedness never brings stability,
4 A worthy wife is a crown for her husband,
5 The plans of the godly are just;
6 The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush,
7 The wicked die and disappear,
8 A sensible person wins admiration,
9 Better to be an ordinary person with a servant
10 The godly care for their animals,
11 A hard worker has plenty of food,
12 Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot,
13 The wicked are trapped by their own words,
14 Wise words bring many benefits,
15 Fools think their own way is right,
16 A fool is quick-tempered,
17 An honest witness tells the truth;
18 Some people make cutting remarks,
19 Truthful words stand the test of time,
20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil;
21 No harm comes to the godly,
22 The Lord detests lying lips,
23 The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge,
24 Work hard and become a leader;
25 Worry weighs a person down;
26 The godly give good advice to their friends;[e]
27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,
28 The way of the godly leads to life;
Acts 21 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem
21 After saying farewell to the Ephesian elders, we sailed straight to the island of Cos. The next day we reached Rhodes and then went to Patara. 2 There we boarded a ship sailing for Phoenicia. 3 We sighted the island of Cyprus, passed it on our left, and landed at the harbor of Tyre, in Syria, where the ship was to unload its cargo.
4 We went ashore, found the local believers,[a] and stayed with them a week. These believers prophesied through the Holy Spirit that Paul should not go on to Jerusalem. 5 When we returned to the ship at the end of the week, the entire congregation, including women[b] and children, left the city and came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed, 6 and said our farewells. Then we went aboard, and they returned home.
7 The next stop after leaving Tyre was Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters[c] and stayed for one day. 8 The next day we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
10 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. 11 He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
13 But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Paul Arrives at Jerusalem
15 After this we packed our things and left for Jerusalem. 16 Some believers from Caesarea accompanied us, and they took us to the home of Mnason, a man originally from Cyprus and one of the early believers. 17 When we arrived, the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem welcomed us warmly.
18 The next day Paul went with us to meet with James, and all the elders of the Jerusalem church were present. 19 After greeting them, Paul gave a detailed account of the things God had accomplished among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 After hearing this, they praised God. And then they said, “You know, dear brother, how many thousands of Jews have also believed, and they all follow the law of Moses very seriously. 21 But the Jewish believers here in Jerusalem have been told that you are teaching all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn their backs on the laws of Moses. They’ve heard that you teach them not to circumcise their children or follow other Jewish customs. 22 What should we do? They will certainly hear that you have come.
23 “Here’s what we want you to do. We have four men here who have completed their vow. 24 Go with them to the Temple and join them in the purification ceremony, paying for them to have their heads ritually shaved. Then everyone will know that the rumors are all false and that you yourself observe the Jewish laws.
25 “As for the Gentile believers, they should do what we already told them in a letter: They should abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality.”
Paul Is Arrested
26 So Paul went to the Temple the next day with the other men. They had already started the purification ritual, so he publicly announced the date when their vows would end and sacrifices would be offered for each of them.
27 The seven days were almost ended when some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and roused a mob against him. They grabbed him, 28 yelling, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who preaches against our people everywhere and tells everybody to disobey the Jewish laws. He speaks against the Temple—and even defiles this holy place by bringing in Gentiles.[d]” 29 (For earlier that day they had seen him in the city with Trophimus, a Gentile from Ephesus,[e] and they assumed Paul had taken him into the Temple.)
30 The whole city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was grabbed and dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him. 31 As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 He immediately called out his soldiers and officers[f] and ran down among the crowd. When the mob saw the commander and the troops coming, they stopped beating Paul.
33 Then the commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. He asked the crowd who he was and what he had done. 34 Some shouted one thing and some another. Since he couldn’t find out the truth in all the uproar and confusion, he ordered that Paul be taken to the fortress. 35 As Paul reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift him to their shoulders to protect him. 36 And the crowd followed behind, shouting, “Kill him, kill him!”
Paul Speaks to the Crowd
37 As Paul was about to be taken inside, he said to the commander, “May I have a word with you?”
“Do you know Greek?” the commander asked, surprised. 38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who led a rebellion some time ago and took 4,000 members of the Assassins out into the desert?”
39 “No,” Paul replied, “I am a Jew and a citizen of Tarsus in Cilicia, which is an important city. Please, let me talk to these people.” 40 The commander agreed, so Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet. Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and he addressed them in their own language, Aramaic.[g]
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