Proverbs 16-18 New 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,
Titus 3 New International Version (NIV)
Saved in Order to Do Good
3 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
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