Proverbs 16-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
16 We can make our own plans,
2 People may be pure in their own eyes,
3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,
5 The Lord detests the proud;
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.
7 When people’s lives please the Lord,
8 Better to have little, with godliness,
9 We can make our plans,
10 The king speaks with divine wisdom;
11 The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;
12 A king detests wrongdoing,
13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
15 When the king smiles, there is life;
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
18 Pride goes before destruction,
19 Better to live humbly with the poor
20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
21 The wise are known for their understanding,
22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
23 From a wise mind comes wise speech;
24 Kind words are like honey—
25 There is a path before each person that seems right,
26 It is good for workers to have an appetite;
27 Scoundrels create trouble;
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
29 Violent people mislead their companions,
30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
32 Better to be patient than powerful;
33 We may throw the dice,[a]
17 Better a dry crust eaten in peace
2 A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son
3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
4 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;
7 Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool;
8 A bribe is like a lucky charm;
9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding
11 Evil people are eager for rebellion,
12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
13 If you repay good with evil,
14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool,
17 A friend is always loyal,
18 It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
20 The crooked heart will not prosper;
21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
23 The wicked take secret bribes
24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
25 Foolish children[c] bring grief to their father
26 It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
27 A truly wise person uses few words;
28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
18 Unfriendly people care only about themselves;
2 Fools have no interest in understanding;
3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace,
4 Wise words are like deep waters;
5 It is not right to acquit the guilty
6 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels;
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin;
8 Rumors are dainty morsels
9 A lazy person is as bad as
10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
11 The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
12 Haughtiness goes before destruction;
13 Spouting off before listening to the facts
14 The human spirit can endure a sick body,
15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
16 Giving a gift can open doors;
17 The first to speak in court sounds right—
18 Flipping a coin[d] can end arguments;
19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.
20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
21 The tongue can bring death or life;
22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
23 The poor plead for mercy;
24 There are “friends” who destroy each other,
Proverbs 16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
16 The plans of the heart belong to man,
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
17 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
18 He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
Romans 12 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Living Sacrifice to God
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
3 Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[d] 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Romans 12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, [a]acceptable to God, which is your [b]spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this [c]world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may [d]prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect.
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l]practicing hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but [n]associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.