Proverbs 19-20 New International Version (NIV)
19 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
2 Desire without knowledge is not good—
3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
4 Wealth attracts many friends,
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
6 Many curry favor with a ruler,
7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
8 The one who gets wisdom loves life;
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
22 What a person desires is unfailing love[b];
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,
20 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
4 Sluggards do not plow in season;
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
20 If someone curses their father or mother,
21 An inheritance claimed too soon
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
27 The human spirit is[c] the lamp of the Lord
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
2 Corinthians 3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
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