Proverbs 21-22 New International Version (NIV)
21 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
2 A person may think their own ways are right,
3 To do what is right and just
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit
6 A fortune made by a lying tongue
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
8 The way of the guilty is devious,
9 Better to live on a corner of the roof
10 The wicked crave evil;
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
12 The Righteous One[b] takes note of the house of the wicked
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger,
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
19 Better to live in a desert
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—
28 A false witness will perish,
29 The wicked put up a bold front,
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
22 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
7 The rich rule over the poor,
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work?
2 Corinthians 4 New International Version (NIV)
Present Weakness and Resurrection Life
4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b] Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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