Proverbs 22-24New Living Translation (NLT)
22 Choose a good reputation over great riches;
2 The rich and poor have this in common:
3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
4 True humility and fear of the Lord
5 Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road;
6 Direct your children onto the right path,
7 Just as the rich rule the poor,
8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,
9 Blessed are those who are generous,
10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.
11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech
12 The Lord preserves those with knowledge,
13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there!
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap;
15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,
16 A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor
Sayings of the Wise
17 Listen to the words of the wise;
22 Don’t rob the poor just because you can,
24 Don’t befriend angry people
26 Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt
28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
29 Do you see any truly competent workers?
23 While dining with a ruler,
4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
6 Don’t eat with people who are stingy;
9 Don’t waste your breath on fools,
10 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;
12 Commit yourself to instruction;
13 Don’t fail to discipline your children.
15 My child,[f] if your heart is wise,
17 Don’t envy sinners,
19 My child, listen and be wise:
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
26 O my son, give me your heart.
29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
24 Don’t envy evil people
3 A house is built by wisdom
5 The wise are mightier than the strong,[h]
7 Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
8 A person who plans evil
10 If you fail under pressure,
11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
13 My child,[i] eat honey, for it is good,
15 Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly,
17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
19 Don’t fret because of evildoers;
21 My child, fear the Lord and the king.
More Sayings of the Wise
23 Here are some further sayings of the wise:
It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
26 An honest answer
27 Do your planning and prepare your fields
28 Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;
30 I walked by the field of a lazy person,
2 Peter 1:12-21New Living Translation (NLT)
Paying Attention to Scripture
12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live.[a] 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,[b] 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”[c] 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines[d] in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding,[e] 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
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