Proverbs 22-24 New International Version (NIV)
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?
23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
9 Do not speak to fools,
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
12 Apply your heart to instruction
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
26 My son, give me your heart
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
24 Do not envy the wicked,
3 By wisdom a house is built,
5 The wise prevail through great power,
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
8 Whoever plots evil
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
19 Do not fret because of evildoers
21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These also are sayings of the wise:
To show partiality in judging is not good:
26 An honest answer
27 Put your outdoor work in order
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
Romans 14 New International Version (NIV)
The Weak and the Strong
14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]
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