Proverbs 25-27New International Version (NIV)
More Proverbs of Solomon
25 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
4 Remove the dross from the silver,
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
What you have seen with your eyes
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
11 Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
18 Like a maniac shooting
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
5 Better is open rebuke
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
8 Like a bird that flees its nest
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning,
15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping
17 As iron sharpens iron,
18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,
19 As water reflects the face,
20 Death and Destruction[e] are never satisfied,
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
2 Corinthians 6New International Version (NIV)
6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
Warning Against Idolatry
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[b]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
“Come out from them
“I will be a Father to you,
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