Proverbs 3:21-35 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
31 Do not envy the violent
32 For the Lord detests the perverse
Matthew 21:18-32 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
Jesus curses a fig-tree
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig-tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May you never bear fruit again!’ Immediately the tree withered.
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. ‘How did the fig-tree wither so quickly?’ they asked.
21 Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig-tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’
The authority of Jesus questioned
23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’ they asked. ‘And who gave you this authority?’
24 Jesus replied, ‘I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism – where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?’
They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will ask, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” 26 But if we say, “Of human origin”– we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.’
27 So they answered Jesus, ‘We don’t know.’
Then he said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
The parable of the two sons
28 ‘What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.”
29 ‘“I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 ‘Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go.
31 ‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’
‘The first,’ they answered.
Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Job 22-24 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 ‘Can a man be of benefit to God?
4 ‘Is it for your piety that he rebukes you
12 ‘Is not God in the heights of heaven?
21 ‘Submit to God and be at peace with him;
23 Then Job replied:
2 ‘Even today my complaint is bitter;
8 ‘But if I go to the east, he is not there;
13 ‘But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
24 ‘Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?
13 ‘There are those who rebel against the light,
18 ‘Yet they are foam on the surface of the water;
25 ‘If this is not so, who can prove me false