Proverbs 10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Wise Sayings of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son makes a glad father,
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
9 He who walks with integrity walks securely,
10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble,
11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
14 Wise people store up knowledge,
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
16 The labor of the righteous leads to life,
17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
23 To do evil is like sport to a fool,
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days,
30 The righteous will never be removed,
The Folly of Wickedness
2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
12 He who [j]is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
16 A gracious woman retains honor,
22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
27 He who earnestly seeks good [o]finds favor,
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
31 If the righteous will be [q]recompensed on the earth,
The House of the Righteous Shall Stand
12 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
3 A man is not established by wickedness,
4 An[r] excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,
9 Better is the one who is [s]slighted but has a servant,
10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness,
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
28 In the way of righteousness is life,
2 Corinthians 4 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Light of Christ’s Gospel
4 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor [a]handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Cast Down but Unconquered
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Seeing the Invisible
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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