Proverbs 16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
Wisdom Is Better Than Gold
16 The preparations[a] of the heart belong to man,
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
3 Commit[b] your works to the Lord,
4 The Lord has made all for Himself,
5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
6 In mercy and truth
7 When a man’s ways please the Lord,
8 Better is a little with righteousness,
9 A man’s heart plans his way,
10 Divination is on the lips of the king;
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
27 [h]An ungodly man digs up evil,
31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
The Lord Tests Hearts
17 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame,
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
6 Children’s children are the crown of old men,
7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love,
10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
17 A friend loves at all times,
19 He who loves transgression loves strife,
20 He who has a [o]deceitful heart finds no good,
21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
22 A merry heart [p]does good, like medicine,
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe [q]behind the back
24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father,
26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
27 He who has knowledge spares his words,
The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower
18 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
2 A fool has no delight in understanding,
3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention,
9 He who is slothful in his work
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
17 The first one to plead his cause seems right,
18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease,
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
23 The poor man uses entreaties,
24 A man who has friends [w]must himself be friendly,
2 Corinthians 6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Marks of the Ministry
6 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says:
“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much [a]patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by [b]sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O Corinthians! [c]We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what [d]fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what [e]communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[f] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
“Come out from among them
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