Proverbs 25-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
Further Wise Sayings of Solomon
25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
4 Take away the dross from silver,
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
8 Do not go hastily to [a]court;
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
13 Like the cold of snow in time of harvest
14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving
15 By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
16 Have you found honey?
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house,
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble
20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather,
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
25 As cold water to a weary soul,
26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked
27 It is not good to eat much honey;
28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool
26 As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
2 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
3 A whip for the horse,
13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart
24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
2 Corinthians 9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Administering the Gift
9 Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you; 2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority. 3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready; 4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this [a]confident boasting. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to [b]exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a [c]grudging obligation.
The Cheerful Giver
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows [d]bountifully will also reap [e]bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of [f]necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
10 Now [g]may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, [h]supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
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