Proverbs 28 The Message (MSG)
If You Desert God’s Law
28 The wicked are edgy with guilt, ready to run off
2 When the country is in chaos,
3 The wicked who oppress the poor
4 If you desert God’s law, you’re free to embrace depravity;
5 Justice makes no sense to the evilminded;
6 It’s better to be poor and direct
7 Practice God’s law—get a reputation for wisdom;
8 Get as rich as you want
9 God has no use for the prayers
10 Lead good people down a wrong path
11 The rich think they know it all,
12 When good people are promoted, everything is great,
13 You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it;
14 A tenderhearted person lives a blessed life;
15 Lions roar and bears charge—
16 Among leaders who lack insight, abuse abounds,
17 A murderer haunted by guilt
18 Walk straight—live well and be saved;
Doing Great Harm in Seemingly Harmless Ways
19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food;
20 Committed and persistent work pays off;
21 Playing favorites is always a bad thing;
22 A miser in a hurry to get rich
23 In the end, serious reprimand is appreciated
24 Anyone who robs father and mother
25 A grasping person stirs up trouble,
26 If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure;
27 Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;
28 When corruption takes over, good people go underground,
Proverbs 29 The Message (MSG)
If People Can’t See What God Is Doing
29 For people who hate discipline
2 When good people run things, everyone is glad,
3 If you love wisdom, you’ll delight your parents,
4 A leader of good judgment gives stability;
5 A flattering neighbor is up to no good;
6 Evil people fall into their own traps;
7 The good-hearted understand what it’s like to be poor;
8 A gang of cynics can upset a whole city;
9 A sage trying to work things out with a fool
10 Murderers hate honest people;
11 A fool lets it all hang out;
12 When a leader listens to malicious gossip,
13 The poor and their abusers have at least something in common:
14 Leadership gains authority and respect
15 Wise discipline imparts wisdom;
16 When degenerates take charge, crime runs wild,
17 Discipline your children; you’ll be glad you did—
18 If people can’t see what God is doing,
19 It takes more than talk to keep workers in line;
20 Observe the people who always talk before they think—
21 If you let people treat you like a doormat,
22 Angry people stir up a lot of discord;
23 Pride lands you flat on your face;
24 Befriend an outlaw
25 The fear of human opinion disables;
26 Everyone tries to get help from the leader,
27 Good people can’t stand the sight of deliberate evil;
Psalm 60 The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm, When He Fought Against Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah and Joab Killed Twelve Thousand Edomites at the Valley of Salt
60 1-2 God! you walked off and left us,
You shook earth to the foundations,
3-5 You made your people look doom in the face,
6-8 That’s when God spoke in holy splendor,
9-10 Who will take me to the thick of the fight?
11-12 Give us help for the hard task;
Romans 16 The Message (MSG)
16 1-2 Be sure to welcome our friend Phoebe in the way of the Master, with all the generous hospitality we Christians are famous for. I heartily endorse both her and her work. She’s a key representative of the church at Cenchrea. Help her out in whatever she asks. She deserves anything you can do for her. She’s helped many a person, including me.
3-5 Say hello to Priscilla and Aquila, who have worked hand in hand with me in serving Jesus. They once put their lives on the line for me. And I’m not the only one grateful to them. All the non-Jewish gatherings of believers also owe them plenty, to say nothing of the church that meets in their house.
Hello to my dear friend Epenetus. He was the very first follower of Jesus in the province of Asia.
6 Hello to Mary. What a worker she has turned out to be!
7 Hello to my cousins Andronicus and Junias. We once shared a jail cell. They were believers in Christ before I was. Both of them are outstanding leaders.
8 Hello to Ampliatus, my good friend in the family of God.
9 Hello to Urbanus, our companion in Christ’s work, and my good friend Stachys.
10 Hello to Apelles, a tried-and-true veteran in following Christ.
Hello to the family of Aristobulus.
11 Hello to my cousin Herodion.
Hello to those who belong to the Lord from the family of Narcissus.
12 Hello to Tryphena and Tryphosa—such diligent women in serving the Master.
Hello to Persis, a dear friend and hard worker in Christ.
13 Hello to Rufus—a good choice by the Master!—and his mother. She has also been a dear mother to me.
14 Hello to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and also to all of their families.
15 Hello to Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas—and all the followers of Jesus who live with them.
16 Holy embraces all around! All the churches of Christ send their warmest greetings!
17-18 One final word of counsel, friends. Keep a sharp eye out for those who take bits and pieces of the teaching that you learned and then use them to make trouble. Give these people a wide berth. They have no intention of living for our Master Christ. They’re only in this for what they can get out of it, and aren’t above using pious sweet talk to dupe unsuspecting innocents.
19-20 And so while there has never been any question about your honesty in these matters—I couldn’t be more proud of you!—I want you also to be smart, making sure every “good” thing is the real thing. Don’t be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil. Stay alert like this, and before you know it the God of peace will come down on Satan with both feet, stomping him into the dirt. Enjoy the best of Jesus!
21 And here are some more greetings from our end. Timothy, my partner in this work, Lucius, and my cousins Jason and Sosipater all said to tell you hello.
22 I, Tertius, who wrote this letter at Paul’s dictation, send you my personal greetings.
23 Gaius, who is host here to both me and the whole church, wants to be remembered to you.
Erastus, the city treasurer, and our good friend Quartus send their greetings.
25-26 All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter.
27 All our praise is focused through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes!