Proverbs 19–21; 2 Corinthians 7

19  aBetter is a poor person who bwalks in his integrity

than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

Desire1 without knowledge is not good,

and whoever cmakes haste with his feet misses his way.

When a man’s folly dbrings his way to ruin,

his heart erages against the Lord.

fWealth brings many new friends,

fbut a poor man is deserted by his friend.

gA false witness will not go unpunished,

and he who hbreathes out lies will not escape.

Many seek the favor of a generous man,2

and everyone is a friend to a man who gives igifts.

jAll a poor man’s brothers hate him;

khow much more do his friends go far from him!

He pursues them with words, but does not have them.3

lWhoever gets sense loves his own soul;

he who keeps understanding will mdiscover good.

gA false witness will not go unpunished,

and he who hbreathes out lies will perish.

10  nIt is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,

much less for oa slave to rule over princes.

11  pGood sense makes one slow to anger,

and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

12  A king’s wrath is like qthe growling of a lion,

but his rfavor is like sdew on the grass.

13  tA foolish son is ruin to his father,

and ua wife’s quarreling is va continual dripping of rain.

14  wHouse and wealth are inherited from fathers,

but a prudent wife is xfrom the Lord.

15  ySlothfulness casts into za deep sleep,

and aan idle person will suffer hunger.

16  Whoever bkeeps the commandment keeps his life;

he who despises his ways will die.

17  cWhoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,

and he dwill repay him for his edeed.

18  fDiscipline your son, for there is hope;

do not set your heart on gputting him to death.

19  A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,

for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.

20  Listen to advice and accept instruction,

that you may gain wisdom in hthe future.

21  iMany are the plans in the mind of a man,

but jit is the purpose of the Lord kthat will stand.

22  What is desired in a man is steadfast love,

and a poor man is better than a liar.

23  The fear of the Lord lleads to life,

and whoever has it rests msatisfied;

he will nnot be visited by harm.

24  oThe sluggard buries his hand in pthe dish

and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

25  qStrike ra scoffer, and the simple will slearn prudence;

treprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

26  He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother

is ua son who brings shame and reproach.

27  Cease to hear instruction, my son,

vand you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28  A worthless witness mocks at justice,

and the mouth of the wicked wdevours iniquity.

29  Condemnation is ready for rscoffers,

and xbeating for the backs of fools.

20  yWine is a mocker, zstrong drink a brawler,

and whoever ais led astray by it is not wise.4

The terror of a king is like bthe growling of a lion;

whoever provokes him to anger cforfeits his life.

It is an honor for a man to dkeep aloof from strife,

but every fool will be quarreling.

eThe sluggard does not plow in the autumn;

fhe will seek at harvest and have nothing.

The purpose in a man’s heart is like gdeep water,

but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Many a man hproclaims his own steadfast love,

but ia faithful man who can find?

The righteous who jwalks in his integrity

kblessed are his children after him!

lA king who sits on the throne of judgment

mwinnows all evil with his eyes.

nWho can say, I have made my heart pure;

I am clean from my sin?

10  oUnequal5 weights and unequal measures

are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

11  Even a child pmakes himself known by his acts,

by whether his conduct is pure and upright.6

12  qThe hearing ear and the seeing eye,

rthe Lord has made them both.

13  sLove not sleep, lest you tcome to poverty;

open your eyes, and you will have uplenty of bread.

14  Bad, bad, says the buyer,

but when he goes away, then he boasts.

15  There is gold and abundance of vcostly stones,

wbut the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16  xTake a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,

and yhold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.7

17  zBread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,

but afterward his mouth will be full of agravel.

18  bPlans are established by counsel;

by cwise guidance dwage war.

19  Whoever egoes about slandering reveals secrets;

therefore do not associate with fa simple babbler.8

20  gIf one curses his father or his mother,

hhis lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

21  iAn inheritance gained hastily in the beginning

will not be blessed in the end.

22  Do not say, jI will repay evil;

kwait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

23  lUnequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,

and mfalse scales are not good.

24  A man’s nsteps are from the Lord;

how then can man understand his way?

25  It is a snare to say rashly, It is holy,

and to reflect only oafter making vows.

26  A wise king pwinnows the wicked

and drives qthe wheel over them.

27  rThe spirit9 of man is the lamp of the Lord,

ssearching all this innermost parts.

28  uSteadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,

and by steadfast love his vthrone is upheld.

29  The glory of young men is their strength,

but wthe splendor of old men is their gray hair.

30  xBlows that wound cleanse away evil;

strokes make clean tthe innermost parts.

21  The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;

he yturns it wherever he will.

zEvery way of a man is right in his own eyes,

but the Lord aweighs the heart.

bTo do righteousness and justice

is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

cHaughty eyes and a proud heart,

dthe lamp10 of the wicked, are sin.

The plans of ethe diligent lead surely to abundance,

but everyone who is fhasty comes gonly to poverty.

hThe getting of treasures by a lying tongue

is a ifleeting jvapor and a ksnare of death.11

The violence of the wicked will lsweep them away,

because they refuse to do what is just.

The way of the guilty mis crooked,

but the conduct of the pure is upright.

It is nbetter to live in a corner of the housetop

than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

10  The soul of the wicked desires evil;

his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.

11  When oa scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;

when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

12  The Righteous One pobserves the house of the wicked;

he throws the wicked down to ruin.

13  qWhoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor

will himself call out and not be answered.

14  rA gift in secret averts anger,

and a concealed bribe,12 strong wrath.

15  When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous

sbut terror to evildoers.

16  One who wanders from the way of good sense

twill rest in the assembly of the dead.

17  Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;

he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

18  uThe wicked is a vransom for the righteous,

and the traitor for the upright.

19  It is wbetter to live in a desert land

than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

20  xPrecious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,

but a foolish man ydevours it.

21  Whoever zpursues righteousness and kindness

will find alife, righteousness, and honor.

22  bA wise man scales the city of the mighty

and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

23  cWhoever keeps his mouth and his tongue

dkeeps himself out of etrouble.

24  fScoffer is the name of the arrogant, haughty man

who acts with arrogant pride.

25  The desire of gthe sluggard kills him,

for his hands refuse to labor.

26  All day long he craves and craves,

but the righteous hgives and does not hold back.

27  iThe sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;

how much more jwhen he brings it with evil intent.

28  kA false witness will perish,

but the word of a man who hears will endure.

29  A wicked man puts on a bold face,

but the upright lgives thought to13 his ways.

30  mNo wisdom, no understanding, no counsel

can avail against the Lord.

31  nThe horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but othe victory belongs to the Lord.


Since we have these promises, beloved, jlet us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body1 and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Paul’s Joy

kMake room in your hearts2 for us. lWe have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that myou are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I am acting with ngreat boldness toward you; oI have great pride in you; pI am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.

For even qwhen we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turnrfighting without and fear within. But sGod, who comforts the downcast, tcomforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For ueven if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret itthough vI did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but wbecause you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For xgodly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas yworldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, zwhat zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one awho did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God. 13 Therefore bwe are comforted.

And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit chas been refreshed by you all. 14 For dwhatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you ewas true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. 15 And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers fthe obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice, because I have complete gconfidence in you.