Proverbs 27–29; 2 Corinthians 10

27  Do not boast about tomorrow,

yfor you do not know what a day may bring.

Let zanother praise you, and not your own mouth;

a stranger, and not your own lips.

A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,

but aa fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,

but who can stand before bjealousy?

cBetter is open rebuke

than hidden love.

Faithful are dthe wounds of a friend;

profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

One who is full loathes ehoney,

but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

Like fa bird that strays from its nest

is a man who strays from his home.

gOil and perfume make the heart glad,

and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.1

10  Do not forsake your friend and hyour father’s friend,

and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.

iBetter is a neighbor who is near

than a brother who is far away.

11  jBe wise, kmy son, and lmake my heart glad,

that I may manswer him who reproaches me.

12  nThe prudent sees danger and hides himself,

but othe simple go on and suffer for it.

13  pTake a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,

and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.2

14  Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,

rising early in the morning,

will be counted as cursing.

15  qA continual dripping on a rainy day

and a quarrelsome wife are alike;

16  to restrain her is to restrain the wind

or to grasp3 oil in one’s right hand.

17  Iron sharpens iron,

and one man sharpens another.4

18  rWhoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,

and he who sguards his master will be honored.

19  As in water face reflects face,

so the heart of man reflects the man.

20  tSheol and Abaddon are unever satisfied,

and vnever satisfied are the eyes of man.

21  wThe crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,

and a man is tested by his praise.

22  xCrush a fool in a mortar with a pestle

along with crushed grain,

yet his folly will not depart from him.

23  yKnow well the condition of your flocks,

and ygive attention to your herds,

24  for zriches do not last forever;

and does a crown endure to all generations?

25  aWhen the grass is gone and the new growth appears

and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,

26  bthe lambs will provide your clothing,

and the goats the price of a field.

27  bThere will be enough goats’ milk for your food,

for the food of your household

and maintenance for your girls.

28  cThe wicked flee when no one pursues,

but dthe righteous are bold as a lion.

When a land transgresses, eit has many rulers,

but with a man of understanding and knowledge,

its stability will long continue.

fA poor man who oppresses the poor

is a beating rain that leaves no food.

Those who forsake the law gpraise the wicked,

but those who keep the law hstrive against them.

Evil men ido not understand justice,

but those who seek the Lord junderstand it completely.

kBetter is a poor man who lwalks in his integrity

than a rich man who is lcrooked in his ways.

The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,

but ma companion of gluttons shames his father.

Whoever multiplies his wealth nby interest and profit5

ogathers it for him who is pgenerous to the poor.

If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,

even his qprayer is an abomination.

10  Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way

rwill fall into his own pit,

but the blameless swill have a goodly inheritance.

11  A rich man is wise in his town eyes,

but a poor man who has understanding uwill find him out.

12  When vthe righteous triumph, there is great glory,

but when wthe wicked rise, people hide themselves.

13  Whoever xconceals his transgressions will not prosper,

but he who yconfesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

14  Blessed is the one who zfears the Lord6 always,

but whoever ahardens his heart will fall into calamity.

15  Like ba roaring lion or ca charging bear

is da wicked ruler over a poor people.

16  A ruler who elacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,

but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

17  If one is burdened with fthe blood of another,

he will be a fugitive until death;7

let no one help him.

18  gWhoever hwalks in integrity will be delivered,

but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

19  iWhoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

20  A faithful man will abound with blessings,

but whoever hastens to be rich jwill not go unpunished.

21  To show kpartiality is not good,

but for la piece of bread a man will do wrong.

22  A mstingy man8 nhastens after wealth

and does not know that opoverty will come upon him.

23  Whoever prebukes a man will afterward find more favor

than qhe who flatters with his tongue.

24  Whoever robs his father or his mother

and says, That is no transgression,

is ra companion to a man who destroys.

25  A greedy man sstirs up strife,

but the one who trusts in the Lord will tbe enriched.

26  Whoever utrusts in his own mind is a fool,

but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

27  Whoever vgives to the poor will not want,

but he who whides his eyes will get many a curse.

28  When xthe wicked rise, ypeople hide themselves,

but when they perish, the righteous increase.

29  zHe who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,

will suddenly be abroken bbeyond healing.

When cthe righteous increase, the people rejoice,

but when dthe wicked rule, the people groan.

He who eloves wisdom makes his father glad,

but fa companion of prostitutes gsquanders his wealth.

By justice a king hbuilds up the land,

but he who exacts gifts9 tears it down.

iA man who flatters his neighbor

spreads ja net for his feet.

An evil man is kensnared in his transgression,

but a righteous man lsings and rejoices.

A righteous man mknows the rights of the poor;

a wicked man does not nunderstand such knowledge.

oScoffers set a city aflame,

but the wise turn away wrath.

If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

the fool only rages and laughs, and there is pno quiet.

10  Bloodthirsty men qhate one who is blameless

and seek the life of the upright.10

11  A fool gives full vent to his spirit,

but a wise man quietly holds it back.

12  If a ruler listens to falsehood,

all his officials will be wicked.

13  The poor man and the oppressor rmeet together;

the Lord sgives light to the eyes of both.

14  If a king tfaithfully judges the poor,

his throne will ube established forever.

15  vThe rod and reproof give wisdom,

but a child left to himself wbrings shame to his mother.

16  When the wicked increase, transgression increases,

but xthe righteous will look upon their downfall.

17  yDiscipline your son, and he will give you rest;

he will give delight to your heart.

18  Where zthere is no prophetic vision the people acast off restraint,11

but blessed is he who bkeeps the law.

19  By mere words a servant is not disciplined,

for though he understands, he will not respond.

20  Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?

cThere is more hope for a fool than for him.

21  Whoever pampers his servant from childhood

will in the end find him his heir.12

22  dA man of wrath stirs up strife,

and one given to anger causes much transgression.

23  eOne’s pride will bring him low,

fbut he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

24  The partner of a thief ghates his own life;

hhe hears the curse, but discloses nothing.

25  iThe fear of man lays a snare,

but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

26  Many jseek the face of a ruler,

but it is from the Lord that a man kgets justice.

27  lAn unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,

but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.


Paul Defends His Ministry

10 iI, Paul, myself entreat you, by the jmeekness and gentleness of ChristI who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away! I beg of you kthat when I am present I may not have to show lboldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the mweapons of nour warfare are not of the flesh but have odivine power pto destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and qevery lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to robey Christ, sbeing ready to punish every disobedience, twhen your obedience is complete.

uLook at what is before your eyes. vIf anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as whe is Christ’s, xso also are we. For even if I boast a little too much of your authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. 10 For they say, His letters are weighty and strong, but zhis bodily presence is weak, and ahis speech of no account. 11 Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present. 12 Not that we dare to classify or bcompare ourselves with some of those who care commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are dwithout understanding.

13 But we will not boast ebeyond limits, but will fboast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, gto reach even to you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. hFor we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that ias your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be jgreatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. 17 Let kthe one who boasts, boast in the Lord. 18 For it is lnot the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one mwhom the Lord commends.