Proverbs 3–5

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep my commandments;

2 for length of days and long life

and peace will they add to you.

3 Do not let mercy and truth forsake you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart,

4 so you will find favor and good understanding

in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge Him,

and He will direct your paths.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and depart from evil.

8 It will be health to your body,

and strength to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your substance,

and with the first fruits of all your increase;

10 so your barns will be filled with plenty,

and your presses will burst out with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,

nor be weary of His correction;

12 for whom the Lord loves He corrects,

even as a father the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,

and the man who gets understanding;

14 for her benefit is more profitable than silver,

and her gain than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies,

and all the things you may desire are not to be compared with her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand,

and in her left hand riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,

and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,

and happy is everyone who retains her.

19 The Lord by wisdom has founded the earth;

by understanding He has established the heavens;

20 by His knowledge the depths are broken up,

and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—

keep sound wisdom and discretion;

22 so they will be life to your soul

and grace to your neck.

23 Then you will walk safely in your way,

and your foot will not stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;

yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,

nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;

26 for the Lord will be your confidence,

and will keep your foot from being caught.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,

when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

28 Do not say to your neighbor,

“Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give it,”

when you have it with you.

29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,

seeing he dwells securely by you.

30 Do not strive with a man without cause,

if he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy the oppressor,

and choose none of his ways;

32 for the perverse is an abomination to the Lord,

but His secret counsel is with the righteous.

33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,

but He blesses the habitation of the just.

34 Surely He scorns the scornful,

but He gives favor to the humble.

35 The wise will inherit glory,

but shame will be the legacy of fools.

Chapter 4

1 Hear, O children, the instruction of a father,

and attend to know understanding.

2 For I give you good precepts;

do not forsake my teaching.

3 For I was my father’s son,

tender and the only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 He also taught me and said to me,

“Let your heart retain my words;

keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom! Get understanding!

Do not forget it, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;

love her, and she will keep you.

7 Wisdom is principal; therefore get wisdom.

And with all your getting, get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she will promote you;

she will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace;

a crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,

and the years of your life will be many.

11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;

I have led you in right paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,

and when you run, you will not stumble.

13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let her go;

keep her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,

and do not go in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;

turn from it and pass on.

16 For they do not sleep unless they have done mischief;

and their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light,

that shines more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness;

they do not know at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words;

incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;

keep them in the midst of your heart;

22 for they are life to those who find them,

and health to all their body.

23 Keep your heart with all diligence,

for out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,

and put perverse lips far from you.

25 Let your eyes look right on,

and let your eyelids look straight before you.

26 Ponder the path of your feet,

and let all your ways be established.

27 Do not turn to the right or to the left;

remove your foot from evil.

Chapter 5

1 My son, attend to my wisdom,

and bow your ear to my understanding,

2 that you may regard discretion,

and that your lips may keep knowledge.

3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip as a honeycomb,

and her mouth is smoother than oil.

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged


5 Her feet go down to death,

her steps take hold of Sheol.

6 She does not ponder the path of life;

her ways are unstable, and she does not know it.

7 Hear me now therefore, O children,

and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove your way far from her,

and do not go near the door of her house,

9 lest you give your honor to others,

and your years to the cruel;

10 lest strangers be filled with your wealth,

and your labors go to the house of a stranger;

11 and you mourn at the last,

when your flesh and your body are consumed,

12 and say, “How I have hated instruction,

and my heart despised reproof!

13 And I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,

nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!

14 I was almost in utter ruin

in the midst of the congregation and assembly.”

15 Drink waters out of your own cistern,

and running waters out of your own well.

16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,

streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be only your own,

and not for strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain be blessed,

and rejoice with the wife of your youth.

19 Let her be as the loving deer and pleasant doe;

let her breasts satisfy you at all times;

and always be enraptured with her love.

20 Why should you, my son, be intoxicated by an immoral woman,

and embrace the bosom of a seductress?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,

and He ponders all his goings.

22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked himself,

and he is snared in the cords of his sins.

23 He will die for lack of instruction,

and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

2 Corinthians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective in enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that as you partake in the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.

8 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our troubles which came to us in Asia. We were pressured beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 We had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from so great a death and does deliver us. In Him we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 as you help together by praying for us, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift bestowed upon us by means of many persons.

12 For our rejoicing is this: The testimony of our conscience is that we conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you, in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God. 13 For we write nothing else to you than what you read or understand. And I trust you will understand even to the end, 14 as you have understood us in part, that we are yours, boasting even as you are ours on the day of the Lord Jesus.

15 In this confidence I planned to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit: 16 to visit you while going to Macedonia, and to come again to you from Macedonia, and then be sent by you on my way to Judea. 17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do this lightly? Or the things that I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, so that I would tell you “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?

18 But as God is true, we did not tell you “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by Silas, Timothy, and me, was not “Yes” and “No.” In Him it was “Yes.” 20 For all the promises of God in Him are “Yes,” and in Him “Amen,” to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and established the guarantee with the Spirit in our hearts.

23 Moreover I call God as a witness upon my soul, that it is to spare you that I have not yet gone to Corinth. 24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for by faith you stand.