15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
The eyes of the Lord
are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
A fool despises his father's instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
In the house of the righteous there is much
but trouble befalls the income of the
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination
to the Lord,
but the prayer of the upright is acceptable
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the
but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
There is severe discipline for him who
forsakes the way;
whoever hates reproof will die.
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the
how much more the hearts of the children of
A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is
The heart of him who has understanding seeks
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
All the days of the afflicted are evil,
but the cheerful of heart has a continual
Better is a little with the fear of the
than great treasure and trouble with it.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
but he who is slow to anger quiets
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of
but the path of the upright is a level
A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,
but a man of understanding walks straight
Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
The Lord tears
down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow's boundaries.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination
to the Lord,
but gracious words are pure.
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his
but he who hates bribes will live.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil
The Lord is
far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains
The fear of the Lord
is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.
16:1 The plans of the heart belong to
but the answer of the tongue is from the
All the ways of a man are pure in his own
but the Lord
weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the
and your plans will be established.
The Lord has
made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an
abomination to the
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is
and by the fear of the
Lord one turns
away from evil.
When a man's ways please the
he makes even his enemies to be at peace
Better is a little with righteousness
than great revenues with injustice.
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord
establishes his steps.
An oracle is on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
A just balance and scales are the
all the weights in the bag are his work.
It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by
Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves him who speaks what is right.
A king's wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will appease it.
In the light of a king's face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring
the spring rain.
How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather
The highway of the upright turns aside from
whoever guards his way preserves his life.
Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Whoever gives thought to the word
will discover good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the
The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who
but the instruction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise makes his speech
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
A worker's appetite works for him;
his mouth urges him on.
A worthless man plots evil,
and his speech
is like a scorching fire.
A dishonest man spreads strife,
and a whisperer separates close friends.
A man of violence entices his neighbor
and leads him in a way that is not good.
Whoever winks his eyes plans
he who purses his lips brings evil to pass.
Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the
and he who rules his spirit than he who
takes a city.
The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the
an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
To the church of
God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who
are in the whole of Achaia:
Grace to you and
peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
God of All Comfort
Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts
us in all our affliction, so that we may be able
to comfort those who are in any affliction, with
the comfort with which we ourselves are
comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in
Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share
abundantly in comfort too.
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and
salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for
your comfort, which you experience when you
patiently endure the same sufferings that we
suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we
know that as you share in our sufferings, you
will also share in our comfort.
For we do not want
you to be ignorant, brothers,
of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we
were so utterly burdened beyond our strength
that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we
felt that we had received the sentence of death.
But that was to make us rely not on ourselves
but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us
from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver
us. On him we have set our hope that he will
deliver us again. You also must help us by
prayer, so that many will give thanks on our
behalf for the blessing granted us through the
prayers of many.
Paul's Change of
For our boast is
this, the testimony of our conscience, that we
behaved in the world with simplicity
and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but
by the grace of God, and supremely so toward
you. For we are not writing to you anything
other than what you read and acknowledge
and I hope you will fully acknowledge— just as
you did partially acknowledge us—that on the day
of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we
will boast of you.
Because I was sure
of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that
you might have a second experience of grace. I
wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and
to come back to you from Macedonia and have you
send me on my way to Judea. Was I vacillating
when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans
according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes”
and “No, no” at the same time? As surely as God
is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes
and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom
we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy
and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is
always Yes. For all the promises of God find
their Yes in him. That is why it is through him
that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And
it is God who establishes us with you in Christ,
and has anointed us, and who has also put his
seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts
as a guarantee.
But I call God to
witness against me—it was to spare you that I
refrained from coming again to Corinth. Not that
we lord it over your faith, but we work with you
for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.