17:1 Better is a dry morsel with
than a house full of feasting
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a
son who acts shamefully
and will share the inheritance as one of
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace
is for gold,
and the Lord
An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
and a liar gives ear to a mischievous
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
he who is glad at calamity will not go
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
and the glory of children is their
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
still less is false speech to a prince.
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of
the one who gives it;
wherever he turns he prospers.
Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
but he who repeats a matter separates
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of
than a hundred blows into a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion,
and a cruel messenger will be sent against
Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs
rather than a fool in his folly.
If anyone returns evil for good,
evil will not depart from his house.
The beginning of strife is like letting out
so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
He who justifies the wicked and he who
condemns the righteous
are both alike an abomination to the
Why should a fool have money in his hand to
when he has no sense?
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
One who lacks sense gives a pledge
and puts up security in the presence of
Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
he who makes his door high seeks
A man of crooked heart does not discover
and one with a dishonest tongue falls into
He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,
and the father of a fool has no joy.
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
The wicked accepts a bribe in secret
to pervert the ways of justice.
The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of
A foolish son is a grief to his father
and bitterness to her who bore him.
To impose a fine on a righteous man is not
nor to strike the noble for their
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered
when he closes his lips, he is deemed
18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks
his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling
It is not good to be partial to
or to deprive the righteous of justice.
A fool's lips walk into a fight,
and his mouth invites a beating.
A fool's mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.
The words of a whisperer are like delicious
they go down into the inner parts of the
Whoever is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.
The name of the
Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is
A rich man's wealth is his strong city,
and like a high wall in his imagination.
Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
A man's spirit will endure sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
A man's gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
The one who states his case first seems
until the other comes and examines him.
The lot puts an end to quarrels
and decides between powerful contenders.
A brother offended is more unyielding than a
and quarreling is like the bars of a
From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
Death and life are in the power of the
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the
The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer
than a brother.
2:1 For I made up my mind not to make
another painful visit to you. For if I cause
you pain, who is there to make me glad but the
one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did,
so that when I came I might not suffer pain
from those who should have made me rejoice,
for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy
would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to
you out of much affliction and anguish of
heart and with many tears, not to cause you
pain but to let you know the abundant love
that I have for you.
Now if anyone has
caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but
in some measure—not to put it too severely—to
all of you. For such a one, this punishment by
the majority is enough, so you should rather
turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be
overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you
to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why
I wrote, that I might test you and know
whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone
whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what
I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything,
has been for your sake in the presence of
Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by
Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
Triumph in Christ
When I came to
Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even
though a door was opened for me in the Lord,
my spirit was not at rest because I did not
find my brother Titus there. So I took leave
of them and went on to Macedonia.
But thanks be to
God, who in Christ always leads us in
triumphal procession, and through us spreads
the fragrance of the knowledge of him
everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to
God among those who are being saved and among
those who are perishing, to one a fragrance
from death to death, to the other a fragrance
from life to life. Who is sufficient
for these things? For we are not, like so
many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of
sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the
sight of God we speak in Christ.