Through the Bible – Day 252

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Words of wisdom are better than gold

1It isn't clever to get drunk!

Drinking makes a fool of you

and leads to fights.

2An angry ruler

is like a roaring lion—

make either one angry,

and you are dead.

3It makes you look good

when you avoid a fight—

only fools love to quarrel.

4If you are too lazy to plough,

don't expect a harvest.

5Someone's thoughts may be

as deep as the ocean,

but if you are clever,

you will discover them.

6There are many who say,

“You can trust me!”

But can they be trusted?

7Good people live right,

and God blesses the children

who follow their example.

8When rulers decide cases,

they weigh the evidence.

9Can any of us really say,

“My thoughts are pure,

and my sins are gone”?

10Two things the LORD hates

are dishonest scales

and dishonest measures.

11The good or bad

that children do

shows what they are like.

12Hearing and seeing

are gifts from the LORD.

13If you sleep all the time,

you will starve;

if you get up and work,

you will have enough food.

14Everyone likes to boast

about getting a bargain.

15Sensible words are better

than gold or jewels.

16You deserve to lose your coat

if you loan it to someone

to guarantee payment

for the debt of a stranger.

17The food you get by cheating

may taste delicious,

but it turns to gravel.

18Be sure you have sound advice

before making plans

or starting a war.

19Stay away from gossips—

they tell everything.

20Children who curse their parents

will go to the land of darkness

long before their time.

21Getting rich quick

may turn out to be a curse.

22Don't try to get even.

Trust the LORD,

and he will help you.

23The LORD hates dishonest scales

and dishonest weights.

So don't cheat!

24How can we know

what will happen to us

when the LORD alone decides?

25Don't fall into the trap

of making promises to God

before you think!

26A wise ruler severely punishes

every criminal.

27Our inner thoughts are a lamp

from the LORD,

and they search our hearts.

28Rulers are protected

by God's mercy and loyalty,

but they must be merciful

for their kingdoms to last.

29Young people take pride

in their strength,

but the grey hairs of wisdom

are even more beautiful.

30A severe beating can knock all

of the evil out of you!

Proverbs 20:1-30CEVOpen in Bible reader

Treasure in clay jars

1God has been kind enough to trust us with this work. That's why we never give up. 2We don't do shameful things that must be kept secret. And we don't try to fool anyone or twist God's message around. God is our witness that we speak only the truth, so others will be sure that we can be trusted. 3If there is anything hidden about our message, it is hidden only to someone who is lost.

4The god who rules this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers. They cannot see the light, which is the good news about our glorious Christ, who shows what God is like. 5We are not preaching about ourselves. Our message is that Jesus Christ is Lord. He also sent us to be your servants. 6The Scriptures say, “God commanded light to shine in the dark.” Now God is shining in our hearts to let you know that his glory is seen in Jesus Christ.

7We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us. 8We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. 9In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again. 10-11We face death every day because of Jesus. Our bodies show what his death was like, so that his life can also be seen in us. 12This means that death is working in us, but life is working in you.

13In the Scriptures it says, “I spoke because I had faith.” We have that same kind of faith. So we speak 14because we know that God raised the Lord Jesus to life. And just as God raised Jesus, he will also raise us to life. Then he will bring us into his presence together with you. 15All this has been done for you, so that more and more people will know how kind God is and will praise and honour him.

Faith in the Lord

16We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. 17These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. 18Things that are seen don't last for ever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That's why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.

1Our bodies are like tents that we live in here on earth. But when these tents are destroyed, we know that God will give each of us a place to live. These homes will not be buildings that someone has made, but they are in heaven and will last for ever. 2While we are here on earth, we sigh because we want to live in that heavenly home. 3We want to put it on like clothes and not be naked.

4These tents we now live in are like a heavy burden, and we groan. But we don't do this just because we want to leave these bodies that will die. It is because we want to change them for bodies that will never die. 5God is the one who makes all this possible. He has given us his Spirit to make us certain that he will do it. 6So always be cheerful!

As long as we are in these bodies, we are away from the Lord. 7But we live by faith, not by what we see. 8We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord. 9But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him. 10After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies.

2 Corinthians 4:1-5:10CEVOpen in Bible reader
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