Through the Bible – Day 255

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1When you are invited

to eat with a king,

use your best manners.

2Don't go and stuff yourself!

That would be just the same

as cutting your throat.

3Don't be greedy for all

that fancy food!

It may not be so tasty.

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4Give up trying so hard

to get rich.

5Your money flies away

before you know it,

just like an eagle

suddenly taking off.

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6Don't accept an invitation

to eat a selfish person's food,

no matter how good it is.

7People like that take note

of how much you eat.

They say, “Take all you want!”

But they don't mean it.

8Each bite will come back up,

and all your kind words

will be wasted.

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9Don't talk to fools—

they will just make fun of you.

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10Don't move a boundary marker

or take the land

that belongs to orphans.

11God All-Powerful is there

to defend them against you.

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12Listen to instruction

and do your best to learn.

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13Don't fail to correct

your children.

You won't kill them

by being firm,

14and it may even

save their lives.

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15My children,

if you show good sense,

I will be happy,

16and if you are truthful,

I will really be glad.

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17Don't be jealous of sinners,

but always honour the LORD.

18Then you will truly have hope

for the future.

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19Listen to me, my children!

Be wise and have enough sense

to follow the right path.

20Don't be a heavy drinker

or stuff yourself with food.

21It will make you feel drowsy,

and you will end up poor

with only rags to wear.

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22Pay attention to your father,

and don't neglect your mother

when she grows old.

23Invest in truth and wisdom,

discipline and good sense,

and don't part with them.

24Make your father truly happy

by living right and showing

sound judgment.

25Make your parents proud,

especially your mother.

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26My son, pay close attention,

and gladly follow

my example.

27Bad women and unfaithful wives

are like a deep pit—

28they are waiting to attack you

like a gang of robbers

with victim after victim.

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29Who is always in trouble?

Who argues and fights?

Who has cuts and bruises?

Whose eyes are red?

30Everyone who stays up late,

having just one more drink.

31Don't even look

at that colourful stuff

bubbling up in the glass!

It goes down so easily,

32but later it bites

like a poisonous snake.

33You will see weird things,

and your mind

will play tricks on you.

34You will feel tossed about

like someone trying to sleep

on a ship in a storm.

35You will be bruised all over,

without even remembering

how it all happened.

And you will lie awake asking,

“When will morning come,

so I can drink some more?”

Proverbs 23:1-35CEVOpen in Bible reader

Gifts for the poor

Generous giving

1My friends, we want you to know that the churches in Macedonia have shown others how kind God is. 2Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously. 3They gave as much as they could afford and even more, simply because they wanted to. 4They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God's people. 5And they did more than we had hoped. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, just as God wanted them to do.

6Titus was the one who got you started doing this good thing, so we begged him to help you finish what you had begun. 7You do everything better than anyone else. You have stronger faith. You speak better and know more. You are eager to give, and you love us better. Now you must give more generously than anyone else.

8I am not ordering you to do this. I am simply testing how real your love is by comparing it with the concern that others have shown. 9You know that our Lord Jesus Christ was kind enough to give up all his riches and become poor, so that you could become rich.

10A year ago you were the first ones to give, and you gave because you wanted to. So listen to my advice. 11I think you should finish what you started. If you give according to what you have, you will prove that you are as eager to give as you were to think about giving. 12It doesn't matter how much you have. What matters is how much you are willing to give from what you have.

13I am not trying to make life easier for others by making life harder for you. But it is only fair 14for you to share with them when you have so much, and they have so little. Later, when they have more than enough, and you are in need, they can share with you. Then everyone will have a fair share, 15just as the Scriptures say,

“Those who gathered

too much

had nothing left.

Those who gathered

only a little

had all they needed.”

Titus and his friends

16I am grateful that God made Titus care as much about you as we do. 17When we begged Titus to visit you, he said he would. He wanted to because he cared so much for you. 18With Titus we are also sending one of the Lord's followers who is well known in every church for spreading the good news. 19The churches chose this follower to travel with us while we carry this gift that will bring praise to the Lord and show how much we hope to help. 20We don't want anyone to find fault with the way we handle your generous gift. 21But we want to do what pleases the Lord and what people think is right.

22We are also sending someone else with Titus and the other follower. We approve of this man. In fact, he has already shown us many times that he wants to help. And now he wants to help even more than ever, because he trusts you so much. 23Titus is my partner, who works with me to serve you. The other two followers are sent by the churches, and they bring honour to Christ. 24Treat them in such a way that the churches will see your love and will know why we boasted about you.

2 Corinthians 8:1-24CEVOpen in Bible reader
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