1 Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.
2 A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion; anyone who provokes him endangers himself.
3 It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.
4 The slacker does not plow during planting season; at harvest time he looks, and there is nothing.
5 Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?
7 The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.
8 A king sitting on a throne to judge sifts out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin”?
10 Differing weights and varying measures — both are detestable to the Lord.
11 Even a young man is known by his actions — if his behavior is pure and upright.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye — the Lord made them both.
13 Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat.
14 “It’s worthless, it’s worthless!” the buyer says, but after he is on his way, he gloats.
15 There is gold and a multitude of jewels, but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.
16 Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for foreigners.
17 Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.
18 Finalize plans with counsel, and wage war with sound guidance.
19 The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid someone with a big mouth.
20 Whoever curses his father or mother — his lamp will go out in deep darkness.
21 An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.
22 Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the Lord, and He will rescue you.
23 Differing weights are detestable to the Lord, and dishonest scales are unfair.
24 A man’s steps are determined by the Lord, so how can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and later to reconsider his vows.
26 A wise king separates out the wicked and drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life, searching the innermost parts.
28 Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.
30 Lashes and wounds purge away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.
24 God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
6 Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,
7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift
9 not from works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
7 Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in God’s paradise.