1 My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;
2 for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being.
3 Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
6 think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
7 Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
10 then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;
12 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.
13 Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who hold on to her are happy.
19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding.
20 By His knowledge the watery depths broke open, and the clouds dripped with dew.
21 Maintain your competence and discretion. My son, don’t lose sight of them.
22 They will be life for you and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will go safely on your way; your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25 Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
27 When it is in your power, don’t withhold good from the one it belongs to.
28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later. I’ll give it tomorrow”— when it is there with you.
29 Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor, for he trusts you and lives near you.
30 Don’t accuse anyone without cause, when he has done you no harm.
31 Don’t envy a violent man or choose any of his ways;
32 for the devious are detestable to the Lord, but He is a friend to the upright.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous;
34 He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise will inherit honor, but He holds up fools to dishonor.
Proverbs 3:1-35 (HCSB)
2 And saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”
Matthew 3:2 (HCSB)
24 A disciple is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master.
25 It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master. If they called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more the members of his household!
26 “Therefore, don’t be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered and nothing hidden that won’t be made known.
27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops.
28 Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.
30 But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
31 So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 “Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.
33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.
34 Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
37 The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
39 Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it.
40 “The one who welcomes you welcomes Me, and the one who welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me.
41 Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. And anyone who welcomes a righteous person because he’s righteous will receive a righteous person’s reward.
42 And whoever gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple —I assure you: He will never lose his reward!”
Matthew 10:24-42 (HCSB)
16 Rejoice always!
17 Pray constantly.
18 Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (HCSB)