1 A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.
3 A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
4 The result of humility is fear of the Lord, along with wealth, honor, and life.
5 There are thorns and snares on the path of the crooked; the one who guards himself stays far from them.
6 Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.
8 The one who sows injustice will reap disaster, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then quarreling and dishonor will cease.
11 The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips—the king is his friend.
12 The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
13 The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit; a man cursed by the Lord will fall into it.
15 Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him.
16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich—both lead only to poverty.
17 Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge.
18 For it is pleasing if you keep them within you and if they are constantly on your lips.
19 I have instructed you today—even you—so that your confidence may be in the Lord.
20 Haven’t I written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,
21 in order to teach you true and reliable words, so that you may give a dependable report to those who sent you?
22 Don’t rob a poor man because he is poor, and don’t crush the oppressed at the gate,
23 for the Lord will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Don’t make friends with an angry man, and don’t be a companion of a hot-tempered man,
25 or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
26 Don’t be one of those who enter agreements, who put up security for loans.
27 If you have no money to pay, even your bed will be taken from under you.
28 Don’t move an ancient boundary marker, that your fathers set up.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of unknown men.
54 When they heard these things, they were enraged in their hearts and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said,
56 “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they screamed at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him.
58 They threw him out of the city and began to stone him. And the witnesses laid their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 They were stoning Stephen as he called out: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin!” And saying this, he fell asleep.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession.
7 Therefore, brothers, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.
8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near.
1 Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.
1 John 3:1