131 A wise son is a lover of teaching, but the ears of the haters of authority are shut to sharp words.

2 A man will get good from the fruit of his lips, but the desire of the false is for violent acts.

3 He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction.

4 The hater of work does not get his desires, but the soul of the hard workers will be made fat.

5 The upright man is a hater of false words: the evil-doer gets a bad name and is put to shame.

6 Righteousness keeps safe him whose way is without error, but evil-doers are overturned by sin.

7 A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth.

8 A man will give his wealth in exchange for his life; but the poor will not give ear to sharp words.

9 There is a glad dawn for the upright man, but the light of the sinner will be put out.

10 The only effect of pride is fighting; but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.

11 Wealth quickly got will become less; but he who gets a store by the work of his hands will have it increased.

12 Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life.

13 He who makes sport of the word will come to destruction, but the respecter of the law will be rewarded.

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning men away from the nets of death.

15 Wise behaviour gets approval, but the way of the false is their destruction.

16 A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts.

17 A man taking false news is a cause of trouble, but he who gives news rightly makes things well.

18 Need and shame will be the fate of him who is uncontrolled by training; but he who takes note of teaching will be honoured.

19 To get one's desire is sweet to the soul, but to give up evil is disgusting to the foolish.

20 Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken.

21 Evil will overtake sinners, but the upright will be rewarded with good.

22 The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children's children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man.

23 There is much food in the ploughed land of the poor; but it is taken away by wrongdoing.

24 He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care.

25 The upright man has food to the full measure of his desire, but there will be no food for the stomach of evil-doers.

141 Wisdom is building her house, but the foolish woman is pulling it down with her hands.

2 He who goes on his way in righteousness has before him the fear of the Lord; but he whose ways are twisted gives him no honour.

3 In the mouth of the foolish man is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.

4 Where there are no oxen, their food-place is clean; but much increase comes through the strength of the ox.

5 A true witness does not say what is false, but a false witness is breathing out deceit.

6 The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.

7 Go away from the foolish man, for you will not see the lips of knowledge.

8 The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behaviour of the foolish is deceit.

9 In the tents of those hating authority there is error, but in the house of the upright man there is grace.

10 No one has knowledge of a man's grief but himself; and a strange person has no part in his joy.

11 The house of the sinner will be overturned, but the tent of the upright man will do well.

12 There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

13 Even while laughing the heart may be sad; and after joy comes sorrow.

14 He whose heart is turned away will have the reward of his ways in full measure; but a good man will have the reward of his doings.

15 The simple man has faith in every word, but the man of good sense gives thought to his footsteps.

16 The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger.

17 He who is quickly angry will do what is foolish, but the man of good sense will have quiet.

18 Foolish behaviour is the heritage of the simple, but men of good sense are crowned with knowledge.

19 The knees of the evil are bent before the good; and sinners go down in the dust at the doors of the upright.

20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbour, but the man of wealth has numbers of friends.

21 He who has no respect for his neighbour is a sinner, but he who has pity for the poor is happy.

22 Will not the designers of evil come into error? But mercy and good faith are for the designers of good.

23 In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.

24 Their wisdom is a crown to the wise, but their foolish behaviour is round the head of the unwise.

25 A true witness is the saviour of lives; but he who says false things is a cause of deceit.

26 For him in whose heart is the fear of the Lord there is strong hope: and his children will have a safe place. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, by which one may be turned from the nets of death.

28 A king's glory is in the number of his people: and for need of people a ruler may come to destruction.

29 He who is slow to be angry has great good sense; but he whose spirit is over-quick gives support to what is foolish.

30 A quiet mind is the life of the body, but envy is a disease in the bones.

31 He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.

32 The sinner is overturned in his evil-doing, but the upright man has hope in his righteousness.

33 Wisdom has her resting-place in the mind of the wise, but she is not seen among the foolish.

34 By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.

35 The king has pleasure in a servant who does wisely, but his wrath is against him who is a cause of shame.

151 By a soft answer wrath is turned away, but a bitter word is a cause of angry feelings.

2 Knowledge is dropping from the tongue of the wise; but from the mouth of the foolish comes a stream of foolish words.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4 A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit.

5 A foolish man puts no value on his father's training; but he who has respect for teaching has good sense.

6 In the house of the upright man there is a great store of wealth; but in the profits of the sinner there is trouble.

7 The lips of the wise keep knowledge, but the heart of the foolish man is not right.

8 The offering of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright man is his delight.

9 The way of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but he who goes after righteousness is dear to him.

10 There is bitter punishment for him who is turned from the way; and death will be the fate of the hater of teaching.

11 Before the Lord are the underworld and destruction: how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men!

12 The hater of authority has no love for teaching: he will not go to the wise.

13 A glad heart makes a shining face, but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 The heart of the man of good sense goes in search of knowledge, but foolish things are the food of the unwise.

15 All the days of the troubled are evil; but he whose heart is glad has an unending feast.

16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth together with trouble. 17 Better is a simple meal where love is, than a fat ox and hate with it.

18 An angry man makes men come to blows, but he who is slow to get angry puts an end to fighting.

19 Thorns are round the way of the hater of work; but the road of the hard worker becomes a highway.

20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man has no respect for his mother.

21 Foolish behaviour is joy to the unwise; but a man of good sense makes his way straight.

22 Where there are no wise suggestions, purposes come to nothing; but by a number of wise guides they are made certain.

23 A man has joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word at the right time, how good it is!

24 Acting wisely is the way of life, guiding a man away from the underworld.

25 The house of the man of pride will be uprooted by the Lord, but he will make safe the heritage of the widow.

26 Evil designs are disgusting to the Lord, but the words of the clean-hearted are pleasing.

27 He whose desires are fixed on profit is a cause of trouble to his family; but he who has no desire for offerings will have life.

28 The heart of the upright gives thought to his answer; but from the mouth of the evil-doer comes a stream of evil things.

29 The Lord is far from sinners, but his ear is open to the prayer of the upright.

30 The light of the eyes is a joy to the heart, and good news makes the bones fat.

31 The man whose ear is open to the teaching of life will have his place among the wise.

32 He who will not be controlled by training has no respect for his soul, but he who gives ear to teaching will get wisdom.

33 The fear of the Lord is the teaching of wisdom; and a low opinion of oneself goes before honour.

51 For we are conscious that if this our tent of flesh is taken down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in heaven. 2 For in this we are crying in weariness, greatly desiring to be clothed with our house from heaven: 3 So that our spirits may not be unclothed. 4 For truly, we who are in this tent do give out cries of weariness, for the weight of care which is on us; not because we are desiring to be free from the body, but so that we may have our new body, and death may be overcome by life. 5 Now he who has made us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a witness of what is to come. 6 So, then, we are ever without fear, and though conscious that while we are in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 (For we are walking by faith, not by seeing,) 8 We are without fear, desiring to be free from the body, and to be with the Lord. 9 For this reason we make it our purpose, in the body or away from it, to be well-pleasing to him. 10 For we all have to come before Christ to be judged; so that every one of us may get his reward for the things done in the body, good or bad.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Having in mind, then, the fear of the Lord, we put these things before men, but God sees our hearts; and it is my hope that we may seem right in your eyes.

12 We are not again requesting your approval, but we are giving you the chance of taking pride in us, so that you may be able to give an answer to those whose glory is in seeming, and not in the heart. 13 For if we are foolish, it is to God; or if we are serious, it is for you. 14 For it is the love of Christ which is moving us; because we are of the opinion that if one was put to death for all, then all have undergone death; 15 And that he underwent death for all, so that the living might no longer be living to themselves, but to him who underwent death for them and came back from the dead.

16 For this reason, from this time forward we have knowledge of no man after the flesh: even if we have had knowledge of Christ after the flesh, we have no longer any such knowledge. 17 So if any man is in Christ, he is in a new world: the old things have come to an end; they have truly become new. 18 But all things are of God, who has made us at peace with himself through Christ, and has given to us the work of making peace; 19 That is, that God was in Christ making peace between the world and himself, not putting their sins to their account, and having given to us the preaching of this news of peace. 20 So we are the representatives of Christ, as if God was making a request to you through us: we make our request to you, in the name of Christ, be at peace with God. 21 For him who had no knowledge of sin God made to be sin for us; so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.