Read the Bible | September 8th
 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
 The righteous hates falsehood,
but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked.
 One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
but a poor man hears no threat.
 The light of the righteous rejoices,
but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
 By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
 Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
but a fool flaunts his folly.
 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a faithful envoy brings healing.
 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
 Disaster pursues sinners,
but the righteous are rewarded with good.
 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
but it is swept away through injustice.
 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want. (ESV)
 The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD,
but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,
but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
 A faithful witness does not lie,
but a false witness breathes out lies.
 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
 Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,
but the folly of fools is deceiving.
 Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
 The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.
 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
 The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
 The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
 The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
but the rich has many friends.
 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
 Do they not go astray who devise evil?
Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
 In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
 The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the folly of fools brings folly.
 A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.
 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 2
 For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.  For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?  And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all.  For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Forgive the Sinner
 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you.  For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough,  so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him.  For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.  Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ,  so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
Triumph in Christ
 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord,  my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,  to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)