New International Version
In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Those who sow injustice reap calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! I'll be killed in the public square!"
The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
Those who oppress the poor to increase their wealth and those who give gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
For it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the obstinate and willful; he who guards himself will be far from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it. [Eph. 6:4; II Tim. 3:15.]
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
He who sows iniquity will reap calamity and futility, and the rod of his wrath [with which he smites others] will fail.
He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor. [II Cor. 9:6-10.]
Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and abuse will cease.
He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech--because of the grace of his lips will he have the king for his friend.
The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and him who has it, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!
The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit [for ensnaring wild animals]; he with whom the Lord is indignant and who is abhorrent to Him will fall into it.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
He who oppresses the poor to get gain for himself and he who gives to the rich--both will surely come to want.
Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge
For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.
So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.
King James Version
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
Becoming a Christian
Would you like to experience forgiveness and new life from the God of the Bible,
who calls every person to believe that he sent his son Jesus Christ
to make this possible?
The Bible explains why everyone needs to receive forgiveness and is called to serve
Jesus Christ. The consistency of the Bible story, which was authored by people living
thousands of years apart from diverse cultures and even different languages, is
often cited as evidence of divine inspiration. Wikipedia has a list of many
prophesies which have come true.
The story of God's plan to restore his relationship with us can be summarised in eight
famous Bible verses below.
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
- If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The truth in these verses is simple, yet to embrace it means letting go of all our personal hopes and
dreams and embracing God's greater purpose for our lives instead,
a purpose far above anything we could dream or imagine.
This is the most important decision you will ever make, because it affects not just the rest of
your life here on earth, but what comes after as well. Don't put it off until too late. If you
died tonight make the decision to spend eternity with your loving Father in Heaven.
If you're wondering what to do next as a new Christian, check out these helpful suggestions from Mary Fairchild on About.com: