The Lord is full of loving favor and pity, slow to anger
and great in loving-kindness.
"You are a forgiving God. You are kind and loving,
slow to anger, and full of loving-kindness."
For His anger lasts only a short time. But His favor
is for life. Crying may last for a night, but joy comes
with the new day.
My Christian brothers, you know everyone should
listen much and speak little. He should be slow to
become angry. A man's anger does not allow him
to be right with God.
Do not be quick in spirit to be angry. For anger is in
the heart of fools.
He who has a quick temper acts in a foolish way,
and a man who makes sinful plans is hated.
He who is slow to anger is better than the powerful.
And he who rules his spirit is better than he who
takes a city.
A man with a bad temper starts fights, but he who is
slow to anger quiets fighting.
A man of anger starts fights, and a man with a bad
temper is full of wrong-doing.
Stop being angry. Turn away from fighting. Do not
trouble yourself. It leads only to wrong-doing.
Do not have anything to do with a man given to
anger, or go with a man who has a bad temper. Or
you might learn his ways and get yourself into a trap.
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a sharp word
Fathers, do not be so hard on your children that they
will give up trying to do what is right.
If you are angry, do not let it become sin. Get over
your anger before the day is finished.
A man's understanding makes him slow to anger. It is to
his honor to forgive and forget a wrong done to him.
It is better to live in a desert land than with a woman
who argues and causes trouble.
"But I tell you that whoever is angry with his brother
will be guilty and have to suffer for his wrong-doing."
Put out of your life all these things: bad feelings about
other people, anger, temper, loud talk, bad talk which
hurts other people, and bad feelings which hurt other
people. You must be kind to each other. Think of the
other person. Forgive other people just as God forgave
you because of Christ's death on the cross.
Christian brothers, never pay back someone for the
bad he has done to you. Let the anger of God take
care of the other person. The Holy Writings say, "I will
pay back to them what they should get, says the Lord."
"If the one who hates you is hungry, feed him. If he
is thirsty, give him water. If you do that, you will be
making him more ashamed of himself." Do not let sin
have power over you. Let good have power over sin!
If the one who hates you is hungry, feed him. If he
is thirsty, give him water. If you do that, you will be
making him more ashamed of himself, and the Lord
will pay you.
Put out of your life these things also: anger, bad temper,
bad feelings toward others, talk that hurts people,
speaking against God, and dirty talk.
Happy is the man who cares for the poor. The Lord
will save him in times of trouble. The Lord will keep
him alive and safe. And he will be happy upon the
earth. You will not give him over to the desire of those
who hate him.
He who shows kindness to a poor man gives to the
Lord and He will pay him in return for his good act.
"When you have a supper, ask poor people. Ask those
who cannot walk and those who are blind. You will
be happy if you do this. They cannot pay you back.
You will get your reward when the people who are
right with God are raised from the dead."
"Sell what you have and give the money to poor people.
Have money-bags for yourselves that will never
wear out. These money-bags are riches in heaven that
will always be there. No robber can take them and no
bugs can eat them there."
He who hates his neighbor sins, but happy is he who
shows loving favor to the poor.
Throw your bread upon the waters, for you will find
it after many days.
He has given much to the poor. His right-standing with
God lasts forever. His horn will be lifted high in honor.
He who gives much will be honored, for he gives
some of his food to the poor.
"Give, and it will be given to you. You will have more
than enough. It can be pushed down and shaken together
and it will still run over as it is given to you. The way
you give to others is the way you will receive in return."
He who gives to the poor will never want, but many
bad things will happen to the man who shuts his eyes
to the poor.
Each man should give as he has decided in his heart.
He should not give, wishing he could keep it. Or he
should not give if he feels he has to give. God loves a
man who gives because he wants to give.
2 Corinthians 9:7
There is one who is free in giving, and yet he grows
richer. And there is one who keeps what he should
give, but he ends up needing more. The man who
gives much will have much, and he who helps others
will be helped himself.
I have been young, and now I am old. Yet I have
never seen the man who is right with God left alone,
or his children begging for bread. All day long he is
kind and lets others use what he has. And his children
make him happy.
"And if you give what you have to the hungry, and
fill the needs of those who suffer, then your light will
rise in the darkness, and your darkness will be like the
brightest time of day."
Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud
and not to trust in their money. Money cannot be
trusted. They should put their trust in God. He gives
us all we need for our happiness. Tell them to do
good and be rich in good works. They should give
much to those in need and be ready to share.
1 Timothy 6:17-18
"Is it not a time to share your food with the hungry, and
bring the poor man into your house who has no home of
his own? Is it not a time to give clothes to the person you
see who has no clothes, and a time not to hide yourself
from your own family? Then your light will break out
like the early morning, and you will soon be healed. Your
right and good works will go before you. And the shining-greatness
of the Lord will keep watch behind you."
"And the Levite who has no share of what is given to
you, and the stranger, and the child without parents,
and the woman whose husband has died, who are in
your towns, may come and eat and be filled. Then the
Lord your God will bring good to you in all the work
done by your hands."
Jesus looked at him with love and said, "There is one
thing for you to do yet. Go and sell everything you have
and give the money to poor people. You will have
riches in heaven. Then come and follow Me."
"Be sure you do not do good things in front of others
just to be seen by them. If you do, you have no pay from
your Father in heaven. When you give to the poor, do
not be as those who pretend to be someone they are not.
They blow a horn in the places of worship and in the
streets so people may respect them. For sure, I tell you,
they have all the pay they are going to get. When you
give, do not let your left hand know what your right
hand gives. Your giving should be in secret. Then your
Father Who sees in secret will pay you."
"Then the King will say to those on His right side,
`Come, you who have been called by My Father. Come
into the holy nation that has been made ready for you
before the world was made. For I was hungry and
you gave Me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave
Me water to drink. I was a stranger and you gave Me
a room. I had no clothes and you gave Me clothes to
wear. I was sick and you cared for Me. I was in prison
and you came to see Me.' Then those that are right
with God will say, `Lord, when did we see You hungry
and feed You? When did we see You thirsty and give
You a drink? When did we see You a stranger and give
You a room? When did we see You had no clothes and
we gave You clothes? And when did we see You sick or
in prison and we came to You?' Then the King will say,
`For sure, I tell you, because you did it to one of the
least of My brothers, you have done it to Me.'"
"Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and you and
your family will be saved from the punishment of sin."
"This promise is to you and your children. It is to all
people everywhere. It is to as many as the Lord our
God will call."
"All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and the
wellbeing of your children will be great."
"For I will pour water on the thirsty land and rivers
on the dry ground. I will pour out My Spirit on
your children, and will bring good to your children's
Jesus saw this and was angry with the followers. He
said, "Let the little children come to Me. Do not stop
them. The holy nation of God is made up of ones
like these. For sure, I tell you, whoever does not receive
the holy nation of God as a little child does not
go into it." He took the children in His arms. He put
His hands on them and prayed that good would come
See, children are a gift from the Lord. The children
born to us are our special pay. The children of a
young man are like arrows in the hand of a soldier.
Happy is the man who has many of them. They will
not be put to shame when they speak in the gate with
those who hate them.
Your wife will be like a vine with much fruit within
your house. Your children will be like olive plants
around your table.
But He lifts those in need out of their troubles. He
makes their families grow like flocks.
"They send out their little ones like a flock, and their
children jump around."
Grandchildren are the pride and joy of old men and a
son is proud of his father.
Children, as Christians, obey your parents. This is the
right thing to do. Respect your father and mother.
This is the first Law given that had a promise. The
promise is this: If you respect your father and mother,
you will live a long time and your life will be full of
many good things.
Children, obey your parents in everything. The Lord
is pleased when you do.
"Respect your father and your mother."
"Cursed is the one who puts his father or mother to
"Every one of you must have respect for his mother
and his father."
"Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord
your God has told you."
My son, keep the teaching of your father, and do not
turn away from the teaching of your mother.
A wise son listens when his father tells him the right
way, but one who laughs at the truth does not listen
when strong words are spoken to him.
A fool turns away from the strong teaching of his
father, but he who remembers the strong words
spoken to him is wise.
A young man makes himself known by his actions
and proves if his ways are pure and right.
A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is a
sorrow to his mother.
My son, if sinners try to lead you into sin, do not go
He who keeps the law is a wise son, but a friend of
men who eat too much puts his father to shame.
"So now, O sons, listen to me, for happy are they who
keep my ways. Hear my teaching and be wise. Do not
turn away from it."
My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart will be
glad also. My heart will be full of joy when your lips
speak what is right.
Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not
hate your mother when she is old.
The father of one who is right with God will have
much joy. He who has a wise son will be glad in him.
Let your father and mother be glad, and let her who
gave birth to you be full of joy. Give me your heart,
my son. Let your eyes find joy in my ways.
God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our
help when we are in trouble. So we will not be afraid,
even if the earth is shaken and the mountains fall into
the center of the sea, and even if its waters go wild with
storm and the mountains shake with its action.
Even if I walk into trouble, You will keep my life safe.
You will put out Your hand against the anger of those
who hate me. And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord is my rock, and my safe place, and the One
Who takes me out of trouble. My God is my rock, in
Whom I am safe. He is my safe-covering, my saving
strength, and my strong tower.
For He has not turned away from the suffering of the
one in pain or trouble. He has not hidden His face
from him. But He has heard his cry for help.
When he falls, he will not be thrown down, because
the Lord holds his hand.
The Lord is good, a safe place in times of trouble.
And He knows those who come to Him to be safe.
But the saving of those who are right with God is
from the Lord. He is their strength in time of trouble.
Give all your cares to the Lord and He will give you
strength. He will never let those who are right with
Him be shaken.
"I have told you these things so you may have peace
in Me. In the world you will have much trouble. But
take hope! I have power over the world!"
"Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy
loads. I will give you rest."
As we have suffered much for Christ and have shared
in His pain, we also share His great comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:5