The heartfelt counsel of a friend
is as sweet as perfume and incense.
Proverbs 27:9 (New Living Translation)
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.
Proverbs 27:9 (New International Version)
Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
Proverbs 27:9 (The Message)
Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well,
use your decrees to put iron in my soul.
Psalm 119:175 (The Message)
Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
And let Your judgments help me.
Psalm 119:175 (New King James Version)
Let me live so I can praise you,
and may your regulations help me.
Psalm 119:175 (New Living Translation)
It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New Living Translation)
Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New International Version)
Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift!
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (The Message)
Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?
James 2:5 (New Living Translation)
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
James 2:5 (New International Version)
Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges.
James 2:5 (The Message)
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 (New Living Translation)
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 (New International Version)
Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
Psalm 23:4 (The Message)
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Romans 12:12 (New Living Translation)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (New International Version)
Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
Romans 12:12 (The Message)
The one who knows much says little;
an understanding person remains calm.
Proverbs 17:27 (The Message)
He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
Proverbs 17:27 (New King James Version)
A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is even-tempered.
Proverbs 17:27 (New Living Translation)