Encouragement and Discouragement
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can share its joy.
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and joy may end in grief.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
11 A word aptly spoken is like
apples of gold in settings of silver.
(Imagine beautiful jewelry.)
13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.