14 A secret gift averts anger, but he who is sparing with gifts arouses fierce wrath. 15 It is a joy to the righteous to do justice, but according to evildoers a devout person is impure. 16 A man who strays from the path of righteousness will rest in the gathering of giants. 17 A needy man loves joy; he likes wine and oil in abundance. 18 And a lawless person is the refuse of a righteous one. 19 It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and talkative and irritable wife. 20 A desirable treasure will rest in the mouth of the wise, but foolish men will swallow it. 21 A way of righteousness and compassion will find life and honor.
6 I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. 7 For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as though you did not? 8 Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you! 9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated, and without a roof over our heads. 12 We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure, 13 when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world’s dirt and scum, even now.