Good News Translation (GNB)


Jas 4.13–16
Never boast about tomorrow. You don't know what will happen between now and then.

2Let other people praise you — even strangers; never do it yourself.

3The weight of stone and sand is nothing compared to the trouble that stupidity can cause.

4Anger is cruel and destructive, but it is nothing compared to jealousy.

5Better to correct someone openly than to let him think you don't care for him at all.

6Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts an arm round your shoulder — watch out!

7When you are full, you will refuse honey, but when you are hungry, even bitter food tastes sweet.

8Anyone away from home is like a bird away from its nest.

9Perfume and fragrant oils make you feel happier, but trouble shatters your peace of mind.27.9 One ancient translation but troublemind; Hebrew unclear.

10Do not forget your friends or your father's friends. If you are in trouble, don't ask a relative for help; a neighbour near by can help you more than relatives who are far away.

11Be wise, my child, and I will be happy; I will have an answer for anyone who criticizes me.

12Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.

13Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts27.13 One ancient translation stranger's debts; Hebrew stranger's debts or those of an immoral woman. deserves to have his own property held to guarantee payment.

14You might as well curse your friends as wake them up early in the morning with a loud greeting.

15A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip on a rainy day. 16How can you keep her quiet? Have you ever tried to stop the wind or ever tried to hold a handful of oil?27.16 Probable text or everoil; Hebrew unclear.

17People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.

18Take care of a fig tree and you will have figs to eat. Servants who take care of their master will be honoured.

19It is your own face that you see reflected in the water and it is your own self that you see in your heart.

20Human desires are like the world of the dead — there is always room for more.

21Fire tests gold and silver; a person's reputation can also be tested.

22Even if you beat fools until they're half dead, you still can't beat their foolishness out of them.

23Look after your sheep and cattle as carefully as you can, 24because wealth is not permanent. Not even nations last for ever. 25You cut the hay and then cut the grass on the hillsides while the next crop of hay is growing. 26You can make clothes from the wool of your sheep and buy land with the money you get from selling some of your goats. 27The rest of the goats will provide milk for you and your family, and for your servant women as well.


281The wicked run when no one is chasing them, but an honest person is as brave as a lion.

2When a nation sins, it will have one ruler after another. But a nation will be strong and endure when it has intelligent, sensible leaders.

3Someone in authority who oppresses poor people is like a driving rain that destroys the crops.

4If you have no regard for the law, you are on the side of the wicked; but if you obey it, you are against them.

5Evil people do not know what justice is, but those who worship the LORD understand it well.

6Better to be poor and honest than rich and dishonest.

7A young man who obeys the law is intelligent. One who makes friends with good-for-nothings is a disgrace to his father.

8If you get rich by charging interest and taking advantage of people, your wealth will go to someone who is kind to the poor.

9If you do not obey the law, God will find your prayers too hateful to hear.

10If you trick an honest person into doing evil, you will fall into your own trap.

The innocent will be well rewarded.

11Rich people always think they are wise, but a poor person who has insight into character knows better.

12When good people come to power, everybody celebrates, but when bad people rule, people stay in hiding.

13You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you.

14Always obey the LORD and you will be happy. If you are stubborn, you will be ruined.

15Poor people are helpless against a wicked ruler; he is as dangerous as a growling lion or a prowling bear.

16A ruler without good sense will be a cruel tyrant. One who hates dishonesty will rule a long time.

17Someone guilty of murder is digging his own grave as fast as he can. Don't try to stop him.

18Be honest and you will be safe. If you are dishonest, you will suddenly fall.

19A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat. People who waste time will always be poor.

20Honest people will lead a full, happy life. But if you are in a hurry to get rich, you are going to be punished.

21Prejudice is wrong. But some judges will do wrong to get even the smallest bribe.

22Selfish people are in such a hurry to get rich that they do not know when poverty is about to strike.

23Correct someone, and afterwards he will appreciate it more than flattery.

24Anyone who thinks it isn't wrong to steal from his parents is no better than a common thief.

25Selfishness only causes trouble. You are much better off to trust the LORD.

26It is foolish to follow your own opinions. Be safe, and follow the teachings of wiser people.

27Give to the poor and you will never be in need. If you close your eyes to the poor, many people will curse you.

28People stay in hiding when the wicked come to power. But when they fall from power, the righteous will rule again.


291If you get more stubborn every time you are corrected, one day you will be crushed and never recover.

2Show me a righteous ruler and I will show you a happy people. Show me a wicked ruler and I will show you a miserable people.

3If you appreciate wisdom, your father will be proud of you.

It is a foolish waste to spend money on prostitutes.

4When the king is concerned with justice, the nation will be strong, but when he is only concerned with money, he will ruin his country.

5If you flatter your friends, you set a trap for yourself.29.5 yourself; or them.

6Evil people are trapped in their own sins, while honest people are happy and free.

7A good person knows the rights of the poor, but wicked people cannot understand such things.

8People with no regard for others can throw whole cities into turmoil. Those who are wise keep things calm.

9When an intelligent person brings a lawsuit against a fool, the fool only laughs and becomes loud and abusive.

10Bloodthirsty people hate anyone who's honest, but righteous people will protect29.10 Probable text protect; Hebrew seek. the life of such a person.

11Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.

12If a ruler pays attention to false information, all his officials will be liars.

13A poor person and his oppressor have this in common — the LORD gave eyes to both of them.

14If a king defends the rights of the poor, he will rule for a long time.

15Correction and discipline are good for children. If they have their own way, they will make their mothers ashamed of them.

16When evil people are in power, crime increases. But the righteous will live to see the downfall of such people.

17Discipline your children and you can always be proud of them. They will never give you reason to be ashamed.

18A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God's law!

19You cannot correct servants just by talking to them. They may understand you, but they will pay no attention.

20There is more hope for a stupid fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

21If you give your servants everything they want from childhood on, some day they will take over everything you own.29.21 theyown; or you will not be able to control them.

22People with quick tempers cause a lot of quarrelling and trouble.

23Arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.

24A thief's partner is his own worst enemy. He will be punished if he tells the truth in court, and God will curse him if he doesn't.

25It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the LORD, you are safe.

26Everybody wants the good will of the ruler, but only from the LORD can you get justice.

27The righteous hate the wicked, and the wicked hate the righteous.