Archive for October, 2008


Wise words

October 31, 2008

Proverbs 30

These are the words of Agur son of Jakeh.

This is his message to Ithiel and Ucal: 
       I am the most stupid person there is,
       and I have no understanding.
I have not learned to be wise,
       and I don’t know much about God, the Holy One.
Who has gone up to heaven and come back down? 
       Who can hold the wind in his hand? 
Who can gather up the waters in his coat?
       Who has set in place the ends of the earth? 
What is his name or his son’s name?
       Tell me, if you know! 

Every word of God is true. 
       He guards those who come to him for safety. 
Do not add to his words, 
       or he will correct you and prove you are a liar. 

I ask two things from you, Lord. 
       Don’t refuse me before I die.    
Keep me from lying and being dishonest. 
       And don’t make me either rich or poor; 
       just give me enough food for each day.
If I have too much, I might reject you 
       and say, ‘I don’t know the Lord.’ 
If I am poor, I might steal 
       and disgrace the name of my God. 

Do not say bad things about servants to their masters,
       or they will curse you, and you will suffer for it. 

Some people curse their fathers
       and do not bless their mothers. 
Some people think they are pure,
       but they are not really free from evil.
Some people have such a proud look!
       They look down on others.
Some people have teeth like swords;
       their jaws seem full of knives. 
They want to remove the poor from the earth
       and the needy from the land. 

Greed has two daughters
       named ‘Give’ and ‘Give.’ 
There are three things that are never satisfied,
       really four that never say, ‘I’ve had enough!’: 
       the cemetery, the childless mother,
       the land that never gets enough rain,
       and fire that never says, ‘I’ve had enough!’ 

If you make fun of your father
       and refuse to obey your mother, 
the birds of the valley will peck out your eyes,
       and the vultures will eat them. 

There are three things that are too hard for me,
       really four I don’t understand: 
the way an eagle flies in the sky,
       the way a snake slides over a rock, 
the way a ship sails on the sea,
       and the way a man and a woman fall in love. 

This is the way of a woman who takes part in adultery:
       She acts as if she had eaten and washed her face;
       she says, ‘I haven’t done anything wrong.’ 

There are three things that make the earth tremble,
       really four it cannot stand: 
a servant who becomes a king,
       a foolish person who has plenty to eat,
a hated woman who gets married,
       and a maid who replaces her mistress. 

There are four things on earth that are small,
       but they are very wise: 
Ants are not very strong,
       but they store up food in the summer.
Rock badgers are not very powerful,
       but they can live among the rocks.
Locusts have no king,
       but they all go forward in formation.
Lizards can be caught in the hand,
       but they are found even in kings’ palaces. 

There are three things that strut proudly,
       really four that walk as if they were important: 
a lion, the proudest animal,
       which is strong and runs from nothing,
a rooster, a male goat,
       and a king when his army is around him. 

If you have been foolish and proud,
       or if you have planned evil, shut your mouth. 
Just as stirring milk makes butter,
       and twisting noses makes them bleed,
       so stirring up anger causes trouble.”


New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Don’t envy evil people….

October 26, 2008
 Don’t envy evil people
       or try to be friends with them.
Their minds are always planning violence,
       and they always talk about making trouble.
 It takes wisdom to have a good family,
       and it takes understanding to make it strong.
It takes knowledge to fill a home
       with rare and beautiful treasures.
 Wise people have great power,
       and those with knowledge have great strength.
 So you need advice when you go to war.
       If you have lots of good advice, you will win.
 Foolish people cannot understand wisdom.
       They have nothing to say in a discussion.
 Whoever makes evil plans
       will be known as a troublemaker.
 Making foolish plans is sinful,
       and making fun of wisdom is hateful.
If you give up when trouble comes,
       it shows that you are weak.
Save those who are being led to their death;
       rescue those who are about to be killed.
If you say, “We don’t know anything about this,”
       God, who knows what’s in your mind, will notice.
    He is watching you, and he will know.
       He will reward each person for what he has done.
 My child, eat honey because it is good.
       Honey from the honeycomb tastes sweet.
In the same way, wisdom is pleasing to you.
       If you find it, you have hope for the future,
       and your wishes will come true.
 Don’t be wicked and attack a good family’s house;
       don’t rob the place where they live.
 Even though good people may be bothered by trouble seven times, they are never defeated,
       but the wicked are overwhelmed by trouble.
 Don’t be happy when your enemy is defeated;
       don’t be glad when he is overwhelmed.
 The Lord will notice and be displeased.
       He may not be angry with them anymore.
 Don’t envy evil people,
       and don’t be jealous of the wicked.
 An evil person has nothing to hope for;
       the wicked will die like a flame that is put out.
 My child, respect the Lord and the king.
       Don’t join those people who refuse to obey them.
 The Lord and the king will quickly destroy such people.
       Those two can cause great disaster!
More Words of Wisdom
These are also sayings of the wise:
    It is not good to take sides when you are the judge.
Don’t tell the wicked that they are innocent;
       people will curse you, and nations will hate you.
 But things will go well if you punish the guilty,
       and you will receive rich blessings.
 An honest answer is as pleasing
       as a kiss on the lips.
 First, finish your outside work
       and prepare your fields.
       After that, you can build your house.
 Don’t testify against your neighbor for no good reason.
       Don’t say things that are false.
 Don’t say, “I’ll get even;
       I’ll do to him what he did to me.”
 I passed by a lazy person’s field
       and by the vineyard of someone with no sense.
 Thorns had grown up everywhere.
       The ground was covered with weeds,
       and the stone walls had fallen down.
 I thought about what I had seen;
       I learned this lesson from what I saw.
 You sleep a little; you take a nap.
       You fold your hands and lie down to rest.
 Soon you will be as poor as if you had been robbed;
       you will have as little as if you had been held up.
Proverbs 24
New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

If you sit down to eat with a ruler…

October 22, 2008
If you sit down to eat with a ruler,
       notice the food that is in front of you. 
Control yourself
       if you have a big appetite.
Don’t be greedy for his fine foods,
       because that food might be a trick. 

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;
       be wise enough to control yourself. 
Wealth can vanish in the wink of an eye.
       It can seem to grow wings
       and fly away like an eagle. 

Don’t eat the food of selfish people;
       don’t be greedy for their fine foods. 
Selfish people are always worrying
       about how much the food costs.
They tell you, “Eat and drink,”
       but they don’t really mean it.
You will throw up the little you have eaten,
       and you will have wasted your kind words. 

Don’t speak to fools;
       they will only ignore your wise words. 

Don’t move an old stone that marks a border,
       and don’t take fields that belong to orphans. 
God, their defender, is strong;
       he will take their side against you. 

Remember what you are taught,
       and listen carefully to words of knowledge. 

Don’t fail to punish children.
       If you spank them, they won’t die. 
If you spank them,
       you will save them from death. 

My child, if you are wise,
       then I will be happy. 
I will be so pleased
       if you speak what is right. 

Don’t envy sinners,
       but always respect the Lord. 
Then you will have hope for the future,
       and your wishes will come true. 

Listen, my child, and be wise.
       Keep your mind on what is right. 
Don’t drink too much wine
       or eat too much food.
Those who drink and eat too much become poor.
       They sleep too much and end up wearing rags. 

Listen to your father, who gave you life,
       and do not forget your mother when she is old. 
Learn the truth and never reject it.
       Get wisdom, self-control, and understanding.
The father of a good child is very happy;
       parents who have wise children are glad because of them.
Make your father and mother happy;
       give your mother a reason to be glad. 

My son, pay attention to me,
       and watch closely what I do. 
A prostitute is as dangerous as a deep pit,
       and an unfaithful wife is like a narrow well.
They ambush you like robbers
       and cause many men to be unfaithful to their wives.

Who has trouble? Who has pain?
       Who fights? Who complains?
Who has unnecessary bruises?
       Who has bloodshot eyes?
It is people who drink too much wine,
       who try out all different kinds of strong drinks.
Don’t stare at the wine when it is red,
       when it sparkles in the cup,
       when it goes down smoothly.
Later it bites like a snake
       with poison in its fangs.
Your eyes will see strange sights,
       and your mind will be confused.
You will feel dizzy as if you’re in a storm on the ocean,

       as if you’re on top of a ship’s sails.
You will think, “They hit me, but I’m not hurt.
       They beat me up, but I don’t remember it.
I wish I could wake up.
       Then I would get another drink.” 
Proverbs 23(New Century Version) 
New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Wisdom has built her house…

October 18, 2008

Proverbs 9

Being Wise or Foolish

Wisdom has built her house;
       she has made its seven columns. 
She has prepared her food and wine;
       she has set her table. 
She has sent out her servant girls,
       and she calls out from the highest place in the city.
She says to those who are uneducated,
       “Come in here, you foolish people!
Come and eat my food
       and drink the wine I have prepared.
Stop your foolish ways, and you will live;
       take the road of understanding. 

“If you correct someone who makes fun of wisdom, you will be insulted.
       If you correct an evil person, you will get hurt. 
Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you.
       But correct the wise, and they will love you.
Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser;
       teach good people, and they will learn even more. 

“Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord,
       and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One.
If you live wisely, you will live a long time;
       wisdom will add years to your life.
The wise person is rewarded by wisdom,
       but whoever makes fun of wisdom will suffer for it.” 

Foolishness is like a loud woman;
       she does not have wisdom or knowledge. 
 She sits at the door of her house
       at the highest place in the city.
 She calls out to those who are passing by,
       who are going along, minding their own business.
She says to those who are uneducated,
       “Come in here, you foolish people!
Stolen water is sweeter,
       and food eaten in secret tastes better.”
But these people don’t know that everyone who goes there dies,
       that her guests end up deep in the grave

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Thinking about the next president.

October 17, 2008

Who will be the next president here in the USA?  Everyone is talking and talking and making more than enough noise.  I am just listening and praying that whoever becomes president will respect the Creator of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  The God who created this earth and parted the Red Sea and makes blind eyes to see, that God.  The respect of God is the beginning of wisdom.  I hope the new president chooses to be wise.


Anyone who loves learning accepts correction…

October 16, 2008

  Anyone who loves learning accepts correction,
       but a person who hates being corrected is stupid. 

  The Lord is pleased with a good person,
       but he will punish anyone who plans evil. 

  Doing evil brings no safety at all,
       but a good person has safety and security. 

  A good wife is like a crown for her husband,
       but a disgraceful wife is like a disease in his bones. 

  The plans that good people make are fair,
       but the advice of the wicked will trick you. 

  The wicked talk about killing people,
       but the words of good people will save them. 

  Wicked people die and they are no more,
       but a good person’s family continues.

 The wisdom of the wise wins praise,
       but there is no respect for the stupid. 

  A person who is not important but has a servant is better off
       than someone who acts important but has no food. 

 Good people take care of their animals,
       but even the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. 

  Those who work their land will have plenty of food,
       but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise. 

 The wicked want what other evil people have stolen,
       but good people want to give what they have to others. 

 Evil people are trapped by their evil talk,
       but good people stay out of trouble. 

 People will be rewarded for what they say,
       and they will also be rewarded for what they do. 

 Fools think they are doing right,
       but the wise listen to advice. 

 Fools quickly show that they are upset,
       but the wise ignore insults.

An honest witness tells the truth,
       but a dishonest witness tells lies. 

Careless words stab like a sword,
       but wise words bring healing. 

Truth will continue forever,
       but lies are only for a moment. 

 Those who plan evil are full of lies,
       but those who plan peace are happy. 

 No harm comes to a good person,
       but an evil person’s life is full of trouble.

The Lord hates those who tell lies
       but is pleased with those who keep their promises.

Wise people keep what they know to themselves,
       but fools can’t keep from showing how foolish they are.

Hard workers will become leaders,
       but those who are lazy will be slaves. 

 Worry is a heavy load,
       but a kind word cheers you up.

Good people take advice from their friends,
       but an evil person is easily led to do wrong.

The lazy catch no food to cook,
       but a hard worker will have great wealth.

Doing what is right is the way to life,
       but there is another way that leads to death


Proverbs 12 (New Century Version)

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



Wisdom calls

October 9, 2008


Proverbs 8

Listen to Wisdom

Wisdom calls to you like someone shouting;
       understanding raises her voice.
 On the hilltops along the road
       and at the crossroads, she stands calling.
Beside the city gates,
       at the entrances into the city, she calls out:
Listen, everyone, I’m calling out to you;
       I am shouting to all people.
You who are uneducated, seek wisdom.
       You who are foolish, get understanding.
Listen, because I have important things to say,
       and what I tell you is right.
 What I say is true,
       I refuse to speak evil.
 Everything I say is honest;
       nothing I say is crooked or false.
 People with good sense know what I say is true;
       and those with knowledge know my words are right.
 Choose my teachings instead of silver,
       and knowledge rather than the finest gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies.
       Nothing you could want is equal to it.

“I am wisdom, and I have good judgment.
       I also have knowledge and good sense.
 If you respect the Lord, you will also hate evil.
       I hate pride and bragging,
       evil ways and lies.
 I have good sense and advice,
       and I have understanding and power.
 I help kings to govern
       and rulers to make fair laws.
 Princes use me to lead,
       and so do all important people who judge fairly.
I love those who love me,
       and those who seek me find me.
 Riches and honor are mine to give.
       So are wealth and lasting success.
 What I give is better than the finest gold,
       better than the purest silver.
I do what is right
       and follow the path of justice.
I give wealth to those who love me,
       filling their houses with treasures.

 “I, wisdom, was with the Lord when he began his work,
       long before he made anything else.
  I was created in the very beginning,
       even before the world began.
  I was born before there were oceans,
       or springs overflowing with water,
  before the hills were there,
       before the mountains were put in place.
  God had not made the earth or fields,
       not even the first dust of the earth.
  I was there when God put the skies in place,
       when he stretched the horizon over the oceans,
  when he made the clouds above
       and put the deep underground springs in place.
  I was there when he ordered the sea
       not to go beyond the borders he had set.
  I was there when he laid the earth’s foundation.
  I was like a child by his side.
  I was delighted every day,
       enjoying his presence all the time,
  enjoying the whole world,
       and delighted with all its people.

  “Now, my children, listen to me,
       because those who follow my ways are happy.
  Listen to my teaching, and you will be wise;
       do not ignore it.
  Happy are those who listen to me,
       watching at my door every day,
       waiting at my open doorway.
  Those who find me find life,
       and the Lord will be pleased with them.
  Those who do not find me hurt themselves.
       Those who hate me love death.”

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.