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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.
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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.

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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.