Posts Tagged ‘proverbs’

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Don’t close your eyes and stop your ears…

March 24, 2009
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.
                                                                           King Solomon
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Take care of your parents…

March 24, 2009
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
                                                            King Solomon
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Strange Women

March 5, 2009

Proverbs 5

Avoid Seduction

 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
    listen closely to my understanding

    2 so that [you] may maintain discretion
    and your lips safeguard knowledge.

    3 Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey
    and her words are  smoother than oil,

    4 in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood 
    and as sharp as a double-edged sword.

    5 Her feet go down to death;
    her steps head straight for Sheol.

    6 She doesn’t consider the path of life;
    she doesn’t know that her ways are unstable.

    7 So now, [my] sons, listen to me,
    and don’t turn away from the words of my mouth.

    8 Keep your way far from her.
    Don’t go near the door of her house.

    9 Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others
    and your years to someone cruel;

    10 strangers will drain your resources,
    and your earnings will end up in a foreigner’s house.

    11 At the end of your life, you will lament
    when your physical body has been consumed,

    12 and you will say, “How I hated discipline,
    and how my heart despised correction.

    13 I didn’t obey my teachers
    or listen closely  to my mentors.

    14 I was on the verge of complete ruin
    before the entire community.”

   

Enjoy Marriage

 15 Drink water from your own cistern,
    water flowing from your own well.

    16 Should your springs flow in the streets,
    streams of water in the public squares?

    17 They should be for you alone
    and not for you [to share] with strangers.

    18 Let your fountain be blessed,
    and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.

    19 A loving doe, a graceful fawn—
    let her breasts always satisfy you; 
    be lost in her love forever.

    20 Why, my son, would you be infatuated
    with a forbidden woman
    or embrace the breast of a stranger?

    21 For a man’s ways are before the LORD‘s eyes, 
    and He considers all his paths.

    22 A wicked man’s iniquities entrap him; 
    he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.

    23 He will die because there is no instruction, 
    and be lost because of his great stupidity

       King Solomon

 

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Don’t withold good….

March 4, 2009
Proverbs 3:27-35

When it is in your power, [a]
    don’t withhold good (A) from the one to whom it is due.

    28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later.
    I’ll give it tomorrow”—when it is there with you. (B)

    29 Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor, (C)
    for he trusts you and lives near you.

    30 Don’t accuse anyone without cause, (D)
    when he has done you no harm.

    31 Don’t envy a violent man (E)
    or choose any of his ways;

    32 for the devious are detestable to the LORD,
    but He is a friend [b] to the upright. (F)

    33 The LORD‘s curse is on the household of the wicked, (G)
    but He blesses the home of the righteous;

    34 He mocks those who mock,
    but gives grace to the humble. (H)

    35 The wise will inherit honor,
    but He holds up fools to dishonor. [c]

                                                        King Solomon

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 3:27 Lit in the power of your hands
  2. Proverbs 3:32 Or confidential counsel
  3. Proverbs 3:35 Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor

Cross references:
  1. Proverbs 3:27 : Gl 6:10;
  2. Proverbs 3:28 : Lv 19:13; Dt 24:15;
  3. Proverbs 3:29 : Pr 6:14; 14:22;
  4. Proverbs 3:30 : Pr 24:28; Rm 12:18;
  5. Proverbs 3:31 : Ps 37:1; Pr 23:17; 24:1;, 19;
  6. Proverbs 3:32 : Ps 25:14; Pr 11:20; 12:22; 15:8-9;
  7. Proverbs 3:33 : Zch 5:3-4; Mal 2:2;
  8. Proverbs 3:34 : Jms 4:6; 1Pt 5:5;

 

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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.