PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY
I’ve changed today from the Contemporary English Translation to the Complete Jewish Version. Again my comments are interleaved with the verses.
A son who heeds his father’s discipline is wise,
but a scoffer doesn’t listen to rebuke.
BUT CAN HE LISTEN IF HIS FATHER USES A STICK TO BEAT HIM? See verse
A good man enjoys good as a result of what he says,
but the essence of the treacherous is violence.
He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
but one who talks too much comes to ruin.
WE’VE LOST THE FEAR OF A LOOSE TONGUE EVIDENT IN PROVERBS
The lazy person wants but doesn’t have;
the diligent get their desires filled.
A righteous person hates lying,
but the wicked is vile and disgraceful.
Righteousness protects him whose way is honest,
but wickedness brings down the sinner.
There are those with nothing who pretend they are rich,
also those with great wealth who pretend they are poor.
The rich man may have to ransom his life,
but a poor man gets no threats.
THE POOR MAN GETS DIFFERENT THREATS
The light of the righteous shines joyfully,
but the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.
Insolence produces only strife,
but wisdom is found with those who take advice.
Wealth gotten by worthless means dwindles away,
but he who amasses it by hard work will increase it.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
I LOVE THIS ONE BECAUSE IT COMES FROM SELF-KNOWLEDGE
He who despises a word will suffer for it,
but he who respects a command will be rewarded.
The teaching of a wise man is a fountain of life,
enabling one to avoid deadly traps.
Good common sense produces grace,
but the way of the treacherous is coarse.
THIS IS WELL-NOTICED
Every cautious person acts with knowledge,
but a fool parades his folly.
A wicked messenger falls into evil,
but a faithful envoy brings healing.
Poverty and shame are for him who won’t be taught,
but he who heeds reproof will be honored.
Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but turning away from evil is abhorrent to fools.
SOMETIMES WHAT IS SWEET TO THE SOUL IS WRONG
He who walks with the wise will become wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer.
Evil pursues sinners,
but prosperity will reward the righteous.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren,
but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
The fields of the poor may yield much food,
but some are swept away because of injustice.
WE SHOULD THINK OF WHAT OUR SUPERMARKETS PAY THEIR SUPPLIERS IN POORER COUNTRIES
He who fails to use a stick hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
DISCIPLINE GOOD, STICKS BAD, see above first verse
The righteous person eats his fill,
but the belly of the wicked is empty.
DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THIS WORLD
As always there are bits of surprising wisdom here.