PROVERBS. A CHAPTER A DAY
The comments are interleaved with the verses. The text is from the Complete Jewish Version, amended by me.
Every wise woman builds up her household,
but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
MOST OF US, MALE AND FEMALE, HAVE DONE THINGS THAT MIGHT HAVE DESTROYED OUR FAMILIES
A person of upright conduct fears the Lord
but a devious person scorns him.
From the mouth of a fool sprouts pride,
but the lips of the wise protect them.
THINK OF THE BABBLING OF TRUMP OR JOHNSON
Where there are no oxen, you save on the feed;
but the strength of an ox is fruitful.
CUTTING COSTS MAY BE SELF-DEFEATING
An honest witness will not lie,
but a false witness lies with every breath.
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge comes readily to someone with discernment.
Keep clear of a fool,
for you won’t hear a sensible word from him.
The wisdom of the cautious makes him know where he is going,
but the folly of fools misleads them.
SOME PEOPLE DISREGARDED SAFETY IN THE PANDEMIC AND GOT ILL
Guilt offerings are a joke to fools;
but favour dwells with honest people.
The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger can share its joy.
ST PAUL TOLD US TO REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE AND WEEP WITH THOSE WHO WEEP, BUT THIS SUGGESTS THAT DEEP FEELING IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SHARE.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
There can be a way which seems right to a person,
which is finally the way to death.
A BITTER TRUTH
Even in laughter the heart may weep,
and joy may end in sorrow.
THIS CHAPTER IS WISE IN THE WAYS OF THE HEART
Renegades and good people
Get the reward of their actions.
One who doesn’t think believes every word,
but the cautious counts his steps.
A wise person fears and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and overconfident.
He who is quick-tempered does stupid things,
But a schemer is hated.
Thoughtless people are adorned with folly,
but the cautious are crowned with knowledge.
The evil will prostrate themselves before the good,
and the wicked at the doors of the righteous.
The poor are disliked even by their peers,
but the rich have many friends.
A SAD TRUTH
He who despises his neighbour, sins;
but he who shows compassion to the humble is happy.
Won’t those who plot evil go astray?
But faithful love is for those who plan good things.
Hard work yields profit,
but mere talk brings only poverty.
HOW MANY GOOD IDEAS HAVE COME TO NOTHING FOR LACK OF APPLICATION?
The crown of the wise is their riches,
but folly is the ornament of fools.
A truthful witness revives lives,
but a liar revives lies.
In the fear of the Lord is powerful security;
for his children there will be a place of refuge.
THIS IS A STATEMENT OF FAITH RATHER THAN OBSERVATION
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life
Setting aside the traps of death
A king’s glory is a large population;
A lack of people is the ruin of a prince.
Being slow to anger goes with great understanding,
being quick-tempered makes folly even worse.
I KNOW BOTH SIDES OF THIS ONE IN MYSELF
A tranquil mind gives health to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
I’VE SEEN THIS ONE
The oppressor of the poor insults his maker,
but one who is kind to the needy honors him.
The wicked are brought down by their wrongdoing,
but the righteous can be confident even at death.
Wisdom dwells in a person with discernment,
but is not to be found among fools.
Justice makes a nation great,
but sin degrades any people.
TAKE NOTE THOSE WHO WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
A king shows favor to a servant with good sense,
but his wrath strikes one who shames him.
PERHAPS BORIS JOHNSON MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THIS WISDOM?