PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY
PROVERBS CHAPTER 15
MY COMMENTS ARE INTERLEAVED WITH THE TEXT
A gentle response deflects fury,
but a harsh word makes tempers rise.
THE SECOND LINE IS TRUE AND THE FIRST IS TRUE SOMETIMES
The tongue of the wise presents knowledge well,
but the mouth of a fool spews out folly.
The eyes of The Lord are everywhere,
watching the evil and the good.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
A twisting tongue breaks the spirit.
THE BIBLE HAS MANY COMMENTS ON THE TONGUE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF GOOD AND EVIL
A fool despises his father’s discipline,
but he who heeds warnings is prudent.
IN SOME CASES A FATHER’S DISCIPLINE MAY BE DESPICABLE
The home of the just man is a storehouse of treasure,
but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
THIS IS A COMMENT ON TRUE WEALTH
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.
The Lord detests the sacrifices of the wicked
but delights in the prayers of the honest.
THE LORD MAY ALSO DELIGHT IN THE PRAYERS OF THE WICKED IF THEY ARE SINCERE
The Lord detests the way of the wicked
but loves anyone who pursues righteousness.
THE LORD’S HATE IS FOR THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE WICKED BUT HIS LOVE IS FOR THE PERSON WHO PURSUES RIGHTEOUSNESS
Discipline is severe for one who leaves the way,
and whoever can’t stand correction will die.
SO ACCEPTING THE SEVERITY IS WORTHWHILE
Hell and the Pit of Hell lie open to The Lord;
so how much more people’s hearts!
A scorner does not like being corrected;
he won’t go to the wise for advice.
A glad heart makes a face happy,
but heartache breaks the spirit.
The mind of a person with discernment seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
THE WISE PERSON USES HER MIND, THE FOOL IS JUST A MOUTH. HOW TRUE THIS IS OF DONALD TRUMP WHO APEAKS AND TWEETS WITHOUT THOUGHT
For the poor, every day is hard;
but the good-hearted have a perpetual feast.
EVEN IF THEY’RE POOR?
Better little with the fear of The Lord
than great wealth with worry.
Better a vegetable dinner with love
than a stall-fattened ox with hate.
Hot-tempered people stir up strife,
but patient people quiet quarrels.
The lazy person’s way seems overgrown by thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
A wise son is a joy to his father,
and only a fool despises his mother.
Folly appeals to one who lacks sense,
but a person of discernment goes straight ahead.
Without deliberation, plans go wrong;
but with many advisers, they succeed.
SOMETIMES. THINK OF THE GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR HIGH SPEED RAIL
People may take pleasure in anything they say;
but a word at the right time, how good it is!
For the prudent, the path of life goes upward;
thus he avoids the Pit below.
The Lord will pull down the houses of the proud,
but preserves intact the widow’s boundaries.
BUT OFTEN THE EVIDENCE IS THAT THE LORD PULLS APART THE WIDOW’S BOUNDARIES WHILE PRESERVING THE HOUSES OF THE PROUD.
The Lord detests plans to do evil,
but kind words are pure.
The greedy for gain brings trouble to his home,
but he who hates bribes will live.
The mind of the righteous thinks before speaking,
but the mouth of the wicked spews out evil stuff.
The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he listens to the prayer of the righteous.
A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart,
and good news invigorates the bones.
EVEN THE OLD BONES
He who heeds life-giving correction
will be at home in the company of the wise.
He who spurns discipline detests himself,
but he who listens to correction grows in understanding.
The discipline of wisdom is fear of The Lord,
so before being honored, a person must be humble.