PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY
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He who isolates himself indulges his desires
and shows contempt for sound advice of any kind.
MANY RELIGIONS INCLUDING CHRISTIANITY HAVE PEOPLE WHO ISOLATED THEMSELVES TO CONTROL THEIR DESIRES. JUDAISM IS FUNDAMENTALLY COMMUNAL
A fool takes no pleasure in trying to understand;
he only wants to express his own opinion.
AH YES, I CAN REMEMBER DOING THAT
When a wicked person comes, contempt comes too,
and with disdain, provocation.
The words of a man’s mouth are deep water,
a gushing torrent, a fountain of wisdom.
IN SPITE OF ALL MISUSE, THIS REVERENCES THE GIFT OF HUMAN SPEECH, THE UNIQUE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EXPERIENCE
It is not good to be partial to the guilty
and thus deprive the innocent of justice.
THE USE OF VICTIM STATEMENTS IN OUR COURTS TRIES TO DEAL WITH THE ONE-SIDEDNESS THAT COMES FROM CONCENTRATING ON THE PERPETRATOR.
A fool’s words get him into fights;
yes, his mouth calls out for a smack.
I’VE FELT THIS
A fool’s mouth is his ruin;
his words are a trap for him.
MAYBE THAT’S WHY I DON’T NEED TO SMACK HIM
A slanderer’s words are tasty morsels;
they slide right down into the belly.
Whoever is lazy in doing his work
is brother to the destroyer.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
a just person runs to it and is raised above danger.
THE DANGER OF BEING UNJUST
The wealth of the rich is his fortified city,
like a high wall, in his own imagination.
SOMETIMES THE RICH TUMBLE DOWN, BUT NOT OFTEN ENOUGH
Before being ruined, a person’s heart is proud;
before being honored, a person is humble.
To give an answer before listening
is both stupid and shameful.
A person’s spirit can sustain him when ill,
but a crushed spirit — who can bear it?
THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE
The mind of a person with discernment gets knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
HOW VERY LONG IT TOOK ME TO ADMIT MY DESIRE FOR KNOWLEDGE
A person’s talent clears his way
and gives him access to the great.
The first to state his case seems right,
till the other one comes and questions.
Casting lots puts an end to strife
and separates powerful disputants.
It is harder to win an offended brother than a strong city;
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
A person’s belly will be filled with the fruit of his mouth;
with what his lips produce he will be filled.
THIS SUGGESTS THAT YOUR TALK CAN WIN YOU A LIVELIHOOD
The tongue has power over life and death;
those who indulge it must eat its fruit.
THIS SUGGESTS THAT IT CAN ALSO BEING YOU TROUBLE
The man who finds a wife finds a great good;
She is a gift from the Lord.
HOW TO SAY THIS IN THESE ASEXUAL TIMES? “A PERSON WHO FINDS ANOTHER PERSON OF APPROPRIATE GENDER…?” AS IT STANDS, IT’S TRUE.
The poor man speaks beseechingly,
the rich man’s answer is blunt.
Some “friends” pretend to be friends,
but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.
BROTHERS HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD TO ME