Bible blog 2311

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY

CHAPTER 21

The comments are interleaved with the text

1

The king’s heart in the Lord’s hand is like a stream of water —

    he directs it wherever he pleases.

NOT SURE IF THIS APPLIES TO TRUMP’S HEART OR BORIS’S

All a person’s ways are right in his own view,

    but the Lord weighs the heart.

YES, TRUMP’S AND BORIS’S, AND MINE

To do what is right and just

    is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifice.

YES

Haughty looks, a proud heart —

    The work of the wicked is sin.

The plans of the diligent lead straight to abundance;

    Hasty action heads for poverty.

YES

A fortune gained by a lying tongue

    is the fantasy of those who seek death.

The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,

    because they refuse to act justly.

OFTEN TRUE BUT HOW MANY LIVES HAVE THEY DESTROYED?

A criminal’s conduct is crooked,

    but the work of the pure is just.

USEFUL GUIDE TO POLITICS

It is better to live on a corner of the roof

    than to share the house with a nagging wife.

WRITTEN ON THE ROOF

10 

The wicked is set on evil;

    he doesn’t pity even his neighbour.

11 

When a bad-mouther is smacked, the simple become wiser;

    and when the wise are instructed, they take hold of knowledge.

YES

12 

The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;

    he overthrows the wicked to their ruin.

NO, ALAS

13 

Whoever stops up his ears at the cry of the poor,

    when he cries, he will not be answered.

YES

14 

A secret gift allays anger,

     a bribe under the cloak the strongest fury.

15 

Just action is a joy for the righteous

    but a terror for evildoers.

YES, YES

16 

The person who strays from the way of common sense

    will come to rest in the company of the dead.

COMMON SENSE IS ON THE SIDE OF LIFE

17 

Pleasure-lovers will suffer want;

    he who loves wine and oil won’t get rich.

GUESS WHY AM I NOT RICH?

18 

The wicked serve as a ransom for the righteous,

    The wrong they plan comes back on themselves.

BUT NOT OFTEN ENOUGH

19 

It is better to live in the desert

    than with a nagging, irritable wife.

WRITTEN IN THE DESERT BY A MAN WHO CAN’T STAND CONTRADICTION

20 

In the home of the wise are fine treasures and oil,

    but a fool quickly devours it.

21 

He who pursues justice and kindness

    finds life, prosperity and honor.

MARTIN LUTHER KING?

22 

A wise man can go up into a city of warriors

    and undermine its trusted fortifications.

EDUCATION MAY BE BETTER THAN ARMAMENTS

23 

Whoever guards his mouth and tongue

    keeps himself out of trouble.

24 

“Smartypants” is what you call a proud, insolent person

    who acts with overweening conceit.

MY TRANSLATION

25 

A lazy man’s desires are the death of him,

    because his hands refuse to work.

26 

The godless covets greedily all day long;

    but a just person gives without reserve.

YES

27 

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;

    how much more when he brings it with vile motives.

28 

A lying witness will perish

    but one who listens will have the last word.

WE HOPE

29 

A wicked man prepares his face,

    whereas the just prepares his steps.

YES, YES

30 

No wisdom, discernment or counsel

    succeeds against the Lord.

DID THESE GUYS SEE SOMETHING I’M BLIND TO?

31 

A horse may be prepared for the day of battle,

    but victory comes from the Lord.

VIETNAM, AFGHANISTAN….

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