PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY
Rather than wealth, choose a good reputation,
esteem over silver and gold.
WE MIGHT SAY ESTEEM DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU DO RIGHT, BUT JUDAISM VALUES THE COMMUNITY OF VIRTUE
Rich and poor have this in common —
The Lord made them both.
THE LORD MADE THEM HUMAN. HUMANS MADE THEMSELVES RICH AND POOR
The clever see trouble coming and hide;
the simple go on and pay the penalty.
The reward for humility is fear of the Lord,
along with wealth, honour and life.
A PROVOCATIVE WAY TO PUT IT
Thorns and snares beset the way of the stubborn;
if you value your life, steer clear of these people.
Train a child in the way she should go;
and, even when old, she will not swerve from it.
YES, SO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU TEACH
The rich rule the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
He who sows injustice reaps trouble,
and he will pay the penalty for his deeds
I WISH IT WAS TRUE
He who is generous is blessed,
because he shares his food with the poor.
Throw the scoffer out, and quarreling goes too;
strife and insults cease.
TEACHERS KNOW THIS ONE
He who loves the pure-hearted and is gracious in speech
will have the king as his friend.
The eyes of The Lord protect knowledge,
but he overturns deceitful speech.
THROUGH TRUTHFUL PEOPLE
A lazy man says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed if I go out in the street!”
The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;
the man with whom the Lord is angry falls into it.
BLAMING WOMEN FOR MALE LUST. OF COURSE FEMALE LUST EXISTS TOO.
Doing wrong is firmly tied to the heart of a youth.
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away from him.
THE ROD IS METAPHORICAL HERE
Oppressing the poor to enrich yourself
and giving to the rich are both impoverishment.
A SELECTION FROM THE SAGES
Pay attention, and listen to the words of the wise;
apply your heart to my knowledge;
for it is pleasant to keep them deep within you;
have all of them ready on your lips.
THE WISE PERSON IS GOOD COMPANY
I want your trust to be in the Lord;
this is why I’m instructing you ,today.
I have written you worthwhile things
full of good counsel and knowledge,
so you will know that these sayings are certainly true
and bring back true sayings to him who sent you.
THIS VERSE ASSUMES THAT SCRIBES HAVE BEEN SENT TO A SAGE
Don’t exploit the helpless, because they are helpless,
and don’t crush the poor in court,
for the Lord will plead their case for them
and withhold life from those who defraud them.
THERE ARE SOME DEFENCE LAWYERS IN RAPE CASES WHO SHOULD GET IT FROM THE LORD
Don’t associate with an angry man;
make no hot-tempered man your companion.
If you do, you may learn his ways
and find yourself caught in a trap.
ANGER IS OFTEN UNBALANCED. WELL, MINE IS.
Don’t be one of those who give pledges,
guaranteeing loans made to others;
for if you don’t have the wherewithal to pay,
they will take your bed away from underneath you.
THIS IS SAID SO OFTEN IN PROVERBS, IT MUST HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM
Don’t move the ancient boundary stone
set up by your ancestors.
DON’T BE GREEDY OR GIVE IN TO GREED
Do you see a man skilled at his work?
He will serve kings, not obscure people.
I OFTEN WONDER WHO COULD AFFORD THE CARPENTER OF NAZARETH