PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY
Don’t be envious of evil people,
and don’t desire to be with them.
For their minds are occupied with violence,
and their lips speak of making trouble.
By wisdom a house is built,
by understanding it is made secure,
and by knowledge its rooms are filled
with all kinds of costly and pleasant possessions.
PROVERBS IS AT EASE WITH PROSPERITY
A wise man is strong;
yes, a man of knowledge grows in strength.
For with clever strategy you wage your war,
and victory comes from having many advisers.
LISTENING IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Wisdom is too lofty for a fool;
he keeps his mouth shut at the city gate.
THAT’S A WISE FOOL
He who plans to do evil
people call a schemer.
The evil plans of the foolish are sin,
and people detest a scorner.
SCORNERS AND SCHEMERS ARE BEST AVOIDED
If you slack off on a day of distress,
your strength is small indeed.
Yes, rescue those being dragged off to death —
won’t you save those about to be killed?
If you say, “We knew nothing about it,”
won’t he who weighs hearts discern it?
Yes, he who guards you will know it
and repay each one as his deeds deserve.
AH, THE BYSTANDERS THAT SEE NOTHING ARE WELL KNOWN IN GLASGOW. IN FACT THE RELIGIOUS SECT IS KNOWN IN GLASGOW AS THE JEHOVAH’S BYSTANDERS
My son, eat honey, for it is good;
honeycomb drippings are sweet to your taste.
Know that wisdom is similarly sweet to your soul;
if you find it, then you will have a future,
what you hope for will not be cut off.
THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE …SWEETER THAN HONEY (PSALM 19:10). SAVOURING THE LORD’S WISDOM IS A CHALLENGING BIBLE CONCEPT.
Don’t lurk like an outlaw near the home of the righteous,
don’t raid the place where he lives.
For though he falls seven times, he will get up again;
it’s the wicked who fail under stress.
THE HONEST PERSON IS RESILIENT
Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls;
don’t let your heart be glad when he stumbles.
For the Lord might see it, and it would displease him;
he might withdraw his anger from your foe.
THE LORD IS WITH THE ONE WHO IS PUT DOWN
Don’t get upset because of evildoers;
don’t be envious of the wicked.
For the evil person has no future —
the lamp of the wicked will go out.
My son, don’t get involved with rebels,
but fear the Lord and the king.
For disaster from them will suddenly appear,
and who knows what ruin they both can cause?
RULERS HAVE POWER IF NOT JUSTICE
These also are sayings of the wise:
Showing partiality in judgment is not good.
He who tells the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples, reviled by nations;
but with those who condemn him, things will go well,
and a good blessing will come upon them.
COMMUNAL JUSTICE IS THE IDEAL
Giving an honest answer
is like giving a kiss.
Prepare your outside work,
and get things ready for yourself on the land;
after that, build your house.
APPLICABLE TO ANY ENTERPRISE
Don’t be a witness against your neighbor for no reason —
would you use your lips to deceive?
Don’t say, “I’ll do to him what he did to me,
I’ll pay him back what his deeds deserve.”
DON’T BECOME YOUR OPPRESSOR
I passed by the field of the lazy man
and the vineyard of the man lacking sense.
There it was, overgrown with thistles;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
I looked, and I thought about it;
I saw, and I learned this lesson:
“I’ll just lie here a bit, rest a little longer,
just fold my hands for a little more sleep” —
and poverty comes marching in on you,
scarcity hits you like an invading soldier.
REPEAT OF PROVERBS 6:6-8