Bible blog 2319

1

Wicked people run away

    when no one chases them,

    but those who live right

    are as brave as lions.

THE COURAGE OF DECENT PEOPLE IS NOT WELL RECOGNISED

In time of civil war

    there are many leaders,

    but a sensible leader

    establishes order.

CHAOS IS BAD FOR EVERYONE

When someone poor

   mistreats the poor,

    it’s like a heavy rain

    destroying the crops.

IT’S BETTER WHEN THE RICH DO IT?

Lawbreakers praise criminals,

    but law-abiding citizens

    always oppose them.

NOBODY WHO KNOWS CRIMINALS PRAISES THEM

Criminals don’t know

    what justice means,

    but all who respect the Lord

    understand it well.

FAITH AND JUSTICE BELONG TOGETHER

It’s better to be poor

    and live honestly,

    than to be rich

    and dishonest.

EASY TO SAY, HARD TO LIVE BY

It makes good sense

    to obey the Law of God,

but you disgrace your parents

    if you make friends

    with worthless wasters.

SOME OF THE WORTHLESS WASTERS DISLIKED BY MY PARENTS BECAME PILLARS OF SOCIETY

If you make money by charging

    high interest rates,

    you will lose it all to someone

    who cares for the poor.

I HOPE SO

God cannot stand the prayers

    of anyone who disobeys

    his Law.

UNLESS THEY ARE CONFESSIONS?

10 

By leading good people to sin,

    you dig a pit for yourself,

    but all who live honestly

    will have a bright future.

YES

11 

The rich think highly

    of themselves,

    but anyone poor and sensible

    sees right through them.

YES

12 

When an honest person wins,

    it’s time to celebrate;

    when crooks are in control,

    The people hide.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE RUSSIANS CELEBRATING PUTIN’S VICTORY?

13 

If you don’t confess your sins,

    you will not prosper.

But God will be merciful

    if you confess your sins

    and give them up.

IT’S THAT LAST LINE THAT’S THE KILLER…

14 

The Lord blesses everyone

    who is afraid to do evil,

    but if you are cruel,

    look out for trouble.

YES

15 

A ruler who mistreats the poor

is like a roaring lion

    or a bear hunting for food.

A HUNGRY ANIMAL CAN BE SATISFIED, BUT AN UNJUST RULER?

16 

A heartless leader is a fool,

    but anyone who refuses

to get rich by cheating others

    will live a long time.

I HOPE SO

17 

Those who shed blood

    are running to the tomb;

    Don’t detain them.

MY TRANSLATION

18 

Honesty will keep you safe,

    but crooks will fall in a pit.

19 

Work hard, and you will have

    a lot of food;

    waste time, and you will have

    a lot of nothing.

LAZINESS IS ONE OF THE MAIN FAULTS FOR PROVERBS

20 

God blesses his loyal people,

    but punishes all who want

    to get rich quick.

I HOPE SO

21 

It isn’t right to take advantage,

but some people can be bribed

    with only a piece of bread.

IN SOLZHENITSYN’S STORIES OF THE GULAG THIS IS LITERALLY TRUE

22 

Don’t be selfish

    and eager to get rich—

    you will end up worse off

    than you can imagine.

MAYBE

23 

Honest correction

is appreciated

    more than flattery.

I LIKE A BIT OF FLATTERY MYSELF

24 

If you cheat your parents

and don’t think it’s wrong,

    you are a common thief.

YES

25 

Selfish people cause trouble,

    but you will live a full life

    if you trust the Lord.

YES, BUT NOT AN UNTROUBLED ONE

26 

Only fools would trust

    what they alone think,

    but if you live by wisdom,

    you will do all right.

YES, YES

27 

Giving to the poor

    will keep you from poverty,

but if you close your eyes

to their needs,

    you’ll have plenty of curses.

THE CURSES OF DISREGARDED BEGGARS ARE PARTICULARLY BITTER

28 

When crooks are in control,

    everyone tries to hide,

    but when they lose power,

    good people are everywhere.

BUT WE NEED THE GOOD PEOPLE MOST WHEN CROOKS ARE IN CONTROL

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