Wisdom (Part 16)

Proverbs 9:12-18  If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. The woman named Folly is loud and brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t even know it. She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city. She calls out to men going by who are minding their own business. “Come home with me,” she urges the simple. To those without good judgment, she says, “Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret tastes the best!” But the men don’t realize that her former guests are now in the grave.

Proverbs 10:1b-c,5,8,13-14,19,23,31  A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall. Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. To do evil is like sport to a fool, while wise conduct is a pleasure to the wise. The godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

Proverbs 11:2-5  When pride comes, then comes shame; but with humility comes wisdom. The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:8-9,11-12,14,17-19,29,30  God rescues the godly from danger, but he lets the wicked fall into trouble. Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace. Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety. The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. Those who bring trouble on their families inherit only the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise. The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and he who wins souls is wise.

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