Proverbs 15:20-21,24,28-29,31-33 A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother. Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly. The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below. The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
Proverbs 16:11,16-21,23,32 The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; He sets the standard. How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding than silver! The path of the upright leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be happy. The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it’s well presented. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Proverbs 17:9,13-16,19-22,24-27 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends. If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house. Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. The Lord despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent. It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom. He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil. It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel. A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. A foolish child brings grief to a father and bitterness to a mother. It is wrong to fine the godly for being good or to punish nobles for being honest! A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.
Mark Twain “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why…”