Wisdom (Part 20)

Proverbs 23:9,15-19,23-27  Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice — indeed, I myself; yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things. Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of The Lord all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice. O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes delight in my ways of wisdom. For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow well. She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful among men.

Proverbs 24:1-7,13,14,17-20  Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them; for their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of troublemaking. Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; when the leaders gather, the fool has nothing to say. My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut off. Do not rejoice when your enemies fall into trouble. Don’t be happy when they stumble. For The Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Do not fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For the evil have no future; their light will be snuffed out.

Proverbs 25:12,21,22,24  Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold. If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and The Lord will reward you. It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

Proverbs 26:4,5,11,12,16,20,21  Don’t answer a fool in terms of his folly, or you will be descending to his level; but answer a fool as his folly deserves, so that he won’t think he is wise. Just as a dog returns to his vomit, a fool repeats his folly. Do you see someone who thinks himself wise? There is more hope for a fool than for him! The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. If there’s no wood, the fire goes out; if nobody gossips, contention stops. As coals are to embers and wood to fire is a quarrelsome person to kindling strife.

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