Wisdom (Part 21)

Proverbs 27:11,15-17,21,22  My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; whoever restrains her restrains the wind, and grasps oil with his right hand. As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, and a man is valued by what others say of him. Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

Proverbs 28:1,2,6-8,1013,14,16,20,25,27  The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions. When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability. It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked. Young people who obey the law are wise; those who seek out worthless companions bring shame to their parents. A person who makes money by charging interest will lose it. It will end up in the hands of someone who is kind to the poor. Those who lead the upright into sin will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things. People who cover over their sins will not prosper. but if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy. Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. Only a stupid prince will oppress his people, but a king will have a long reign if he hates dishonesty and bribes. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will only get into trouble. He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in The Lord will be prospered. Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but a curse will come upon those who close their eyes to poverty.

Proverbs 29:2-4,6,11,12,15,16,23,25,26  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked are in power, the people groan. The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. A just ruler gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked. To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. When the wicked are in authority, sin increases. but the godly will live to see the tyrant’s downfall. Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in The Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from The Lord.

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