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"Set a good example for your children":

7 The righteous who walks in his integrity — blessed are his children after him! (Proverbs 20 : 7 - ESV)
 
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"Stay close to God":

14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. (Proverbs 14 : 14 - ESV)
 
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"God searches us":

27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts. (Proverbs 20 : 27 - ESV)
 
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"Kind words, even in adversity":

24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16 : 24 - ESV)
 
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"TRUST IN THE LORD with ALL YOUR HEART;
Don’t rely on your own intelligence.
:search:Know [ask] Him in ALL your paths [decisions],
and He will keep your ways straight.
Don’t consider yourself wise.
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Then your body will be HEALTHY
and your bones STRONG.
HONOR the LORD with your WEALTH
and with the FIRST (10% Tithe) of ALL your crops.
Then your barns (income) will be filled
with plenty and your vats will burst with wine (investments).
Don’t reject the instruction of the LORD, My son;
Don’t despise His correction.
The LORD LOVES those He corrects,
just like a Father who treats His son with favor (GOOD THINGS)." (Prov. 3:5-12)
 
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Proverbs 18:20-21
"YOUR stomach is satisfied by the FRUIT of YOUR mouth;
"YOUR lips can earn a satisfying income.

"Death and Life are in the power of YOUR tongue;
"whichever one YOU love to speak most, YOU will eat its FRUIT."
 
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"The plans of the heart belong to humans, BUT AN ANSWER ON THE TONGUE COMES FROM THE LORD!

"A person thinks all his ways are pure, BUT THE LORD EXAMINES [your] MOTIVES!

"ENTRUST YOUR EFFORTS TO THE LORD, and YOUR PLANS WILL SUCCEED!

"THE LORD HAS MADE EVERYTHING FOR HIS OWN PURPOSE, even wicked people for the day of trouble!

"Everyone with a CONCEITED [ARROGANT] heart is disgusting to the Lord. Certainly, such a person will NOT go unpunished!"

Proverbs 16:1-5
 
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Proverbs 18:9-16
"...Whoever is lazy in YOUR work is related to a vandal.
"The Name of the Lord is a STRONG TOWER. A Righteous person (YOU) runs to it and is SAFE.
"A rich person’s wealth is his strong city and is like a high wall in his imagination.
"Before DESTRUCTION comes, a person’s heart is ARROGANT, but before HONOR comes, a person's heart is HUMBLE.
"If YOU give an answer BEFORE YOU listen, this is stupid and shameful.
"YOUR STRONG spirit can endure sickness, but who can handle a broken spirit?
"The MIND of a person who has UNDERSTANDING gains KNOWLEDGE. The ears of WISE people seek KNOWLEDGE.
"A GIFT opens doors for the YOU who gives it
and brings YOU into the presence of great people."
 
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Proverbs 27:1-22

"Never brag about what you will do in the future; you have no idea what tomorrow will bring.
"Never praise yourself. Let others do it.
"A stone is heavy, and sand is hard to carry,

but the irritation caused by

a fool is much harder to bear.
"Anger is cruel and can destroy like a flood, but jealousy is much worse.
"Open criticism is better than hidden love.
"You can trust what your friend says, even when it hurts. But your enemies want to hurt you,

even when they act nice.
"When you are full, you will not even eat honey. When you are hungry,

even something bitter tastes sweet.
"A man away from home is like a bird away from its nest.
"Perfume and incense make you feel good, and so does good advice from a friend.
"Don’t forget your own friends or your father’s friends. If you have a problem, go to your neighbor for help. It is better to ask a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
"My son, be wise. This will make me happy. Then I will be able to answer those who criticize me.
"Wise people see trouble coming and get out of its way, but fools go straight to the trouble

and suffer for it.
"When you make a deal with a stranger, get something from him and any other foreigners with him to make sure he will pay you.
"Don’t wake up your neighbors early in the morning with a shout of “Good morning!” They will treat it like a curse, not a blessing.
"A complaining wife is like water that never stops dripping on a rainy day.

"Stopping her is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold oil in your hand.
"As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.
"People who take care of fig trees are allowed to eat the fruit. In the same way, people who take care of their masters will be rewarded.
"Just as you can see your own face reflected in water, so your heart reflects the kind of person you are.
"Just as the place of death and destruction is never full, people always want more and more.
"People use fire to purify gold and silver. In the same way, you are tested by the praise people give you.
" Even if you pound fools to powder like grain in a bowl, you will never force the foolishness out of them.

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Proverbs 15:1-5


"A GENTLE ANSWER deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.
"The tongue of the WISE makes KNOWLEDGE appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

"The LORD is watching everywhere,
keeping His Eye on both the evil and the good.

"GENTLE WORDS words are a TREE of LIFE;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

"Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline;
whoever learns from correction is WISE. "
 
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The competent wife

PROVERBS 31:

10 A Competent Wife,
how does one find her?
Her value is FAR above Pearls.
11 Her husband entrusts his HEART to her,
and with her, he will have all he needs.
12 She brings him Good and not trouble
all the days of her life.

13 She seeks out wool and flax;
she enjoys working with her hands.

14 She is like a fleet of merchant ships,
bringing food from a distance.

15 She gets up while it is still night,
providing food for her household,
even some for her female servants.

16 She surveys a field and buys it;
from her own resources, she plants a vineyard.

17 She works energetically; her arms are powerful.

18 She realizes that her trading is successful;
she doesn’t put out her lamp at night.

19 She puts her hands to the spindle;
her palms grasp the whorl.

20 She reaches out to the needy; she stretches out her hands to the poor.

21 She doesn’t fear for her household
when it snows,
because they are all dressed in warm clothes.

22 She makes bedspreads for herself; fine linen and purple are her clothing.

23 Her husband is known in the city gates when he sits with the elders of the land.

24 She makes garments and sells them; she supplies sashes to traders.

25 Strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future.
26 Her mouth is full of WISDOM;
kindly teaching is on her tongue.

27 She is vigilant over the activities of her household;
she doesn’t eat the food of laziness.

28 Her children Bless her; her husband Praises her.

29 “Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be Praised.

31 Let her share in the results of her work; let her Good deeds Praise her in the city gates.
 
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Proverbs 13:7-13

One person pretends to be rich but has nothing.
Another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.


A person’s riches are the ransom for his life,
but the poor person does not pay attention to threats.

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The light:star: of righteous people beams brightly,
but the lamp of wicked people will be snuffed out.:love-over:


Arrogance produces only quarreling,:thunder:
but those who take advice gain WISDOM.:island:


Wealth gained through injustice dwindles away,:love-over:
but whoever gathers little by little has plenty.


Delayed HOPE makes one sick at heart,:love-over:
but a FULFILLED LONGING is a:love: TREE OF LIFE.


Whoever HATES God’s WORDS will pay the PENALTY,:thunder:
but the YOU who HONORS God’s WORD will be REWARDED.:present:"
 
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Wisdom Prolongs Life...

Proverbs 9:7-12

"Whoever corrects a mocker receives abuse.
Whoever warns a wicked person gets hurt.

Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you.

Warn a wise person, and he will love you.

Give advice to a WISE person
and he will become even WISER.

Teach RIGHTEOUS people,

and they will learn MORE.


The fear [HONOR] of the Lord is the

beginning of WISDOM.


The KNOWLEDGE of the Holy One is UNDERSTANDING.
You will live longer because of Me [WISDOM],
and years will be ADDED to your life.



If you are WISE, your WISDOM will help you.


If you mock, you alone will be held RESPONSIBLE.
 
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Proverbs 18

"A loner is out to get what he wants for himself. He opposes all sound reasoning.


"A fool does not find joy in understanding, but only in expressing his own opinion.



"When wickedness comes, CONTEMPT also comes,
and INSULT comes along with disgrace.

"The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters. The Fountain of WISDOM is an overflowing stream.

"It is NOT good to be partial toward a wicked person, thereby depriving an innocent person of justice.



"By talking, a fool gets into an argument, and his mouth invites a beating.

"A fool’s words is his RUIN. His lips are a TRAP to his soul.


"The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily, and they go down into a person’s innermost being."
 
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Proverbs 16:10-33:

"A GOOD LEADER MOTIVATES; doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit.

"God cares about HONESTY in the workplace; your business is His Business.

"GOOD LEADERS hate wrongdoing of all kinds; SOUND LEADERSHIP has a MORAL FOUNDATION.

"GOOD LEADERS cultivate HONESTY;
they love advisors who tell them the Truth.

"An INTEMPERATE LEADER causes trouble in the lives around them; you're SMART to stay clear of someone like that.

"GOOD-TEMPERED LEADERS invigorate lives; they're like SPRING RAIN and SUNSHINE.

"Get WISDOM - it's worth more than money; choose INSIGHT over income EVERY TIME.

"The road of RIGHT LIVING bypasses evil; WATCH your steps and save your life.

"First comes PRIDE, then the CRASH— the bigger the EGO, the HARDER the fall.

"It's better to live HUMBLY among the poor
than to live it up among the Rich and Famous.

"It pays to take life SERIOUSLY; things work out when you TRUST in God.

"A WISE person gets known for INSIGHT;
KIND & GRACIOUS words add to your reputation.

"WISDOM is a spring of fresh water,
while fools sweat it out the hard way.

"They make a lot of sense, these WISE folks;
whenever they speak, their reputation increases.

"Gracious speech is like clover honey—
good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.

"There's a way that LOOKS harmless enough;
LOOK again—it leads straight to hell.

"Appetite is an incentive to work;
hunger makes you work all the harder.

"Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.

"Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.

"Calloused climbers betray their very own friends; they'd stab their own grandmothers in the back.

"A shifty eye betrays an evil intention; a clenched jaw signals trouble ahead.

"Gray hair is a mark of Distinction,
its the AWARD for a God-loyal life.

"Moderation is better than muscle,
Self-control better than political Power.

"Make your motions and cast your votes,
but God HAS THE FINAL SAY."
 
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WISDOM IS GOD'S MIND ON THE MATTER ...

“The REVERENTIAL RESPECT of the LORD
is the beginning of WISDOM,
and seeking to KNOW the Holy One is UNDERSTANDING.

"Because by WISDOM, your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.

"If you are WISE, you are WISE for your OWN benefit;
if you mock, you alone will suffer the consequences.”

"But "Foolishness" is rowdy; she is gullible and knows nothing.

"She sits by the doorway of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,

She calls to those who pass by, who go straight ahead on their paths, she tells them: “whoever is inexperienced, enter here!”

"To the one who lacks common sense, she calls out, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten SECRETLY is tasty!”

"But he doesn’t know that the DEPARTED spirits are there, that her guests are in the depths of Hell."

 
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Psalm 19:
1 Better a poor man who lives with integrity
than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.
2 Even zeal is not good without knowledge,
and the one who acts hastily[a] sins.

3 A man’s own foolishness leads him astray,
yet his heart rages against the LORD.

4 Wealth attracts many friends,
but a poor man is separated from his friend.

5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies will not escape.

6 Many seek a ruler’s favor,
and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.

7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
how much more do his friends
keep their distance from him!
He may pursue them with words,
but they are not there.[b]


8 The one who acquires good sense loves himself;
one who safeguards understanding finds success.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies perishes.

10 Luxury is not appropriate for a fool—
how much less for a slave to rule over princes!

11 A person’s insight gives him patience,
and his virtue is to overlook an offense.

12 A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish son is his father’s ruin,
and a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping.

14 A house and wealth are inherited from fathers,
but a sensible wife is from the LORD.

15 Laziness induces deep sleep,
and a lazy person will go hungry.

16 The one who keeps commands preserves himself;
one who disregards[d] his ways will die.

17 Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD,
and He will give a reward to the lender.[e]

18 Discipline your son while there is hope;
don’t be intent on killing him.[f]

19 A person with great anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction
so that you may be wise later in life.

21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,
but the LORD’s PLAN will win.

22 What is desirable in a man is his fidelity;
better to be a poor man than a liar.

23 The reverential fear of the LORD leads to life;
one will sleep at night without danger.

24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth."
 
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Proverbs 1
1 The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, King of Israel: 2 for gaining Wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—

5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8Listen, My Son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My Son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.

11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot”—
15 My Son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who get it.

20 Out in the open "Wisdom" calls aloud,
She raises Her Voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall She cries out,
at the city gate She makes Her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
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Repent at My rebuke!
Then I will pour out My thoughts to you,
I will make known to you My teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out My Hand,
25 since you disregard all My advice
and do not accept My rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you
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28 “Then they will call to Me, but I will not answer;
they will look for Me but will not find Me
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29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD.

30 Since they would not accept My advice
and spurned My rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

32 Because the waywardness of the simple will kill them,

and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to Me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
 
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Proverbs 20:26-30
"A WISE King separates out the wicked and drives the threshing wheel over them.

"The LORD’s LAMP sheds LIGHT on a person’s life, searching the soul.

"Loyalty and faithfulness DELIVERS a k
King; through LOYALTY, you maintains your THRONE.

"The GLORY of young men is their STRENGTH, and the SPLENDOR of old men is GRAY hair.

"Lashes and wounds PURGE away evil, and beatings CLEANSE the soul."
 
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"TRUST IN the LORD with ALL your heart, and do not rely on your OWN understanding;


"Think about HIM in all your ways, and HE will GUIDE you on the RIGHT paths.


"Don’t THINK yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

This will be HEALING for your body and STRENGTHENING for your bones.


HONOR the LORD with your possessions and with the FIRST produce of your entire harvest;


then your barns will be completely FILLED, and your vats will overflow with new wine.


Do NOT despise the LORD’s INSTRUCTION, my son, and do not HATE His discipline;


because the LORD disciplines the one He LOVES, just as a father, the son, HE ENJOYS."


Proverbs 3:5-12

 
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Proverbs 19

1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.


2 Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!



3 A person’s own foolishness leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the LORD.

4 Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.



5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.



6 Many curry favor with a ruler,
and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.


7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
how much more do their friends avoid them!

Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.



8 The one who gets WISDOM loves LIFE;
the one who cherishes UNDERSTANDING will soonPROSPER.


9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.

10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!



11 A person’s WISDOM yields PATIENCE;
it is to one’s GLORY to overlook an offense.
 
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Proverbs 19:

17 KINDNESS to the poor is a loan to the LORD,and He will give a REWARD to the LENDER.

18 DISCIPLINE your son while there is hope; don’t be intent on killing him.

19 A person with great ANGER bears the penalty; if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.

20 Listen to COUNSEL and receive INSTRUCTIONS so that you may be WISE later in life.


21 Many plans are in a person’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will PREVAIL.


22 What is desirable in a man is his FAITHFULNESS; better to be a poor man than a LIAR.


23 The FEAR of the LORD leads to LIFE; YOU will sleep at night without danger.


24 The slacker/LAZY person buries his hand in the bowl; he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth.


25 Strike a MOCKER, and the inexperienced LEARN a lesson; rebuke the DISCERNING, and he gains KNOWLEDGE.


26 The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother is a disgraceful and shameful son.



27 If you stop LISTENING to correction, my son, you will STRAY from the words of KNOWLEDGE.



28 A WORTHLESS witness mocks justice,
and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.



29 JUDGMENTS are prepared for MOCKERS, and BEATINGS for the backs of FOOLS.
 
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Proverbs 29

"A person who will NOT bend (REPENT) after many warnings
will suddenly be broken beyond repair.​

"When righteous people increase, the people of God REJOICE,
but when a wicked person rules, everybody groans

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"A person who loves WISDOM makes his father happy,
but one who pays prostitutes wastes his wealth.​

"By means of JUSTICE, a king builds UP a country,
but a person who confiscates religious contributions tears it down.


"A person who flatters his neighbor is SPREADING A NET for him to step into.

"To an evil person, SIN is bait in a trap,
but a righteous person runs away from it and is glad.



"A righteous person knows the just cause of the poor.
A wicked person does not understand this.​

"Mockers create an uproar in a city, but WISE people turn away anger.


"When a wise person goes to court with a stubborn fool,
he may rant and rave, but there is no peace and quiet.​

"'Bloodthirsty people hate an innocent person, but decent people seek to protect his life.


"A fool expresses all his emotions, but a WISE person controls them.​

"If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.

"A poor person and an oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives BOTH of them sight.

"When a KING judges the poor with honesty, his throne will always be SECURE."


"A spanking and a warning produce WISDOM, but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother.​

"When wicked people increase, crime increases, but righteous people will witness their downfall.



"Correct your son, and he will give you peace of mind. He will bring delight to your soul."​

"Without PROPHETIC VISION, people run wild,
but BLESSED are YOU who follow God’s teachings.


"A slave cannot be disciplined with words. He will not respond, though he may understand.​

"Have you met a person who is quick to answer? There is more hope for a fool than for him.


"Pamper a slave from childhood, and later he will be ungrateful.​

"An angry person stirs up a fight, and a hothead does much wrong.


"A person’s pride will humiliate him, but a HUMBLE spirit gains HONOR.

"Whoever is a thief’s partner hates his own life. He will not testify under oath.​

"A person’s fear sets a trap for him,
but YOU who trusts the Lord is SAFE.




"Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but justice for humanity comes from the Lord.



"An unjust person is disgusting to righteous people. A decent person is disgusting to wicked people.​


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Proverbs 24:1-23 New Living Translation (NLT)

"Don’t envy EVIL people or desire their company because their hearts plot VIOLENCE, and their words always stir up TROUBLE.

"A house is built by WISDOM and becomes STRONG through Good Sense.

"Through KNOWLEDGE, its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

"The WISE are MIGHTIER than the strong, and those with KNOWLEDGE grow STRONGER AND STRONGER.

"So don’t go to war without WISE guidance; VICTORY depends on having many advisers.

"WISDOM is too lofty for FOOLS. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.

"A person who PLANS EVIL will get a reputation as a troublemaker.

"The schemes of a FOOL ARE SINFUL; everyone detests a mocker.

" If you fail under pressure, your STRENGTH is too small.

"Rescue those who are UNJUSTLY sentenced to die; SAVE them as they stagger to their death.

"Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know" .. because God understands all hearts, and He SEES you. He who GUARDS your SOUL KNOWS THAT YOU KNEW

"HE WILL REPAY ALL PEOPLE AS THEIR ACTIONS DESERVE.

"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 short.

"Don’t wait in AMBUSH at the home of the Godly, and don’t raid the house where the Godly live.

"The Godly may trip seven times, but they will GET UP AGAIN. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the WICKED.

"Don’t rejoice when your ENEMIES fall; don’t be happy when they stumble because the LORD will be displeased with you, and will turn His anger away from them.

"Don’t fret because of EVILDOERS; don’t envy the WICKED because EVIL people have NO FUTURE; the light of the WICKED will be snuffed out.

"My child, FEAR the LORD and the KING. Don’t associate with REBELS because DISASTER will hit them SUDDENLY.

"Who knows what PUNISHMENT will come from the LORD and the King?
 
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Proverbs 23:9-21

"Do NOT talk directly to a FOOL,
because he will DESPISE the WISDOM of your words.

"Do not move an ancient boundary marker or enter fields that belong to ORPHANS because The One Who is responsible for them is STRONG.
He will PLEAD their case AGAINST you.
Learning From Your Father

Live a more disciplined life,
and listen carefully to words of KNOWLEDGE.

Do not hesitate to discipline a child.
If you spank him, he will not die.
Spank him yourself,and you will save his SOUL from hell.


My son,
if you have a WISE heart, My heart will rejoice as well.
My heart rejoices when YOU speak what is RIGHT.





Do not envy SINNERS in your heart.
Instead, continue to FEAR THE LORD.
"There is indeed a FUTURE,
and your HOPE will never be cut off.



My son,
listen, be WISE,
and keep your MIND going in the RIGHT direction.

Do NOT associate with those who drink TOO MUCH wine, or with those who eat TOO MUCH meat,
because both a DRUNK and a GLUTTON will become poor.
Drowsiness will dress a person in rags."



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proverbs 25:11-22

"Like GOLDEN apples in SILVER settings,
so is a WORD spoken at the RIGHT time.
"Like a GOLD ring and a fine GOLD ornament,
so is CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM the ear of ONE who listens.
"Like the coolness of snow on a harvest day,
so is a TRUSTWORTHY MESSENGER to those WHO send him:
He refreshes his MASTERS.
"Like a dense fog or a dust storm,
so is a person who brags about a gift that he does not give. "With PATIENCE, you can persuade a ruler,
and a SOFT tongue can break bones.
"When you find honey, eat only as much as you need.
Otherwise, you will have too much and vomit.
"Do not set foot in your neighbor’s house too often.
Otherwise, he will see too much of you and hate you.
"Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow,
so is a person who gives FALSE testimony against his neighbor.
"Like a broken tooth and a lame foot,
so is confidence in an UNFAITHFUL person in a time of crisis.
"Like taking off a coat on a cold day or pouring vinegar on baking soda, so is singing songs to one who has an EVIL heart.
"If your enemy is hungry, GIVE him some food to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him some WATER to drink.
"In this way you will make him feel guilty and ashamed,
and the Lord will REWARD you."
 
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Proverbs 20:26-30

"A WISE king scatters the wicked and then runs them over.

"A person’s SOUL is the LORD’s LAMP. It searches his entire INNERMOST being.

"MERCY and TRUTH protect a king,and with MERCY he maintains his throne.

"While the GLORY of young men is their STRENGTH,the SPLENDOR of older people is their silver hair.

"Brutal beatings cleanse away wickedness. Such beatings cleanse the INNERMOST being."
 
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Proverbs 28:1-7

"Evil people run even though no one is chasing them, but good people are as brave as a lion.

"When a country is lawless, it has one ruler after another; but when ti is lead by a leader with understanding and knowledge, it continues strong.

"Rulers who mistreat the poor
are like a hard rain that destroys the crops.

Those who disobey what they have been taught, praise the wicked; but those who obey what they have been taught are against them

"Evil people do NOT understand Justice,
but those who follow the LORD understands it completely.

"It is better to be poor and INNOCENT than to be rich and wicked.

"Children who obey what they have been taught are WISE,
but friends of TROUBLEMAKERS disgrace their parents."
 

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