July 11th, 2019

Proverbs 22

1A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor have this in common: Yahweh is the maker of them all. 3A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it. 4The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh is wealth, honor, and life. 5Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked: whoever guards his soul stays from them. 6Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. 7The rich rule over the poor. The borrower is servant to the lender. 8He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed. 9He who has a generous eye will be blessed; for he shares his food with the poor. 10Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop. 11He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king's friend. 12The eyes of Yahweh watch over knowledge; but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. 13The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the streets!" 14The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit: he who is under Yahweh's wrath will fall into it. 15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of discipline drives it far from him. 16Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich, both come to poverty. 17Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching. 18For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19That your trust may be in Yahweh, I teach you today, even you. 20Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge, 21To teach you truth, reliable words, to give sound answers to the ones who sent you? 22Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don't crush the needy in court; 23for Yahweh will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them. 24Don't befriend a hot-tempered man, and don't associate with one who harbors anger: 25lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul. 26Don't you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts. 27If you don't have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you? 28Don't move the ancient boundary stone, which your fathers have set up. 29Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.

Proverbs 23

1When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you; 2put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite. 3Don't be desirous of his dainties, since they are deceitful food. 4Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint. 5Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky. 6Don't eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, and don't crave his delicacies: 7for as he thinks about the cost, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you. 8The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, and lose your good words. 9Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. 10Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless: 11for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you. 12Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge. 13Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die. 14Punish him with the rod, and save his soul from Sheol . 15My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine: 16yes, my heart will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right. 17Don't let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long. 18Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off. 19Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path! 20Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat: 21for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags. 22Listen to your father who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old. 23Buy the truth, and don't sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. 24The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him. 25Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice! 26My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways. 27For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well. 28Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men. 29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine. 31Don't look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. 32In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper. 33Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things. 34Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging: 35"They hit me, and I was not hurt! They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."

Proverbs 24

1Don't be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them: 2for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief. 3Through wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established; 4by knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure. 5A wise man has great power; and a knowledgeable man increases strength; 6for by wise guidance you wage your war; and victory is in many advisors. 7Wisdom is too high for a fool: he doesn't open his mouth in the gate. 8One who plots to do evil will be called a schemer. 9The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men. 10If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small. 11Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! 12If you say, "Behold, we didn't know this;" doesn't he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn't he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work? 13My son, eat honey, for it is good; the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste: 14so you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; if you have found it, then there will be a reward, your hope will not be cut off. 15Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting place: 16for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. 17Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown; 18lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 19Don't fret yourself because of evildoers; neither be envious of the wicked: 20for there will be no reward to the evil man; and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out. 21My son, fear Yahweh and the king. Don't join those who are rebellious: 22for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both--who knows? 23These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good. 24He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him-- 25but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them. 26An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. 27Prepare your work outside, and get your fields ready. Afterwards, build your house. 28Don't be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips. 29Don't say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work." 30I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. 32Then I saw, and considered well. I saw, and received instruction: 33a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep; 34so your poverty will come as a robber, and your want as an armed man.