A Proverb a Day Helps You Work, Live and Play. Information Overload.
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In the information age we are drowning in tips and tricks as well as facts and figures. So why is it, with all the wisdom flying around today that our nations still fall into recession, relationships still break down irreparably and world resources are still so unfairly distributed that half the world is dying of starvation while the other half is dying of obesity? Krish Kandiah
“It is a book which seldom takes you to church. Like its own figure of wisdom, it calls to you across the street about some everyday matter, or points things out at home. Its function in Scripture is to put godliness into working clothes; to name business and society as spheres in which we are to acquit ourselves with credit to our Lord and in which we are to look for His training”. Derek Kidner
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. 11:22
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife. 21:19
Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 26:9
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 26:15
2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to the 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.
A giver of water obtains satisfaction; a giver of food imperishable happiness.
Where there is covetousness there is death; Where there is forgiveness, there the Lord is.
A quarrelsome woman is like dripping water on a rainy day.
Never in this world is hate appeased by hatred; It is only appeased by love- this is an eternal law.
Without goodness a man cannot for long endure adversity, cannot for long enjoy prosperity.
Analects of Confucius
Often expressed in couplet form: 5:1
My son ……pay attention to my wisdom,
….listen well to my words of insight,
Thoughts often repeated, reinforced for emphasis 26:3
A whip for the horse,
A halter for the donkey,
A rod for the backs of fools!
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honour is not fitting for a fool.
Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honour to a fool.
Book of trite sayings; pithy couplets; things to remember; wise proverbs.
A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day. 27:15
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. 26:14
· Appears to be unconnected; often no easily discernible thread
Not especially theological; whole chapters without reference to God Chapters 4, 7, 13, 26, 27.
· Full of wisdom, learning, understanding, discretion, discipline and guidance.
Is it law?
God’s Word so you must Obey it
Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers. 22:28
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. 24:13
If you do this, then I will do this.
The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment. 10:16
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. 11:25
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. 26:4
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. 26:5
What to do when we meet this situation
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. 14:8
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. 14:1
He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him. 14:2
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 3:5-6
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.18:1
A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. 14:3
Seldom set foot in your neighbour's house-too much of you, and he will hate you. 25:17
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 6:6
Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men; 25:6
Advice when we meet a new situation; some for now, some for later, some possibly never.
Good advice, Godly advice, wise advice and inspired!
1:1 - 9:18 Advice to the Young - Wisdom
10:1 - 24:34 Righteousness in a Wicked World - Righteousness
25:1 - 29:27 Getting on with Others - Attitudes
30:1 - 31:31 Balancing Life - Living
Fear the Lord
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 1:7
Listen to Wise People
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.1:8-9