Friday, July 2, 2010

July Two

~Good Morning~
I love reading Proverbs.


  • I do not remember why I highlighted this for a question.. I will put it down in case I remember.
Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
      They revive the spirit of their employer.

  • I do not understand what this means?
5 An open rebuke
      is better than hidden love!

  • Sooo maybe I need to change my ways. We are always loud with cheerful greetings in the morning. Why is this wrong.
14 A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning
      will be taken as a curse!



Today's Scripture:
Proverbs 25-29:27 (New Living Translation)
Proverbs 25
More Proverbs of Solomon
1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.
2 It is God's privilege to conceal things
      and the king's privilege to discover them.
3 No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,
      or all that goes on in the king's mind!
4 Remove the impurities from silver,
      and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
 5 Remove the wicked from the king's court,
      and his reign will be made secure by justice.
6 Don't demand an audience with the king
      or push for a place among the great.
 7 It's better to wait for an invitation to the head table
      than to be sent away in public disgrace.
Just because you've seen something,
    8 don't be in a hurry to go to court.
   For what will you do in the end
      if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
9 When arguing with your neighbor,
      don't betray another person's secret.
 10 Others may accuse you of gossip,
      and you will never regain your good reputation.
11 Timely advice is lovely,
      like golden apples in a silver basket.
12 To one who listens, valid criticism
      is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
      They revive the spirit of their employer.

14 A person who promises a gift but doesn't give it
      is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
15 Patience can persuade a prince,
      and soft speech can break bones.
16 Do you like honey?
      Don't eat too much, or it will make you sick!
17 Don't visit your neighbors too often,
      or you will wear out your welcome.
18 Telling lies about others
      is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
   wounding them with a sword,
      or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble
      is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.
20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
      is like taking someone's coat in cold weather
      or pouring vinegar in a wound.
21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
      If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
 22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
      and the Lord will reward you.
23 As surely as a north wind brings rain,
      so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
24 It's better to live alone in the corner of an attic
      than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
25 Good news from far away
      is like cold water to the thirsty.
26 If the godly give in to the wicked,
      it's like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.
27 It's not good to eat too much honey,
      and it's not good to seek honors for yourself.
28 A person without self-control
      is like a city with broken-down walls.
Proverbs 26
1 Honor is no more associated with fools
      than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
      an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
3 Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle,
      and a fool with a rod to his back!
4 Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools,
      or you will become as foolish as they are.
5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,
      or they will become wise in their own estimation.
6 Trusting a fool to convey a message
      is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison!
7 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
      is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
8 Honoring a fool
      is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.
9 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
      is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.
10 An employer who hires a fool or a bystander
      is like an archer who shoots at random.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
      so a fool repeats his foolishness.
12 There is more hope for fools
      than for people who think they are wise.
13 The lazy person claims, "There's a lion on the road!
      Yes, I'm sure there's a lion out there!"
14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges,
      so the lazy person turns over in bed.
15 Lazy people take food in their hand
      but don't even lift it to their mouth.
16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter
      than seven wise counselors.
17 Interfering in someone else's argument
      is as foolish as yanking a dog's ears.
18 Just as damaging
      as a madman shooting a deadly weapon
 19 is someone who lies to a friend
      and then says, "I was only joking."
20 Fire goes out without wood,
      and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
21 A quarrelsome person starts fights
      as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
22 Rumors are dainty morsels
      that sink deep into one's heart.
23 Smooth words may hide a wicked heart,
      just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.
24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words,
      but they're deceiving you.
 25 They pretend to be kind, but don't believe them.
      Their hearts are full of many evils.
 26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery,
      their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.
27 If you set a trap for others,
      you will get caught in it yourself.
   If you roll a boulder down on others,
      it will crush you instead.
28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
      and flattering words cause ruin.
Proverbs 27
1 Don't brag about tomorrow,
      since you don't know what the day will bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—
      a stranger, not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
      but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,
      but jealousy is even more dangerous.
5 An open rebuke
      is better than hidden love!

6 Wounds from a sincere friend
      are better than many kisses from an enemy.
7 A person who is full refuses honey,
      but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
8 A person who strays from home
      is like a bird that strays from its nest.
9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend
      is as sweet as perfume and incense.
10 Never abandon a friend—
      either yours or your father's.
   When disaster strikes, you won't have to ask your brother for assistance.
      It's better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.
11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad.
      Then I will be able to answer my critics.
12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
      The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
13 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger's debt.
      Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
14 A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning
      will be taken as a curse!

15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying
      as constant dripping on a rainy day.
 16 Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind
      or trying to hold something with greased hands.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
      so a friend sharpens a friend.
18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit,
      so workers who protect their employer's interests will be rewarded.
19 As a face is reflected in water,
      so the heart reflects the real person.
20 Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied,
      so human desire is never satisfied.
21 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
      but a person is tested by being praised.
22 You cannot separate fools from their foolishness,
      even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
23 Know the state of your flocks,
      and put your heart into caring for your herds,
 24 for riches don't last forever,
      and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.
 25 After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears
      and the mountain grasses are gathered in,
 26 your sheep will provide wool for clothing,
      and your goats will provide the price of a field.
 27 And you will have enough goats' milk for yourself,
      your family, and your servant girls.
Proverbs 28
1 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
      but the godly are as bold as lions.
2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
      But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
3 A poor person who oppresses the poor
      is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
4 To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
      to obey the law is to fight them.
5 Evil people don't understand justice,
      but those who follow the Lord understand completely.
6 Better to be poor and honest
      than to be dishonest and rich.
7 Young people who obey the law are wise;
      those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.
8 Income from charging high interest rates
      will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
9 God detests the prayers
      of a person who ignores the law.
10 Those who lead good people along an evil path
      will fall into their own trap,
      but the honest will inherit good things.
11 Rich people may think they are wise,
      but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
      When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
      but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,
      but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
15 A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor
      as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people,
      but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
17 A murderer's tormented conscience will drive him into the grave.
      Don't protect him!
18 The blameless will be rescued from harm,
      but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
19 A hard worker has plenty of food,
      but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,
      but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
21 Showing partiality is never good,
      yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
22 Greedy people try to get rich quick
      but don't realize they're headed for poverty.
23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
      far more than flattery.
24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother
      and says, "What's wrong with that?"
      is no better than a murderer.
25 Greed causes fighting;
      trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish,
      but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
      but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
28 When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
      When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.
Proverbs 29
1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism
      will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.
      But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
      but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
4 A just king gives stability to his nation,
      but one who demands bribes destroys it.
5 To flatter friends
      is to lay a trap for their feet.
6 Evil people are trapped by sin,
      but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
7 The godly care about the rights of the poor;
      the wicked don't care at all.
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated,
      but the wise will calm anger.
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court,
      there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people,
      but the upright seek to help them.
11 Fools vent their anger,
      but the wise quietly hold it back.
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars,
      all his advisers will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common—
      the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor fairly,
      his throne will last forever.
15 To discipline a child produces wisdom,
      but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
16 When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes,
      but the godly will live to see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind
      and will make your heart glad.
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
      But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
19 Words alone will not discipline a servant;
      the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.
20 There is more hope for a fool
      than for someone who speaks without thinking.
21 A servant pampered from childhood
      will become a rebel.
22 An angry person starts fights;
      a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.
23 Pride ends in humiliation,
      while humility brings honor.
24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself.
      You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
      but trusting the Lord means safety.
26 Many seek the ruler's favor,
      but justice comes from the Lord.
27 The righteous despise the unjust;
      the wicked despise the godly.



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