Apply Your Heart & Your Ears to Knowledge

Proverbs 23-12

PROVERBS, CHAPTER 23

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

Proverbs 22-1

PROVERBS, CHAPTER 22

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

Proverbs 21-30 (2)

PROVERBS, CHAPTER 21

1
The king’s heart is in Yahweh’s hand like the watercourses.
He turns it wherever he desires.
2
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but Yahweh weighs the hearts.
3
To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.
4
A high look, and a proud heart,
the lamp of the wicked, is sin.
5
The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit;
and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.
6
Getting treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.
7
The violence of the wicked will drive them away,
because they refuse to do what is right.
8
The way of the guilty is devious,
but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop,
than to share a house with a contentious woman.
10
The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
11
When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom.
When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12
The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked,
and brings the wicked to ruin.
13
Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor,
he will also cry out, but shall not be heard.
14
A gift in secret pacifies anger;
and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.
15
It is joy to the righteous to do justice;
but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.
16
The man who wanders out of the way of understanding
shall rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.
17
He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man.
He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
18
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous;
the treacherous for the upright.
19
It is better to dwell in a desert land,
than with a contentious and fretful woman.
20
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
but a foolish man swallows it up.
21
He who follows after righteousness and kindness
finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22
A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
and brings down the strength of its confidence.
23
Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps his soul from troubles.
24
The proud and haughty man, “scoffer” is his name;
he works in the arrogance of pride.
25
The desire of the sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
26
There are those who covet greedily all day long;
but the righteous give and don’t withhold.
27
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination:
how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!
28
A false witness will perish,
and a man who listens speaks to eternity.
29
A wicked man hardens his face;
but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.
30
There is no wisdom nor understanding
nor counsel against Yahweh.
31
The horse is prepared for the day of battle;
but victory is with Yahweh.
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The Spirit of Man is God’s Candle

Proverbs 20-27 (2)

PROVERBS, CHAPTER 20

1
Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
2
The [a]wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion;
Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.
3
It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.
4
The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
5
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding will draw it out.
6
Most men will proclaim each his own [b]goodness,
But who can find a faithful man?
7
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
8
A king who sits on the throne of judgment
Scatters all evil with his eyes.
9
Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin”?
10
Diverse weights and diverse measures,
They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord.
11
Even a child is known by his deeds,
Whether what he does is pure and right.
12
The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The Lord has made them both.
13
Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
14
“It is [c]good for nothing,” cries the buyer;
But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
15
There is gold and a multitude of rubies,
But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16
Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
17
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18
Plans are established by counsel;
By wise counsel wage war.
19
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
20
Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
21
An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning
Will not be blessed at the end.
22
Do not say, “I will [d]recompense evil”;
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
23
Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord,
And dishonest scales are not good.
24
A man’s steps are of the Lord;
How then can a man understand his own way?
25
It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy,
And afterward to reconsider his vows.
26
A wise king sifts out the wicked,
And brings the threshing wheel over them.
27
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the [e]inner depths of his heart.
28
Mercy and truth preserve the king,
And by [f]lovingkindness he upholds his throne.
29
The glory of young men is their strength,
And the splendor of old men is their gray head.
30
Blows that hurt cleanse away evil,
As do stripes the [g]inner depths of the heart.
Footnotes:
Proverbs 20:2 Lit. fear or terror, produced by the king’s wrath
Proverbs 20:6 Lit. mercy
Proverbs 20:14 Lit. evil, evil
Proverbs 20:22 repay
Proverbs 20:27 Lit. rooms of the belly
Proverbs 20:28 mercy
Proverbs 20:30 Lit. rooms of the belly
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Love Yourself

Proverbs 19-8

 PROVERBS, CHAPTER 19

1

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.
2
It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge,
and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices.
3
A person’s folly subverts his way,
and his heart rages against the Lord.
4
Wealth adds many friends,
but a poor person is separated from his friend.
5
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and the one who spouts out lies will not escape punishment.
6
Many people entreat the favor of a generous person,
and everyone is the friend of the person who gives gifts.
7
All the relatives of a poor person hate him;
how much more do his friends avoid him—
he pursues them with words, but they do not respond.
8
The one who acquires wisdom loves himself;
the one who preserves understanding will prosper.
9
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and the one who spouts out lies will perish.
10
Luxury is not appropriate for a fool;
how much less for a servant to rule over princes!
11
A person’s wisdom makes him slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
12
A king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13
A foolish child is the ruin of his father,
and a contentious wife is like a constant dripping.
14
A house and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15
Laziness brings on a deep sleep,
and the idle person will go hungry.
16
The one who obeys commandments guards his life;
the one who despises his ways will die.
17
The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord,
and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.
18
Discipline your child, for there is hope,
but do not set your heart on causing his death.
19
A person with great anger bears the penalty,
but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again.
20
Listen to advice and receive discipline,
that you may become wise by the end of your life.
21
There are many plans in a person’s mind,
but it is the counsel of the Lord which will stand.
22
What is desirable for a person is to show loyal love,
and a poor person is better than a liar.
23
Fearing the Lord leads to life,
and one who does so will live satisfied; he will not be afflicted by calamity.
24
The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish,
and he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25
Flog a scorner, and as a result the simpleton will learn prudence;
correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge.
26
The one who robs his father and chases away his mother
is a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27
If you stop listening to instruction, my child,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28
A crooked witness scorns justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29
Judgments are prepared for scorners,
and floggings for the backs of fools.

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I Run to You, O Lord, Keep Me Safe

Proverbs 18-10

 PROVERBS, CHAPTER 18

1
An unfriendly man pursues selfishness,
and defies all sound judgment.
2
A fool has no delight in understanding,
but only in revealing his own opinion.
3
When wickedness comes, contempt also comes,
and with shame comes disgrace.
4
The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters.
The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
5
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good,
nor to deprive the innocent of justice.
6
A fool’s lips come into strife,
and his mouth invites beatings.
7
A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8
The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels:
they go down into a person’s innermost parts.
9
One who is slack in his work
is brother to him who is a master of destruction.
10
Yahweh’s name is a strong tower:
the righteous run to him, and are safe.
11
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.
12
Before destruction the heart of man is proud,
but before honor is humility.
13
He who gives answer before he hears,
that is folly and shame to him.
14
A man’s spirit will sustain him in sickness,
but a crushed spirit, who can bear?
15
The heart of the discerning gets knowledge.
The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16
A man’s gift makes room for him,
and brings him before great men.
17
He who pleads his cause first seems right;
until another comes and questions him.
18
The lot settles disputes,
and keeps strong ones apart.
19
A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city;
and disputes are like the bars of a fortress.
20
A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth.
With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
those who love it will eat its fruit.
22
Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing,
and obtains favor of Yahweh.
23
The poor plead for mercy,
but the rich answer harshly.
24
A man of many companions may be ruined,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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A Friend Loves At All Times

Proverbs 17-17

 PROVERBS, CHAPTER 17

1
Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
than a house full of feasting with strife.
2
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame,
and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.
3
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold,
but Yahweh tests the hearts.
4
An evildoer heeds wicked lips.
A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker.
He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
6
Children’s children are the crown of old men;
the glory of children are their parents.
7
Arrogant speech isn’t fitting for a fool,
much less do lying lips fit a prince.
8
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it;
wherever he turns, he prospers.
9
He who covers an offense promotes love;
but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
10
A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding
than a hundred lashes into a fool.
11
An evil man seeks only rebellion;
therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12
Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man,
rather than a fool in his folly.
13
Whoever rewards evil for good,
evil shall not depart from his house.
14
The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam,
therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
15
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,
both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
16
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
since he has no understanding?
17
A friend loves at all times;
and a brother is born for adversity.
18
A man void of understanding strikes hands,
and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
19
He who loves disobedience loves strife.
One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
20
One who has a perverse heart doesn’t find prosperity,
and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
21
He who becomes the father of a fool grieves.
The father of a fool has no joy.
22
A cheerful heart makes good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23
A wicked man receives a bribe in secret,
to pervert the ways of justice.
24
Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding,
but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
25
A foolish son brings grief to his father,
and bitterness to her who bore him.
26
Also to punish the righteous is not good,
nor to flog officials for their integrity.
27
He who spares his words has knowledge.
He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.
28
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise.
When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.
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