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Solomon and his sayings

By Solomon, from Proverbs 22:17 - 24:22
Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching. For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in Yahweh, I teach you today, even you. Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge, to teach you truth, reliable words, to give sound answers to the ones who sent you?

Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don't crush the needy in court; for Yahweh will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them.

Don't befriend a hot-tempered man, and don't associate with one who harbors anger: lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul.

Don't you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts. If you don't have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?.

Don't move the ancient boundary stone, which your fathers have set up.

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings; he won't serve obscure men.

When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you; put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite. Don't be desirous of his dainties, seeing they are deceitful food.

Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint. Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.

Don't eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, and don't crave his delicacies: for as he thinks about the cost, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you. The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, and lose your good words.

Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless: for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod, and save his soul from Sheol.

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine: yes, my heart will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right.

Don't let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long. Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.

Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path! Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat: for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Listen to your father who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and don't sell it: get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him. Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice!

My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways. For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine. Don't look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly: In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things. Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging: "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."

Don't be envious of evil men. Neither desire to be with them: For their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.

Through wisdom a house is built; By understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.

A wise man has great power; And a knowledgeable man increases strength; For by wise guidance you wage your war; And victory is in many advisors.

Wisdom is too high for a fool: He doesn't open his mouth in the gate.

One who plots to do evil will be called a schemer. The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.

If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.

Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! If 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?

My son, eat honey, for it is good; The droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste: So 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.

Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting-place: for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown; Lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Don't fret yourself because of evildoers; Neither be envious of the wicked: For there will be no reward to the evil man; and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.

My son, fear Yahweh and the king. Don't join those who are rebellious: For their calamity will rise suddenly; The destruction from them both -- who knows?

The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. All those who do his work have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111.10 WEB

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