The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:
His praise endureth for ever.
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Proverbs 21 to 30 = Counsel for Kings and Rulers
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“Self-Control” – a guarded mouth makes for a serene soul.
*He that is keeping his mouth and his tongue is keeping his soul
Proverbs : 21:23
“Reputation” – choose a good name rather than great riches.
*A name is to be chosen rather than abundant riches; favor is better
than even silver and gold.*
Proverbs : 22:1
“Soberness” – red wine is colorful but calamitous.
*Do not look at wine when it exhibits a red color, when it gives off its
sparkle in the cup, [when] it goes with a slickness.
Proverbs : 23:31
“Counsel” – the sober judgment of a sane thinking group is more
reliable than your own opinion.
*For by skillful direction you will carry on your war,
and in the multitude of counselors there is salvation.*
Proverbs : 24:6
“Women” – better solitude on top of the house than sojourning in the
house with a nagging woman.
*Better is it to dwell upon a corner of a roof than with a contentious wife,
although in a house in common.*
Proverbs : 25:24
“Gossip” – fire goes out when fuel gives out; scandal stops when mouths are stopped.
*Where there is no wood the fire goes out, and where there is
no slanderer contention grows still.*
Proverbs : 26:20
“Tomorrow” – there is never a tomorrow, only today.
Get it done now, for now soon becomes then.
*Do not make your boast about the next day, for you do not know what a day will give birth to.*
Proverbs : 27:1
“Understanding” – rank does not guarantee an understanding heart.
*A leader that is in want of true discernment is also abundant in fraudulent practices,
but he that is hating unjust profit will prolong [his] days.*
Proverbs : 28:16
“Bribes” – seek justice and our land shall stand; accept bribes and it will fall.
*By justice a king makes a land keep standing, but a man out for bribes tears it down.*
Proverbs : 29:4
“Security” – a trust in Yahweh/Jehovah Almighty God in heavens above is the only safe soul armor.
*Every saying of God is refined. He is a shield to those taking refuge in him.*
Proverbs : 30:5
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There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn
not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest,
in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance
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The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the
third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they
had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe
what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no-it was covered with green buds and full
The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that
smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful
thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and
drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because
they had each seen but ONLY one season in the tree’s life. He told
them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season,
and that the essence of who they are – and the pleasure, joy, and
love that come from that life – can only be measured at the end,
when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it’ s winter, you will miss the promise
of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of
Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are
sure to come some time or later.
It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how things are in themselves.
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
~ Carl Jung ~
Flowers often grow more beautifully on dung-hills than in gardens that look beautifully kept.
~ Saint Francis de Sales ~