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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a vital organ for survival or an organ of ‘damning fire’.?
*** Words that heal and wound comes from the same mouth.***
“5 So, too, the tongue is a little member and yet makes great brags.
Look! How little a fire it takes to set so great a woodland on fire!
6 Well, the tongue is a fire. The tongue is constituted a world of
unrighteousness among our members, for it spots up all the body
and sets the wheel of natural life aflame and it is set aflame by
7 For every species of wild beast as well as bird and creeping thing
and sea creature is to be tamed and has been tamed by humankind.
8 But the tongue, not one of mankind can get it tamed. An unruly
injurious thing, it is full of death-dealing poison.
9 With it we bless Jehovah, even [the] Father, and yet with it we
curse men who have come into existence “in the likeness of God.”
10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing.”
*NWT — JAMES : 3 : 5-10*
Speak with kindness and thoughtfulness with consideration and discretion,
as words spoken cannot be taken back, just as it is the same with time that
cannot be wound backwards.
Reflect on these two poems ……..
An Evening Prayer
*C. Maud Battersby*
If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Good Lord, forgive.
If I have uttered idle words or vain,
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I offend some other through the strain,
Good Lord, forgive.
Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee.
Forgive the secret sins I do not see.
That which I know not, Father, teach Thou me—
Help me to live.
No Unkind Words
*George Matthas Adams*
If I knew that a word of mine,
A word not kind and true,
Might leave its trace on a loved one’s face,
I don’t think I’d speak it, would you?
If I knew the sting of a word
Might linger and leave its mark
With a deep dark scar on a loved one’s heart,
I don’t think I’d speak that word, would you?