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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*GREAT TRAITS OF A HUMAN SOUL*
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THE ABILITY TO APOLOGIZE
Few can do this in a gracious manner. If you have spoken or acted
inadvisably or been disrespectful in any way,
it will help, rather than hinder, to humbly acknowledge it.
(Proverbs : 22 : 4
The reward for HUMILITY and fear of the Lord God is riches
and honor and life)
TO FORGIVE AND FORGET
It requires only an ounce of grace and a thimbleful of brains to hold a grudge.
But to entirely forget an injury, is truly beautiful.
(Proverbs : 17 : 9
He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter
alienates a friend or a loved one)
TO AVOID ARGUMENTS
A bigot or a fool can quickly pitch into an unprofitable debate.
But it takes a great soul to look ahead and studiously avoid
anything that might break fellowship.
This is greater than to win an argument.
He that ruleth his spirit is better than he who taketh a city.
(Proverbs : 17 : 27
He who restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool,
gentle spirit is a man of understanding.)
TO AVOID MIXING UP IN A QUARREL
Children may fuss over a little toy, or a few green apples,
but parents ought to be too big to pull off in spirit
from good neighbors over such trifles.
Do those in your family/community have confidence in you?
(Proverbs : 17 : 14
The beginning of strife is like letting out water;
so quit before the quarrel breaks out)
GOING TO THE LAW
The devil and unprincipled lawyers will magnify a supposed injury.
But a wise and peaceful person will rather suffer wrong
than spend time and money defending personal rights.
(1 Corinthians : 6 : 7
To have lawsuits with one another is defeat for you)
(Proverbs : 16 : 7
When a man’s peaceful ways is pleasing to the Lord God,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him)
It is painful to see one who is always strained up.
How blessed to dwell so deeply in God as to have
no concern about how high, or how low others rate you.
Paul said, “With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged
by you, or of another man’s judgment.
He that judgeth me is the Lord God above.
(Proverbs : 21 : 2
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the Lord God weighs and judges every man’s heart)
How sad that anyone should imagine he is ahead,
when he gives just enough to ease his conscience
and yet less than his full share to a worthy cause.
In the end he and his children are the losers.
The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth
shall be watered also himself.
He that giveth with a cheerful heart will be multiplied
a thousand times over until his cup runneth over.
(Proverbs : 11 : 24
One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want)
A SAINTLY DIGNITY
One need not be highly intellectual or well dressed,
in order to show poise and sincerity that will
compel admiration and disarm prejudice.
Look at the meek and lowly, Jesus said before Pilate:
“God sees them, so thou should do likewise.”
(Proverbs : 14 : 31
He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is kind to the needy honors Him)
TAKING SNUBS AND REPROOFS WELL
It is a false idea that those possessing true greatness
must be curt and resentful toward those who dare
to cross them; especially one’s inferior.
How lovely to behold one who can be gracious and gentle
when information or reproof is
given that was not needed.
(Proverbs : 15 : 4
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness
in it breaks the spirit)
How blessed to meet a big soul whose silence speaks louder than words.
We can go away enlarged and enriched.
But how different from the man who monopolizes
all the time in calling attention to self,
where he has been and what he did.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own lips.
(Proverbs : 27 : 2
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips)
STOOPING TO HELP OTHERS
The Pharisee and priest can pass by on the other side,
but the magnanimous man will forget self
and stop to help others.
Years ago General Booth was walking down
a side street in London, when he was seen to
stop and help a poor man load some bags of coal.
An onlooker was impressed and inquired who this silk-hat man was.
Later he gave a large donation to the General,
saying, “Such work is worth supporting.”
(Proverbs : 21 : 3
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable
to the Lord God above, than sacrifice.)