We weren’t created to do it all in our own strength! We weren’t created to be lone wolves! We are supposed to share the load! We are supposed to work with one another! Will you be open to other people’s ideas? Will you be receptive to other perspectives? Don’t be a fool!
A Fool’s Big Mouth
1One who isolates oneself seeks his own desire; he defies all sound judgment.
2A fool finds no delight in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
3When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with dishonor comes disgrace.
4The words of one’s mouth are deep waters, a fountain of wisdom, a flowing brook.
5Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice.
6The lips of a fool enter into an argument and his mouth invites a beating.
7A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8The words of a gossip are tasty morsels, going down into one’s innermost being.
9One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10The Name of Adonai is a strong tower. The righteous one runs into it and is set safely up high.
11A rich person’s wealth is a strong city or like a high wall—in his imagination.
12Before ruin a person’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13One who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame.
14One’s spirit sustains him through illness, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
15A discerning heart gains knowledge, the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Overcoming Opposition and Offenses
16A man’s gift makes room for him, and leads him before great men.
17The first to state his case seems just, until another comes and cross-examines him.
18Casting lots ends quarrels and decides between mighty opponents.
19An offended brother is more formidable than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
20From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled— with the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
21Death and life are in the control of the tongue. Those who indulge in it will eat its fruit.
22Whoever finds a wife finds good, and receives favor from Adonai.
23The poor request favor, but the rich answer harshly.
24A man with many friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
— from Proverbs 18
We need to be people with integrity! People with integrity walk safely!
Better to be Poor with Integrity
1Better to be poor, walking with integrity, than be a fool whose lips are corrupt.
2Zeal without knowledge is not good, or to act hastily and miss the way.
3A man’s folly undermines his way, and his heart rages against Adonai.
4Wealth adds many friends, yet a poor man is deserted by his friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished, one who breathes lies will not escape.
6Many seek the favor of the generous. Everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.
7All a poor man’s relatives despise him— how much more his friends avoid him. He pursues them with words, but they are not there.
8One who gets wisdom loves his own soul. One who treasures understanding prospers.
9A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who breathes lies will perish.
10Luxury is not fitting for a fool— how much less for a servant to rule over princes!
Watch Your Temper
11Prudence makes one slow to anger and his glory is to overlook an offense.
12A king’s wrath is like a roaring lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13A foolish son is trouble for his father, and a quarrelsome wife is constant dripping.
14House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from Adonai.
15Laziness brings on deep sleep, and an idle soul will starve.
16One who keeps a mitzvah guards his soul, but one who neglects His ways will die.
17One who is kind to the poor lends to Adonai, and Adonai will reward him for his good deed.
18Discipline your son while there is hope. Do not set your heart on his death.
19One with great rage will pay a penalty. For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
Listen to Wise Counsel
20Listen to advice and accept instruction, so that in the end you may be wise.
21Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the counsel of Adonai will stand.
22What is desired in a man is loyalty, and a poor person is better than a liar.
23The fear of Adonai leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied, untouched by harm.
Sluggards, Scoffers, and Disgraceful Sons
24The slacker buries his hand in a bowl and will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25Strike a scoffer and the naïve will learn caution. rebuke a discerning person and he will gain knowledge.
26He who robs his father and drives away his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace!
27My son, if you stop heeding instruction, you will stray from words of knowledge.
28A crooked witness scorns justice, and a wicked mouth devours iniquity.
29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and floggings for the back of fools.
–from Proverbs 19
So let’s love God and love others! Let’s stick with God for without Him we are nothing!
The Path of Eternal Life
1A Michtam of David. Keep me safe, O God, for in You I have found shelter.
2I said to Adonai: “You are my Lord— I have no good apart from You.”
3As for the kedoshim who are in the land, they are noble—in them is all my delight.
4As for those who run after another god, may their sorrows multiply. I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor lift up their names with my lips.
5Adonai is my portion and my cup. You cast my lot.
6My boundary lines fall in pleasant places —surely my heritage is beautiful.
7I will bless Adonai, who counsels me. Even at night my heart instructs me.
8I have set Adonai always before me. Since He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9So my heart is glad and my soul rejoices. My body also rests secure.
10For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol nor let Your faithful one see the Pit.
11You make known to me the path of life. Abundance of joys are in Your presence, eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
–from Psalms 16
Let’s not grow weary in doing good!