“And more than that, the preacher was wise; he still taught the
people knowledge. Yes, he listened, and looked, and set in order many
proverbs. The preacher sought to find out pleasing words; and words of
truth written by the upright. The words of the wise are like goads; yes,
their collected words are like nails driven home; they are given from
one Shepherd” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-11 MKJV).
In the middle of the night of April 15-16 of 2007, it was given
me to write proverbs. Like a tap of water turned on, they came, one after
other, 78 in all. Then, as
fast as they began, they ended, like a tap turned off. There was
no premeditation, no expectation and when the end came, there was
nothing I could do to continue. They were just there.
Since then the Lord has given me more, when I am quiet, in His
way, and when He wills.
The principles of life have many manifestations, each of which
can be expressed as a proverb. A proverb can appear simple on the
surface, stating the obvious, as even to give the impression that
a simpleton speaks. As one contemplates the words and seeks a deeper
meaning, however, he or she can be rewarded with counsel and understanding
that serve well in many applications of life, should God give to
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gods are dispensable – every
one of them.
God, thank You for good elimination.
of wastes compels to urgency more so than taking in more nutrition;
so it is with laying aside the sin that so easily
besets one before receiving more of God.
who seeks Truth has no preconditions; by this is known the genuineness
of hunger for Truth.
who seeks Truth is given to pursue and to find.
the sky, one has perspective and possibilities not possible from
the ground, but if he falls, even from a little distance,
better to have remained on the ground.
hates those who hate It, and who can prevail against Truth?
who hate Truth will hate the one who speaks Truth.
metals are purified by fire, but dead branches and stubble are
destroyed by it. Therefore is the fire of God a friend
to some and an enemy to others.
a man sees, so it is, and if he chooses to see as he ought, it
will go well for him.
a worshipper of God, a billion dollars is of little value, though
he may have little, but to a worshipper
of mammon, a nickel
is precious, though he may have much in this world’s goods.
can be a faithful sentinel or a false accuser. The wise will
identify its true character before acting.
to humbly remain silent with nothing to say than to open the
mouth wide with less than nothing.
materials require hard tools; so hard hearts call for hard words.
is man’s doctrine and there is God’s doctrine.
Man’s doctrine brings death, but God’s doctrine brings
you are about to drink, or are drinking, from a poisoned well
and I try to prevent you, why do you accuse me of wanting
you to die of thirst?
reprove a fool or not to reprove a fool? Shall we suffer the
fool’s wrath for his sake or shall
we go our way and let him destroy himself?
encouragement in patience; take a look at nature and see what
grows quickly and what grows slowly.
swift and slow developments have a price. A cornstalk needs less
patience than does an apple tree, but a cornstalk
will soon fulfill its purpose and be gone, while an apple tree
will remain to serve for many years.
are nice people and have many desirable traits; they are friendly,
warm, affectionate, loving, humorous, clever, knowledgeable,
polite, considerate, supportive, hard working, religious, dedicated
and even sacrificial, until they know they are not getting their
way or until they can get what they want without paying for it.
the rising and setting of the sun are not instant, and there
is an overlapping of light and darkness,
so with preparations
and transitions of God's work in a man’s heart.
is the inability to believe and to receive and appreciate good.
who rejects the counsel of a prophet will have the messenger
of circumstance come, which will deal more firmly with him.
to whom it is due is a thing disdained in this world. Great is
the wrath of the dragon in this last day, and woe
to his subjects who honor his ways.
words of a righteous king go out with power, and nothing can
prevail against them. Though the people despise his words,
yet are his decrees established and all scorners shamed in the
who fear God have nothing more to fear, but those who do not
fear Him have everything to fear.
selfishness will be regretted but all good will be rewarded.
first casualty of the deceiver is always the deceiver.
mind open to all things despises the truth; the one having received
the truth discerns all things.
is it that men can recognize wisdom, yet have no heart for it?
They perceive but are not willing to acknowledge its value;
if acknowledging, they are not prepared to pay the price.
one who knows no boundaries knows no freedom but the one who
regards boundaries is free.
is better to do good than to be treated well.
of the one who insists on his being treated fairly. His concern
is more for his equity than for his
all things, Lord, grant us to be zealous and jealous for You
and not for ourselves.
who examine the record carefully will know the truth and have
the answer to the riddle.
eat fruit before its time is not good, but fruit fully ripened
is enjoyable and satisfies.
rich insulate themselves with the poor from trouble, but in time
the insulation becomes the trouble.
does not take much salt to flavor the food because salt is strong;
so genuine faith goes a long way and accomplishes much.
does not say, “I must change things so that they
will be better.” Faith says, “I see God at work, and
know that things are and will be as He determines.”
proud fool sees God in nothing, thinking to be wise, but the
wise one sees God in everything, having been humbled.
the wise, all things are made manifest, but to the fool, all
evolutionist waits for his eyes to open by themselves, and for
food to come to his mouth without intervention.
fools think themselves wise, but the wise know they have much
deep, fool; study, travel, search far and wide to find answers
that are not there, so that you can explain away the answers
that surround and overcome you.
who doesn’t have time for the little things doesn’t
know what the big things are.
becomes servant to the influence he chooses.
797. A son will give his right hand for his father, and a father will
give his life for his son.
and indulging in pleasures is like eating sugar. The taste is
desirable, but it never satisfies and leaves one craving
whitewash covers but does not change, so religion conceals the
corrupt nature while the corruption remains.
is greatness to man but pride and strength and excellence over
his fellow man? What is greatness to God but a broken spirit
and a humbled heart?
who gather in this world store in bottomless pits, but those
who forsake this world’s good for right’s
sake and duty to God reap riches many times over.
but the eye of faith has seen and none but the heeding ear has
heard the tremendous rewards even now stored up for those
who love God and do His commandments.
works men to see if they will do His bidding, and when they do,
there is nothing He will withhold from them.
is ready to assume full responsibility for the one wholly committed
takes on the essence of that which he venerates.
are not chosen for themselves but for the sake of those who choose
the wise, there is that which quenches thirst perfectly, but
fools choose to thirst instead.
live only to reap death; but to live, one must die.
is a door that, after which a man passes through, closes permanently;
let him consider before he enters.
and daughters receive the favor of God bestowed on their fathers,
but they must make good on their inheritance to continue
it, and if they do so, it will increase beyond that of their fathers.
811. A godly mother is a rare and precious treasure indeed, and greatly
blessed is the child with that mother.
is little more painful than to be betrayed by the one closest
to the bosom, but the one who overcomes is multiplied in
blessing and strength so as to make it all worthwhile.
is as a treasure hid away on a far island; only those who leave
all behind, forsaking their lives and loved ones, will
and pains come and go; so trials and tribulations are for a determined
time, until the purpose is accomplished.
one who enjoys the small and simple things is free, unlike the
one who seeks great things for himself.
who sees and believes will have his reward but not as the one
who takes God’s Word for it.
rage and ravage, but they leave behind the possibility for improvement
beyond what was taken away.
faith, simplicity, and freedom has the young child of an unemployed
and worried parent, but the Heavenly Father is neither
unemployed nor worried.
sing because God sends them. He has fed them and given them nests
and young as their reward, and joy to sing again.
man can be an angel or a brute beast; only man can study and
choose right and wrong, yet God determines all things.
821. A guilty conscience resents exposure, but those doing right are
peace to the one whose God is the God of Israel, who has His
commandments and keeps them. He will prosper and live without
fear of evil, and nothing shall be impossible to him.
God is where hell begins, and obeying Him is where it ends.
knowledge and power without wisdom destroys, but a little knowledge
with wisdom does much good.
a dog chasing its tail, so deceitful hearts search to know themselves.
kind of bush and tree has its needful purpose; how much more
every kind of person. God has made them all.
are fools who are like flies - unwelcome, unclean, and unreasonable;
though shooed away, they persist in nuisance
until they destroy themselves.
flies, honey and dung are equally attractive; so fools do not
discriminate between truth and error.
worry about tomorrow, because God has not provided for tomorrow,
because tomorrow isn’t here
the man noble who doesn’t take vengeance
on the bee for stinging him when he knows the bee will die for
831. “One world government! A New World Order!” people
cry in fear, not having faith in the One Who rules all things and
by Whom all things consist.
having no wisdom of their own, speak only that which is given
them of men.
men covet to have flocks of parrots repeating their words.
who seek after pleasures become the pleasure of devils.
is to know that the Lord reigns supreme over all things.
treat neighbors and friends as they wish to be treated for our
advantage, but will we treat them as is necessary for their
good though they do not wish to be treated so?
all things, there is a counterbalance; in Christ, all men have
gifts to counter their faults and faults to counter their
one focuses on the faults of others, he disqualifies himself
from the benefit of their strengths.
every loss, there is the seed of gain, which will make up for
the loss many times over.
defines the Character and Person of God for his own convenience
all things other than God can only fail us, our insecurity grows
when we put our trust in them.
forgets favors but remembers offenses.
heart of man is for himself, even in doing good.
is black and white, as the dead of night and the brightness of
noon, but also come all the shades.
embrace the evil and reject the good; in tasting evil, they reject
and stormed doors are made stronger and lock tighter.
labor to accomplish, then our accomplishments are removed.
in God is a most wonderful place to be, but unbelief the worst.
establishes a throne and the subjects thereof.
sure as the sun rises and sets, a sore judgment awaits the one
who presumes to be sent of God.
precision and skill, sorrow and suffering compel the soul to
acknowledge the virtues of humility and obedience.
powerful arms, humility and obedience bring the soul down to
be seated on God’s throne, which
is above all.
mercy and truth is the throne established with everlasting rulership.
does not wish more friends? Then why give only to those we already
have as friends? Why not sow the field of unharvested
is better to be busy and troubled than to be idle and troubling.
eye that is single sees all things, serving the heart that knows
will a stubborn fool repent? He must be beaten and brought low
until all hope in his deceitful breast is gone.
are the troublesome insects but one net prevents them all.
unrighteous man fears the day when he will be called into account
for his sins, but the faithful man looks forward to
the tender young daughters of the righteous king go boldly forth
with eager anticipation of what he has stored up for
them in their land.
answers all things with peace, joy, love, and confidence.
unrighteous bluffs and threatens but cannot perform his will
against the righteous, who is confident in truth.
is the reward of discipline for those who bear it patiently;
theirs is the victory.
more effective tool of the enemy is not the closed fist but the
are friends who have not declared their position, but they are
still friends. There are enemies who have not declared
their position, but they are still enemies.
and deceptive are those who show themselves friendly for their
own gain; their sacrifices are abominable to God.
is the man who will imitate his Maker but a charlatan seeking
loving their own goodness will smart for it without fail or delay.
good man fears no exposure, but the fearful cannot bear it.
harm can come to the one whose God is sovereign over all things?
What good can come to the one who denies his Maker?
fools are sharply rebuked for their sins, still they continue
in their ways until they are finally destroyed.
repudiated and maligned for speaking the truth, the faithful
march on, denying themselves.
the sons of correction with broken and contrite hearts can tell
wisdom and foolishness.
fool rages on, presuming to know all things, but the wise walks
circumspectly, knowing his wisdom is not of himself.
comes with little knowledge and understanding, but humility comes
men are brutish and foolish beasts until God favors them with
are many young confident professors of faith, each one ready
to prove himself the greatest of all in the blink of
beastly must be penned and leashed, lest they defile the good
and devour the forbidden. Not so with the clean of heart,
who are free to come and go because they understand and are trustworthy.
faithful receive rebuke and increase their faithfulness, but
the ungodly are as stubborn mules, who, though whipped, persist
in their own wills.
880. God’s favor and blessing are upon the
upright, and all that they put their hand to do is good, benefiting
ungodly are cursed as they choose to serve their own lusts, bringing
vexation of spirit to those around them.
881. “Bring me more, this is not enough,” demands
the greedy man of his servants, not considering their needs.
But a righteous man cares even for his animals, though they will
be slaughtered for his food.
carnal man serves certain portions of Scripture rather than seeking
that the Truth in Its entirety serves him.
unfaithful servant seeks the shadow, but the faithful comes to
rule because he willingly reveals himself.
are those whose seed is food for the nations.
child of darkness squints and holds his hands in front of his
eyes to shield the light, to which he is unaccustomed and
886. A map can help, but those resident to the territory can help more.
is now the enemy’s day to shake
in his boots, the boots he used to kick us.
weak and double-minded are deterred from doing that which is
right, but the righteous know that the victory is theirs.
delicious is ripened fruit fresh from the tree! But stored fruit
sustains out of season.
890. A fool can be impressed with wise words, but can he appreciate
891. Man’s wisdom impresses man, but God’s
wisdom is only for those who love and obey Him.
wicked devise laws to repudiate the Law of God.
lawless frame mischief in the name of freedom, to take away the
freedom of those who oppose their mischief.
is said that one cannot count his chickens before they hatch,
but neither can one count on his chickens after they hatch.
on nothing, write nothing off.
one is privately, so is he publicly.
are born, not made.
a fool to change, he must be reborn.
narrower the path, the wider and greater the destination.
repentant will abhor and speak against sin; let him not be afraid.
is not wrong to suspect evil, but it is evil to make conclusions
based on suspicions.
is the father whose son loves and obeys him; blessed is the son
who receives instruction.
but nothing happens for nothing.
folly is established in man’s
heart; he treasures the outrageous lie and despises the simple
can do nothing wrong, and man can do nothing right, except to
believe that God can do nothing wrong.
one can be convinced of lies, he cannot be convinced of spiritual
is given, but lies are taken.
God intervenes, men are unchanged from cradle to crypt.
to be a true friend and hated, than to be false and loved.
to be a friend of God at the expense of favor with men, than
a friend of men at the expense of favor with God.
adds value; love makes precious and causes to live, but hate
devalues and destroys.
causes that which is despised and rejected to be appreciated,
and that which is appreciated to be treasured even more.
that is selfish robs both hated and hater.
914. A man set on riches cannot find a comforting pillow.
who gathers for himself gathers trouble against his soul.
will not encourage the faithless, and sharp rebuke will not discourage
the flatterer, whose tongue is so mercurial as to turn from a
soothing mist to scalding steam in a heartbeat.
must be willing to hear the truth about himself before he can
receive the light.
a boy who thinks he can push over a large barn, so is a man who
boasts of a virtue.
is good to see things get done without trouble, but it is better
to see God work in adversity.
may ride out a storm at sea and none will marvel, but stilling
a storm suddenly will be known and told for a long time
to walk on water from above than to tread it from beneath.
923. A cold beverage is enjoyed on a hot day, and a good meal by a hungry
man, so without need there is no pleasure.
burn to be used of God, caring for no one but themselves.
righteous in their own eyes will not pass through a red light
on an empty street at three in the morning, but they
will guide others to ignore it at rush hour.
teachers teach the same matter. One teacher teaches for his own
sake, the other for his student’s sake.
spirit of the instruction determines the success of the work.
Woe to the student who learns from the teacher who serves
himself. Blessed is the disciple who is fed.
are many who teach for themselves, but few who teach that others
929. A teacher with love brings life, but a teacher with hate brings
taught in love will teach in love, and those taught by angry
men will be angry.
foolish teacher uproots his harvest, but the wise teacher will
gather and prosper.
should a disciple destroy himself? Let him discern the one who
would serve himself and withdraw from him, lest he become
away from the teacher who appears part foolish; truly, that part
manifests the whole.
disguises itself in love and wisdom, but the Lord sends the careless
and simple one to expose it.
has many mortal enemies, among them youth, simplicity, and chance.
who try to be wise are found to be foolish, but the fool may
receive wisdom when he realizes he is incapable of being
do men try so hard to impress the impressionable? Do not the
impressionable often lack judgment and understanding? Is
there value in their acceptance and approval? Do those who impress
seek to gain from those they impress?
938. Man’s great disappointment is to get
everything he has wanted in this world.
is the soul that seeks another’s
good, and he will find good faithful to him.
and faith in well doing surely reap reward; there is no risk
one is wealthy in this world’s
goods, his riches are worthless without wisdom.
does not come by having protection, but by having no need for
is perfect in power when speech is not called for; there is a
time to speak and a time to be silent.
delivers from destruction; the one who lacks understanding will
sweeps aside offenses and seeks a way of reconciliation at all
works of God can be reasoned away; only those with faith can
see Him work.
spirit of the eye sees what the eye cannot, and the heart of
man can understand more than the man.
who judge after the outward appearance are deceived; who can
argue with them?
is the man who discovers what is hidden from ordinary view. Wiser
is he who knows what is good to do with the revelation.
weather reminds us to appreciate the good and to look to the
Maker of all.
fool is able to put a label on a container, but where are the
is good to see things get done in the possible, but it is better
to see God do the impossible.
953. “Now I feel bad!” cries the scorner. “Now
I just feel like giving up!” he laments, when corrected.
But the faithful will recognize his shortfall, be thankful for
the correction, and progress.
talk is a vexation of spirit and an abuse of the privilege of
hears us when we speak? While there may be no flesh and blood
near to hear, are not our words heard and recorded in Heaven?
the end, we will know that without determination and direction
from above, we would all have perished long ago.
can see without eyes or hear without ears? But those who see
and hear did not provide themselves with eyes and ears.
comes of fear and lack of confidence in the right and good; strife
comes of unbelief in the absolute power and invincibility
the truth, a man is at peace, if he stands on the side of truth.
is the foundation upon which all things may be built with success;
wisdom knows this and prevails at all times.
rebuke a scorner is a hard and unpleasant task, yet if scorners
are not corrected, how will they know better?
a scorner refuses correction, yet those standing by hear the
words of the reprover and are bettered.
speak wisdom and truth is never a waste of time, though it appears
that none take heed. The counsel of God will prevail
in the end.
forsake earthly riches for the Heavenly is the way to all prosperity
the flesh and it will want; fill the spirit and it will overflow
peace to those who seek peace for others; woe to those who seek
peace for themselves.
a fool and there will be peace; permit him to continue and there
will be continual unrest and vexation.
proudly revel in their own works but humbly rejoice in the works
is the difference between the works of men and the works of God?
The works of men glorify man but the works of God glorify
the works of men, man gives to God that which is possible, for
man’s sake; in the works of God, God gives to man that
which is impossible, for both His and man’s sake.
are you disquieted when you are corrected? Would you rather remain
in your folly and failure?
fool does not see the depravity of his own condition, or he would
seek to have it changed at any cost and by any means.
chafe at rebuke? If it is unwarranted, the rebuker will be corrected
in due time, but if warranted, it is an open invitation
974. “You lack love, patience, and gentleness,” says
the fool in his conceit to those who are earnest toward him for
good; but he gladly receives flatteries that keep him in his foolishness.
fool in his conceit perishes, refusing the rod, not considering
that he needs it with urgency.
in their conceit refuse to bury their dung, counting it precious,
seeing it came forth from them.
fool wearies the wise man and does not consider that the wise
man possesses an eternal spring that will not fail.
fools knew the difference between wisdom and folly, they would
not be fools and would choose the good.
what value is wisdom to a fool? He considers it foolishness.
labors for that which perishes, seeking to satisfy himself, but
his labor turns to sorrow because as his labor increases, so
does his dissatisfaction.
is more desirable for one to correct a son than a stranger until
one is corrected himself.
would rather correct a foolish man by letter than face-to-face,
because he knows the fool will resist his counsel.
it is good, write and send it; if it is wasted, there is nothing
lost, but if the seed takes, it will bear fruit.
is no waste, for even waste is a lesson learned by those to whom
it is given.
985. A man is rewarded by that which comes forth from his mouth out
of a heart studying to glorify God.
man in wisdom seeks honor of men because he knows what men are
all about, otherwise he would not be wise.
is no reward from man unless there is first reward from God.
988. I see men eating but unable to digest, drinking and unable to quench
their thirst; I see them eating and drinking without
desire or pleasure, because they are sick to death and cannot tell
the good from the bad.
Lord God of Heaven and earth has provided Himself the way to
salvation, seeing man is wholly incapable.
is love but the determination to do that which is right for all
concerned, with or without emotional passion or reward?
answers all things and love covers a multitude of sins, so why
not have both for all unfailing power and good?
covetous man will seek to serve God for money and money for God,
but the righteous man will hate money for God.
993. “For the work of the Lord! For the work of the Lord!” cry
and beg the merchandisers to wrest every penny from the simple.
They ask men to bless them so that those men can be blessed in
turn. Why do these pretenders not bless others instead so they
can be blessed themselves?
capstone descends to finish the work that was begun ages ago.
God oversees to the end, that it may be good, does He not oversee
is less correction for those who yield than for those who resist.
997. I am not a wise reprover, and many an ear has been boxed rather
than adorned with reproof, yet the humble are thankful for
is the one who errs, but sadder is he who does not refrain from
999. A man would rather reprove a stranger than his own son.
is preferred by children and bitter medicine abhorred, but which
will save the life?
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