When arguing with your neighbor,
don’t betray another person’s secret.
Others may accuse you of gossip,
and you will never regain your good reputation.
Timely advice is lovely,
like golden apples in a silver basket.
To one who listens, valid criticism
is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
They revive the spirit…
There is more hope for fools
than for people who think they are wise.
The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road!
Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”
As a door swings back and forth on its hinges,
so the lazy person turns over in bed.
Lazy people take food in their hand
but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
Lazy people consider themselves smarter
[Sam] Are there some things we should do that might not come easy to build a relationship with God, or can we find him in whatever we prefer to do on our own and he will “meet us there”? [John] Again, because we live in such a subjective climate, where “spirituality” can mean anything, let’s be clear on what it is we want to cultivate. The Christian faith is at its center an invitation to…
Don’t brag about tomorrow,
since you don’t know what the day will bring.
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—
a stranger, not your own lips.
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,
but jealousy is even more dangerous.
An open rebuke
is better than hidden love!
And here’s where we run into a problem.
For most of us, life feels like a movie we’ve arrived at forty-five minutes late.
Something important seems to be going on … maybe. I mean, good things do happen, sometimes beautiful things. You meet someone, fall in love. You find that work that is yours alone to fulfill. But tragic things happen too. You fall out of love, or perhaps the other person…
The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
but the godly are as bold as lions.
When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
A poor person who oppresses the poor
is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
to obey the law is to fight them.
God is a romantic at heart, and his jealousy is for the hearts of his people and for their freedom. As Francis Frangipane so truly states, “Rescue is the constant pattern of God’s activity.” For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch … As a bridegroom rejoices over…
Evil people are trapped by sin,
but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
The godly care about the rights of the poor;
the wicked don’t care at all.
The bloodthirsty hate blameless people,
but the upright seek to help them.[a]
Fools vent their anger,
but the wise quietly hold it back.
To discipline a child produces wisdom,
but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined…
Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists?
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,