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II Chronicles 6-10
Thursday, August 30, 2018
The Books of Poetry
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like one who binds the stone in the sling is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like an archer who wounds everybody is he who hires a passing fool or drunkard.
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool that repeats his folly.
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!"
As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer discreetly.
He who meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I am only joking!"
For lack of wood the fire goes out; and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are smooth lips with an evil heart.
He who hates, dissembles with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;
when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;
though his hatred be covered with guile, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back upon him who starts it rolling.
A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming; but who can stand before jealousy?
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
He who is sated loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
Like a bird that strays from its nest, is a man who strays from his home.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, but the soul is torn by trouble.
Your friend, and your father's friend, do not forsake; and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
A prudent man sees danger and hides himself; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
Take a man's garment when he has given surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge when he gives surety for foreigners.
He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious woman are alike;
to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in his right hand.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.
As in water face answers to face, so the mind of man reflects the man.
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is judged by his praise.
Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds;
for riches do not last for ever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
When the grass is gone, and the new growth appears, and the herbage of the mountains is gathered,
the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field;
there will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your maidens.
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