Proverbs Session #4

Reuben Sairs, November 3, 2013, Study of Proverbs
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Proverbs 18:1-22:29

1He that separateth himself seeketh [his own] desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom. 2A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself. 3When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, And with ignominy [cometh] reproach. 4The words of a man's mouth are [as] deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is [as] a flowing brook. 5To respect the person of the wicked is not good, [Nor] to turn aside the righteous in judgment. 6A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes. 7A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts. 9He also that is slack in his work Is brother to him that is a destroyer. 10The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination. 12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor [goeth] humility. 13He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him. 14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear? 15The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. 16A man's gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men. 17He that pleadeth his cause first [seemeth] just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out. 18The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty. 19A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city; And [such] contentions are like the bars of a castle. 20A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied. 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 22Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah. 23The poor useth entreaties; But the rich answereth roughly. 24He that maketh many friends [doeth it] to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity Than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool. 2Also, that the soul be without knowledge is not good; And he that hasteth with his feet sinneth. 3The foolishness of man subverteth his way; And his heart fretteth against Jehovah. 4Wealth addeth many friends; But the poor is separated from his friend. 5A false witness shall not be unpunished; And he that uttereth lies shall not escape. 6Many will entreat the favor of the liberal man; And every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. 7All the brethren of the poor do hate him: How much more do his friends go far from him! He pursueth [them with] words, [but] they are gone. 8He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: He that keepeth understanding shall find good. 9A false witness shall not be unpunished; And he that uttereth lies shall perish. 10Delicate living is not seemly for a fool; Much less for a servant to have rule over princes. 11The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger; And it is his glory to pass over a transgression. 12The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; But his favor is as dew upon the grass. 13A foolish son is the calamity of his father; And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. 14House and riches are an inheritance from fathers; But a prudent wife is from Jehovah. 15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; And the idle soul shall suffer hunger. 16He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul; [But] he that is careless of his ways shall die. 17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again. 18Chasten thy son, seeing there is hope; nd set not thy heart on his destruction. 19A man of great wrath shall bear the penalty; For if thou deliver [him], thou must do it yet again. 20Hear counsel, and receive instruction, That thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. 21There are many devices in a man's heart; But the counsel of Jehovah, that shall stand. 22That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar. 23The fear of Jehovah [tendeth] to life; And he [that hath it] shall abide satisfied; He shall not be visited with evil. 24The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25Smite a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; And reprove one that hath understanding, [and] he will understand knowledge. 26He that doeth violence to his father, and chaseth away his mother, Is a son that causeth shame and bringeth reproach. 27Cease, my son, to hear instruction [Only] to err from the words of knowledge. 28A worthless witness mocketh at justice; And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity. 29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And stripes for the back of fools. 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise. 2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own life. 3It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling. 4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out. 6Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find? 7A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him. 8A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment Scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. 11Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them. 13Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 14It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge [that is surety] for foreigners. 17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war. 19He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips. 20Whoso curseth his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness. 21An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee. 23Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good. 24A man's goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way? 25It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, And after vows to make inquiry. 26A wise king winnoweth the wicked, And bringeth the [threshing] -wheel over them. 27The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts. 28Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness. 29The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head. 30Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes [reach] the innermost parts. 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will. 2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts. 3To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice. 4A high look, and a proud heart, [Even] the lamp of the wicked, is sin. 5The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty [hasteth] only to want. 6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death. 7The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice. 8The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right. 9It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house. 10The soul of the wicked desireth evil: His neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes. 11When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 12The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked, [How] the wicked are overthrown to [their] ruin. 13Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be heard. 14A gift in secret pacifieth anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath. 15It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. 16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead. 17He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous [cometh] in the stead of the upright. 19It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman. 20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up. 21He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor. 22A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof. 23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles. 24The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He worketh in the arrogance of pride. 25The desire of the sluggard killeth him; For his hands refuse to labor. 26There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not. 27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind! 28A false witness shall perish; But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure. 29A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways. 30There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah. 31The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But victory is of Jehovah. 22:1 A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches, [And] loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor meet together: Jehovah is the maker of them all. 3A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. 4The reward of humility [and] the fear of Jehovah [Is] riches, and honor, and life. 5Thorns [and] snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them. 6Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it. 7The rich ruleth over the poor; And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8He that soweth iniquity shall reap calamity; And the rod of his wrath shall fail. 9He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; For he giveth of his bread to the poor. 10Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out; Yea, strife and ignominy will cease. 11He that loveth pureness of heart, [For] the grace of his lips the king will be his friend. 12The eyes of Jehovah preserve [him that hath] knowledge; But he overthroweth the words of the treacherous man. 13The sluggard saith, There is a lion without: I shall be slain in the streets. 14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: He that is abhorred of Jehovah shall fall therein. 15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; [But] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. 16He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [gain], [And] he that giveth to the rich, [shall come] only to want. 17Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, And apply thy heart unto my knowledge. 18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, If they be established together upon thy lips. 19That thy trust may be in Jehovah, I have made [them] known to thee this day, even to thee. 20Have not I written unto thee excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21To make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, That thou mayest carry back words of truth to them that send thee? 22Rob not the poor, because he is poor; Neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23For Jehovah will plead their cause, And despoil of life those that despoil them. 24Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; And with a wrathful man thou shalt not go: 25Lest thou learn this ways, And get a snare to thy soul. 26Be thou not one of them that strike hands, [Or] of them that are sureties for debts. 27If thou hast not wherewith to pay, Why should he take away thy bed from under thee? 28Remove not the ancient landmark, Which thy fathers have set. 29Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men. (ASV)

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