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What the Proverbs Say about Truth and Lies

Another in my series of posts on What the Proverbs Say

Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 4:24
“Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” 30:7-9
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” 8:12-13
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them. 12:6
Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. 12:13
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 12:19
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. 12:22
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. 13:2
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. 6:16-19
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve? 22:20-21

An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. 12:17
A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful. 14:25
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. 14:5
If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence, or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand. 25:9-10

What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar. 19:22
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. 20:17

Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. 10:18
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue. 11:12

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What the Proverbs Say about Wealth and Generosity

Another installment of my series on What the Proverbs Say

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. 3:9-10
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full. 8:12,17-21
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor. 10:15
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale. 18:11
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. 10:22
The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. 14:24
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. 16:20
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. 21:20
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. 22:7

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. 24:3-4
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. 13:22
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 22:1
A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. 28:20
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. 11:4
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. 23:5
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. 27:23
Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. 11:28
Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. 22:4
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. 21:21
The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin. 15:6
When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants. 27:25-27

A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. 21:6
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse. 28:6
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow. 13:11
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. 20:21
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. 23:4
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. 15:16
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live. 15:27
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. 28:25
The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are. 28:11
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family. 17:2
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it? 17:16
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes! 19:10
What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar. 19:22
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. 20:17

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. 11:25
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. 22:9
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. 28:27
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. 19:17
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. 3:27
The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them. 28:22
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. 3:28
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly. 18:23
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. 21:13
One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty. 22:16
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life. 22:22-23
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. 28:8
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell. 11:26
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth. 11:16
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 11:24
It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. 14:21
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. 14:31
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. 17:5

“Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. 30:7-9
One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. 27:7
Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes. 27:20

A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. 18:16
A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. 21:14
Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts. 19:6
A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes. 13:8
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. 14:20
Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. 19:4
The poor are shunned by all their relatives— how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found. 19:7

Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments. 23:6-8
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. 23:1-3
People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay seven-fold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. 6:30-31
Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. 22:2

From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. 12:14
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 13:7
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food. 12:9
“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase. 20:14

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion— and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. 6:1-5
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe. 11:15
One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. 17:18
Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider. 20:16, 27:13
Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. 22:26-27

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. 22:29
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. 21:5
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing. 21:25-26
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. 14:4

What the Proverbs Say about Work Ethic

Another in my series of posts on What the Proverbs Say

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. 22:29
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house. 24:27

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. 10:4
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. 10:5
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. 12:11
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. 28:19
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. 12:24
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. 12:27
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. 13:4
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. 14:23
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. 15:19
The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on. 16:26
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. 20:13
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. 21:5

I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. 24:30-34
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 6:6-8
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. 6:9-11
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. 25:28
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them. 10:26
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. 18:9
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry. 19:15
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth! 19:24
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. 20:4
Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. 21:4
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing. 21:25-26
The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!” 22:13
A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” 26:13
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 26:15
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly. 26:16
A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent. 29:21
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. 26:14

What the Proverbs Say about Temptations

Another installment of my series on What the Proverbs Say

Proverbs about Temptations to Drunkenness

Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. 23:19-21
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. 20:1
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. 21:17
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. 23:29-30
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” 23:31-35
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. 25:28
It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. 31:4-7

Proverbs about Temptations to Adultery

At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life. Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death. 7:6-27

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. 29:3
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.” They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words. 7:4-5
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you… So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life. 2:1,16-19
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it. Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another. 5:3-10
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer — may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman? For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths. 5:15-21
For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life, keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes. For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man’s wife preys on your very life. 6:23-26
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. 6:27-29
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself. Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away. For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is. 6:32-35
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. 11:22
The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it. 22:14
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men. 23:26-28
“This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’ 30:20
Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. 31:2-3

What the Proverbs Say about Parenting

Another in my series of posts on What the Proverbs Say

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.” 4:1-4
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23:22

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. 22:6
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire. 29:17
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death. 23:13-14
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. 19:18
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. 13:24
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. 22:15
A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. 29:15

Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt. 27:11
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. 23:24
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. 10:1b
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. 15:20
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. 29:3
A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father. 28:7
To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool. 17:21
A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. 19:13
A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him. 17:25

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. 17:6
Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? 20:11
Ears that hear and eyes that see— the Lord has made them both. 20:12
May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful! 23:25

There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind. 30:11-14
Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home. 27:8
Whoever robs their father or mother and says, “It’s not wrong,” is partner to one who destroys. 28:24
The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. 30:17
Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace. 19:26
If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. 20:20
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. 18:19

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 27:5
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. 15:17
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. 17:1

What the Proverbs Say about Just Rulers

Another installment of my series on What the Proverbs Say

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.” 8:12,14-16
A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined. 14:28
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines. 18:17
Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart. 18:18
When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. 20:8
In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. 21:1
One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust. 21:22
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord. 21:31
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. 25:2
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 25:3
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. 25:25
When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order. 28:2
There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt. 30:29

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. 31:8-9
A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. 28:3
Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. 20:28
When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding. 28:12
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. 28:15
A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign. 28:16
When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive. 28:28
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. 29:2
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly. 18:23

Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness. 16:12
By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down. 29:4
If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever. 29:14
The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice. 16:10
An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away. 13:23
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent — the Lord detests them both. 17:15
If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right. 17:26
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice. 18:5
A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. 20:26
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. 20:30
Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond. 29:19
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 21:3
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. 21:15
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken. 22:8
Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors. 22:28
Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you. 23:10-11
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good: Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them. 24:23-25
To show partiality is not good — yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread. 28:21
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. 29:12

Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right. 16:13
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. 22:11
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free. 19:5
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish. 19:9
A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully. 21:28
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. 19:28
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool — how much worse lying lips to a ruler! 17:7
Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness. 25:4
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. 25:11

Differing weights and differing measures— the Lord detests them both. 20:10
The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. 11:1
The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. 20:23

A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it. 16:14
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. 20:2
A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. 19:12
When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring. 16:15

The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice. 17:23
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. 18:16
Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts. 19:6
Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. 29:26

What the Proverbs Say about Marriage

Another in my series of posts on What the Proverbs Say

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 31:10-29

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 31:30-31

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. 12:4
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. 18:22
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. 19:14

“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman. 30:18-19

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 27:5

A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. 19:13
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. 21:9, 25:24
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. 21:19
A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. 27:15
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. 15:17
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. 17:1