“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
1-250 ~ 251-500 ~ 501-750 ~ 751-1000 ~ 1001-1250
1251-1500 ~ 1501-1750 ~ 1751-2000 ~ 2001-
much or too little is not good, and who can judge what is enough,
but the One Who created all things?
no person; each has a price to pay for his fortune.
things are significant to the wise in heart, but the unlearned
have no appetite for discretion.
always heals; lies always kill.
may at times need to go in the opposite direction to reach the
negligent despise details, but the diligent will rule.
chastens the wicked and honors the righteous.
God withholds, man will not see though it is right before his
eyes; when God gives, man will readily see though it is hidden
behind the farthest mountain.
honors the prayer of the righteous, but the prayer of the wicked
is an abomination to Him.
is the one chastened, and woe to the one whom the Lord no longer
can never be facing one another in the same rowboat, each with
their own oar; they must face the same direction to reach their
weight of the moneybag tends to tighten the string.
is unpleasant to those who value too highly things that pass
away, but those who gather treasure in heaven have continual
who reads a hug knows the secret of the heart.
leader is required to lead and, when called to do so, has no
excuse for following.
passion threatens to prevail, it is good to retreat until reason
is in power. Then when passion and reason unite in faith, victory
is at hand.
is the least of rewards for work done, but if that is what the
worker favors most, it will be the most he receives.
who most deal in fear are the most fearful.
will not approve of men doing any evil in order to provide for
themselves; He requires men to do good, and He will provide for
darkness affords opportunity for the light to shine, so error
gives occasion for the truth to be spoken.
is nothing too hard for God, and therefore never any need for
those who are His to despair.
seeking after wealth are very poor; the more they gather, the
poorer they become.
to lose your sight and read truth in Braille than to watch videos
of falsehood with good eyes.
is humiliation to the children of pride.
God you don’t know is better than the Devil you do know.
are cruel in their tolerance of sinners, but the Lord is merciful
in his intolerance of sin.
judgment, the world perishes, but with judgment, it is saved.
1530. A hero
exalts himself at the expense of others, but a true witness exalts
God for the good of all.
fearful will ever choose the wrong; as a magnet draws nails,
so they choose that which they fear.
man seeks glory, he shames his Creator, but when God manifests
His glory, it is for man’s good.
without teeth are clouds without water in time of drought.
who will not step on an ant or hurt a fly is neither human nor
easy it is to see the faults of others; how hard to see our own!
the Lord opens our eyes to see our faults, how much larger they
appear than anyone else's!
you make God last, He will make you last. If you make Him first,
He will make you first.
sends the proud away, possessing only themselves, leaving them
with nothing, but the humble remain to inherit all things.
rebuke is medicine to the wise, but fools despise a cure.
of the righteous wash away evil, but laughter of the wicked invites
has no reason or understanding, but forgiveness enlightens and
compounds itself, but submission brings a peaceful end.
will believe liars, but those seeking truth will find them that
the sun is sure to rise and set, so is God faithful.
who know the truth are not afraid to speak, but the fearful seek
to please man.
wise are confident of where their security resides, but the foolish
must ever scramble for safety.
wise man is safe wherever he goes, his protection going with
him, but the fool can never leave his folly behind.
his mouth, a man creates peace and war for himself and those
around him, whether for good or for evil.
fool listens and thinks he understands. He goes away and acts
without understanding, not considering to seek counsel.
1550. A bed
provides a comfortable rest if properly prepared.
who serve the destroyer are destroyed, but redeemers enjoy abundant
1552. A branch
separated from the tree will not live; so it is with those who
keep secrets from God and man.
the root, so the stock; as the seed, so the fruit.
to live in peace in a shack debt-free, than in a mansion with
creditors using the fancy knocker on the door every day.
Truth is a bitter pill to the unrighteous and unrepentant.
will take advantage of his environment who understands it is
there for him.
in the conscience is much better than in the bank, and a good
night's rest as good as a good day's work.
is dying a slow death, and the renewing of the spirit adds life.
of man is a vicious and formidable opponent, but God's grace
is more than sufficient.
who complain to their neighbors about the weather will also complain
about their neighbors.
1561. A sip
of wine from a barrel is sufficient for a discerning taster to
judge the nature of the whole.
their words, the righteous scatter the wicked and drive seekers
to grab hold of their Savior.
their words, the righteous offend the hypocrite, but correct
those who err in their search after God.
before the structure and dwellers before the dwelling.
artificial flowers have no fragrance, so man’s repentance
has no power.
selfish one does not and cannot know anything, but the liberalized
soul knows all there is to know.
who receives correction receives honor, but one who refuses correction
is brought to shame.
who permit their emotions to rule them love death.
heard is the cry for deliverance from sin than from its consequences.
things are in store for those who believe and receive instruction,
but evil awaits the rebel.
of light bear witness in the opportunity of darkness.
fearful prefer to keep their thoughts to themselves, but those
who love the truth will bare their souls to have it.
say that those who were sinners have no right to judge sin, is
to say that God had no right to execute the Law upon sinners
because He paid the penalty for them.
nuts are covered in shells and grain by chaff, so a spiritual
gift is concealed with fault.
accompany gifts to try those for whom the benefits of the gifts
are stored up.
beyond the faults and weaknesses of companions to receive the
benefits of the gifts they have for our profit.
you throw away a banana because of the peel? So receive your
brother and search out his value beyond his fault.
vengeance is cruel, but God’s vengeance is with purpose
and good intent.
1579. A hasty decision brings sorrow and regret, but a decision with
brings reward to be enjoyed.
who endures chastening has hope of deliverance, but one who despises
correction will die.
correction brings shame and reproach, but the rod of the Lord exalts
in due time.
dogs know to continue with their owners, even when abused. How
much more should man know better than to stray from his Maker?
beast thrashes after a fatal blow, but a wise slayer is confident
the work is done and soon the beast is
wicked vehemently insist on their righteousness, so much so as
to deceive even the elect, but the darkness is dispersed
by and by.
protest their innocence, but their time is short and their energy
1586. Of work, there can be no end. Our
duty is to choose the best to do, and do it to the best of our
feed on foolishness, but the wise will fear God.
determination for good give place to decision, and the battle is
words without deeds are as clouds without water, promising rain
in time of drought.
scales of creation are balanced in all things.
gives children understanding and leaves wise men in their lack
light of thanksgiving scatters the darkness of oppression.
light and darkness overlap and do battle at dusk and dawn, so Heaven
and Hell intermingle on earth.
hard of heart will not receive correction, to their folly and shame,
but the humble will learn and be bettered.
in light is much easier than walking in darkness.
who seeks gain won’t prosper, but one who seeks good is prosperous.
friends are much easier to bear than gentle enemies.
would be foolish to despise gold because soiled with mud, so also
to reject correction when not acceptably delivered.
is an ugly and costly thing, but true faith is glorious and highly
rewarding - nothing can overcome it.
words and expressions are vain; only a believing heart is acceptable
man, one lives a lie; fearing God, one lives the truth.
brings on what we fear, but faith repels evil, bringing security
to think on God’s love toward us than on our value to Him.
Our value is only as good as His desire.
to dwell on our Friend than on His enemy.
are born into this world, and we don't know how to live.
to the sluggard is a hard taskmaster.
defeat of evil is to use it for good.
evil can be defeated only because good is greater.
essence of good and evil is the intention more than the act.
is only one way to have might and that is to do right.
right can only be defined by the Maker of all things.
evil is good, and man’s good is evil.
we love our enemies, it is good, but oh, how evil it is to hate
is to seek our neighbor’s welfare as much as our own.
is to seek the true God and do His will.
is to do good for ourselves at the cost of doing good for others.
who exalt themselves are praised by their fellows for it, but
those who humble themselves receive praise from their Maker.
who refuses to honor good behavior invites evil on himself.
1620. A man
and wife combine to form children, as cement and water combine
to form concrete. To divorce is to bring a jackhammer to the
1621. A man
strategizes to maximize gain, but the Lord looks on the heart
and rewards according to the intent.
must lose to gain, but if he chooses to gain, he will lose.
1623. A sinner
lays up wealth for himself, but the desire of the just is to
evil suffer unexpected calamity, but God warns the righteous
of impending judgment and prepares them.
is a reward for those who submit to His judgment, but the wicked
suffer great remorse in their losses.
predator comes seeking glory and wealth, not considering that
one greater than him stalks and takes his soul.
to keep one’s distance from those who unrighteously draw
fire, lest you suffer collateral damage.
are the building blocks, and persistence is the mortar, for success.
1629. A man’s
reward consists of what he is and not of what he has; what he
does with what he has will determine what he becomes.
the flag, flapping in the wind; notice the flagpole, standing
upright and strong, regardless of the wind.
explosion of a ton of explosives gives off but a pitiful whimper
in contrast to the power unleashed when but two saints come into
the perfection of spiritual unity.
be proud and stubborn is not good, but to humble oneself and
make way for wisdom is salvation.
who blesses his enemy is in the light, but one who curses his
friend is deceived.
cleaner is used to remove grease and grime, and then soap and
water are used to remove hand cleaner.
in debt to the world is an indication you are not in debt to
the Lord threatens death in this world for the moment, but brings
who lay down their lives for right are rewarded with much more.
call of obedience unto death is the golden opportunity to multiply
what we possess.
way of the transgressor is hard, but the path of the faithful
has the sweetest of roars, and the Lord has the harshest of whispers.
they ate from the Tree of Idol Meats, lost their reasoning ability,
and were unable to recover from their own wisdom. Their minds
crazed, and raving as they departed, they perished, knowing more
want gifts and loathe chastenings, yet chastenings, above gifts,
may seem to fade or be delayed, but it never fails.
much good is bad, but too much bad is not good.
each have our weaknesses as well as our strengths, the former
not to be underestimated in value.
who is honest with himself is honest for himself.
more heavily laden with fruit the branch is, the lower it bends,
while light branches bear sparsely.
fruits must ripen on the tree, while some can be picked to ripen
plants begin by a seed, some by a root, and some by a branch
or cutting. Some are propagated by the wind, some by insects,
some by birds and animals, and some by men, as it pleases God.
washer fluid is a liquid, like water, and is therefore physically
potable, but hardly a suitable substitute for water. It will
not quench thirst; so adultery won't quench loneliness.
who divide the sacred from the secular divide themselves.
gold in the earth that must be processed to be of value, so knowledge
must be worked to be of usefulness.
can’t so much as create a hair or even its color, he can
only make dead imitations; so religion can never do the saving
work of the Living God.
one does good, it is for others, but when one does evil, it is
act of obedience through faith deals death unto life.
do clouds occasionally obscure the sun? So that we can more appreciate
do clouds occasionally obscure the sun? So as to shelter us from
the full strength of the sun.
do clouds occasionally obscure the sun? So that water can be
added to the sunlight to bring forth life.
do clouds occasionally obscure the sun? So that those things
receiving sustenance from the sun will not wither in it.
can clouds, being so small, block the sun, which is so large?
Because they are so much closer to us than is the sun.
is understanding that Law is not our god; God is our Law.
we get hungry, we obtain food and eat, and our hunger is satisfied.
So grace is not removing the Law or the demand of the Law, but
a provision of the substance required to satisfy its demand.
Removing the Law? No. Removing the need for the Law? No. Filling
the need for the Law? Yes. Grace is the glorification of the
we can love our enemies, we can love ourselves.
1665. A good
wife is like a pleasant rain that waters the crops and brings
forth life, but a wife ill-gotten and ill-tempered is as a storm
that passes through and leaves only damage.
child who defies discipline grieves the mother, but the child
who humbly submits to chastening breaks the father’s heart
who submit to correction receive mercy, but the rebellious invite
work satisfies as does a good meal a hungry man, but work without
pleasure is as a false promise, leaving one continually hungry.
of man kills, but fear of God gives life.
man is trusting in yourself.
of anything besides God is as bad as the thing one fears.
love is the most formidable of enemies to the human soul.
thanks is the remedy for unthankfulness.
do the right in God’s sight is life, but to do the wrong
is purest folly.
the right always, especially when it costs you, because that’s
where the treasure is.
is the worship of mammon, a betrayal of all that is good; it
is the representation of Judas Iscariot.
much loss does man impose upon himself by pride; his bitterness
is his worst enemy.
of man is a terrible burden, but fear of God lifts up.
cannot be but that the tragedy of human history repeats itself;
it is the lot of the Godless man.
is no respecter of wealth obtained.
we fear even uncertain danger, we perish, but if we trust a sure
shelter in all danger, we live.
a weed commands respect when content and not striving to be a
the weak stand for right, they are invincible.
don't always bring sweetness.
who condones any evil, though not partaking, is as one who commits
to have the enmity of men for the right than their friendship
for the wrong.
who rushes to a red light is foolish.
should fairly question a man who gives no answers to fair questions.
1689. A tongue
may wag, but if it has no ear, it may as well not have its mouth.
pleasure for wisdom and this world for a better. You’ll
discover pleasure enough, and more than you bargained for.
knows wisdom and foolishness, but foolishness knows neither.
the patience you think you have for those who don’t need
it, to those who do need it.
only will the weak try your patience, they will give you patience,
if you permit them.
a strong wind drives away mist, so the truth disperses falsehood.
heart is set on speed and quantity, neither of which means anything
will please God? He who thinks His thoughts and rejoices in His
is wasteful to the ambitious man, but precious to a holy God.
one treats his servants and family, so he treats himself.
one treats a stranger, so he treats those he loves.
only works with heavenly things.
rest while asleep is good; inward rest while awake is very good.
nothing more costly than love of money.
in the truth and confidence of its victory bring peace.
doesn’t notice the stench of a rotten egg until the shell
all need to see ourselves for what we are, to deliver us from
seeing ourselves as we aren’t.
part is relative to the whole, and the whole is relevant to the
a good conscience with tiredness than a poor one with energy.
is wrong in whatever form or degree, wherever we find it, and
if we have the opportunity and the power to address it, we have
not only the right, but the responsibility and privilege, to
creates crises, but diligence delivers from destruction.
wrath is self-serving and deadly, but God's wrath is righteous
are those who work, and few who rest.
is destroying his fellow with the love of religion and the religion
beg God for what we want and receive nothing, yet all we have
to do is do what He wants, and we will have more than we want.
get nowhere seeking our desires and everywhere seeking the Lord’s.
Kingdom Message isn’t about being loved for your sake,
but being hated for Christ’s sake and the Gospel’s.
and unbelief are conjoined twins at the chest, sharing the same
righteous rejoice that they are freed from the power of sin,
but the wicked who claim His salvation rejoice that they are
now free to sin.
know the truth and walk in it is the Sabbath.
Sabbath is the reward of paying six days in full.
Sabbath is to recognize and to honor God in the heart of hearts.
who honors the Authority above will be honored with the Sabbath.
Sabbath is the Day when every valley is filled and every mountain
who knows the Sabbath possesses all things.
isn’t expecting the impossible from you; His delight is
that you expect the impossible from Him.
who serve themselves will be served by as many; those who serve
others will also be served by as many.
a cool glass of water on a hot day quenches thirst and soothes
a parched throat, thanksgiving to God for things you don’t
like or want is a most wonderful antidote for troubles.
we stop short of the final destination, we haven’t arrived.
man on the street can circumcise the flesh, but not even heart
surgeons can circumcise the heart.
mixture of oil and water establishes the glorious Sabbath.
legalist will not forgive the seventy-eighth time.
easily offended one refuses correction.
1732. I don’t
weed dandelions out of my lawn by hand because I have time; I
have time because I weed dandelions out of my lawn by hand.
Sabbath is the right sacrifice offered at the right time and
place to the Only One Worthy.
is as foreign to man as worship of God is to a dumb beast.
one realizes he lacks understanding, he’s being prepared
to receive it.
to those who seek fame; they’ll be known by many for their
to those who seek the riches of this world; they’ll have
nothing to do with them.
thanks in all things fuels the engine of patience.
Truth doesn’t prevail, remove me from this earth immediately,
but if it prevails, let me live; let me speak and fight to my
dying breath for the cause of Truth. It will be, and is, a privilege,
a duty, and a pleasure.
is the prize of men, but quality the desire of God.
wisdom, pitying the weak breeds destruction.
to God, apparently costly beforehand, is substantially rewarding
obey is rewarding and fruitful; to walk in our own ways brings
loss and sorrow.
greatest thing to learn is that we have much to learn.
and loss are the parents of appreciation. Without them, appreciation
can never be.
fault in others comes effortlessly; finding fault in ourselves
is not so easy.
Sabbath makes all labor and pain worthwhile.
to work to rest within than to work to have without.
restoration of hearing and sight is the Sabbath.
Sabbath is the union of Heaven and earth in perfect harmony.
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