“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
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we live in our lusts, we perish, but if we live for what’s
we have great reward.
we live for ourselves, we have only ourselves, but if we live
for others, all things are ours.
greatest freedom is to be our true selves; our greatest bondage
is to try to be something we’re not.
to be your ugly self than your beautiful unself.
just another word for being yourself.
salt remains as a lump in the dough, it fails to do any good,
but when dispersed, it gives flavor.
in a shaker is useless, so let it be sprinkled; water in a pitcher
is useless, so let it be poured.
many issues in the world today, but we only need to trust One
God for the answers.
antidote to deception at your profit is honesty at your cost.
who walk the middle road are the least to be trusted. They call
themselves “open-minded,” but are as equally open-minded
to the false and evil as they are to the true and good. They
call themselves “peacemakers,” pretending to be there
for the benefit of others, but their agenda is to compromise
for their own benefit. They pretend purity, but live mixture.
They’re there for goods, not good.
who lack the Sabbath lack life, but those who keep the Sabbath
have life abundantly.
Sabbath is the agreement and harmony of soul and spirit.
Sabbath is when chaos ceases and all things are set in order.
know the Sabbath has arrived when the heart of the beast is set
Sabbath is found through the cross, past the grave, and upon
the throne of God.
Sabbath is the precious reward of a work well done.
Sabbath is the fruit of the grace of God without measure.
Sabbath is the reality of the favor of God.
keep the Sabbath is the highest honor and calling, found only
in the bosom of God.
are those who keep the Sabbath; they can do and suffer no wrong.
Sabbath is the purpose of life on earth. His rest is our work
and our rest is His work.
false use sugar to gain for themselves; the true use salt to
give life to others.
is stronger protection than high walls, locks, and bars.
to one, man, animal, or unborn child, cruel to all; cruel for
a moment, cruel always.
the wicked can feel badly about their sin, but the one who repents
of sin is alone justified.
that which has been taken from you. God’s purpose is higher
than anything you’ve had before. So the process is painful.
So you don’t understand. So you enjoyed what you had. So
you must spend what you have. So there’s a price to pay.
Be thankful you have something to pay to get what God wants you
who reaches out with gentleness to a viper is suddenly stricken.
who despises correction despises life, but he who bows under
the rod is delivered from death.
is the greater evil, to speak against evil or to speak against
those who speak against evil?
Sabbath is the destination of the redeemed soul.
one who is the Sabbath can keep the Sabbath.
Sabbath is the crown of faith.
who have ceased from their own works have entered the Sabbath.
to God is the lubricant of the machinery of Heaven.
light is judgment on darkness; therefore darkness can tolerate
no light at all.
enemy will not rest until all spiritual value is neutralized.
of detail is an enemy of perfection, but responsible attention
brings worthy results.
you don’t walk in the Truth when you have something to
lose, you certainly won’t walk in the Truth when you have
nothing to lose.
the gold from the soil and refine it. Lay it on the furniture,
walls, and ceilings of the Lord’s Temple for His glory.
Sabbath is more than an observation – it is a nature.
Sabbath is more than an event – it is a celebration.
Sabbath is more than a means – it is an end.
are those who believe; they bless the Lord of the Sabbath.
are the thankful, for the Sabbath is theirs.
are those on the way to the Sabbath; their rest will be complete.
are the Sabbatarians of the spirit; rest is their reward.
Sabbath is the sign of God’s Presence, the proof of His
is said, “Make hay while the sun shines,” but those
who trust in their righteousness work in darkness.
attitude hinders spiritual progress, but thankfulness brings
unveils, but darkness conceals; light tells what is, but darkness
refuses to speak. So sons of God bring forth truth, but sons
of darkness are found speechless.
of creation knows a phony, even man steeped in phoniness.
who trust in the essence of this world go hungry and thirsty,
but blessed are those with substance from above, because they’re
circumcised, circumspect, and circumscribed in all circumstances,
both in heart and mind. At the same time, don’t allow yourself
to remain within the circumference of your comfort zone.
Sabbath is the power and glory of the One Who rests and joins
us to Himself.
those who rest in their Maker are able to do His work; only those
who work by Him are in rest.
Sabbath is the Kingdom of God fulfilled.
is greater than the Law it formed for good.
judgmental one judges others as judging unjustly.
can never do too much good or too little evil.
who can, but don’t, get proper physical exercise rob themselves
of a good part of their lives.
we grow older and wiser, we think less of ourselves and more
considerately of others.
who rejects God’s rule can’t rule himself, because
there is no rule without the rule of God.
let it be that where there was fear, we have brought faith;
where despair, hope; where doubt, confidence;
where darkness, light; where ignorance, knowledge;
where confusion, understanding; where wounds, healing;
where vengeance, forgiveness; where bitterness, pardon;
where turmoil, peace; where sorrow, joy;
where weeping, laughter; where poverty, wealth;
where falsehood, truth; where bondage, freedom;
where destruction, restoration; where hatred, love;
where death, life; where Hell, Heaven.
and perfection are in the details, bringing satisfaction and
joy, but ignoring them brings failure, lack, and regret.
are those who have overcome; theirs is the Sabbath.
are those who have been rewarded in their faith; they have entered
are those who reap the harvest fruits of God; this is the Sabbath.
the disaster of unbelief and the precious treasure of faith!
rulers attend to the weightier matters and entrust the lesser
to their subjects, so they may both benefit.
reveal secrets and render wisdom and understanding.
things are determined from above, both good and evil.
is no other way to become a winner but by defeat.
before the kiln crumbles, but is made firm by fire.
is no instability on the Rock, but man’s sand shifts continually.
the light shines, can darkness overcome it? When it shines, can
darkness resist or disperse the light?
the sun disperses darkness when it comes, so the Son disperses
evil when He comes.
keep the Sabbath is to enter the City of God.
Sabbath is a day that stands apart; those who embrace it are
those not faint of heart, who trust their God, can enter the
Sabbath is a place, not a time; a nature, not an act.
honest man will not expect anyone to believe his promises or
claims of good intentions.
men wear their works as badges of honor, but honorable men will
not boast of the good they do.
who thinks he has time to do good has no time at all.
underestimate the value of your enemies.
must hear what they don’t want to hear because that’s
what they need to hear.
must say what people don’t want them to say because it
must be said.
have steadfastly chosen the course of destruction, and only Divine
favor will deter them from it.
success is a culmination of a succession of efforts.
never comes without trying and seldom comes without
trying several times.
is no commandment of God without grace and no grace of God without
of losing is predetermined defeat.
unbelieving go directly from the sixth day to the eighth, while
the righteous never leave the seventh.
Sabbath is the manifestation of the completion of God’s
outward Sabbath is a Law fully appreciated only by the grace
of the Sabbath within.
is needed so we can work; work
is needed so we can rest.
Sabbath is the throne of God in the inward man.
Sabbath is the establishment of justice and mercy.
things belong to the one who keeps the Sabbath.
Sabbath is the gathering of the scattered.
the Sabbath is perfect peace and safety.
for truth rejoice in it, but those against it are offended, whether
charmed so wisely or strongly rebuked.
good, and the evil will work for good; work evil, and the good
will work for evil.
right leads to life and peace, but doing evil brings bitter consequences,
honesty serves as an ointment to heal the wound of secret dishonesty.
is he who is a friend to his enemies and knows his enemies are
we succeed doesn't mean we're done. We need to keep succeeding
or lose our success.
Sabbath is the wedding of soul and spirit.
Sabbath is the Word made flesh.
Sabbath is the residence in Eden.
Sabbath is the dining table of the Tree of Life.
is no death with, or life without, the Sabbath.
most challenging circumstances offer potential for the greatest
rewards. Acceptance, where called for, is the key to those rewards.
a wonderful thing to have good neighbors; it’s even better
to have good relations with them.
Sabbath lacks no good thing.
Sabbath is the dispersal of all darkness.
the Sabbath, there is no cause or power.
Sabbath prevails in the heart of one who walks by faith.
not about where you are or what you’re doing; it’s
about who you are.
you are determines where you are and what you’re doing.
healing is free… and priceless.
Sabbath is the shelter from the storm.
Sabbath is the provision of all necessities.
Sabbath is the knowledge of the sovereignty of God over all.
one possesses the Sabbath, he possesses all things.
the many do little and the few do much.
encouraged to be among the privileged few who do the much.
1877. A mouse,
by its appearance, provokes mercy, but by its actions, destruction.
says, “God, give to me,” while true worship asks, “God,
what would You have me do?”
is never determined from beneath, but from above.
Sabbath is the restoration of all things to God.
Sabbath is the fruit of God’s labor.
purpose of loss is to cause us to focus on the Source, not the
channels of provision.
seems like a waste to those who love the body and soul more than
Sabbath is an active day of opportunity and challenge to rest.
Sabbath is the actualization of yourself.
Sabbath is the battery that powers the week.
Sabbath is the energy that strengthens the weak.
is impossible to those who dwell in the Sabbath.
who fears loves himself more than God.
not everyone knows the truth doesn’t mean no one can.
who don’t know the truth can’t judge those who do.
who know the truth can judge those who don’t.
Sabbath is the portal to God’s peace.
Sabbath is the manifestation of God’s work through His
gift of faith.
who trusts the Lord doesn’t keep the Sabbath;
he is the Sabbath.
Sabbath blesses the saint, who in turn blesses the Sabbath.
man enters the Sabbath alive, but receives life when he enters.
Sabbath is to believe His work is done.
live trusting the Lord in all things is the Sabbath.
1900. A blade
of grass is insignificant, but together with many others, it makes
a green lawn.
God is where hell begins, and obeying Him is where it ends.
keep the Sabbath is to do the work of the Lord.
keep the Sabbath is to do the Lord’s
Sabbath is a gift that serves, never a master to be served.
Lord rests in those who keep His rest.
Sabbath is the willingness to accept the evil when it comes and
let go of the good when it ends.
overcome, we must not only be willing to gamble, but to lose,
and not only so, but commit to it.
begins with reassessing ourselves and looking for a sure foundation
for what we believe.
1909. A wise man seeks counsel, but a fool independently forges on.
Sabbath is to see unbelieving men being of worth to the Lord.
knows it's right, but humility knows it's wrong.
thinks it has arrived, but faith knows it is only starting out.
who knows the Sabbath asks for nothing, because he has it all.
Sabbath is the possession of all there is to be had.
who covet freedom for freedom's sake bind themselves the more,
and those who relinquish
their freedom for truth’s
sake are made free.
1916. Glory’s just another
name for nothing left to gain.
is as good, if not better, to disagree with one who is wrong
as it is to agree with one who is right.
who despise correction despise themselves.
who refuse chastening love death.
Sabbath is the fruit of faith.
Sabbath is the fulfillment of obedience.
Law of the Sabbath is Grace manifest.
Sabbath is God’s
work and pay made one.
Sabbath is the Presence of God come to rest in the bosom.
is no need of answers or solutions in the Sabbath.
without knowledge brings pain and sorrow.
man knowledge without sanctification and give a sharp knife to
a child for play.
pursue lies as moths swarm to a porch light.
can buy anything.
will change when they’re done with us.
not about changing our difficult circumstances, but about being
changed so that we no longer need them.
shoveling and your hands will remain tender while the work remains
Sabbath is to know Jesus Christ reigns and to agree with Him.
swarm to artificial light, and men swarm to lies as though they
without realism is like counterfeit currency - it appears to
be effective for a time, but in the end proves itself illegitimate.
way to fight the secret works of darkness is to shine the light
for all to see.
no solution to the subtle lie like the naked truth.
water satisfies a thirsting body, so the Sabbath refreshes the
is unpleasant to the one in need of forgiveness, but deadly to
the one unwilling to forgive.
labor, there is no Sabbath.
need to hear, not so much what to do, as what they are.
you ever seen a tree growing with roots in the air, and branches
and leaves buried in the ground? So is atheism.
and the Sabbath despise one another.
before the Lord with persistence, not insistence.
is a powerful gift, if it serves to do good.
think so much and know so little. The more they think, the less
they know; the less they know, the more they talk; the more they
talk, the more they show how little they know.
there anything wiser than to ask questions when we lack knowledge
comes when the left foot touches the right.
say one’s water should be light, some dark. Those in darkness
listen to the world, and those with understanding receive wisdom.
on an overcast day, the sun shines for the righteous.
doesn’t so much answer prayers as reveal the Source of
answered prayer and grant needs not requested or made aware of.
is a wonderful gift for good, but a formidable tool for evil.
Those who use it for good will prosper, but those who do evil
will be destroyed, and that right soon.
can one give wise counsel to a proud man when pride makes him
the son follow the father, not the father the son. This law has
been established by the Perfect Example.
summons unimaginable, unseen forces to accomplish the impossible.
is a door to reality and freedom. It is the power to overcome
the forces of bondage and oppression.
purpose of fasting is to see and to acknowledge things the way
1959. A man
can only see himself in darkness because the Light of God has
begun to shine on him.
1960. A wise
man deals in knowledge, but fools plunge confidently through
diligent are rewarded, while the careless suffer loss.
who is flattered when complimented is equally offended when criticized.
more you have of this world’s good, the less you enjoy
the will of God is neither a matter of desire nor requirement
by the Law, but of decision.
Sabbath is the manifest reconciliation of Law and Grace, of Heaven
true value of a work is not determined by successful results,
but by the knowledge that right has been done.
wicked use truth to receive power, but the righteous forsake
power to receive truth.
that measures by money and time lacks understanding and troubles
1969. A righteous
man changes his mind, even to his cost, when truth is made known
swarm to lies as flies do to dung – they can’t help
Those who agree
with me are with me; those who don’t
agree with me aren’t with me.
can look so full, yet be so empty, and fruit so wholesome, yet
is friend to spirit and enemy to flesh.
brings more understanding, but foolishness destroys.
correctness and social decorum are Satan’s
tools to stifle and resist the spirit of truth.
Tree of Knowledge student seeks to establish his own righteousness,
but the Tree of Life disciple knows Life must come
we have and what we don’t have are both best
for us in God’s wisdom and love.
1978. Man’s way is the way of darkness and deals death,
but God’s way is the way of light and gives life.
have patience in your circumstances is to have patience with
Truth always makes free and falsehood always binds.
those who love the Truth, it is a joy hearing from the Lord by
babes, but to those who wish the preeminence, it is a vexation.
Sabbath is God's perspective of what He has done.
the Lord gives you a match, light a fire before the match goes
out. If you don't, you'll spend your life cold and in the
righteous man can appear to be quite evil and the wicked man
1985. A righteous man does good in the sight of God, and an evil man
does good in the sight of men.
evil man does good in the sight of men, but evil in the sight
a tailor-made suit fits the body, so the Sabbath clothes the
brings regret and bitterness, but steadfastness unto the Lord
brings peace, joy, and righteousness.
a deer approaches a clearing, so a wicked man warily meets with
does he see?” they ask themselves. “How
are we camouflaged? I will stand still. I will move as little as
possible lest I give myself away. I could eat some grass and then
move on to hide in the trees again.”
wicked fear lest they be found out, but some are brazenly confident
in their sin.
wicked declare their righteousness and are quick to point the
finger at the unrighteousness of others.
the lowly serve faithfully with confidence in their God, not
in their rulers.
humble shall be spared, though their rulers perish in wickedness.
wicked conceal themselves from the eye of the flesh, not considering
they are stark naked to the eye of the spirit.
a shy child closes its eyes to hide, yet remains seen, so the
wicked deceive themselves.
is desperate, who is anxious, if not the wicked? Yet will he
not turn from his wickedness.
wicked spins the roulette wheel to escape his guilt, but his
success is no better than that of a gambler.
righteous know it’s
better to own the house than to spin the wheel to try to beat
wicked trust in opportunity, but the humble trust in God.
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