“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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is a grievous thing to rule over the rebellious, but it is even
more grievous for a ruler to oppress the righteous.
ruler has joy in a stubborn and cunning servant? What parent
has pleasure in a rebellious son?
children are born wicked to righteous parents, but some are the
of wicked parents.
Sabbath day is greater than the six of labor altogether.
Sabbath cannot atone for wicked works, but gives rest to workers
wicked presume to gather up a Sabbath sustenance, not considering
it is the
gift of a righteous God.
righteous are at peace with the death sentence, but the wicked
Sabbath is a haven of rest granted, not a refuge taken.
2009. A refuge may be discovered by chance, but the Sabbath is provided
never willingly gives place to light.
ignores nobody and includes everybody, whether they ignore or
is to be met and surpassed for everyone’s sake, not rejected
for selfish sake.
is to be embraced and not resisted; met and not forbidden.
righteous before God are not without unrighteousness. The righteous
God keep themselves from their unrighteousness. (2
Samuel 22:21-27; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Romans 7:18, 8:1)
you seeking strength in the Lord or strength for yourself before
do not come staunchly stomping; they come smoothly slithering.
2017. “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,” say
the flies. And I say to the flies, “If you have problems
with what you call ‘vinegar,’ what will you say when
God brings the swatter?”
issue is never one’s circumstances, but one’s
attitude toward them.
are formed not by the actions of others upon us, but by our reactions
silence with a holy life speaks louder than holy preaching with
an unholy life.
terrible the darkness of those in captivity, and how glorious
the brightness of those walking in light.
to live in a car under the hand of the Lord than in a palace
as a prince of this world.
are those the Lord loves and keeps, but cursed are those He casts
color is a chameleon? Is a mother killdeer injured as it hobbles
away from its nest of young? Does a great bear flee
when circling behind? Do appearances deceive, or are observers
deceived in their judgment?
is the goodness and wisdom of God lived and shared for the benefit
is said, “The devil is in the details.” Better
put, “God is in the details; the devil is in their lack.”
of faith surrender not only the worst, but also the best.
sluggard refuses to make decisions and take responsibility.
Sabbath is the secret of the Lord.
you like to offend anyone? Speak the truth. Would you like to
Don’t speak the truth.
Are you doing well in society? If so, have you wondered why?
Sabbath is the work of Heaven.
is vain for man to measure True Value on his own terms - money,
time, energy, territory, family, number of souls, even
rich man’s wealth
is his poverty and his strength, weakness.
2034. The Sabbath is the harbinger and taste of Heaven.
is truth; those who resist it can only fail, and those who believe
it can only prosper.
will readily give his life for a lie, but would rather die than
believe the truth.
is the fulfillment of the unfulfilled reality.
who do evil are their first and greatest victims.
and cowards find it easier to pretend than to be honest.
humble look to their God, but the proud have another.
condemns the works of darkness, and the darkness blames the truth
for its exposure.
Sabbath is to refrain from doing anything for money.
away excess food from a glutton and he has nothing to live for.
Make a sluggard do his necessary work and he will
proud seek praise and glory because they have none of their own.
of good serves to deceive and condemn when not acted upon.
is the one who trembles at God's Word; he will be at rest and
the world shall tremble.
you do, don't do it for money.
anointing is not about the anointed but the Anointer.
sure as the sun rises, vindication comes for those speaking the
2049. The only way to receive the day is to take the night with
pleasant it is to give counsel to those who receive it!
covetous man focuses not on what he has, but on what he doesn’t have; therefore he’s always poor. The liberal
man focuses not on what he has given, but on what he has left to
give; he’s rich, always having something. The amount one
possesses is irrelevant to contentment.
can never be changed from without, only from within.
Sabbath is the Strength of God in the weakness of man.
Sabbath is a taste of the coming Peace of God.
Sabbath is the freedom of nothing left to lose.
Sabbath is the Declaration of the Sovereignty of God.
originates and is regenerated in the Sabbath of God.
in the Sabbath is there the complete victory of God.
Sabbath is the blessed union and harmony of soul and spirit.
is only faith and no fear in the Sabbath.
the day and the night proclaim the Quiet Might of God.
streets of the Sabbath are paved with pure gold.
wings cannot overcome the walls of the Sabbath.
the Sabbath-keeper dines on the Bread of God.
Sabbath Potion of Heaven is too powerful to be diluted by less
than six to one.
2066. Man’s rulership presumes
to impose every day of the week on the Sabbath and pretends to
gift the Sabbath on days of
acceptance of reality is a thing of beauty; it is the essence
is eyes for seeing, an ear for hearing, a mouth for eating, and
a heart for living.
Sabbath is a banquet of thankfulness.
2070. I have learned that no man forgives another’s offenses,
great or small, but for the grace of God.
Sabbath is the Declaration of Dependence on God.
Sabbath is the Declaration of Independence from Self.
Sabbath is the Acceptance of the Charter of Responsibilities.
Sabbath is to know and to do the will of God.
Sabbath is to reside in the throne room of God.
Sabbath is to agree with the will and perspective of God.
Sabbath is the joy of being as God intended His children to be.
2078. There’s no success
sure your steps; they each lead in a certain direction, whether
good or evil.
don't leave open doors or post maps for the exit.
righteous will know the goodness of the Lord, but the rebellious
will not be partakers.
shortages are our greater provisions.
proud labors for pride, and the sluggard in pretense to escape
who judge after the appearance are the greater offenders in those
things for which they fault others.
doesn’t go hanging
apples on a willow; apples are gathered only from an apple tree
and that not just any time,
but in season.
is the nature and duty of every lover of good and right to do
battle with evil.
2087. Losers always lose and winners always win.
who builds his house before he tills his land reaps desolation.
makes the world go round, like water spiraling down a drain.
of anything other than God subjects us to the thing we fear.
who sacrifices, trusts in himself and expects reward, but he
who obeys, surely trusts in God, knowing his unworthiness.
comes with faith, but faith comes with obedience.
who deny others the right to judge have no judgment or right
you say, “Yes,” it will be yes; if you say, “No,” it
will be no; if you say, “Yes/No,” it will be that,
is bad, but knowledge may be worse; ignorance can be dispelled,
but knowledge gives false security.
Bible is an external aid for the outer man made subject to the
led me to write, and writing led me to think.
can move a few words, but a few words can move many swords.
conceal the truth about evil does not serve good.
you are what you are, there’s no competition.
You’re the only show in town.
you believe, you’re
worth far more than your weight in gold.
more important for the left to protect the right of murderers
to kill than to uphold the right of victims to live.
not hear what is good is bad enough; to hear and not do is much
worse; to hear and do is the Sabbath.
2104. Better to die from what you fear than to die a thousand times by the fear.
2105. Fear is the fulfilment within of suffering that which one is afraid of without.
2106. You don't give thanks only because you're thankful - you also give thanks to become thankful.
2107. The proud get religious, but the humble get real.
2108. The wicked will take anything they can get, except the truth freely offered.
2109. He who holds the violin also holds the bow.
2110. Don't look back to see who's following but look ahead to see who's leading.
2111. There's nothing wrong with ignorance unless one is content with it.
2112. Ignorance is bliss but for a short time.
2113. Complexity is to be conquered with simplicity, and pride with humility.
2114. In vain do men seek after their own glory - they demand that God withholds it from them.
2115. A pitcher may be beautiful but what good is it if empty?
2116. Men have understanding to make clothing, yet fail to understand that clothing doesn't make a man.
2117. Take away excesses and man is bettered for it; take away the basics and he perishes.
2118. Knowledge, like water, can enter and destroy much good.
2119. It is not for a king to do the dirty work but it is his to assign it.
2120. Knowledge without action is like water without a container.
2121. The Sabbath is the hidden Tree of Life, clothed in righteousness.
2122. Men have made Hell of Heaven and Heaven of Hell.
2123. Some men have greatness; all have their faults.
2124. The Sabbath is the beginning of new things.
2125. Many can argue but few can speak truth.
2126. The Sabbath is trading all other options for the Last One.
2127. To tell the truth to commit evil is not good, but to tell a lie to do good is acceptable in God's sight.
2128. "Thou art the man" is ever the issue.
2129. People don't just retire and die - they die and retire.
2130. Without the higher life, the lower cannot exist. But the higher also needs the lower.
2131. Heart strings are formidable chains with no weak link.
2132. Comely creations rise up in desolate places.
2133. Where it's possible for us to deal with a problem, God won't do us the disfavour of a miracle.
2134. Are there not times that less is as good as or better than more?
2135. Heaven is hell to a sinner and hell is Heaven to a saint.
2136. Saying right things doesn't mean they're the right things to say.
2137. Because one says right things doesn't give him the right to say them.
2138. Death is the opportunity for multiplied replenishment.
2139. The smaller you are, the safer you may be.
2140. Correction is a chief ingredient of grace.
2141. You cannot rightly judge a man for not knowing everything; you cannot judge him for what he doesn't know; you cannot judge him for what you think he knows; you cannot judge him for what you think he should know. You can only judge him for what he does with what he knows. Now, are you sure you know what he knows as he should know it?
2142. The Sabbath is the fulfilment of the promise of God.
2143. Fear is a tyrant that won't allow you to disobey it.
2144. Fools slay themselves in fun and the wise save themselves in sobriety.
2145. We have a reward for coming clean, but chains of darkness and regret come with unwilling exposure.
2146. Unbelief destroys but faith overcomes all things.
2147. If you indulge in pleasures to alleviate your miseries, you'll fail - it is idolatry.
2148. Persistence bridges the impossible.
2149. We're each members in a row of dominoes. Somebody has to be the one out of line to stop total collapse.
2150. To a sinner, Heaven is hell and hell is Heaven. The sinner fears for the worst, but the saint believes for the best.
2151. Truth appears the unjust tyrant to those who prefer to nurse their egos and sensitivities.
2152. The deception of the Tree of Knowledge is that you feel justified by simply having knowledge without living by it.
2153. There is no such thing as a lie that escapes judgment.
2154. Those who celebrate birthdays promote their funerals.
2155. The will of God is not, "Lord, give me what I would like," but, "Lord, what do You want?"
2156. Better the hens are without a rooster than to have a fox acting as one.
2157. Better to do good than to feel bad about not doing good.
2158. Immediate gratification is a powerful foe against all reason, but God is greater. Those who put their trust in Him will not be ashamed.
2159. If one can accept the legitimacy of an adversary's point, he will be more able to have his points considered.
2160. Victory does not come by overcoming self, but in knowing the Sovereignty of God and resting in that knowledge.
2161. The Law of the weekly Sabbath is a mere label of the Reality commanded within.
2162. We can only make right decisions by making wrong ones; it is called learning.
2163. Man doesn't learn by making right decisions; he only learns by making wrong ones.
2164. By wrong decisions, man learns; by right decisions, he earns.
2165. Wrong decisions are a means to the end of right decision.
2166. If you never make a wrong decision, you'll never make a right one.
2167. Only mistakes can propel one to success. There is no other way.
2168. Wrong decisions are the portal of death that leads to right decisions of life.
2169. As an egg needs a shell, so a right decision needs the wrong. A right decision is hatched by breaking the shell.
2170. If you want to see a knave instantly transformed into a saint, check out the obituaries of scoundrels.
2171. The loudest and swiftest to preach are often the quietest and slowest to act.
2172. To receive correction is wisdom; to reject it is folly of the first order.
2173. Correction brings life, but those who refuse it embrace death.
2174. To seek to be understood is a chief sin, a path chosen that keeps one in hell.
2175. In vain do waves of opposition assail the rocks of Truth.
2176. Nothing is free, least of all freedom.
2177. The way of the sluggard brings sorrow and shame but the labor of the diligent brings sweetness of satisfaction.
2178. Says the simple, "Fellow mice, there's no trap; that cheese is ours; let's enjoy."
2179. When dilution is called for in administering medicine, one must use a wholesome dilutant.
2180. If one fears not having enough money, all the money in the world will not be enough.
2181. The Sabbath is the firm conviction that the Lord God reigns supreme over all.
2182. Because you see an apple on a tree doesn't mean it's ready to eat.
2183. Cain offered a sacrifice he was pleased to give.
2184. Believers are by nature engines of mercy and forgiveness but they come equipped with a timing belt.
2185. Correction is determined for every soul at the appointed times.
2186. Patience, faith, humility, and love - without these we have no life in us.
2187. There is a struggle with sin that seeks to retain the sin and there is a struggle with sin that seeks deliverance.
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