“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 the 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 that one.
2501. As bodies of water are filled by rivers, evaporate to the sky, and waters return in rain to replenish the rivers, so in the great scheme of things, substance leads to vanity and vanity to substance.
2503. Destruction comes far easier and quicker than construction.
2504. It is said, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I say there is a way because there is a will.
2505. The will is the mother of the way.
2506. There is no such thing as a person that is as honest as they appear.
2507. Liars appear most honest and their lies most credible when they believe their own lies.
2508. Robins nest near people, which keeps them safer from birds who aren’t comfortable near people.
2509. People are not known by how many friends they have but by what kind of friends they keep.
2510. When trouble comes, it is God’s whisper to come to Him. When you call on Him and there is only silence, it is His shout to come to Him.
2511. After pride comes shame and after humility comes glory.
2512. Before labor comes opportunity and after labor comes reward.
2513. When dogs and swine enter a servant of God’s circle of life, it is for their final judgment.
2514. There are pacifiers and there are peacemakers; they are as different as night and day.
2515. Those who will not offend friend or neighbor are an offense to God.
2516. The bully exerts himself over others to console himself of his worth.
2517. One who diminishes others and what they have, diminishes himself and what he has.
2518. Humor is a tasty flavoring that can be used in almost anything dished out – this is no joke.
2519. Consider dandelions and oak trees; that which grows slowly often grows most strongly and largely.
2520. Lawless freedom is the greatest bondage of all.
2521. Those who say there is no God are not fools because they don’t believe it but because they well know there is a God.
2522. Religion can be prevented by force but true faith defeats all things.
2523. There’s a difference between what one needs and what one needs – you red that right.
2524. Better to speak the truth and have no friends than to speak vanity and have a thousand associates.
2525. The thankless one remembers the evil and forgets the good, but a wise heart chooses thankfulness in all things.
2526. One can set good a mood by remembering the good and giving thanks for both good and evil.
2527. For speaking the truth, there will be many who hate you and few who love you.
2528. Do you speak truth to brute beasts? Why waste your time and risk danger for nothing?
2529. Men draw lines of division and distinction everywhere to promote their interests, but the Lord looks on the heart, not respecting the lines.
2530. Men make a path in the earth, but only the Lord makes a path in the waters and the skies.
2531. The Lord sets the battle in array. He determines the place of good and evil, of light and darkness, and of victory and defeat. He disarms the strong and mighty and strengthens the weak and helpless.
2532. Perfect power comes with the one who steps out of darkness and into the light.
2533. To hate others for the Lord’s sake is to not give others what they require of us when it isn’t their right to do so.
2534. Only with water can a plant live, so the soul can only live with truth.
2535. I have done good things and bad; I’ve been good and bad; I’ve been a sinner and a saint; I’ve hated God and I have loved Him; I have cursed God and I have blessed Him; I’ve been wise and foolish; I’ve been rich and poor; I’ve had success and failure; I’ve had great gains and great losses; I’ve been blind and I’ve been able to see, deaf and able to hear; I’ve been desired and despised; I’ve been hated and loved, betrayed and supported, blessed and cursed; I’ve been in good times and bad; I’ve had faith and I’ve been faithless; I’ve been bold and afraid; I have loved and I have hated; I’ve been loved and hated; I’ve been overweight and I’ve been slim and trim; I’ve been responsible and irresponsible; I’ve been drunk and sober; I’ve been stingy and generous; I’ve been hungry and satisfied; I’ve been tired and energetic; I’ve been young and old; I’ve been sick and well; I’ve been strong and weak; I’ve been foolish and wise; I’ve been busy and still; I’ve been rewarded and punished; I have rewarded and punished; I’ve been single and married; I’ve been childless and with child; I have gained children and lost them; I’ve been a son and a father; I’ve been dead and alive; I’ve been born and I’ve died.
These things I’ve been and done because the Lord has determined them all.
2536. I’ve not been God, but I’ve seen Him with my eye and am one with Him in heart and Spirit.
2537. Fence-sitters can exhibit balance that impresses both sides.
2538. Whenever a glass is half-full, we must get past the emptiness to get to the fullness. Why does the emptiness always come first?
2539. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy, not even God’s gifts.
2540. Man will appear to err, and God will prove to be perfect.
2541. Men will believe any lie, no matter how outrageous, and defend it to their death before they will believe the most credible truth.
2542. Might comes by quantity but right by quality. How else can David slay Goliath? How else can Moses and Aaron alone withstand the might of Egypt? How else can one angel slay 185,000 Syrians in one night?
2543. The power in the angel is the power of faith. So it is with all messengers.
2544. Many speak when they have little to say; some speak because they have something to say; few must first speak to say what must be said.
2545. One is not done until after the finish line.
2546. If there is an external cause for our sin and trouble, then there is no God.
2547. Light explodes and darkness implodes.
2548. Choice of evil binds but repentance sets free.
2549. The angels of God are as great in quantity and form as are the clouds.
2550. Every creature made by the Omniscient Creator is like Him in part.
2551. Mirrors come our way daily to make us aware of our faults.
2552. Those who have preyed upon the weak and defenseless will be defenseless when preyed upon by the more powerful. There is no other explanation for such consequence.
2553. There is no satisfaction for the selfish.
2554. The enemy is identified as the source of fears and all manner of negative thoughts through lack of evidence and proof to support.
2555. Things are so much bigger than us.
2556. Flattery is the ugliest form of lying.
2557. Those who use the guillotine against righteous law and order will lose their heads.
2558. There are skimmers and there are divers, generalists and specialists – the Lord has made them both.
2559. Unforgiveness is unpleasant to the one in need of forgiveness, but deadly to the one unwilling to forgive.
2560. Learning comes before excellence, not to be regretted.
2561. One can tell the difference between right and wrong by the untrue and terrible evils spoken of the good.
2562. Giving is not about what comes before or after.
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English - French Nous traduisons ceux-ci quelques-uns à la fois, en commençant par le début. « Et de plus, parce que le prédicateur était sage, il a encore enseigné la connaissance au peuple; et il a pesé et sondé, et mis en ordre beaucoup de proverbes. Le prédicateur s'est étudié à trouver des paroles agréables; et ce qui a été écrit est droit, des paroles de vérité. Les paroles des sages sont comme des aiguillons, et les recueils, comme des clous enfoncés: ils sont donnés par un seul Berger. » (Ecclésiaste 12, 9-11.) Au milieu de la nuit du 15 au 16 avril 2007, des proverbes m'ont été donnés. Comme un robinet ouvert, ils vinrent, l'un après l'autre, 78 au total. Alors, aussi vite qu'ils étaient venus, ils cessèrent, comme un robinet que l'on ferme. Il n'y eut aucune préméditation, aucune attente et lorsque la fin arriva, il n'y eut rien que je puisse faire pour continuer. Ils étaient là, tout simplement. Depuis lors le Seigneur m'en a donné davantage, lorsque je suis silencieux, à Sa façon, et quand Il le veut. Les principes de la vie ont de nombreuses manifestations, chacune d'entre elles pouvant être exprimée comme un proverbe. Un proverbe peut apparaître simple en surface, exprimant une évidence, au point même de donner l'impression que c'est un simplet qui parle. Cependant, à mesure qu'une personne contemple les mots et recherche une signification plus profonde, il ou elle sera récompensé (e) d'un conseil et d'un discernement qui sert bien dans de nombreuses ap...