“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.
2751. An agreement with darkness indicates a motivation of darkness.
2752. A disagreement between soul and spirit is called “death;” but harmony between the two is called “life.”
2753. Intelligence is the measure of the Light of God in the soul.
2754. What a pity, what a shame that we should have more faith in the ruled creature than in the Ruling Creator!
2755. What are you worried about and afraid of? Look in the mirror.
2756. Given the opportunity, water always finds the lowest level.
2757. There’s only one thing worse than hanging your dirty laundry out for all to see, and that is to hang out your clean laundry.
2758. Don’t be disappointed when your reward doesn’t show up on your time; it will surely show up on God’s time.
2759. Do you see enemies laying traps for you when you’re innocent? They’ll fall into them because they’re guilty.
2760. Do you find that God expects more of you than of others? Consider that He has a greater job and reward for you.
2761. A good wife is a gift from the Lord. A good friend is a gift from the Lord. Good children are a gift from the Lord. All good things are a gift from Him.
2762. Riches and honor received prematurely are a curse.
2763. Without substance of Life, fame and fortune are a burden.
2764. The mention of the Name of the Lord is an embarrassment to the carnal man.
2765. The fearful trade pleasure they can always enjoy for the security they may never need.
2766. There’s always more than a price to pay for not paying the price.
2767. The world trades common sense for uncommon dollars.
2768. God stands ever ready to forgive and men stand ever ready to disobey.
2769. The issue of life is all about what is right and not who is right.
2770. My honesty of myself will defeat your dishonesty of me. My humility will counter your pride, my meekness quell your brazenness, my wisdom dismiss your foolishness, my courage repel your fear, my virtue overcome your vice, my faith quench your unbelief, my light disperse your darkness, my joy banish your sorrow, my love overpower your hate, my fullness displace your emptiness, and my weakness destroy your might. I will establish my victory forevermore.
2771. Trust in God’s Faithfulness is all the insurance a saint needs against risk.
2772. I’d rather be an unwilling enemy of the man of sin than a willing enemy of the Son of Man.
2773. The tree is known by its fruit and the fruit by the tree.
2774. I tried and tried, and failed, and then I tried once more, and succeeded.
2775. If you can’t do something wrong, what can you do?
2776. If you can’t be late, what can you be?
2777. God Almighty is the Sole Source of our gains and losses, successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses, health and sickness, joy and sorrow, goodness and evil, enemies and friends.
2778. Who are you sparing, your listener or yourself? Better a hard word of Truth than a soft word of compromise.
2779. Salvation of the soul is not painless, but it is perfectly profitable.
2780. Those who refuse the rightful authority set over them forfeit the otherwise rightful authority they have over others.
2781. True wealth is not measured by how much a man possesses but by his ability to appreciate value.
2782. The covetous soul has little sense to appreciate anything, no matter how much he has. The more he has, the less he appreciates.
2783. To value things over the image of God is like preferring drought to rain or nakedness to clothing.
2784. It’s a tragedy when an image of God reduces himself to less value than the things of this world. That is covetousness.
2785. Vindication is a righteous man’s reward of priceless value.
2786. He who refuses instruction is a fool but he who receives it learns.
2787. A man with a sharp knife must be careful and he who has conviction must accompany his words with sure knowledge and clarity.
2788. A wise man strikes poisonous serpents but a foolish man strokes them.
2789. A computer has no capacity for attitude or motive; so intelligence is not what you have but what you do with it.
2790. Intelligence is all about motive and attitude.
2791. Cheap is not inexpensive.
2792. To be honest and to speak the Truth for Goodness’ Sake is to save the world.
2793. As water and fire may work for good or evil, so God does with all things.
2794. Fire can fight fire, water can fight water, fire can fight water and water can fight fire, so nothing of itself is good or evil.
2795. Because the jar full of ointment isn’t full of flies doesn’t mean one fly is permissible.
2797. The Kingdom of Heaven isn’t about what or how much you do, but what you become.
2798. One who tells the truth for evil’s sake is a liar.
2799. A good conscience is good preventative medicine.
2800. Only the short-sighted soul says, “You don’t count the chickens until they’re hatched.” Better to say, “You don’t count the chickens until they’re hatched, raised, butchered, and eaten, or sold at a profit, and the money spent – wisely.” Then, the cycle repeats.
2801. No man can judge another, yet all are judges.
2802. If you’re going to tell the truth, be prepared to hear it first.
2803. There are not many gifts to a man greater than a good wife.
2804. There are not many gifts greater than appreciation for good gifts.
2805. There are not many gifts greater than thankfulness to the Giver of gifts received.
2806. There are not many gifts greater than understanding that it’s better to give than to receive.
2807. Gifts received are good, but gifts given are better.
2808. There’s no greater gift than when the Giver gives Himself.
2809. You’ve heard it said, “Give and take.” Giving is good. It will render taking unnecessary.
2810. To resent is to be spent and to forgive is to live.
2811. Woe to the rulers who use just laws against the just and disregard them for lawbreakers.
2812. Woe to the people whose rulers contemn and lie to them.
2813. Honesty is the road to prosperity.
2814. Do not mistake quietness for patience, or vented anger for impatience.
2815. Do not mistake stupidity for wisdom.
2816. Do not mistake silence for agreement.
2817. Do not mistake friendliness for goodwill.
2818. Do not mistake generosity for goodwill.
2819. Do not mistake knowledge for wisdom.
2820. Do not mistake know-how and skill in one area for those in all areas.
2821. Do not overlook in kindness an offense that must be addressed.
2822. Do not mistake naivety for innocence.
2823. A little more attention pays worthwhile dividends.
2824. Dogs do their greatest damage with their mouths.
2825. The carnal mind deals in facts more than falsehoods and the spiritual man deals more in revelation than in facts.
2826. To believe lies costs nothing at the outset but much in the by and by. Truth in the beginning costs what is at hand but pays great dividends in due time.
2827. A sloth has plenty of time to get to where it needs to go and do what it needs to do.
2828. One may possess much and lose it while it appears to be retained.
2829. Make no mistake – you’ll learn nothing if you don’t make mistakes.
2831. When perception overcomes reality, the victims head for the valleys.
2832. Laziness is the lack of desire to get things done.
2833. Laziness is finding it as easy to do nothing as it is to do something.
2834. Laziness is the refusal to take responsibility for anything.
2835. Laziness is the proclivity to prefer pleasure to productivity.
2836. A lazy man is skilled and energetic at defending and disguising his laziness. If only he would spend that energy doing something worthwhile.
2837. A lazy man works hard to get what he can for as little as he can.
2838. A lazy man is a consummate parasite. He has no mercy for his neighbor.
2839. Drudgery is not that you don’t like doing what you do as that you don’t want to do it.
2840. Honesty saturated with Truth is the Elixir of Life.
2841. Truth is Life.
2842. A lie sucks the f out of life.
2843. Honesty trumps nicety.
2844. A liar is one who covets that which he isn’t entitled to. He is a loser.
2845. A Truther owns everything.
2846. A Truther rules the universe.
2847. A liar is possessed by all things and is powerless to possess anything.
2848. Many of these sayings are not what one may define as proverbs, but they are Truth, and what definition is there that can trump Truth?
2849. One can never speak too much truth but one can never speak too little falsehood.
2850. The silent and still one has an advantage, be it for good or evil.
2851. Men have deadlines to achieve their works. God just does His works with perfect timing of everything.
2852. When a thief is no longer a thief, when a murderer is no longer a murderer, when a destroyer is no longer a destroyer, when a waster is no longer a waster, then what has been stolen, killed, destroyed, and wasted no longer matters.
2853. As when the sun rises and darkness disappears, so when a soul is redeemed, the damages of sin no longer matter.
2854. There come stages of enlightenment for the saint when things are significantly better understood.
2856. The fear of the Lord is the bane of stupidity.
2857. Stupidity is not lack of knowledge or mental skills – stupidity is the lack of fear of God.
2858. The wiser the fool, the stupider he is.
2859. Fools can be intellectually impressive but those who have faith in God can seem so stupid.
2860. Those who mock God can be as sharp as a razor and those who praise God can be as dumb as a rock.
2861. The simplicity of the Lord is wiser than the complexity of the man.
2862. The more the need to trust God, the surer the reward.
2863. Those connected with their Maker are the wisest of all.
2864. Even fools recognize fools and wise men for what they are.
2865. Foolishness is not only a condition but also a choice.
2866. Vain professors of faith are like moths – they hide from natural light and are attracted to artificial lights.
2867. Flutterbies solitarily dance in the sun while moths swarm in darkness to man’s lights.
2868. The slide doesn’t end until the bottom.
2869. There’s only one solution to not having reached your desired destination – keep going until you arrive.
2870. To keep the Sabbath is to live like you mustn’t have to do anything except love God, your neighbor, and yourself, in that order.
2871. One may not be faulted for not knowing but he may be faulted for not asking.
2872. Many flattered and impressed by this world’s honors stumble in the success of darkness.
2873. The more you appreciate what you have, the more you have to appreciate.
2874. Don’t think too highly of yourself, thus despising the Most High of all.
2875. Don’t think too lowly of yourself, thus finding fault with your Maker.
2876. Success doesn’t exist without the agency of failure.
2877. To give is to gain and to receive is to have nothing overly more.
2878. When things are going as they should, let them alone; when things aren’t going as they should, do something about it if you can.
2879. A hard worker will be commended but consider who he’s working for.
2880. Men boast and take pride in their gifts, not considering Who gave them.
2881. A challenge of elders is to exercise patience with the younger. How much more for the younger to exercise patience with the elder.
2882. More is less and less is more.
2883. If we knew as much as we think we know, we would be so much wiser.
2884. If you question my natural right to examine your integrity, then one has good cause to question it.
2886. I find unforgiveness easier and more satisfying than to forgive.
2887. Children from birth are older and the elderly to the grave are younger than they seem.
2888. Don’t allow life to take a back seat to business – it’s far too expensive.
2889. When the destination has arrived and the battle has won, you’ll have overcome.
2890. Children go their way and parents fade away while time marches on to increase the division between them.
2891. Don’t let good things you should do consistently pass as a fad, and don’t let the bad things become a habit.
2892. Patience may seem a costly investment but, in the end, can pay a handsome reward.
2893. Betrayal even with regret leaves a stain in the betrayer’s heart that cannot be easily removed.
2894. Betrayal is the hopeless sin that is born without mercy both within and without.
2895. Woe to the one who returns evil for good and rewards the evildoer with good.
2896. The Sabbath is the last day of the week but it will always come before the first day.
2897. Many who are flattered and impressed by this world’s honors stumble in the success of darkness.
2898. The less of this world’s goods we have, to a point, the less care we have, and the more of Heaven’s good we have the richer we are.
2899. The dragon does sit in his cave on his treasure that men so covet.
2900. The dragon is an invincible foe, but should he be overcome, the treasures he guarded can be the greater foe, and the death of the victor.
2901. Is there any victory without the overcoming of oneself?
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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 applications de la vie, si Dieu choisit de les lui impartir.