“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.
3001. Jesus Christ is the Most Loving and the Most hated of all.
3002. There is no success without wisdom, honesty, and faith. It does not exist. What appears to be otherwise is not true.
3003. The Lord has provided us with capable and faithful helpers in these times, after years of subjecting us to some of the worst, who have been murderers, liars, and thieves posing as Christian friends.
3004. Lack of moderation is a vice that can spoil the best, but temperance can assure victory and peace.
3005. Not only is time on the Lord Jesus Christ’s Side, but it is also under His Hand. Wait; you will know it.
3006. Respecting right and truth is respecting authority and respecting authority at the cost of right and truth is disrespecting authority.
3007. Suffering is a building block of life, paramount to success and fulfillment.
3008. This is victory, being prepared to act and to speak when you no longer treat it as a risk and don’t mind being wrong.
3009. Precious things are rare and costly to produce but can be so easily destroyed.
3010. Children are to honor their parents and parents ought to honor their children.
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