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Twenty-Five Proverbs to Mull Over


Trust in the LORD with all your heart

       and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,

       and he will make your paths straight. (3:5-6)



Lazy hands make a man poor,

       but diligent hands bring wealth. (10:4)


 He who works his land will have abundant food,

       but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. (12:11)



He who guards his lips guards his life,

       but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (13:3)


The tongue has the power of life and death,

       and those who love it will eat its fruit. (18:21)


 For lack of guidance a nation falls,

       but many advisers make victory sure. (11:14)


He who listens to a life-giving rebuke

       will be at home among the wise. (15:31)


A gossip betrays a confidence;

       so avoid a man who talks too much. (20:19)



Dishonest money dwindles away,

       but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. (13:11)


A generous man will prosper;

       he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (11:25)


If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,

       he too will cry out and not be answered. (21:13)


How much better to get wisdom than gold,

       to choose understanding rather than silver! (16:16)



Commit to the LORD whatever you do,

       and your plans will succeed. (16:3)


Plans fail for lack of counsel,

       but with many advisers they succeed. (15:22)


A wife of noble character is her husband's crown,

       but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. (12:4)


Pride goes before destruction,

       a haughty spirit before a fall. (16:18)


It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,

       nor to be hasty and miss the way. (19:2)


Many are the plans in a man's heart,

       but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. (19:21)



He who walks with the wise grows wise,

       but a companion of fools suffers harm. (13:20)


Many a man claims to have unfailing love,

       but a faithful man who can find? (20:6)


A fool shows his annoyance at once,

       but a prudent man overlooks an insult. (12:16)


A man of many companions may come to ruin,

       but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (18:24)


He who conceals his sins does not prosper,

       but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (28:13)


The first to present his case seems right,

       till another comes forward and questions him. (18:17)


The glory of young men is their strength,

       gray hair the splendor of the old. (20:29)


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