Dec 27, 2019
16 Better a
little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a
small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
19 The way of
the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son
brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly brings
joy to one who has no sense,
but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail
for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A person
finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!
24 The path of
life leads upward for the prudent
to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the
but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the
but gracious words are pure in his sight.
27 The greedy
bring ruin to their households,
but the one who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of
the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Light in a
messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
31 Whoever heeds
will be at home among the wise.
32 Those who
disregard discipline despise themselves,
but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
instruction is to fear the Lord,
and humility comes before honor.