Wisdom for Life

Proverbs 19:8–17 (NKJV)

8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.  9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.  10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes.  11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.  12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.  13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.  14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.  15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.  16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.  17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.

This passage contains a variety of wise sayings relating to life.  Wisdom is the best choice for anyone.  Lies lead to destruction.  Discretion  leads to calm forgiveness.  Kings are intimidating.  Families affect one another positively and negatively.  Laziness leads to ruin.  Charity is the way to God’s heart.  All these thoughts are part of the wisdom of how to relate to others and navigate life.  Be honest, relate well, be discreet, and be generous.  These lead to success and good relations.

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