Proverbs 20:12–19 (NKJV)
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
14 “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.
19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
God provides wisdom in the form of a listening ear and a discerning eye. Let His wisdom guide you! If you neglect His guidance, you can surely falter and stumble. Sleep too much and you will not eat. Don’t be fooled in business deals, be shrewd but fair. Be careful when co-signing for another that their is adequate collateral. Do not operate in deceit, for the fruit of deceit is sour. Seek wise counsel before a major decision. Finally, be careful to whom you tell your secrets. A gossip can ruin you! This lesson of wisdom shows us how to stay out of trouble. If someone knows about a hornet’s nest, he or she should not disturb it, and especially should not play in it or with it. In the same way, learn these lessons of wisdom and do not play with the hornet’s nest in life. If you listen to God’s wisdom, you are much less likely to get stung. If your Father says the fire is hot, do not insist on touching it to find out for yourself. Trust the Father!