Proverbs to Live By

While reading through the book of Proverbs, I decided today’s blog would be devoted to several proverbs to live by.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 1:7 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  3:5-6

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 3:13-15

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. 6:16-19

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 9:10

The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. 10:29

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. 12:15-20

The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. 14:16

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 15:1

Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. 15:16

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. 16:9

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 16:18

To answer before listening—that is folly and shame. 18:13

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 22:1

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. 22:6

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. 27:1

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. 27:19

Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse. 28:6

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. 29:11

Do you have a proverb you favor over another?

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