Day 4 - Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4

4:1 Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;

 

4:2 for I give you sound learning. Don't forsake my law.

 

4:3 For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.

 

4:4 He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.

 

4:5 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.

 

4:6 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.

 

4:7 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

 

4:8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

 

4:9 She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you."

 

4:10 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.

 

4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.

 

4:12 When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

 

4:13 Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.

 

4:14 Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men.

 

4:15 Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.

 

4:16 For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.

 

4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

 

4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.

 

4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over.

 

4:20 My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.

 

4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.

 

4:22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body.

 

4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.

 

4:24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.

 

4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.

 

4:26 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.


4:27 Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.

Day 26 - Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26

26:1 Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

 

26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.

 

26:3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!

 

26:4 Don't answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

 

26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

 

26:6 One who sends a message by the hand of a fool is cutting off feet and drinking violence.

 

26:7 Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

 

26:8 As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.

 

26:9 Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

 

26:10 As an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or he who hires those who pass by.

 

26:11 As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his folly.

 

26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

 

26:13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"

 

26:14 As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed.

 

26:15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

 

26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.

 

26:17 Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

 

26:18 Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,

 

26:19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "Am I not joking?"

 

26:20 For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.

 

26:21 As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

 

26:22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, they go down into the innermost parts.

 

26:23 Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.

 

26:24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but he harbors evil in his heart.

 

26:25 When his speech is charming, don't believe him; for there are seven abominations in his heart.

 

26:26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

 

26:27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.


26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts; and a flattering mouth works ruin.