Day 177: Proverbs, words from the wise.

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Words for life from the Elders. Practical. Many quotes are taken from it. Each verse could be a quote. 31 chapters of wisdom.

Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.” Meaning, teach your children young, and as they grow, and even if they stray from it, they will come back to it later in life. Don’t think your words fell on ears that weren’t listening. They heard you. Teach them well, so YOU don’t have regrets, later.

Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs. Having a combination of wives and concubines — 1000 total, I’m sure he learned a thing, or two. Proverbs is about old men teaching young men not to make the same mistakes. It talks about money, sex, marriage, raising kids, dangers of co-signing loans, manners when you are with other dignitaries. It talks about not listening to others who want to lead you astray or to have you join in on their mayhem. Stay out of their path, and don’t join them. Killing for sport, destroying other’s property, disrespecting others.

Proverbs 1:19 “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain, which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”

Proverbs 22:24 “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people.”

Proverbs speaks of not gossiping, following stupidity (so you don’t look stupid yourself), not disciplining your children and what problems that can bring, How to treat your wife, and only sleep with her if you want peace of mind and home….

It also talks about good planning and hard work will lead you to prosperity, but laziness quickly leads to poverty. Proverbs 12:24 states, “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule (become a Leader), but the slothful shall be under tribute (don’t remain a slave).” and further states in Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.” Get rich quick never lasts, but persistent hard work with planning and your wealth will grow over time.

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Mary EK Denison

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