Some Proverbs

MANILA, Philippines - In the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, we read:

Chapter 1:

"1) The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, King of Israel: 2) That men may appreciate wisdom and discipline, may understand words of intelligence; 3) May receive training in wise conduct, in what is right, just and honest; 4) That resourcefulness may be imparted to the simple; to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5) A wise man by hearing them will advance in learning, an intelligent man will gain sound guidance, 6) That he may comprehend proverb and parable, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise.

Chapter 10

"A wise son makes his father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother. 2) Ill gotten treasures profit nothing, but virtue saves from death. 3) The Lord permits not the just to hunger, but the craving of the wicked he thwarts. 4) The slack hand impoverizes but the hand of the dilligent enriches. 5) A son who fills the granaries in summer is a credit; a son who slumbers during harvest a disgrace. 6) Blessings are for the head of the just, but a rod for the back of the fool. 7) The memory of the just will be blessed, but the name of the wicked will not. 8) A wise man heeds commands, but a prating fool will be overthrown. 9) He who walks honestly walks securely, but he whose ways are crooked will fair badly. 10) He who winks at a fault causes trouble, but he who frankly reproves promotes peace. 11)A fountain of life is the mouth of the just but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12) Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses. 13) On the lips of the intelligent is found wisdom, (but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence). 14) Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is imminent ruin. 15) The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the ruination of the lowly is their proverty. 16) The just man's recompense leads to life, the gains of the wicked to sin. 17) A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray. 18) It is the lips of the liar that conceal hostility; but he who spreads accusations is a fool. 19) Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but he who restrains his lips does well. 20) Like choice silver is the just man's tongue; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. 21) The just man's lips nourish many, but fools die for want of sense. 22) It is the Lord's blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it. 23) Crime is the entertainment of the fool; so is wisdom for the man of sense. 24) What the wicked man fears will befall him, but the desire of the just will be granted. 25) When the tempest passes, the wicked man is no more; but the just man is established forever.

Chapter 13:

"7) One man pretends to be rich, yet he has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet he has great wealth. 11) Wealth quickly gotten dwindles away, but amassed little by little, it grows. 22) The good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just."

I hope that my faithful readers have enjoyed some of the proverbs that I have quoted for them. I also ask for their understanding because I don't correct errors due to misprints or other reasons. I pray that everyone of us will enjoy good health, be blessed with some wealth and carry on with honor and dignity. May the Lord bless us all. Happy Easter! rene.espina@hotmail.com

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