Website owner: James Miller
Way of enlightenment, wisdom, and understanding
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
I have gradually become convinced of a couple of fundamental facts:
1. About 99.9 % of people are fools.
2. Fools listen only to fools. They will never listen to the wise. Fools always follow other fools. They follow the crowd. They avoid the wise. They are not interested in Wisdom and Understanding. Their interest is in other things (like acquiring money and material wealth; pursuing base pleasures such as those found in food, sex, alcohol, drugs, music; the pursuit of social acceptance, popularity, social status).
If we take these two observations as starting assumptions, we arrive at the conclusion that the vast majority of people simply can’t be helped. All you can do is simply watch the foolish reap the consequences of their foolishness. As a consequence, my attempt to help people through this website can be expected to help but few. Very few can be expected to listen to what I have to say. I quote Prov 23:9: Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
The following collection of quotations from the book of Proverbs represents a set of fundamental truths. Collectively, these quotations represent the teachings, outlook and value system of the Bible. Much of what Jesus taught can be found in them. They correspond to the Way of Wisdom, Understanding and Truth as presented in the Bible i.e. those underlying basic principles of right living, the Way of God, the teachings of Jehovah God, God of gods, creator and ruler of the universe. God loves honesty, truthfulness, goodness, virtue and righteousness and hates deceit, wickedness, immorality. He loves the good, moral, honest, upright, person who fears and serves Him. He is against the wicked, Godless, immoral person.
The basic principles found below represent the Way of Enlightenment for the seeker of Truth and Understanding. They represent The Way of the Wise.
The Way of Truth is not simply an intellectual outlook. It is a way of life, a life governed by right habit. It is a life lived on Principle. It is an outlook, a way of thinking, a system of values, a life practice. It is all about loving and obeying God --- and closely connected, loving Truth, Virtue and Goodness. It is all about doing what is right, doing what you should do, acting as you ought to act. In part, it is about having a healthy conscience and good common sense and acting in accordance with that conscience and that good sense.
The Way of God as found in the book of Proverbs is also found in other places in the Bible. It is found in other books of the Old Testament and in the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. (The most important truths are presented most clearly in the teachings of Jesus as found in the gospels and epistles of the New Testament. Jesus confirmed the teachings and authority of Old Testament scripture and continually quoted from it.)
The scripture below reveals the basic principles for living by highlighting the contrast between the wise and the foolish, the upright and the wicked.
Prov 9:1-6 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Prov 9:7-9 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Prov 9:10-11 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
Prov 9:13-18 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Prov 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Prov 10:5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Prov 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Prov 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
Prov 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Prov 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Prov 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
Prov 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Prov 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
Prov 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
Prov 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
Prov 11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
Prov 11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
Prov 12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
Prov 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Prov 12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
Prov 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
Prov 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Prov 12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. (i.e. the way of the wicked leads the righteous astray)
Prov 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
Prov 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
Prov 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Prov 13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Prov 13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
Prov 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Prov 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Prov 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Prov 13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
Prov 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Prov 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Prov 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Prov 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Prov 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Prov 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
Prov 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Prov 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Prov 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
Prov 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
Prov 15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Prov 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
Prov 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
Prov 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
Prov 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
Prov 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Prov 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Prov 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
Prov 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
Prov 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
Prov 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Prov 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
Prov 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Prov 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Prov 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Prov 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Prov 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Prov 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
Prov 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Prov 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Prov 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
Prov 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Prov 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
Prov 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Prov 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Prov 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Prov 16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
Prov 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Prov 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
Prov 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Prov 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
Prov 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
Prov 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
Prov 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
Prov 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Prov 17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Prov 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Prov 17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
Prov 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
Prov 17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
Prov 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
Prov 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
Prov 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Prov 17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Prov 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Prov 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Prov 18:6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Prov 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Prov 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Prov 18:8 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
Prov 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Prov 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Prov 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
Prov 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Prov 19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
Prov 19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
Prov 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
Prov 19:6 Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
Prov 19:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
Prov 19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
Prov 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
Prov 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
Prov 19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
Prov 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Prov 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Prov 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Prov 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
Prov 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Prov 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Prov 19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Prov 19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Prov 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
Prov 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Prov 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Prov 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Prov 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Prov 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Prov 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Prov 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
Prov 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
Prov 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Prov 20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Prov 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Prov 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Prov 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Prov 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Prov 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
Prov 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Prov 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Prov 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
Prov 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Prov 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
Prov 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
Prov 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
Prov 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Prov 21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
Prov 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Prov 21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
Prov 21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
Prov 21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
Prov 21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
Prov 21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
Prov 21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Prov 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
Prov 21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Prov 21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
Prov 21:19 1t is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Prov 21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Prov 21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Prov 21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Prov 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Prov 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
Prov 21:25-26 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
Prov 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Prov 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
Prov 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
Prov 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Prov 22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
Prov 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Prov 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Prov 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Prov 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
rov 22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
rov 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Prov 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Prov 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Prov 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
Prov 22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
Prov 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
Prov 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Prov 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Prov 22:17-18 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
Prov 22:22-23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Prov 22:24-25 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Prov 22:26-27 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
Prov 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Prov 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Prov 23:1-8 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
Prov 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Prov 23:10-11 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
Prov 23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Prov 23:13-14 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Prov 23:15-16 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
Prov 23:17-22 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
Prov 23:23-28 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
Prov 23:29-35 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Prov 24:1-2 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Prov 24:3-4 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Prov 24:5-6 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Prov 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Prov 24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
Prov 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
Prov 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Prov 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Prov 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Prov 24:15-16 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Prov 24:17-18 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
Prov 24:19-20 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Prov 24:21-22 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Prov 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Prov 24:24-25 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
Prov 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
Prov 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
Prov 24:28-29 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
Prov 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
Prov 25:4-5 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
Prov 25:6-7 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
Prov 25:8-10 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
Prov 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Prov 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Prov 25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Prov 25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Prov 25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
Prov 25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is like a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Prov 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Prov 25:20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
Prov 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
Prov 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Prov 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
Prov 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Prov 25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
Prov 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
Prov 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Prov 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
Prov 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
Prov 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Prov 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Prov 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
Prov 26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
Prov 26:9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Prov 26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
Prov 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Prov 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Prov 26:13-16 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Prov 26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
Prov 26:18-19 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
Prov 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Prov 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Prov 26:24-26 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be showed before the whole congregation.
Prov 26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Prov 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin
Prov 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Prov 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
Prov 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.
Prov 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
Prov 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Prov 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Prov 27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Prov 27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
Prov 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
Prov 27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
Prov 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Prov 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
Prov 27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
Prov 27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Prov 27:23-27 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass showeth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
Prov 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Prov 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
Prov 28:3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
Prov 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
Prov 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
Prov 28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Prov 28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
Prov 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
Prov 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Prov 28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
Prov 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
Prov 28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
Prov 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Prov 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Prov 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
Prov 28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
Prov 28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
Prov 28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
Prov 28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
Prov 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Prov 28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
Prov 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Prov 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
Prov 28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
Prov 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
Prov 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Prov 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Prov 28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
Prov 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Prov 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Prov 29:3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
Prov 29:4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Prov 29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
Prov 29:6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
Prov 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
Prov 29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
Prov 29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
Prov 29:10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless: but the just seek his well-being.
Prov 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Prov 29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
Prov 29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
Prov 29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
Prov 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Prov 29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
rov 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Prov 29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
Prov 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Prov 29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
Prov 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
Prov 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Prov 29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and betrayeth it not.
Prov 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Prov 29:26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.
Prov 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
Prov 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Prov 30:7-9 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Prov 30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Prov 30:11-14 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Prov 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Prov 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Prov 30:21-23 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
Prov 30:1-7 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Prov 30:8-9 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Prov 30:10-31 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
On Self-sufficient Country Living, Homesteading
Principles for Living Life
Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.
America has lost her way
The really big sins
Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle
These things go together
We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
The most important thing in life is understanding
Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?