Half of what we think is wise and prudent is falsity and delusion. THat which we believer passionately can be driven by anger, rage, envy and lust.
The mesaaves we get from this world are undtrustworthy, and those who call thsmeleves wise can fail.
Those who are true and right may still be taken down.
For we do not know the final aim of God but for this: that we will be witnesses to the glory of God.
At this point, we should praise God, for his word, and for the good examples we have.
Thank God for older men in our lives that have taught us how to act; fathers, coaches, foremen, supervisors, senior NCOs, etc. And thanks for the Old Testament Book of Proverbs for those of us unfortunate not to have these good examples to emulate. Thank God for older godly men who have fought the good fight before us.
Beau, Vox Popoli
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
15 The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
but the rich has many friends.
21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?
Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
23 In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the folly of fools brings folly.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.