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Copyright © 2004 by D.A. Eskridge, NU DAE Enterprises, LLC. 31 Days to Wisdom, Wellness and Wealth Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations and paraphrases are taken from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). All other quotations are by D. A. Eskridge, unless otherwise indicated.

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Solomon Seeks Wisdom King Solomon, the son of David, was now in complete control of his kingdom, because the LORD God had blessed him and made him a powerful ruler. Solomon loved the LORD and followed his father David's instructions; “Get wisdom and understanding!” Solomon also offered sacrifices and burned incense at the shrines. The most important shrine was in Gibeon, and Solomon had offered more than a thousand sacrifices on that altar, pleasing to the LORD. One night while Solomon was in Gibeon, the LORD God appeared to him in a dream and said, "Solomon, ask for anything you want, and I will give it to you." Solomon answered: My father David, your servant, and fulfilled all of your commands. You were always loyal to him, and you gave him a son who is now king. LORD God, I'm your servant, and you've made me king in my father's place. But I'm very young and know so little about being a leader. And now I must rule your chosen people, even though there are too many of them to count.

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Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don't, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours. God said: “Solomon, I'm pleased that you asked for this. You could have asked to live a long time or to be rich. Or you could have asked for the lives of your enemies. Instead, you asked for wisdom to make right decisions. So I'll make you wiser than anyone who has ever lived or ever will live. I'll also give you what you didn't ask for. You will be wealthy and respected as long as you live, and you'll be greater than any other king. If you obey me and follow my commands, as your father David did, I will bless you with wellness and long life.” Solomon woke up and realized that God had spoken to him in the dream. He went back to Jerusalem, "The City of David." There he offered sacrifices to pleasing to the Lord (1 Kings 3:1-15 & 2 Chronicles 1:1-13).

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Solomon's Wisdom Solomon was brilliant. God had blessed him with insight and understanding. He was wiser than anyone else in the world, including the wisest people of the east and of Egypt. Solomon wisdom was renown around the known world. Solomon wrote three thousand wise sayings and composed more than one thousand songs. He could talk about all kinds of plants, from large trees to small bushes, and he taught about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Rulers and world’s wealthiest people would travel from near and far to listen to the teaching of Solomon (1 Kings 11:29-34).

Solomon's Wealth Solomon received about twenty-five tons of gold (approximately $700 million) a year. The merchants and traders, as well as the kings of Arabia and kings from Israel, also gave him gold (2 Chronicles 9:13-14) Solomon made two hundred gold shields and used about seven and a half pounds of gold for each one. He also made three hundred

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smaller gold shields, using almost four pounds for each one, and he put the shields in his palace in Forest of Lebanon (2 Chronicles 9:1516). His throne was made of ivory and covered with pure gold. The back of the throne was rounded at the top, and it had armrests on each side. There was a statue of a lion on both sides of the throne, and there was a statue of a lion at both ends of each of the six steps leading up to the throne. No other throne in the world was like Solomon's. Since silver was almost worthless in those days; everything was made of gold, even the cups and dishes used in the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold Solomon had a fleet of trading ships. Every three years he sent them out with Hiram's ships to bring back gold, silver, and ivory, as well as monkeys and peacocks (2 Chronicles 9:17-21). He was the richest and wisest king in the world. People from every nation wanted to hear the wisdom God had given him. Year after year people came and brought gifts of silver and gold, as well as clothes, weapons, spices, horses, or mules (2 Chronicles 9:22-24). Solomon had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses that he

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kept in Jerusalem and other towns. While he was king, there was silver everywhere in Jerusalem, and cedar was as common as ordinary sycamore trees in the foothills. Solomon's merchants bought his horses and chariots as well, paying about fifteen pounds of silver for a chariot and almost four pounds of silver for a horse. They also sold horses and chariots to the Hittite and Syrian rulers (2 Chronicles 9:25-28).

Solomon Dies However, in spite of the great advantages of his heritage from David, wisdom from God, and the prosperity and security that resulted, late in life Solomon turned from following God and lived a life full of bad behavior. His wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Lord his God, as the heart of David his father. As a result, the glory days of Israel were short-lived. Then the Lord took away His blessing from Solomon, and riots and rebellions began against him among the Hebrew people. Solomon understood that this was God’s punishment for his sins and began to repent. But he did not fully surrender his heart to the

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Lord his God as his father David had done. Therefore, although the Lord forgave him and preserved his kingdom during his life, still He announced through a prophet that after the death of Solomon the Israelite kingdom would be split in two, and Solomon’s son would inherit the smaller part. Everything else Solomon did while he was king is written in the books about him and his wisdom. After he had ruled forty years from Jerusalem, he died and was buried there in the city of his father David. His son Rehoboam then became king (2 Chronicles 9:29-31).

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DAY ONE

Proverbs 1 The Purpose of the Book These are the wise sayings of Solomon (the wisest man who ever lived), son of David, King of Israel: They show you how to understand wisdom and wise teaching, to find the words of understanding. They help you learn about the ways of wisdom, wellness and wealth. They give wisdom to the child-like, and much learning and wisdom to those who are young at heart. An enlighten man will hear and grow in knowledge. A man of understanding will become able to understand a saying and a proverb, the words of the wise and what they mean (Proverbs 1:1-6).

The Beginning of Wisdom The admiration (fear) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools hate wisdom and teaching (Proverbs 1:7).

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Instruction in Wisdom Listen and obey your parent's teaching, my child, and do not turn away from them, for they will be a crown of glory to your head and a chain of beauty around your neck (Proverbs 1:8-9). My child, if an immoral person entices you to go down a dishonest path follow them not. If they say, "Come with us. Let us go out and harm someone. Let us set a trap for those who are innocent. Let us swallow them alive like death, as those who go down to the grave. We will find all kinds of things of great worth. We will fill our houses with the stolen riches. Join us. We will all have one money bag." My child, do not follow after them. Keep your feet from their path, for they run after trouble, and they are quick to destroy a man's life. It is futile to spread a net while a bird is watching. They set traps for their own lives and wait to die. Such are the ways of all who seek to acquire wealth by hurting others. Their desire for stolen riches will destroy them (Proverbs 1:10-19).

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Wisdom Personified Wisdom calls out in the street. She lifts her voice in the center of town. There she cries out in the noisy streets. In the city square she speaks: "You who are without understanding how long will you love ignorance? How long will those who laugh at others misfortune take pleasure in others’ sorrow? How long will fools hate learning? Listen to my strong words! See, I will pour out my Spirit on you. I will make my words known to you. I called but you would not listen. I put out my hand and no one gave it a thought. You did not listen when I told you what you should do, and you would not heed any of my strong words. So I will laugh in your time of trouble. I will laugh when you are afraid. Fear will come to you like a storm. Hard times will come like a strong wind. I will laugh when trouble and suffering knock upon your door (Proverbs 1:20-27). Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will look for me, but they will not find me, because they hated my instruction, and did not choose to esteem the Lord. They would not listen when I told them what they should do. They laughed at my counsel and scorned my rebuke. So they will

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eat the fruit of their actions, and be filled with their own misdeeds. For the simple will be devastated by their failure to listen. The trust they place in themselves will destroy them. But he who listens to me will live free from danger, and he will rest easy from the fear of what is bad" (Proverbs 1:28-33).

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DAY TWO

Proverbs 2 The Fruits of Wisdom My child, follow my teachings and treasure my instructions. Keep in tune with wisdom and understand what it means to exercise common sense. Cry out loud for common sense. Search for wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to reverence and to know the LORD God. All wisdom comes from the LORD, and so does common sense and understanding. God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should. He watches over all who live right, and He preserves everyone who is faithful to His words (Proverbs 2:1-8). Then you will understand what is right good, and right from wrong and you know what you should do. For wisdom come into your heart. And much learning be pleasing to your soul. Right thinking and will will will will

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keep you safe. Understanding will watch over you (Proverbs 2:9-11). You will be kept from the ungodly man, and from the man who causes much trouble by what he says. You will be kept from the man who leaves the right way to walk in the ways of darkness, from the one who is prosperous doing wrong, and who finds joy in the way of trouble. His ways are not straight and are not good (Proverbs 2:12-15).

Wisdom & Sexual Purity Wisdom will protect you from the seductive woman with her skillful tongue, who has left the husband of her youth and ignored the wedding vows she made before God. The road to her house leads down to the dark world of the dead. Visit her, and you will never find the road to life again (Proverbs 2:16-19). Do what is right and live an honest life. If you are honest and innocent, you will prosper in the land; if you do wrong you will be destroyed (Proverbs 2:16-19).

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DAY THREE

Proverbs 3 The Benefits of Wisdom My child, do not forget my teaching. Let your heart keep my words, for they will bring you wisdom, wellness and wealth (Proverbs 3:1-2). Forsake not love and truth; let them be chain of gold around your neck, engrave them upon your heart. Then you will have good success and favor in the sight of God and man (Proverbs 3:3-4). Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not trust in your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6). Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and turn away from what is wrong. It will be healing to your body and medicine to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, and with the first tenth of your income. Then

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your houses will be filled with many good things and over flowing with abundances (Proverbs 3:7-10). My child, listen when the Lord counsels you, do not loose heart when He tells you what you must do. The Lord disciplines everyone He loves, as a father corrects the ones who bring him joy (Proverbs 3:11-12).

The Value of Wisdom Prosperous is the person who finds wisdom and gets understanding. For it is better than getting silver and fine gold. She is worth more than priceless diamonds. Nothing you can wish for compares with her. Long life (wellness) is in her right hand. Riches (wealth) and honor (wisdom) are in her left hand. Her ways are pleasing, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her. Prosperous are all who embrace her (Proverbs 3:13-18). By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth. By understanding He rolled out the heavens. By what He knows, the seas were divided and water falls from the sky (Proverbs 3:19-20).

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My child, use common sense and sound judgment! Always keep them in mind. They will help you to live a long and prosperous life; they will be chain of beauty around your neck. Then you will be safe as you walk on your way, and your foot will not slip. You will not be afraid when you sleep. When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden disaster or of the calamity that over takes the ungodly. For the Lord will be your trust. He will keep your foot from slipping (Proverbs 3:21-26). Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to give it. Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today (Proverbs 3:27-28). Do not conspire to harm your neighbor, while he lives safely beside you. Do not accuse a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm (Proverbs 3:29-30). Do not envy a violent man or follow his example. The Lord hates an immoral man, but He is close to those who live right (Proverbs 3:31-32). The curse of the Lord is on the house of the immoral, but He prospers the house of those who live right (Proverbs 3:33).

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God laughs at those who laugh at His truth but gives loving kindness to those who are humble. The wise inherit honor, but shame will be the inheritance of the unwise (Proverbs 3:3435).

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DAY FOUR

Proverbs 4 Wisdom is Supreme My child, hear the teaching of a parent. Listen so you may obtain understanding. For I give you good teaching. Do not turn away from it. When I was a much loved and only child of my mother and father, he taught me, saying, "Keep my words close to your heart. Keep my teachings and live. Get wisdom and understanding. Do not forget or turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not leave her alone, and she will keep you safe. Love her, and she will watch over you. Get wisdom! And with all you have gotten, get understanding. Honor her and she will honor you. She will honor you if you hold her close to your heart. She will put on your head a crown of lovingfavor and beauty" (Proverbs 4:1-9). Hear, my child, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you on the right paths. When you walk, your

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steps will not be stopped. If you run, you will not trip. Take hold of wisdom, do not let her go. Watch over her, for she is your life. Do not go on the path of the ungodly. Do not walk in the way of immoral men. Stay away from it. Do not pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on. The immoral cannot sleep unless they’re doing wrong. They are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. For they eat the bread of waywardness, and drink the wine of bad behavior. But the way of those who live right is like the early morning light. It shines brighter and brighter with each passing day. The way of the immoral is like deep darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble (Proverbs 4:10-19). My child, listen to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes. Keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Keep your heart pure for out of it flow the issues of life. Put false speaking away from you. Put away perverse speech far from your mouth. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and keep focused on what is in front of you. Keep a watch on your behavior; let all your ways be rightly ordered. Do not turn to the right or to the left. Stay on the right track (Proverbs 4:20-27).

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DAY FIVE

Proverbs 5 The Danger of Promiscuity My child, listen to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my words. So you may know what right thinking is, and your lips may speak much knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman are as sweet as honey. Her talk is as smooth as oil. But in the end she is as bitter tasting as wormwood, and as sharp as a two edge sword. Her feet go down to death. Her steps take hold of hell. She does not think about the path of life. Her path is unstable, and she does not know it (Proverbs 5:1-6). Now then, my child, listen to me. Do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Keep far away from her. Do not go near the door of her house. If you do, you would give your strength to another, and your years to those without loving-kindness (Proverbs 5:7-9). Strangers would be filled with your strength, and the fruits of your work would go to a

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strange house. You would cry inside yourself when your end comes, when your flesh and body are wasted away. You would say, "How I have hated teaching! My heart hated strong words! I have not listened to the voice of my teachers. I have not turned my ear to those who would teach me. Now my name is ruin among the people" (Proverbs 5:10-14). Drink water at your own home, my child be faithful to your spouse. Why should you give your affections to a stranger on the street? Let your children be yours alone, and not a stranger on the street. Be pleased and rejoice with the spouse you have married. Be satisfied with your spouse’s body and sweet embrace. Why take pleasure in a stranger, or embrace what can never be yours (Proverbs 5:15-20)? For the ways of man are before the eyes of Lord, and He watches all his paths. The misdeeds of the immoral will entrap him. He will be held with the chains of his own crimes. He will die for lack of teaching, and will go the wrong way because of the greatness of his foolish decisions (Proverbs 5:21-23).

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DAY SIX

Proverbs 6 Dangers of Cosigning My child, if you have become cosigner for a friend, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger; you are trapped by the words of your lips. You are ensnared with the words of your mouth. Do this now, my child, and get yourself out of debt, for you have become collateral for your friend. Swallow your pride and beg your friend to release you from the contract of your words. Do it now. Do not rest until you do. If possible flee for your life, save yourself like a deer that escapes from a hunter or a bird from the net (Proverbs 6:1-5). Learn a lesson from the ant, you lazy person. Observe their ways and be wise. They have no leader, head or ruler, but they get their food ready in the summer, and gather their food for the winter. How long will you lie down, you lazy person? When will you wake up? A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will overtake you like a

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burglar, and your need like a mugger (Proverbs 6:6-11). A worthless person goes around deceiving others. They are always thinking up bad devices and stirring up trouble. But they will be struck by sudden disaster and left without a hope or a prayer (Proverbs 6:12-15). There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven that are despised by Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that kill innocent people, a heart that entertains immoral desires, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a person who tells lies about someone else, and one who causes contention among acquaintance (Proverbs 6:16-19).

The Perils of Adultery My child, obey the teaching of your parents. Keep them close to your heart. Wear them around your neck like a chain of gold. They will lead you when you walk. They will watch over you when you sleep, and they will talk with you when you wake up. For the word is a lamp. The teaching is a light, and strong words that provides correction in the way of life (Proverbs 6:20-23).

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These words and this teaching will keep you from the immoral person, from the smooth tongue of the adulterous. Don't lust after her beauty. Don't let her coyness seduce you. A prostitute will bring you to poverty, and sleeping with someone else’s spouse will cost you your life. Can you walk on hot coals and not be burned? So it is with the person who sleeps with another person's spouse. He who embraces her will not go unpunished (Proverbs 6:24-29). People may excuse a thief who steals because he is hungry. But if he is caught, he will be fined seven times as much as he stole, even if it means selling everything in his house to pay it back. But the man who commits adultery is a complete ignoramus, for he destroys his own life. Wounds and constant disgrace will be his plight in life. His shame will never be erased. For the woman's husband will be furious in his jealousy, and he will have no mercy in his day of vengeance. He will not take a bribe, and he will not be prosperous no matter what you offer him (Proverbs 6:30-35).

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DAY SEVEN

Proverbs 7 The Dangers of the Seductive Woman My child, pay close attention and don't forget what I tell you to do. Obey my word and you will live! Let my instructions be your greatest treasure. Tie them around your fingers. Write them upon your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister." Call understanding your best friend. They will keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger with her smooth words (Proverbs 7:1-5). I looked out through the window of my house and I saw among the simple and among the young people a young man without wisdom and understanding. He passed through the street near her corner and took the path to her house, in the light of the evening, after it was dark (Proverbs 7:6-9). See, a woman comes to meet him. She is dressed like a prostitute, and with a heart that wants to deceive and entrap someone. She is loud and has a strong self-will. Her feet do not 27

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stay at home. She is now in the street, now in the center of town where people gather. She lies in wait at every corner. She embraces him and kisses him. With a serious face she says to him, "It was time for me to give gifts on the altar in worship, and today I have paid what I promised. So I have come out to meet you, to look for you, and I have found you. I have covered my bed with linen cloth from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with fine perfumes and spices. Come, let us make love all night long; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home. He has gone on a long business trip. He has taken a suitcase full of money with him, and he will come home at full moon" And so, she tricked him with all of her sweet talk and the flattery of her lips. Right away he followed her like an ox on the way to be slaughtered, or like a fool on the way to be punished and killed with a knife. He was no more than a bird rushing into a trap, without knowing it would cost him his life (Proverbs 7:10-23). My son, pay close attention to what I have said. Do not let your hearts turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths. Many are those she has laid low, and numerous are her victims. Her house is the way to grave, going down to the chambers of death (Proverbs 7:2427).

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DAY EIGHT

Proverbs 8 The Blessings of Wisdom Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the hill beside the way, where the roads meet. Beside the gates in front of the town, at the open doors, she cries out, "I call to you, O people. My voice is to the children of men. O childlike children, learn to use wisdom. O fools, make your mind understand. Listen, for I will teach you great things. What is right will come from my lips. For my mouth will speak the truth. My lips hate evil. All the words of my mouth are right and good. There is nothing in them that speaks against the truth. They are all clear to him who understands, and right to those who find much learning. Take my teaching instead of silver. Take much learning instead of fine gold. For wisdom is better than jewels of great worth. There is nothing in the world that compares to the value gain from wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-11).

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"I, wisdom, live with understanding, and I find much learning and careful thinking. The love of the Lord is to hate what is evil. I hate pride, self-love, the way of evil, and lies. I have teaching and wisdom. I have understanding and power. I cause rulers to reign and rulers to disperse justice. By me rulers rule and all the great men execute judgment on the earth. I love those who love me, and those who look for me with much desire will find me. Riches and honor are mine, lasting riches and being right with God. My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold. What I give is better than fine silver. I walk in the way that is right with God, in the center of the ways that are fair. I give wealth to those who love me, and fill their vault with treasures (Proverbs 8:12-21). "The Lord made me at the beginning of His work, before His first works long ago. I was set apart long ago, from the beginning, before the earth was. I was born when there were no seas, when there were no pools full of water. I was born before the mountains and hills were in their places. It was before He had made the earth or the fields, or the first dust of the world. I was there when He made the heavens, and when He drew a mark around the top of the sea. I was there when He framed the skies above, and when He put the wells of the waters in their place. I was there when He

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marked the boundary for the sea, so that the waters would not go farther than what He said. I was there when He marked out the ground for the earth. I was beside Him as the leading craftsman. I was His joy every day. I rejoiced in His presence. I was prosperous in the world, His earth, and found pleasure in the children of men (Proverbs 8:22-31). "So now, O children, listen to me, for prosperous are they who keep my ways. Hear my teaching and are wise. Do not turn away from it. Prosperous is the one who listens to me, watching every day at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and gets favor from the Lord. But those who miss me injure themselves; all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:32-36).

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DAY NINE

Proverbs 9 An Invitation to Wisdom Wisdom has built her house. She has secured it with seven pillars. She has cooked her food, and has mixed her wine, and she has set her table. She has sent out the young women who work for her. She calls from the highest places of the city, "Whoever is easy to deceive let him turn in here!" She says to the one without understanding, "Come and eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Turn from your ignorant way, and live. Walk in the way of understanding" (Proverbs 9:1-6). He who speaks strong words to the man who is ignorant and laughs at the truth brings shame upon himself. He who speaks strong words to an immoral man gets hurt. Do not correct a man who is not teachable or he will laugh at the truth, and he will despise you. Speak strong words to a wise man, and he will love you. Give teaching to a wise man and he will be even wiser. Teach a man who is right

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and good, and he will grow in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To grow in the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will grow in number, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom benefits you. On the other hand if you laugh at the truth, you alone will pay the consequences (Proverbs 9:7-12). The Way of Ignorant The immoral woman is loud; she is ignorant and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city. She calls to those who pass by and who are headed in the right direction, "Whoever is easy to deceive, let him turn in here!" She says to the one who lacks understanding, "Stolen water is sweet. And bread eaten in secret is pleasing." But he does not know that the dead are there, and that the ones who visit her are in the grave (Proverbs 9:13-18).

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DAY TEN

Proverbs 10 The Wise Sayings of Solomon The wise sayings of Solomon: A wise child makes a father glad, but an ignorant child brings sorrow to his mother (Proverbs 10:1). Wealth gain by wrong profits little, but doing what is right and good saves from death (Proverbs 10:2). The Lord will not let those who are right with Him go hungry, but He overthrows the desire of the ungodly (Proverbs 10:3). He who works with a lazy hand is impoverished, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth (Proverbs 10:4). A person who gathers in summer is wise, but a person who sleeps during harvest time brings shame (Proverbs 10:5).

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Good things are given to those who are in right relationship with God, but the mouth of the deceitful conceals trouble (Proverbs 10:6). Those who are right with God are honored, but the name of the corrupt person will not be remembered (Proverbs 10:7). The wise in heart will grow in knowledge, but the ignorant person who is quick to speak will be destroyed (Proverbs 10:8). Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be discovered (Proverbs 10:9). He who winks the eye causes trouble, but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace (Proverbs 10:10). The mouth of the one who is right with God is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the immoral conceals trouble (Proverbs 10:11). Hatred starts fights, but love covers all sins (Proverbs 10:12). Wisdom is found in the mouth of him who has understanding, but correction is for him who lacks understanding (Proverbs 10:13).

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Wise men increases in knowledge, but the ignorant will be destroyed by the words of their mouths (Proverbs 10:14). The wealth of a rich man is his strength, but the poverty of the poor will destroys them (Proverbs 10:15). The wealth earned by those who are right with God brings life, but the immoral are rewarded by their misdeeds (Proverbs 10:16). He who receives instruction is on the right road of life, but he who will not listen to correction is lost (Proverbs 10:17). Lying lips conceal hatred, and he who speaks slander is a fool (Proverbs 10:18). When words are many, indiscretion is certain, but the wise are restrained in speech (Proverbs 10:19). The tongue of those who are right with God is like fine silver, but the thoughts of the immoral are worthless. The lips of those who are right with God feed many, but fools lips are improvised for want of understanding (Proverbs 10:20-21).

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The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and He adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). Being mischievous is child’s play to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom (Proverbs 10:23). The fears of the immoral will overtake take him, and desire of a good man will be manifested in his life (Proverbs 10:24). When hard times pass, the immoral are no more, but the good man is established forever (Proverbs 10:25). Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so are the lazy to their employers. (Proverbs 10:26). The fear of the Lord extends long life; the years of the immoral will be cut short (Proverbs 10:27). The hope of a good person ends in joy, but the expectation of the immoral comes to nothing (Proverbs 10:28). The way of the Lord is a safe haven to those who are truthful, but it destroys those who refuse to live right (Proverbs 10:29).

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Those who place their trust in God will never be shaken, but the immoral will not live in the land (Proverbs 10:30). The mouth of the upright brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be silence (Proverbs 10:31). The lips of those who are right with God speak what is pleasing to others, but the mouth of the immoral speaks only what is perverse (Proverbs 10:32).

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DAY ELEVEN

Proverbs 11 The LORD despises false scales, but an accurate weight is his delight (Proverbs 11:1). When pride comes, and then comes shame, but with humility comes wisdom (Proverbs 11:2). The integrity of the upright shall guide him, but the perverseness of the unfaithful will destroy him (Proverbs 11:3). Wealth is of no use in the day of God's anger, but being right with God saves from death (Proverbs 11:4). Those who live right before God, who are without blame, making a straight path for themselves, but the immoral will fall by their own misdeeds (Proverbs 11:5). Being right with God will save the honest man, but those who hurt others will be trapped by their worthless desires (Proverbs 11:6).

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When a bad man dies, his hope dies with him, and all his power comes to nothing (Proverbs 11:7). The one who is right with God is protected from trouble and the immoral takes his place (Proverbs 11:8). The immoral man destroys his neighbor with his mouth, but those who are fair will be saved through knowledge of God (Proverbs 11:9). The city prosper when everything goes well with those who are right with God, and there are shouts of joy when bad men are destroyed (Proverbs 11:10). A city is honored by the good things that come to the faithful, but it is destroyed by the mouth of the perverse (Proverbs 11:11). He who hates his neighbor is void of understanding, but a man of understanding maintains his peace (Proverbs 11:12). He who is a gossiper makes secrets known, but he who can be trusted keeps secrets (Proverbs 11:13).

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Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14). To guarantee loans for a stranger brings trouble, but whoever refuses to cosign for another lives in safety (Proverbs 11:15). A woman who is full of grace is honored, but a woman hating virtue is covered with shame: those hating work will be impoverished, but the diligent increase in wealth (Proverbs 11:16). The man who shows loving-kindness does himself good, but the man without mercy will destroy himself (Proverbs 11:17). The immoral earn deceitful wages; but his reward is certain who plants the seed of righteousness (Proverbs 11:18). Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but whoever chases evil will die (Proverbs 11:19). The Lord hates those who are perverse in their heart, but those who walk without blame are His joy (Proverbs 11:20).

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Know for sure that the immoral man will not go without being punished, but the children of those who are right with God will be saved (Proverbs 11:21). A beautiful woman without good sense is like a gold ring in the nose of a pig (Proverbs 11:22). The desire of a good man is only good. The expectation of the immoral is only anger (Proverbs 11:23). A man may give freely, and still his wealth will be increased; and another may keep back more than he knows is right, but only comes to poverty (Proverbs 11:24). The man who gives much will have much, and he who helps others will be helped himself (Proverbs 11:25). The people curse those who withhold grain, but a blessing is on the head of those who sell it (Proverbs 11:26). He who looks for good obtains favor, but he who looks for trouble will find it (Proverbs 11:27).

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He who trusts in his wealth will fall, but those who are right with God will prosper like a green leaf (Proverbs 11:28). He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, and the ignorant will be employed by those wise of heart (Proverbs 11:29). The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, he who is wise wins souls but violent behavior destroys lives (Proverbs 11:30). “If those who are right with God will be rewarded on earth, how much more the perverse and the immoral?” (Proverbs 11:31).

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DAY TWELVE

Proverbs 12 Whoever loves correction loves learning, but he who hates correction is ignorant (Proverbs 12:1). A good man will get favor from the Lord, but He will punish a man who makes bad plans (Proverbs 12:2). A man will not succeed by doing what is wrong, but the root of those who are right with God will prosper (Proverbs 12:3). A good wife is the pride and joy of her husband, but she who brings shame is like cancer to his bones (Proverbs 12:4). The thoughts of those who are right with God can be trusted, but the words of the immoral are deceptive (Proverbs 12:5). The words of the ungodly lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the faithful will protect them from trouble (Proverbs 12:6).

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The ungodly are destroyed and are no more, but the house of those who are right with God will stand forever (Proverbs 12:7). A man will be praised for his wisdom, but a man with an ungodly mind will be hated (Proverbs 12:8). A man who has only a little honor and has a servant is better than one who honors himself and who is impoverished (Proverbs 12:9). A man who is right with God cares for his animal, but even kindness of the godless man is cruel (Proverbs 12:10). He who works his hands will have all he needs, but he who follows what is of no worth has no wisdom (Proverbs 12:11). The corrupt man wants what corrupt men have, but the root of those who are right with God produces good fruit (Proverbs 12:12). A perverse man is trapped by the words of his lips, but those who are right with God will escape trouble (Proverbs 12:13). A man will be filled with good from the fruit of his words, and the work of a man's hands will return to him (Proverbs 12:14).

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The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to good teaching (Proverbs 12:15). The anger of a fool is known at once, but a wise man holds his peace when he is spoken against (Proverbs 12:16). He who speaks the truth tells what is right, but a liar tells lies (Proverbs 12:17). There is one whose insensitive words cuts like a knife, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18). Lips that tell the truth will last forever, but a lying tongue lasts only for a moment (Proverbs 12:19). Deceit is in the heart of those who plan what is wrong, but those who plan what is good have joy (Proverbs 12:20). No trouble comes upon those who are right with God, but the ungodly are filled with trouble (Proverbs 12:21). The Lord hates lying lips, but those who speak the truth bring Him joy (Proverbs 12:22).

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An enlighten man hides how much knowledge he has, but the heart of fools makes known their ignorant ways (Proverbs 12:23). The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be his employee (Proverbs 12:24). Worry in the heart of a man weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad (Proverbs 12:25). The man who is right with God is a teacher to his neighbor, but the way of the immoral leads them down the wrong road (Proverbs 12:26). The lazy man will not cook the food he has caught, but the man who diligent is very valuable (Proverbs 12:27). Life is in the way of those who are right with God, and in its path there is no death (Proverbs 12:28).

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DAY THIRTEEN

Proverbs 13 A wise child listens when his parent tells him the right way, but one who laughs at the truth does not listen when he is corrected (Proverbs 13:1). The one who is careful what he says will have good come to him, but the one who hurts others with his words will inherit trouble (Proverbs 13:2). He who watches over his mouth keeps his life. He who opens his lips wide will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:3). The soul of the lazy person has many desires but gets nothing, but the soul of the one who is diligent gets more than expected (Proverbs 13:4). A man who is right with God hates lies, but the actions of an ungodly man are despised and he is put to shame (Proverbs 13:5).

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What is right and good watches over the one whose way is without blame, but evil destroys the ungodly (Proverbs 13:6). There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing. Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth (Proverbs 13:7). A rich man can use his riches to ransom his life, but no one threatens a poor man’s life (Proverbs 13:8). Those who are right with God are full of light, but the lamp of the ungodly will be put out (Proverbs 13:9). Fighting comes only from pride, but wisdom is with those who listen when told what they should do (Proverbs 13:10). Wealth from gambling or dishonest means quickly disappears. Wealth expands for the one who gains it through hard work (Proverbs 13:11). Hope that is put off makes the heart sick, but a desire that is manifested into existence is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).

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He who hates the Word will be destroyed, but he who esteems the Word will prosper (Proverbs 13:13). The teaching of an enlighten person is a fountain of life, to save one from the pitfalls in life (Proverbs 13:14). Good understanding wins favor, but the choices of the ungodly is painful (Proverbs 13:15). Every wise man acts with much knowledge, but a fool makes his shameful ways known (Proverbs 13:16). An unreliable colleague falls into trouble, but a faithful colleague brings healing (Proverbs 13:17). He who will not listen to correction will become impoverished, but he who listens when corrected will be made wealthy (Proverbs 13:18). A desire that is fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools hate to give up even that which is detrimental to his soul (Proverbs 13:19).

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He who surrounds himself with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20). Trouble follows the ungodly, but good things will overtake those who are right with God (Proverbs 13:21). A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children. The wealth of the ungodly are stored up for those who are right with God (Proverbs 13:22). Much food is in the cultivated land of the poor, but it is taken away because of a lack of justice (Proverbs 13:23). He who does not correct his child when he needs it is not showing love, but he who loves him will correct him promptly (Proverbs 13:24). The good person eats to live, while the greedy person lives to eat (Proverbs 13:25).

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DAY FOURTEEN

Proverbs 14 The wise woman builds her house, but the ignorant woman tears it down with her own hands (Proverbs 14:1). He who walks in honor fears the Lord, but he who is ungodly in his ways hates Him (Proverbs 14:2). An ignorant man's talk gets him in trouble, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe (Proverbs 14:3). There is no manure where there are no oxen, but a great harvest comes by the strength of the ox (Proverbs 14:4). A faithful man who tells the truth will not lie, but the man who is unfaithful always lies (Proverbs 14:5). One who laughs at the truth looks for wisdom and does not find it, but understanding comes easy to him who is open to the truth (Proverbs 14:6). 52

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Depart from the presence of an ignorant man, when you perceive he lacks the words of knowledge (Proverbs 14:7). The wisdom of the wise man is to plan ahead, but the ignorant in their deceit refuse to face the facts (Proverbs 14:8). The ignorant laugh at bad behavior, but the favor of God is among the faithful (Proverbs 14:9). The heart knows when it is bitter, and a stranger cannot share its joy (Proverbs 14:10). The house of the ungodly will be destroyed, but all will go well in the house of the faithful (Proverbs 14:11). There is a way which appears right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12). Even while laughing the heart may be in pain. The end of joy is often sorrow (Proverbs 14:13). The man who has gone back into bad behavior will be rewarded by the fruits of his actions, and a good man will be compensated by the fruits of his actions (Proverbs 14:14).

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The one who is easily deceived believes everything, but the wise man looks before he leaps (Proverbs 14:15). An enlighten man fears God and turns away from danger, but a fool moves ahead in selfconfidence (Proverbs 14:16). He who has a quick temper acts in ignorance, and a man who makes ungodly plans is hated (Proverbs 14:17). Those who are easy to deceived are ignorant, but the enlighten man has a great deal of understanding (Proverbs 14:18). Ungodly men will bow in front of the wise, and at the residents of those who are right with God (Proverbs 14:19). The impoverished man is hated even by his neighbor, but the rich man has many friends (Proverbs 14:20). He who hates his neighbor is in error, but prosperous is he who shows loving favor to the poor (Proverbs 14:21). Do not those who make ungodly plans take the wrong paths in life? Kindness and truth are

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for those who choose the right paths in life (Proverbs 14:22). In all work there is some benefit, but talk is cheap (Proverbs 14:23). The wise receive honor for their wisdom, but a fool is known by his actions (Proverbs 14:24). The words of the faithful give life to those who listen, but the lies of the deceiver causes pain (Proverbs 14:25). There is strong trust in the love of the Lord, and His children will live in safety (Proverbs 14:26). The love of the Lord is a well of life. Its waters keep a man from death (Proverbs 14:27). The glory of a king is in kingdom’s growing population, but for a lack of people a prince is ruin (Proverbs 14:28). He who is slow to anger has great wisdom, but he who has a quick temper will surely makes his ignorance known (Proverbs 14:29).

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A good attitude adds years to one’s life, but a bad attitude is like cancer to the bones (Proverbs 14:30). He who makes it hard for the poor brings shame to his Maker, but he who help those in need honors Him (Proverbs 14:31). The ungodly is destroyed by his misdeeds, but the man who is right with God has a safe place in eternity (Proverbs 14:32). Wisdom resides in the heart of those who have understanding, but a fool’s heart is soon made known (Proverbs 14:33). Godliness exalts a nation, but sin a shame to any people (Proverbs 14:34). The ruler's favor is toward a wise servant, but his anger is toward the one whose actions cause shame (Proverbs 14:35).

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DAY FIFTEEN

Proverbs 15 A gentle answer turns away anger, but sharp word causes anger (Proverbs 15:1). The tongue of the enlighten uses much knowledge in a good way, but the mouth of fools speaks in an ignorant way (Proverbs 15:2). The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the bad and the good (Proverbs 15:3). A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but an ungodly tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4). A fool turns away from the strong teaching of his father, but he who remembers the strong words spoken to him is wise (Proverbs 15:5). Great riches are in the house of those who are right with God, but trouble is what the ungodly will receive (Proverbs 15:6).

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The lips of the wise spread much learning, but the mouths of fools do not (Proverbs 15:7). The Lord hates the gifts of the ungodly, but the prayer of the faithful is His joy (Proverbs 15:8). The Lord hates the way of the ungodly, but He loves him who follows what is right and good (Proverbs 15:9). He who turns from the right way will be punished. He who hates correction will die (Proverbs 15:10). Death and destruction are before the Lord, how much more the hearts of men (Proverbs 15:11). A man who laughs at the truth has no love for the one who speaks strong words to him. He will not go to the wise (Proverbs 15:12). A glad heart makes a joyous face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken (Proverbs 15:13). The mind of him who has understanding looks for much learning, but the mouth of fools feeds on ignorant ways (Proverbs 15:14).

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All the days of the suffering are hard, but a glad heart has a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15). A little with the awe of the Lord is better than great riches with trouble (Proverbs 15:16). A dish of vegetables with love is better than a gourmet meal with hatred (Proverbs 15:17). A man with a bad temper starts fights, but he who is slow to anger is a peacemaker (Proverbs 15:18). The path of the lazy man is grown over with thorns, but the path of the faithful is a well kept highway (Proverbs 15:19). A wise child makes his father proud, but an ignorant man hates his mother (Proverbs 15:20). Foolishness is a joy to him who lacks wisdom, but a man of understanding walks circumspectly (Proverbs 15:21). Plans go wrong without wise counsel, but in a multitude of counselors plans are established (Proverbs 15:22).

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To give a good answer is a joy to a man, and how pleasing is a word given at the appropriate time (Proverbs 15:23). The path of life leads upward for the wise, so he may keep away from hell below (Proverbs 15:24). The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but He will make a place for the widow (Proverbs 15:25). The Lord hates the plans of the ungodly, but the words of the pure are pleasing to Him (Proverbs 15:26). He who gains wealth by dishonest means brings trouble to his family, but he who will not be bribed will succeed in life (Proverbs 15:27). The thoughts of the one who is right with God thinks before he answer, but the mouth of the ungodly pours out ungodly things (Proverbs 15:28). The Lord is far from the ungodly, but He hears the prayer of those who are right with Him (Proverbs 15:29).

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The light of the eyes makes the heart glad. Good news is health to the bones (Proverbs 15:30). He whose hears and listens to words of correction will live among the wise (Proverbs 15:31). He who does not listen to words of correction despises himself, but he who listens when strong words are spoken gains knowledge (Proverbs 15:32). The awe of the Lord is the instruction of wise, and humility comes before honor (Proverbs 15:33).

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DAY SIXTEEN

Proverbs 16 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord (Proverbs 16:1). All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the thoughts of the heart (Proverbs 16:2). Trust your work to the Lord and your plans will work out well (Proverbs 16:3). The Lord has made all things for His own plans, even the ungodly for the day of trouble (Proverbs 16:4). Everyone who is proud in heart is a shame to the Lord. For sure, that one will be punished (Proverbs 16:5). Our debts have been paid for by lovingkindness and truth. The love of the Lord keeps one away from bad behavior (Proverbs 16:6).

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When the ways of a man are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7). A little earned through honest endeavors is better than great wealth earned illegally (Proverbs 16:8). The thoughts of a man plans his way, but the Lord shows him what to do (Proverbs 16:9). The lips of the ruler should decide as God would. His mouth should not error in deciding what is right or wrong (Proverbs 16:10). Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are his work. (Proverbs 16:11). It is a hated thing for rulers to do what is wrong. For a throne is built on what is right (Proverbs 16:12). Lips that speak what is right and good are the joy of rulers, and he who speaks the truth is loved (Proverbs 16:13). The anger of a ruler carries death, but a wise man will appease it (Proverbs 16:14).

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Life is in the light of a ruler's face, and his favor is like a cloud bringing the spring rain (Proverbs 16:15). To get wisdom is much better than getting gold. To get understanding should be chosen instead of silver (Proverbs 16:16). The road of the faithful turns away from evil. He who watches his way keeps his life (Proverbs 16:17). Pride comes before destruction and a proud spirit comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). It is better to be poor in spirit among poor people, than to divide the riches among the proud (Proverbs 16:19). He who is attentive to the Word will find abundance, and prosperous is he who trusts in the Lord (Proverbs 16:20). The wise-hearted will be called men of good sense: and by pleasing words people are persuaded (Proverbs 16:21). Understanding is a well of life to him who has it, but to correct a fool is a waste of time (Proverbs 16:22).

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The heart of the wise has power over his mouth and adds learning to his lips (Proverbs 16:23). Pleasing words are like honey. They are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 16:25). A man's hunger inspires him. The need of his mouth encourages him (Proverbs 16:26). A worthless man looks for trouble. His words are like raging fire (Proverbs 16:27). A bad man causes trouble. One who hurts people with rumors separates good friends (Proverbs 16:28). A violent man encourages his neighbor to violence, and leads him down a road that is going no where (Proverbs 16:29). He who winks his eyes plans to do bad things. He who refuses to speak allows evil things to happen (Proverbs 16:30).

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Hair that is turning gray is like a crown of glory. It is found in the way of being right with God (Proverbs 16:31). He who controls his temper is better than a great General. And he who rules his emotions is better than one who captures a foreign country (Proverbs 16:32). Man decide by the rolling of dice or the tossing of a coin, but the outcome is of the Lord (Proverbs 16:32).

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DAY SEVENTEEN

Proverbs 17 A stale piece of bread with peace and quiet is better than a house full of food with fighting (Proverbs 17:1). A servant who is wise in his actions will rule over a ruler’s child who acts shamefully, he will share the inheritance as one of the family (Proverbs 17:2). The melting-pot is for silver and the hot fire is for gold, but the Lord tests hearts (Proverbs 17:3). An immoral man listens to ungodly lips. A liar listens to a tongue that destroys (Proverbs 17:4). He who laughs at the poor brings shame to his Maker. He who is glad at others calamity will be punished (Proverbs 17:5). Grandchildren are the pride and joy of old men and a child is proud of his father (Proverbs 17:6). 67

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Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a ruler. (Proverbs 17:7). A bribe is a magic wand in the hands of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers (Proverbs 17:8). He who forgives a fault looks for favor. He who tells secrets separates best friends (Proverbs 17:9). A man of understanding learns more from being told the right thing to do than a fool learns from being severely discipline (Proverbs 17:10). A man who will not obey the Word looks for trouble. So one who has no pity will be sent against him (Proverbs 17:11). A man meeting a bear robbed of her little ones is better than meeting a fool in his ignorant way (Proverbs 17:12). If a man returns evil for good, trouble will not leave his house (Proverbs 17:13). The beginning of trouble is like letting out water. So stop arguing before fighting breaks out (Proverbs 17:14).

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He who says that the ungodly are right, and he who says those who do right are wrong, both are hated by the Lord (Proverbs 17:15). It does a fool no good to try to buy wisdom, when he has no understanding (Proverbs 17:16). A friend loves at all times. A brother is born to share troubles (Proverbs 17:17). A man without thinking makes promises, and becomes a co-signer for what another man owes (Proverbs 17:18). He who loves evil enjoys causing trouble. He who opens his door wide for trouble is seeking to be destroyed (Proverbs 17:19). He who has a wayward heart finds no good. He who has an ungodly tongue falls into trouble (Proverbs 17:20). An ignorant child is a sorrow to his father, and the father of a fool has no joy (Proverbs 17:21). A glad heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22).

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An ungodly man receives pay in secret to change the right way into wrong (Proverbs 17:23). Wisdom is with the one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander the earth seeking knowledge (Proverbs 17:24). An ignorant child is a sorrow to his father, and trouble to her who gave birth to him (Proverbs 17:25). It is not good to punish those who are right with God, and it is wrong to punish men of integrity for being faithful (Proverbs 17:26). He who is careful in what he says has much learning, and he who has a quiet spirit is a man of understanding (Proverbs 17:27). Even a fool, when he keeps quiet, is thought to be wise. When he closes his lips, he is thought of as a man of understanding (Proverbs 17:28).

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DAY EIGHTEEN

Proverbs 18 He who isolates himself for his own private purpose goes against all good sense. (Proverbs 18:1). A fool does not find joy in understanding, but only in letting his own opinion being known (Proverbs 18:2). When an ungodly man comes, hate comes also, and where there is no honor, there is shame (Proverbs 18:3). The words of a man's mouth are deep waters. Wisdom comes like a flowing river exuding a pleasant sound (Proverbs 18:4). It is not good to favor the ungodly, or to keep what is fair from one who is right with God (Proverbs 18:5). The lips of a fool cause trouble, and his mouth calls for pain (Proverbs 18:6).

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The mouth of a fool is what destroys him, and his lips are a trap to his soul (Proverbs 18:7). The words of one who speaks about others in secret are like delicious bites of food. They go down into the inside parts of the body (Proverbs 18:8). He who is lazy in his work is a brother to him who destroys (Proverbs 18:9). The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The man who does what is right runs into it and is safe (Proverbs 18:10). The rich man's money is his strong city, and he thinks it is like a high wall (Proverbs 18:11). The heart of a man is proud before he is destroyed, but humility comes before honor (Proverbs 18:12). Anyone who gives an answer before he hears the question, is foolish and will be brought to shame (Proverbs 18:13). The spirit of a man can help him through his sickness, but who can carry a broken spirit (Proverbs 18:14)?

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A learning mind gets much understanding and the ear of the wise listens for much knowledge (Proverbs 18:15). A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him in front of great people (Proverbs 18:16). The first to tell his story makes people think he is right, until the other comes to test his story (Proverbs 18:17). Tossing a coin puts an end to disputes and keeps powerful rivals from fighting (Proverbs 18:18). A brother who has been hurt in his spirit is harder to be won than a strong city, and his argument will be like the bars of a prison. (Proverbs 18:19). A man's stomach will be filled with the fruit of his mouth. He will prosper by the words of his lips (Proverbs 18:20). Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21). He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and gets favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22).

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The poor man asks for mercy, but the rich man is hard in his answers (Proverbs 18:23). A man who has friends must be a friend, but there is a friend who stays nearer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

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DAY NINETEEN

Proverbs 19 A poor man who walks in his integrity is better than a fool who is perverse in his speech (Proverbs 19:1). It is not good for a person to be without much learning, and he who hurries with his feet rushes into trouble (Proverbs 19:2). The ignorant acts of man make his way bad, and his heart is angry toward the Lord (Proverbs 19:3). Wealth adds many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend (Proverbs 19:4). A man who tells lies about someone will be punished. He who tells lies will not get away (Proverbs 19:5). Many will ask for the favor of a man who gives much, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts (Proverbs 19:6).

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All the brothers of a poor man hate him. How much more do his friends go far from him! He runs to them with words, but they are gone (Proverbs 19:7). He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding will find good (Proverbs 19:8). A man who tells lies about someone will be punished. He who tells lies will be lost (Proverbs 19:9). It is not right for a fool to live in great comfort, and for sure, for a servant to rule over rulers (Proverbs 19:10). A man's understanding makes him slow to anger. It is to his honor to forgive and forget a wrong done to him (Proverbs 19:11). The ruler's anger is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like morning water upon the grass (Proverbs 19:12). An ignorant child destroys his father. The arguing of a wife is like water falling drop by drop all the time (Proverbs 19:13).

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House and riches are handed down from fathers, but an understanding wife is from the Lord (Proverbs 19:14). Being lazy makes one go into a deep sleep, and a lazy man will suffer from being hungry (Proverbs 19:15). He who keeps God's Word keeps his soul, but he who is not careful of his ways will die (Proverbs 19:16). He who shows kindness to a poor man gives to the Lord and He will repay him for his good act (Proverbs 19:17). Punish your child if he needs it while there is time, and do not worry about his crying (Proverbs 19:18). An angry man will suffer punishment, if you save him from his trouble, you will only have to do it again (Proverbs 19:19). Listen to words of correction and take your punishment if you need it, so that you may be wise the rest of your days (Proverbs 19:20). There are many plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's plan that will stand in the end (Proverbs 19:21).

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A desired character in a man is his loyalty, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar (Proverbs 19:22). The love of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will sleep well, and will not be moved by trouble (Proverbs 19:23). The lazy man buries his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it to his mouth again (Proverbs 19:24). Smack a man who laughs at the truth and the ignorant may become wise. But speak strong words to one who has understanding, and he will get more learning (Proverbs 19:25). He who hurts his father and puts his mother out of the house is a child who causes much shame (Proverbs 19:26). My child, stop listening to advice that will cause you to turn away from the words of knowledge (Proverbs 19:27). A worthless man who tells all he knows laughs at what is right and fair, and the mouth of the ungodly spreads trouble (Proverbs 19:28).

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Judgment awaits those who laugh at the truth, and a fool will experience pain (Proverbs 19:29).

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DAY TWENTY

Proverbs 20 Wine makes people act like fools. Strong drink causes fights. Whoever is deceived by it is not wise (Proverbs 20:1). The anger of a ruler is like the roar of a lion. He who makes him angry gives up his own life (Proverbs 20:2). It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife, but a fool is quick to argue (Proverbs 20:3). The lazy man does not plow before winter. So he begs during the time of harvest and has nothing (Proverbs 20:4). The plan in a man's heart is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding draws it out (Proverbs 20:5). Many men talk about their own goodness but who can find a faithful man (Proverbs 20:6).

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How prosperous are the children of a man who is right with God and walks in honor (Proverbs 20:7). A ruler who sits on his throne to judge finds out all evil with his eyes (Proverbs 20:8). Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, and I am pure from my sin” (Proverbs 20:9)? Unequal weights and unequal measures, they are all despised by the Lord (Proverbs 20:10). You will know a child by his actions and they will prove if his ways are pure and right (Proverbs 20:11). The hearing ear and the seeing eyes were both made by the Lord (Proverbs 20:12). Don’t love sleep, or you will become improvised. Open your eyes and you will be filled with abundance (Proverbs 20:13). "It is no good, it is no good," says the one who buys, but when he goes away, he talks about much he saved (Proverbs 20:14).

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There is gold and precious stones of great worth, but the lips of much learning are worth more (Proverbs 20:15). Take a man's coat when he has given himself as cosigner for what a stranger owes. And hold him to his promise when he gives himself as cosigner for people from afar (Proverbs 20:16). Bread a man gets by deceit is sweet to him, but later his mouth will be filled with sand (Proverbs 20:17). Make plans by listening to the wisdom of others and make war by listening to wise counsel (Proverbs 20:18). He who goes about gossiping about others makes secrets known. Stay away from them, if they talk about others they will talk about you (Proverbs 20:19). If a child disrespects his father or his mother, he will die an early death (Proverbs 20:20). A large inheritance received at one time in a hurry will not bring good in the end (Proverbs 20:21).

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Do not say, "I will repay wrong." Wait on the Lord, and He will take care of it (Proverbs 20:22). Giving the dishonest weight is hated by the Lord. And weighing something wrong is not good (Proverbs 20:23). A man's steps are decided by the Lord. How can anyone understand his own way (Proverbs 20:24)? It is dangerous for a man to make a promise to God without thinking and then reconsider what he has promised (Proverbs 20:25). A wise ruler removes the ungodly and makes them pay for their actions. (Proverbs 20:26). The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord. It reveals the intent of the heart (Proverbs 20:27). A ruler will stay in power as long as he is faithful and true. He can stay in his place if he does what is right and good (Proverbs 20:28). The honor of young men is their strength. And the honor of old men is their gray hair (Proverbs 20:29).

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Positive discipline shapes a child, and correction purifies the heart (Proverbs 20:30).

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DAY TWENTY ONE

Proverbs 21 The heart of the ruler is like rivers of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it where He wishes (Proverbs 21:1). Every man's way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord knows the hearts (Proverbs 21:2). To do what is right and good and fair is more pleasing to the Lord than gifts given on the altar in worship (Proverbs 21:3). Eyes lifted high and a proud heart is evil and is the lamp of the ungodly (Proverbs 21:4). The plans of diligent lead only to abundance, but all who are in a hurry for gain will be improvised (Proverbs 21:5). Getting riches by a deceitful tongue is like an empty cloud, and leads to poverty (Proverbs 21:6).

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The misdeeds of the ungodly will destroy them, because they refuse to do what is right and fair (Proverbs 21:7). The way of an ungodly man is corrupt, but the actions of the pure man are right (Proverbs 21:8). It is better to live in a corner of a house than in a mansion shared with an arguing woman (Proverbs 21:9). The soul of the ungodly has a desire for what is bad. His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes (Proverbs 21:10). When the man who laughs at the truth is punished, the fool becomes wise. When a wise man is taught, he gains knowledge (Proverbs 21:11). The One Who is right and good thinks about the house of the ungodly, and the ungodly are thrown down to be destroyed (Proverbs 21:12). He who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered (Proverbs 21:13). A gift in secret quiets anger. A gift from the heart quiets rage (Proverbs 21:14).

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When what is right and fair is done, it is a joy for those who are right with God. But it fills the ungodly with fear (Proverbs 21:15). A man who goes away from the way of understanding will find his place with the dead (Proverbs 21:16). He who loves only pleasure will become an impoverished man. He who loves wine and oil will not become rich (Proverbs 21:17). The ungodly man is the ransom for the man who is right with God, the man who is not faithful for the faithful man (Proverbs 21:18). It is better to live in a desert land than with a woman who argues and causes trouble (Proverbs 21:19). There are riches and abundance in the house of the wise, but an ignorant man waste them all (Proverbs 21:20). He who follows what is right and loving and kind finds life, right-standing with God and honor (Proverbs 21:21). A wise man goes over the barricades of the powerful, and brings down the things in which they trust (Proverbs 21:22).

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He who watches over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23). "Proud," "Self-important" and "One who laughs at the truth" are the names of the man who acts without respect and is proud (Proverbs 21:24). The desire of the lazy man will kill him, because he refuses to work (Proverbs 21:25). The lazy man is filled with desire all day long, but the man who is right with God gives his best effort (Proverbs 21:26). The gift of the ungodly is a despised thing. How much more when he gives it with the wrong motives (Proverbs 21:27). A person who tells a lie about someone else will be destroyed, but the words of a man who listens to truth will be established forever (Proverbs 21:28). An immoral man's facial expression shows his deception, but a good man displays confidence (Proverbs 21:29).

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There is no wisdom and no understanding and no words that can stand against the Lord (Proverbs 21:30). The horse is made ready for war, but the victory belongs to the Lord (Proverbs 21:31).

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DAY TWENTY TWO

Proverbs 22 Desire a good reputation over great wealth. Favor is better than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1). The rich and the poor meet together. The Lord is the maker of them all. A wise man sees trouble and hides himself, but the foolhardy go on, and are punished (Proverbs 22:2-3). The reward for not having pride and having the awe of the Lord is wisdom, wellness and wealth (Proverbs 22:4). Thorns and traps are in the way of the ungodly. He who watches conduct will stay far from them (Proverbs 22:5). Bring up a child by teaching him the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it (Proverbs 22:6). The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7). 90

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He who plants seeds of deceit will gather trouble, and his angry devices will fail him (Proverbs 22:8). He who gives much will be honored, for he gives his substance to the poor (Proverbs 22:9). Get rid of the man who laughs at the truth, and arguing, fighting and shame will stop (Proverbs 22:10). He who loves a pure heart and is kind in his speaking has the great men for his friend (Proverbs 22:11). The eyes of the Lord keep watch over the knowledgeable, but He destroys the words of the man who is not faithful (Proverbs 22:12). The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the streets!" (Proverbs 22:13). The mouth of an ungodly woman is a deep hole. He with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it (Proverbs 22:14). Foolishness is in the heart of a child, but correction will send it far from him (Proverbs 22:15).

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He who makes it hard for the poor by getting more for himself, or who gives to the rich, will become poor himself (Proverbs 22:16).

Sayings of the Wise Turn your ear and hear the words of the wise, and open your mind to what they teach. My words will be pleasing if you keep them in your heart, so they may be ready on your lips. I have taught you today, even you, so that your trust may be in the Lord. Have I not written to you great things of wise teaching and much learning to show you that the words of truth are sure, so you may give a true answer to him who sent you (Proverbs 22:17-21). Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush those who suffer at the gate. The Lord will stand by the poor and help them, and take the life of those who rob them (Proverbs 22:2223). Do not have anything to do with a man given to anger, or go with a man who has a bad temper. Or you might learn his ways and get yourself into trouble (Proverbs 22:24-25).

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Do not be among those who make promises and become cosigners for what others owe. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should you give your bed for another (Proverbs 22:26-27)? Do not remove the boundaries which your fathers have put in place (Proverbs 22:28). Do you see a man who is good at his work? He will stand in front of great men. He will not stand in front of men who are not important (Proverbs 22:29).

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DAY TWENTY THREE

Proverbs 23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, think about what is in front of you. Put a knife to your neck if you are a man who is given to overeating. Do not desire his special foods, for they are there to deceive you (Proverbs 23:1-3). Do not labor to be rich. Stop trying to get things for yourself. When you set your eyes upon it, it is gone. For sure, riches make themselves wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens (Proverbs 23:4-5). Do not eat the bread of a man who thinks only about himself. Do not have a desire for his fine food. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But he doesn’t seek your best interest. You will spit up the food you have eaten, and waste your good words (Proverbs 23:6-8). Do not speak in the company of a fool, for he will hate the wisdom of your words (Proverbs 23:9).

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Do not take away the inheritance, or go against those without a father. For the One Who saves them is strong. He will stand by them and fight their cause against you (Proverbs 23:10-11). Open your heart to teaching, and your ears to words of knowledge (Proverbs 23:12). Do not keep from punishing the child if he needs it. If you discipline him, he will not die. Discipline him promptly, and save his soul from destruction (Proverbs 23:13-14). My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will be glad also. My heart will be full of joy when your lips speak what is right (Proverbs 23:15-16). Do not let your heart be jealous of the ungodly, but live in the love of the Lord always. For sure there is a future and your desire will be manifested (Proverbs 23:17-18). Listen, my child, and be wise. Lead your heart in the way. Do not be with those who drink too much wine or over eat. For the man who drinks too much or over eats will become poor, and much sleep will cause a man to become impoverished (Proverbs 23:19-21).

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Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not hate your mother when she is old (Proverbs 23:22). Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 23:23). The father of one who is right with God will have much joy. He who has a wise child will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad, and let her who gave birth to you be full of joy (Proverbs 23:24-25). Give me your heart, my child. Let your eyes find joy in my ways. For a woman who sells the use of her body is like a deep hole. An ungodly woman is a narrow well. She lies in wait as a robber, and causes many men to become unfaithful (Proverbs 23:26-28). Who has trouble? Who has sorrow? Who is fighting? Who is complaining? Who is hurt without a reason? Who has eyes that have become red? Those who drink spend a lot of time drinking wine. Those who go to taste mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it shines in the cup, when it is smooth in going down. In the end it bites like a snake. It stings like the bite of a snake with poison. Your eyes will see strange things. Your mind will

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say the wrong things. And you will be like one who lies down in the center of the sea, or like one who lies above a ship's sail. "They hit me, but I was not hurt. They beat me, but I did not know it. When will I wake up? I will look for another drink" (Proverbs 23:29-35).

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DAY TWENTY FOUR

Proverbs 24 Do not be jealous of ungodly men. Do not want to be with them. For their hearts make plans to hurt others and their lips talk about trouble (Proverbs 24:1-2). A house is built by wisdom. It is made strong by understanding, and by much learning the rooms are filled with all riches that are pleasing and of great worth (Proverbs 24:34). A wise man is strong. A man of much learning adds to his strength. For by wise counsel you will make war, and the fight is won when there are many wise men to help you make the plans (Proverbs 24:5-6). Wisdom is too hard for a fool to understand. He does not open his mouth in the gate. He who plans to do wrong will be called a trouble maker. Planning to do a stupid things is trouble, and the man who laughs at the truth is hated by the wise (Proverbs 24:7-9).

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If you are weak in the day of trouble, your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10). Save those who are being taken away to death. Keep them from being killed. If you say, "See, we did not know this," does not He who knows what is in hearts see it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it? And will He not pay each man for his work (Proverbs 24:11-12)? My child, eat honey, for it is good. Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is like this to your soul. If you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:13-14). O ungodly man, do not lie in wait against the house of the man who is right with God. Do not destroy his resting place. For a man who is right with God falls seven times, and rises again, but the ungodly fall in time of trouble (Proverbs 24:15-16). Do not rejoice when the one who hates you falls. Do not let your heart be glad when he slips. The Lord will see it and will not be pleased and He will turn away His anger from him (Proverbs 24:17-18).

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Do not worry because of those who do wrong, and do not be jealous of the ungodly. For there will be no future for the ungodly man. The lamp of the ungodly will be put out (Proverbs 24:19-20). My child, honor the Lord and the ruler. Have nothing to do with those who are given to change. For their trouble will rise up all at once, and who knows greatness of their destruction (Proverbs 24:21-22)? These also are sayings of the wise. It is not good to show favor in judging. He who says to the ungodly, "You are right and good," will be spoken against by people and hated by nations. But those who correct the ungodly will find joy and good will come upon them. To give the right answer is like a kiss on the lips (Proverbs 24:23-26). Get your work done outside, make your fields ready. Then after that, build your house (Proverbs 24:27). Do not speak against your neighbor without a reason, and do not lie with your lips. Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me. I will pay him back for what he has done to me" (Proverbs 24:28-29).

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I passed by the field of the lazy man, by the grape-vines of the man without understanding. And saw it was all grown over with thorns. The ground was covered with weeds, and its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I thought about it. I looked and received understanding. "A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands to rest," and your poverty will come as a thief, and your need like a man ready to harm you (Proverbs 24:3034).

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DAY TWENTY FIVE

Proverbs 25 These also are wise sayings of Solomon, which were written down by the men of Hezekiah, ruler of Judah (Proverbs 25:1). It is the greatness of God to keep things hidden, but it is the greatness of rulers to find things out (Proverbs 25:2). As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the heart of rulers is more than can be known (Proverbs 25:3). Take away the impurities from the silver and a silver cup shall be made for the silversmith. Take the ungodly away from the ruler and his throne will stand on what is right and good (Proverbs 25:4). Do not honor yourself in front of the ruler, and do not stand in the place of great men. For it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put down in front of the ruler whom your eyes have seen (Proverbs 25:6-7).

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Do be quick to argue. Or what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your side of the problem with your neighbor, but do not tell the secret of another. Or he who hears you may put you to shame, and bad things will be said about you forever (Proverbs 25:8-10). A word spoken at the right time is like jewel of gold set in silver. A wise man speaking strong words to a listening ear is like an earring of gold for the ear and a beautiful gift made of fine gold (Proverbs 25:11-12). A faithful man who carries news is like the ice cold glass of water in the summer time to those who send him, for he makes the spirit of his owners feel renewed (Proverbs 25:13). A man who brags too much of a gift he never gives is like clouds and wind without rain (Proverbs 25:14). When one is slow to anger, a ruler may be won over. A gentle tongue will break a bone (Proverbs 25:15). Have you found honey? Eat only what you need or you may eat too much and spit it up (Proverbs 25:16).

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Do not spend too much time in your neighbor's house, or he may become tired of you and despises you (Proverbs 25:17). A man who tells a lie against his neighbor is like a heavy stick or a sword or a sharp arrow (Proverbs 25:18). In time of trouble, trusting in a man who is not faithful is like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint (Proverbs 25:19). He who sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who steals another’s coat on a cold day, or one who pours alcohol on an open sore (Proverbs 25:20). If the one who hates you is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him water. If you do that, he will become ashamed of his actions, and the Lord will bless you (Proverbs 25:2122). The north wind brings rain, and a hurtful tongue brings an angry look (Proverbs 25:23). It is better to live in a corner of the roof than to share a mansion with an arguing woman (Proverbs 25:24).

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Good news from a land far away is like cold water to a thirsty soul (Proverbs 25:25). A man who does what is right but gets in the way of the ungodly, is like a well of mud or poisoned water (Proverbs 25:26). It is not good to eat much honey, and to seek out self glory is not good (Proverbs 25:27). A man who cannot rule his own emotions is like a city whose walls are broken down (Proverbs 25:28).

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DAY TWENTY SIX

Proverbs 26 Like snow in summer and like rain during harvest time, so honor is not fitting for a fool (Proverbs 26:1). Like a sparrow in its traveling, like a swallow in its flying, so bad words said against someone without cause do not happen (Proverbs 26:2). A whip is for the horse, leather ropes are for the donkey, and a stick is for the back of fools (Proverbs 26:3). Do not respond to a fool according to his foolishness, or you will be believed to be like him. Give a foolish man a foolish answer, or he will believe that he is wise (Proverbs 26:4-5). He who sends a letter by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and brings trouble upon himself (Proverbs 26:6).

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A wise saying in the mouth of fools is like the legs of a disabled man who cannot walk (Proverbs 26:7). He who gives honor to a fool is like one who throws a stone on a rock pile (Proverbs 26:8). A wise saying in the mouth of fools is like a thorn that goes into the hand of a man who drinks too much (Proverbs 26:9). He who hires a fool is like a man who uses a spear to injure others (Proverbs 26:10). A fool who repeats his actions is like a dog that turns back to lick up what he has thrown up (Proverbs 26:11). Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 26:12). The lazy man says, "There is danger on the way! There is trouble in the streets!" As a door turns, so does the lazy man on his bed. The lazy man buries his hand in the dish. It makes him tired to bring his hand to his mouth and eat. The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven geniuses who can give a wise answer (Proverbs 26:13-16).

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He who passes by and takes part in someone else's fight is like one who takes a dog by the ears (Proverbs 26:17). Like an insane man who discharges a gun into a crowd of people, so is the man who deceives his neighbor with a lie, and says, "I was only joking" (Proverbs 26:18-19). When there is no wood, the fire goes out. Where there is no one gossiping, arguing stops. An arguing man makes matters worse. He is like coals to burning wood and gasoline to a fire. The words of one who tells secret things about people are like good-tasting bites of food. They go down deep inside the body (Proverbs 26:20-22). Burning lips and an ungodly heart are like a pot covered with silver waste (Proverbs 26:23). He who hates covers it up with his words, but stores up false ways in his heart. When he speaks with kindness, do not believe him, for there are seven things that are despised in his heart. Even if his hate is covered with false ways, his deception will be uncovered in front of an audience (Proverbs 26:24-26).

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He who digs a deep hole will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it return upon him (Proverbs 26:27). A lying tongue hates those it harms, and a mouth that speaks false words destroys (Proverbs 26:28).

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DAY TWENTY SEVEN

Proverbs 27 Do not talk much about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring (Proverbs 27:1). Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth. Let a stranger, and not your own lips (Proverbs 27:2). A stone is heavy, and sand is heavy, but a man angered by a fool is heavier than them both (Proverbs 27:3). Anger causes trouble and a bad temper is like a flood, but who can stand when there is jealousy (Proverbs 27:4)? Sharp words spoken in the open are better than love in secret (Proverbs 27:5). The pains given by a friend are faithful, but the kisses of one who hates you are false (Proverbs 27:6).

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He who is full hates honey, but even bitter things are sweet to a hungry man (Proverbs 27:7). Like a bird that goes away from her nest, so is a man who goes away from his home (Proverbs 27:8). Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so are a man's words sweet to his friend (Proverbs 27:9). Do not leave your friend or your father's friend in times of need, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your trouble. A neighbor who is near is better than a brother who is far away (Proverbs 27:10). Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad, so I may answer him who attempts to puts me to shame (Proverbs 27:11). An enlighten man sees trouble and hides, but the fool goes on and are destroyed (Proverbs 27:12). Take the man's coat that has cosigned for what a stranger owes. And hold him to his promise that has made a vow for an ungodly woman (Proverbs 27:13).

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He who praises his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning will be thought of as a curse (Proverbs 27:14). An arguing woman is like water falling drop by drop on a rainy day. To try to stop her is like trying to stop the wind, or like trying to catch oil in his right hand (Proverbs 27:15-16). Iron is made sharp with iron, and one man is made sharp by a friend (Proverbs 27:17). He who cares for the fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who cares for the one he works for will be honored (Proverbs 27:18). As water acts as a mirror to a face, so the heart of man acts as a mirror to a man (Proverbs 27:19). The place of the dead is never filled, and the eyes of man are never filled (Proverbs 27:20). The melting-pot is for silver and the fire for gold, and a man are tested by the praise he receives (Proverbs 27:21). Even if you crush a fool to dust, he will not depart from his foolish ways (Proverbs 27:22).

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Know well how your flocks are doing, and keep in mind the condition of your cattle. Riches do not last forever, and wealth does not pass from generation to generation. When the grass is gone, the new plants are seen, and the plants of the mountains are gathered up. The lambs will be for your clothes, and the goats will bring the price of a field There will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your entire house, and food for your young maid (Proverbs 27:23-27).

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DAY TWENTY EIGHT

Proverbs 28 The ungodly run away when no one is chasing them, but those who are right with God have as much strength of heart as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). When a nation sins, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and much learning, it will last a long time (Proverbs 28:2). A poor man who makes it hard for the poor is like a heavy rain which leaves no food (Proverbs 28:3). Those who turn away from the law praise the ungodly, but those who keep the law fight against them (Proverbs 28:4). Ungodly men do not understand what is right and fair, but those who look to the Lord understand all things (Proverbs 28:5). A poor man who walks in his integrity is better than a rich man who is ungodly in his ways (Proverbs 28:6). 114

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He who keeps the law is a wise child, but a friend of men who eat too much puts his father to shame (Proverbs 28:7). He who becomes wealthy through extortion gathers it for him who is kind to the poor (Proverbs 28:8). He who turns his ear away from listening to the law, even his prayer is a hated thing (Proverbs 28:9). He who leads good people into a ungodly way will fall into his own deep hole, but good will come to those without blame (Proverbs 28:10). The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor man who has understanding sees through him (Proverbs 28:11). When those who are right with God win, there is great honor, but when the ungodly rule, men hide themselves (Proverbs 28:12). It will not go well for the man who hides his bad behavior, but he who tells his bad behavior and turns from them will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

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Prosperous is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who makes his heart hard will fall into trouble (Proverbs 28:14). An ungodly ruler over poor people is like a lion’s roar or an angry bear (Proverbs 28:15). A ruler who steals from the people who have little is without understanding. But he who despises that which belongs to someone else will have long life (Proverbs 28:16). A man who is loaded down with the guilt of murder will run in fear until death. Let no one help him. He who walks without blame will be kept safe, but he who is ungodly will fall all at once (Proverbs 28:17-18). He who works his land will have more than enough food, but he who wastes time will become impoverished. A faithful man will have many good things, but he who hurries to be rich will be punished for it (Proverbs 28:1920). To show favor is not good, because a man will sin for a piece of bread (Proverbs 28:21). A man with ungodly desires rushes to be rich. He does not know that he will be in need (Proverbs 28:22).

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He who speaks strong words to a man will later find more favor than he who gives insincere lips service (Proverbs 28:23). He who robs his father or his mother, and says, "It is not wrong," is the friend of a man who destroys (Proverbs 28:24). An arrogant man starts fights, but all will go well for the man who trusts in the Lord (Proverbs 28:25). He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be kept safe (Proverbs 28:26). He who gives to the poor will never lack, but many bad things will happen to the man who shuts his eyes to the poor (Proverbs 28:27). When the ungodly rule, men hide themselves, but when they die, those who do what is right become many (Proverbs 28:28).

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Proverbs 29 A man who does not listen after many strong words are spoken to him will be destroyed all at once and without help (Proverbs 29:1). When those who are right with God rule, the people are glad, but when an ungodly man rules, the people have sorrow (Proverbs 29:2). A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but he who goes with prostitutes wastes his inheritance (Proverbs 29:3). The ruler makes the land strong by doing what is right and fair, but the one who takes bribes destroys it (Proverbs 29:4). A man who flatters his neighbor with sweetsounding words that are not true spreads a net for his own feet (Proverbs 29:5). An ungodly man is trapped by his actions, but a man who is right with God sings for joy (Proverbs 29:6).

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The man who is right with God cares about the rights of poor people, but the ungodly man does not understand such things (Proverbs 29:7). Men who speak against others set a city on fire, but enlighten men turn away anger (Proverbs 29:8). When a wise man argues with a foolish man, only the fool gets angry or laughs, and there is no peace and quiet (Proverbs 29:9). The violent hate those who are right with God, but a good man cares for his life (Proverbs 29:10). A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds his peace (Proverbs 29:11). If a ruler listens to lies; all who work for him will become ungodly (Proverbs 29:12). The Lord gives light to the eyes of both the poor man and the man who makes it hard for others (Proverbs 29:13). If the ruler is fair as he judges the poor, his throne will stand forever (Proverbs 29:14).

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Discipline and strong words give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother (Proverbs 29:15). When the ungodly are many, sins become many, but those who are right with God will see their fall (Proverbs 29:16). Punish your child when he does wrong and he will give you comfort. Yes, he will bring joy to your soul (Proverbs 29:17). Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the Word prospers (Proverbs 29:18). A servant will not be trained by words; for though the sense of the words is clear to him, he will not pay attention (Proverbs 29:19). Do you see a man who is quick with his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20). He who gives good care to his servant from the time he is young, will in the end find him to be a son (Proverbs 29:21). An angry man starts fights, and a man with a bad temper is full of trouble (Proverbs 29:22).

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A man's pride will bring him down, but he whose spirit is without pride will receive honor (Proverbs 29:23). Whoever is an accomplice of a thief is an enemy of his own soul. He takes an oath, but dares not testify (Proverbs 29:24). The fear of man brings a trap, but he who trusts in the Lord will be honored (Proverbs 29:25). Many look for the ruler's favor, but what is right and fair comes from the Lord (Proverbs 29:26). An ungodly man is a shame to those who are right with God, and he who is right with God is a shame to the ungodly (Proverbs 29:27).

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DAY THIRTY

Proverbs 30 The Wisdom of Agur The wise saying of Agur the son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ithiel and Ucal: ”For sure, I am more ignorant than any man, and I do not have the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, and I do not know much about the Holy One. Who has gone up into heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has gathered the waters in His coat? Who has put in place all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? For sure you know” (Proverbs 30:1-4). Every word of God has been proven true. He is a safety-blanket to all who trust in Him. Do not add to His words, or He will speak strong words to you and prove you to be a liar (Proverbs 30:5-6). Two things I have asked of You. Do not keep me from having them before I die: 8Take lies 122

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and what is false far from me. Do not let me be poor or rich. Feed me with the food that I need. Then I will not be afraid that I will be full and turn my back against You and say, "Who is the Lord?" And I will not be afraid that I will be poor and steal, and bring shame on the name of my God (Proverbs 30:7-9). Do not speak against an employee while talking with his employer, or he may speak against you and you get into trouble (Proverbs 30:10). There are those who curse their fathers, and do not honor their mothers. There are people who are right in their own eyes, but are not washed from their own dirt. There is a kind, O, how proud are his eyes! His eyes are opened wide with pride. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaws like knives, to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among men (Proverbs 30:1114). The one who lives by the blood of another has two daughters, "Give," "Give." There are three things that are never filled, four that never say, "Enough": The place of the dead, the woman who cannot have children, the earth that is always thirsty for water, and fire that never says, "Enough" (Proverbs 30:15-16).

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The eye that makes fun of a father and hates to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the young eagles (Proverbs 30:17). There are three things which are too great for me, four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship out at sea, and the way of a man with a woman (Proverbs 30:18-19). This is the way of a woman who is not faithful in marriage: She eats and washes her mouth, and says, "I have done no wrong" (Proverbs 30:20). Under three things the earth shakes, and under four it cannot stand: Under a servant when he becomes ruler, under a fool when he is filled with food, under a woman who is not loved when she gets a husband, and under a woman servant when she takes the place of the woman of the house (Proverbs 30:21-23). There are four things that are small on the earth, but they are very wise: The ants are not a strong people, but they store up their food in the summer. The badgers are not a strong people, but they make their houses in the rocks. The locusts have no ruler, but they go as an army. You can take the lizard in your

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hands, but it is found in rulers' houses (Proverbs 30:24-28). There are three things which have honor in their steps, even four which show honor in their walk: The lion, which is powerful among wild animals and does not turn away from any, the proud rooster, the male goat, and a ruler when his army is with him (Proverbs 30:29-31). If you have been ignorant in honoring yourself, or if you have planned wrong, put your hand on your mouth. Shaking milk makes butter, and hitting the nose brings blood. So fighting comes because of anger (Proverbs 30:32-33).

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DAY THIRTY ONE

Proverbs 31 The Wisdom of King Lemuel's Mother The words of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him: What, my son? What, son who came from within me? What, son of my promises? Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which destroys kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for kings to desire strong drink. Or they might drink and forget the law, and go against the rights of all who are suffering. Give strong drink to him who is ready to die, and wine to him in bitter distress. Let him drink and forget his lack, lost and limitations. Open your mouth for those who cannot speak, and for the rights of those who are left without help. Open your mouth. Be right and fair in what you decide. Stand up for the rights of those who are suffering and impoverished (Proverbs 31:1-9).

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Who can find a good wife? She is worth far more than rubies that make one rich. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will never stop getting good things. She does him good and not bad all the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like ships that trade. She brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and makes food for all those in her house. She gives work for the young women to do (Proverbs 31:10-15). She gives careful thought to a field and buys it. She plants grape-vines from what she has earned. She makes herself ready with strength, and makes her arms strong. She sees that what she has earned is good. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the wheel to make cloth. She gives to the poor, and reaches out to those in need. She is not afraid of the snow for those in her house, for all of them are dressed in red. She makes coverings for herself. Her clothes are linen cloth and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the leaders of the land. She makes linen clothes and sells them. She brings belts to those who trade. Her clothes are strength and honor. She is excited about the future. She speaks with wisdom. The teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks out for the well being of those in her house, and does not waste time.

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Her children rise up and honor her. Her husband does also, and he praises her, saying: "Many daughters have done well, but you have done better than all of them." Pleasing ways lie and beauty comes to nothing, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates (Proverbs 31:16-31).

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