Selection From the Book of Proverbs

4:23Be careful how you think: your life is shaped by your thoughts.
12:13A wicked man is trapped by his own words, but an honest man gets himself out of trouble.
12:15Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.
12:16When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Sensible people will ignore an insult.
12:18Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.
13:4No matter how much a lazy person may want something, he will never get it. A hard worker will get everything he wants.
13:20Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.
14:13Laughter may hide sadness. When happiness is gone, sorrow is always there.
14.30Peace of mind makes the body healthy, but jealousy is like a cancer.
15:1A gentle answer quietens anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.
15:4Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.
15:28Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply, but it causes trouble.
17:5If you laugh at poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone's misfortune.
17:9If you want people to like you, forgive them when they wrong you. Remembering wrongs can break up a friendship.
17:22Being cheerful keeps you healthy.
18:13Listen before you answer. If you don't you are being stupid and insulting.
18:14Your will to live can sustain you when you are sick, but if you lose it your last hope is gone.
18:21What you say can preserve life or destroy it.
19:27When you stop learning, you will soon neglect what you already know.
24:1Don't be envious of evil people, and don't try to make friends with them.
25:20Singing to a person who is depressed is like taking off his clothes on a cold day or like rubbing salt in a wound.
27:12Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.
28:27Give to the poor and you will never be in need.
29:4When the king is concerned with justice, the nation will be strong, but when he is concerned only with money, he will ruin his country.

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