Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
“Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later” (TEV).Of course we can’t really know the future—we don’t have even today. All we actually have is this moment, as it slides along the continuum of time.
But the wise person takes seriously the nature of reality—and recognizes in the present--
Echoes from history
Warnings from prophets
Operations of “Law” in nature and human behavior
Wisdom from God’s perspective — and makes decisions accordingly.
“Lady Wisdom” in Proverbs 9 has built her house, supported by seven carved pillars.That intriguing analogy seems to indicate a substructure for wisdom, especially considering these supports are “hewn,” crafted, and not “received.” God guides our minds…but He doesn’t do our hard thinking for us. He has given to us the work of finding evidence, doing analysis, reasoning from cause to consequence, creating specifications, and designing operations in harmony with the Laws of Nature that He put into the world around us.
Those who are focused on their own self-interest, not able or caring to see at a distance, will meet disaster—in the form of reality. But wisdom is how the sensible person lives life. It’s a broader context, a longer view, whose end is joy!
Virginia Davidson, Artist—designing and building stained glass windows
Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington State, USA