Day One Hundred Forty-Four, Proverbs
Parents and children
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him.
May your father and mother be glad;
may she who gave you birth rejoice!
Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained by a righteous life.
Women and wives
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
Kings and rulers
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
Remove the dross from the silver,
and out comes material for the silversmith;
Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among great men;
It is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshed the spirit of his masters.
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the Lord will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.