Day One Hundred Forty-Two, Proverbs
Solicitation to evil
He who leads the upright along an evil path
will fall into his own trap;
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
Do not envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways,
for the Lord detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
A man tormented by the guild of murder
will be a fugitive till death;
let no one support him.
Causing others harm
Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
Do not accuse a man for no reason—
when he has done you no harm.
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Dissension and strife
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
The Lord abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight.
Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your forefathers.
Wrongfully obtained gains
Dishonest money dwindles away,
But he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.
A truthful witness saves lives,
But a false witness is deceitful.
The first to present his case seems right,
till another comes forward and questions him.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.