Day One Hundred Thirty-Nine, Proverbs
Motive and the heart
All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord weights the heart.
To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Love and faithfulness
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.
Love, hatred, and compassion
Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.
Kindness and mercy
An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.
If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and he will hate you.
Pride and humility
One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;
he defies all sound judgment.
Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
A greedy man stirs up dissension,
but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.