Cogitation VI: Cogent Words

To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. Proverbs 1:7 GNT.

God gives out wisdom free, is plainspoken in knowledge and understanding. He’s a rich mine of common sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. Proverbs 2:6-8 MSG.

Don’t lose your grip on love and loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people. Proverbs 3:3-4 MSG.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Proverbs 3:5-6 GNT.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Proverbs 3:9-10 MSG.

Happy is anyone who becomes wise – who comes to have understanding. There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold. Proverbs 3:13-14 GNT.

Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow” when the money’s right there in your pocket. Proverbs 3:27 MSG.

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 GNT.

Treat wisdom as your sister, and insight as your closest friend. They will keep you away from other men’s wives, from women with seductive words. Proverbs 7:4-5. GNT.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 NIV.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions. Proverbs 10:12 NASB.

You’ll find wisdom on the lips of a person of insight, but the shortsighted needs a slap in the face. The wise accumulate knowledge – a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much – a sheer waste. Proverbs 10:13-14 MSG.

When you’re kind to others, you help yourself; when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself. Proverbs 11:17 MSG.

Bad work gets paid with a bad check; good work gets solid pay. Proverbs 11:18 MSG.

The Lords detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity. Evil people will surely be punished, but the children of the godly will go free. Proverbs 11:20-21 NLT.

Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 CEB.

People curse those who hoard grain, but they bless those who sell it. Proverbs 11:26 CEB.

Whoever works his land will have plenty to eat, but the one who chases unrealistic dreams has no sense. Proverbs 12:11 GW.

Evil scheming distorts the schemer; peace-planning brings joy to the planner. Proverbs 12:20 MSG.

Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up. Proverbs12:25 GNT.

Intelligence wins respect, but those who can’t be trusted are on the road to ruin. Proverbs 13:15 GNT.

Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance. Proverbs 13:16 GNT.

There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again – it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. Proverbs 14:12-13 MSG.

A simple life in the fear of God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches. Proverbs 15:16 MSG.

Better a bread crust shared in love than a slab of prime rib served in hate. Proverbs 15:17 MSG.

God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant; he stands with those who have no standing. Proverbs 15:25 MSG.

Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good. Proverbs 16:2 MSG.

Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place. Proverbs 16:3 MSG.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 MSG.

First pride, then the crash – the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. It’s better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous. Proverbs 16:18-19 MSG.

A merry heart does good, like medicine. But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NKJV.

Find a good spouse, you find a good life – and even more: the favor of God! Proverbs 18:22 MSG.

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. Proverbs 18:24 MSG.

Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives. Proverbs 19:18 NLT.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 MSG.

Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome – a staggering drunk is not much fun. Proverbs 20:1 MSG.

It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights. Proverbs 20:3 MSG.

Advice comes from the deep waters of the heart; those with understanding can draw it out. Many people will say that they are loyal, but who can find a reliable person? Proverbs 20:5-6 CEB.

Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. Proverbs 20:22 NLT.

The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices. Proverbs 21:3 NLT.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 NLT.

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 NLT.

Point your kids in the right direction – when they’re old they won’t be lost. Proverbs 22:6 MSG.

Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious – don’t get infected. Proverbs 22:24-25 MSG.

Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. Proverbs 23:13-14 NLT.

Homes are built on the foundation of wisdom and understanding. Where there is knowledge, the rooms are furnished with valuable, beautiful things. Proverbs 24:3-4 GNT.

If you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed. Proverbs 24:10 GNT.

In the heat of an argument, don’t betray confidences. Word is sure to get around, and no one will trust you. Proverbs 25:9-10 MSG.

When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you’ll make yourself sick; and when you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up. Proverbs 25:16-17 MSG.

Malice backfires, spite boomerangs. Proverbs 26:27 MSG.

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1 NIV.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another. Proverbs 27:17 GW.

Whoever takes care of a fig tree can eat its fruit, and whoever protects his master is honored. Proverbs 27:18 GW.

As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by his heart. Proverbs 27:19 GW.

Those who become rich through high interest rates gather money for those who are generous to the poor. Proverbs 28:8 CEB.

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. Proverbs 29:25 NLT.

Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help. So don’t second-guess him; he might take you to task and show up your lies. Proverbs 30:5-6 MSG.

Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! Proverbs 31:8-9 MSG.

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:10-12 NLT.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 NLT

If you’ll like to receive Jesus into your life please pray this prayer: “Father I acknowledge that I am a sinner, that Jesus died for me, that you raised him from the dead. Father please forgive me. I accept Jesus today as my Lord and my Saviour. Amen.”

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