This is the second in a series of a study of the proverbs. This study will help us to learn how to succeed in different areas of life, so that we can better serve our cities. Other articles in this series:
This study is an overview of what the proverbs say about skills as an entrepreneur. It’s amazing how one book of the bible can give us so much insight into running businesses.
Use this knowledge to better serve your employees, your network connections, and your city.
Better a patient man than a warrior,
a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
A simple man believes anything,
but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame,
but whoever heeds correction is honored.
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in slave labor.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path.
Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,
but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinion.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.
A righteous man is cautious in friendship,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
He who puts up security for another will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.
A man finds joy in giving an apt reply –
and how good is a timely word!
An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city,
and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider his vows.
A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Do not eat the food of a stingy man,
do not crave his delicacies;
for he is the kind of man
who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house –
too much of you, and he will hate you.
A kind man benefits himself,
but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.
A righteous man cares for [even] for the needs of his animal,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
The Lord abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight.
Humility and fear of the Lord
bring wealth and honor and life.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Dishonest money dwindles away,
but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty.
He who loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest
amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
A faithful man will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from him.
Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare
but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe.
If you have played the fool and exalted yourself,
or if you have planned evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
For as churning the milk produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,
he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but many advisers make victory sure.
He who scorns instruction will pay for it,
but he who respects a command is rewarded.
Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value a man who speaks the truth.
A quick-tempered man does foolish things,
and a crafty man is hated.
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the Lord.
If you falter in times of trouble,
how small is your strength!
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
You will have plenty of goats’ milk
to feed you and your family
and to nourish your servant girls.
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