Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Living under a just, fair government

God's ideals for government are sprinkled throughout Proverbs. Here are a few snippets from todays reading...

Proverbs 16

10 The king speaks with divine wisdom;
he must never judge unfairly.

11 The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;
he sets the standards for fairness.

12 A king detests wrongdoing,
for his rule is built on justice.

13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.

14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
the wise will try to appease it.

15 When the king smiles, there is life;
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wise Words and Money Sense

Snippets of wisdom from Proverbs 13-15

4 Lazy people want much but get little,
but those who work hard will prosper.

7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich;
others who are rich pretend to be poor.

8 The rich can pay a ransom for their lives,
but the poor won’t even get threatened.

11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
wealth from hard work grows over time.

18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace;
if you accept correction, you will be honored.

19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true,
but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.

21 Trouble chases sinners,
while blessings reward the righteous.

22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.

23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food,
but injustice sweeps it all away.

25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content,
but the belly of the wicked goes hungry

4 Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the godly will flourish.

20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors,
while the rich have many “friends.”

21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
blessed are those who help the poor.

23 Work brings profit,
but mere talk leads to poverty!

24 Wealth is a crown for the wise;
the effort of fools yields only foolishness.

31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but helping the poor honors him.

32 The wicked are crushed by disaster,
but the godly have a refuge when they die.

6 There is treasure in the house of the godly,
but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.

16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
is better than steak with someone you hate.

19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,
but the path of the upright is an open highway.

22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
many advisers bring success.

27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,
but those who hate bribes will live.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;
humility precedes honor.