Heart is…

Serving Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lords requires that we check out the priorities of our hearts and ask whether they are the same as those Jesus would set.

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

Rom 12:1, 2 “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Heart Check

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We spend too recklessly,

Laugh too little,

Drive too fast,

Get too angry too quickly,

Stay up too late,

Get up too tired,

Read scripture too seldom if at all,

Pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom and lie too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve tried to add years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We’ve conquered outer space, but not our inner space; We’ve done larger things, but not better things;

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice; We write more, but learn less;

Plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait;

We have higher incomes; but lower morals;

More food but less appeasement;

We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication;

We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; Tall men, and short character; Steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips,

Disposable diapers,

Throwaway morality,

One-night stands,

Overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom.

The solution is one you will not hear very often in this world.

The solution is a personal relationship with Jesus and allowing Him to direct and control our lives!!!!

You can never get too much of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!

The percentage of how much of our life Jesus controls is directly proportionate to our level of commitment.

Rom 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Treating others as you would be Treated…

Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

Treating others as you would be Treated…

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. Well, as such things go, one thing led to another. The sales manager went longer than anticipated and the meeting ran overtime. Their flights were scheduled to leave out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and they had to race to the airport. With tickets in hand, they barged through the terminal to catch their flight back home. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere.  Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding. All but one.

He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved goodbye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping, and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them into the baskets, and helped set the display up once more. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $20 for the damage we did. Are you okay?”

She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.” As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued,

“Are you Jesus?”

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul:”

Are you Jesus?”

Do people mistake you for Jesus? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Let’s start living like we are worth the price He paid.

John 13:35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye
have love one to another.”

Funny how…Where my Treasure is…

Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,

Funny how…Where my Treasure is…

Actions truly do speak louder than words.

Funny how a $100 bill “looks” so big when you take it to church, but so
small when you take it to the mall.

Funny how long it takes to serve God for an hour, but how quickly a Team
plays 60 minutes of football.

Funny how long a couple of hours spent at church seems, but how short
they are when watching a movie.

Funny how we can’t think of anything to say when we pray, but don’t have
difficulty thinking of things to talk about to a friend.

Funny how we get thrilled when a baseball game goes into extra innings,
but we complain when serving takes too much of our ‘leisure’ time.

Funny how hard it is to read a chapter in the bible, but how easy it is
to read 100 pages of a bestselling novel or spend hours on the Internet.

Funny how people want to get a front seat at any game or concert, but
scramble to get a back seat at church services.

Funny how we need 2 or 3 weeks advance notice to fit a fellowshipping
event into our schedule, but can adjust our schedule for other events at
the last moment.

Funny how hard it is for people to memorize verses to share the gospel with

others, but how simple it is for the same people to understand and repeat gossip.

Funny how we believe what the newspaper says, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven but don’t want to listen to the Gospel.

Funny how you can send a thousand ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread
like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord or
from His word, people think twice about sharing.

Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Where is your heart this morning? I doubt there is one out there with myself

included who wasn’t a bit offended by one of those challenges. So…….

Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The 10 Commandments….

Exodus 20:2a-6 “I am the Lord your God…

  • “You shall have no other gods before
  • “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

The 10 Commandments….

When you hear of someone worshipping an Idol you usually picture some statue with people praying to it and even making offerings to it. So when you are asked if you worship idols you immediately think that you are not in with those folks.  You see yourself as being good at least on the first two commandments of God having to do with idol worship. If we truly are keeping the first two then the other eight noted below should be easy. But if you are breaking the first two then the next eight are usually a product of that sin of idolatry. Look at them and you will see that if you are worshipping anything, person or statue and not worshipping God then breaking the other eight automatically in process. And remember that says we can sin with the mind as well as our hands. An example is anger. We can murder with the mind, commit adultery with the mind and sadly so it goes.

  • “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
  • “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
  • “You shall not murder.
  • “You shall not commit adultery.
  • “You shall not steal.
  • “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  • “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

So, the real question is whether idolatry is simply the worship of some statue or can it be the worship of other items or people including self. A preacher some 300 years ago gave the following list of 7 questions as a test to folks to see if they were worshipping idols. When you read it you will see that our nature or humanity is the same today as it was then so the test is as relevant today as it was then. I have added the verses that help me on each question and hopefully you also.

  1. What are you most disappointed with right now?
    1. Ex 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
  2. What do you sacrifice your time and money for?
    1. Mat 6:21 “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”
  3. What do you worry about? What scares you?
    1. 2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
    2. Mat 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
  4. Where do you go when you hurt?
    1. Mat 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
  5. What makes you mad? The following is an example of righteous anger…..
    1. Mark 11:15 “So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.”
  6. What brings you the most joy?
    1. Romans 14:17-19 “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
  7. Whose applause do you long for?
    1. 2 Tim 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

 

So, how did you do on the quiz? And if you did not like some of your answers what are you going to do about it?

 

I John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

 

It’s never too late to change your worship patterns.

 

Heb 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The Lessons of Life…

Proverbs 4:13 “Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.”

The Lessons of Life…

From Paul Harvey:

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I’d like better.

I’d really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.

And I really hope nobody gives you a brand-new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it’s all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you’ll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your
tongue on a frozen flagpole.

And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing
with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy if they are with at home with Jesus!

May you feel joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor’s window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hanukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you — tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness.
To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life.

Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I’m here for you. And if I die before you do, I’ll go to heaven and wait for you.

We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them.

Psalm 71:17 “O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.”

Counseling from God’s Absolute Unchanging Word…

Counseling from God’s Absolute Unchanging Word…

Mal 3:6a “For I, Jehovah, change not;”

 I developed the categories of the Book of Proverbs listed below to help me in quickly finding some verses on counseling and personal issues. They are how I categorized them so you may find some that you feel will fit or should be solely in another category. I hope they help you in understanding that there is only one place to find unchanging pure truth for all areas of conflict (II Tim 3:16-17) and that is from God’s word recorded in the Bible.

The Book of Proverbs was inspired and Authored into print by the Holy Spirit (II Pet 1:20-21) who used Solomon and his life to give us these truths. Solomon was a man with wisdom like no one ever had or ever will have.

I Kings 3:11-12 “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life, neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern justice; behold, I have done according to thy word: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there hath been none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.”

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

Proverbs 1:1-6  “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give prudently to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”

Prov 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

INDEX
o ALCOHOL
o ANGER/VIOLENCE VS LOVE & PEACE
o ATTITUDE
o AUTHORITY/LEADERSHIP
o BARGAINING-BUYING AND SELLING
o BLESSING
o CONFRONTATION/REBUKE
o COUNSELING
o DISCIPLINE/INSTRUCTION/ CORRECTION/REBUKE
o EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE
o ENVY
o FAMILY/FRIENDS
o FEAR
o FLEE EVIL
o FOOLISHNESS
o GIVING
o GOD’S WILL
o GREED
o HONESTY
o HOPE
o HYPOCRISY
o INTEGRITY
o JEALOUSY
o JUSTICE
o KNOWLEDGE/INSTRUCTION/STUDY
o LABOR VS LAZY
o LAST DAYS
o MAKING THINGS RIGHT
o MAN/WOMAN/MARRIAGE
o NEIGHBOR
o OBEDIENCE
o OFFENDED
o PEACE
o PLEASURE
o PREJUDICE
o PRIDE/HUMILITY/BOASTING
o RICHES/WEALTH/POOR
o RICHTEOUSNESS
o SCORNER/MOCKER
o SEXUAL PURITY
o SORROW
o STRENGTH
o STRIFE/CAUSE UNREST
o TONGUE/GOSSIP/OUTSPOKEN
o TRADITION
o TRUTH
o VENGENCE
o WAYS OF MAN
o WICKED/MISCHIEF
o WISDOM/LIFE PRINCIPLES VS FOOLISHNESS

Proverbs 1:1-6 (KJV)
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give prudently to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

o ECC 12:13,14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and obey His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, including the secret things, whether they be good or whether they be evil.”
o ALCOHOL
o 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
o 21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
o 23:19-21 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
o 23:29-35 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moved itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stings like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
o 31:6, 7 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

o ANGER/VIOLENCE VS LOVE & PEACE
o 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaks lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
o 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
o 10:11, 12 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up strife: but love covers all sins.
o 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
o 14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
o 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
o 15:17, 18 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
o 16:29-33 A violent man enticeth his neighbor, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. He shutteth his eyes to devise forward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
o 19:11, 12 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as dew upon the grass.
o 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
o 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
o 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.
o 29:8-10 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
o 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

o ATTITUDE
o 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
o 18:15-17 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him
o 27:7 The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

o AUTHORITY/LEADERSHIP
o 14:28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
o 16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
o 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
o 19:10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
o 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
o 29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
o 29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
o 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
o 31:1-5 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for prince’s strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

o BARGAINING-BUYING AND SELLING
o 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.
o 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
o 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
o 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
o 11:24, 25 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withhold more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
o 18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

o BLESSING
o 3:33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
o 11:26 He that withhold corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
o 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

o CONFRONTATION/REBUKE
o 3:27-29 Withhold no good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
o 3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
o 27:5, 6 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
o 27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

o COUNSELING
o 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
o 12:15, 16 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
o 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
o 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
o 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
o 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.
o 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
o 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
o 29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
o DISCIPLINE/INSTRUCTION/CORRECTION/REBUKE
o 3:11, 12 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
o 10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
o 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
o 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
o 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
o 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored.
o 13:23, 24 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
o 14:35 The king’s favor is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
o 15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
o 15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
o 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
o 17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
o 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
o 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
o 19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
o 20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
o 20:30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
o 21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
o 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
o 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
o 23:12-14 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
o 24:23-25 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
o 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
o 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
o 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
o 27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
o 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
o 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
o 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
o 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

o EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE
o 29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

o ENVY
o 3:31, 32 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the forward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous
o 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones
o 24:1-2 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
o 24:19-20 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
o 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

o FAMILY/FRIENDS
o 4:1-4 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
o 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
o 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
o 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
o 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
o 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
o 17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
o 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
o 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
o 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
o 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
o 19:13, 14 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
o 19:26, 27 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
o 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
o 20:20, 21 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
o 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
o 22:24, 25 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
o 23:22-25 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
o 27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.
o 28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
o 28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
o 29:3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

o FEAR
o 1:30-33 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
o 2:1-9 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

o 3:25, 26 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

o 3:7, 8 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

o 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
o 14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
o 14:26, 27 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
o 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
o 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.
o 15:31-33 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.
o 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
o 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
o 19:23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
o 20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
o 20:8, 9 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

o 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
o 23:17, 18 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
o 24:21-22 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
o 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
o 29:25, 26 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord.

o FLEE EVIL
o 3:7, 8 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
o 4:14-19 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
o 4:25-27 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
o FOOLISHNESS
o 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
o 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
o 9:12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
o 10:8, 9 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
o 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
o 12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
o 13:19, 20The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed
o 13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
o 13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
o 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.
o 14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
o 14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
o 17:11-13 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
o 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
o 19:3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
o 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
o 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
o 24:7-9 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
o 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool.
o 26:4-11 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
o 27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
o 28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
o 30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
o GOD’S WILL
o 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
o 24:10-12 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
o 25:2-4 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
o GIVING
o 3:9, 10 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
o 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
o 21:13, 14 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
o 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
o 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse
o 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

o GREED
o 27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
o 27:20, 21 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

o HONESTY
o 6:30, 31 Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
o 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
o 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
o 16:11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.
o 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.
o 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

o HYPOCRISY
o 28:3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

o HOPE
o 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

o INTEGRITY
o 20:11, 12 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
o 20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
o 20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.
o 20:25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
o 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
o 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
o 25:25-28 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory. He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
o 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
o 28:4, 5 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
o 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
o 28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
o 29:4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

o JEALOUSY
o 6:34, 35 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

o JUSTICE
o 3:27-29 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
o 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

o KNOWLEDGE/INSTRUCTION/STUDY
o 4:1-4 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
o 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
o 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
o 5:22,23 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
o 13:14-16 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard. Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
o 14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
o 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
o 19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
o 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
o 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel
o 22:17-21 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
o 24:3-5 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
o 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
o 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

o LABOR VS LAZY
o 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
o 10:4, 5 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
o 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
o 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
o 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him
o 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
o 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
o 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
o 13:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
o 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
o 14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
o 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
o 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
o 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
o 19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
o 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
o 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
o 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
o 21:25, 26 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
o 22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
o 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
o 23:1-5 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
o 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
o 26:13-16 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
o 27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
o 27:23-27 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for
ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
o 28:19-20 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

o LAST DAYS
o 30:11-14 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

o MAKING THINGS RIGHT
o 6:1-5 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

o MAN/WOMAN/MARRIAGE
o 5:18, 19 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
o 9:13-18 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
‘Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
o 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
o 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
o 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
o 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
o 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
o 31:10-31 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

o NEIGHBOR
o 25:17-18 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

o OBEDIENCE
o 1:8, 9 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
o 3:1-6 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
o 6:20-23 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
o 7:1-3 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers; write them upon the table of thine heart.
o 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
o 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination

o OFFENDED
o 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
o 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

o PEACE
o 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
o 19:16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
o 21:30, 31 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord. The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.
o 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

o PLEASURE
o 30:18, 19 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

o PREJUDICE
o 14:20, 21 The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich hath many friends. He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he

o PRIDE/HUMILITY/BOASTING
o 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
o 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
o 12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honored himself, and lacketh bread.
o 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
o 15:24, 25 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
o 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
o 16:18, 19 Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
o 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
o 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
o 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
o 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
o 25:6, 7 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great
o men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
o 25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
o 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
o 27:1, 2 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
o 28:25, 26 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
o 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
o 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

o RICHES/WEALTH/POOR
o 10:15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
o 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
o 13:7, 8 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
o 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.
o 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
o 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
o 18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
o 19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.
o 19:6, 7 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
o 19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
o 22:2The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.
o 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
o 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
o 22:22, 23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
o 28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
o 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
o 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
o 31:8, 9 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

o RIGHTEOUSNESS
o 10:2, 3 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
o 10:16 The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
o 10:28-30 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
o 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
o 11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
o 11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
o 11:10, 11 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
o 11:18-21 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. [As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. They that are of a forward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
o 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath
o 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
o 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
o 12:2, 3 A good man obtaineth favor of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
o 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
o 12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
o 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
o 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
o 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
o 21:21, 22 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
o 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

o SCORNER/MOCKER
o 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
o 9:7, 8 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
o 14:6, 7 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
o 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
o 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
o 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

o SEXUAL PURITY
o 2:10-22 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh forward things; [Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they forward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
o 5:1-17 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labors be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.
o 5:20, 21 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.

o 6:24-29 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent
o 6:32, 33 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
o 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
o 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.
o 23:26-28 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
o 27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
o 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness

o SORROW
o 14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
o 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
o 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
o 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

o STRENGTH
o 30:29-32 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up. If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

o STRIFE/CAUSE UNREST
o 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with
o 17:18, 19 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
o 26:17-19 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
o 30:21-23 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
o 30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

o TEMPTATION
o 1:10-19 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

o TONGUE/GOSSIP/OUTSPOKEN
o 4:24 Put away from thee a forward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
o 6:12-15 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a forward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; [Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
o 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
o 10:19-21 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
o 10:31, 32 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the forward tongue shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

o 11:12, 13 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
o 11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.
o 12:5, 6 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

o TONGUE/GOSSIP/OUTSPOKEN

o 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man’s hands shall
be rendered unto him.
o 12:17-20 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.
o 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
o 13:2, 3 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
o 13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
o 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
o 15:1-4 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
o 15:7, 8 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
o 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness
o 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
o 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
o 15:28-30 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
o 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.
o 16:23-28 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. He that labored labored for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. A forward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
o 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
o 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
o TONGUE/GOSSIP/OUTSPOKEN (cont)
o 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
o 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
o 18:6-8 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
o 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
o 18:20, 21 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
o 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
o 19:28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
o 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
o 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
o 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
o 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
o 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
o 23:15, 16 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
o 25:9-11 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
o 25:15-16 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
o 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
o 26:20-28 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
o 29:5, 6 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
o 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
o 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

o TRADITION
o 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
o 23:10, 11 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

o TRUTH
o 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
o 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
o 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
o 12:17-20 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.
o 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.
o 13:5, 6 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
o 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
o 14:9 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
o 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
o 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
o 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
o 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
o 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
o 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
o 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
o 21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
o 23:6-8 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
o 24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
o 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
o 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

o VENGENCE
o 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.
o 21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
o 24:17-18 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: [18] Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
o 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
o 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
o 25:20-22 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

o WAYS OF MAN
o 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
o 14:14The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
o 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
o 16:2, 3 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
o 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
o 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
o 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
o 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
o 20:24 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?
o 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
o 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
o 21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

o WICKED/MISCHIEF
o 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
o 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
o 10:16 The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
o 10:28-30 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
o 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
o 10:23-25 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
o 11:7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
o 11:10, 11 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
o 11:18-21 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. [As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. They that are of a forward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
o 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath
o 11:27, 28 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
o 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
o 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
o 12:12, 13 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
o 12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
o 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
o 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
o 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
o 16:4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
o 17:15, 16 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
o 17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
o 18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach
o 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
o 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
o 21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
o 21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
o 21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
o 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
o 21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
o 22:8] He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
o 24:15-16 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting
o place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
o 28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
o 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
o 28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
o 28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
o 29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
o 29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

o WISDOM/LIFE PRINCIPLES VS FOOLISHNESS

o 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
o 1:20-28 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
o 3:13-24 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. [16] Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
o 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
o 4:5-12 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
o 7:4-9:5 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come; let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways; go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing forward or perverse in them. instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
o 9:9-11 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
o 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
o 10:8, 9 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
o 10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
o 10:27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
o 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
o 14:15, 16 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
o 14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
o 14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
o 15:21, 22 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
o 16:14-16 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
o 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
o 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
o 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
o 19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
o 21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
o 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
o 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
o 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
o 28:16] The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
o 28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
o 30:1-9 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
o 30:24-27 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

 Solomon’s final words of wisdom.

ECC 12:13, 14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and obey His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, including the secret things, whether they are good or whether they are evil.”

Jesus, the Great ‘I Am’…

JESUS, THE GREAT ‘I AM’…

In our world today, there are many religions with some being among the largest in our world that do not believe that Jesus is Who He is and proclaimed to be. Many believe that Jesus was a great man and even a great Prophet but not God.

To find the truth we need only to listen to Jesus Himself and understand where He is today. It comes down to faith and we know without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). Most importantly do not listen to what any man teaches, or religion, if the teaching differs from scripture. If you believe the Bible to be from God (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21-22) and protected down through the ages (Mat 5:18) so that mankind cannot change it then listen to God. As John 8:32 says; ‘you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

In every chapter of the Gospel of John the Apostle, Jesus as One part of God is proclaimed. In John He is given the title of ‘the Word’, the ‘One and Only’, the ‘Lamb of God’, the ‘Son of God’, the ‘True Bread’, the ‘Life’, the ‘Resurrection’ and the ‘Vine’.  Jesus proclaims His preexistence and His eternal deity. The following are just a few of the places in the Bible showing that Jesus is God and the great ‘I Am’.

  • John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
  • John 6:35 “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never ”
  • John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
  • John 9:5b “…I am the light of the world”
  • John 10:7 “Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”
  • John 10:11 ““I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
  • John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”
  • John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
  • John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  • John 15:5-6 ““I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
  • Hebrews 10:12 “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”
  • Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the]author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

John the Baptist not John the Apostle was sent to earth to proclaim the coming of God the Son as our Savior. While we are not John the Baptist, we do have a similar ministry (Mat 28:18-20) to proclaim the Gospel and that Jesus is coming again.

  • John 1:22-23 “Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah

The most important fact proclaiming Jesus to be God is that He is no longer in the grave as He would be if He were a mere human. HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE and today is at God the Fathers right hand making intercession for the sinners we are. If Jesus were just a great man or a Prophet His body would still be in the grave.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:13-14, 17 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!”
  • Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

JESUS IS GOD, ARE YOU READY IF HE WERE TO COME BACK TODAY?

  • 1 John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”