II Wake Up . . .  

Proverbs 23:1-3,6-7,9,12,31-35 NIV
When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you, [2] and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. [3] Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. [6] Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; [7] for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. [9] Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words. [12] Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. [31] Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! [32] In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. [33] Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. [34] You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. [35] “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?”


Proverbs 22

Proverbs 22:1-2,4,6-7,9,11-12,17-18,22-23,26-28 NIV
A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. [2] Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. [4] Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. [6] Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. [7] The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. [9] The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. [11] One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. [12] The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. [17] Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, [18] for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. [22] Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, [23] for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life. [26] Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; [27] if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. [28] Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Who can say . . .

Proverbs 20:1,5,7,9,15,19-20,22,29 NIV
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise. [5] The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. [7] The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. [9] Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? [15] Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. [19] A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. [20] If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. [22] Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you. [29] The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

Restore Us . . .

Psalm 80:16-19 NIV
Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish. [17] Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. [18] Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. [19] Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19:1,3,5,7-8,11,14,16-17,20,23,25,27 NIV
Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse. [3] A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord. [5] A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free. [7] The poor are shunned by all their relatives—how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found. [8] The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper. [11] A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. [14] Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. [16] Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die. [17] Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. [20] Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. [23] The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. [25] Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge. [27] Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.