Proverbs 17:3 (ESV)

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,

and the Lord tests hearts.

Proverbs 17:5 (ESV)

Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;

he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 17:6 (ESV)

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,

and the glory of children is their fathers.

Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)

Whoever covers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:10 (ESV)

10  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding

than a hundred blows into a fool.

Proverbs 17:13 (ESV)

13  If anyone returns evil for good,

evil will not depart from his house.

Proverbs 17:14 (ESV)

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Proverbs 17:16 (ESV)

16  Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom

when he has no sense?

How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Psalm 137:1–7 (ESV)

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”

 

PROVERBS 16 Selected Verses

Proverbs 16:1 (ESV)

The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 16:2 (ESV)

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord weighs the spirit.

Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:4 (ESV)

The Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Proverbs 16:5-8 (ESV)

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

be assured, he will not go unpunished.

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,

he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better is a little with righteousness

than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 16:19 (ESV)

19  It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:22 (ESV)

22  Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,

but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 16:28 (ESV)

28  A dishonest man spreads strife,

and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:32 (ESV)

32  Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,

and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

The Way of Wisdom

 

Proverbs 9:1 (ESV)

The Way of Wisdom

9 Wisdom has built her house;

she has hewn her seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:7 (ESV)

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,

and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Proverbs 9:8 (ESV)

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:9 (ESV)

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:10 (ESV)

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Proverbs 9:12 (ESV)

12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Proverbs 9:16–18 (ESV)

16  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

And to him who lacks sense she says,

17  “Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

18  But he does not know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

Psalm 129:title–8 (ESV)

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

129 A Song of Ascents.

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”—

let Israel now say—

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,

yet they have not prevailed against me.

The plowers plowed upon my back;

they made long their furrows.”

The Lord is righteous;

he has cut the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion

be put to shame and turned backward!

Let them be like the grass on the housetops,

which withers before it grows up,

with which the reaper does not fill his hand

nor the binder of sheaves his arms,

nor do those who pass by say,

“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!

We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Practical Warnings

Proverbs 6:6 (ESV)

Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 6:12–15 (ESV)

12  A worthless person, a wicked man,

goes about with crooked speech,

13  winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,

points with his finger,

14  with perverted heart devises evil,

continually sowing discord;

15  therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;

in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (ESV)

16  There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

       17  haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18  a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that make haste to run to evil,

19  a false witness who breathes out lies,

and one who sows discord among brothers.