Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of How to Be the Wisest Man in the World
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:5-6

Week 20: Day 3

Please watch the second part of How to Be the Wisest Man in the World today.

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Proverbs 16-18

16:1 The intentions of the heart belong to a man, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord. 2All a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, but the Lord evaluates the motives. 3Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established. 4The Lord has worked everything for his own ends— even the wicked for the day of disaster. 5The Lord abhors every arrogant person; rest assured that they will not go unpunished. 6Through loyal love and truth iniquity is appeased; through fearing the Lord one avoids evil. 7When a person’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he even reconciles his enemies to himself. 8Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant income without justice. 9A person plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps. 10The divine verdict is in the words of the king; his pronouncements must not act treacherously against justice. 11Honest scales and balances are from the Lord; all the weights in the bag are his handiwork. 12Doing wickedness is an abomination to kings, because a throne is established in righteousness. 13The delight of a king is righteous counsel, and he will love the one who speaks uprightly. 14A king’s wrath is like a messenger of death, but a wise person appeases it. 15In the light of the king’s face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds of the spring rain. 16How much better it is to acquire wisdom than gold; to acquire understanding is more desirable than silver. 17The highway of the upright is to turn away from evil; the one who guards his way safeguards his life. 18Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19It is better to be lowly in spirit with the afflicted than to share the spoils with the proud. 20The one who deals wisely in a matter will find success, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. 21The one who is wise in heart is called discerning, and kind speech increases persuasiveness. 22Insight is like a life-giving fountain to the one who possesses it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools. 23A wise person’s heart makes his speech wise, and it adds persuasiveness to his words. 24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. 26A laborer’s appetite has labored for him, for his hunger has pressed him to work. 27A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and his slander is like a scorching fire. 28A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends. 29A violent person entices his neighbor, and then leads him down a path that is terrible. 30The one who winks his eyes devises perverse things, and one who compresses his lips has accomplished evil. 31Gray hair is like a crown of glory; it is attained in the path of righteousness. 32Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city. 33The dice are thrown into the lap, but their every decision is from the Lord. 17:1 Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietness than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A servant who acts wisely will rule over an heir who behaves shamefully and will share the inheritance along with the relatives. 3The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold; likewise the Lord tests hearts. 4One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 5The one who mocks the poor has insulted his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished. 6Grandchildren are like a crown to the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents. 7Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler! 8A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds. 9The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred blows on a fool. 11An evil person seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12It is better for a person to meet a mother bear being robbed of her cubs than to encounter a fool in his folly. 13As for the one who repays evil for good, evil will not leave his house. 14Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; abandon strife before it breaks out! 15The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent— both of them are an abomination to the Lord. 16What’s the point of a fool having money in hand to buy wisdom when his head is empty? 17A friend loves at all times, and a relative is born to help in adversity. 18The one who lacks sense strikes hands in pledge and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 19The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction. 20The one who has a perverse heart does not find good, and the one who is deceitful in speech falls into trouble. 21Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy. 22A cheerful heart brings good healing, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 23A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice. 24Wisdom is directly in front of the discerning person, but the eyes of a fool run to the ends of the earth. 25A foolish child is a grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him. 26It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong. 27The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. 28Even a fool who remains silent is considered wise, and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning. 18:1 One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment. 2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind. 3When a wicked person arrives, contempt shows up with him, and with shame comes a reproach. 4The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook. 5It is terrible to show partiality to the wicked by depriving a righteous man of justice. 6The lips of a fool enter into strife, and his mouth invites a flogging. 7The mouth of a fool is his ruin, and his lips are a snare for his life. 8The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, and they have gone down into the person’s innermost being. 9The one who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys. 10The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high. 11The wealth of a rich person is like a strong city, and it is like a high wall in his imagination. 12Before destruction the heart of a person is proud, but humility comes before honor. 13The one who gives an answer before he listens— that is his folly and his shame. 14A person’s spirit sustains him through sickness— but who can bear a crushed spirit? 15The discerning person acquires knowledge, and the wise person seeks knowledge. 16A person’s gift makes room for him and leads him before important people. 17The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him. 18A toss of a coin ends disputes and settles the issue between strong opponents. 19A relative offended is harder to reach than a strong city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a fortified citadel. 20From the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; with the product of his lips he will be satisfied. 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit. 22The one who has found a good wife has found what goodness is and obtained a delightful gift from the Lord. 23A poor person makes supplications, but a rich man answers harshly. 24There are companions who harm one another, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NET Bible)

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