Wise Words (Proverbs 18:22-19:23)John Bradley, 17th July 2016
Part of the Study of Proverbs series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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18:23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
19:1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
19:3 A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord .
19:4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friend deserts him.
19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
19:6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.
19:7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives- how much more do his friends avoid him! Though he pursues them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.
19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
19:9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.
19:10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
19:11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
19:12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
19:13 A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
19:14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord .
19:15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
19:16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord , and he will reward him for what he has done.
19:18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.
19:19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord 's purpose that prevails.
19:22 What a man desires is unfailing love ; better to be poor than a liar.
19:23 The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.