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Wisdom in the Bible

WISDOM KNOWLEDGE SUCCESS ********************************************************* WISDOM BALANCE BALANCING THE COMPANY WE KEEP BALANCING THE EMOTIONS THICK SKIN VS. PROTECTING YOURSELF JEALOUSY - A MAJOR DRIVING FORCE IN HISTORY HOW TO AVOID BEING HURT BY JEALOUS PEOPLE PEACE JUSTICE TONGUE AVOID THOSE WHO ARE UNREASONABLE PICK YOUR COMMUNITY CAREFULLY WE LEARN THROUGH TROUBLE GRIEF AVOIDING THE CYCLE OF NATIONS *********************************************************** BALANCE KJV Proverbs 26:7 - The legs of the lame are not equal, so is a parable (proverb) in the mouth of fools. KJV Ecclesiates 3:1-8 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born and a time to die a time to plant and a time to pull up what is planted a time to kill and a time to heal a time to tear down and a time to build up a time to weep and a time to laugh a time to mourn and a time to dance a time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing a time to seek and a time to give up as lost a time to keep and a time to throw away a time to tear and a time to sew together a time to keep silence and a time to speak a time to love and a time to hate a time of war and a time of peace. NIV Ecclesiates 7:18 - The man who fears God will avoid all extremes. ********************************************************** BALANCING THE COMPANY WE KEEP KJV Proverbs 13:20 - He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. AS I Corinthians 15:33 - ... Evil companionships corrupt good morals. KJV Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. ********************************************************** BALANCING THE EMOTIONS KJV Proverbs 11:2 - When pride cometh, then cometh shame, but with the lowly is wisdom. AS Proverbs 19:11 - The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger... NIV Ecclesciastes 10:4 - If a ruler's anger rises up against you, do not leave your post, calmness can lay great errors to rest. (Also Proverbs 12:16, 14:8, 17:27, 29:11, 12:16, 15:18, Job 5:2, Proverbs 14:16-17, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 16:32) ********************************************************** BALANCING THICK SKIN VS. PROTECTING YOURSELF NIV Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. NIV Eccles. 7:21 Do not pay attention to every word people say... (Also Proverbs 17:19, Proverbs 19:11, Proverbs 26:2) *********************************************************** JEALOUSY - A MAJOR DRIVING FORCE IN HISTORY KJV Genesis 4:8 - ... Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and killed him. KJV Genesis 16:5 - ... I have given my maid into thy bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, and I was despised in her eyes. KJV Psalm 106:16 - They envied Moses... (Also Genesis 12:12, Genesis 25:33, Genesis 30:15, Genesis 31:7, Genesis 37:11, I Samual 17:28, I Samual 18:29, .....................) ********************************************************** HOW TO AVOID BEING HURT BY JEALOUS PEOPLE NIV Proverbs 13:7 - ... Another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. AS Proverbs 20:19 - ... company not with him that openeth wide his lips. KJV Proverbs 22:3 - A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. KJV Proverbs 12:23 - A prudent man concealeth knowledge... KJV MATHEW 13:35 - ... A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. KJV 1 Samuel 21:10-15 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? ... And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. (Also Proverbs 18:8, 17:9, 16:28) *********************************************************** PEACE KJV Proverbs 3:17 - (Wisdom) Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. KJV Proverbs 9:7 - He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. NIV Proverbs 17:14 - The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. NIV Proverbs 25:8 - Do not go out hastily to argue your case, otherwise, what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame. KJV Proverbs 26:17 - He that ... meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. (Also Mathew 26:52, Psalm 1:1, Proverbs 22:10, Proverbs 23:9) ********************************************************** JUSTICE NIV Proverbs 18:17 - The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him. NIV Proverbs 24:23-25 To show partiality in judgement is not good. He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. NIV Exodus 23:2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, ... AS I Timothy 5:19 - Against an elder receive not an accusation, except at the mouth of two or three witnesses. KJV Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. ************************************************************ TONGUE KJV Proverbs 12:23 - A prudent man concealeth knowledge... AS Proverbs 18:13 - He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him. KJV Proverbs 21:23 - Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles. KJV James 1:19 - ... let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. (Also Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 14:3, Proverbs 17:28, Proverbs 18:2, Proverbs 29:20, Amos 5:13, Proverbs 25:11) ********************************************************** AVOID THOSE WHO ARE UNREASONABLE AS Mathew 7:6 - Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend (tear) you. KJV Matthew 16:6 ... beware of the leaven of the Pharisees ... Also Matthew 16:5-7, Matthew 16:11-13, Mark 8:15, Luke 12:1 (Also Proverbs 15:12, Psalm 1:1, Act 22:18, I Timothy 6:11, II Timothy 3:1-13, Romans 16:17, John 3:19-20, Mathew 15:14) *********************************************************** PICK YOUR COMMUNITY CAREFULLY KJV Matthew 8:21-22 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. Also Luke 9:59-60 KJV Matthew 10:37 For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law... Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Also Luke 12:53, Luke 14:26 *********************************************************** WE LEARN FROM TROUBLE KJV Ecclesiastes 7:4 - The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth (pleasure). KJV Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. KJV John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. KJV Genesis 50:20 - ... you intended evil against me, but God meant it for good ... ********************************************************* GRIEF KJV Ecclesiastes 1:18 - For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. KJV Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. *********************************************************** AVOIDING THE CYCLE OF NATIONS KJV Isaiah 58:9-11 ...If thou take away ... the putting forth (pointing) of the finger, ... the Lord will guide thee continually... KJV Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish... KJV Isaiah 25:7 - ... He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. KJV Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. KJV Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: [9] 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. COMMENTARY:

The Bible states that if people learn to focus on solving real underlying problems, instead of attacking surface symptoms, then God will guide them continually. This is the key to avoiding the cycle of nations. Gaining a vision of future probable outcomes is also key. But, the Bible describes a veil that obscures our ability to accomplish these goals. This veil is strengthened or weakened by our motives. Without these two abilities, society never faces up to it's real underlying problems, until after the culture is in the process of collapsing. During the millenium, the veil will be removed, and people will perceive the underlying realities, have increased empathy, and have better perception of long term probable outcomes. Perhaps then it will be easier for societies to clearly perceive the steps required to create a balance which will prevent extremes. With better perception of long term outcomes, people may even lose the desire to go to extremes. Until then, we are dependent upon God to honor our feeble but sincere efforts to balance our motives, by preventing us from blindly going to extremes.


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KNOWLEDGE

NIV Proverbs 22:29 - Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will 
stand before Kings; He will not stand before obscure men.

KJV Proverbs 24:5 - A wise man is strong, yea, a man of knowledge 
increases strength.

NIV Proverbs 28:2 - When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, 
but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

KJV John 8:32 - and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make 
you free.

AS I Corinthians 8:1 - ... Knowledge puffeth up, but 
love edifieth.

KJV Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish...

NIV Proverbs 20:5 - The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, 
but a man of understanding draws them out.

(Also Ecclesiastes 7:12, Proverbs 20:15, Proverbs 10:14, 
Proverbs 11:9, Proverbs 19:2, Romans 8:5, II Corinthians 4:3-4, 
Proverbs 18:15, Proverbs 22:12, Proverbs 18:15, Proverbs 22:12, 
Hosea 4:6, Romans 12:2)

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SUCCESS

BALANCE SUCCESS
TIME AND CHANCE
PLAN AND PRIORITIZE
HARD WORK
CONSISTENCY
TENACITY
COUNSEL
SUCCESS AND THE TONGUE
BALANCE YOUR GOALS
FAITH
FAILURE

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BALANCE SUCCESS

KJV Proverbs 1:32 - For the turning away of the simple shall slay 
them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

KJV Proverbs 10:15 - The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the 
destruction of the poor is their poverty. 

KJV Proverbs 11:28 - He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the 
righteous shall flourish as a branch. 

KJV 2 Thes. 3:10 - For even when we were with you, this we commanded 
you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 

KJV 1 Tim. 5:6 - But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she 
liveth. 

(Also Mathew 6:33-34, Proverbs 23:4, I Chronicles 29:12, 
Proverbs 10:22, I Timothy 6:9-10, Mathew 13:22, Mathew 6:24-25,
Proverbs 13:21, II Chronicles 26:5, Proverbs 2:7-8, Proverbs 12:2, 
Mathew 6:33-34) 

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TIME AND CHANCE

KJV Eccles. 9:11 - I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is 
not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to 
the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to 
men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 

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PLAN AND PRIORITIZE

KJV Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to 
plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. 

KJV Proverbs 21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the 
dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. 

KJV Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish...

(Also Ecclesiastes 11:4, Proverbs 14:15, Proverbs 21:29, 
Proverbs 24:27)

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HARD WORK

NIV Proverbs 12:24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends 
in slave labor.
 
NIV Proverbs 12:27 ... the diligent man prizes his possessions.

(Also Proverbs 6:6, Proverbs 10:4-5, Proverbs 12:11) 

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CONSISTENCY

NIV Eccles. 10:1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a 
little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. 

KJV Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 

(Also Luke 16:10)

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TENACITY

AS Mark 4:17 - and they have no firm root in themselves, ... when 
tribulation ariseth ... they stumble.

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COUNSEL

KJV Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in 
a multitude of counselors there is safety. 

(Also Proverbs 12:15, 10:8, 15:22)

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SUCCESS AND THE TONGUE

KJV Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but 
he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. 

KJV Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous 
words stir up anger. 

KJV Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that 
is slow to anger appeaseth strife. 

KJV Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and 
the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 

AS Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; 
but every fool will be quarrelling. 

KJV Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth 
his soul from troubles. 

KJV Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own 
mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 

NIV Proverbs 30:10 Do not slander a servant to his master, or 
he will curse you, and you will pay for it.

NIV James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, ... sets the whole course 
of his life on fire... 

(Also Proverbs 16:13, 18:20, 22:11, 25:15, Proverbs 12:14)

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BALANCE YOUR GOALS

KJV Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne 
is upholden by mercy. 

KJV Proverbs 19:22 ...a poor man is better than a liar. 

KJV Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great 
riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. 

(Also Proverbs 28:6, Proverbs 11:27, Proverbs 14:22, 
Proverbs 22:4, Mathew 23:12, Mathew 20:25-28, Ecclesiastes 3:12,
I Timothy 6:9-10, Mathew 13:22, Mathew 6:24-25) 

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FAITH

KJV Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous 
good shall be repaid. 

NIV Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who 
trusts in the Lord will prosper.

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FAILURE

KJV Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as 
surely as haste leads to poverty.
 
KJV Proverbs 26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and 
he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. 

KJV Proverbs 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but 
he that perverteth his ways shall be known. 

NIV Proverbs 26:10 Like an archer who wounds at random is he who 
hires a fool or any passer-by.

KJV Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a 
liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 

(Also Proverbs 1:19, 28:19, 21:6, 22:16, 25:27, Jeremiah 17:11, 
Proverbs 20:17, Proverbs 17:26)

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