Proverbs 11

It’s about being preserved through this life, avoiding the pitfalls and temptations.

…to gossip, to trust mortals (they die); to be led astray by: words that undermine the truth within you, or your own pride, or the temptation to cheat to get ahead.

15 or so wise sayings that start personal and broaden out to community wisdom.

The main game is always avoiding death, being kept righteous in God’s eyes.

There wasn’t much between the most memorable and the least, but I was quite struck by:

Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.‘. (which I actually took as personal advice, as I have a bit of a ‘go-it-alone’ mentality).

A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

‘Only wealth!’ How many lives have been spent on the notion that wealth gives honour? I suppose some people split the difference, like Bill Gates, who spent half his life mercilessly pursuing the wealth and half on honour. But wealth alone? Compared to kindheartedness?

Proverbs is like poetry, slows you down in a good way. Before I read the chapter I have no patience for it, but once I do I feel refreshed and more positive about the day.

I’ll pray/try to take advice, not participate in stuff I know to be foolish, count my blessings and avoid mourning wealth I’ll never have.

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