50 Wise Lessons from the Book of Proverbs

50 wise lessons from Proverbs

I absolutely love the book of Proverbs (so much so that I wrote a Proverbs Study Guide).

I’ve loved Proverbs for as long as I can remember. I’m not really sure why, or where it started.

The book of Proverbs is like a treasure chest, full of the greatest treasure to be found on earth.

The instructions found in the book of Proverbs are kind of like a recipe. If we follow the recipe, it usually turns out the way the recipe says it will.

The wisdom of God is similar, but even more dependable than a recipe.

If we follow His instructions for life, we can be assured that the outcome will be successful. We can avoid so many painful mistakes in life by receiving His wisdom found in the book of Proverbs.

When the Lord gives instructions, it’s not because He’s a control freak who wants to dictate how we behave.

In fact, He’s exactly the opposite. He absolutely refuses to control you in any way and insists that you live in freedom.

His instructions are kind of like an “insider tip”. He knows the way the universe works because He’s the One that set it up that way.

He’s the One who knows what will bring success and happiness into your life, and He wants you to have it.

I’ve put together 50 wise lessons that I’ve learned from the books of Proverbs.

Meditate on them, print them out, speak them out loud, look them up in other translations. These scriptures will help you avoid the pitfalls of life and walk in success.

1. Seek Good Counsel Before Acting

Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 NKJV

Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22 NKJV

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5 NKJV

Plans are established by counsel;
By wise counsel wage war. Proverbs 20:18 NKJV

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
So that your trust may be in the Lord;
I have instructed you today, even you. Proverbs 22:17-19 NKJV

Don’t go to war without wise guidance; there is safety in many counselors. Proverbs 24:6 TLB

A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, Prov 1:5 NKJV

A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others. Proverbs 12:15 TLB

Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days. Proverbs 19:20 TLB

Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9 NKJV

2. Accept God’s Correction

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV

Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord,
And teach out of Your law,
That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked. Psalm 94:12-13 NKJV

Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects;
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. Job 5:17 NKJV

Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who want above all else to follow your steps. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains!  Psalm 84:5-6 TLB

You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments. Psalm 119:4-7 NKJV

3. Don’t Brag On Yourself

If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, don’t brag about it—cover your mouth with your hand in shame. Proverbs 30:32 TLB

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:7 NKJV

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But he who heeds counsel is wise. Prov 12:15 NKJV

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12 TLB

The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are. Proverbs 28:11 NIV

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3 KJV

4. Understand the Power Of Giving

The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:25 NKJV

Many beg favors from a man who is generous; everyone is his friend! Proverbs 19:6 TLB

Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor. Proverbs 22:9 TLB

The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. Proverbs 10:16 NLT

Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give! Proverbs 21:25-26 tlb

Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later. Divide your gifts among many, for in the days ahead you yourself may need much help. Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 TLB

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38 NLT

5. Seek Direction from the Lord

In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:6 NKJV

We should make plans—counting on God to direct us. Proverbs 16:9 TLB

What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts! Proverbs 18:13 TLB

Lord, lead me as you promised me you would; otherwise my enemies will conquer me. Tell me clearly what to do, which way to turn. Psalm 5:8 TLB

I walk in the way of righteousness,
    along the paths of justice, Proverbs 8:20 NIV

For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints. Proverbs 2:6-8 NKJV

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV

6. Hate Pride

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13 NKJV

When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 NKJV

Pride leads to arguments; be humble, take advice, and become wise. Proverbs 13:10 TLB

Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NKJV

Pride ends in destruction; humility ends in honor. Proverbs 18:12 TLB

A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs 29:23 NKJV

If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption, and deceit of every kind. Proverbs 8:13 TLB

The Lord will destroy the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow. Proverbs 15:25 NKJV

He who loves transgression loves strife,
And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction. Proverbs 17:19 NKJV

A haughty look, a proud heart,
And the plowing of the wicked are sin. Proverbs 21:4 NKJV

A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride. Proverbs 4:24 NKJV

Whoever falsely boasts of giving
Is like clouds and wind without rain. Proverbs 25:14 NKJV

It is not good to eat much honey;
So to seek one’s own glory is not glory. Proverbs 25:27 NKJV

Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar. Psalm 138:6 NKJV

7. Be Slow to Speak

To quarrel with a neighbor is foolish; a man with good sense holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12 TLB

The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will come through trouble. Proverbs 12:13 NKJV

He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. prov 13:3 NKJV

Self-control means controlling the tongue! A quick retort can ruin everything. Proverbs 13:3 TLB

Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. Proverbs 13:3 NLT

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NKJV

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 NKJV

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 NKJV

The man of few words and settled mind is wise; therefore, even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut. Proverbs 17:27-28 TLB

Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips. Proverbs 18:6-7 NLT

Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard
Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
Ecclesiastes 9:17 NKJV

Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23 NKJV

Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20 NKJV

If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes. Ecclesiastes 10:4 NLT

8. Don’t Argue

Go from the presence of a foolish man,
When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. Proverbs 14:7 NKJV

There’s no use arguing with a fool. He only rages and scoffs, and tempers flare. Proverbs 29:9 TLB

It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel. Proverbs 20:3 NKJV

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:4-5 NKJV

A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11 NKJV

An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression. Proverbs 29:22 NKJV

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18 NKJV

Don’t waste time arguing over foolish ideas and silly myths and legends. Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit. 1 Timothy 4:7 TLB

9. Learn to Take Correction and Advice

So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Proverbs 9:8-9 NLT

He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others. Proverbs 10:17 AMPC

If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. Proverbs 13:18 NLT

The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.
He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. Proverbs 15:31-32 NKJV

He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue. Proverbs 28:23 NKJV

Don’t refuse to accept criticism; get all the help you can. Proverbs 23:12 TLB

Timely advice is as lovely as gold apples in a silver basket. It is a badge of honor to accept valid criticism. Proverbs 25:11-12 TLB

He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1 NKJV

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1 NKJV

Only a fool despises his father’s advice; a wise son considers each suggestion. Proverbs 15:5 TLB

When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. Proverbs 21:11 NKJV

Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days. Proverbs 19:20 NKJV

If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson;
    if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser. Proverbs 19:25 NLT

10. Don’t Trust In Riches

Your riches won’t help you on judgment day; only righteousness counts then. Proverbs 11:4 TLB

Trust in your money and down you go!
 But the godly flourish like leaves in spring. Proverbs 11:28 NLT

Better poor and humble than proud and rich. Proverbs 16:19 TLB

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord,
Than great treasure with trouble. Prov 15:16 NKJV

Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19 NKJV

he rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
  they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. Proverbs 18:11 NLT

Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Proverbs 23:4-5 NLT

Better to be poor and honest than rich and a cheater. Proverbs 28:6 TLB

Trying to get rich quick is evil and leads to poverty. Proverbs 28:22 TLB

They trust in their wealth and boast about how rich they are, yet not one of them, though rich as kings, can ransom his own brother from the penalty of sin! For God’s forgiveness does not come that way. Psalm 49:6-7 TLB

Don’t make your living by extortion
    or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
    don’t make it the center of your life. God has spoken plainly,
    and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you; Psalm 62:10-11 NLT

He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is vanity. When goods increase,
They increase who eat them;
So what profit have the owners
Except to see them with their eyes?  The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,
Whether he eats little or much;
But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 NKJV

11. Help the Poor and Needy

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
And He will pay back what he has given. Proverbs 19:17 NKJV

He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses. Proverbs 28:27 NKJV

He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker,
But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. Proverbs 14:31 NKJV

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,
When you have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28 NKJV

He who despises his neighbor sins;
But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. Proverbs 14:21 NKJV

Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor will cry out himself and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13 AMPC

The godly care about the rights of the poor;
    the wicked don’t care at all. Proverbs 29:7 NLT

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
    Defend the rights of all those who have nothing.
 Speak up and judge fairly.
    Defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9 ICB

If a king judges the poor fairly,
    his throne will last forever. Proverbs 29:14 NLT

Happy is the person who thinks about the poor.
    When trouble comes, the Lord will save him. Psalm 41:1 ICB

Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
    uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and helpless;
    deliver them from the grasp of evil people. Psalm 82:3-4 NLT

12. Never Co-Sign On a Loan

My son, if you become surety for your friend,
If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler. Proverbs 6:1-5 NKJV

There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt;
    it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt. Proverbs 11:15 NLT

It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt
    or put up security for a friend. Proverbs 17:18 NLT

Take the coat of someone who promises to pay what a stranger owes.
    Keep it until he pays the stranger’s bills. Proverbs 20:16 ICB

Don’t promise to pay what someone else owes.
    And don’t give guarantees that you will pay what he owes.
 If you cannot pay what he owes,
    your own bed will be taken and sold. Proverbs 22:26-27 ICB

13. Don’t Be Lazy and Love Sleep

Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread. Proverbs 20:13 NKJV

“Let me sleep a little longer!” Sure, just a little more! And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor. Proverbs 6:10-11 TLB

Lazy people sleep a lot.
    Idle people will go hungry. Proverbs 19:15 ICB

My child, listen and be wise:
    Keep your heart on the right course.
Do not carouse with drunkards
    or feast with gluttons,
for they are on their way to poverty,
    and too much sleep clothes them in rags. Proverbs 23:19-21 NLT

The lazy person says, “There’s a lion in the road.
 There’s a lion in the streets!” The lazy person is like a door that turns back and forth on its hinges.
 He stays in bed and turns over and over. The lazy person may put his hand in the dish.
 But he’s too tired to lift the food to his mouth. The lazy person thinks he is wiser
 than seven people who give sensible answers. Proverbs 26:13-16 ICB

A lazy person will end up poor.
    But a hard worker will become rich.

A son who gathers crops when they are ready is wise.
    But the son who sleeps through the harvest is a disgrace. Proverbs 10:4-5 ICB

14. Don’t Be Afraid of Calamities or World Disasters

You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
    or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
for the Lord is your security.
    He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. Proverbs 3:25-26 NLT

No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity. Proverbs 12:21 AMPC

The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked,
Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. Proverbs 21:12 NKJV

Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned. Psalm 34:21-22 NKJV

The Lord saves good people.
    He is their strong city in times of trouble.
 The Lord helps them and saves them.
    He saves them from the wicked
    because they trust in him for protection. Psalm 37:39-40 ICB

A good man deals graciously and lends;
He will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:5-7 NKJV

I trust in the Lord for protection.
So why do you say to me,
    “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!
The wicked are stringing their bows
    and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.
They shoot from the shadows
    at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
    What can the righteous do?” But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
    the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
    examining every person on earth. Psalm 11:1-4 NLT

He is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trusted in him, and he helped me. Joy rises in my heart until I burst out in songs of praise to him. The Lord protects his people and gives victory to his anointed king. Defend your people, Lord; defend and bless your chosen ones. Lead them like a shepherd and carry them forever in your arms. Psalm 28:7-9 TLB

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah Psalm 46: 1-3 NKJV

Oh, how great is your goodness to those who publicly declare that you will rescue them. For you have stored up great blessings for those who trust and reverence you. Hide your loved ones in the shelter of your presence, safe beneath your hand, safe from all conspiring men. Psalm 31:19-20 TLB

So cheer up! Take courage if you are depending on the Lord. Psalm 31:24 TLB

There is no need to fear when times of trouble come, even though surrounded by enemies! Psalm 49:5 TLB

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles,
    but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;
    not one of them is broken! Psalm 34:18-20 NLT

15. Beware of the Consequences of Adultery

Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
For by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:25-27, 29 NKJV

But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool,
    for he destroys himself.
He will be wounded and disgraced.
    His shame will never be erased. Proverbs 6:32-3 NLT

Don’t let your desires get out of hand; don’t let yourself think about her. Don’t go near her; stay away from where she walks, lest she tempt you and seduce you. For she has been the ruin of multitudes—a vast host of men have been her victims. If you want to find the road to hell, look for her house. Proverbs 7:25-27 TLB

For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
    and her mouth is smoother than oil.
But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
    as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
    her steps lead straight to the grave. Proverbs 5:3-5 NLT

Run from her! Don’t go near her house, lest you fall to her temptation and lose your honor, and give the remainder of your life to the cruel and merciless; lest strangers obtain your wealth, and you become a slave of foreigners. Lest afterwards you groan in anguish and in shame when syphilis consumes your body, 12 and you say, “Oh, if only I had listened! If only I had not demanded my own way! Oh, why wouldn’t I take advice? Why was I so stupid?  Proverbs 5:8-13 TLB

For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He ponders all his paths.
His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
He shall die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. Prov 5:20-23 NKJV

16. Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol

Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it swirls around smoothly;
At the last it bites like a serpent,
And stings like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange things,
And your heart will utter perverse things.
Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
“They have struck me, but I was not hurt;
They have beaten me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink? Proverbs 23:31-35 NKJV

It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted. Proverbs 31:4-5 NKJV

Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 NKJV

He who loves pleasure will be a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not be rich. Proverbs 21:17 NKJV

Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions?
Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
Those who linger long at the wine,
Those who go in search of mixed wine. Proverbs 23:29-30 NKJV

It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.  Roman 14:21 NKJV

17. Don’t Hoard Food

People curse those who hoard their grain,
    but they bless the one who sells in time of need. Proverbs 11:26 NLT

I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry. Instead, the godly are able to be generous with their gifts and loans to others, and their children are a blessing. Psalm 37:25-26 TLB

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:26-27 NLT

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” John 6:27 NKJV

18. Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

Only a simpleton believes everything he’s told! A prudent man understands the need for proof. Proverbs 14:15 TLB

Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight. Proverbs 18:17 TLB

Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. 1 Timothy 5:19 NKJV

Also do not take to heart everything people say,
Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
For many times, also, your own heart has known
That even you have cursed others. Ecclesiastes

19. Learn to Stop Talking and Listen

The wise man learns by listening; the simpleton can learn only by seeing scorners punished. Prov 21:11 TLB

Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23 NKJV

My children, listen when your father corrects you.
    Pay attention and learn good judgment, Proverbs 4:1 NKJV

He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3 NKJV

A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, Proverbs 1:5 NKJV

I said, “I will guard my ways,
Lest I sin with my tongue;
I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
While the wicked are before me.” Psalm 39:1 NKJV

20. Don’t Be Afraid Of People Or What They Think

The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25 NKJV

Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJV

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 NKJV

In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11 NKJV

I called on the Lord in distress;
The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me? Psalm 118:5-6 NKJV

21. Control Your Appetites

A person without self-control
    is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28 NLT

Hell and Destruction are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied. Proverbs 27:20 NKJV

When you go out to dinner with an influential person,
    mind your manners:
Don’t gobble your food,
    don’t talk with your mouth full.
And don’t stuff yourself;
    bridle your appetite. Proverbs 23:1-3 MSG

Have you found honey?
Eat only as much as you need,
Lest you be filled with it and vomit. Proverbs 25:16 NKJV

O my son, be wise and stay in God’s paths; don’t carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. And remember that too much sleep clothes a man with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21 TLB

22. Don’t Be Envious of Others

Don’t envy the wicked. Don’t covet his riches. For the evil man has no future; his light will be snuffed out. Proverbs 24:19-20 TLB

Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; Proverbs 23:17 NKJV

Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; Proverbs 24:1 NKJV

Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:1-3 NKJV

So do not be dismayed when evil men grow rich and build their lovely homes. For when they die, they carry nothing with them! Their honors will not follow them. Though a man calls himself happy all through his life—and the world loudly applauds success— yet in the end he dies like everyone else and enters eternal darkness. Psalm 49: 16-19 TLB

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him to act. Don’t be envious of evil men who prosper. Psalm 37:7 TLB

23. Bless Your Enemies and Forgive

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 NKJV

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression. Proverbs 19:11 NKJV

Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends. Proverbs 17:9 TLB

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12:14 NKJV

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44 NKJV

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. Luke 6:27-28 NLT

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:35-36 NKJV

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10 NKJV

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Romans 12:14 NLT

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 NLT

24. Make Wisdom Your Priority

For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:11 NKJV

Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NKJV

Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding; Proverbs 3:13 NKJV

An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth;
    fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies. Proverbs 15:14 TLB

Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied! Matthew 5:6 AMPC

Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God. Prov 2:3-5 NKJV

25. Develop Kindness

Your kindness will reward you,
    but your cruelty will destroy you. Proverbs 11:17 NLT

What is desired in a man is kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar. Proverbs 19:22 NKJV

The man who tries to be good, loving, and kind finds life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 TLB

Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24 NLT

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness. Proverbs 31:26 NKJV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5: 22-23 NKJV

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; Colossians 3:12 NKJV

26. Don’t Always Think You’re Right

We can always “prove” that we are right, but is the Lord convinced? Proverbs 16:2 TLB

We can justify our every deed, but God looks at our motives. Proverbs 21:2 TLB

A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance. Proverbs 28:13 TLB

Just as it is harmful to eat too much honey, so also it is bad for men to think about all the honors they deserve! Proverbs 25 27 TLB

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2 NKJV

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12 NKJV

27. Avoid Gossip and Never Spread Rumors

A gossip goes around spreading rumors, while a trustworthy man tries to quiet them. Proverbs 11:13 NIV

An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Proverbs 16:28 TLB

Anyone who lies about his neighbor
    hurts him as a club, a sword or a sharp arrow would. Proverbs 25:18 ICB

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. Proverbs 26:20 NKJV

The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body. Proverbs 26:22 NKJV

Don’t eavesdrop! You may hear your servant cursing you! For you know how often you yourself curse others! Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 TLB

28. Refuse to Allow Anger to Control You

People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. Proverbs 14:29 NLT

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back. Proverbs 29:11 NLT

A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention. Proverbs 15:18 NKJV

Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool. Ecclesiastes 7:9 NLT

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1:19-20 NLT

Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9 NKJV

29. Learn God’s Path to Wealth

An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning
Will not be blessed at the end. Proverbs 20:21 NKJV

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 NKJV

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
    but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:45 NLT

Honor the Lord with your wealth
    and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain,

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NKJV

30. Don’t Be Fooled by Flattery

Flattery is a form of hatred and wounds cruelly. Proverbs 26:28 TLB

A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:28 NKJV

The purity of silver and gold can be tested in a crucible, but a man is tested by his reaction to men’s praise. Proverbs 27:21 TLB

In the end, people appreciate frankness more than flattery. Proverbs 28:23 TLB

Flattery is a trap; evil men are caught in it, but good men stay away and sing for joy. Proverbs 29:5-6 TLB

But it was only with their words that they followed him, not with their hearts;  Psalm 78:36 TLB

31. Trust God for All Things

The Lord will not let a good man starve to death, nor will he let the wicked man’s riches continue forever. Proverbs 10:3 TLB

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 NKJC

He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. Proverbs 28:25 NKJV

The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25 NKJV

You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16 NKJV

Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him. Psalm 34:9 NKJV

Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. P
roverbs 30:5 NKJV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3 NKJC

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5 NKJV

Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8 NKJV

32. Be a Blessing to Your Neighbors

Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house,
Lest he become weary of you and hate you. Proverbs 25:17 NKJV

Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake. Proverbs 3:29 NKJV

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,
When you have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28 NKJV

Anyone who lies about his neighbor
    hurts him as a club, a sword or a sharp arrow would. Proverbs 25:18 ICB

Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” James 2:8 NLT

To quarrel with a neighbor is foolish; a man with good sense holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12 TLB

If you come upon an enemy’s ox or donkey that has strayed away, you must take it back to its owner.Exodus 23:4 TLB

33. Refuse to Allow Fear in Your Life

Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; Proverbs 3:25 NKJV

Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust in God means safety. Proverbs 29:25 TLB

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:2 NLT

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NKJV

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NKJV

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

34. Don’t Stay Up at Night Worrying

My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:21-26 NKJV

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NKJV

You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book. My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
    This I know: God is on my side! Psalm 56:8-9 NLT

I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5 NKJV

Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me.Psalm 3:5 TLB

35. Aim to Be At Peace With All Men

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20 NKJV

When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7 NKJV

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6  NLT

How wonderful and pleasant it is
    when brothers live together in harmony! Psalm 133:1 NLT

Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 NKJV

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  Romans 12:18 NKJV

alt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” Mark 9:50 NKJV

36. Develop a Relaxed, Joyful Attitude Toward Life

Peace of mind means a healthy body.
    But jealousy will rot your bones. Prov 14:30 ICB

When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when he is cheerful, everything seems right! Proverbs 15:15 TLB

A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NKJV

A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick. Proverbs 17:22 TLB

A happy heart is like good medicine.
    But a broken spirit drains your strength. Proverbs 17:22 ICB

But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Psalm 68:3 NKJV

The humble shall see this and be glad;
And you who seek God, your hearts shall live. Psalm 69:32 NKJV

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:11 NLT

37. Commit Everything In Your Life to God’s Care

Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 TLB

God’s way is perfect.
    All the Lord’s promises prove true.
    He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. Psalm 18:30 NLT

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4 NKJV

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 NKJV

Send me a sign of your favor. When those who hate me see it, they will lose face because you help and comfort me. Psalm 86:17 TLB

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those of us who reverence the Lord will never lack any good thing. Psalm 34:10 TLB

38. Don’t Rush Into Things

It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown. A man may ruin his chances by his own foolishness and then blame it on the Lord! Proverbs 19:2-3 TLB

Get the truth and never sell it;
    also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. Proverbs 23:23 NLT

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts. Proverbs 24:3-4 TLB

Don’t brag about tomorrow,
    since you don’t know what the day will bring. Proverbs 27:1 NLT

don’t be in a hurry to go to court.
For what will you do in the end
    if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat? Proverbs 25:8 NLT

See the way God does things and fall into line. Don’t fight the facts of nature. Who can straighten what he has made crooked?  Ecclesiastes 7:13 TLB

39. Learn to Save

The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. Proverbs 21:20 TLB

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22 NKJV

A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 TLB

The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts. Proverbs 14:8 TLB

There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver. Money is put into risky investments that turn sour, and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one’s children. We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us. And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind. Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud—frustrated, discouraged, and angry. Ecclesiastes 5:13-17 NLT

40. Never be Jealous

Jealousy is more dangerous and cruel than anger. Proverbs 27:4 TLB

A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away. Proverbs 14:30 TLB

Don’t envy violent people
    or copy their ways. Proverbs 3:31 NLT

Don’t envy sinners,
    but always continue to fear the Lord. Proverbs 23:17 NLT

Don’t envy evil people
    or desire their company. Proverbs 24:1 NLT

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4 NLT

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  1 Corinthians 13:4 NKJV

41. Train Your Thoughts

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV

Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:20-23 NKJV

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV

 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,  1 Timothy 1:19 NKJV

42. Never Criticize People

As surely as a north wind brings rain,
    so a gossiping tongue causes anger! Proverbs 25:23 NLT

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 10:11 NKJV

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NKJV

Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement. Proverbs 15:4 TLB

A good man thinks before he speaks; the evil man pours out his evil words without a thought. Proverbs 15:28 TLB

A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul. Proverbs 18:6-7 TLB

43. Learn to Be Content

Better is a little with righteousness,
Than vast revenues without justice. Proverbs 16:8 NKJV

But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face. Psalm 17:15 TLB

And, of course, it is very good if a man has received wealth from the Lord and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy. Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 TLB

Though a man lives a thousand years twice over but doesn’t find contentment—well, what’s the use? Ecclesiastes 6:6 TLB

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  Phillipians 4:11 NKJV

44. Learn to Be Patient

A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18 NIV

Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you. Psalm 27:14 TLB

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37:7-9 NKJV

The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8 NKJV

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;  Romans 12:12 NKJV

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,  2 Timothy 2:24 NKJV

45. Control Your Tongue

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul. Proverbs 18:7 NKJV

The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. Proverbs 11:9 NKJV

 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. James 1:26 NKJV

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 NKJV

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out. Proverbs 10:31 NKJV

46. Hate the Things that God Hates

A righteous man hates lying,
But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame. Proverbs 13:5 NKJV

These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19 NKJV

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22 NKJV

You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 NKJV

47. Don’t Seek Revenge or Be Glad When Your Enemies Suffer

He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. Proverbs 17:5 NKJV

 If you repay evil for good, a curse is upon your home. Proverbs 17:13 TLB

Do not say, “I will recompense evil”;
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. Proverbs 20:22 NKJV

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Proverbs 24:17 NKJV

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  Romans 12:17 NKJV

Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.” Proverbs 24:29 KJV

48. Don’t Get Involved in Other People’s Quarrels

It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel. Proverbs 20:3 NKJV

 It is an honor for a man to stay out of a fight. Only fools insist on quarreling. Proverbs 20:3 TLB

Yanking a dog’s ears is no more foolish than interfering in an argument that isn’t any of your business. Proverbs 26:17 TLB

To quarrel with a neighbor is foolish; a man with good sense holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12 TLB

A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. Proverbs 19:19 NKJV

Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 2 Timothy 2:23 NLT

Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. Titus 3:9 NLT

49. Avoid Ungodly Friends

The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 NKJV

Don’t envy evil people
    or desire their company. Proverbs 24:1 TLB

My child, fear the Lord and the king.
Don’t associate with rebels,
for disaster will hit them suddenly.
Who knows what punishment will come
    from the Lord and the king? Proverbs 24:21-22  NLT

Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul. Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; Psalm 1:1 NKJV

I want the company of the godly men and women in the land; they are the true nobility.  Psalm 16:3 TLB

50. Bring Your Temper Under Control

A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
And a man of wicked intentions is hated. Proverbs 14:17 NKJV

He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is impulsive exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29 NKJV

A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention. Proverbs 15:18 NKJV

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32 NKJV

A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. Proverbs 19:19 NKJV

Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul. Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV

A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11 NKJV

Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20 NKJC

An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression. Proverbs 29:22 NKJV



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