A GOOD START in NEW YEAR
Manual for Living
God's Word. Here's the first 19 verses of Proverbs.
There are 31 chapters - yep, you could read it easily in a month.
Israel’s king— Written down so we’ll know how to live
well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people
a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.
Start with God
down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee.
Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on
Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you,
don’t go along with them. If they say—“Let’s go out and
raise some hell.
Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
Let’s pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals.
We’ll load up on top-quality loot. We’ll haul it home by the truckload.
Join us for the time of your life! With us, it’s share and share alike!”—
Oh, friend, don’t give them a second look; don’t listen to them
for a minute.
They’re racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they
lay hands on. Nobody robs a bank with everyone watching,
Yet that’s what these people are doing— they’re doing themselves in.
When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens:
the more you get, the less you are.