I realize that not everyone has read the book of Proverbs.
I'm embarrassed to say how old I was before I read all 31 chapters.
If you haven't. read a chapter a day for a month - it'll change you perspective on a lot of things.
Here's selected verses from chapter 20, the chapter I read this morning.
This can give you a pretty good idea what the book is like.
1 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
only fools insist on quarreling.
4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season
will have no food at the harvest.
5 Though good advice lies deep within the heart,
a person with understanding will draw it out.
6 Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?
7 The godly walk with integrity;
blessed are their children who follow them.
9 Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart;
I am pure and free from sin"?
10 False weights and unequal measures —
the LORD detests double standards of every kind.
11 Even children are known by the way they act,
whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see —
both are gifts from the LORD.
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
15 Wise words are more valuable
than much gold and many rubies.
17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,
but it turns to gravel in the mouth.
18 Plans succeed through good counsel;
don't go to war without wise advice.
19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
so don't hang around with chatterers.
20 If you insult your father or mother,
your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.
21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
is not a blessing in the end.
22 Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong."
Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.
23 The LORD detests double standards;
he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
24 The LORD directs our steps,
so why try to understand everything along the way?
25 Don't trap yourself by making a rash promise to God
and only later counting the cost.
27 The LORD's light penetrates the human spirit,
exposing every hidden motive.
29 The glory of the young is their strength;
the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.