Proverbs, Chapter 14

(1) Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (2) He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him. (3) In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. (4) Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. (5) A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. (6) A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. (7) Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. (8) The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. (9) Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. (10) The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. (11) The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. (12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (13) Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness. (14) The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. (15) The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. (16) A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. (17) He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. (18) The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. (19) The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. (20) The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. (21) He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. (22) Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good. (23) In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. (24) The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly. (25) A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies. (26) In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. (27) The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (28) In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince. (29) He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. (30) A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (31) He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. (32) The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. (33) Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known. (34) Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (35) The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

A Random Prayer...

Country Prayer for Lent

Dear Lord, we are now in the holy season of Lent. We begin to realize anew that these are the days of salvation, these are the acceptable days. We know that we are all sinners. We know that in many things we have all offended Your infinite majesty. We know that sin destroys Your life in us as a drought withers the leaves and chokes the life from the land, leaving an arid, dusty desert. Help us now, Lord, in our feeble attempts to make up for past sin. Bless our efforts with the rich blessing of Your grace. Make us realize ever more our need of penance and of mortification. Help us to see, in our ordinary difficulties and duties, in the trials and temptations of every day, the best opportunity of making up for past infidelities. Every day we are so often reminded in field and wood, in sky and stream, of Your own boundless generosity to us. Help us to realize that You are never outdone in generosity, and that the least thing we do for You will be rewarded, full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and flowing over. Then we shall see, in our own souls, how the desert can blossom, and the dry and wasted land can bring forth the rich, useful fruit that was expected of it from the beginning. Amen.

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