Proverbs 1:7      The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, 

         but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Pr 1:7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

   Proverbs 3:5      Trust in the LORD with all your heart
         and lean not on your own understanding; 
         6      in all your ways acknowledge him, 
         and he will make your paths straight


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Pr 3:5–6). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

 Proverbs 3:9      Honor the LORD with your wealth, 
         with the firstfruits of all your crops; 
         10      then your barns will be filled to overflowing, 
         and your vats will brim over with new wine. 


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Pr 3:9–10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words
         and store up my commands within you. 
         2      Keep my commands and you will live; 
         guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 
         3      Bind them on your fingers; 
         write them on the tablet of your heart. 
         4      Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” 
         and call understanding your kinsman; 
         5      they will keep you from the adulteress, 
         from the wayward wife with her seductive words. 

         6      At the window of my house
         I looked out through the lattice. 
         7      I saw among the simple, 
         I noticed among the young men, 
         a youth who lacked judgment. 
         8      He was going down the street near her corner, 
         walking along in the direction of her house
         9      at twilight, as the day was fading, 
         as the dark of night set in. 

         10      Then out came a woman to meet him, 
         dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. 
         11      (She is loud and defiant, 
         her feet never stay at home; 
         12      now in the street, now in the squares, 
         at every corner she lurks.) 
         13      She took hold of him and kissed him
         and with a brazen face she said: 

         14      “I have fellowship offerings at home; 
         today I fulfilled my vows. 
         15      So I came out to meet you; 
         I looked for you and have found you! 
         16      I have covered my bed
         with colored linens from Egypt. 
         17      I have perfumed my bed
         with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 
         18      Come, let’s drink deep of love till morning; 
         let’s enjoy ourselves with love! 
         19      My husband is not at home; 
        he has gone on a long journey. 
         20      He took his purse filled with money
         and will not be home till full moon.” 

         21      With persuasive words she led him astray; 
         she seduced him with her smooth talk. 
         22      All at once he followed her
         like an ox going to the slaughter, 
         like a deer stepping into a noose
         23      till an arrow pierces his liver, 
         like a bird darting into a snare, 
         little knowing it will cost him his life. 

         24      Now then, my sons, listen to me; 
         pay attention to what I say. 
         25      Do not let your heart turn to her ways
         or stray into her paths. 
         26      Many are the victims she has brought down; 
         her slain are a mighty throng. 
         27      Her house is a highway to the grave,
         leading down to the chambers of death. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Pr 7:1–27). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Proverbs 14:34  mp3

         Proverbs 14:34      Righteousness exalts a nation, 
         but sin is a disgrace to any people. 


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Pr 14:34). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Proverbs 20:11  mp3

         Proverbs 20:11      Even a child is known by his actions, 
         by whether his conduct is pure and right. 


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Pr 20:11). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Tongue 1  mp3

The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.  ( 18:21)

A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver.  (25: 11)

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—(14:23)

The lips of the righteous know what is fitting,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.      (10: 32)

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.    (10:11)

An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.   (24:26)

He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor
than he who has a flattering tongue.   (28:23)

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips.    (27: 2)

Tongue 2  mp3

When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.    (10: 19)

A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his tongue.   (11:12)

A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.    (11: 13)
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,
but the heart of fools blurts out folly.     (12: 23)

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered    (17: 27)

He who answers before listening—
that is his folly and his shame.    (18: 13)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself from calamity.      (21: 23)

Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.    (29: 20)

25:9      If you argue your case with a neighbor,
do not betray another man’s confidence,
10      or he who hears it may shame you
and you will never lose your bad reputation.

Tongue 3  mp3

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.      (17: 14 )

He who covers over an offense promotes love,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.    (17:9)

A perverse man stirs up dissension,
and a gossip separates close friends.    (16:28)

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.   (15:1)

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man’s inmost parts.      (Proverbs 18: 8 )

Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down.    (26: 20)

Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.      (22:10)

26: 23      Like a coating of glaze over earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.

24      A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.