Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
But He answered and said,It is written,Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.
He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh words stirs up anger.
By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
Many seek the ruler's favor,
But justice for man comes from the LORD.
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
Than a fatted calf with hatred.
Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
In all labor there is profit,
But idle chatter leads only to poverty.
He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.
I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Better is the poor who walks with integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
A Psalm of David
LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.