The Blameless Poor vs The Perverse Fool
Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.
It is better to be poor and pure
than to be foolish and perverse.
perverse: perÂ·verse [per-vurs] adjective
1. willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
2. characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition: a perverse mood.
3. wayward or cantankerous.
4. persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
5. turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
An Unfriendly Person
An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
There are 2 things wrong with an unfriendly person:
He is selfish.
He is quarrelsome.
Sounds like somebody could use a hug.
Can we all get along?
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
“Can we all get along? Can we get along?” Rodney King – 1991
Not a rhetorical question, but an earnest plea, from a man acquainted with strife.
Strife is a violent reaction to stress that destroys our relationships.
How many of us have risked everything to escape a house of strife?
Inspiration, Motivation, Behavior
To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
If the Word of God determines my motivation,
And my motivation determines my behavior,
Then the Word of God determines my behavior.
Gentle Answer vs Harsh Words
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The wise person gives a gentle answer and turns away wrath.
The fool uses harsh words and aggravates the anger.
Ever argue with someone just because one of your buttons was pushed?