Intelligence Outranks Muscle
1-2 Don’t envy bad people;
don’t even want to be around them.
All they think about is causing a disturbance;
all they talk about is making trouble.
3-4 It takes wisdom to build a house,
and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms
with fine furniture and beautiful draperies.
5-6 It’s better to be wise than strong;
intelligence outranks muscle any day.
Strategic planning is the key to warfare;
7 Wise conversation is way over the head of fools;
in a serious discussion they haven’t a clue.
8-9 The person who’s always cooking up some evil
soon gets a reputation as prince of rogues.
Fools incubate sin;
cynics desecrate beauty.
Rescue the Perishing
10 If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
there wasn’t much to you in the first place.
11-12 Rescue the perishing;
don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
Someone not impressed with weak excuses.
13-14 Eat honey, dear child—it’s good for you—
and delicacies that melt in your mouth.
and wisdom for your soul—
Get that and your future’s secured,
your hope is on solid rock.
15-16 Don’t interfere with good people’s lives;
don’t try to get the best of them.
No matter how many times you trip them up,
God-loyal people don’t stay down long;
Soon they’re up on their feet,
while the wicked end up flat on their faces.
17-18 Don’t laugh when your enemy falls;
don’t gloat over his collapse.
God might see, and become very provoked,
and then take pity on his plight.
19-20 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
Those people have no future at all;
they’re headed down a dead-end street.
21-22 Fear God, dear child—respect your leaders;
don’t be defiant or mutinous.
Without warning your life can turn upside down,
and who knows how or when it might happen?
More Sayings of the Wise
An Honest Answer
23 It’s wrong, very wrong,
to go along with injustice.
24-25 Whoever whitewashes the wicked
gets a black mark in the history books,
But whoever exposes the wicked
will be thanked and rewarded.
26 An honest answer
is like a warm hug.
27 First plant your fields;
then build your barn.
28-29 Don’t talk about your neighbors behind their backs—
no slander or gossip, please.
Don’t say to anyone, “I’ll get back at you for what you did to me.
I’ll make you pay for what you did!”
30-34 One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones,
and then passed the vineyard of a slob;
They were overgrown with weeds,
thick with thistles, all the fences broken down.
I took a long look and pondered what I saw;
the fields preached me a sermon and I listened:
“A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”
I don’t understand some American’s complete, total, historic, systemic, and continual discrimination.
This country was founded due to people fleeing a discriminatory, intolerant Europe. Yet for every generation that has followed, some group of people has been oppressed, repressed, discriminated against, judged, and vilified.
White privilege is real. And white privilege exists. Today. One of my favorite classes was race and the law. And it’s not cuz I’m black. It’s not because black people were talked about because Hispanic, Asians, and Native Americans got some spotlight too. It highlighted thoughts and opinions about these good ol states of America.
The crazy thing is, though I see white privilege, I also see that every group that has faced discrimination discriminates against every group that comes after them. Some of my people have strong feelings about Hispanic people.
Every Middle Easterner, every Muslim is not a terrorist. They are not all out to kill the world. All of these people judging, Christians and religious folk I might add, would hate to be lumped into one category.
What if people thought every white person was a Timothy McVeigh? What if people thought every black person was one of the two DC snipers?
There’s got to come a day when we don’t judge by the color of people’s skin but the content of their character as Dr. King dreamed. In his words, injustice anywhere is still ina threat to justice everywhere. When will there be true equality?
Where is the justice
Crazy that a man
Gets time in jail
Over fighting dogs
Yet my brothers’ killers
Crazy what money
And skin color buy
For the same drugs
My brothers get life for
Crazy that my brothers
Shot in the back
Laying in the street
Carrying a toy
Lying unable to breathe
Chased in the night
Animals and criminals
As if their mistakes
And somehow justify their death
Where is the justice
From what I see
Liberty and justice
Just ain’t for all