God Doesn’t Miss a Thing 15 1A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper–fire. 2Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense. 3God doesn’t miss a thing— he’s alert to good and evil alike. 4Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. 5Moral dropouts won’t listen to their elders; welcoming correction is a mark of good sense. 6The lives of God–loyal people flourish; a misspent life is soon bankrupt. 7Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow—there’s nothing to them. 8God can’t stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. 9A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line. 10It’s a school of hard knocks for those who leave God’s path, a dead–end street for those who hate God’s rules. 11Even hell holds no secrets from God— do you think he can’t read human hearts? Life Ascends to the Heights 12Know–it–alls don’t like being told what to do; they avoid the company of wise men and women. 13A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. 14An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast–food fads and fancies. 15A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song. 16A simple life in the Fear–of–God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches. 17Better a bread crust shared in love than a slab of prime rib served in hate. 18Hot tempers start fights; a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace. 19The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road. 20Intelligent children make their parents proud; lazy students embarrass their parents. 21The empty–headed treat life as a plaything; the perceptive grasp its meaning and make a go of it. 22Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. 23Congenial conversation—what a pleasure! The right word at the right time—beautiful! 24Life ascends to the heights for the thoughtful— it’s a clean about–face from descent into hell. 25God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant; he stands with those who have no standing. 26God can’t stand evil scheming, but he puts words of grace and beauty on display. 27A greedy and grasping person destroys community; those who refuse to exploit live and let live. 28Prayerful answers come from God–loyal people; the wicked are sewers of abuse. 29God keeps his distance from the wicked; he closely attends to the prayers of God–loyal people. 30A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart, and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle. 31Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. 32An undisciplined, self–willed life is puny; an obedient, God–willed life is spacious. 33Fear–of–God is a school in skilled living— first you learn humility, then you experience glory.
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