The Wisdom of Proverbs – Chapter 14


Every wise woman has built her house, But the foolish breaks it down with her hands.

He who walks in his straightness fears יהוה, But he whose ways are crooked despises Him.

In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise guard them.

Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean; But from the strength of an ox comes much increase.

A trustworthy witness does not lie, But a false witness breathes out lies.

A scoffer shall seek wisdom but find none, But knowledge is swift to him who has understanding.

Leave the presence of a foolish man, For you shall not perceive the lips of knowledge.

The wisdom of the clever is to understand His way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

Fools scoff at guilt, But among the straight there is delight.

The heart knows its own bitterness, And no stranger shares its joy.

The house of the wrong is destroyed, But the tent of the straight flourishes.

There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Even in laughter the heart is in pain, And the end of that joy is heaviness.

The backslider in heart is satisfied with his own ways, But a good man is satisfied from his.

The simple believes every word, But the clever one watches his step.

The wise fears and turns away from evil, But a fool rushes on and is reckless.

He who is impatient acts foolishly, And a man who plans wickedness is hated.

The simple shall inherit folly, But the clever are crowned with knowledge.

The evil ones shall bow before the good, And the wrong ones at the gates of the righteous.

The poor is hated even by his own neighbour, But the rich has many friends.

He who despises his neighbour sins; But he who shows favour to the poor, O blessed is he.

Do not those who plan evil go astray? But kindness and truth are to those who plan good.

In all labour there is profit, But talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

The crown of the wise is their wealth, The folly of fools is folly.

A true witness saves lives, But he who breathes out lies is a betrayer.

In the fear of יהוה is strong trust, And His children have a place of refuge.

The fear of יהוה is a fountain of life, To turn away from the snares of death.

In a multitude of people is a sovereign’s splendour, But in the lack of people is the ruin of a prince.

He who is patient has great understanding, But he who is short of spirit exalts folly.

A healthy heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who esteems Him shows favour to the needy.

By his own evildoing the wrong is thrust down, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.

Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, And even among fools it becomes known.

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to peoples.

The sovereign’s delight is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is towards him who causes shame.

Isaiah Chapter 2


Another powerful passage from Isaiah, the prophet.

The word that Yeshayahu the son of Amots saw concerning Yehuḏah and Yerushalayim:

And it shall be in the latter days that the mountain of the House of יהוה is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And ALL NATIONS shall flow to it.  And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of יהוה, to the House of the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths, for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the Word of יהוה from Yerushalayim.”

And He shall judge between the nations, and shall reprove many peoples.

And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither teach battle any more.

O house of Ya‛aqoḇ, come and let us walk in the light of יהוה.

For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Ya‛aqoḇ, because

  • they have been filled from the East,
  • and practise magic like the Philistines,
  • and they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
  • And their land is filled with silver and gold,
  • and there is no end to their treasures.
  • And their land is filled with horses,
  • and there is no end to their chariots.
  • And their land is filled with idols; they bow themselves to the work of their own hands, to what their own fingers have made.
  • And the lowly bows down,
  • and the high is humbled;

therefore You do not forgive them.

Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, because of the fear of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency.

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the pride of men shall be bowed down, and יהוה ALONE shall be exalted in that day.

For יהוה of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up, so that it is brought low; and against all the cedars of Leḇanon that are high and lifted up, and against all the oaks of Bashan; and against all the high mountains, and against all the hills that are lifted up; and against every lofty tower, and against every strong wall; and against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the desirable craft. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the pride of men shall be brought low. And יהוה ALONE shall be exalted in that day, and the idols completely pass away. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from dread of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.

In that day man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, because of the fear of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.

Cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for in what is he to be reckoned upon?

Isaiah chapter 1


I read this this morning.  It fits the time we live in.  Whew.  Read of the intense feelings the Father has toward His wayward children. My thoughts are in italics.

The vision of Yeshayahu son of Amots, which he saw concerning Yehuḏah and Yerushalayim in the days of Uzziyahu, Yotham, Aḥaz, Ḥizqiyahu – sovereigns of Yehuḏah.

Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth! For יהוה has spoken, “I have reared and brought up children, but they have transgressed against Me. (it even happens to the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE?!) 

An ox knows its owner and a donkey its master’s crib – Yisra’ĕl does not know, My people have not understood.”

Alas, sinning nation, a people loaded with crookedness, a seed of evil-doers, sons acting corruptly! They have forsaken יהוה, they have provoked the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl, they went backward.  (can you see how this is true of our nation?  Heartbreaking!)

Why should you be beaten any more? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints. From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it – wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.

Your land is laid waste, your cities are burned with fire, strangers devour your land in your presence. And it is laid waste, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Tsiyon is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

Unless יהוה of hosts had left to us a small remnant, we would have become like Seḏom, we would have been made like Amorah. (have mercy, YHWH!)

Hear the word of יהוה, you rulers of Seḏom; give ear to the Torah of our Elohim, you people of Amorah! (here is what Yah has to say to those who do wickedly and yet try to please Him too)

“Of what use to Me are your many slaughterings?” declares יהוה. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courtyards? Stop bringing futile offerings, incense, it is an abomination to Me. New Moons, Sabbaths, the calling of meetings – I am unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly. My being hates your New Moons and your appointed times, they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. And when you spread out your hands, I hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I do not hear. Your hands have become filled with blood.” (Those are some strong words!  *hate* *abomination*)

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil! Learn to do good! (and what does doing good look like? Keep reading)

  1. Seek right-ruling
  2. Reprove the oppressor
  3. Defend the fatherless
  4. Lead for the widow.

Come now, and let us reason together,” says יהוה. (A simple list of what things He desires of His people)

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword,” for the mouth of יהוה has spoken. (There’s that enormous two letter word “if” again)

How the steadfast city has become a whore! I have filled it with right-ruling; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.

Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water. Your rulers are stubborn, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and runs after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow reach them. (It seems the orphans and widows are very important to Him!)

Therefore the Master declares, יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “Ah, I shall be eased of My adversaries, and I shall be avenged of My enemies. And I shall turn My hand against you, and shall refine your dross as with lye, and shall remove all your alloy. And I shall give back your judges as at the first, and your counsellors as at the beginning. After this you shall be called the city of righteousness, a steadfast city.”

Tsiyon shall be redeemed with right-ruling, and her returning ones with righteousness. And the destruction of transgressors (of Torah) and of sinners is together, and those who forsake יהוה shall be consumed. (in order to forsake Him, wouldn’t one have to first be together with them?)

For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees which you have desired. And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens which you have chosen. For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water.  The strong shall be for tow, and his work for a spark. And both shall burn together, with no one to extinguish.

The Psalms


I love this playlist on YouTube – thought you all might enjoy it too!  It has every single Psalm put to song.  150 Psalms for HOURS of listening and easily memorizing Scripture!  =)

Later I will be sharing a new recipe for Molasses cookies that my daughter found.  DELICIOUS!

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you all about the state of the world.  Whew!  Unbelievable, really.  The only safe place is where Yah, the Creator, has put you.  Please make sure you know Him and that you can *hear* His voice!

HalleluYah for the perfect Shalom that He gives!

Wow! Did He really say that?


I was reading fairly recently in the book of Ezekiel and wanted to share a couple of passages I came across.  I believe this first one in chapter 3 applies to those of us who have had our eyes opened.

Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”

That is some very serious stuff!

And take a look at this one in Ezekiel 18:5-32  ~ this was DEFINITELY not taught to me in “sunday school”!!

IF a man is righteous and does what is just and right—IF he

  • does not eat upon the mountains (the high places)
  • or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel,
  • does not defile his neighbor’s wife
  • or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity,
  • does not oppress anyone,
  • but restores to the debtor his pledge,
  • commits no robbery,
  • gives his bread to the hungry and
  • covers the naked with a garment,
  • does not lend at interest
  • or take any profit,
  • withholds his hand from injustice,
  • executes true justice between man and man,
  • walks in my statutes, and
  • keeps my rules by acting faithfully

—HE IS RIGHTEOUS; he shall surely live, declares YHWH Elohim.

“If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife,oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he (the son) then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.

“Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father (the second son above) has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,withholds his hand from iniquity,takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he (his father) shall die for his iniquity.

“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares YHWH Elohim, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

“Yet you say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is My way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ O house of Israel, are My ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares YHWH Elohim. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares YHWH Elohim; so turn, and live.”


 

Here is another one in Ezekiel 33 ~ Why are we not taught these things??? The first 9 verses are basically a repeat of the above from chapters 3 and 18, but then it goes on to say in verses 10-20:

“And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’Say to them, As I live, declares YHWH Elohim, I have NO pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it WHEN HE TURNS from his wickedness, and the righteous shall NOT be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die. (YIKES!)

Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ yet IF he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, (think about Zaccheus) and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. NONE of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

“Yet your people say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just,’ when it is their OWN way that is not just. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it. And when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this. Yet you say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

 

Selah.