God can’t stand pious poses

A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.

Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense.

God doesn’t miss a thing – he’s alert to good and evil alike.

Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.

Moral dropouts won’t listen to their elders; welcoming correction is a mark of good sense.

The lives of God-loyal people flourish; a misspent life is soon bankrupt.

Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow – there’s nothing to them.

God can’t stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers.

A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.

It’s a school of hard knocks for those who leave God’s path, a dead-end street for those who hate God’s rules.

Even hell holds no secrets from God – do you think he can’t read human hearts?


Proverbs 15