Before Honour is Humility

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(Proverbs 26:1-3) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

(Proverbs 26:8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool.

(Proverbs 22:4) By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life.

(Proverbs 10:27, 28) The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

(Proverbs 15:29-33) The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat. The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.

(Proverbs 13:18-21) Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil. He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

(Isaiah 5:20-23) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

(Proverbs 17:13-15) Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.

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