Friendly Wounds, Enemy Kisses
Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Negative feedback does not sting so badly when it is from a friend.
Watch out for that pat on the back from your enemy though,
he may have a knife in his hand.
Smartening Up A Chump
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
You can’t cheat an honest man;
never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump.
W.C. Fields, 1939, You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man
The scriptural thing to do, however, IS to smarten up that chump.
Otherwise, in his ignorance, he will continue believing that he is wise.
Put To Shame By Your Neighbor
What you have seen with your eyes
do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
I taught my progeny from the crib:
You cannot believe your eyes.
Magicians have profited greatly by fooling the eye.
Do not be to quick to accuse your neighbor
just because you think you saw something.
Foolishness And Mockery
The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
Foolish schemes are sinful.
Mockers are detested.
Therefore, avoid being foolish and contemptuous.
I taught my progeny:
Don’t Mess Around.
Plenty enough goes south without messing around.
Defender Of The Fatherless
Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.
Jesus possessed very little in life.
One thing he did have was his Father.
Not only his Heavenly Father, from eternity to eternity,
but also, his Earthly Father, who protected him until he died.
Jesus is the Defender of the Fatherless.
He protects the interests of the fatherless.
Jesus sacrificed himself so that he could share his Heavenly Father, as well.