A Mother’s Thoughts on Intoxicants

To be in charge is glorious, 

though in some ways it’s onerous. 

Sobriety is de rigueur 

because when drunk you may pervert

the rights of those you rose to serve. 

Be diligent, and do not swerve.  


For those whose death is soon to come 

strong drink has use to soothe and numb 

the misery and sore distress

that makes what’s left of life a mess. 

So give them wine and let them dream,

their path unto eternity.


Photo:   by Dylan de Jonge on Unsplash

Source:   Proverbs 31:4-7

Text:  David Alexander, 2021   CC BY-SA

Tune:   St. Petersburg, Public Domain  

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/ComeLetUs-StPetersburg-Chords.pdf   

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by permission.

A Grandmother’s Wisdom

Though sex is good and strong and fun, 

if in your life it’s number one 

and comes to be your only rule 

then sex will make of you a fool.


The poor and needy destitute 

have rights the same as me and you. 

Speak out, defend them righteously 

from unjust treatments they receive. 


Photo:   by Imani Manyara on Unsplash

Source:   Proverbs 31:2-3, 8-9

Text:  David Alexander, 2021   CC BY-SA

Tune:  Adon Olam,  Public Domain  

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/SingNowWithJoy-AdonOlam-Chords.pdf  

Audio:www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by permission.


The leech has two daughters;‘Give, give,’ they cry. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, ‘Enough’: Sheol, the barren womb, the earth ever thirsty for water, and the fire that never says, ‘Enough.’ If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.    Proverbs 30:15,16 & 32

Each leech has two offspring, “Give and give,” they cry.

Like four other things they won’t be satisfied.


Death’s receptive maw and; wombs that cannot bear;

land that has no water, fire that does not care.


If you have been foolish, and exalt yourself,

If you plan on evil, stop it now, or else!


Photo:   by Noe Araujo on Unsplash

Source:   Proverbs 30:15,16 & 32

Text:   David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA

Tune: Alle Jahre Wieder, Public Domain

Score:   https://hymnary.org/hymn/LHTC1918/page/888  

Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Under Three Things

Proverbs 30: 21-23 Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up: a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when glutted with food; an unloved woman when she gets a husband,  and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.


Under three things, is the whole world a-tremble,

and there’s a fourth that it cannot bear up:

Should the enslaved, attain royal power

Those at the top will incite a revolt.


Under these things, ‘cause of these things, many communities suffer.

Under these things, they cannot endure. Civilization is ending. 


There are two more, that set foundations shaking.

One deals with food and the other with love:

when a fool eats and hunger is banished;

when marriage finds one who sojourned alone.


Under these things, ‘cause of these things, many communities suffer.

Under these things, they cannot endure. Civilization is ending. 


Under three things, has the whole world been trembling.

Yet there’s another that brings it all down:

when a man dumps the woman he’s married,

turning instead to the nanny or maid.


Under these things, ‘cause of these things, many communities suffer.

Under these things, they cannot endure. Civilization is ending. 


Photo:   by  Boston Public Library on Unsplash

Source:   Proverbs 30:21-23

Text:   David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA

Tune:  Hingham, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2011/Score/UnderHisWings-Sankey.pdf

Audio:   www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Two Things

Two things I ask before I die:

reform in me these lips that lie;

and make me neither poor nor rich.

Provide the things I need, and which

will keep me honest, humble too.

These, Lord, are what I need from you.


Photo:  Vincent van Zalinge on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 30:7-9

Text:  David Alexander, 2019   CC  BY-SA

Tune:   Jervaulx Abbey,  Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2020/Score/TheSaintsOfGod-JervaulxAbbey-Chords.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission.

What a Wonderful World

Three things I wonder now and then,

and there’s one more beyond my ken:

an eagle’s flight, a snake’s advance

a ship at sea, a girl and man.

These truths I fail to understand.

The world has wonders without end.


Photo:   World-Telegram staff photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Source:   Proverbs 30:18-19 and L. Frank Baum, Rinkitink

Text:   David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA

Tune:  Melita, Public Domain 

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2011/Score/StrongRighteousMan-Melita.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

Children Filled With Wisdom

Children filled with wisdom make their parents’ hearts glad.

Those who’ve never worked will come to ends that are bad.

Pay attention, don’t neglect them, listen; grow in understanding.

Choose your words and show the way to life that is best.


Photo:   和 平 on Unsplash

Source:   Proverbs 29: 3, 21, 17, 15, 19

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA

Tune:  Ar Hyd Y Nos,  Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/ForTheFruits-ArHydYNos-Chords.pdf

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

The Burden of Ignorance and the Sufficiency of God

Not knowing is a burden. Understanding is a chore.

The wisdom we re-qui-re always calls on us for more.


The cosmos is unfathomed, and the universe so vast,

The ignorance we fear yet holds us tightly in its grasp. 


Though God is over all and speaks in metaphors so grand;

we opt for ink on pages where we think to take a stand.


The word and law of heaven aren’t confined to human speech,

nor are they in our grasp. They work beyond where we can reach. 


Photo:  by NASA on Unsplash

Source:   Proverbs 30:2-6

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC  BY-SA

Tune:  Marlow, Public Domain.

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2019/Score/OGodOfTruth-Marlow-Chords.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission 

Anger’s Disposition

The foolish vent their anger and let everybody know;

the wise hold theirs in check and send it where it ought to go, 

so wrath gets turned away and pride cannot humiliate. 

Go trust in God and keep the law; securely navigate! 


Photo:  by Uriel Soberanes on Unsplash

Source: Proverbs 29:,8,11,18,23,25

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA

Tune: Clonmel, Public Domain  

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2018/Score/WePraiseTheeWith-Clonmel-Chords.pdf Audio:www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

House Afire

Hearing reproof, remaining unchanging;

stubbornly saying that no wrong was done

will lead to something sudden and not fun.

Broken too far to heal.


Strife is stirred when you’re living by anger.

Fools let it fly to harm and to pollute.

Hotheads are causes of a lot of sin.

Don’t hang around with them.


Quick with words is a gift not to envy.

Even a fool appears as wise if quiet.

Don’t be the one to partner with a thief.

Listen to victims’ cries.


If you’re blameless, expect to be hated.

Uprightness doesn’t give you any edge.

Scoffers will set your house on fire one day

God is your only trust.


Photo:  by Dave Hoefler on Unsplash

Source: Proverbs 29:1,3,8,10,11,20,22,24

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  cc BY-SA

Tune:  Psalm 22,  Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2014/Score/WhenWeAreTempted-Psalm22.pdf   

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.org  Used by Permission