Where Life Abounds

Where life abounds you’ll find righteousness flowing. 

Precious as silver, the words that you’ll hear.

Many are fed by the wisdom that’s coming

In this instruction the way of life’s clear. 

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Violence hides in the words of the wicked. 

Babbling of fools draws them near to their doom.

Minds of the wicked show that they are sickened.

Beaten for slander, they die in the gloom.

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Where words are many transgression’s not lacking.

Hatred brings strife, leading many astray.

Love has the power to cover offenses.

Wisdom herself leads to knowledge that saves. 

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Photo: by Evan Qu on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 10:11-21

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Crudwell, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2016/Score/ThouLordHastGiven-Crudwell-Chords.pdf

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Just Because It’s In the Bible Doesn’t Make it So

Just because it’s in the Bible doesn’t mean it’s so, 

nonetheless, there are some lines that show us how to go.

If you live in ways perverse, you’re sure to be found out.

When you wink at evil, trouble’s comin’, there’s no doubt.

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Babble like a stupid fool and you will come to ruin.

Making wicked cravings fail is part of what God’s doin’.

Treasures gained by wickedness will profit not at all.

Names will rot and be forgot as reputations fall.

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Righteousness won’t make you rich, but neither will you starve.

Blessings will accumulate to people wise of heart.

Heed commandments and you’ll live while boldly making peace.

Live secure. Rebuke what’s evil.  Keep integrity.

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Diligence and wisdom in a child make parents glad

Labor when there’s work to do and earnings can be had.

Poverty’s not shameful when there isn’t any work.

God will send you neighbors, so their charity don’t shirk.

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Photo:  Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 10:1-10

Text: © David Alexander 2021

Tune: Sambatra izay voafidy ho mpiasanao, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2015/Score/HappyAreThose-Rabary.pdf

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She’s The Best

Wisdom built a house of splendor; laid a table very fine.

Sent her servants to announce a feast of meat, of bread, and wine.

To the simple / and the senseless / doors are opened, all is ready.

Turn in here and learn from wisdom. Hear the call and heed the sign. 

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Loudly shouting, to the simple, foolishness is not remiss.

Calling out to all who hear her, “Ignorance is highest bliss.

Stolen water’s / sweet to drink and / secret pleasures are the be-st.”

Listen, children, to these voices. Opt for wisdom. She’s the best.

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Photo: by adriana carles on Unsplash

Source: Proverbs 9:1-5 & 13-18

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:   Love Feast   87878887, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/LetUsJoin-LoveFeast.pdf 

Chords: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2016/Score/LetUsJoin-LoveFeast-Chords.pdf 

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Another Place

Wisdom takes root in awe for the holy. 

Insight can grow in knowledge of the Lord.

Quickness of wit and sharpness of the tongue

come from another place. 

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Photo:  by Marina Logvin on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 9:10

Text: © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Psalm 22, Public Domain

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

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Advice to Politicians

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Wisdom cries to everybody, “You’re all simple. Be like me.”

Sure, she’s right, but few will follow, since she calls so critically.

Common sense says flies are caught with honey, not with vinegar.

When reproof is called for, there is no need to go nuclear. 

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Arrogance and “told you so” will draw no converts to your side.

Laughing at calamity and mocking loss are flat-out snide.

In your rightness you’ll be lonely. Though we’ll lose, we’re in a crowd.

If you’d win us, first befriend us. Don’t go shouting trash out loud.

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Photo by: Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 1:20-33

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  Esther, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2013/Score/OToFathom-Esther.pdf

Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

If Abuse is What You’re After

If abuse is what you’re after

scoffers are the ones to fix.

Wicked folks will give you hurt when

you inform them of their tricks.

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Scoffers are not like the wise who 

meet rebuke with quiet love.

Hate awaits the bearers of the

truth and light of God above. 

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Photo: by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 9:7-8

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  St. Mabyn, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2018/Score/TheresAWideness-StMabyn-Chords.pdf

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The Beginning of Wisdom

A scoffer responds to rebuke with abuse;

the wicked both hate and refuse.

The wise, through correction, find insight and gain, 

and will love you in manners diffuse.

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The fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins, 

and years it will add to your life.

God wills that both knowledge and days multiply. 

Do not scoff, when you choose, opt for wise.

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Photo: by Icons8 Team on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 9:7-12

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  Beloved

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/OThouInWhosePresence-Beloved.pdf   

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Come and Dine

Wisdom’s house is many splendored, where a banquet has been set.

Everyone has been invited to a feast we won’t regret.

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Come and eat the bread of wisdom as you dine, drink insight’s wine.

Be no longer immature or simple. Learn the joy of life divine. 

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Photo: by Weiwei Hsu on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 9:1-6

Text: © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Gott Wills Machen

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/GodWhoseFarm-GottWillsMachen.pdf 

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Make This the Apple of Your Eye

Make this the apple of your eye,

to hear my words and then apply 

commandments that will give you life

and teachings that will make you wise. 

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Let wisdom as your sister start

to write these things upon your heart. 

Defend yourself from bitter end;

take insight as your closest friend.

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A tempter’s words are silky smooth,

when heard by simple ones and youths. 

They promise pleasure worth pursuin’

but ultimately lead to ruin.

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Avoid the tempter’s offered path

and save yourself from grief and wrath.

Temptation lies with ev’ry breath

to lead us on the way to death. 

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Photo: by Lavi Perchik on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 7:1-??

Text: © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Vom Himmel Kam Der Engel Schar,  Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/FromEastToWest-VomHimmel-Chords.pdf 

Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission.

Keep Them In Your Heart

Pathways of the wicked, roads of evil doers,

do not walk upon them. Do not enter there. 

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Nourished on what’s evil, drunk with what is vi’lent,

sleepless due to plotting, do not enter there. 

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Stumbling waits in darkness where the way is lightless.

Hidden are the hazards. Do not enter there.

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Where there’s crooked speaking, devious wild preaching,

swerving round and evil, do not enter there.

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Hear the things I’m saying. Learn and start obeying

These are life and healing. Keep them in your heart.

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Life is where you find it.You will not be blinded

when you’re godly minded.Keep these in your heart.  

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Photo: by Mark Rohan on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 4:14-27

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  Enon, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2016/Score/OMySaviourLifted-Enon-Chords.pdf 

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