Watch Out for Angry People

Some folks are magnetic and some other people not.

Think of what attracts you to acquaintances you’ve got.


Certain things might warn you to refrain from making friends

with hot tempered scoffers whose contention never ends. 


Who you take example from is something worth a care.

Hotheads may well catch you in a tangled, messy snare.


If you’re cautious you’ll stay back from anyone perverse.

That way you’ll avoid their destiny or something worse.


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Source:  Proverbs 22: 5,10,24,25

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  Geneva (Lowden), Public Domain

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Pay Attention

When with haughty eyes we disregard the poor;

lose our ears to hear their cries outside the door;

when our hearts are proud, our souls get shrunk within;

then our lights go out and we get trapped in sin. 


When our neighbors find no mercy in our eyes,

Neither earth nor heaven, hears our needy cries.

God on high observes the houses where we live.

Casting us to ruin, hurls us off a cliff. 


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Source:  Proverbs 21:4,10,12,13

Tune:  Sohren, Public Domain

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Evil is as Evil Does

All deeds are right, when viewed by we who do them.

God weighs our hearts and sees another thing.

If using lies, we gather up some treasure, 

it will evaporate and fade like bling.


Violence sweeps its users out of his’try

Through their injustice they will meet their end.

Crooked, the way, of all the truly guilty.

Find in the folks who walk in light your friends.


Morning to night, the wicked want and covet

Even their sacrifices bring no rest.

When telling lies, we take a way that’s wicked.

Listen with righteous ears and pass the test. 


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Source:  Proverbs 21:2,6,7,8,26,27,28

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  Albany, Public Domain.


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The Way of Life

A patient plan will yield abundance, 

while hasty action leads to ruin. 

Be slow to speak; stay out of trouble. 

Stay on the way, whate’re you’re doin’.

For death awaits the careless pilgrim, 

and righteousness brings life and fame. 

Be kind in all that you’re pursuin’, 

let blessing rest upon your name. 


The wicked boldly make assertions. 

The upright think about their ways.

The pleasure-lovers meet privations 

when bills are due and must be paid. 

Your sacrifice may seem the thing that 

the Lord is always waiting for,

but righteous living done with justice 

is what will open heaven’s door. 


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Source:  Proverbs 21: 3,5,16,17,21,23,29

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: The Wayfaring Stranger, Public Domain.


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Neither Wisdom nor Understanding

No wisdom, understanding can prevail

against the Lord who no one can curtail.

Though hearts assert a power hard to kill

the Lord can turn them to do heaven’s will.

The wise are stronger than a border wall

and through their righteousness can make one fall.

Whatever you may do to mount a war,

your victory or loss is from the Lord.

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Source: Proverbs 21: 1, 22, 30, 31

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Cuba, Public Domain


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Be Careful Not To Anger God

Be careful not to anger God who knows your steps and where you go.

Deal honestly with everyone; it doesn’t matter friend or foe.

Seek good advice when making plans. A word of knowledge is a gem.

You’re strong when young; though ag-ed folks are weak, you’ve much to learn from them.   


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Source:  Proverbs 20:24,23,18,29

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:   Ye Banks and Braes


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Powers of a Judge

Powers of a judge include discern-ing what is ev-il; 

passing sentences on those who victimize the peo-ple.

Judges will remain in place through righteous, faithful honor.

We may try to hide our secrets. Judges’ minds are stronger. 


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Source:  Proverbs 20:8,26,28,5

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  J. A. Freylinghausen, Public Domain


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Working is Hard, but…

Working is hard but it’s better than laziness as a friend.

You’ll be in want if you choose to, spend all your time in your bed.

Poverty stalks you with hunger, leaving you all out of bread.

Stealing may fill up your belly, it’s not a blessing in the end.

Things you get quickly will vanish; they won’t sustain very long.

Keep your eyes peeled for a job that takes work but can make you strong. 


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Source:  Proverbs 20:4,13,17,21

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:   Tell me the story (Sweney)


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Children’s Actions Show Us Clearly

Children’s actions show us clearly what they have been following. 

Happy pure and righteous living, witness to integrity.  


Who can say “my heart is clean and I am pure from any sin”?

Ev’ry fool is quick to quarrel, gossip secrets, die within. 


Many swear that they are loyal. Few can find someone to trust.

Eyes that see and ears that listen, these are gifts to make us just.


Stay away from strife and anger; make no promise you can’t keep.

Leave revenge to your creator. Don’t neglect your work for sleep.


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Source:  Proverbs 20:7,11,9,6,3,19,25,22,13

Text: © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:  Charlestown, Public Domain


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Be god-like

Be god-like as you love your spouse

that blessings rest upon your house.

Show favor, overlook offense, 

in everything live by good sense.


Be slow to anger, prudent, too.

Let nothing drain the life from you.

Your children need a guiding hand,

Your love for them, they’ll understand. 


Photo: by Gus Moretta on Unsplash

Source: Proverbs 19:11,12,13,18,23 

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Adon Olam,  Public Domain


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