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Peter Paul Rubens - St. Thomas - 1611

I just love when the month begins on a Sunday. I’m not sure why, but I really do. It feels like today is a good time for some words of wisdom. So here are a few of my favourite Proverbs. Wishing you all a wonderful February. God bless!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

~ Proverbs 1:7

1Andrea del Verrocchio The Baptism of Christ

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

~ Proverbs 10:17

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

~ Proverbs 12:1

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

~ Proverbs 12:10

1Carlo Dolci, The Virgin and Child with Flowers, after 1642

A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

~ Proverbs 14:15

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

~ Proverbs 14:27

1Orazio Gentileschi - David Contemplating the Head of Goliath - 1610

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

~ Proverbs 16:3

The Lord works out everything for His own ends–even the wicked for a day of disaster.

~ Proverbs 16:4

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.

~ Proverbs 16:9

1Ford Madox Brown - Christ Washing Peter's Feet - 1851-56

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.

~ Proverbs 16:6

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

~ Proverbs 16:33

Note: Today’s paintings: Andrea del Verrocchio’s (with Leonardo Da Vinci) “The Baptism of Christ” (1472-1475), Carlo Dolci’s “The Virgin and Child with Flowers” (after 1642), Orazio Gentileschi’s “David Contemplating the Head of Goliath” (1610), and Ford Madox Brown’s “Christ Washing Peter’s Feet” (1851-56). Header image is a detail from Peter Paul Rubens’s “St. Thomas” (1611).