davidbrucehaiku: cute, foolish girl





Cute girl but a fool

Two things I wish were opposed

Gold ring in pig’s snout


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Proverbs 11 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 11

1 False balances are an abomination unto the Lord: but a perfect weight pleaseth him.

2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

3 The uprightness of the just shall guide them: but the frowardness of the transgressors shall destroy them.

4 Riches avail not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

5 The righteousness of the upright shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall in his own wickedness.

6 The righteousness of the just shall deliver them: but the transgressors shall be taken in their own wickedness.

7 When a wicked man dieth, his hope perisheth, and the hope of the unjust shall perish.

8 The righteous escapeth out of trouble, and the wicked shall come in his stead.

9 An hypocrite with his mouth hurteth his neighbor: but the righteous shall be delivered by knowledge.

10 In the prosperity of the righteous the city rejoiceth, and when the wicked perish, there is joy.

11 By the blessing of the righteous, the city is exalted: but it is subverted by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He that despiseth his neighbor, is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding will keep silence.

13 He that goeth about as a slanderer, discovereth a secret: but he that is of a faithful heart concealeth a matter.

14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but where many counselors are, there is health.

15 He shall be sore vexed, that is surety for a stranger, and he that hateth suretiship, is sure.

16 A gracious woman attaineth honor, and the strong men attain riches.

17 He that is merciful, rewardeth his own soul: but he that troubleth his own flesh, is cruel.

18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but he that soweth righteousness, shall receive a sure reward.

19 As righteousness leadeth to life: so he that followeth evil, seeketh his own death.

20 They that are of a froward heart, are abomination to the Lord: but they that are upright in their way, are his delight.

21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall escape.

22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout: so is a fair woman, which lacketh discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the hope of the wicked is indignation.

24 There is that scattereth, and is more increased: but he that spareth more than is right, surely cometh to poverty.

25 The liberal person shall have plenty: and he that watereth, shall also have rain.

26 He that withdraweth the corn, the people will curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth corn.

27 He that seeketh good things, getteth favor: but he that seeketh evil, it shall come to him.

28 He that trusteth in his riches, shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a leaf.

29 He that troubleth his own house, shall inherit the wind, and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is as a tree of life, and he that winneth souls, is wise.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner?


Source: http://www.genevabible.org/files/Geneva_Bible/Old_Testament/Proverbs.pdf


suretiship. Noun. (plural suretiships) Alternative form of suretyship.

What is a suretyship?

Suretyship is a very specialized line of insurance that is created whenever one party guarantees performance of an obligation by another party. … The principal is the party that undertakes the obligation. · The surety guarantees the obligation will be performed.

— Alabama Surety Association

Contemporary English Version (Proverbs 11:15)
It’s a dangerous thing to guarantee payment for someone’s debts. Don’t do it! 

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David Bruce: Religion Anecdotes

• Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, aka the Singing Rabbi, once gave a concert at a Buddhist convention, where he taught Torah, sang songs, and told Hasidic stories. Afterward, the good Rabbi spoke with the Buddhists, who told him, “We didn’t know Judaism was so beautiful,” and he asked them their names. At first, the Buddhists gave him their Sanskrit names, but Rabbi Shlomo asked for the names they had at birth. The names came — Schwartz, Katz, Rosenbaum. The good Rabbi asked them to visit him if they ever were in New York. One Jewish Buddhist told him, “The Jews are a very spiritual people. If there were more Rabbis like you around, the Swamis, Yogis, and Gurus would all be out of business.”

• According to Leviticus RabbahXXXIV, 3, after Hillel the Elder had finished a session with his students, he left the House of Study. His students asked where he was going, and Hillel replied, “To fulfill a religious obligation.” The religious obligation was to have a bath in the bathhouse. The students asked if having a bath really was a religious obligation, and Hillel replied, “Yes! If the statues of the kings that are placed in theatres and circuses are daily cleaned and washed, … how much more does this apply to me, seeing that I have been made in the image and likeness of God! For it is written in Genesis 9:6, ‘In the image of God did He make man.’”

• When the monarchy fell during the French Revolution, religion was banished; instead, Reason was worshipped. Chaumette brought a veiled woman before the people and said, “Mortals, cease to tremble before the powerless thunders of a God whom your fears have created. Henceforth, acknowledge no divinity but Reason. I offer you its noblest and purest image; if you must have idols, sacrifice only to idols such as this.” He then removed the woman’s veil, revealing her to be Madame Maillard of the opera. She was then taken to Notre Dame and placed on the altar, and people adored her.

• Some Christians believe that dancing is a sin. American dance pioneer Ted Shawn once preached a guest sermon on a text from Psalms: “Praise ye the Lord in the dance.” Mr. Shawn told the congregation, “You believe in the Bible. It is not to be interpreted allegorically. It is explicit and you must believe in it as it is worded. Now here is a clear, curt, concise command, ‘Praise ye the Lord in the dance.’ Have you done so today? Then if not you have committed a sin of omission.” A member of the congregation shouted, “Amen, brother!”

• Muhammad Ali is a Muslim. Christian televangelist Jimmy Swaggart once tried to convert him, but Mr. Ali declined to be converted, saying, “Think about it. If Jimmy Swaggart can convert the best-known Muslim on earth back to Christianity, what would that do for Jimmy Swaggart?” Soon afterward, Swaggart was involved in a sex scandal. One of Mr. Ali’s friends suggested, “You really ought to write Jimmy Swaggart a letter, saying that God still loves him and Jimmy Swaggart should accept Allah as his only lord and savior.”

• “The Ten Buddhist precepts, which are not killing, not stealing, not misusing sex, not lying, not giving or taking drugs, not discussing faults of others, not praising yourself while abusing others, not sparing the Dharma assets, not indulging in anger, and not defaming the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, are guidelines rather than commandments etched in stone.” — Quoted from the book Crazy Clouds, by Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger.

• Sometimes Catholics and Protestants can work together, despite past differences. For example, Rev. Vincent Heier, a Catholic in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, once invited some Missouri-Kansas Lutherans to meet in St. Louis Cathedral. He welcomed the Lutherans by saying, “We are pleased to provide the cathedral. Please don’t nail anything to the doors.” 

• Sometimes, students told meditation teacher Munindra that they wished to leave him in order to study other religious traditions or that they wished to leave him in order to study under another teacher. Munindra always let them go without argument. When asked why he did so, he replied, “The Dharma doesn’t suffer from comparison.”

• “If I am broad-minded in any way, I do know that I am broad-minded in a religious way. Which way you serve your God will never get one argument, or condemnation, out of me. There has been times when I wished there had been as much religion among some of our creeds as there has been vanity.” — Will Rogers.

• Mark Twain, during his travels as a young man, went to Virginia City, Nevada, where a mining boom had brought in saloons, gambling places, and brightly painted women. Mr. Twain said, “It was no place for a Presbyterian, and I did not long remain one.”

• A Hindu watched Mother Teresa caring for an ill person. He told her, “Since it gives you the strength to do what you do, I have no doubt that your religion has to be true.”

• “Currently there are about 87,000 nuns in America; in 1960, there were more than 168,000. Just 3 percent of today’s nuns are under the age of forty.” — Jeanne Marie Laskas, We Remember, 1999.

• “The earth is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride.” — H.L. Mencken.

• “Judaism begins not with an idea but with a community … We believe God cares more about how we treat each other than he does about our theology.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner.

• Buddhist monks all over the world get up before dawn each morning and renounce all the bad karma that they have ever committed.

• In 1942, on Bataan, an Army chaplain named William T. Cummings (1903-1944) said these famous words: “There are no atheists in foxholes.”

• “My religion is kindness.” — the Dalai Lama.


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