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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Proverbs for Trump

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's relationship with evangelicals.  Some verses from Proverbs seem relevant to his presidency:
  • "A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret." (11;13)
  • "Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler!" (17:7)
  • "Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse." (28:6)
  • "The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are." (28:11)
  • "Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf." (11:28)
  • "Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud." (16:19)
  • "The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin." (10:14)
  • "Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?" (17:16)
  • "Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions." (18:2)
  • "Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue." (11:12)
  • "Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;quarrels and insults are ended." (22:10)
  • "Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright." (14:9)
  • "The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place." (15:25)
And of course, the most Trump-relevant passage of all:
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (16:18)