2232) Wisdom From Near and Far


He who builds according to everyone’s advice will have a crooked house.  –Holland

One must build with the stones one has.  –Denmark

If there is no wind, row.  –Poland

Do not choose your spouse at a dance, but on the field amongst the workers.  –Czechoslovakia

To change and to improve are two different things.  –Germany

Even a misfortune may prove useful in three years.  –Japan

If one man says you are a jack ass, don’t pay any attention.  If ten men call you an ass, put on a saddle.  –Arab

A bold heart is half the battle.  –Roman

In a land where there are no eagles, the sparrow pretends he is an eagle.  –Borneo

Every cabin has its mosquitoes.  –West Indies

The medicine man is not esteemed in his own village.  –Kenya

Grasp all, lose all.. –Roman

Forbidden goods find many buyers.  –Russia

After your fling, watch out for the sting.  –England

If the cat scratches you, don’t beat the dog.  –Ireland

A fire in the heart brings smoke in the head.  –Switzerland

When you go to a donkey house, don’t talk about ears.  –Jamaica

Two pieces of meat confuse the mind of the fly.  –Nigeria

He that has choice, has trouble.  –Holland

The heart is like a goat that must be tied up.  –Bantu

Always sunshine makes a desert.  –Arab

Man began to learn when he became short of bread.  –Ukraine

One is not smelled where all stink.  –Roman

Tell the truth and flee.  –Montenegro

Remember the end.  –Greece

There is often a wise head under a tattered hat.  –Slovakia

In calm water every ship has a good captain.  –Switzerland

A lie can give more pain than a spear.  –Nigeria

Though the emperor has wealth he cannot buy 10,000 years.  –China

Cherish the body overmuch, and you harm the soul.  –Czechoslovakia

Hunger sweetens the beans.  –Roman


Proverbs 1:1-7  —  The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.

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

Proverbs 3:13-14  —  Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

Proverbs 28-26  —  Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Acts 7:22  —  Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.

Psalm 90:12  —  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.


Almighty and eternal God, you know our problems and our weaknesses better than we ourselves.  In your love and by your power help us in our confusion and, in spite of our weakness, make us firm in faith; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, #96