Proverbs for our Times

Here are some wise sayings that seem quite relevant given the current credit crunch:

  • “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”
  • “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
  • “Don’t guarantee to pay someone else’s debt.If you don’t have the money,you might lose your bed.”

And here is some ancient wisdom that would seem to apply to our current binge-drinking culture:

“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.

‘They hit me,’ you will say, ‘but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?”

This advice, all highly relevant in our world today, is straight from the Bible, from the book of Proverbs.

It’s amazing, both that wisdom from thousands of years ago is still relevant today, and that human nature has moved on so little in that time.