Look before you leap –
Pride comes before you fall –
If you don't have anything good to say,
Then don't say anything at all.
It takes two to tango –
What's in the bucket comes from the well.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Don't go looking for stories to tell.
From the mouth of my mother came sayings,
That I might consider my deeds.
For every heart is a garden,
With a need for attention to the weeds.
My father was also attentive,
Let me feel the sting of the rod.
The fact that they cared for my soul,
Led me to search for my God.
Now the children I have hear these sayings,
But even more I have found,
The proverbs of Yahweh my God,
And in them true wisdom abounds.
How can one turn the heart of their children?
Implore them to choose what is right,
Pull out the weeds of selfishness,
Let the flowers bloom in the light?
The answers are there on those pages
Recorded from sages of old.
And the fruit of keeping His word
Is a story that's never been told.
But in faith we strive for the goal,
For the promise we know holds fast:
To train them up in the way they should go,
And from this they will never depart.