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 Proverbs of Different Nations

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:48 pm
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Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:00 pm
Many PROVERBS are not found in a bible. Some are passed down from generation to generation through oral repetition. Here, lists of proverbs are examined, and I have found that no matter what country you are in, their proverbs give you the same advice

List One
Proverbs 10:8 in the Christian Bible says:
The wise heart will accept commands
but a chattering fool comes to ruin

This scottish proverb says:
Listen twice before you speak once

To appear wise, one must talk;
To be wise, one must listen.

All are basically telling you we were born with two ears and one mouth for a reason ;)

List two
This ancient Sumerian Proverb says:
The elder brother is indeed like a father; the elder sister is indeed like a mother. Listen therefore to your elder brother, and you should be obedient to your elder sister as if she were your mother.

While this Christian Proverb (23:22) says:
Listen to your father, who gave you life
And do not despise your mother when she is old

A Swahilian Proverb says:
He who listens not of his elders /superiors, his leg breaks

All are telling us that we have to listen to those who are older than us because in a lot of cases, they are wiser.

Number 3
Swahilian Proverb:
One hand alone cannot clap

No man is wise enough by himself.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
Kenyan proverbs

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
African proverb

All of these many proverbs (and quote) are talking about teamwork. The saying two heads are better than one is about teamwork, too. Think of it this way, if there was only one person in the beginning, would there be many people now?

Proverbs are wise sayings that are often repeated throughout time. These lesser known proverbs are great, and, in my personal opinion, should be recited more often.

~ Jessie Sourire

 Re: Proverbs of Different Nations

Joined: Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:51 pm
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Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:31 pm
Cool collection, there!
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 Re: Proverbs of Different Nations

Joined: Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:41 pm
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Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:58 pm
Very interesting how they all share similarities. Only thing is: Proverbs is an Old Testament book, written before Christians were ever thought of. So it's a lot more accurate to call it the Jewish Torah. And in case you were wondering, Proverbs is called Mishlei in Hebrew, and I'm learning it in school.
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