In Reggae Songs
Book of Proverbs
In the book of Proverbs are found many ancient
but timeless words of wisdom. In the first nine chapters,
a father gives advice and instruction to his son.
Following this are numerous proverbs, concise and often
witty. Some Reggae song lyrics are composed almost
entirely from collections of these wise sayings. See, for
example, 'Words Of Wisdom' by Max Romeo, 'Words Of Wisdom' by Dennis Brown, or 'Wisdom' by Bob Marley.
10:15 - The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the
destruction of the poor is their poverty.
The rich man thinking himself safe and secure because he
has wealth will find it does not protect him. The poor
man living in miserable poverty becomes depressed and
cannot see past the hopelessness of his circumstances.
Meanwhile, it is possible to live in comfort despite
having few possessions, by simply being content and
trusting in God's providence. See, for example, 'Wisdom', by Bob Marley.
10:21 - The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools
die for want of wisdom.
The Hebrew words translated as 'fool' imply one who is
immoral. Unlike the righteous, therefore, fools not only
fail to aid others, but also bring about their own
downfall. See, for example, 'Fools Die', by Peter Tosh.
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Frequently Occurring Biblical Quotations in Reggae Lyrics