The Thrice Repeated Proverb

A GPS device led a driver and his two passengers into a lake, after the driver ignored three warning signs and followed the system’s directions.17871 Straight Road

The three escaped the vehicle.

The road ran into an area that had been closed a year earlier, and flooded to make an artificial lake.

Of course, the real fault lay not with the GPS device, but on those who refused to heed the obvious warning signs.1

 One particular proverb is repeated three times in the book of Proverbs

“In the multitude of counselors there is safety” (11:14; 15:22; 24:6).

“Counselors” means “to give advice.”


The following is called “An Old Farmer’s Advice:”

“Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

Forgive your enemies, it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever deal with, watches you from the mirror.

Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.”3


“We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain” (William Alger).4


  1. “The Suncoast News,” “Travel Stories That’ll Make Your Head Spin,” by Alyssa Bailey, USA Weekend, June 11 – 13, 2010, p. 22
  2. James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Dictionary of the Hebrew Bible, p. 50, # 3289
  3. “Senior Lifestyle Digest,” 2880 David Walker Drive, PMB #302, Eustis, FL, 32726, April 2006, “An Old Farmer’s Advice,” p. 18

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