I love the movie Polyanna. In the movie it mentions the “800 Happy Texts” of the Bible. I decided to go looking and see if I could find a list of them. As it happens, a high school project at a Christian school is online where they list the texts. They will be the readings for some time to come. I found the list at: http://www.covenantchristian.org/bird/Bible/joy.pdf

 

This section will take us from where we left off, all the way through Proverbs. I will pick up the list of Happy Texts in Ecclesiastes the next time I update the page.

 

Proverbs 2:12-17

12 It will save you from the way of evil,
    from those who speak perversely,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness

    to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 
who rejoice in doing evil
    and delight in the perverseness of evil;
15 
those whose paths are crooked,
    and who are devious in their ways.

16 You will be saved from the loose[a] woman,
    from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the partner of her youth

    and forgets her sacred covenant;

 

Proverbs 3:12-13

12 for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy are those who find wisdom,
    and those who get understanding,

 

Proverbs 3:18

She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
    those who hold her fast are called happy.

 

Proverbs 5:18-19

Let your fountain be blessed,
    and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19     a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
May her breasts satisfy you at all times;
    may you be intoxicated always by her love.

 

Proverbs 8:30-31

30     then I was beside him, like a master worker;[a]
and I was daily his[b] delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world

    and delighting in the human race.

 

Proverbs 8:32

“And now, my children, listen to me:
    happy are those who keep my ways.

 

Proverbs 8:34

34 Happy is the one who listens to me,
    watching daily at my gates,
    waiting beside my doors.

 

Proverbs 10:1

10 The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise child makes a glad father,
    but a foolish child is a mother’s grief.

 

Proverbs 10:23

23 Doing wrong is like sport to a fool,
    but wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding.

 

Proverbs 10:28

28 The hope of the righteous ends in gladness,
    but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.

 

Proverbs 11:1, 10

11 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    but an accurate weight is his delight.10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
    and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.

 

Proverbs 11:20

20 Crooked minds are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those of blameless ways are his delight.

 

Proverbs 12:20

Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil,
    but those who counsel peace have joy.

 

Proverbs 12:22

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those who act faithfully are his delight.

 

Proverbs 13:2

From the fruit of their words good persons eat good things,
    but the desire of the treacherous is for wrongdoing.

 

Proverbs 14:12-14

12 There is a way that seems right to a person,
    but its end is the way to death.[a]
13 Even in laughter the heart is sad,
    and the end of joy is grief.
14 
The perverse get what their ways deserve,
    and the good, what their deeds deserve.

 

Proverbs 14:21

21 Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
    but happy are those who are kind to the poor.

 

Proverbs 14:35

35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
    but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

 

Proverbs 15:13

13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,
    but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

 

Proverbs 15:20-21

20 A wise child makes a glad father,
    but the foolish despise their mothers.
21 Folly is a joy to one who has no sense,

    but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.

 

Proverbs 15:23

23 To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone,
    and a word in season, how good it is!

 

Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
    and good news refreshes the body.

 

Proverbs 16:20

20 Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper,
    and happy are those who trust in the Lord.

 

Proverbs 17:21

21 The one who begets a fool gets trouble;
    the parent of a fool has no joy.

 

Proverbs 20:7

7 The righteous walk in integrity—
    happy are the children who follow them!

 

Proverbs 21:15

15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous,
    but dismay to evildoers.

 

Proverbs 23:16

16 My soul will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is right.

 

Proverbs 23:24

24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
    he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.

 

Proverbs 23:25

25 Let your father and mother be glad;
    let her who bore you rejoice.

 

Proverbs 24:17

17 Do not rejoice when your enemies fall,
    and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble,

 

Proverbs 27:9-11

Perfume and incense make the heart glad,
    but the soul is torn by trouble.[a]
10 Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your parent;
    do not go to the house of your kindred in the day of your calamity.
Better is a neighbor who is nearby
    than kindred who are far away.
11 
Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad,
    so that I may answer whoever reproaches me.

 

Proverbs 28:14

14 Happy is the one who is never without fear,
    but one who is hard-hearted will fall into calamity.

 

Proverbs 29:2-6

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad,

    but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one’s substance.
By justice a king gives stability to the land,
    but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.
Whoever flatters a neighbor
    is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet.
In the transgression of the evil there is a snare,
    but the righteous sing and rejoice.

 

Proverbs 29:17

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;
    they will give delight to your heart.

 

Proverbs 29:18

18 Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
    but happy are those who keep the law.

 

Proverbs 31:25

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.