It’s day 21 of the Proverbs Challenge… Enjoy!
Proverbs 21:2-5, 11, 13-14, 17, 21, 23, 30-31
All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge. If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich. He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.
It’s day 20 of the Proverbs Challenge.
Proverbs 20:1, 3-7, 9, 12-13, 18-19, 22, 24, 29
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? Ears that hear and eyes that see – the Lord has made them both. Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage ware, obtain guidance. A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way? The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
Day 19 of the Proverbs Challenge is a little late today, sorry. Just got back from a rockin’ time at a Florida Georgia Line concert (country). Did you know Florida Georgia Line’s inspiration has come from Casting Crowns?! And, when they were younger they sung in their church band! How cool is that?!
Proverbs 19:1, 5, 8-9, 11-12, 15-17, 10, 21, 23-24, 27
Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free. He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish. A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry. He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die. He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth! Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Day 18 of the Proverbs Challenge!
Proverbs 18:1-2, 6-10, 12-16, 21-24
An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts. One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame. A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly. A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
It’s day 17 of the Proverbs Challenge!
Have you been gaining wisdom?
Proverbs 17:5, 9, 12-14, 16-20, 22, 27-28
He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
More than half way through the Proverbs Challenge! Can’t believe how fast it’s going.
Lots of knowledge and wisdom to soak up. 🙂
Enjoy day 16 of the Proverbs Challenge!
Proverbs 16:2-4, 7, 9, 13, 16, 19-20, 23-24, 28, 31-33
All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends – even the wicked for a day of disaster. When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth. How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends. Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
As I was reading Psalms today, I came around this verse: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24
Ah… Think about that. This is the day that the Lord has made. The Lord has made every day.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it! 🙂
Now, off to day 15 of the Proverbs Challenge.
Proverbs 15:1, 3-4, 6-7, 13, 16, 18-19, 22-25, 29-30, 33
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble. The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word! The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave. The Lord tears down the proud man’s house but he keeps the widows boundaries intact. The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
It was another great day of Worship. Ah, the Lord is great.
Today is day 14 of the Proverbs Challenge.
Proverbs 14:2, 6-8, 10-17, 21-23, 29-31
He whose walk is upright fears the Lord, but he whose ways are devious despises him. The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief. The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his. The simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated. He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy. Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Day 13 has been a great day, not only because I get to read the Proverbs, but… because my mom, aunt, and friend went with me to Bible Study downtown and then we all went to the Air Show afterwards! Great times. 🙂
Proverbs 13:2-5, 8, 10-11, 21, 24-25
From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence. He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace. A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat. Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous. He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
Day 12 of the Proverbs Challenge (I just wrote Day 10… Time sure is flying!).
Proverbs 12:1-3, 9-11, 14, 18-19, 24, 27-28
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but the Lord condemns a crafty man. A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted. Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be a somebody and have no food. A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions. In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.