Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 3

Posted: January 3, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 3 Holman

 

 

Trust the Lord

1 My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commands;
for they will bring you
many days, a full life,[a] and well-being.
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.[b]
Don’t consider yourself to be wise;
fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
This will be healing for your body[c]
and strengthening for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your possessions
and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
10 then your barns will be completely filled,
and your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son,
and do not loathe His discipline;
12 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves,
just as a father, the son he delights in.

Wisdom Brings Happiness

13 Happy is a man who finds wisdom
and who acquires understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver,
and her revenue is better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels;
nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life[d] is in her right hand;
in her left, riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant,
and all her paths, peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her,
and those who hold on to her are happy.

19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdom
and established the heavens by understanding.
20 By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,
and the clouds dripped with dew.

21 Maintain your competence and discretion.
My son, don’t lose sight of them.
22 They will be life for you[e][f]
and adornment[g] for your neck.
23 Then you will go safely on your way;
your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie[h] down, you will not be afraid;
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25 Don’t fear sudden danger
or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidence[i]
and will keep your foot from a snare.

Treat Others Fairly

27 When it is in your power,[j]
don’t withhold good from the one it belongs to.
28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later.
I’ll give it tomorrow”—when it is there with you.
29 Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor,
for he trusts you and lives near you.
30 Don’t accuse anyone without cause,
when he has done you no harm.
31 Don’t envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways;
32 for the devious are detestable to the Lord,
but He is a friend[k] to the upright.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked,
but He blesses the home of the righteous;
34 He mocks those who mock,
but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
but He holds up fools to dishonor.[l]

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 3:2 Lit days, years of life
  2. Proverbs 3:6 Lit will make your paths straight
  3. Proverbs 3:8 Lit navel
  4. Proverbs 3:16 Lit Length of days
  5. Proverbs 3:22 Or be your throat
  6. Proverbs 3:22 In Hb, nephesh can mean throat, soul, or life.
  7. Proverbs 3:22 Or grace
  8. Proverbs 3:24 LXX reads sit
  9. Proverbs 3:26 Or be at your side
  10. Proverbs 3:27 Lit in the power of your hands
  11. Proverbs 3:32 Or confidential counsel
  12. Proverbs 3:35 Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor

 

My Thoughts

Obviously, this proverb contains one of the best known of all Bible verse combinations – verses 5 and 6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” I love these two verses and remind myself of them frequently when trying to determine what direction my life is going to take but to be honest – this is one of those passages where the variety of translations muddies the water more than it clears it up.

In verse six of the KJ, the word that is used is “directs” “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (italics mine)” not guide, lead or even “…make your ways straight.” To me, to “direct” is to tell someone where to go or how to do something. Since the KJ was the first translation I studied I grew in my walk thinking,  better,  believing that God would provide signs – not the kind accompanied by “wonders” – more like billboards for me to follow. I don’t think it is that way any longer.

I do believe that God will always be true to his word and where ever directs, leads, guides and make your ways straight intersect is probably a more accurate description of how God will “Direct our paths.”  I guess what it come down to is that if we’re spending time reading the Bible – whatever version you choose – and praying then we’re opening ourselves up to what God’s word says and we’ll be better equipped to make God honoring decisions and live our lives according to HIS standards.

Which, when I think about it, would be the way for God to “direct” our paths.

 

So, what stood out to you? Please don’t be shy, share what you know – though remember verse 7! Or ask a question – I might not be able to answer it  but I am sure that God will provide someone that can!
Comments
  1. Since I was young this was always my favorite Bible verse Proverbs 3:5-6, now that I am older this Bible verse comes in handy. It is amazing what God will do when you surrender your life to him.

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