Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 14

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 14 – Holman Christian Standard Bible

 I have read the Bible every day this year. Sure that’s only 14 days but how many stretches do you have that are that long? I don’t know about you but I can only think of one that has even come close. Are all my problems solved? Do I have troubles and pain? Do I grieve the loss of friendships and family? Do I have all the answers? No, of course not. But I have a peace that surpasses ALL understanding – including my own and I find that the more time I spend in God’s word the stronger that feeling becomes. I am practically spoon feeding you these proverbs – stop making excuses and read the Word of God. I can promise you it will change your life – if you let it.

 

1 Every wise woman builds her house,
but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Whoever lives with integrity fears the Lord,
but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him.

The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline,[a]
but the lips of the wise protect them.

Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty,[b]
but an abundant harvest comes
through the strength of an ox.

An honest witness does not deceive,
but a dishonest witness utters lies.

A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it,
but knowledge comes easily to the perceptive.

Stay away from a foolish man;
you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

The sensible man’s wisdom is to consider his way,
but the stupidity of fools deceives them.

Fools mock at making restitution,[c]
but there is goodwill among the upright.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no outsider shares in its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will stand.[d]

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.

13 Even in laughter a heart may be sad,
and joy may end in grief.

14 The disloyal one will get what his conduct deserves,
and a good man, what his deeds deserve.

15 The inexperienced one believes anything,
but the sensible one watches[e] his steps.

16 A wise man is cautious and turns from evil,
but a fool is easily angered and is careless.[f]

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
and a man who schemes is hated.

18 The inexperienced inherit foolishness,
but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow before those who are good,
the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

20 A poor man is hated even by his neighbor,
but there are many who love the rich.

21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,
but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

22 Don’t those who plan evil go astray?
But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

23 There is profit in all hard work,
but endless talk[g] leads only to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the foolishness of fools produces foolishness.

25 A truthful witness rescues lives,
but one who utters lies is deceitful.

26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence
and his children have a refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning people away from the snares of death.

28 A large population is a king’s splendor,
but a shortage of people is a ruler’s devastation.

29 A patient person shows great understanding,
but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.

30 A tranquil heart is life to the body,
but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

31 The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker,
but one who is kind to the needy honors Him.

32 The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin,
but the righteous one has a refuge in his death.

33 Wisdom resides in the heart of the discerning;
she is known[h] even among fools.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king favors a wise servant,
but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 14:3 Some emend to In the mouth of a fool is a rod for his back
  2. Proverbs 14:4 Or clean
  3. Proverbs 14:9 Or at guilt offerings
  4. Proverbs 14:11 Lit flourish
  5. Proverbs 14:15 Lit the prudent understand
  6. Proverbs 14:16 Or and falls
  7. Proverbs 14:23 Lit but word of lips
  8. Proverbs 14:33 LXX reads unknown

 

My Thoughts

A lot of this Proverb reminds me of what is going on in our country right now. I read in several scriptures lines that remind me of those that trash our faith and ridicule us and say we made up our God. Verses 6 and 16 really speak to me as if I am preparing to face such mocking – and perhaps I am. I think of guy like the “science” guy who is not remotely open to the idea of a higher authority and bashes those that do believe. Verse 16 says these people are “easily angered” and “careless,” and this is exactly what I see when you engage them in a conversation about faith or God.

I mean, I don’t agree with their POV but I am not going to start yelling at them.

Sorry, this got much “deeper” than usual. Maybe because I am about to step out in faith and try to make the world laugh by being clean and honoring God with the words that I say and He’s using this to remind me that I am going to be challenged.

Thank you Lord because I know that no matter what – whether anyone reads this or sees or even like my jokes – I am doing it to bring honor and glory to you – thank you for this platform and the one I’ll be standing on Sunday. Make it stand firm and bring you honor.

 

 Well, whatch ya got?

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