Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 18

Posted: January 19, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 18 – HCSB

So, missed posting this yesterday. I knew it was going to happen. I had been pushing my posts further and further to the end of the day and today I had the OM and I let time get away from me. I DID read Proverbs 18 before the end of the day – I actually did it this afternoon but I don’t believe in making excuses – I missed it, the streak is over and we’ll finish the month out as planned – I might even get back to getting these posted in the morning – I make no promised. Now, read #18, check out my comments below and please – leave a few of your own. I really do want to know what you think.

1 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound judgment.

A fool does not delight in understanding,
but only wants to show off his opinions.[a]

When a wicked man comes, contempt also does,
and along with dishonor, disgrace.

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters,
a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.[b]

It is not good to show partiality to the guilty
by perverting the justice due the innocent.

A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.

A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.

A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being.[c]

The one who is truly lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[d]

10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are protected.[e]

11 A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.

12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,
but humility comes before honor.

13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.

14 A man’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?

15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it.

16 A gift opens doors[f] for a man
and brings him before the great.

17 The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him.

18 Casting the lot ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.

19 An offended brother is harder to reach[g]
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.

20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips.

21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.

23 The poor man pleads,
but the rich one answers roughly.

24 A man with many friends may be harmed,[h]
but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.


  1. Proverbs 18:2 Lit to uncover his heart
  2. Proverbs 18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river.
  3. Proverbs 18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly
  4. Proverbs 18:9 Lit master of destruction
  5. Proverbs 18:10 Lit raised high
  6. Proverbs 18:16 Lit gift makes room
  7. Proverbs 18:19 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
  8. Proverbs 18:24 Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly


My Thoughts

SO, the comic in me want to ask if the first verse says – and it does, ” One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment” what is going on with monks and Priests? Just asking.

I really like verse 12, most of have heard “pride cometh before the fall…” Seems like this is where this comes from. In my own life I can see – and say – that getting on a stage and trying to use my words to make people laugh can make you humble. As I was reminded earlier tonight there is nothing more painful – awkward may be a better word – than not having a single person laugh at a joke. But I have not experienced anything that compares to hearing an audience of mostly complete strangers laugh at what I say.

I may not have said it recently and I will never say it enough – but THANK YOU Jesus for this gift. Don;t let me waste ay more of it.


So, it’s your turn now. No pushing there’s plenty of room for you all. GO!

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