Posts from March 2018

Posts from March 2018

Proverbs

Proverbs 27:19

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart [or so others reflect your heart back to you]. When I first looked at this verse in both NIV versions, I thought I knew it. After all most are familiar with the maxims, Show me how a person spends his or her time and I will show you the person or Show me how a person spends his or her money and I will show you the person. And…
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Proverbs 27:11

11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt. Proverbs 27:11, ESV 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. Wanted to include this verse yesterday with verse nine, but they turned out to be very different and each requiring very different comments. Why the two different versions above? Because in all the major translations we have the…
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Proverbs 27:9

9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. The verse for today is quite different from those we looked at yesterday. However, I have to admit verse nine through me a curve ball. I just didn’t get it, the first phrase that is: Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart. Then I remembered what it was like to grow up in the country with farm animals and…
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Proverbs 26:23-25

23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. 24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. 25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. Three verses all about evil hearts in one way or another. Seldom do we see such a grouping and the verse that follows seems to fit just as well although the heart is not…
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Proverbs 25:18-20

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor. 19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble. 20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings imprudent songs to a heavy heart. These three verses make up one complete proverb giving examples of what…
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Proverbs 25:2-3

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. Now we are in More Proverbs of Solomon, a title given to this chapter in the NIV which is reflected in the first verse These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah, and the…
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Proverbs 24:30-34

30 I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 and poverty will come on you like a thief and…
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Proverbs 22:17-24:22

Thirty Sayings of the Wise Saying 1 (Proverbs 22:17-21) through Saying 30 (Proverbs 24:21-22) followed by Further Sayings of the Wise (Proverbs 24:23-34) and then More Proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 25 through Proverbs 29). Finally The Sayings of Agur (Proverbs 30) and the Sayings of King Lemuel along with an Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character (both in Proverbs 31). Why all the information above? One of the readers let me know they were confused by such labeling as we…
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Proverbs 24:17-18

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, 18 or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn His wrath away from them. Above we have Saying 28 from Proverbs 24 that may very well date its origins back to the book of Job chapter 31 29 Did I rejoice at the destruction of him who hated me? I filled with glee when disaster overtook him? 30 No, I did not…
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Proverbs 24:10-12

Proverbs 24:10-12 If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done? Today we return to Proverbs and the Sayings of the Wise that mention the…
Luke

Luke 15:10

Luke 15:10 NIV In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10 GNV Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the Angels of God, for one sinner that converteth. Today’s verse is out late – after 6:00 p.m. – due to taking care of things that could not wait and visiting a lady my wife and I had never…
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Proverbs 24:1-2

Proverbs 24:1-2 Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. This is Saying 20, the first of eleven in Proverbs 24, four with the word heart. This Saying has a bit of a different twist as it describes the heart of the wicked, Many may wonder what really separates the good or Godly from the wicked. Here we are given a large part of the answer.…