Proverbs

Proverbs

Proverbs

Proverbs 28:1

August 06, 2020 – Thursday                                                              Proverbs 28:1     NIV 1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Comment Before leaving Proverbs, I could not pass up the opportunity to comment on one of my favorite verses within Proverbs of the half dozen or so…
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Proverbs 26:23-26

August 05, 2020 – Wednesday     Proverbs 26:23-26     NIV 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. 26 Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Comment While each proverb within a chapter of Proverbs can stand on its…
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Proverbs 14:14-16

August 03, 2020 – Monday                                           Proverbs 14:14-16     NIV 14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs. 15 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. 16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. Comment Proverbs are so full of wisdom, I am tempted to…
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Proverbs 3:5-6

March 18, 2020 – Wednesday Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Comments One more day away from writing on persecution, at least not directly. With all that is currently going on in the world I thought to share a few verses that bring me comfort in this time of confusion, fear, and panic. Those are the two verses…
Proverbs 5:21

Proverbs 5:12-14

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice August 16, 2019 – Friday Proverbs 5:12-14    NIV 12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! 13 I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. 14 And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people. Comments Proverbs 5 has the title Warning Against Adultery and is written from Solomon to his sons in a format any father (or mother) could…
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Proverbs 28:13-14

13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. These two verses were not presented as a couplet, but I found them linked by their underlying meaning – both are concerned with one’s attitudes towards God. The latter is the last verse in Proverbs to directly use the word heart so tomorrow we…
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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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