Proverbs 26 

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
    honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
    an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
    and a rod for the backs of fools!
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Sending a message by the hands of a fool
    is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Like the useless legs of one who is lame
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like tying a stone in a sling
    is the giving of honor to a fool.
Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 Like an archer who wounds at random
    is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
    so fools repeat their folly.
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.

13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
    a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
    so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven people who answer discreetly.

17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
    is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

18 Like a maniac shooting
    flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
    and says, “I was only joking!”

20 Without wood a fire goes out;
    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to the inmost parts.

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.
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
    if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
    and a flattering mouth works ruin.

March 26- Daily Devotional

Proverbs 26

This chapter focuses on a few KEY behaviors:  foolishness, sluggishness, and deception/lying.

Reread the chapter and record what you learn about each behavior:

1.  Foolishness:

 

 

2.  Sluggishness:

 

 

3.  Deception/lying:

 

 

4.  How can you apply this to your current life circumstances?

 

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Proverbs 25 

More Proverbs of Solomon
1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

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.
4 Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
is a ruling rightly given.
12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and they will hate you.
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 songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.

 

Daily Devotional

March 25

Read verses 11 & 12- Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.  Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Explain this scripture in your own words.  How does it apply to you as a student, a mom/dad, a sibling, a friend…?

2.  Today’s culture embraces that MORE is better; however, MODERATION seems to be lacking in our society.  Proverbs 25:16-reminds us that If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit.

Is there something in your life that you have let take control?  Maybe it is something that started out innocent but ended up becoming consuming.  Maybe it’s food, work, a hobby, a relationship…  Read verse 16 again.  Write out your prayer for a proper balance of More and Moderation.

3.  It is easy to treat those we love and admire with respect;however, verses 21 & 22 tell us how to treat our enemies:

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him __________________ to eat; if he is ____________________, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning __________________ on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.

4.  Most of the issues covered in Proverbs and experienced in our daily lives could be avoided if we heed the instruction of verse 28: Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Is there an area of your life right now that needs self control?  

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Proverbs 24 

Saying 20

Do not envy the wicked,
    do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
    and their lips talk about making trouble.

Saying 21

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with rare and beautiful treasures.

Saying 22

The wise prevail through great power,
    and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Surely you need guidance to wage war,
    and victory is won through many advisers.

Saying 23

Wisdom is too high for fools;
    in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Saying 24

Whoever plots evil
    will be known as a schemer.
The schemes of folly are sin,
    and people detest a mocker.

Saying 25

10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
    how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 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?

Saying 26

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 27

15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
    do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Saying 28

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.

Saying 29

19 Do not fret because of evildoers
    or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Saying 30

21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,
    and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them,
    and who knows what calamities they can bring?

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:

To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
    will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
    and rich blessing will come on them.

26 An honest answer
    is like a kiss on the lips.

27 Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
    after that, build your house.

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
    would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
    I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

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 scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 24 Daily Devotional

This Proverb is full of truth and teaching   As you read the chapter, record 4 truths that touch you today.   How does each scripture  apply to your life? 

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Proverbs 23

Saying 7

1 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.
Saying 8

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Saying 9

6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;
7 for he is the kind of person
who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
Saying 10

9 Do not speak to fools,
for they will scorn your prudent words.
Saying 11

10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.
Saying 12

12 Apply your heart to instruction
and your ears to words of knowledge.
Saying 13

13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.
Saying 14

15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
Saying 15

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Saying 16

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!
Saying 18

26 My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
Saying 19

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”

Daily Devotional
Proverbs 23

As you read through this chapter, take note of the mention of gluttony. What are the warnings and instructions in the area of gluttony that are mentioned throughout this text?

2. Verses 4 & 5 say, Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
What is the underlying truth found in this passage and how can you apply it to your life? Riches aren’t necessarily bad as long as we don’t spend all our time focusing on them. What should we focus on instead?
3. Verse 17-18 tell us: Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

So often we get side-tracked with envy of other people and other’s possessions, but people and things will let us down. However, one thing never will. What can you do today to make sure your hope is set in the right place?

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Proverbs 22 

22 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
Saying 1

17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
Saying 2

Proverbs 21

1 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.
2 A person may think their own ways are right,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty.
6 A fortune made by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
for they refuse to do what is right.
8 The way of the guilty is devious,
but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The wicked crave evil;
their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked
and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger,
and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence
comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a desert
than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
but fools gulp theirs down.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty
and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
keep themselves from calamity.
24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
behaves with insolent fury.
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work.
26 All day long he craves for more,
but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—
how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish,
but a careful listener will testify successfully.
29 The wicked put up a bold front,
but the upright give thought to their ways.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the Lord.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the Lord.

Daily Devotional

Proverbs 21

1.  Verse 2 says-  A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. What is this verse telling us?

2.  Verse 8 reminds us-  The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. Devious means- willing to lie or trick people to get what is wanted.  Look at the outcomes of both your actions and the actions of those around you so see true character.  Do you need to make some changes today?  

3.   Two verses in Chapter 21 relate to marriage- Verse 9:  Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
 Verse 19:   Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.  The finger seems to point at the wife in this case, but we all know that the wife can’t take all the blame for causing all the quarrels.  The bottom line is that fighting makes a relationship miserable. What changes do you need to make in your relationship today?  How can you improve marriage that is highlighted with fighting?

4.  Verse 21 give us good plan- Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.  We should  actively seek after ______________________ and ________________. This wisdom seems so obvious; however, our culture seems to mesh with evil and hatred more often than we care to admit.  Are you seeking righteousness and love in relationships at home, at work or in your social environment?  How can you improve?

Proverbs 20

1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
the Lord detests them both.
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the Lord has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
20 If someone curses their father or mother,
their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
and beatings purge the inmost being.

daily devotional

Proverbs 20

1. Verse 3 tells us to avoid strife- and be slow to quarrel. How can you be successful at this in your life?

2.  What warning do we receive in verse 19?  Why is this important?

3.  So often we let the lack of forgiveness take over our lives.  When we seek our own revenge, it can cause bitterness and a lack of peace.  What reminder do we get in verse 22?

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Proverbs 19

1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
 than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

2 Desire without knowledge is not good,
 and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

3 When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
 his heart rages against the Lord.

4 Wealth brings many new friends,
 but a poor man is deserted by his friend.

5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
 and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

6 Many seek the favor of a generous man,
 and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.

7 All a poor man’s brothers hate him;
 how much more do his friends go far from him!
 He pursues them with words, but does not have them.

8 Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
 he who keeps understanding will discover good.

9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
 and he who breathes out lies will perish.

10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
 much less for a slave to rule over princes.

11 Good sense makes one slow to anger,
 and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

12 A king’s wrath is like the growling of a lion,
 but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish son is ruin to his father,
 and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

14 House and wealth are inherited from fathers,
 but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
 and an idle person will suffer hunger.

16 Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
 he who despises his ways will die.

17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

18 Discipline your son, for there is hope;
 do not set your heart on putting him to death.

19 A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
 for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.

20 Listen to advice and accept instruction,
 that you may gain wisdom in the future.

21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
 but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

22 What is desired in a man is steadfast love,
 and a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life,
 and whoever has it rests satisfied;
 he will not be visited by harm.

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
 and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
 reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother
 is a son who brings shame and reproach.

27 Cease to hear instruction, my son,
 and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness mocks at justice,
 and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

29 Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
 and beating for the backs of fools.

March 19 Daily Devotional

Proverbs 19

1. Verse 2 says, “Desire without _________________ is not good,
 and whoever makes haste with his feet ­­­­­­_________________ his way.

Often times in life we desire to make changes in our lives. We have a business plan, a family plan, or a personal goal. However, we jump in without spending time to pray, research, or prepare. What does this verse say about this?

How can verse 20 apply? Listen to advice and accept instruction,
 that you may gain wisdom in the future.

2. Verse 11: Good sense makes one slow to ____________________,
 and it is his glory to overlook an offense. How can you apply this verse?

3. Verse 21: Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
 but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

How can this verse change our perspective on our plans and our goals?

Proverbs 18

1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
and so deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
9 One who is slack in his work
is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
for the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord.
23 The poor plead for mercy,
but the rich answer harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Daily Devotional

Proverbs 18

1.  In Chapter 17, the word ‘fortified’ is repeated 3 times.  Fortified means: to protect or strengthen against attack; to make strong

Verse 10- The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Our Lord is a strong _________________________.   We can run to Him and be ____________________.

What is something you need to take to the Lord?  Be safe in His arms today.

2. Verse 11- The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
In what might the rich place their strength?  _________________________________?  Is this a REAL or and IMAGINED security? Explain:
3.  Verse 19- A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. What does this verse tell you about the strong impact that being ‘wronged’ or treating someone ‘badly’ has on a person’s behavior? 

 

4.  In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines. I will admit that this verse makes me smile because we have probably all seen this in action.  Maybe our kids, our friends, or our co-workers want us to believe what they said as total truth.  Be wise; listen to those around you with discernment.  Maybe it is YOU who is being stubborn and adamant that you are right about an issue, and you refuse to listen to the ‘cross-examination’.  When you have a disagreement, how could you do a better job of listening to those around you?  

 

5.  Verse 14 reveals the depth of being crushed emotionally.  The writer tells us that, The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?  The metaphor compares the weight of a crushed spirit being heavier than actual physical sickness.  One can ENDURE sickness but not a crushed spirit.  If you feel like life is more than you can handle right now, turn to the safety of your strong tower.  Lean on the Lord.  Is there something in your life right now that is crushing your spirit?  

Write it down and give it to God.

Is there someone around you who has a crushed spirit?  What can you do to encourage, love and support this person?

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Proverbs 17 

1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
they think success will come at every turn.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
the messenger of death will be sent against them.
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the Lord detests them both.
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
and puts up security for a neighbor.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
surely to flog honest officials is not right.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.

 

March 17 Devotional

Proverbs 17

 

1.  Proverbs 17:1 starts with a strong statement:  Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.  I am sure that we will all agree that there is nothing better than a peaceful home & nothing worse then tension and strife under your roof.  

How would you describe the emotional thermometer in your home?

What can you do to encourage peace?  (yes, even with teenagers in the home)

How can you avoid strife?

 

2.  To ‘foster‘ means: to promote the growth or development of; to further; to encourage.  Read verses 9-11.

9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. 10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.  11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.

What does love foster?

What does evil foster?

What do your actions foster? (be honest with yourself) 

 

3.  Read the two verses below-

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching (breaking or rupturing)  a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

What can you learn about quarrels from the verses?  How can you avoid a fight?

 

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