PROVERB OF THE DAY – Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16:8- Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 16:23- The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

This month our church is reading a Proverb a day that corresponds to the day of the month.   Today is Proverbs 16. Here are two thoughts from Proverbs 16: First, we see the idea of living righteously in Proverbs 16:8 which says, “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”

While there is a theological meaning to that word righteousness, there is also a very practical one. And practically speaking, that word righteousness is synonymous with the words “rightly or blamelessly.”

It is far better to have a little and live rightly and blamelessly, than to have a lot and be crooked and deceitful.

The second thought for the day is from Proverbs 16:23 which is “Speak Persuasively”

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Proverbs 16:23

That word judicious means “well thought out, careful and cautious”. If you are at the office, in a tense meeting, or find yourself being consulted by a friend—the best thing you can do is make sure your words are “well thought out.”  Well thought out words always carry more weight!

Those are your thoughts for the day: Live Righteously and Think before you speak!

Take Care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D