Having been on vacation I’m a little bit behind with my daily Proverbs. I began this month discussing a few verses from the book of Proverbs. We last ended in Proverbs chapter 14. I’m going to play catch up now and give you some powerful words to Ponder, Contemplate, Meditate, and Act upon. Indeed, they are powerful. Ready! Set! Go!
The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.
Don’t Be LAZY!
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.
We can fool ourselves but we can’t fool God.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
Avoid disasters when you can!
He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
Be careful how you listen.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
WOW, that’s really powerful!
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
I haven’t a drink in about 20 years. I don’t miss it. It never brought me anything good.
It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Be careful who you marry!
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
Guard your reputation!
Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
Be careful who you associate with in life.
Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
Have a game plan and then execute. Be patient!
Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house, or he will become weary of you and hate you.
Don’t wear out your welcome! WOW, I think this is something to think about with respect to social media. Too much is not a good thing.
Like one who takes a dog by the ears is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.
I may need to consider this one more.
Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
We don’t know what the future holds. Only God does.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Confession is good for the soul.
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
God has always been concerned for all people.
Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
A powerful prayer that I need to pray more often.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
One of the great chapters talking about a worthy woman.
I’m wrapping this up a few days early. I love the Proverbs and I hope you have benefited from these as much as I have.