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Proverbs 24

Happy Sunday and Welcome to Day 24! * Please see the “About this blog tab” and feel free to comment each day. Thank you for participating. Big Blessings to You!

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V1 Don’t envy godless men; don’t even enjoy their company.

V2 For they spend their days plotting violence and cheating.

V3,4 Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.

V5 A wise man is mightier than a strong man. Wisdom is mightier than strength.

V6 Don’t go to war without wise guidance; there is safety in many counselors.

V7 Wisdom is too much for a rebel. He’ll not be chosen as a counselor!

V8 To plan evil is as wrong as doing it.

V9 The rebel’s schemes are sinful, and the mocker is the scourge of all mankind.

V10 You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity.

V11,12 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.  For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and He knows you knew! And He will reward everyone according to his deeds.

V13,14 My son, honey whets the appetite, and so does wisdom! When you enjoy becoming wise, there is hope for you! A bright future lies ahead!

V15,16 O evil man, leave the upright man alone, and quit trying to cheat him out of his rights. Don’t you know that this good man, though you trip him up seven times, will each time rise again? But one calamity is enough to lay you low.

V17 Do not rejoice when your enemy meets trouble. Let there be no gladness when he falls –

V18 for The Lord may be displeased with you and stop punishing him!

V19,20 Don’t envy the wicked. Don’t covet his riches. For the evil man has no future; his light will be snuffed out.

V21,22 My son, watch your step before The Lord and the king, and don’t associate with radicals. For you will go down with them to sudden disaster, and who knows where it all will end?

V23 It is wrong to sentence the poor, and let the rich go free.

V24 He who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” shall be cursed by many people of many nations;

V25 but blessings shall be showered on those who rebuke sin fearlessly.

V26 It is an honor to receive a frank reply.

V27 Develop your business first before building your house.

V28,29 Don’t testify spitefully against an innocent neighbor. Why lie about him? Don’t say, “Now I can pay him back for all his meanness to me!”

V30,31 I walked by the field of a certain lazy fellow and saw that it was overgrown with thorns, and covered with weeds; and its walls were broken down.

V32,33 Then, as I looked, I learned this lesson:

“A little extra sleep,

A little more slumber

A little folding of the hands to rest”

V34 means that poverty will break in upon you suddenly like a robber, and violently like a bandit.

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Proverbs 23

Welcome to Day 23! * Please see the “About this blog tab” and feel free to comment each day. Thank you for participating. Big Blessings to You!

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V1,2,3 When dining with a rich man, be on your guard and don’t stuff yourself, though it all tastes so good; for he is trying to bribe you, and no good is going to come of his invitation.

V4,5 Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich, Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird!

V6,7,8 Don’t associate with evil men; don’t long for their favors and gifts. Their kindness is a trick; they want to use you as their pawn. The delicious food they serve will turn sour in your stomach and you will vomit it, and have to take back your words of appreciation for their “kindness.”

V9 Don’t waste your breath on a rebel. He will despise the wisest advice.

V10,11 Don’t steal the land of defenseless orphans by moving their boundary marks, for their Redeemer is strong; He Himself will accuse you.

V12 Don’t refuse to accept criticism; get all the help you can.

V13,14 Don’t fail to correct your children; discipline won’t hurt them! They won’t die if you use a stick on them! Punishment will keep them out of hell.

V15,16 My son, how I will rejoice if you become a man of common sense. Yes, my heart will thrill to your thoughtful, wise words.

V17,18 Don’t envy evil men but continue to reverence The Lord all the time, for surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. There is hope for you yet!

V19,20,21 O my son, be wise and stay in God’s paths; don’t carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. And remember that too much sleep clothes a man with rags.

V22 Listen to your father’s advice and don’t despise an old mother’s experience.

V23 Get the facts at any price, and hold on tightly to all the good sense you can get.

V24,25 The father of a godly man has cause for joy – what pleasure a wise son is! So give your parents joy!

V26,27,28 O my son, trust my advice – stay away from prostitutes. For a prostitute is a deep and narrow grave.  Like a robber, she waits for her victims as one after another become unfaithful to their wives.

V29,30 Whose heart is filled with anguish and sorrow? Who is always fighting and quarreling? Who is the man with bloodshot eyes and many wounds? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new mixtures.

V31 Don’t let the sparkle and the smooth taste of strong wine deceive you.

V32 For in the end it bites like a poisionous serpent; it stings like an adder.

V33 You will see hallucinations and have delirium tremens, and you will say foolish, silly things that would embarrass you no end when sober.

V34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast.

V35 And afterwards you will say, “I didn’t even know it when they beat me up…Let’s go and have another drink!”

Proverbs 22

V1 If you must choose, take a good name over great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver or gold.

V2 The rich and the poor are alike before The Lord who made them all.

V3 A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

V4 True humility and respect for The Lord lead a man to riches, honor and a long life.

V5 The rebel walks a thorny, treacherous road; the man who values his soul will stay away.

V6 Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain upon it.

V7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

V8 The unjust tyrant will reap disaster and his reign of terror shall end.

V9 Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.

V10 Throw out the mocker, and you will be rid of tension, fighting and quarrels.

V11 He who values grace and truth is the king’s friend.

V12 The Lord preserves the upright but ruins the plans of the wicked.

V 13 The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”

V14 A prostitute is a dangerous trap; those cursed of God are caught in it.

V15 A youngster’s heart is filled with rebellion, but punishment will drive it out of him.

V16 He who gains by oppressing the poor or by bribing the rich shall end in poverty.

V 17,18,19 Listen to this wise advice, follow it closely, for it will do you good, and you can pass it on to others: Trust in The Lord.

V20 ,21 In the past, haven’t I been right? Then believe what I am telling you now, and share it with others.

V22-23 Don’t rob the poor and sick! For The Lord is their defender. If you injure them He will punish you.

V24,25 Keep away from angry short tempered men, lest you learn to be like them and endanger your soul.

V26,27 Unless you have the extra cash on hand, don’t countersign a note. Why risk everything you own? They’ll even take your bed!

V28 Do not move the ancient boundary marks. That is stealing.

V29 Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!

Proverbs 21

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V1 Just as water is turned into irrigation ditches, so The LORD directs the king’s thoughts. He turns them wherever He wants to.

V2 We can justify our every deed but God looks at our motives.

V3 God is more pleased when we are just and fair than when we give Him gifts.

V4 Pride, lust, and evil actions are all sin.

V5 Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.

V6 Dishonest gain will never last, so why take the risk?

V7 Because the wicked are unfair, their violence boomerangs and destroys them.

V8 A man is known by his actions. An evil man lives an evil life; a good man lives a godly life.

V9 It is better to live in the corner an attic than with a crabby woman in a lovely home.

V10 An evil man loves to harm others; being a good neighbor is out of his line.

V11 The wise man learns by listening; the simpleton can learn only by seeing scorners punished.

V12 The godly learn by watching ruin overtake the wicked.

V13 He who shuts his ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in his own time of need.

V14 An angry man is silenced by giving him a gift!

V15 A good man loves justice, but it is a calamity to evil doers.

V16 The man who strays away from common sense will end up dead!

V17 A man who loves pleasure becomes poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches!

V18 The wicked will finally lose; the righteous will finally win.

V19 Better to live in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining woman.

V20 The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.

V21 The man who tries to be good, loving and kind finds life, righteousness and honor.

V22 The wise man conquers the strong man and levels his defenses.

V23 Keep your mouth closed and you’ll stay out of trouble.

V24 Mockers are proud, haughty and arrogant.

V25,26 The lazy man longs for many things but his hands refuse to work. He is greedy to get, while the godly love to give!

V27 God loathes the gifts of evil men, especially if they are trying to bribe Him!

V28 A false witness must be punished; an honest witness is safe.

V29 An evil man is stubborn, but a godly man will reconsider.

V30 No one, regardless of how shrewd or well advised he is, can stand against The LORD.

V31 Go ahead and prepare for the conflict, but victory comes from GOD.

Proverbs 20

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V1 Wine gives false courage; hard liquor leads to brawls; what fools men are to let it master them, making them reel drunkenly down the street!

V2 The king’s fury is like that of a roaring lion; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

V3 It is an honor for a man to stay out of a fight. Only fools insist on quarreling.

V4 If you won’t plow in the cold, you won’t eat at the harvest.

V5 Though good advice lies deep within a counselor’s heart, the wise man will draw it out.

V6 Most people will tell you what loyal friends they are, but are they telling the truth?

V7 It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest father.

V8 A king sitting as judge weighs all the evidence carefully, distinguishing the true from the false.

V9 Who can ever say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am sinless”?

V10 The Lord despises every kind of cheating.

V11 The character of even a child can be known by the way he acts whether what he does is pure and right.

V12 If you have good eyesight good hearing, thank God who gave them to you.

V13 If you love to sleep, you will end in poverty. Stay awake, work hard and there will be plenty to eat.

V14 “Utterly worthless!” says the buyer as he haggles over the price. But afterwards he brags about the bargain.

V15 Good sense is far more valuable than gold or precious jewels.

V16 It is risky to make loans to strangers!

V17 Some men enjoy cheating, but the cake they buy with such ill-gotten gain will turn to gravel in their mouths.

V18 Don’t go ahead with your plans without the advice of others; don’t go to war until they agree.

V19 Don’t tell your secrets to a gossip unless you want them broadcast to the world.

V20 God puts out the light of the man who curses his father or mother.

V21 A fortune can be made from cheating, but there is a curse that goes with it.

V22 Don’t repay evil for evil. Wait for The Lord to handle the matter.

V23 The Lord loathes all cheating and dishonesty.

V24 Since The Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way?

V25 It is foolish and rash to make a promise to The Lord before counting the cost.

V26 A wise king stamps out crime by severe punishment.

V27 A man’s conscience is The Lord’s searchlight exposing his hidden motives.

V28 If a king is kind, honest and fair, his kingdom stands secure.

V29 The glory of young men is their strength; of old men, their experience.

V30 Punishment that hurts chases evil from the heart.

Proverbs 19

Welcome to Day 19!

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V1 Better be poor and honest than rich and dishonest.

V2 It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown.

V3 A man may ruin his chances by his own foolishness and then blame it on The Lord!

V4 A wealthy man has many “friends”; the poor man has none left.

V5 Punish false witnesses. Track down liars.

V6 Many beg favors from a man who is generous; everyone is his friend.

V7 A poor man’s own brothers turn away from him in embarrassment; how much more his friends! He calls out after them, but they are gone.

V8 He who loves wisdom loves his own best interest and will be a success.

V9 A false witness shall be punished.

V10 It doesn’t seem right for a fool to succeed or for a slave to rule over princes!

V11 A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults. This is to his credit.

V12 The king’s anger is as dangerous as a lion’s. But his approval is as refreshing as the dew on grass.

V13 A rebellious son is a calamity to his father, and a nagging wife annoys  like constant dripping.

V14 A father can give his sons homes and riches, but only The Lord can give them understanding wives.

V15 A lazy man sleeps soundly – and goes hungry.

V16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them means death.

V17 When you help the poor you are lending to The Lord – and He pays wonderful interest on your loan!

V18 Discipline your son in his early years while there is hope. If you don’t you will ruin his life.

V19 A short-tempered man must bear his own penalty; you can’t do much to help him. If you try once you must try a dozen times!

V20 Get all the advice you can and be wise the rest of your life.

V21 Man proposes, God disposes.

V22 Kindness makes a man attractive. And it is better to be poor than dishonest.

V23 Reverence for God gives life, happiness, and protection from harm.

V24 Some men are so lazy they won’t even feed themselves!

V25 Punish a mocker and others will learn from his example. Reprove a wise man and he will be the wiser.

V26 A son who mistreats his father or mother is a public disgrace.

V27 Stop listening to teaching that contradicts what you know is right.

V28 A worthless witness cares nothing for truth – he enjoys his sinning too much.

V 29 Mockers and rebels shall be severely punished.


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Proverbs 18

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V1 The selfish man quarrels against every sound principle of conduct by demanding his own way.

V2 A rebel doesn’t care about the facts.

V3 Sin brings disgrace.

V4 A wise man’s words express deep streams of thought.

V5 It is wrong for a judge to favor the wicked and condemn the innocent.

V6 ,7 A fool gets into constant fights. His mouth is his undoing! His words endanger him.

V8 What dainty morsels rumors are. They are eaten with great relish!

V9 A lazy man is brother to the saboteur.

V 10 The Lord is a strong fortress. The godly run to him are safe.

V 11 The rich man thinks of his wealth as an impregnable defense, a high wall of safety. What a dreamer!

V12 Pride ends in destruction; humility ends in honor.

V13 What a shame – Yes, how stupid! – to decide before knowing the facts!

V 14 A man’s courage can sustain his broken body, but when courage dies, what hope is left?

V 15 The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.

V 16 A bribe does wonders; it will bring you before men of importance!

V 17 Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.

V 18 A coin toss ends arguments and settles disputes between powerful opponents.

V 19 It is harder to win back the friendship of an offended brother that to capture a fortified city. His anger shuts you out like iron bars.

V20 Ability to give wise advice satisfies like a good meal!

V21 Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!

V22 The man who finds a wife finds a good thing; she is a blessing to him from The LORD.

V23 The poor man pleads and the rich man answers with insults.

V24 There are “friends” who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks than a brother.

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