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Proverbs 31

Welcome to Day 31 of our “Walk through Proverbs!” Wow! That was the fastest month ever! Enjoy this tune from Donald Lawrence and all of the verses from Proverbs 31.  When we began our study, I mentioned that most of these wise sayings were written by King Solomon. This last chapter, however, was written by King Lemuel. * Please see the “About this Blog” tab for more information.

V1 These are the wise sayings of King Lemuel of Massa, taught to him at his mother’s knee.

V2 O my son, whom I have dedicated to The Lord,

V3 do not spend your time with women – the royal pathway of destruction.

V4 And it is not for kings, O Lemuel, to drink wine and whiskey.

V5 For if they drink they may forget their duties and be unable to give justice to those who are oppressed.

V6,7 Hard liquor is for sick men at the brink of death, and wine for those in deep depression. Let them drink to forget their poverty and misery.

V8 You should defend those who cannot help themselves.

V9 Yes, speak up for the poor and needy and see that they get justice.

V10 If you can find a truly good wife, she is worth more than precious gems!

V11 Her husband can trust her, and she will richly satisfy his needs.

V12 She will not hinder him, but help him all her life.

V13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.

V14 She buys imported foods, brought by ship from distant ports.

V15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household, and plans the day’s work for her servant girls.

V16 She goes out to inspect a field, and buys it; with her own hands she plants a vineyard.

V17 She is energetic, a hard worker,

V18 and watches for bargains. She works far into the night!

V19,20 She sews for the poor, and generously gives to the needy.

V21 She has no fear of winter for her household, for she has made warm clothes for all of them.

V22 She also upholsters with finest tapestry; her own clothing is beautifully made – a purple gown of pure linen.

V23 Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council chamber with the other civic leaders.

V24 She makes belted linen garments to sell to the merchants.

V25 She is a woman of strength and dignity, and has no fear of old age.

V26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says.

V27 She watches carefully all that goes on throughout her household, and is never lazy.

V28 Her children stand and bless her; so does her husband. He praises her with these words:

V29 “There are many fine women in the world; but you are the best of them all!”

V30 Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn’t last, but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised.

V31 Praise her for the many fine things she does. These good deeds of hers shall bring her honor and recognition from even the leaders of the nations.

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Fret not, if you missed any days of the study! I shall continue to post them daily – at least one per day, maybe more.  This has been so exciting I don’t want it to end. My focus for the first round had to be what GOD says.  Each day next month, I will add more in the comment section and hope you’ll join in by doing the same.

Now, before you go, receive this blessing below. Listen to the words, ok?  If you’ve made it to this moment in time in this very blog, then this is

ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!

Thank You for All of Your Encouragement and Participation! Big Blessings to You!

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Proverbs 10

Welcome to Day 10 of our study of Proverbs!

Scriptures highlighted in my personal study (from the Children’s Living Bible) follow.  You are welcome and encouraged to add yours to the comment section.

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These are the proverbs of Solomon:

V2 Ill gotten gain brings no lasting happiness; right living does.

V4 Lazy men are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 

V5 A wise youth makes hay while the sun shines, but what a shame to see a lad who sleeps away his hour of opportunity.

V6 The good man is covered with blessings from head to foot, but an evil man inwardly curses his luck.

V7 We all have good memories of good men gone to their reward, but the names of wicked men stink after them.

V8 The wise man is glad to be instructed, but a self sufficient fool falls flat on his face.

V9 A good man has firm footing, but a crook will slip and fall.

V12 Hatred stirs old quarrels, but love overlooks insults.

V14 A wise man holds his tongue. Only a fool blurts out everything he knows; that only leads to sorrow and trouble.

V16 The good man’s earnings advance the cause of righteousness. The evil man squanders his on sin.

V17 Anyone willing to be corrected is on the pathway to life. Anyone refusing has lost his chance.

V18 To hate is to be a liar; to slander is to be a fool.

V19 Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow! 

V20 When a good man speaks, he is worth listening to, but the words of fools are a dime a dozen.

V21 A godly man gives good advice, but a rebel is destroyed by lack of common sense.

V22 The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds nothing to it.

V24 The wicked man’s fears will all come true, and so will the good man’s hopes.

V25 Disaster strikes like a cyclone and the wicked are whirled away. But the good man has a strong anchor.

V26 A lazy fellow is a pain to his employers – like smoke in their eyes or vinegar that sets the teeth on edge.

V27 Reverence for God adds hours to each day, so how can the wicked expect a long, good life?

V28 The hope of good men is eternal happiness; the hopes of evil men are all in vain. 

V29 God protects the upright but destroys the wicked.

V30 The good shall never lose God’s blessings, but the wicked shall lose everything.

V31 The good man gives wise advice, but the liar’s counsel is shunned.

V32 The upright speak what is helpful; the wicked speak rebellion.

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Proverbs 9

V13 A prostitute is loud and brash, and never has enough of lust and shame.

V14 She sits at the door of her house or stands at the street corners of the city,

V15 whispering to men going by, and to those minding their own business.

V16 “Come home with me,” she urges simpletons.

V17 “Stolen melons are the sweetest; stolen apples taste the best!”

V18 But they don’t realize that her former guests are now citizens of hell.

Once again, I opened by sharing some scripture quoted directly from The Children’s Living Bible copyrighted in 1971.

The verses highlighted in my personal study follow:

Proverbs 9

V1 Wisdom has built a palace supported on seven pillars,

V2 and has prepared a great banquet, and mixed the wines,

V3 and sent out her maidens inviting all to come.  She calls from the busiest intersections in the city,

V4 “Come, you simple ones without good judgment;

V5 come to wisdom’s banquet and drink the wines that I have mixed.

V6 Leave behind your foolishness and begin to live; learn how to be wise.”

V7,8 If you rebuke a mocker, you will only get a smart retort; yes, he will snarl at you.  So don’t bother with him; he will only hate you for trying to help him.  But a wise man, when rebuked, will love you all the more.

V9 Teach a wise man, and he will be wiser; teach a good man and he will learn more.

V10 For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom.  Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.

V11 “I, Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful.”

V12 Wisdom is its own reward, and if you scorn her, you hurt only yourself.

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