Thursday, March 10, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom - Proverbs 10

Please visit the link below if you would like to read through Proverbs 10 before continuing.

Disclaimer: This is a personal journey of discovery for me. I am not claiming any special wisdom or exposition of my own, only sharing how 31 days of wisdom affect me and stir my spirit. I highly suggest, no matter who is speaking or sharing, that you check their words against the words of Scripture.

The Proverbs of Solomon

This chapter could be studied for a full month, maybe a lifetime. Each verse is a vibrant and rich truth and worth hiding in your heart.

If you are wise, you bring joy to your parents. If you are foolish, you grieve your parents. (v1)

Things you have not earned bring no lasting joy, but righteousness saves your life. (v2)

The Lord looks after His children. Work hard. Think ahead. Store up for hard times. Work during the harvest. (v3-5)

The righteous are blessed but the wicked meet with violence. In fact, when people speak blessings they speak the name of the righteous, but the names of the wicked become putrid and reek of death. (v6-7)

The wise do as they are told and respect authority. Fools run their mouths and come to ruin. (v8)

Those with honor and integrity have no reason to fear; they can sleep soundly. But those who lie, cheat and steal will be found out. Crooked paths do not lead where you think they will. (v9)

Passive aggressive or secretly wicked behavior causes grief. Solomon repeats: “a chattering fool comes to ruin”. When there is repetition, it’s important to take note. (v10)

Those who are righteous speak life into others while the wicked lie and conceal. (v11)

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs”. Those who hate will fight. They look for it. They seek out arguments. But love keeps the peace and covers over all wrongs. (v12)

The discerning are wise but the foolish receive discipline. (v13)
Get knowledge. Store it up. Quit talking. (v14)

The wealthy are rich because they plan ahead. Poverty is about more than money. (v15)

Righteousness = life. Wickedness = sin and death. (v16)

When we are obedient and listen to instruction, we light the path of life for others. But, if we ignore correction, we drag others down with us. (v17)

Lying is a byproduct of hatred. Slander is the work of the fool. (v18)

Much talking does nothing to end sin. The prudent hold their tongue and let the foolish reap the consequences of their sin. (v19)

The words of the righteous are valuable while the heart of the wicked is useless. (v20)

The righteous know how to nourish and encourage people with their words, but “fools die for lack of sense”. (v21)

When the Lord chooses to bless, it is not from painful toil but because it is a gift from God. (v22)

A fool gets excited by the plans to ruin others, but a wise person gets excited by wisdom. (v23)

The fear of the wicked will take hold of them, but the hopes of the righteous will be fulfilled. (v24)

The wicked will be blown away in the wind like chaff, but the righteous will forever stand firm. (v25)

What a picture! I had a physical reaction to this verse. The lazy are so undesirable that they are as “vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes”. So unpleasant! (v26)

Following the Lord adds length to life but wickedness shortens your days. (v27)
Joy comes in the morning for the righteous but the ways of the wicked turn to dust. (v28)

The Lord is a safe harbor for the innocent, but the wicked are dashed upon the rocks. (v29)

The roots of the righteous run deep but the wicked will be plucked from the land. The righteous bear the fruit of wisdom, but the wicked will be silenced. (v30-31)
The righteous know what is beautiful while the wicked only know what is dirty and
perverse. (v32)

Father of Wisdom,
Let Your words soak into my heart. May they circulate in my thoughts so that I may meditate on their truth. Lord, I don’t want to be like the foolish or wicked; cast away as so much chaff. Teach me Your ways, Lord, and help me walk in them. Amen.

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