Monday, March 14, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom: Proverbs 14

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http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2014&version=NIV

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.

Proverbs 14

"The wise woman builder her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down". A wise woman builds up, she encourages, she works hard. The foolish one gets in her own way. (v1)

You will know those who fear the Lord by the way they walk and those who hate Him by where they choose to walk. (v2)

"A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect him". Again, Solomon talks about the tongue. It really can get us into trouble or keep us safe. (v3)

You must have the right tools to get the job done. If you don't, your storehouses will be empty. (v4)

"An honest witness does not decieve, but a false witness pours out lies". Repetition. Solomon says this over and over again. (v5)

Knowledge comes easily to those who are discerning, but no matter how hard the mocker looks, wisdom evades him. (v6)

Stay away from a foolish person, there's nothing good to be found there. (v7)

The wise and prudent think about what they do before they act; not so with the foolish. (v8)

The foolish think it's funny to make amends for wrongs, but the righteous develop good will among people. (v9)

"Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy." No one can really know how deeply you feel bitterness or joy; it's your own to know. (v10)

The wicked will be destroyed, but the upright will be blessed. (v11)

Just because a way looks right, doesn't mean it is. Choose carefully. Be wise. (v12)

Just because someone laughs doesn't mean they are free of pain or far from grief. (v13)

We will reap what we sow; good or bad. (v14)

The foolish are gullible, but the prudent are cautious and thoughtful. (v15)

"The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure." (v16)

A quick temper gets you into trouble. If you plot against others, you wind up being hated. (v17)

Knowledge is the crown of the wise, but the simple are covered in foolishness. (v18)

The wicked will be made to bow down before the good. (v19)

"The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends." (v20)

Despising someone is sinful, but is a blessing to be kind to those who are in need. (v21)

Good things come to those who seek after and plan good things. Those who plot evil get lead astray. (v22)

If you work hard, you will earn your wage, but mere talk gets you no where. (v23)

"The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly". (v24)

Truth saves. Truth always saves. (v25)

The Lord is a refuge for the wise; their children are safe within it. (v26)

"The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death." (v27)

"A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined". (v28)

It takes great understanding to be patient, but fools have quick tempers. (v29)

When your heart is at peace, your body can be healthy. If you are full of envy, it seeps into your bones and rots them. (v30)

The Lord honors those who give to the needy.(v31)

"When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God." (v32)

Wisdom rests in the heart of those who have discernment, but even fools can see and know her. (v33)

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people." (v34)

When you are wise, you gain respect and delight, but being foolish earns anger and shame. (v35)

Dear Father of Wisdom,
I want to be wise. I want to be safe in truth, in honesty. Teach me to guard my lips and hold my tongue. Amen

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