Monday, March 28, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom: Proverbs 28

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http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2028&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 28

The wicked are always running, but the righteous stand strong. (v1)

If you see a country that is out of control, you should look at its leaders to see why. (v2)

If you keep pressing people, you get to a point where you kill any chance they have of producing. (v3)

“Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.” (v4)

The wicked can not understand what is right, but the righteous can. (v5)

It’s much better to be poor and righteous than rich and wicked. (v6)

“A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” (v7)

If you gain wealth by cheating the poor, it will be given to one who actually does take care of the poor. (v8)

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” (v9)

If you deceive the righteous, you will be caught by your own trap; but the blameless will receive their reward. (v10)

“The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.” (v11)

There is a great celebration when the good prosper, but the people fear when the wicked come to power. (v12)

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (v13)

A hard heart brings trouble, but the one who is soft before the Lord is blessed. (v14)

“Like a roaring lion or a charging extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.” (v15)

A good ruler can expect a long reign. (v16)

A murderer who is tormented by his guilt make seek to kill himself for relief. (v17)

The innocent will be kept safe while the perverse will be caught by their own schemes. (v18)

If you work hard, you will be filled; if you are lazy, you will be poor. (v19)

Faithfulness leads to blessing; there is no quick fix for poverty. (v20)

“To show partiality is not good – yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.” (v21)

“The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.” (v22)

Although, at first, you may seem like an enemy if you rebuke someone, in the end you will be known for having loved them well. Someone who flatters instead of telling the truth is not a friend. (v23)

To steal from your own family but then justify it makes you a partner with the wicked. (v24)

“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.” (v25)

If you put your trust in yourself, you put your trust in a fool; but the wise walk in the way of wisdom. (v26)

If you give to the poor, you will be blessed. If you ignore the poor, you will be cursed. (v27)

REPETITION: “When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.” (v28)

Dear Father of Wisdom,
Help me see the opportunities to help the poor. May my eyes be open to their need and my heart soft to their situations. May I care for them as You would. Amen.

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