Tuesday, March 29, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom: Proverbs 29

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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 29

“Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy.” There is a penalty for ignoring the rebukes of the Lord and of the wise. Don’t push it too far or you may be destroyed. (v1)

The people are joyful when the ruler is righteous, but a wicked ruler oppresses them. (v2)

“A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders wealth.” (v3)

A just ruler makes for a stable country, but one who is greedy and underhanded is its downfall. (v4)

Flattery is not kind; it traps a person. (v5)

“Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.” Your sin will catch up with you, it’s only a matter of time. But, the righteous can be joyous and full of peace. (v6)

The wise and righteous take care of the poor; the wicked do not care about the poor at all. (v7)

“Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away in anger.” (v8)

If you take a fool to court, he is just going to make a scene and there will be no peace. (v9)

“The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.” (v10)

It’s the business of a fool to vent and spew their rage all over the place. A wise person is a calming influence. (v11)

A ruler who is easily swayed and listens to lies will corrupt those who work with him. (v12)

“The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.” (v13)

A good king will judge the poor with fairness and the people will love him. (v14)

“A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.” (v15)

When the wicked and sin thrive, sometimes it seems hopeless, but the righteous will see their collapse. (v16)

“Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.” (v17)

When there is no revelation of wisdom, people become unruly. Where wisdom reigns, the people are blessed. (v18)

Words are not enough for correction; there must be consequences. (v19)

Be slow to speak, a fool has more hope than one who can not control his tongue. (v20)

If you pamper a person instead of instruct and discipline them in the ways of wisdom, they will turn out to be trouble. (v21)

“An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” (v22)

Pride is the downfall of people, but humility brings them favor. (v23)

If you help a thief you can not tell the truth without getting yourself into trouble. (V24)

“Fear of a man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (v25)

Many people try to appear before rulers of men, but true justice comes from the Lord. (v26)

The righteous and the wicked hate one another for who they are. (v27)

Dear Father of Wisdom,
Help me be one who brings calm to a situation. I don’t want to be like the quick tempered, uncontrolled fool. I want to speak peace and wisdom into every situation. Help me know Your ways and speak Your words. Amen.

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