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“May you and I live righteous lives before God.” <>< (09/03/20)

Please read Proverbs 11 through 15.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Proverbs 11 Theme

The righteous will be guided but the wicked shall be destroyed (v. 3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, one day each of us will stand alone before You (v. 4).

Something to think about

God will settle the accounts of both the righteous and the wicked (v. 19).

Something to experience

No amount of money will buy reconciliation with God (v. 1). Only our love for Him and obedience to Him will count (v. 5-6). Seek to live as righteous before God (v. 8, 9, 19, 21, 23, 30, 31). (F.Y.I. “righteous” – to act in a morally correct manner, correct by divine declaration)

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but accurate weights are His delight.

Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

Proverbs 11:4 Riches don’t profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 11:8 A righteous person is delivered out of trouble …

Proverbs 11:9 … the righteous will be delivered through knowledge.

Proverbs 11:18 … one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

Proverbs 11:19 He who is truly righteous gets life.  He who pursues evil gets death.

Proverbs 11:21 … the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.

Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good. …

Proverbs 11:28 … the righteous shall flourish like a green leaf.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.  He who is wise wins souls.

Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be repaid in the earth …

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Proverbs 12 Theme

More comparing of the righteous with the wicked.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, we can learn discipline if we truly want to be taught (v. 1).

Something to think about

Real success only comes to those who maintain personal integrity and live righteous lives (v. 2-3). The Bible has withstood the test of time. We can trust God’s Word to guide us (v. 19).  Death is a bright path to a new and better life for believers (v. 28).

Something to experience

If we always tell the truth, we will be able to stand tall (v. 6-7).  And we will flourish (v. 12-13). Words of wisdom can heal (v. 18).  God can help us to face any fears even fear of dying.  For death is not final, it’s just a step into eternity (v. 28). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 12:2-3 A good man shall obtain favor from the Lord, but He will condemn a man of wicked plans.  A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Proverbs 12:6-7 The words of the wicked are about lying in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.  The wicked are overthrown, and are no more, but the house of the righteous shall stand. 

Proverbs 12:12 12 the root of the righteous flourishes.  13 An evil man is trapped by sinfulness of lips, but the righteous shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 12:18 … the tongue of the wise heals.

Proverbs 12:19 Truth … will be established forever …

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; in its path there is no death.

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Proverbs 13 Theme

Wise versus unwise.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord listening to wise counsel and being slow to speak or act can sometimes be the best choice (v. 1).

Something to think about

Words can destroy (v. 3).  The psalmist believed living a godly life guarded the man of integrity (v. 6).  The psalmist believed one should guard against pride (v. 10). The psalmist believed selecting friends was serious business (v. 20).

Something to experience

If we’re able to control our tongue, we can surely control the rest of our body.  We need to always stop and think before speaking (v. 3).  Every good choice can lead to another and then another good choice (v. 6).  As Christians we can be a shining example to others (v. 9).  We need to delay every important decision or conversation until we’re sure of what is actually going on (v. 17). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son listens to his father’s instruction, but a scoffer doesn’t listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his mouth guards his soul. … 

Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness guards the way of integrity …

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, …  

Proverbs 13:10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is with people who take advice.

Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.

Proverbs 13:20 One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.


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Proverbs 14 Theme

Results of our behavior.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the wise understand the results of good behavior.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed wisdom is a better builder than foolishness (v.1). He believed reverence to the Lord was shown when obedience was present (v. 2). He believed words of wisdom protect (v 3). He believed living for self is of no benefit (v. 4). He believed an honest person tells the truth (v. 5). He believed knowledge and wisdom comes easily to those who ponder the situation (v. 6, 8, 18). He believed the common bond of God’s people should be goodwill toward all (v. 9). He believed the right choice may require hard work and sacrifice of self.  He believed short cuts may lead away from life (v. 12). He believed before acting he should give thought to the steps to take (v. 15). He believed truthfulness can save the life of the innocent (v. 25). He believed the Lord is a secure fortress and a refuge (v. 26). He believed revering the Lord provides a fountain to turn people to life (v. 27). He believed anger can be a legitimate reaction to injustice or it can be a sinful reaction to someone with a different view (v. 29).  He believed being kind to the needy honors God (v. 31). He believed living a righteous life can lift up a nation (v. 34).

Something to experience

We too need to seek wisdom (v. 1, 3, 6, 8, 18). We need to revere the Lord (v. 2, 27). We need to accept living among others can be messy (v. 4).  We too need to be truthful (v. 5, 25), think plans through (v. 15), and treat others with kindness (v. 9).  We too need to commit ourselves to working hard and sacrificing when necessary (v. 12).  We need to ask the Lord to be our secure fortress and a refuge for us (v. 26). When we find ourselves experiencing anger, we need to stop and consider why we’re angry (v. 29). We are honoring God when we’re kind to the needy (v. 31). When we live godly lives our nation benefits (v. 34).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 14:1 The very wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Proverbs 14:2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

Proverbs 14:3 The fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Proverbs 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:5 A truthful witness will not lie, but a false witness pours out lies.

Proverbs 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn’t find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Proverbs 14:9 Fools mock at making atonement for sins, but among the upright there is good will.  

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 14:15 A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

Proverbs 14:18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 14:25 A truthful witness saves souls, but a false witness is deceitful.

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord is a secure fortress, and He will be a refuge for His children.

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper displays folly.

Proverbs 14:31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors Him.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

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Proverbs 15 Theme

The upright versus the unwise.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your Word is full of wisdom.

Something to think about

The psalmist suggested to quietly respond to another’s anger (v. 1). He recognized that the Lord is everywhere and sees everything (v. 3).  The psalmist believed a gentle answer would build up but the opposite could destroy (v. 4).  The psalmist believed words of wisdom could spread knowledge (v. 7).  He believed the prayers of the godly delighted the Lord (v. 8). And the Lord loved those who tried to live right (v. 9).  The psalmist believed happy heart, happy countenance and sad heart, sad countenance (v. 13). He believed if a person had understanding of what was going on he would seek knowledge of what to do (v. 14).

Something to experience

We can improve our life by seeking to have a cheerful heart through giving reverence to the Lord (v. 15-16). We need to follow the Lord’s path, keep our way straight and follow wise counsel (v. 19, 21-22, 24).  We need to search our heart for the right words to give encouragement to others and joy to ourselves (v. 23, 28). We need to remember God is always listening to the prayers of those who are His children (v. 29). We need to put a smile on our face and wait for our heart to caught up (v. 30). We need to listen to those we trust and consider their suggestions (v. 31-32).  We need to learn wisdom by reverencing the Lord (v. 33).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:3 The Lord’s eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.

Proverbs 15:8 … the prayer of the upright is the Lord’s delight.

Proverbs 15:9 … The Lord loves him who follows after righteousness.

Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but an aching heart breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

Proverbs 15:15-16 15 All the days of the afflicted are wretched, but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.  16 Better is little, with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.

Proverbs 15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 15:21-22 21 Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.  22 Where there is no counsel, plans fail;
but in a multitude of counselors they are established.

Proverbs 15:23 Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth.  How good is a word at the right time!

Proverbs 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.

Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart.  Good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 15:31 31 The ear that listens to reproof lives, and will be at home among the wise.  32 He who refuses correction despises his own soul, but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches wisdom.  Before honor is humility.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will treat everyone fairly (Proverbs 11:1).  Lord, I pray we will be guided by integrity (Proverbs 11:3).  Lord, I pray we and our children will live lives of righteousness (Proverbs 11:18-19, 21) and therefore be delivered from death (v. 4), delivered out of all trouble (Proverbs 11:8); and delivered through knowledge (Proverbs 11:9).  Lord, I pray we will only desire what is good (Proverbs 11:23). Lord, I pray we will flourish (Proverbs 11:28), bear fruit and win souls (Proverbs 11:30). Lord, I pray we will love correction and knowledge (Proverbs 12:1).  Lord, I pray we will receive favor from You (Proverbs 12:2). Lord, I ask You to bring us out of our trouble (Proverbs 12:12). Lord, I pray our words will be true (Proverbs 14:5, 25; Proverbs 15:7) and gentle (Proverbs 15:1, 4) and healing (Proverbs 12:18-19) and protect others (Proverbs 14:3) and will be spoken at the right time (Proverbs 15:23, 28). Lord, I pray we will walk with the wise and grow wise (Proverbs 13:20; 14:1).  Lord, I pray we will repent of our sins quickly (Proverbs 14:9). Lord, I pray we will consider all situations before speaking or acting (Proverbs 14:15). Thank You Lord for being a secure fortress and a refuge for us and our children (Proverbs 14:26). Lord, I pray we will be slow to anger and therefore experience great understanding (Proverbs 14:29).  Lord, I pray we will treat the needy with kindness and therefore give honor to You (Proverbs 14:31). Lord, I pray we Christians will lift up and encourage our nation with godly behavior (Proverbs 14:34). Thank You Lord for keeping watch over us continually (Proverbs 15:3). Lord, may You hear our prayers (Proverbs 15:29) and may they delight You (Proverbs 15:8). Lord, I pray we will keep our way straight and our plan before us (Proverbs 15:21-22, 24).  Thank You Lord for the good news through answered prayer (Proverbs 15:30). Lord, I pray we will revere  You and show humility as we receive wisdom from You (Proverbs 15:33 ). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I revere the Lord.” <>< Dona