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“May you and I surrender our thoughts, our words and our deeds to the Lord.” <>< Dona (09/04/20)

Please read Proverbs 16 through 20.  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 16 Theme

Ultimately every decision is the Lord’s.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, our every thought, our every word, our every action is in Your hands (v. 9, 33).

Something to think about

The final outcome of every plan made is in God’s hands (v. 1).  So before going forth with any plan ask yourself: does the plan harmonize with God’s Word; is it a workable plan; and is this plan pleasing to God (v. 2).  Committing is obligating to, giving something totally and completely to God (v. 3).  The psalmist believed even the wicked had a purpose in God’s plan (v. 4). Pride is demonstrated when God’s leadership is resisted for one’s own plan (v. 5). Salvation is only through receiving forgiveness (God’s mercy) and confessing that Jesus is Lord (God’s truth) (v. 6).  The psalmist believed putting our efforts into pleasing the Lord could bring peace (v. 7). God expects honesty in all that is done (v. 11). Wisdom and understanding should be sought before gold and silver (v. 16). The upright preserves his soul when he avoids the highway to evil (v. 17).  God’s Word leads to prosperity and blessings (v. 20). God’s Word washes away the deadly effects of sin (v. 22). Encouraging, pleasant words can bring a smile to the heart and healing to the bones (v. 24). Staying calm, that is being slow to anger, is superior to winning a battle (v. 32).

Something to experience

We need to work in partnership with God (v. 1); using our mind and seeking advice and pleasing God (v. 2). We should commit our actions totally and completely to the Lord and then we’ll experience success (v. 3).   We may not understand all God does, but we can trust His plan is for our ultimate good (v. 4). We can’t fully succeed unless we eliminate pride in our life (v. 5). Even when our pleasing the Lord doesn’t bring peace with others we’ve succeeded with God (v. 7). We should ask God for guidance to be always honest and fair in all we do (v. 11). We should seek wisdom and understanding above gold and silver (v. 16). We will preserve our soul when we avoid the highway to evil (v. 17).  When we trust in God’s Word we will experience blessings (v. 20). We can be washed clean from sin by God’s Word (v. 22).  Our encouraging, pleasant words can make someone’s heart happy and their body healthy (v. 24).  What we’re seeking may slip through our fingers if we explode in anger at the first sign of conflict (v. 32). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weighs the motives.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your deeds to the Lord, and your plans shall succeed.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its own end – yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: they shall certainly not go unpunished.

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for.  By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even His enemies to be at peace with Him.

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
    all the weights in the bag are His work.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!  Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.  He who keeps his way preserves his soul.


Proverbs 16:20 He who heeds the Word finds prosperity.  Whoever trusts in the Lord is blessed.

Proverbs16:22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.

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Proverbs 17 Theme

Godly behavior versus ungodly.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, there are both wicked and righteous people around us.

Something to think about

Intense heat purifies gold and silver by removing the impurities (v. 3a).  God is being mocked when the poor is mocked (v. 5).  Forgive the sins others commit against us (v. 9). Those who support the wicked and attack the righteous turn away the Lord (v. 15). Many people are fair weather friends (v. 17).  A happy person brings happiness to others (v. 22).  It is foolish to have eyes that chase all over the world after the unimportant (v. 24). The righteous and those with integrity should not be punished (v. 26). Those who think they have something to say should stop, listen to what is being said, consider what they should say and then speak only if they believe what they’re going to say are words of wisdom (v. 27-28).

Something to experience

God wants to use the trials that come into our life to refine our faith and purify our heart (v. 3b). We need to treat everyone with respect (v. 5). We need to be like God, and forgive and forget those sins that have been repented of by others (v. 9).  We should encourage those who are righteous and turn away from those who are wicked (v. 15).  We should be the kind of friends of which the Bible speaks (v. 17). When we greet others with a smile and uplifting words, we set the tone (v. 22).  We should take time to think about what we really want out of life and make sure what we’re going after is important (v. 24). We should show respect to those who are righteous and lead with integrity (v. 26). We should keep quiet when we’re not sure what to say.  We need to pause, listen to what is being said, think about what we are going to say, then speak only if what we plan to say is truly words of wisdom (v. 27-28). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. …

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.

Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity. 

Proverbs 17:27-28 He who spares his words has knowledge.  He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.  28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise.  When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.

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Proverbs 18 Theme

Thoughts, words and deeds.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, it’s so important how we treat others.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed it was just as hard to stop listening to gossip as stopping in the middle of eating a delicious dessert (v 8).  The psalmist believed the Lord’s name was a strong tower that the righteous could run to and be safe (v. 10).  The rich are sadly mistaken if they believe wealth can provide protection as well as God (v. 11). Humility should always accompany honor (v. 12). Someone who hasn’t heard the whole story shouldn’t speak (v. 13).  Those who think things through get both smarter and wiser (v. 15).  Don’t make a judgment until all the facts are in and all the witnesses have spoken (v. 17). What is said can produce death or life (v. 21). God created marriage as a good thing (v. 22). A close friend should be faithful, listen, care and offer help (v. 24).

Something to experience

We shouldn’t take even a morsel of gossip into our heart (v. 8).  When we need a safe place, we can run to the Lord (v. 10). We need to make sure our security is in God (v. 11). We need to remember when we humble ourselves God will lift us up (v. 12). We need to be sure we know the complete story before speaking up (v. 13, 15, 17). We need to produce only life with the words we say (v. 21).  We not only need to have a faithful friend but we need to be a faithful friend (v. 24).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: they go down into a person’s innermost parts.

Proverbs 18:10 The Lord’s name is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.

Proverbs 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud, but before honor is humility.

Proverbs 18:13 He who answers before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge.  The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 18:17 He who pleads his cause first seems right; until another comes and questions him.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the Lord.

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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Proverbs 19 Theme

What is valuable in life.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your plans are the best.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed a blameless life was far more valuable than wealth (v. 1). Don’t rush headlong into the future without knowing what is ahead (v. 2). It’s not the Lord’s fault when a fool acts foolishly (v. 3). True friends are around in both the good and bad times (v. 6). When we obey God, we are guarding our life (v. 16). God values both the rich and the poor (v. 17). Wisdom comes from listening to good counsel and receiving good instruction (v. 20). God’s counsel prevails over man’s plans (v. 21). Reverence to the Lord is rewarded with life, contentment, and rest (v. 23). 

Something to experience

We too should walk blamelessly before God (v. 1).  We too should be cautious about our future (v. 2).  We too shouldn’t blame God when someone acts foolishly (v. 3). We need to obey God and therefore guard our life (v. 16).  We too should value all life (v. 17).  We should seek to receive wisdom when we listen to good counsel and receive good instruction (v. 20). We should always submit to God’s plans (v. 21). We should show reverence to the Lord (v. 23).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Proverbs 19:2 It isn’t good to have zeal without knowledge, nor being hasty with one’s feet and missing the way.

Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man subverts his way; his heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of a ruler, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.

Proverbs 19:16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.

Proverbs 19:17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord; He will reward him.

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.

Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s counsel will prevail.

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, then contentment; he rests and will not be touched by trouble.


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Proverbs 20 Theme

Choices.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You can guide us into a blessed life or we can choose another path.

Something to think about

A fool has trouble staying out of trouble (v. 3b).  The lazy person doesn’t plan for the future (v. 4a). Everyone needs cleansing of sin continually (v. 9).  It is detestable to the Lord when we tamper with the scales by making the weight more or less than it truly is in a transaction (v. 10, 14, 23). Children are able to decide what is the good and right thing to do (v. 11). Much sleep leans toward poverty (v. 13a). To know God’s Word and what it means is more rare than gold and rubies (v. 15). Provisions acquired fraudulently are at first sweet but then become distasteful (v. 17). Seeking wise counsel is important in planning for confrontations (v. 18). Stay far from those who are tale-bearers (v. 19).  The one who curses their father or mother is in danger of being exiled to darkness (v. 20).  The Lord judges the evil doer (v. 22). The Lord directs a man’s steps (v. 24).  The Lord searches our innermost parts (v. 27).

Something to experience

We should strive to settle disagreements calmly (v. 3a). We should prepare for the future (v. 4b). As believers we should help others to make right decisions (v. 5).  We should keep our hearts pure from sin by quickly repenting (v. 9).  All transactions should be fair for both parties involved (v. 10, 14).  We should be sure our children are taught God’s Word (v. 11).  We need sleep but we shouldn’t overdo it (v. 13b). We need to read and live God’s Word (v. 15). Anything we  acquire illegally will soon lose its sweetness (v. 17).  We need to seek advice when planning for future conflicts (v. 18). Believers should not be gossipers or keep company with gossipers (v. 19). We should honor our parents less we be put out into the darkness (v. 20). The Lord will save us from the evil doers (v. 22). If there is any dishonesty in our life, we need to confess it to the Lord (v. 23).  We believers can trust the Lord to direct our steps (v. 24). We believers have God’s Holy Spirit to light our way (v. 27).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore, he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin?”

Proverbs 20:10 Differing weights and differing measures, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

Proverbs 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.

Proverbs 20:13 Don’t love sleep, lest you come to poverty.  Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 20:14 “It’s no good, it’s no good,” says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold and abundance of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

Proverbs 20:17 Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.

Proverbs 20:18 Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!

Proverbs 20:19 He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don’t keep company with him who opens wide his lips.

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.

Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won’t be blessed in the end.

Proverbs 20:22 Don’t say, “I will pay back evil.” Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.

Proverbs 20:23  The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not pleasing.

Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?

Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the Lord’s lamp, searching all his innermost parts.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will rely on Your plan for our life (Proverbs 16:4; 20:24).  I pray we will seek both the words (Proverbs 16:24) and the deeds that will please You (Proverbs 16:1-3, 20).  Lord, I pray we will live humbly before You (Proverbs 16:5). I pray we will stay far from evil (Proverbs 16:6,17).  Lord, I pray all our ways will please You (Proverbs 16:7).  Lord, I ask You to guide our steps (Proverbs 16:9).  I pray we will treat others fairly in all our business transactions (Proverbs 16:11; 20:10, 14; 20:23). Lord, I pray we will not easily anger (Proverbs 16:32). Lord, I pray we will treat the poor with respect (Proverbs 17:5; 19:17).  Lord, I pray we will speak words of healing to those who need it (Proverbs 17:22). Lord, I pray we will consider our words before we speak them (Proverbs 17:27-28; 18:13). Lord, I pray we will never gossip (Proverbs 18:8; 20:19). Thank You Lord for being our strong tower (Proverbs 18:10). Lord, I pray we will not trust our money to save us (Proverbs 18:11). Lord, I pray we will receive knowledge from You (Proverbs 18:15). Lord, I pray our words would be life-giving fruit (Proverbs 18:21). Lord, I pray we will keep Your commandments and therefore save our soul (Proverbs 19:16).  Lord, I pray we will listen to counsel and receive instruction from You (Proverbs 19:20-21; 20:27). Lord, I pray we stay far from strife (Proverbs 20:3).  Lord, I pray our children’s and grandchildren’s work will be pure and right (Proverbs 20:11). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I listen to counsel and receive instruction from the Lord.” <>< Dona