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“May you and I give God glory, honor and praise.” <>< Dona (09/07/20)

Please read Proverbs 21 through 25.  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 21 Theme

Under God’s control.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, if only everyone would recognize who You are.

Something to think about

All the earth’s kings, powerful or not, are under God’s control (v. 1).  God knows the motives behind every action (v. 2).   No amount of generosity can make up for bad personal or business practices (v. 3). It’s important to take time to plan our actions (v. 5).  It’s important to learn from others’ mistakes (v. 11-12). It’s important to meet the needs of the poor and to protect their rights (v. 13). Seeking justice brings joy to the righteous (v. 15). When righteousness and kindness are pursued life, righteousness, and honor are found (v. 21).  When the mouth and the tongue are guarded the soul is kept from trouble (v. 23). The righteous are over-the-top generous (v. 26). There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can defeat the Lord (v. 30).  Preparation is needed, but the Lord brings the victory (v. 31).  

Something to experience

We need not fear who gets elected, God is in control (v. 1). We shouldn’t do something just to get something in return (v. 2). We can’t give enough money to convince God to overlook our sin (v. 3). We should be diligent in the planning of our future (v. 5).  We should seek the counsel of others before plowing ahead on our own (v. 11-12). We should always listen to and help the poor (v. 13).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the Lord’s hand like the watercourses.  He turns it wherever he desires.

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.

Proverbs 21:3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.

Proverbs 21:11-12 11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.  12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked, and brings the wicked to ruin.

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he will also cry out, but shall not be heard.

Proverbs 21:15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

Proverbs 21:21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 21:26 There are those who covet greedily all day long; but the righteous give and don’t withhold.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle; but victory is with the Lord.

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Proverbs 22 Theme

Wisdom for parents.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your Word gives such practical advice.

Something to think about

A good reputation is more desirable than great riches (v. 1).  The psalmist believed parents should discern the individuality and special strengths of each of their children so as to better develop the capability of each (v. 6). The psalmist believed through being generous a man would be blessed (v. 9).  The psalmist believed the rod (of divine authority/God’s Word) could drive folly from the heart of a child (v. 15).  The psalmist encouraged listening to the wise; applying what was taught; and trusting in the Lord (v. 17-19).

Something to experience

We should seek to have good reputations (v 1).  We should raise our children with their own personal needs in mind (v. 6).  We should be generous (v. 9). In this day, to “move the ancient boundary stone” is akin to gerrymandering – changing political boundaries so that one group of voters benefits and another loses (v. 28).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed; for he shares his food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod (divine authority) of discipline drives it far from him.

Proverbs 22:17-19 Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise.  Apply your heart to my teaching.  18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.  19 I teach you today, even you, so that your trust may be in the Lord. 

Proverbs 22:28 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone which your fathers have set up.

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Proverbs 23 Theme

Warnings and guidance.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, by reading and obeying Your Word we can live godly lives.

Something to think about

The psalmist warned against chasing after earthly wealth (v. 4-5).  The psalmist warned against pursuing friendship with those who are stingy (v. 6-7).  The psalmist warned against trying to cheat another out of their property (v. 10-11). The psalmist encouraged people to gain knowledge through listening (v. 12). The psalmist encouraged parents to use the rod (of divine authority which is God’s Word) to correct their children (v. 13). The psalmist went on to say if a child’s heart is wise the parent’s heart would be glad (v. 15).   The psalmist was encouraging those who saw sinners succeeding to not to envy them. For there was to be a future hope for those who followed God (v. 17-18). The psalmist gives guidance to a young man (v. 19-26). The psalmist warned against losing oneself in alcohol (v. 29-30).  And he described how a person who overindulged would behave and what they would experience (v. 31-35).

Something to experience

We should take heed of all the warnings in this proverb. We, believers, don’t need to chase after earthly wealth.  For our wealth is being stored up in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).  We, believers, are not to befriend the world (James 4:4). We, believers, are to raise up our children with God’s Word as their guide (Deuteronomy 11:18-21).  We should be careful of our alcohol consumption (Ephesians 5:18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 23:4-5 Don’t weary yourself to be rich.  In your wisdom, show restraint. Why do you set your eyes on that which is not?  For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.

Proverbs 23:6-7 Don’t eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, and don’t crave his delicacies: for as he thinks about the cost, so he is.  “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. 

Proverbs 23:10-11 10 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone.  Don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless, 11 for their Defender is strong.  He will plead their case against you.

Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:13-14 13 Don’t withhold correction from a child.  If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.  14 Punish him with the rod, and save his soul from Sheol.

Psalm 23:15-16 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine.  16 Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Proverbs 23:17-18 17 Don’t let your heart envy sinners, but rather fear the Lord all day long.  18 Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:19-23, 25-26 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path! 20 Don’t be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat: 21 for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.  22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.  23 Buy the truth, and don’t sell it.  Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. …   25 Let your father and your mother be glad!  Let her who bore you rejoice! 26 My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.

Proverbs 23:29-30 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?  Who has strife?  Who has complaints?  Who has needless bruises?  Who has bloodshot eyes?  30 Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine. 

Proverbs 23:31-35 31 Don’t look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.  32 In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.  33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things.  34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the middle of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging: 35 “They hit me, and I was not hurt!  They beat me, and I don’t feel it!  When will I wake up? I can do it again.  I can find another.”

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Proverbs 24 Theme

Heart condition.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, help us to apply what we have learned from this proverb (v. 32).

Something to think about

The psalmist warned of hanging out with evil men (v. 1-2). The psalmist encouraged wisdom and understanding over physical brawn (v. 5-6). Times of trouble can strengthen a person for even more difficult situations (v 10).  The psalmist reminded the people that seeing but ignoring an innocent person’s situation will not keep God passing judging on them (v. 11-12). The psalmist warned to not be happy if our enemy falls (v. 17-18). Matthew 5:44 says we should pray for our enemies.  The psalmist explained the golden rule (see Luke 6:31) in reverse (v. 29).

Something to experience

I believe the psalmist was referring to our heart (v. 3-4). [If you have time visit https://www.usna.edu/Navigators/_files/documents/MHCH.pdf].  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 24:1-2 1 Don’t be envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them; for their hearts plot violence and their lips talk about mischief.

Proverbs 24:3-4 Through wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.

Proverbs 24:5-6 A wise man has great power; and a knowledgeable man increases strength; for by wise guidance you wage your war; and victory is in many advisors.

Proverbs 24:10 If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.

Proverbs 24:11-12 1Rescue those who are being led away to death!  Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!  12 If you say, “Behold, we didn’t know this,” doesn’t He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn’t He know it?  Shall He not render to every man according to his work?

Proverbs 24:17-18 17 Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls.  Don’t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown, 18 lest the Lord sees it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.

Proverbs 24:29 29 Don’t say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.”

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Proverbs 25 Theme

Personal situations.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, when we search out Your Word we can find answers to life’s questions (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist suggested honor should not be sought (v. 6-7).  The psalmist encouraged not suing a neighbor if unsure the charges were legit (8-10).  The psalmist was speaking of those who promise to give but don’t follow through (v. 14). Lying can be as damaging to a person as a club, a sword or a sharp arrow (v. 18).  The psalmist was speaking of responses that were not appropriate for a heavy heart (v. 20). The psalmist suggested a response toward an enemy that might cause the enemy to reconsider his behavior (v. 21-22). The cold water and the good news were welcoming and refreshing (v. 25).  Just as a city broken down and without walls is open to attack, so to is a life without restrain (v. 28).   

Something to experience

As believers we should seek to live our lives inline with God’s Word.  The proverbs are filled with wisdom and guidance to do this.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 25:6-7 Don’t exalt yourself in the presence of the king, or claim a place among great men; for it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,” than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.

Proverbs 25:8-10 Don’t be hasty in bringing charges to court.  What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?  Debate your case with your neighbor, and don’t betray the confidence of another, 10   lest one who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never depart.

Proverbs 25:14 As clouds and wind without rain, so is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.

Proverbs 25:18 A man who gives false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Proverbs 25:20 As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, or vinegar on soda, so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Proverbs 25:21-22 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat.  If he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Proverbs 25:28 Like a city that is broken down and without walls is a man whose spirit is without restraint.

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Prayer

Lord, I thank You for knowing us so intimately (Proverbs 21:2).  Lord, help us to be generous to the poor and needy (Proverbs 21:3, 13).  Lord, I pray we will learn from our mistakes (Proverbs 21:11-12).  Lord, I pray we will seek to live our lives in right relationship with You and others (Proverbs 21:21).  Lord, I pray we will guard our words (Proverbs 21:23).  Lord, I pray we will seek good reputations above earthly treasures (Proverbs 22:1; Proverbs 23:4-5).  Lord, I pray parents will seek out the best way to raise their children to honor them and You (Proverbs 22:6, 15). I pray we will never cheat anyone out of their property (Proverbs 23:10-11).  Lord, I pray we will listen and learn (Proverbs 23:12, 19-26).  Lord, I pray we will fill every room in our heart with You and Your Word (Proverbs 24:3-4). Lord, I pray we will exhibit the appropriate behavior and say the right words in every situation in which we find ourselves (Proverbs 25:20-22).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I seek appropriate behavior and the right words to say in every situation we encounter.” <>< Dona