The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways. A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs. The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful. Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined. Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God. Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.
Today I’m going to try something different. I’ll give you my thoughts on my favorite verses from this chapter.
Vs 14:23 ~ I like this verse because it tells us that whenever we work hard, do our best, we will receive a profit. I don’t think this means we will always receive a monetary reward. I think it’s a promise that we will feel a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction. We will feel good about the work we have done.
Vs 14:29 ~ This is one of those verses that sound obvious to me, but I have the hardest time acting it out in my daily life. I know it’s best to patiently wait on God and His timing. I know I am to trust God to reveal what I need right when it’s needed. Unfortunately, I struggle with waiting. It’s not that I don’t believe His plan is the best for me as well as for everyone else. It’s me. Sometimes I forget I’m not the only one affected and wish for things to be resolved immediately.
Vs 14:30 ~ In this verse I think envy means worry. If we let ourselves worry unnecessary, we can make our selves sick, both physically and mentally. When we turn our worry over to God, trusting He’s got it, He fills us with His peace. Peace brings a calmness to us that can help bring health to our body.
Vs 14:31 ~ I believe each and every person on this planet are equal; each with different skills, but still equal. Every time we chose not to help when help is needed, and we have the ability to help, we are telling God we don’t believe they are equal to us. It’s making a statement that we are above helping them and/or we think they don’t deserve the help. When we do help those less fortunate than us, we are giving the love and grace to others that God gives to us daily and this pleases Him.
Vs 14:34 ~ When the leader of any group makes choices that are good for the many and not for the few, goods things begin to happen. Unity happens and the group is encouraged. When the leader of a group decides to do what is best for the few, or tries to accomplish his/her own personal agenda, people become discouraged and people begin turning on one another. Pray for those who lead to have wisdom and courage needed to do what is right and just.
My prayer for us today ~ Lord God, thank you for the bodies you have given to us and the life you have given to them. I pray we treat our bodies in a way that will bring glory and honor to you, Amen.