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Proverbs of Solomon
The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot. The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense. The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor. The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense. The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted. When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them. The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced. The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. Vs 1-32
My favorite verse in this chapter is verse 24. When we consume our selves with worry over a situation, we invite that very thing we are worrying about into our lives. When we turn to God and seek Him in a difficult or unknown situation, He fills us with His desires (His will), and blesses us with it as a reward for inviting Him into it.
Do you consider yourself a wise person, or a wicked person? In this chapter, God clearly spells out the difference between the two.
A wise person brings joy to those around them. They are diligent and persevere when things become difficult. During the calm of the storm you look to your future and plan for the miracles that are to come. You appreciate the counsel of others and take it to heart. You know when to speak truth, even when others don’t wish to hear it. You offer love and compassion to those who have made a bad choice, even if they’re not seeking forgiveness. You can tell when someone is trying to take you for a fool. You often have a clear understanding of what needs to be done, the desire to do it and the energy to complete it. You know when to hold your tongue and words flow from your heart when you speak. You look around at what you have, and feel content. You find yourself doing things you never thought you could do. You are able to experience joy and hope, even when the circumstances around you are difficult. You feel confident in what you do and say.
A wicked person is seen as an annoyance to those around them. They quickly lose momentum and quit easily. When things are going well, you relax and enjoy, while you can. You scold or turn away from those who offer you help or advice, you’ve got it all under control. You speak what’s on your mind. You don’t think there’s anything wrong with twisting the truth to fulfill a need. You offer judgment to those who don’t see or do things the way you should. You put guilt on those seeking your forgiveness for their bad choices. You’re easily taken advantage of or hurt. You can never get a break. You have a hard time finding your place and figuring out what you want to do. You’re easily worn out and depleted. You can’t seem to find the right words to say. When you do speak, your words bring confusion. You wish for more and better things but feel unsatisfied with them, wanting more when you get them. You look to the things and people around you for hope in a better tomorrow.
What areas in your life are you making wise choices? Where do you lack God’s wisdom?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for all you offer to those who seek you. I pray we would seek you in all areas of our lives and be a light to those who do not know you, Amen